In September, I attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party in Walt Disney World for the first time and it was a truly magical experience for someone who loves Halloween as much as I do. I particularly enjoyed Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade, which featured dozens of frightful floats, which included the Pirates of the Caribbean and the hitchhiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. This was my son Jack’s second Halloween and I was thrilled to see he enjoyed the parade as much as I did. Main Street is peppered with pumpkins, fall decor and Halloween-themed music like Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” plays in the background.
During the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween party, the Magic Kingdom is closed off to just those attending the Halloween party. It’s a lot of fun because many of the children and families dress up in costumes and there are several candy zones where you can actually do some trick or treating. This year, MARS, was the candy sponsor so they were giving out decent sized bags of M&M’s, Twix, Dove chocolates and other sweets from the brand. I had heard a few complaints in years past from fellow bloggers who mentioned they were unhappy with the candy situation, but Disney clearly upped their game this year with generous chocolate handouts.
The “Hocus Pocus” Villain Spelltacular also draws a ginormous crowd around Cinderella’s Castle for four shows a night that bring the sneaky Sanderson sisters from the film “Hocus Pocus” to life. There are also several special character meet and greet zones where rare villains such as Cruella de Vil appear for photo opps. The lines are long for that so get there early if there’s a particular character you really want your photo with.
The night closes at 10 p.m. with Celebrate The Magic, a special light show that transforms Cinderella’s Castle into the backdrop for a celebration of Disney’s most beloved characters and films. And then at 10:15 p.m., Hallowishes, an exclusive Halloween-inspired fireworks show ignites the sky over the Magic Kingdom with delightfully spooky tributes to “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” epic Disney Villains, ghosts from the Haunted Mansion and much more. Check out my larger story on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party at Sun-sentinel.com.
If you love Halloween and want to share some precious memories with your kids, definitely consider booking a trip to Disney for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for next year. Check out Disneyworld.disney.go.com for more details.