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We didn’t miss our chance to collect candies, sweets and goosebumpingly yummy treats from 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)! Since this event is “not-so-scary,” that means children of every age can enjoy the fun! Children under the age of 3 years old — no tickets needed!
What is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
It’s basically Halloween with Disney magic. Park guests, adult and children, can go trick-and-treating around the Magic Kingdom. Yes, costumes are allowed to be worn with some exceptions and rules. You also get to meet and greet Disney characters who are usually not available in regular days…yes, like the villains!
They have exclusive parades, fireworks show and activities for this special event.
When did the happiest haunting happen?
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2017 took place from 7:00 PM until 12:00 Midnight on the following dates:
- August 25 and 29, 2017
- September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017
- October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017
- November 1, 2017
Our family trip to Disney World fell within these dates so we were definitely attending. I purchased our tickets from Disney’s site and it was automatically linked to our My Disney Experience (MDE) account. We also added the “Will Call” option to pick up our tickets in the resort before the event as a back-up.
Is it Free?
You have to buy separate tickets to attend the event. For this year, the prices start at $74.00 per adult and $69.00 per child over 3. The price increases to as high as $115.00 per adult and $110.00 per child over 3 as it gets closer to the real Halloween dates late October.
They are available online with options to pay for it with your debit/credit cards, Disney gift cards, reward cards, or Disney Vacation account. You can immediately download and print your tickets if you have an Adobe PDF reader. Alternatively, you can opt for “Will Call” which allows you to pick it up in the park or resort. Disney can also mail the tickets to you via US Postal Service. All of these options are available at no extra charge. If you do want it delivered earlier via FedEx domestically or internationally, there is a $15.00 charge.
This was the first Halloween trick or treating I did with my family since we had Andy, my first born. In 2016, I worked during the entire Halloween week. The year prior to that, he was sick and we had to spend his first trick-and-treating while in the hospital.
We did this trip to celebrate our son’s 3rd birthday. I felt excited and jealous at the same time for my son. It was also everyone’s first time in Walt Disney World. It was definitely a special trip.
Costumes: Yay or Nay?
I brainstormed costume ideas for our family. However, we ultimately end up just wearing our Disney shirts and hats. It was not a terrible idea especially in hot, humid Florida weather. We did buy a Kylo Ren themed hoodie for Andy. He did not wear it for a long time because it was a hot evening.
However, there were some attendees that went ahead and dressed up as their favorite Disney, Marvel or Star Wars characters. It was entertaining how some families got creative. We even met someone who adorned their toddler’s stroller as Moana’s boat. The toddler, of course, was dressed as Moana.
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Special Photo Opportunities during MNSSHP
One of the amazing perks we get to experience during this ticketed Halloween event were the photo opportunities that were themed for the season. We got a lot of memorable Photo Pass pictures from those. Some were funny while some were awkward as expected.
Being an exclusive event, it paved way for easier photo ops to other classic Disney spots. We even get to ride certain attractions at least twice in a row.
The Disney Villains Are Out
Our family get to meet Disney characters that were rarely in the usual rotations like the villains!
The Boo To You Parade featured these Disney bad guys. There was also a Monsters, Inc. Dance Party going on. It was not entirely a bad thing to be hanging out with these baddies for the evening.
Instead of Buzz Lightyear, for example, you’d get Lotso Bear in the photo opp spot. Cruella De Vil was also walking around poking fun at people especially those with pets. Jack Skellington also joins in the roster of spooky characters. There were a whole bunch of them scattered around Magic Kingdom that night.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) was a memorable event that we are most likely to repeat in the future. We did learn from a couple of rookie mistakes during our first visit. We would suggest that since the MNSSHP is an evening event, to reserve the morning for rest and maybe a resort day to enjoy the hotel pools or amenities. It was a newbie mistake in our part to have gone to EPCOT for the first half of the day prior to the Halloween party.
How about you? Are you attending this year’s Halloween event? Will you or your family be sporting costumes? Who are your favorite Disney villain meet-ups?