What’s the coolest country in the world? America. Which holiday do they most go all-out for? Halloween. Where’s the land that dreams are made of? Disney, obviously. So why WOULDN’T you want to experience the best it has to offer at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?!
If you’re anything like me, you love dressing up when the occasion calls for it. I’m not talking about glamming up with heels and make up, I mean dressing in costume and going a little crazy and full on. For a Halloween extravaganza in Florida, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the perfect choice because it’s the one time of year where adults are allowed to dress up in the Disney parks at Disney World, Orlando. Dougie and I decided to go as Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Yes, it may be a little cliche, but it’s Disney-fied goth at its finest, and plus, it’s a couple’s effort, which is totally adorable.
I even got my nails done especially…
We basically planned our entire vacation around this event. Doing Disney on Halloween was something that had been on my bucket list for a while, and so we booked this, and everything else came after. One thing to note about this event is that it’s ticketed separately. The rest of the park has to clear out by a certain time, so if you are there during the day anyway and want to stay for the party, you have to purchase something extra. The ticket will SAY you’re to arrive at 7pm or something, but in actual fact, you can arrive from about 4pm onwards. If you’re taking the Disney transportation over to Magic Kingdom, where it’s held, you’ll need to keep in mind that it will be busy, so make sure you allow for extra time.
We pulled up just before 4, but we actually got dressed and made up on the grounds, just outside the gates in the restrooms there. A little tacky, sure, but we were taking a shuttle from our hotel first and the idea of running around in the heat in all our gear was a little nauseating, so this worked a little better. (FYI: British people – you will find it warm until around 10pm, then you will want a coat. Floridians – you will want a coat throughout the evening!) At around 4.15pm, we headed through the gates, and there were barely any lines at all. Considering we went on October 31st itself, that was actually pretty good going.
If you’re just coming for the party (like we were), you’ll be happy to know you can still access all the Magic Kingdom rides as normal. We headed for the incredible Pirates Of The Caribbean one first, and also experienced the cuteness of the It’s A Small World After All ride (but the song will totally get stuck in your head the entire evening…).
You might think we’d feel a little silly in our outfits roaming around a theme park, but by the night time, most people had risen to the occasion, all ten million children dressed as Elsa from Frozen, and adults included.
Throughout the night, the longest we waited in any line was around 20 minutes. We did the Mine Train, Space Mountain, and the Haunted House, because DUH, Halloween. We also wandered into the Monsters Inc ‘Laugh Floor’ thing, which was pretty cool, although I did get picked out on their audience cam thing and made to talk, but it was quite funny! One thing I wouldn’t recommend is the Lilo and Stitch based attraction ‘Stitch’s Great Escape‘, but then perhaps if I was 10 years old I would have enjoyed it more!
The night was the perfect mix of Halloween and Disney fun. Everywhere was decorated, so although you were at the regular park, it was all themed up throughout!
The overall experience of the evening culminated in their ‘Eerie Entertainment‘. It was all going down at the Castle, from the Villain’s Castle Show, to the amazing Happy Hallowishes fireworks display. We saw the entire castle transform under an abundance of beautiful lights, and heard spooky remixes of a ton of Disney theme songs – of course, I was singing along! The ‘Boo To You’ Halloween Parade finished the night off spectacularly, and without sounding a little lame, it really did cast a spell over everyone there. I had such an incredible time, and it really did feel super special.
The entire adventure was totally worth it and I’d recommend it to anyone for 2015. Other than us getting stuck on a ride (POTC, the second time around… we probably jinxed ourselves there), and our hotel not providing transport home (ugh), the night was literally perfection.
If you’re planning a Halloween Disney adventure, let me know in the comments! I’d love to share tips and tricks x