Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the hottest events at Walt Disney World, but it also one of the busiest events and times of year to visit the Magic Kingdom. If you’re planning to visit the Magic Kingdom in the fall for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I just spent an evening during a sold-out Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party event to bring you the best 5 tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
1. Stay Late
As with most night at the Magic Kingdom, the later you stay the park, the more empty it becomes, which gives you easier access to all the rides, attractions, and shows. The earlier seating for the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show is very packed, but the later seatings had about half as many people. Along the same vain, wait times for popular rides such as Space Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train were 45 minutes and 80 minutes, respectively, at 7 pm. By 10:30 pm, those lines were 5 minutes, and 25 minutes, respectively. We watched the 9:15 pm Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show in front of the castle and then stayed put for the Celebrate the Magic (10:00 pm) and Happy Hallowishes (10:15 pm) shows.
2. Wait to Trick or Treat
There are 13 Trick or Treating stations throughout the Magic Kingdom. The lines for Trick or Treating were never crazy busy that we saw, but the longest was about 10 to 12 minutes. If you hit the trick or treating a bit later than the 7 pm start (also the rush time) it was always less busy. Every station we stopped at after about 730 we just walked straight through.
3. Try the Special Halloween Food
During the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party you can buy special food throughout the park, including Candy Corn Soft-Serve Ice Cream at the Storybook Treats, Creepy Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, Spider Cupcake and Worms & Dirt at Main Street Bakery, and Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake at Gaston’s Tavern.
4. Embrace Allergy-Friendly Offerings for Kids with Food Allergies
Disney is always great with food allergies in the restaurants and makes a concerted effort to work with families with food allergies. Trick or treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is no different! Did you know that teal is the color of food allergy awareness? They offer teal bags with special tokens specifically for kids with allergies. The bags are designed so that there is no cross-contamination of allergens from other candy items. Kids turn in the tokens at two specific stations after they are done Trick or Treating for snacks that meet certain allergy criteria or craft kits.
5. Beware of Reduced Normal Operations for the Special Event: Dining/Fast Passes and Ride Lines
Some restaurants with sit-down dining options are closed during the event so dining options are limited if you plan to eat in the park just be aware.
In general, ride lines aren’t too long, but some of the popular ones are a bit long per the usual. Fast Passes are not available during the event so lines can get long but because people are often at the special shows and parade instead of rides.