On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, my guys and I drove over to Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!! Yay!! This was the second party night of the 2017 season. I wasn’t planning on going to the first party night, because I knew it would be really busy. When we entered the gates and were getting our wrist bands, the cast member helping us said that it was a lot slower than the first night. I was so glad to hear that! I was hoping that was the case. Plus, the first night was on Friday, and I had hoped that a Tuesday night would be less crowded.
I had posted 10 tips for MNSSHP (read my that here), and I am kinda laughing at myself now because I didn’t take my own advice on a few tips! Hehehe! I did have a couple of reasons why I didn’t – I’ll explain. First, we didn’t get tickets the day before. I wanted to make sure my husband was feeling OK, and because there was a chance of rain and thunderstorms forecasted. In fact, we waited up until about 4:30 p.m. on the day of the party to make our final decision. And, that leads me to another tip of mine, by the time we left to head to Magic Kingdom, parked and took the ferry over, we didn’t get in until about 6:00 p.m. Not as early as I would have liked. Another tip that I mentioned in my previous post is to eat dinner prior to the party starting (it begins at 7:00 p.m.), and we didn’t finish eating our chicken nuggets and fries at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland until about 7:20 p.m. But, no worries from me…OK, maybe I was a tiny bit concerned about our schedule! 😮 Which leads me to how every time we have been at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party over the years it has been different, and that is not a bad thing. You just have to go with the flow and enjoy!!!! 🙂 I was just SOOOOO happy to be there with my two Claytons!!!
Going back to the cast member telling us that he thought the night was slower, he was absolutely right! It was busy, but not packed to the max. We had a plan of watching Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade, hitting the trick-or-treat locations, riding some attractions, taking a peek at the characters greeting guests, seeing the new (new to us) stage show called Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and watching the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks. We were able to do most of this plan. We didn’t get on too many rides, but felt that was OK because we could do that on a regular park day. I LOVE the parade!!! We waited back in Frontierland, close to the Country Bear Jamboree, to watch the first one. The Headless Horseman was great, and I totally enjoyed singing and dancing during the parade. To me, it is the BEST parade of any at Walt Disney World Resort. It has the most catchy music and a really fun parade! It makes you want to clap and sing along. And, you should do just that!! It is great fun!! Boo To YOU!!!!! We didn’t have a chance to see the stage show, but did see the fireworks – so good! I couldn’t leave without seeing the parade for a second time. To be honest, I could not get enough of it!! The last parade ended right around midnight, and we followed it down Main Street and left. The guys had to pry me away…literally!!!! 🙂
The weather ended up being perfect!! It was around 78 degrees and balmy. It was nice seeing all of the fall decorations (see more pics below). We absolutely got a GREAT walk in during the night. We had rested the day of the party, and then walked about 17,000 steps during the night. WOW!! I slept good that night! 🙂
I wanted to add a few more tips after being at MNSSHP this year!
1. After entering the park, be sure to walk towards the Main Street Bypass location next to Town Square Theater. Only those attending MNSSHP are allowed to go this way, and you will get your first bag of treats, see some of the merchandise for the party and have a lot of opportunities for some good photos!
2. Wait until later in the night to trick-or-treat. The cast members seem to hand out more candy, and the lines are not as busy. We just stopped as we went, and didn’t have too long of a wait, but I can see that if the party night was busier, it would have taken longer.
3. We stopped at most of the trick-or-treat locations and there were a few that you received candy twice!! That was awesome!! The locations that did this were at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
4. Plus, at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, they were showing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. That was nice if you just wanted to rest and get out of the heat.
5. Below is the schedule for the major entertainment (subject to change). This may help you in planning your visit ahead of time.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular 8:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
Happy Hallowishes Fireworks 10:15 p.m.
What a great night!! I can’t wait until next year to go again. That song from the parade is stuck in my head – in a GOOD way!! I love it! Thanks for reading and let me know if you attend this year. 🙂
More photos. Click on an image to enlarge:
Video of the Halloween/fall decorations at Magic Kingdom: