August 17 was the first date of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year at the Magic Kingdom. I covered opening night for Disney Dining. Here are a few things that I thought you’d like to know.
There are unique modifications to three of the rides for this year’s party. There’s new lighting for Mad Tea Party. Gunpowder Pete (a live actor) is part of Pirates of the Caribbean, which adds to the fun. The biggest change is that they’ll turn off the lights totally in Space Mountain, to make it feel like you’re in deep space. If you thought that it was a dark ride before, you need to experience this! It’s a cool effect.
Trick or Treating
There are 14 candy stations set up throughout the park. You will receive a lot of candy. If you have an allergy or follow a special diet, ask for a teal bag. You’ll then receive tokens, which you can turn in at the end of the night for plenty of goodies that you will be able to eat.
Happy Hallowishes Fireworks runs each party night at 10:15, weather permitting. Make sure that you don’t miss this, because it’s a great display.
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade runs at 9:15 and again at 11:15. The first parade tends to be more popular, although the streets were packed for both performances last night.
It’s the 25th anniversary of Hocus Pocus, and once again the Sanderson Sisters are causing all kinds of mischief for the party. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular takes place on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle at 8:30, 10:45, and midnight. Arrive early if you want a good spot, this show is extremely popular.
There are special characters out for the party, and there are extra Magic Shot locations as well. Check your park map to see where you can find them.
There are two dance parties that you might want to check out. Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball has a Monsters, Inc. theme. Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam includes some of the most popular Disney Junior characters.
Food and Merchandise
You’ll find unique treats for sale around the park. You can also find merchandise that is sold only during the party.
You need a separate ticket for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It runs on select nights now through October 31. The party takes place from 7:00pm until midnight, although you can enter the park at 4:00pm with your party ticket. If you’ve never gone, you should. It’s a blast.