Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has a lot to do in a limited amount of time.  Follow our top 10 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tips for making the most of your night:

1. Get to the Party Early

The party may start at 7pm, but ticket holders can get in starting at 4pm.  This gives you an extra three hours to ride attractions, meet characters, or eat before the party’s exclusive entertainment begins at 7pm.  Your time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is very valuable, so get all the other things that you can do anytime at the Magic Kingdom done before 7pm.

Hocus Pocus - Sanderson Sisters

2. Stay Late

While the party ends at 12am, the last Hocus Pocus: Villain Spelltacular is just beginning at 12am.  This means that while everything else at the Magic Kingdom is closed, you can be enjoying this fantastic show.  Hocus Pocus: Villain Spelltacular is extremely popular, and the earlier shows will be very crowded, so this is also an excellent opportunity to see the show without having to deal with as big of crowds.

Jack and Sally

3. Get In Line for Characters Before the Party Starts

This goes along with our first tip about not wasting valuable time during the party.  The lines to meet Jack Skellington and Sally and The Seven Dwarfs can grow to be very long, so getting in line before the party starts can be a good idea.  This way you won’t be missing out on the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks or the Boo to You Parade.  Sometimes they even begin meeting guests before the party even starts at 7pm.

4. Buy Party Exclusive Merchandise Before the Party Starts

Party Exclusive Merchandise usually goes on sale at 4pm before the party starts.  This is an excellent opportunity to get your shopping out of the way and potentially pick up any limited edition items before their gone.  You can also have whatever you purchased sent to the front of the park or your hotel, so you don’t have to worry about carrying it around all night.

Headless Horseman

5. See the Second Parade

The Boo to You Halloween parade is one of the best parades at Walt Disney World and the only place you can see characters like Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Pain, Panic, and more.  Because this is such a great parade, pretty much everyone at the party is going to want to see it.  The first Boo To You Parade is always going to be more crowded than the second parade as many people will leave after the fireworks.  You can save time waiting and probably get a better spot on Main Street by waiting for the second parade.

Boo to You - Ballroom Dancers

6. Meet Characters Late

Character lines will be long when the party first starts because people tend to line up before the party even starts.  However, most character lines (with the exception of Jack and Sally and maybe the Seven Dwarfs) will get shorter after the fireworks.

Hocus Pocus - Oogie Boogie

7. Try the Food

There are a ton of special treats exclusive to this party such as Worms In Dirt, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Waffles with Ice Cream, and much more.  There’s probably more than you can try in a single night, but make sure to try at least a few of them.

8. Don’t Miss Happy Hallowishes

Happy Hallowishes is a fantastic fireworks show that is only done on party nights.  It’s a great show with a special 180-degree finish around the rear of the Magic Kingdom.   Make sure you see it and get into a spot where you can enjoy the 180-degree finale.

Happy Hallowishes - from Crystal Palace

9. You Don’t Have to Get Your Party Wristband at the Entrance of the Park

If you are already in the Magic Kingdom, there are certain spots in the park where you can get your party wristband starting at 4pm without walking back to the park entrance.  This will save you some walking and put you in a better position than those at the front of the park to get in line for merchandise or characters.  You’ll need the party wristband to get in line to meet characters, purchase event-exclusive merchandise and food, and ride attractions after 7pm.  Check with a Cast Member for where they will be distributing wristbands in the park.

10. Skip the Trick or Treating

This might be controversial among families with young children because what’s a Halloween Party without Trick or Treating.  But hear me out, there’s nothing really too special about the candy given out at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  It’s the same candy that you can get at Walmart, so my suggestion would be to skip the Trick or Treating if there are long lines and meet some characters instead.  If the candy’s that important, you can get much more at your local Walmart or drug store for like $10.

Hopefully, these Mickey’s Not So Scary Party Tips help you to have a great time and make the most of your night.

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