On September 22, a lifelong dream of mine came true. I got to go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
Rarely seen characters, the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus, amazing Halloween fireworks, and candy. . . . . sound fun?? Keep reading to follow my night at MNSSHP.
I arrived at the Magic Kingdom parking lot around 5:40pm and headed straight to Fantasyland for the seven dwarves line. I got in line around 6:15pm and met the dwarves around 8:30pm. While I hated to lose an hour and a half of the party, it was well worth it since I was dressed as Snow White (my favorite princess). The dwarves loved my outfit!
After I met the dwarves, I raced over to Adventureland to meet Captain Jack Sparrow. I arrived to his line around 8:45pm, and after he returned from checking on his ship, I met him around 9:30pm.
I’m only including these times to give you an idea of how the party works. The lines for characters, as well as travel time from one location to another, is drastically different than attending the park on a normal day.
After I met Jack (I’m sorry, Captain Jack), I hurried to find a spot for the firework show, Happy Hallowishes. I headed back through Liberty Square and spotted the Old Hag from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I had no idea she was going to be out so it was a great surprise!
After I met the Old Hag, Celebrate the Magic was ending and Happy Hallowishes was beginning. Celebrate the Magic was the same show except for a villain-themed ending. Similar to Wishes (the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks show), Happy Hallowishes is set to the Disney villain’s songs and includes perimeter fireworks.
As soon as Happy Hallowishes ended, people were lining up for the second Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade. I got a spot in front of the castle and near the hub and watched Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular from a distance.
The parade ended up being one of my favorite parts of MNSSHP. It begins with the Headless Horseman and includes a Haunted Mansion segment, rarely seen villain characters (such as Pain and Panic from Hercules and The Lion King hyenas), as well as a scented candy float!
After the parade, crowds were already surrounding the castle for the final Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, a brand new show starring the Sanderson sisters of Hocus Pocus. I figured this showing would be less crowded since it started when the party ended (12am), but I was wrong. The area was so packed, I was extremely limited in taking pictures. There are five different showings so I recommend finding a spot early on. The show itself is fantastic, and I was really glad I took the time to watch Hocus Pocus beforehand.
Afterwards, I headed to the Emporium to purchase merchandise that can only be purchased during the parties. I bought a black, long-sleeved party shirt and the limited edition pin. You can view both HERE.
If you want more time to shop, I suggest visiting the Emporium sooner. As I was in line to check out, cast members were locking the doors.
Since the party ended at midnight, the only thing left to do was take pictures of Main Street, which was lit up beautifully for the event. Photopass photographers were out until after 1am so I took a handful of pictures with them and got a few shots of an almost empty Main Street U.S.A.
During the party, I completed two candy trails: one at the Enchanted Tiki Room and one by the Liberty Belle Riverboat. Honestly, I was disappointed with how much candy I got, but there really wasn’t time to complete more candy trails. I didn’t even hit Storybook Circus or Tomorrowland.
If you are planning to attend the party, be on the lookout for an upcoming post on my tips to get the most out of the limited time you have to finish everything. I will be attending the party again on October 27th, and I’m looking forward to meeting some different characters, seeing the special Haunted Mansion entertainment, watching Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade again, and trying the candy corn-flavored soft serve ice cream!