It’s that time of year once again—time for the the spectacularly spooky, fabulously family-friendly Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Disney fans everywhere rave about the party. But the fun comes at a cost, of course. With so much to budget for on a Walt Disney World vacation, how can you know for sure that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is going to be worth it for you?
Well first of all, some of it depends upon the date that you plan to attend. Tickets for September dates run around $75 a piece, but on Halloween night the party will cost you $115 per ticket. There are two things to weigh concerning the worth of the Halloween Party:
The official start time of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is 7:00pm. However, party guests can begin entering Magic Kingdom at 4:00pm. So potentially your ticket would get you eight hours of park time (the party ends at the stroke of midnight), whereas a normal park day ticket would get you around fourteen hours of park time, more or less. At around $100 for a normal day ticket, you can see the time/price conundrum that most people face. However, the Halloween Party offers more than your average Magic Kingdom visit…
First of all, visitors of the Magic Kingdom without a party ticket are required to leave the park by 7:00pm, and only a limited number of party tickets are sold for each night. Therefore, during party time the lines are significantly shorter, allowing you to possibly do as much as you would on a normal park day. Also, it’s called a special event for a reason, because there’s tons of special things going on. Trick-or-treating, the Boo-to-You Parade, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show, and the Happy HalloWishes fireworks are all exclusive benefits to party guests. Plus, the characters! Not only will you see characters that don’t normally frequent the Magic Kingdom (such as princes and all the dwarves), you’ll also see Disney favorites in rare Halloween costumes.
So when deciding on the worth of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for your family, definitely weigh the park time and perk time against the actual ticket price. You do end up getting quite a bit for your money, in my opinion, especially if if you go earlier in the season when prices are lower.
Other factors you may want to consider are the age and sensitivity of your children. The party is appropriate for all ages, and the fun side of Halloween is often enjoyed most by small kids. On the other hand, villains and ghosts will absolutely play a role in party activities. Will your child enjoy the little spooks or will it scare them unnecessarily? Also, consider the timing. Will your child be able to stay up and enjoy the visit until midnight? If you anticipate having to leave early, be sure to adjust the time-vs-money ratio in your decision.
ONE FINAL TIP FOR MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
If you are visiting Walt Disney World during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party season but decide NOT to attend the event, you’ll still want to check the party schedule. In that case, you definitely DO NOT want to schedule your Magic Kingdom day on a party day, or you will lose several hours when they kick out the non-party guests. You’ll still be able to enjoy the Halloween decorations throughout the entire season, though.
By Melissa Richeson
More details can help you make the best decision for your family. Find out more about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in this month’s issue of WDW Magazine!