by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
This past weekend I was at Disney World going to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and I’m just going to say, that is the best party I’ve ever been to! In my opinion, it’s better than Disney at Christmas time. Of course, I’m being a bit biased since I haven’t seen the famous Christmas parade that airs on TV and Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. The front of the park and Main Street U.S.A. were decked with fall and Halloween décor. There were fake pumpkins, scarecrows, jack-o-lanterns, fall leaves, and more.
The party is only for one night at a time throughout the months of August, September, and October and the trip is well worth it. The event includes exclusive access to the park and events when you purchase a Halloween Party ticket and you have to find a wristband distributor inside the park or you’ll be escorted out and believe me security made sure no one tried to sneak in. The park hands these out at 4:00 and then have the non-party goers leave around 6:00. The festivities begin at 7:00 and people are encouraged to dress up and trick or treat around certain parts of the park. The event includes a Hocus Pocus show at the Cinderella Castle, a Boo to You Parade, a Halloween Ball, special seasonal characters, and a Halloween Fireworks display.
Each event happens three times that night at different time intervals so make sure you plan accordingly to the times. These times are placed on a special party map that’s handed out with the party wristband and you very own trick-or-treat bag. I didn’t get to go to the ball, but I did see everything else. The parade was the third best part of the night only because it was pretty short but it’s still worth seeing especially since they have rare characters that only come out for this season. The second best part of the night was the fireworks. At this point, I wasn’t near the castle so I’m not sure if there was a little show like the normal nighttime fireworks performance, but I did see the castle become illuminated with assorted colors/images and heard music that the fireworks went off to.
The best part of this event is the Hocus Pocus show at the castle. That’s the main event were the Sanderson Sisters once again come back for only one night to throw a Spooktacular party. Make sure you get to the castle thirty minutes to an hour early to get a good spot up front or you might not be able to see a thing. Plus everyone stands up during the show so there’s no point in sitting down. This show was well versed in song, dance, comedy, and Disney Villains, but the number one performance was when they sang “I Put a Spell on You” like in the movie; very thrilling.