Do Arrive Early - Magic Kingdom Park opens to guests holding a ticket to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at 4PM even though the party doesn't start until 7PM. With the cost of the event soaring in recent years, make the most of your party ticket by entering early. Use this extra time to ride some of your favorite rides (you can even grab FastPass+ reservations between 4PM and 6PM!) and grab some dinner. You're paying a lot of money for the special entertainment and characters available during the party so you won't want to waste party time eating dinner.
Don't Miss the Special Treats - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party features many great sweet treats. Throughout Magic Kingdom Park, there are several trick-or-treat locations which generously distribute mounds of Halloween candy. In addition, you can find desserts and unique eats at many of the dining locations around the park. From cupcakes to ice cream and everything in between, you certainly won't go hungry during the party. I tried the Zero Waffle Sundae at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments which was filling and fun featuring the image of Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Do Arrive Early for the Parade - Whether you choose to watch the early or late parade or you choose to watch it from Frontierland or Main Street, U.S.A., be sure to arrive approximately 10 minutes early so you don't miss the Headless Horseman's arrival. Of course, if you want a prime viewing location, you'll probably want to snag your spot up to 30 minutes ahead of the parade, but this also isn't necessary unless you're picky. I went to the 11:15PM parade and watched it from Liberty Square. Arriving at 11:05 still gave me a front row location and I grabbed my spot right on time for the beginning of the parade. Speaking of the parade, Mickey's Boo-to-You Parade is fantastic - probably my favorite on property. You won't want to miss the Grim Grinning Ghosts and the Gravediggers as they captivate audiences along the route. Of course, villains and some other favorite characters make appearances too!
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was an amazing time and I hope to return again in future years. I would still hold off a year or two to bring my kids as I want them to get the most from this special event and I know they wouldn't be able to hang late into the evening. For families visiting the party, I would definitely recommend not visiting another park that day. Enjoy your morning relaxing around your resort to rest up for the fun that awaits you and be in line to enter Magic Kingdom Park when your ticket becomes active at 4PM. Here's wishing you and your family many boo-tiful memories at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.