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I know Halloween is coming, and that means Disney will be getting ready for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I was able to attend last year and pulled together some tips for ways I think you can celebrate. For those who don’t know it’s a special event at Disney World and one that is definitely full of sweet and spooky fun.

Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyMy visit was piggybacking on a conference and I convinced my friend Lauren from Raising Three Savvy Ladies to join me for the evening. I say evening because you have to pay for an additional ticket to this event. It’s not included in your park admission. The prices range and since we were so close to Halloween it cost about $96 each. I know that’s a lot for not being able to get into the park till around 4pm, but it was so worth it. This is also not something that happens every night so check the calendar for 2017 dates.

They have a limited number of tickets for each event so there are a lot less people there. Which means shorter lines and less crowded. There are also special shows, parades and characters you only get to see at the party. Oh, and you can dress up in costumes! That’s right adults get to dress up, there are rules, but it’s still very cool. I opted to wear my Hocus Pocus shirt and made one for Lauren. We got lots of compliments so we still felt like a part of the fun.

So my advice if you’re going is this. Pick what you want to focus on. I feel you have 2 choices. You’re either there to see the characters and shows and get candy, or you’re there to ride the rides and get candy. It’s very hard to do both so I think going in with a plan of what’s important to you is key.

Merida at Disney WorldWe went with a plan to see the special characters and take lots of Photo Pass shots (it’s $59.00 if you’re getting it for 1 day). We attempted Jack and Sally 1st and learned quickly that the lines are long. It was a 2 ½ hour wait at 5pm for them (again days before Halloween). So we headed off to grab dinner and catch characters. Our first stop by Merida. She wasn’t Halloween, but her line was short and who doesn’t love a strong redhead!

Seven Dwarfs Mickey's Not so scary Halloween PartyNext up we headed to the Seven Dwarfs. This is a special meet and greet that is only done at this party. We waited for an hour, but look at how awesome it is to be with the Seven Dwarfs. I do wish I had jumped in front of them and gotten a picture too, but I asked them to snag video of me, so I love that you can see me interact with them. I would recommend heading here early on because there are a lot of photo opportunities in this part of the park.

After waiting in that line we were done with lines. I would have loved to see Cruella, and Halloween Minnie, and Daisy, but we wanted to see the shows and parade and snap some more photos in front of the castle at night time so off to the front we went.

Special Photos at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyWe decided that we would purchase the Photo Pass for the day. It’s $59.00 and took full advantage of the photographers and all the special magic shots. If you see a photographer just get in line, because you never know what will join you in the photo.

Happy HalloWishes Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween PartyWe were also able to catch Hallowishes, and the Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular show. I love those Sanderson Sisters and it was fun to see some of the other villains join in on the fun. They usually do about 4 shows, and we caught the 10:20pm then headed over toward Liberty Square to wait for the Headless Horseman.

Hocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularTo see him ride is just so cool, and he comes about 5-10 minutes prior to the parade so don’t miss it. The parade is also catchy, spooky and totally fun. I’m still singing the song, and I love that you actually got to really see everything and that the park wasn’t very crowded.

Boo to You ParadeAfter the parade is was 11:40pm and we realized we hadn’t gone on a ride. So we ran off to Peter Pans flight and pretty much walked right on then we ran over to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and got in line at 11:54pm. Remember as long as you’re in line before park closes you can finish the line. We were through in 10 minutes and we managed to get a shot of us riding because of our photo pass (can you spot Walt and Mickey behind us).

Mine Train Halloween PartyIt was full evening of magic, fun, candy, walking, photos, and laughs. I am so glad we decided to go and I feel it was worth the extra ticket. I actually think it’s probably best to spend that day at the hotel or in Disney Springs and then head into the park around 4pm, dressed in your costume, or holiday attire.

Have you been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Do you focus on rides or shows & meet and greets?

Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and if it's worth the costDisclaimer: I personally paid for my tickets and the photo pass. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Make sure you check out my costume ideas:

DIY Mouseketeer CostumeMouseketeer Costume

Retro Minnie Mouse CostumeRetro Minnie Mouse

DIY Captain Hook costumeCaptain Hook

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