A few years ago, my sister and I were able to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. We loved it so much that we vowed then and there to get back for the Halloween party someday. And someday arrived last month, on the first day of a short three-day jaunt to the happiest place on earth.
We started getting ready for the party in our hotel room by getting into costume, and then promptly getting back out of it! It was very hot outside, and the party did not officially begin until 7pm. We would be able to enter the Magic Kingdom starting at 4pm, so we stuffed our headpieces and accessories into our backpacks for now, and headed for the bus stop.
As soon as we arrived at the Magic Kingdom we were led to the first trick or treat stop, where we got some little bags and handful of candy to start out with. Then we started riding rides! We hit everything in Tomorrowland with queues shorter than 10 minutes, including Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover. After that we ducked into a restroom to complete our costumes.
One of our favorite Disney films is The Emperor’s New Groove, a tragically underrated animated classic from the year 2000. We went as main characters Kuzco and Yzma, the narcissistic emperor and his evil advisor respectively. I wore a dress from Hot Topic that looked like Kuzco’s tunic, along with huge turquoise earrings and a homemade headpiece. My sister also had a homemade headpiece and big earrings to go with a black dress and purple boa. There were way fewer adults dressed up than we expected, but we saw a good handful. We ran into one other Kuzco and Yzma duo too!
After a photo shoot in our costumes, we headed to the other side of the park and continued hitting rides with short queues. Once 7pm hit, only guests with party tickets were allowed inside the park, so crowds really thinned out. Also starting at 7pm were a few party exclusive ride overlays. The Haunted Mansion featured crazy elaborate face painting on the cast members working there. At Pirates of the Caribbean live actors played out funny scenes among the animatronics. Space Mountain was probably my favorite- it turned into Hyperspace Mountain, where there were no lights at all, not even the stars, and it was absolutely pitch black for the whole ride. And the soundtrack was changed to horror movie music! I thought it was kind of epic but my sister was thoroughly freaked out.
On our way to Main Street, we passed by the Monsters Inc dance party. Sully, Boo, and Mike were showing off their best moves and kids in costumes were dancing along. Once on Main Street, we bought some yummy treats and fun souvenirs while waiting for the fireworks show. It was more of a fireworks and projection combo show, but it was super adorable. The music was especially great. We stayed put on Main Street to hold down our spot for ultimate parade viewing.
Before the parade, the headless horseman sets the mood. A voiceover tells a brief version of his legend, and then he gallops into view and all the way down Main Street, holding his glowing pumpkin head. What a moment.
The Boo to You Parade followed, and it was a perfect combination of everything I love about Halloween- costumes, candy, the heart of autumn, and light-hearted spooks. The Haunted Mansion’s Hitchhiking Ghosts had their own float, and the Grave Diggers did an impressive performance with their shovels. Lots of classic characters made appearances, with Mickey and Minnie of course leading the way. A group of villains, including the Queen of Hearts, closed out the procession.
We followed the parade out of the park and had just a short wait for a bus back to our resort. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was everything we could have hoped for!