Definitely no secret! If you know me in real life or follow me on my socials, you know that the Disney Halloween Party is a favorite of mine!!! I always joke that if I had one more day to live, I would want to hit up Epcot Food & Wine and then stroll into the Not So Scary Halloween Party in the evening with my fam & besties. Yes, that is right! I love the Halloween party THAT MUCH!!
Instead of writing a post on all the reasons I love Not So Scary because let me be real, that would be sorta lame. I figured I would share my tips! I have been many times and have many tips and hacks that might just make your Not So Scary Halloween Party experience that much more epic!!!
1. Enter The Park At 4PM!
Thats right! The party might not start until 7, but you can enter Magic Kingdom at 4pm! That is 3 extra hours of rides, food and pictures!!!! We usually use this time to take all the epic family photos and to eat before the party starts!
These parties are unique because they are actually the only time that adults are allowed to enter a Disney theme park in costume!! You best believe I take advantage!!!! I would say about 30-40% of people do dress up!! Although it is definitely not required, obviously!! I do encourage you to take advantage!! Just make sure you dress up knowing it may be 90 degrees outside! You will be melting, so no super heavy costumes so you do not sweat to death!!!!
3. Eat a good dinner before you go
âAs much as I love Disney food, the parks are very limited on food options once the party starts! I remember one year walking forever to find a stand selling something as simple as water! Not So Scary is a special event, so it does make sense business-wise to not run all the food stands! Eat dinner before you enter the park or do what we do, make a reservation at Crystal Palace for around 5-6pm! That way you are in the park, eating a fabulous Disney Character Dinner Buffet and are nice and full once the party starts!
4. Bring Water
As I mentioned above, I literally walked forever trying to find a water stand many years back! Ever since I have made sure to just bring a water bottle with me and I fill it up at the various water fountains around the park! Usually most restrooms have a water fountain right outside! Not only does this save you the hassle of searching for water, it will also save you $$$$!
5. Splurge On Memory Maker!
I know it can be pricy, but there are so many fun Magic Shots unique to this special event!!! Definitely worth it in my book! Magic Shots are what you see above! Pictures with added Disney Magic!!!! Memory Maker can also be purchased the day of the Halloween party for a daily rate, so if you want to wait before you splurge, you can definitely do so and just pay once you see all your epic photos!!
6. Save Boujee Dining For Another Time!
Eating inside of Cinderella Castle might be fabulous, but it takes up so much time! I would save it for another time. The Halloween Party has so much awesomeness going on, and Cinderella Royal Table is a total time sucker!!! Same things with purchasing parade upgrades!! You all know I like to be fancy whenever possible, but this is one time I chose not to be! Parade upgrades again, total time sucker and you miss so much of the actual party trying to get your moneys worth! Save it for another time.
7. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Map
Definetly pick one up when you enter the park!! This handy dandy map will have all of the event times and locations so you know what is going on when and where!!! You can also download the Disney Parks App! The app will actually alert you through out the night giving you tips, show and parade time updates!
8. Mickey's "Boo To You" Parade
offered at 9:15PM and 11:00PM - the second parade is usually ridiculously less crowded than the first. Get there super early if possible because seeing the Headless Horseman ride through the parade route is always a fan favorite at these parties!!
Have you ever been to The Not So Scary Halloween Party?