Mickey and Minnie Halloween Costume; Magic Kingdom; Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
  • On Apr 30, 2024
    Halee from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning a week long Disney trip for our 7 year old daughter! We are staying at a Disney Resort with 5 park hopper tickets and planning to getting Mickeys not so scary party tickets. What order should we do the parks? What tips/tricks do you suggest

    Hey there, Halee, and welcome back to planDisney! I'm so excited that you've stopped by with this great question about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort with your family. You're going to love spending a week at the Most Magical Place on Earth, experiencing all of the excitement that Spooky Season has to offer! 

    Halee, my family recently enjoyed a vacation similar to the one you're planning, and I'd love to share with you some of the ways that I strategized for that visit, along with a few of the things I wish I had done a bit differently. We have three kiddos, and my middle child was right around your daughter's age at the time we traveled. We visited during the month of October, so you might want to plan a bit more for the typically-warm Florida September sun with an added visit to your Disney Resorts Collection hotel pool.

    When deciding which days to visit the Disney Theme Parks, I always look at the calendar about two months in advance for official park opening and closing times. These times are subject to change without notice, but it's a great way to know if there are any special events that will affect the parks. For instance, if you're visiting Magic Kingdom Park on a day that there is an after-hours event, like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you'll need to leave the park earlier than normal if you don't have a ticket for the party. When park hopping, it's smart to first visit a park that opens early, followed by a a visit to a park with a later closing time. Since you have a little one in tow, you might consider bringing or renting a stroller to maintain your pace and give her a chance to rest her legs throughout the day.

    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of my favorite events! Here are my tips for making the most out of this spirited celebration:
    • Get plenty of rest the day of the event, and eat a large early dinner before you head to Magic Kingdom Park.
    • Arrive as early as your ticket allows - in the past this has been at 4:00pm. You'll be able to get a head start on seasonal snacking and take some photos as the party ramps up.
    • Pay attention to the event schedule - don't miss the Headless Horseman leading the charge at the beginning of Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade - it's chilling and thrilling! 
    • Dance and sing along at the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, featuring the amazing Sanderson Sisters! I get goosebumps thinking about how talented and fun they are!
    • You'll get more candy than you can dream of - don't worry about visiting every single Trick-or-Treat location if they're not nearby.
    • If you choose to wear a costume, make sure it's weather-appropriate, and consider bringing a change of clothes for your daughter. My daughter loved dressing as Tinker Bell, until she grew weary of the scratchy fabric that made her too warm! I was thankful to have a breezy dress for her to slip into.
    • Get some rest the next morning! You can purchase Disney Genie+ Service before 7:00am and book attractions for later in the day, so you can rest in the morning and breeze through queues once you arrive at the theme park.
    • Check out the Disney Parks Blog for exciting updates as they're announced.
    Halee, I hope these tips are helpful as you continue to plan your visit. Please stop back by if you have any more questions!

    Happy Halloween Planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Georgia

Hi friends, I’m Jennifer! I live in Georgia with my handsome Prince Charming and our three awesome Mouseketeers. My Disney favorites are food, princesses, holidays, and festivals. I thrive on logistics and details, so I love all of the intricate plans that go into making a perfect Disney vacation. So let’s get started, because tomorrow is just a dream away! Learn More About Jennifer

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