A very popular add on to trips from August to October is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special, hard ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom takes place during the fall season. For more details and an overview of the event, click here. If you've decided this is a great event to attend and secured tickets with your Kingdom Konsultant agent, here is your next stop to maximize your time to get the most out of the event!
1) Enter Magic Kingdom before the official party start time.
The park will close to day guests at 6pm and the party officially starts at 7pm, but with your MNSSHP ticket, you can enter the park at 4pm. Arrive between 4-6pm to get into the park, secure your wristband and pick up your candy bag. Grab an early dinner and some photos on Main Street or by the Castle in your party outfits and make a plan for when things kick off at 7. This way you won't be wasting the valuable party time on these essentials.
2) Prioritize which characters you want to meet.
These will be some of the longest lines of the party, with Jack and Sally, the Seven Dwarves, and the Winnie the Pooh characters averaging about 2 hours. You can get in these lines before the party starts, but if you want to do all three that would be just about all of your party time. We saw some of the lowest waits for Jack and Sally just after 7, dropping from 120 minutes before the party started, to 35 minutes just before 7:30pm. If meet and greets are important, hop into one of the big lines before the party starts. It will be a bit of a wait, but it won't be during valuable park hours. Get another one just after the party starts, and then try to knock out a few during the first parade. Character lines will be cut off before the party ends, so this is one thing you don't want to save for last.
3) Pick a plan for the parade, stage show and fireworks.
There are two main strategies here, pick which one fits your party and goals best.
4) Save Trick-or-Treating until about the last hour or so of the party.
We were actually able to fill up our bags with just about the last 30 minutes of the night. Lines will be much shorter and we find the scoops are a bit bigger!
While the thought of noshing on candy all night can be exciting, the lines fill up fast as the party starts and can start to suck into your time. You'll get a full size candy when you pick up your trick or treat bag, so snack on that and wait until later if you can!
5) Consider the weather and activities when picking your costume or outfit.
I'm the first person to get excited when I see a guest in an elaborate outfit, but if you plan to ride rides, make sure your costume will actually fit on them. It is typically still hot in Orlando for the party season, so I recommend dressing lightly or in layers, you don't want to be miserable sweating all night.
Even with all these tips to maximize your time, you won't be able to do it all. There is more to do than the time really allows, so make sure you know what is important to you and have a great time!
Brunch is probably my favorite meal to go out for, and Disney Springs has some hidden gems in the brunch department. House of Blues offers weekend brunch with one of the best deals on property, bottomless mimosas! If you’re up for it, House of Blues offers a laid back atmosphere with live music for brunch. It is available Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm, with the full menu available after 12pm. We were sat in the back room where we couldn’t see the stage but could hear it and it was a great vibe! Bottomless mimosas and coffee were the popular choice for beverages, but they also offer a variety of brunch cocktails and other options. Bottomless mimosa! We were a party of 8 and hungry, so we started with an order of nachos from the lunch menu and they were a HUGE portion, so glad we had a lot of people to share them with. BBQ Nachos - Four cheese sauce, avocado, roasted corn salsa, pickled red onion, tomato, Memphis BBQ sauce, cilantro crema, cotija cheese. Chicken, Brisket or Pul