Tot Five: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) offers guests the opportunity to experience the spirit of Halloween that is in a family friendly atmosphere.

Instead of scares of skeltons and ghosts jumping out, there are pumpkins and Disney characters dressed in the Halloween’s finest.

MNSSHP is a hard ticket event that charges an additional fee to attend the party that features parades, entertainment, fireworks show, trick-or-treating and special merchandise that is not available during the regular operating hours of the Magic Kingdom.

With so much going on, here are our Tot Five Tips for navigating MNSSHP.

1. Go in costume


While it is not a requirement, it is still fun to dress up to get in the spirit of the holiday. You can go all out or you can go as simple like we did a few years ago (pictured above).

For 2016, Disney has changed some of the costume guidelines for guests in order to keep everyone safe.

Keep in mind that Disney reserves the right to turn away any guest that is dressed inappropriately or could negatively affect another guest’s experience.

Guests are also not allowed to pose or sign autographs as a character.

Costumes must be family friendly, not obscene or violent, contain weapons or anything that could be considered a weapon or have any sharp objects.

For guests under the age of 13, masks can be worn, but they cannot cover the enrire face and eyes should be visable.

For those over the age of 14, layered costumes, or props that encircle the entire body, are discouraged because they could make the wearer subject to additional security screenings.

Costumes, like full length gowns, cannot drag on the ground and capes can be worn if the length does not go below the waist.

Accessories allowed include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tututs. Headwear can be worn if it does not cover the face. No masks are permitted.

2. Take advantage of the treat stops


When entering the Magic Kingdom, you are given a treat bag and a bracelet that signifies that you are supposed to be there.

You also receive a map that has a schedule and also shows the locations of the different treat stops in the park.

If you look closely, there will be a treat trail labeled on the map. You will want to check this out because you can hit multiple stops in one location.

3. Catch the Boo to You Parade

While it can be very tempting to try and cram in as many rides as possible while everyone is watching the Boo to You Parade (I know this from experience) you will want to check out the parade at least once.

It has a catchy tune and is the only way you can see this amazing and really entertaining parade.

4. Don’t leave the parks right after the fireworks or parade


Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World


Whatever you do, do not leave right after a fireworks show or the parade. This is when the mass exodus happens and you will be with a huge crowd of people trying to leave, which will make it difficult to get a spot on the bus or monorail, and make it a lot longer getting back to your car in the parking lot.

If you want to leave around this time, then wait about 15 to 20 before you exit the park. This will make the experience a lot less stressful.

5. Plan your party for your arrival day


Park tickets can be pricey, especially if you can only spend the evening in the parks due to your arrival time at Walt Disney World.

So instead of paying full price for regular park admission, plan your arrival to coincide with a party. This way you save a little money, have the opportunity to attend one of the best hard ticket events Disney has to offer and get to visit with the mouse right away,

What tips do you have for people going to their first MNSSHP? Leave your comments below.



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