Magic Kingdom- Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween
Most theme parks celebrate Halloween trying to scare guests to death. Outside of violent villain deaths, fear isn’t really Disney’s MO. Therefore, they celebrate with Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party.
This event is an upcharge, but it’s well worth it. For one, ride lines are minimal. But beyond that, you also have free trick-or-treating, special shows, and unique twists on classic attractions.
The party officially started at 7 pm, but we could enter the park as soon as 4 pm. So that’s exactly what we did since I had a Fastpass booked for my (then) favorite ride at the resort, Splash Mountain.
Splash Mountain is perfection. It’s long. It’s well-themed. It’s refreshing. And the climactic final plunge never disappoints. I’ve been on almost 950 roller coasters, but I think Splash Mountain is better than all but 20-30 of them. 10 out of 10
The most critical ride to experience before the party was Jungle Cruise. That was the only major attraction closed for the event. Out of curiosity, does anyone know why?
We used our second Fastpass to skip a 50 minute wait and it was delightfully corny. The guides absolutely make the experience. It also helps when you can see wonders of the world like the backside of water! 9.5 out of 10
After burning some time in the gift shops, it was time for our third and final Fastpass, Space Mountain. This was another priority before the party started. We were both looking forward to the pitch black Deep Space Mountain at night, but Emily also wanted to experience it in its natural state.
There’s no such thing as a bad Space Mountain, but I think Orlando’s reigns supreme. Unlike the others, this one focuses on drops. And there are 4 surprisingly intense drops with some bonafide airtime! 8.5 out of 10
By now, the park had officially closed for regular guests. So we began knocking off the dark rides. We started with Buzz Lightyear. Thanks to my buddy, I now know how to obtain a perfect score.
Emily was pissed I beat her, so she wanted a second go. While she scored almost 600,000, it was no match for my 999,999. Knowing where the 100,000 point targets are really helps. 8 out of 10
We then rode the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This was my first time riding a US Pooh ride since experiencing the incredible Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. While the story is basically the same, I really do miss that trackless ride system. 7 out of 10
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was a posted 45 minute wait, but I suspected it would be much less without Fastpass. And indeed it was. After just 20-25 minutes, we were boarding the back row.
I don’t think I’ve ever ridden Seven Dwarfs in the back, but it was wilder than expected. It’s no Big Thunder, but some of the turns had some real yank to them. Plus the charming dark ride segment in the middle never disappoints. 7 out of 10
After a quick snack at Gaston’s, we walked right onto Under the Sea- Little Mermaid. I always forget just how long this queue line is. I’d hate to have to wait in the entire thing!
The Little Mermaid is definitely one of my guilty pleasure rides. I love the soundtrack and it does a fairly good job retelling the story. The only glaring omission is the gratuitously violent death scene for Ursula. 9 out of 10
We then met up with 805Andrew to experience Deep Space Mountain…or so we thought. Instead, we got something much rarer. We got an elusive lights on ride!
You see, the Peoplemover broke down. This meant the work lights came on in Space Mountain’s dome. The end result was a truly terrifying experience. I knew Space Mountain had some tight clearances, but I didn’t realize just how tight some of them were.
We then made our way towards the hub to watch Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade. As you’d expect, the parade was packed! But eventually we found a decent spot that wasn’t obstructed by trees or kids atop their parents’ shoulders.
I’m not the biggest parade person, but it was neat seeing some unique characters like all the ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. Plus, the soundtrack is still stuck in my head.
We contemplated riding Pirates of the Caribbean, but we realized we didn’t have enough time before the fireworks. So instead, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and staked out a spot on Main Street.
Simply put, Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular was breathtaking. Fireworks alone don’t do much for me, but I am a big fan if they’re paired with dazzling projection mapping technology and music.
We then beat the rush over to Pirates of the Caribbean and walked right on. For Halloween, the ride incorporates live actors. And we were really interested to see how they’d be incorporated. We were slightly disappointed, but that’s probably our fault.
I guess I envisioned them running around with the animatronics, but in retrospect, that probably wouldn’t fly with OSHA. Instead, there were 3-4 people on bridges providing some extra narration. While they didn’t add much, Pirates is already a fantastic attraction on its own. 9 out of 10
We then took a spin on the wildest ride in the wilderness, Big Thunder Mountain. But it wasn’t before Emily caused an uproar in the queue line after she spotted a cockroach. Turns out, Disney does have some scare actors!
Per usual, we requested the back and it was great. The laterals on the helices are more powerful than you’d expect and there are some really abrupt pops of airtime. 7.5 out of 10
One ride on Splash Mountain simply wasn’t enough, so of course we returned for a night ride. Thankfully no one else wanted to have a Zip-a-dee-doo-dah good time, as it was a complete walk-on.
We finally got our pitch black Space Mountain ride right before closing. It was difficult navigating across the park after the second parade concluded. Emily was tempted by It’s a Small World, which had been closed all-night until this point, but she chose wisely and picked Space Mountain instead.
I knew the main coaster bit would be in complete darkness, but I guess I thought the tunnels and lift would still be illuminated. It was quite eerie being in there with absolutely no lights. But I loved it!
We then finished our night with the Hocus Pocus Spelltacular. This show has multiple showings throughout the night, but the final one is right at park closing. This is unequivocally the best showtime since it’s essentially bonus time.
Hocus Pocus was much more involved than expected. I didn’t realize the show included all the other iconic Disney villains or the castle projections. And the “Spell on You” finale was the perfect way to end the night.
We then took our time leaving the park. It gave us a chance to truly appreciate the park’s wonderful atmosphere and get all the photos our hearts desired. And we also ran into Robb, who was doing the same thing.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween was a marvelous event. If nothing else, the reduced wait times alone make it worth it. But then you have all the bonus activities that make it truly special.