Mak­ing the Most of MNSSHP


WDW Magazine - - Content - BY KAREN LOCKE

If there's one spe­cial event at Walt Dis­ney World that we don't have to think twice about at­tend­ing, it’s Mickey's Not So Scary Hal­loween Party (MNSSHP) at Magic Kingdom!

Run­ning from Septem­ber through Oc­to­ber (and some­times even the be­gin­ning days of Novem­ber), the park comes alive with vi­brant fall colors, spe­cial shows and fire­works dis­plays, and of course, it's the one chance that we grown-ups get to go all-out and dress up as our fa­vorite char­ac­ters (it’s the only time of year when adults are al­lowed to en­ter the parks in full cos­tume). I’ve come up with a list of sim­ple Dis­ney hacks to help you and your fam­ily get the most out of your one-of-a-kind Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tion dur­ing MNSSHP!

Go Early

Yes, the of­fi­cial party starts at 7:00 PM, but cast mem­bers usu­ally be­gin let­ting guests into the park around 4:00 PM—A bonus three hours to get your party on! This is the time that we LOVE to walk around Magic Kingdom and check out the other cos­tumes, be­cause the sun is be­gin­ning to set and by the time the party re­ally gets rolling the has gone down and you re­ally can't see them.

Want to See Live Shows? Don't Stand Close to the Stage

I know I'll re­ceive some heat for this one, but let me tell you last year's party tale. 2015 marked the de­but of the Hocus Po­cus Vil­lain Spell­tac­u­lar at the Cas­tle Fore­court Stage, and we, along with tens of thou­sands of other guests, wanted to see it. We headed to the stage hub area two hours in ad­vance to score the per­fect spot: di­rectly in front of the stage on the other side of the "street". We were so ex­cited to grab this primo lo­ca­tion! We just hung out dur­ing our two-hour wait, chat­ting with other guests and eat­ing spe­cialty treats. Five min­utes be­fore the party be­gan, other folks with the same idea filled in the area be­tween the stage and hub. The sec­ond the show be­gan, up went the kids on the shoul­ders of their par­ents and down went our view. Yes, we still had a great time lis­ten­ing to the mu­sic but an

audi­ble show is about all we got. My tip? Stand far­ther back so you can still see even with the kid­dos on their par­ents' shoul­ders.

Cos­tumes Are Not Nec­es­sary… But They Sure Are Fun!

It’s true—you don't need a cos­tume to en­joy the party but I truly feel that wear­ing one ups the fun. We are kind of ob­sessed with cos­tum­ing and love to go all out, but I've seen folks in Hal­loween t-shirts or plain clothes hav­ing a quite the blast too.

Sched­ule Party Night Ad­vanced Din­ing Reser­va­tions (ADRS) Early

We try to grab a Counter Ser­vice Meal be­fore the party be­gins (more time to revel in the mer­ri­ment!) but if you're adamant about Ta­ble Ser­vice Din­ing dur­ing the party, you'll need to lock down an ADR well ahead of time. Tak­ing a last minute WDW Hal­loween trip? There's still a chance you can score one. Guests like to swap dates and times around at the last minute, so check sev­eral times a day to see if there's a can­cel­la­tion. There's a 180-day win­dow, but to make a reser­va­tion af­ter 7:00 PM (the of­fi­cial MNSSHP start time), you'll have to have a ticket to the party.

Queue Up Early for Pop­u­lar Char­ac­ter Meet-and-greets

Here's the scoop: the more elu­sive the Dis­ney char­ac­ter, the longer the line. Think the Seven Dwarfs or Jack and Sally from “The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas”. If you hit the park be­fore the ac­tual party be­gins (char­ac­ters are set up for their meet-and-greets promptly at 7:00 PM) and re­ally want pic­tures with the pop­u­lar ones, queue up an hour or so be­fore the party be­gins so you can spend less time in line dur­ing the party it­self.

Save Room for Candy

There's loads of candy to be had at the party and, while we don't make a point to spend hours in the candy queues, we do like to go through a cou­ple of lines. If you re­ally want to breeze through them, head over there dur­ing MNSSHP, Hal­low­ishes Fire­works

Spook­tac­u­lar, or sneak off as Mickey’s Boo-to-you! Pa­rade takes to the streets—while ev­ery­one else is pre­oc­cu­pied with the fes­tiv­i­ties, you’ll get first pick of your fa­vorite treats!

Score Tick­ets Early

Yes, there are dates that don't sell out, but tick­ets for week­ends and Hal­loween it­self (Oc­to­ber 31st) go quickly! So as soon as you know you're go­ing, head to the MNSSHP reser­va­tion page and pur­chase them.

Fol­low­ing these quick and easy Dis­ney Hal­loween Hacks should keep your trip Not-so-scary, so you and your fam­ily can get to par­ty­ing and en­joy this truly mag­i­cal spook­tac­u­lar cel­e­bra­tion!

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