If we can talk Christmas in July, why not talk about Halloween, too? Walt Disney World has released the details on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and while they’re keeping many of its tried and favorites, there’s new additions to the event- including a new policy on costuming and more dates than ever before. Here’s what you need to know before you go.
What’s Staying for 2016
Plenty of our favorites, happily. Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and Happy HalloWishes fireworks always draw massive crowds and, except for Happy HalloWishes, there’s multiple showings. If you’re not a fan of large crowds, the second offering generally has way less viewers.
What’s New this Year?
The largest update to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is regarding costuming. Disney has instilled the following policy regarding costumes for the event per Disney Parks Blog: “New this year, we have revised our costuming guidelines for special events in our theme parks. While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.”
Going into further detail, here’s the scoop word for word via disneyworld.com:
- Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
- All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
For Guests ages 13 and under:
- Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
For Guests ages 14 and older:
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- May not wear masks of any kind.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016 Dates
Dates for 2016:
- September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
- October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Ticket prices begin at $72 with premium pricing closer to Halloween reaching $105 per adult ticket. Technically, the party begins at 7pm but Walt Disney World begins letting party goers in at 4pm. You can still bring in drinks and snacks and limited table service, as well as counter service, will be available during the party.