Hey y’all! Welcome back to my blog! As you may know, last week Grant and I went to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). I even shared some of my tips for the party on a blog post last week that you can read HERE. However, today’s post is a roundup from our evening at MNSSHP!
We had so much fun and thankfully had pretty decent weather. While it was still a bit warm, it didn’t rain at all, which is an A+ for Florida during hurricane season. We got to do all of the activities we wanted to during the party which was awesome! But it was an exhausting night lol. Let’s get into the details!
MNSSHP DOES NOT require an additional park ticket! You can start entering the park at 4pm with your event ticket. This gives you a full 8 hours of park time, and the party doesn’t even start until 7pm, which is awesome. We headed into Magic Kingdom, got our wristband and event maps then headed to the first treat stop (Cast Members will direct you here!). The first treat stop is where you get your bag for the night and there are tons of photo ops! I encourage you to stop for at least one. Pictures taken during the day often show up better and this treat spot closes at 8pm, so don’t miss out!
(P.S. Can you tell who Grant and I are dressed up as?)
We got into the park around 5pm so we had plenty of time to spare before the party. We ended up getting some photos, grabbing a bite to eat, and then hit some rides. Wait times happened to be really short the day we went, which worked out great!
As soon as the party started at 7pm we headed toward a popcorn station to get this popcorn bucket we had our eyes on! We snagged this little guy at the popcorn stand across from Enchanted Tiki Room (it was $18). As of right now this is ONLY sold during the party, and stands will not advertise that they have it until 7pm. Lines for exclusive treats and such are typically long and things usually sell out quickly, so if there’s something you “NEED,” get in line early (especially if it has anything to do with Haunted Mansion or The Nightmare Before Christmas).
After snagging our popcorn bucket we hit up *almost* all of the candy spots! We skipped over a few in Fantasyland and all of the ones in Tomorrowland. But don’t worry, we were able to catch them after fireworks.
We had some time before we needed to grab a spot for the first parade at 9:15, so we headed to Pecos Bill for our favorite seasonal treat, HADES NACHOS. These are blue corn tortilla chips covered in buffalo chicken, and it is SPICY. They are so delicious though, and I wish they had them year ’round.
We were finished with our snack around 8:35 so we decided it would be best to head back toward the castle to grab a spot for the parade. The parade formally starts at 9:15, but depending on where you sit it’ll take some time to get to you. Since the first castle show started at 8:45 it was a bit crowded over there, so we found a completely empty spot diagonal from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. We had a great view and it was totally worth waiting for! We were right before the bridge that takes you to the castle area.
After the parade passed us we knew we wanted to get over to the castle for the fireworks. The parade probably passed us by 9:40 and we followed right behind it up to the castle. This was a PERFECT plan. It really couldn’t have gone any better. With only 30 minutes before fireworks we were only 4 rows back from the castle! Needless to say, I really recommend this method, because that is UNHEARD OF for Disney.
We normally don’t do the fireworks (the crowds give me terrible anxiety), but it was a new show this year so we didn’t want to miss it. Thankfully the spot we scored was great and surprisingly not crowded at all. The Jack Skellington puppet shown was the highlight of the firework show! He was probably around 10′ tall; you can even see the two performers controlling him in the shadows.
The projections for the show were so fun! And just as an FYI, the firework show is NOT just about The Nightmare Before Christmas. It has a mix of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mickey & Friends, and of course your favorite villains. It was a super cute show and I highly recommend seeing it!
After fireworks we headed to our last few candy spots. And let me tell y’all, you’ll get A TON of candy! I recommend bringing an extra bag for when your small one fills up. After hitting the rest of the candy spots it was about time to head to the castle for the final show of the night! The castle show stars the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. This is the 3rd year they’ve had the show; it’s super fun and includes Disney villains and your favorite songs/references from Hocus Pocus itself. There are three shows a night so you won’t miss it!
If you’re interested in seeing video footage from our evening, a MNSSHP vlog will be going up on Wednesday on my YouTube channel! But I hope y’all enjoyed this blog post and maybe you learned a trick or two. Leave me a comment down below with any questions and let me know if you’re going to MNSSHP this year!
Thanks for reading!
Coralys M says
Whenever I go to see a parade at Magic Kingdom I sit right there by that bridge.
It is such a good spot!
This is such a fun read Jayme. Makes me excited for when I go this week. Thanks.
Thanks Ashley! Have fun at your party!