August 2011: Starting Sept. 23, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for 23 select nights (generally weekdays) and ends on Nov. 1, 2011.
The party mimics hometown trick-or-treating celebrations but in a big way. Kids come in costume; adults come in costume; Disney characters come in costume. There’s lots of candy and photos and eerie (somewhat) music. The cost is roughly equivalent to a full theme park day
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade will return to the streets (Main Street) led by the Headless Horseman created by Washington Irving and later cartoon-ized by Walt Disney in one of his darker creations. And the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular (great non-scary names) lights the sky behind Cinderella’s Castle.
The Boo-to-you Parade takes place at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. with the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Each not-so-scary party starts at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight. There’s usually an odd overlap as day guests leave the park and costumed guests arrive early.
In addition to trick-or-treating and meet-and-greets with Disney characters, the more popular Magic Kingdom attractions are also open.
2011 admission costs
On high demand nights, such as Oct. 31, adult admission costs about $72 including tax, with ages 3 to 9 costing almost $67. On low-demand nights, the cost drops to $63.50 for adults and $58 for kids. Ages 3 and under are free. Advance tickets purchased online sell for about $6 less per person.
- Sept. 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
- Oct. 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31
- Nov. 1
To purchase advance tickets, go to: disneyworld.com/Halloween or call 407/W-DISNEY.