Disney is magical any day of the year. But there is something extra exciting about it when you combine the Happiest Place on Earth with a holiday. September always kicks off the start to my holiday season, at least that's how I feel when I walk into a store and get overloaded with Halloween stuff. And Walt Disney World transforms in late August/early September into a fall paradise (it's still 90+, but it's pretty).
If my memory serves me correctly, we have spent every single holiday at Disney at least once. The only exception to that is Easter. I can't recall ever searching for eggs at Disney.
Let me give you the low-down on a few of our past experiences. For the sake of your time, I'll post one at a time.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Forget Halloween only being one night at the close of October. At Disney, it can last for nearly 2 months! Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party begins running in early September and runs through Halloween night. This year (2016), the party begins September 2. Click here for more details, or to buy tickets.
This party is a separate ticket to the Magic Kingdom. It is NOT included in your regular passes. It is NOT included in your Annual Pass either. On the party nights, the Magic Kingdom closes early to all those non-party-people. Those poor, unfortunate souls.
We have made it somewhat of a family tradition to attend this party. My parents, sisters, their spouses and my crew all get dressed up for the event. We LOVE Halloween, so any excuse to drag it out is fine by us.
My favorite part of the night is the Boo to You Halloween Parade. The Disney Villains take over and get to star in their own mega-stroll down Main Street. The classic Disney characters are in costumes. And the parade ends with Goofy and his Candy Co. employees passing out candy to the crowd. Our favorite float is the Haunted Mansion one. We have an affinity to the hitchhiking ghosts.
There are Trick-or-Treat location stations set up around the Magic Kingdom. They pass out good candy too, name brand yummies (Reese's, Skittles, M&Ms and the like). Plus, all the rides are open. Go! Have a killer time!
My pro tip is to go on a weeknight. If you can swing it, these are the best days to go. It's way less crowded. The closer the date is to October 31, the busier the Party will be. Early-mid October is a great time to go! The weather is usually nice in Orlando then.
Make It Feel Like Home
The Cabins are excellent for decorating. And Disney allows and encourages it. We pack up all (well, most) of our Halloween stuff to bring with us. The kids love it. It is a great way to spend the day, prior to dressing up and heading off to Mickey's Party.
Our Disney Sides
We are fortunate enough to live a short drive away from the Happiest Place on Earth! And we take full advantage of it!