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A look at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is a wonderful addition to any fall getaway at Walt Disney World.  On party nights, the park closes early to day guests and the extra fun begins for party ticket-holders.  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event.


Not So Scary

The atmosphere in the park is amazing and brings a festive “spooky-but-not-scary” vibe to the Magic Kingdom.   As soon as you step through the entrance gates, you know that the evening is going to be full of fun!

Tip:  Although the party officially begins at 7pm, Disney has historically allowed party guests to enter the park as early as 4pm – which can be great for families who don’t want to use up a day of their park admission.  Get in early, enjoy some attractions and get ready for the party to begin. Often, you will be able to line up for the popular character meet-and-greets prior to 7pm.  This is essential to getting the most out of your evening.  Those party hours are precious!

Be sure to get a party wristband as you enter the park or from several marked locations inside the park if you have been touring during the day.  After 7pm, Cast Members will be ushering any guests without wristbands out of the park.


Kingdom Planners Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pumpkin Train Station


Kingdom Planners Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ghost


One of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the chance to meet popular – but rarely seen Characters – in the park.  These meet and greets can get very long lines, so it is best to pick your must-do and see that Character first.  You may be able to get a second favorite in, but unless you want to spend your entire party waiting to meet Characters (which is totally fine!), wait until the end of the party to see some of the others on your list.

This year, some of the most popular and most rare Character greetings are:


Seven Dwarfs

Queen of Hearts with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Cruella DeVill


Jack and Sally


Kingdom Planners Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Queen of Hearts


Another fun event, especially for the little ones, is the Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball.  It is so special to be able to dance with some of your favorite Characters.

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The best travel capsule wardrobe for a trip to Disneyland


Have you noticed that Capsule Wardrobes are all the rage right now?  I’ve been a bit obsessed myself lately, perusing Pinterest and trying to organize my closet with the perfect blend of minimalism and functionality.

Planning for my own trip to Disneyland which is coming up in a few weeks, I thought it might be fun to create a travel capsule wardrobe for my vacation.  I wanted to create the perfect visual packing list to help me… and others… pack for their Disney adventure!

This is Step One of my packing  – clothes for me, or as I am most often called… Mommy.  I will obviously pack much more than what is pictured here because I will also bring items for my kids, but this post is just for my stuff.

Here we go… a nice travel day outfit.  Comfortable clothes for the plane (with a cardigan and scarf if the plane is chilly), slip-on shoes for security lines, and a roomy backpack for my carry-on essentials (laptop, snacks, etc).



Yay!  Now we are in sunny California at the Disneyland Resort!  A day of park-hopping necessitates easy-to-wear shorts and a Mickey t-shirt.  Comfortable walking shoes (I highly recommend Sketchers shoes), sunglasses, and backpack are important too.  The Minnie ears are optional, but everyone is a kid at Disneyland, so go for it!  I have been to the parks so many times that I have quite the collection of hats and ears, so I bring a favorite with me from home.

Dinner at the fine-dining establishment Napa Rose requires something a bit more special than shorts and a Disney shirt.  A stretchy, non-wrinkling dress works for dinner and walking in the parks. Dressed up a bit with some nice sandals and you will fit right in with all of the rest of the diners.



On a cooler day or for touring the parks in the evening, you may want to cover up a bit more. A cozy sweatshirt does the trick.  The skort dresses things up a bit, but is just as comfortable as shorts.  I bought this particular skort at Duluth Trading Company and it is my favorite piece of park clothing.  It is fast drying (great for humid weather or the occasional wet ride), the shorts under the skirt make it easy to be active (and modest when getting in and out of the attraction vehicles), and the cargo pockets are great for stashing essentials.  When wearing this skort I can often forgo bringing a bag with me to the parks at all.  When someone says skort I think of a matronly piece of clothing, but I think this one is cute.

Although it never rains in Southern California (ha ha), it is smart to bring a lightweight rain jacket or poncho with you.  The Colombia brand jacket that I own folds very small and I don’t mind packing it in my luggage.



Hopefully it doesn’t rain during our trip, so we will have a nice pool day after touring the parks for a day or two.  I like to pack two bathing suits with me, even when packing light, because there is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to squeeze into a damp bathing suit if you swim two days in a row.

I am also pretty casual with my pajama choices.  When packing fewer items I try to have clothes that can do double-duty if needed.  So, my pajama bottoms can be joggers that could be worn during the day if it became unusually cool.  The tank can be worn in the parks and the cardigan can be used as a sweater and a robe inside your hotel room.  Flip flops function as slippers, pool shoes and rainy day foot ware.



Here is a visual of the tops, bottoms and accessories that I would pack for a week-long trip to the Disneyland Resort.  It is basically casual, comfortable clothes that can be mixed and matched as needed.  Now that I am pretty well organized… on to the kids!

That will be Part Two 🙂