Last week I posted some of my top tips for getting the most out of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and promised to share my game plan for the upcoming year. While we are not scheduled to go for another few weeks, it always helps to be prepared! So here is our tentative game plan:
Up to 4pm: Have an restful day with perhaps a bit of swimming for the kids. Around 2:30pm we begin to get ready and in costume.
4:00pm: Arrive at the Magic Kingdom to pick up wristbands. Head immediately to either Cosmic Rays or Pecos Bill's for an early, light dinner.
5:00 - 5:30pm: Pick one or two rides to entertain the kids and then make our way to meet Jack Skellington and Sally.
5:30pm: One of the adults will be in line for Jack and Sally at this point. The other will take the kids for rides or just walking around and admiring other costumes.
The waiting can take a while...
6:45pm: This is usually when these top characters start to meet and greet with guests. Hopefully we are far enough in front that we are out of line by 7:30pm.
7:30pm: Grab a quick specialty snack (Like those Jack Pops from Sleepy Hollow!) and pick another character or two meet. We tend to like Villains, but have met most of them by now. Ill let the kids pick this one usually that morning. If we have time, we'll fit in a ride or two!
8:45pm: Find a good spot for the Boo to You Parade. While one adult waits, the other may help the kids grab another snack or ride one more ride.
9:15pm: Boo To You Parade! Easily one of my favorite entertainment events at Disney...
9:45pm: With about 30 minutes before the fireworks, this is usually when we start to hit some candy stations for the trick or treating. The lines will be much shorter now. We also usually try to make our way to the Haunted Mansion, but the lines for this ride can get quite long...
10:15pm: Happy Hallowishes Fireworks! Again, a true highlight of the party and should not be missed. The view for this is pretty good almost everywhere in the park and so we don't tend to stake out a spot like we do for the Parade.
10:45 - 12:00: If anyone is awake and still going, this is when we ride some rides, meet another character or two and grab that last bit of candy. After the fireworks show the crowds tend to really thin out! SO if you've got the energy, this can be a truly great time to be in the parks!
Have you created your game plan yet??
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!