Candy, candy, candy!!!! My poor, sweet daughter (pun intended) has inherited my sweet tooth. If there was any doubt as to her love for the sugary stuff, she put that to rest on our recent trip to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party when she went on a mission to collect as much candy as she possibly could. (If she thinks this mom is going to let her eat all of the candy she managed to accumulate, she’s lost her mind!)
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an evening filled with costumed fun at the happiest place on earth, and if you have never been to this awesomely fun Halloween party well then, you are missing out. It is hands-down our favorite party of the year, and we look forward to the annual event with much anticipation.
While the night isn’t all about candy… it was for my little one this year. So I thought it would be appropriate to talk a little bit about how many sweets the park doles out during the affair.
Trick or Treat!
Throughout the park, partygoers can trick or treat at 11 candy stops plus two treat trails (each with three candy stations) strategically scattered among the lands. Candy stations are clearly marked by large glowing balls. At candy spots, cast members pass out generous amounts of candy typically via two lanes to speed up the process. Even on busy nights, such as the night we attended, while candy lines appear long they move quickly.
What kind of candy?
Candy lovers need not worry about only receiving the “junky” candy, like the old man down the street passes out at Halloween, Disney does this party up right. With an expansive variety of 40 types of candy to satisfy any craving, those who pay close attention to the sweets will notice that stations hand out three different mix varieties of treats. From straight-up sugary snacks (like Sweetarts and Now & Laters) to chocolaty goodness (like Snickers and Kit-Kats), the more stations you hit up the more variety you will find in your loot bag at the end of the night.
There are even two specialty stations that offer specific treats — the Werther’s Originals station in Fantasy Land near Small World and the Chiquita Banana station outside the Jungle Cruise. (Don’t worry candy fends, there is also candy handed out along side the bananas.)
How much candy?
While 15 stations might not seem like a lot of candy spots to hard-core trick or treaters, Disney cast members don’t skimp on the number of pieces passed out. From generous handfuls to full scoops of candy (from those who noticed my birthday button) we racked up more candy than we could ever eat. (Hello, candy to pass out at Halloween.) Don’t tell K, but we didn’t even make it to all of the candy stations this year!
Tip: Upon entering the park, guests are handed goodie bags to collect their bounty. But full bags of candy quickly grow heavy for little ones, so we bring a canvas tote with us to dump out small bags into throughout the night.
BTW – Here’s an impressive number… Over the course of 23 parties, Disney cast members will dole out more 215 tons of candy. (YUM!)
Where is the candy?
Upon entering the park, guests receive a special party map that includes the locations of all of the candy spots as well as ] character greeting locations unique to the party and even interactive party spots. For quick reference the candy spots are located:
- Tomorrowland – Near Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Tomorrowland – Near Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland – In front of the Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland / Fantasyland – Treat Trail runs behind the Tomorrowland Speedway (enter in Fantasyland, exit Tomrrowland)
- Fantasyland – Near the Railroad Station
- Fantasyland – Near Small World
- Fantasyland – Near the bathrooms on the way to Liberty Square
- Liberty Square – At Liberty Square Riverboat
- Frontierland – Treat Trail between Splash Mountain & Big Thunder Mountain
- Adventureland – Near Pirates of the Caribbean
- Adventureland – Near Jungle Book Cruise
How much does it cost?
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween is a separate ticketed event, which means you must purchase a ticket for the event regardless if you have seasonal passes or have been enjoying the park that day. Admission price depends on when you go, but is around $60 per ticket.
Tip: There are still presale tickets available for dates in October, and you can save on tickets by purchasing in advance.
When is the party?
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on select nights in September and October annually. For 2012, the dates are as follows:
- September: 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30 2012
- October: 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 2012
- November: 2 2012
So how much candy did she really get? Check out the morning after…
Disclosure – I attended Disney’s media event, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.