I’ve attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party every year for the past decade or so and this year was my first time to the party since going vegan.
I thought for sure that I’d be out of the running for trick-or-treating, but au contrare!
I had so much fun at the first party I attended in September that I went back for round two in October.
We encountered a bit of rain ☔️ on our first party night so I didn’t get many photos. I was too busy tromping through the puddles on my way to all the festivities. You know the saying…”A rainy day at Disney is better than a sunny day in the office.”
So this story is from my second visit. You know, once I’d learned all the ropes around this MNSSHP vegan thing.
Your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket grants you entry into the Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm even though the party doesn’t begin until 7pm.
I, of course, wanted to get there early to try and find some vegan quick service…plus I had a fastpass for Haunted Mansion. 👻
I think I was in the park by 5:30pm so I hightailed it over to Liberty Square to get my Mansion ride in. By the time I was done riding, my friends had arrived and I walked back up to the front of the park to meet up with them.
Once the party had started we made sure to go to the Fire Station at the foot of Main Street U.S.A. to get our complementary limited edition Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card.
This year’s card features 🐻 The Country Bears and makes a great free party souvenir! Plus they’re functional and work throughout the park…if you’re playing. Pro Tip: Card distribution ends an hour before the park closes so get yours before 11pm.
Next up, we needed to get our hands on those special teal trick-or-treat allergy bags they distribute to guests.
If you’re plant based these teal allergy bags are also for you. The bags can be acquired at the same place where the normal trick-or-treat candy bags are distributed. If you’re lucky, or if you fill up a bag, you can also snag one at the trick-or-treat stations throughout the Magic Kingdom.
To locate candy distribution spots, simply look for this inflatable signage.
After we had all acquired our candy bags it was time to get that vegan quick service we so desperately needed.
There are several spots to grab vegan food for dinner inside the Magic Kingdom. Not all restaurants are open during MNSSHP, but I knew that Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland is one such quick service location that stays open on party nights so we headed in for the falafel 🍔 burger I had been coveting!
I absolutely lurved this burger! You have to modify it to make it vegan. Request no tzatziki sauce and then take it over to the free toppings bar. The burger and fries are both cooked in a shared fryer so if that’s an issue for you just go over to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland for a veggie rice bowl instead.
The falafel itself had a subtle Mediterranean flavor and was fried to a perfect crisp. Tomato and pickle were the only toppings I chose and it was dee-licious.
I had to get a Sprite to wash it all down cause come on, look at these Halloween cups y’all!
So…about the candy. You have two options. You can collect Skittles (the only vegan candy I saw in the candy bins at both parties) or you can present your teal allergy bag and collect allergy tokens.
These tokens can be redeemed for vegan treats at anytime throughout Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
There are two redemption locations inside the park. One is in the Heritage House in Liberty Square next to the Hall of Presidents and the other is at Town Square Theater at the entrance area of the Magic Kingdom.
Your options when redeeming tokens are for vegan Enjoy Life products or small toys.
Remember when I said I had attended two parties? The first party was during Walt Disney World’s media night (full disclosure) the second party I paid for myself. The treats were slightly different both times. On the first party night I collected vegan Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate mini bars 🍫 , Enjoy Life Rice Milk Chocolate mini bars and Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies.
During the second party the cookies were not available as a redemption option 😭, only the milk and dark chocolate candy bars. I was told by a cast member that it just depends on what they send them that night.
Those Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies were bomb though!
Later on in the evening I ended up with a box of popcorn. I HAD to purchase this party exclusive Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket. All “butter flavored” popcorn 🍿 in the Disney theme parks is vegan and specialty souvenir buckets can be refilled for $1.50.
Photo courtesy of my friend @TheDisneyFox on Instagram. Follow him. His feed is Disney epicness.
We spent the remainder of our evening doing what one does at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
We rode rides…
Watched the headless horseman usher in Mickey’s Boo to You Parade. There are two parades nightly at 9:15 and 11:15 PM. Pro Tip: The second parade is always less crowded.
And then of course caught the Happy Hallowishes fireworks in front of Cinderella Castle at 10:15pm…
And no party is complete without a serenading from the Cadaver Dans in Frontierland!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separate hard ticket event and is definitely worth every penny. A limited amount of tickets are sold each night which means that crowds will generally be lighter than they would be during normal park hours. Pro Tip: Go to one of the parties in September. The closer you get to Halloween, the bigger the party crowds become.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on select evenings through November 1st. See the official Walt Disney World website for more details. 🎃