|KennythePirate’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Planning Guide|
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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Character Schedules and Locations(Updated 10/4/2013)
Additions for 2013 – Jack and Sally from Nightmare before Christmas, Monsters Inc will take over the Tomorrowland Dance Party, Phineas and Ferb will not meet but only appear before the parade on Main Street. Lots of character moves.
Deletions for 2013 – Phineas and Ferb will not meet, but will appear on Main Street with the Creepa Crew prior to the parade for dancing. Duffy no longer meets at the party. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is closed, but those characters are in the party elsewhere.
New Locations for 2013 – 7 Dwarves in Storybook Circus area, Gaston near his tavern, Tremaines at Town Square, Lotso at Town Square, Jafar at Town Square
Know who you want to see!
HIGHEST PRIORITY CHARACTERS:
It’s important that your family makes a plan of the things they wish to experience during the party so they don’t spend their time wandering around the park. When it comes to characters you should pick the ones you find have the greatest importance. To some people, meeting with the 7 Dwarves will rank high, while others may wish to see Captain Jack Sparrow and another family may want to visit with every villain at the party. Know who you want to see and set a reasonable goal. It’s not impossible to meet every character, but you won’t have time for any other element of the party to attempt this.
These characters may have lines of one hour or more or take multiple meets to see them all
Jack Skellington and Sally are new for 2013 and were VERY popular for the Downtown Disney Event last year, so I would line up early for them and save the Dwarves for last meet of the night. The line begins forming for this couple around 5:0 to 5:30 pm!
If you wish to meet the 7 Dwarfs, (Snow White doesn’t meet with them, she meets with her Prince elsewhere) you’ll want to line up no later than 6:15 pm. The line for the Dwarves actually begins to form at 5:30 pm. Why would I recommend spending all that time in line? Well, if you don’t line up early, you’ll still be in that line later and you’ll miss precious party time. By lining up early, you’ll have the full 5 hours to do the other things you wish during the actual party.
If you choose to meet Jack and Sally first, you should save the Dwarfs until later.
There are two different types of villains meets near the Castle and elsewhere in the park..
- The first type of Villains meet is the standard meet. This group is spread out in the park and includes Gaston, Jafar, Lotso and the Tremaine Family. These characters form regular stand by lines and are willing to chat and sign autographs. Their lines rarely exceed 15 minutes and I’ve often walked right up to them. Gaston and the Tremaine Family may also be met during the day.
- The second type of villains meet is the post Villains Mix & Mingle Show. This meet includes Maleficent, Dr. Facilier, Queen Grimhilde, Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, Queen of Hearts from left to right when facing the castle and Judge Claude Frollo roams the area. They perform a short song and dance act, then make their way down from the stage to meet the guests willing to wait. The lines are very chaotic and you might meet 2 or 3 per show. It usually takes me 3 shows to meet them all and I start on the far left ramp and arrive early.
NOTE: If you wish to meet the Villains after Mix and Mingle they are located from left to right when looking at the stage: Maleficent, Dr. Facilier, Queen Grimhilde, Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, Queen of Hearts. Frollo roams.
Captain Jack Sparrow:
Captain Jack is very popular, but he also tend to be fashionably late. I stood in line one night hoping he’d arrive at 7:00 pm sharp only to find out later that he wouldn’t arrive until 8:00 pm. I recommend going to see him immediately after the SECOND Boo To You Parade. They disband his line for parades, so many people don’t want to wait twice.
Princesses with their Princes:
If the Jack & Sally or the Dwarves aren’t your highest priority, you may wish to line up for these Lords and Ladies early. You’ll find Cinderella with her Prince, Snow White and her Prince and Rapunzel with Flynn Rider. I’ve found the line typically begins to form around 6:30 and begins right at 7:00. Flynn Rider is VERY popular and VERY chatty, so even with all the Disney Magic, he still builds a long line. If you don’t wish to arrive early, come back around 11:00pm or right after the second parade for the shortest waits.
MODERATE PRIORITY CHARACTERS
Aladdin & Abu, Jasmine & Genie
Aladdin was typically meeting with Abu and Jasmine with Genie. There were one or two sets around parade times some nights where Abu and Genie met together. The lines for these characters were typically about 20-30 minutes. You may line up for one set and actually meet the other set. We found all four together about 11:00 pm.
Mickey will be available to greet guests in his Halloween Magician costume at Town Square Theater. Lines are shortest during and immediately after parades and after 11:00 pm.
Minnie continues to meet with him until at least September 20th
Tarzan, Jane and Terk
Tarzan and Jane weren’t meeting together in 2012. They were alternating and Terk usually met with each of them. Tarzan is by far the more inter active character. He may pick bugs off your child’s head or jump around and pound his chest. Jane is very proper (almost Mary Poppins like) but very sweet too. Lines were typically 20-30 minutes and you may line up for one set and end up meeting the other. We found all three meeting together at 11:00 pm.
Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet
The Pooh characters are worth seeing because they all have great Halloween costumes. They typically have a 30 minute wait and often see their line cut before they even arrive for the next set. Be sure to ask the Cast Member about the schedule.
Aurora & Prince Phillip
Until 9/18 Aurora meets with Prince Phillip in Fantasyland. You’ll find them behind the castle, near the wall or behind the Carousel.
LOWEST PRIORITY CHARACTERS
Alice in Wonderland & Mad Hatter
In my experience, I never waited more than 10 minutes to meet these guys. Sometimes each meets separately and sometimes they meet together. Alice meets in the park during the day, but the Mad Hatter doesnt. The Mad Hatter is hilarious and will joke around quite a bit with the guests in his classic voice.
There’s really no reason to arrive early for either Dance Party. Just walk right in, dance until you’re tired and take some photos. You can ask a Cast Member what time a certain character will appear. We often end the night at one of the dance parties. The Tomorrowland Dance Party is being taken over by the characters of Monster’s Inc in 2013!
Donald & Daisy
Donald wears his pumpkin costume and Daisy is a Princess. Lines were typically 5-10 minutes.
It’s difficult to predict, but with Minnie relocating to Fantasyland on September 20th, it’s likely that she won’t have really long lines.
VISIT DURING THE DAY CHARACTERS
It’s my opinion that I don’t waste my precious and expensive party time visiting characters that I could easily see during the day in the same costuming. Perhaps you only have one day at Walt Disney World or you aren’t planning to be in the Magic Kingdom any mornings, in those cases it would make sense to visit these characters if they are important to you. Those who meet in the exact same costume during the day include:
- Buzz Lightyear
- Tiana & Naveen
- Tinker Bell & Fairy Friend (Vidia until Sept 13, then Terance begins)
- Tremaine Family