There were many changes made at the Disney World parks when they reopened in July. Face coverings must be worn, temperatures are taken, and some of our favorite experiences have been temporarily suspended. Large parades, fireworks shows, and special ticketed events are among some of the experiences currently suspended. Unfortunately, this meant no Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party this year. But what about next year? While we can never say for certain exactly what Disney will do, we can take a look at what factors will be in play!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. The event is a fun Halloween party featuring trick-or-treating, a special Halloween-themed parade, lots of characters, and an amazing nighttime show. This fun event usually begins in mid-August and runs until November 1st. Due to Covid restrictions, we were all sad to see the party canceled in 2020. However, Disney did allow guests to wear costumes! For the first time, all guests were allowed to dress up in costumes during regular park hours! This fun new rule change lasted through Halloween! Special Halloween-themed character cavalcades were also added for some extra magic! Of course, there were also special-edition treat offerings too!
Will we see mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party return this year? As we all know, things are constantly changing as we move through this pandemic. Park capacity has already increased from 25% to 35%. Touch of Disney, a special event at Disney’s California Adventure park, sold out quickly! This could mean there is some demand for exclusive events. Could this mean a return of special ticketed events at Disney World as well? We sure hope so! So much depends on recommendations from the CDC and Disney’s experts on disease control. Perhaps the Halloween party will return but with more safety measures? We could very likely see a modified version of the event this year. Maybe the party could incorporate socially distanced character meets and special smaller cavalcades? There are so many ways Disney could incorporate magic while ensuring safety.
My bet is that if there is enough demand, Disney will bring back the party in a modified way. What we know for certain is that we also have all of the 50th-anniversary celebrations to look forward to starting in October!