Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Review | How To Plan a Fall Disney Trip


Hey, loves! I've been so lucky to have taken my family to so many different Disney Parks since the kids were born. But I'd never been during the fall, so I can finally share all the details! Was Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween worth it? Absolutely yes! We planned a trip with Small World Vacations to spend spooky season in the parks, and it was an experience we'll never forget. Here are all the details!

  • This was a big kids only trip! My mom and I took Landon and Presley to Disney World for Mickey's Not So Spooky Halloween for four days.
  • We planned the trip with Small World Vacations, and I'm so glad we did. Even when I think I know all there is to know about planning a trip to Disney World, they remember so many details I never even considered. I'll never go back to planning them by myself!
  • I asked you guys over on Instagram to share all of your questions about spending Halloween in the parks. If you're looking to see if your question was answered, the Disney Q&A is at the bottom of this post!

Our Halloween Disney Trip Itinerary


We stayed at the Polynesian Village Resort, which is my absolute favorite! It has all the Hawaii vibes, plus the best food and access to the monorail. We did the walkup waitlist and got right in at Ohana for breakfast! I saved all of my Disney stories to a highlight, so if you'd like to relive it all with me and see a Poly Moana room tour, come on over to @bitsofbri!

Small World Vacations had us set up with the sweetest welcome gift in our room. And here's a little Disney hack for you - use Prime delivery to get snacks, fruit, waters, and milk delivered to your room! Bell services will deliver to your room, and you can bring it all in the parks, which saves money.


We spent our second day in Magic Kingdom, and had breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Our reservations were made well ahead, and I already new exactly what to get. If you're headed to Cindy's Table, get the steak and eggs or the caramel apple stuffed french toast!

Then it was off to the Little Mermaid, Small World, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and a pit stop for Dole Whip!


Somehow, we managed to squeeze in some pool time before changing into our costumes for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween. Our three girls and one Landon were the perfect recipe for our Hocus Pocus costumes. I managed to put together my entire costume on Amazon!

I'm glad we did some relaxing by the pool before the festivities kicked off because we needed every last drop of energy we could get for the party and parade.


There’s just so much that makes visiting this time of year special, but if you were thinking of coming to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween next year, here's what you need to know:

🎃 we got to dress up in full costume, which the kids went crazy for!
👻 the Boo To You Parade was filled with new songs and dances that were just spooky enough!
🎆 the fireworks show was absolutely fantastic!
✨ since it was a special event, the lines were so much shorter than normal. We got on rides really easily!


Day 3 was an Epcot Day! My favorite ride ever is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and we managed to get on back-to-back!

Then it was hot chocolates at La Crêperie de Paris, then Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Test Track, Frozen Ever After, and fireworks! Go right in front of the ball for the best viewing spot in Epcot!

Day four was our last day - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Oga’s Cantina, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Slinky Dog Dash, Hollywood Brown Derby, and pumpkin pie dole whip! We really packed everything we could into that last day! 


Whenever we do a Disney trip, I always get a ton of DMs about where I shop for our clothes. I made a whole blog post about this to help you guys out if you're planning family outfits, and I linked a few of my favorite Etsy shops and small businesses that I use for the kids' clothes!

If you caught our "We're at Disney World" reel, the kids had the cutest travel outfits that are currently on sale from Gap!

These outfits were actually purchased for a previous Disney trip, so I have them for all three kids. But they're still available here!

Okay, now onto the Disney Q&A!

How was it with no stroller with the kids? I feel like we might need them with a 4 and 6 yo.

  • I really regret not bringing one! We’re doing okay without it, but it would have made it so much easier to bring in water and snacks. And would’ve saved my arms when P gets tired at the end of the night. I got lots of messages about loving Kingdom Strollers for stroller rentals when you get to the parks. That way, you don’t have to worry about traveling with one! Since we would have needed a double, that would’ve been super helpful for us.


Do I need to use a travel agent to book a Disney trip?

  • We have had the most magical vacations with way less stress when we use Small World Vacations. There are honestly just so many little bits and pieces that I wouldn’t have even known to plan, and I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable when it comes to Disney trips! So it just makes the most sense, especially when you consider that it’s absolutely no cost to you.
  • I really can’t recommend Small World Vacations enough. If you’ve been around for a while, you know we used to joke that I have a PhD in Disney, but I’m retiring my degree! They do such a great job, I can just relax and enjoy the experience.

What’s your favorite Disney resort?

  • I love the Polynesian Village Resort! It gives me all the Hawaii feels, plus it has the best food and easy monorail access. 


How many days do you recommend for a Disney trip with littles?

  • I’d start out slow. Take a long weekend to learn the ropes without getting overwhelmed, and pick a park or two that have the sights that are most important for you.


What’s the best place to eat in Epcot?

  • San Angel Inn, hands down!


Did you get the Memory Maker Package this time?

  • Yes, and I’m so glad that we did! The Memory Maker includes all the ride pics and any pictures taken by professional photographers around the park, automatically accessible on your phone. They have special magic pictures that the kids are just obsessed with, too. It was definitely worth it to get all of us together in one picture.

What made you decide to leave Hayden behind?

  • Normally, Hayden would definitely be with us for all the Disney fun. But we planned this trip around Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, an after hours adventure full of spooky fun for the bigger kids. And even Presley couldn’t hang! Both the kids fell asleep before we could even get back to the resort. So I think we made the right decision in letting Hayden stay with daddy and Gramma. But I’m very glad we took Lolo along for the ride. She made our themed costume complete, and provided me with a much-needed extra set of hands and lots of laughs!


I need Disney outfit ideas! Help! Comfy, but cute.


Rope drop, stay late for fireworks, or both?

  • We are a diehard fireworks family! And with staying up late for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and the Boo To You Parade, we needed a little extra sleep. We rope dropped our full day at Magic Kingdom, but the next two days for Epcot and Hollywood Studios we couldn’t make it. We still got up early, but no rope drop for us this time around!

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