Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of my all-time favorite events!! Keep reading for quick “tricks” for your next visit to the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
The fall decor around the Magic Kingdom is so lovely! The below picture was shot early in the morning as we waited in line for early entry into the park for our dining reservation. Going this early made it SUPER easy to get a photo of the train station (and many other areas) without anyone else in the photo. Plus, the lights were still on and visible, which I think adds to the photo.
Speaking of fall decor, my favorite decorations in the Magic Kingdom are the Mickey Mouse pumpkins that line the streets (they light up at night, too)! It’s easy to just snap a quick picture of these, but I challenge you to take a moment before you click to look at the background. Does it add to your photo or distract? I chose to use the castle as my background because I wanted to highlight that we were in the Magic Kingdom. With this particular angle and pumpkin, I did have to crop the photo later, but I knew I’d have to do that since I couldn’t zoom in/get any closer physically.
Fall in Florida can also be rainy. Be prepared, but also take advantage of the look the clouds can give in your photos. The color of these clouds along with the colors on the building made for a more dramatic photo than one taken on a sunny afternoon of the same place.
Specialty Desserts & Food
Oh the snacks!!! Several themed snacks are available during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and they are just so cute, how can you not take a photo of them? Again, take a moment to step back and see how you can better capture it. Is there something nearby that compliments the colors, theme, etc.?
The atmosphere is transformed during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but not in a too-spooky way. It’s mystical and beautiful. To take this shot, I used my favorite tripod: a Disney trashcan (they’re everywhere!). Using it helped to keep the photo in focus. Try it the next time you’re at a Disney Park!
Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade
Don’t. Use. Flash. Seriously, your photos will look so much better if you don’t. If you only have a phone or point and shoot, I recommend being further down on Main Street USA near the Confectionery because they had bright lights shining down on the parade as it strode by. You’ll have much better luck there and BONUS…the castle will be in the background. In the photo below, we were near Splash Mountain where the Parade begins. I like it there because it’s peaceful and once the end of the parade ends, we can head on more attractions before everyone else finishes watching!
And don’t be afraid of a little blur. These Haunted Mansion ballroom dancers were awesome! I love how the bottoms of all the dresses are slightly blurry -it shows their movement beautifully.
And the characters. There are so many!! Some are more stationary than others, but if you want to get a good picture of one, have your camera ready and then take a picture when they stop to wave. Most dance around quite a bit, but they often pause for brief moments and if you’re ready, you’ll capture a great picture while enjoying the parade…and that’s what you really want, is to enjoy the parade. If you’re busy taking a zillion photos, you’re probably not having as great of a time as you could be.
Finally the fireworks!
We asked a Cast Member where her favorite place to watch the fireworks show was and she told us this spot. There were projections on the castle, but nothing like for Happily Ever After, and since we were in Fantasyland, we thought we’d give it a try. There ended up being fireworks all around us!! It was fantastic. Although I was bummed it was raining slightly, I do love the blurred raindrops in the photo below! Embrace the rain!!
Hopefully these tips will help you the next time you’re at this special event. If you have any questions about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (photo-related or not) please feel free to ask away!