Picking the PERFECT MNSSHP Costume
Thousands of visitors flock to Walt Disney World to attend popular autumn-exclusive events. Specifically, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a fan favorite due to its special entertainment, free candy, and spooky atmosphere.
While the Magic Kingdom usually celebrates our favorite good guys, MNSSHP is the one time that villains take center stage. The park itself is shrouded in smoke, mood lighting, and music reminiscent of The Haunted Mansion and The Tower of Terror.
With the villains in charge, guests are allowed to break some rules. For example, at this party guests of all ages are allowed to wear costumes and dress up as their favorite Disney characters.
While this is a great time to show off your cosplay skills, we do have advice for selecting your costume. It can be tricky to find something both photogenic and practical, but we’re up for the challenge!
Tip #1: Figure Out Your Arrival Time
This may seem like an odd costume tip but hear us out. Guests attending MNSSHP can enter the Magic Kingdom at 4:00 p.m., even though the party doesn’t technically start for a few hours.
However, some folks also choose to buy a general admission ticket, so they can be in the park from open to close. If this is you, you won’t be able to change into your costume until 4:00 p.m. (This doesn’t apply to young children.)
For our adult visitors, you will either have to store your ensemble in a locker or go back to your hotel to change. We’d recommend picking a lightweight costume that can be stored easily.
Bulky outfits or clothing that needs ironing won’t fair well in a locker, so figuring out the changing logistics is a must.
Tip #2: Pick Comfortable Footwear
When picking out shoes, remember what you wore trick or treating as a kid. The answer is probably sneakers or waterproof shoes.
MNSSHP is no exception.
No matter what your costume is, comfy walkable shoes should be your priority. Heels might look great for photos in your Cinderella ballgown, but your aching feet will pay the price.
Also, since MNSSHP has so much to see and do, you’ll need shoes you can quickly move in. Yellow pumps for a Minnie dress aren’t going to cut it.
Rules of footwear fashion can be ignored.
Tip #3: Consider Your Headwear
Many costumes require hats, hairstyles, or even wigs to complete the outfit. This is fine, but remember you’ll be in a theme park. A hot and maybe rainy theme park.
You can style your hair but note that it may fall out riding Space Mountain. And you can wear a wig, but it’ll get toasty.
We’d recommend lightweight hats, tiaras, or other hair accessories that can be removed for rides but keep unruly hair at bay. Or if your hair is long, wear it up or braid it.
Like footwear, comfort is still key.
Tip #4: The Lighter the Better
Weather is going to be a huge factor. While it will technically be fall, Florida’s fall may feel like your hometown’s summer.
With the risk of rain and humidity, we’d suggest picking a light and breathable outfit. Save the elaborate, fuzzy Sully onesie or the floor-length Belle gown for home.
But what if you want to be a Disney character? That’s an easy fix!
Not every Disney character wears a heavy, elaborate costume. Tinker Bell’s dress or Russell’s Wilderness Explorer uniform are both are the short and cooler side.
You can also wear a Disney bounding outfit. Wear a princess-inspired sundress and buy your boyfriend a prince-printed t-short to get the job done.
No one will judge you for taking the “easy” way out.
Tip #5: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative!
On the other hand, you don’t have to play it safe. Comfort is vital, but you don’t have to go with a common or even well-known character.
Princesses are great but think outside the box.
Do you have a favorite Disney TV show or underrated movie? Do you have a favorite park or attraction-specific character?
There is no better place to flex your niche Disney knowledge than WDW. Pick the most obscure costume you can think of. We guarantee someone will recognize you that night.
Here are some of our favorite internet finds to inspire you.
Whether your costume is prize-worthy or simpler, you will have a magical time playing dress-up in the Magic Kingdom. Above all else, have fun and enjoy your night of Halloween fun.
We wish you the best “not-so-scary” evening possible!
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