Question for The Disney Moms from Tracy: I am planning on going to Disney World October 16 to the 20th 2013. What is going on at this time? I heard that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party takes place. Have you been to this before and do you recommend it for adults? What are the crowd levels like during this time as well? How much do tickets cost for the party? Also I saw something about the Food and Wine show is going on as well. Is this only at Epcot?
Firstly, October is (in my opinion) an awesome time to visit WDW. The crowd levels in the parks are predicted to be fairly low on on Touring Plans, and some early starts and use of Fast Pass will mean very little waiting in line.
You are correct in hearing that MNSSHP takes place on selected dates through October (the actual dates have not been released by Disney as yet). There is an extra cost to purchase a ticket to this event. Prices vary between advanced purchase or buying on the day and also depending on the date you are attending. For the dates you are are looking at, they were around $62- $69 last year. Although I have not been to the actual party, I have been there with people who have, and have been in the MK as they are closing the park to regular guests and the party is starting – such fun. Is it recommended for adults? Totally!!! It is good for all ages. There are special meet and greets laid on with rare characters, trick or treat stations everywhere, a special Boo to You parade and Hallo-Wishes fireworks. Lots of people, adults and kids get dressed up and it is an amazing atmosphere. This is the only time when adults can dress like Disney characters in the parks without being turned away!
As for the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, this runs on selected dates in Fall too and was certainly on last October as we were there! This is a fantastic event and although you do not have to buy an extra ticket to visit the booths which are dotted around World Showcase (and it is only here in EPCOT) you do have to pay to purchase food or beverages. However if you are on the DDP many of the options count as a snack credit which is really good news!
I hope this has helped and you have a wonderful trip.