Halloween update: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World
Published: September 22, 2010 at 4:56 PM
Last night we went to go check out Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World and it didn't disappoint. As you arrive at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom
you are greeted by a giant Mickey pumpkin and the decorated Main Street Train Station.
Walk just inside and you'll be given a special trick-or-treat bag, then see Main Street, USA and Cinderella's Castle lit in extra-spooky colors.
There is plenty of walking to do and plenty of candy to fulfill all your sugary needs at this Halloween event. When I say plenty of candy, I mean there is a lot. There are 12 Trick-Or-Treat stations marked with Goofy's Candy Company logos on the park map. And don't think you are too old to go trick-or-treating for candy; it's tons of fun for young and old. Along the candy routes you can also see special Disney characters appearing in Halloween costumes, signing autographs and posing for pictures.
More fun is to be had at the character dance parties in Liberty Square and Tomorrowland. The DJ will have you dancing in no time with music ranging from current dance hits to old-school disco. There's just something wildly entertaining about seeing Stitch and others dance to Thriller.
And dancing the night away isn't the only entertainment. You also should check out Disney's Villains Mix & Mingle. It's part show, part meet-and-greet. It goes on four times a night, center-stage in front of Cinderella's Castle. This special Halloween production is filled with special effects that will sure catch you off guard.
Also go over to check out The Haunted Mansion with its spooky colors and meet an extra-spooky ghost they let out of the Mansion just for the party.
The Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade starts in Frontierland twice each evening during the event. Make sure just before the parade comes around that you keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman. Other parade sightings include Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook and the Haunted Mansion Ghosts.
Make sure you have your candy bags ready because Goofy and his Candy Company are giving out tons of candy.
And of course you don't want to miss the Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular. The show includes a sing-along with the Disney Villains that is a lot of fun and that gives you the feeling like you are in control of the fireworks exploding.
And saved the best for last. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is fun for all ages. I was surprised at how much fun I had and to see so many wonderful costumes. Young and old come dressed up in all sorts of costumes, from Vampires to the Flintstones. Don't think you are too old to dress up in a funny Halloween costume. At Disney everyone is a kid again, and did I mention that there is lots and lots of candy?
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs for another 21 select nights through Halloween at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park. Tickets for the event vary per night and will range from $47.95 to $58.95 per child (ages 3-9) and $53.95 to $64.95 for adults. I suggest visiting Disney's website and purchasing tickets in advance as they are discounted and will sell out on some nights.
Published: September 22, 2010 at 9:59 PM
This would be so much fun to go to. Someplace where you don't have to be young to dress up in costumes and not be embarrassed about it.
If I went, I would probably wear my homemade pumpkin costume (similar to Donald in the one pic). If you went, what would you go as?
Published: September 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM
Hi, looks fantastic! Thanks for tip about buying tickets in advance. I am coming with my family from the UK next month and have bought our park passes. Could someone please tell me whether you have to exit and re-enter the park for the party or if you just stay through to the evening. Also what time the park is open to on those special event nights?
Thanks for your help!
Published: September 23, 2010 at 4:16 AM
Nowadays I seem to be mistaking Theme Park Insider for a Disney fansite. The bias towards DISNEY, DISNEY, DISNEY on this site from principally the webmaster(s) and then of course the forum patrons is appalling.
There are so many theme parks in the world, but you don't offer any kind of insight (or opinion, for that matter) on hardly any of them - unless they are based in Orlando or Anaheim obviously.
How about researching great European parks (I say "great" by European standards, obviously) such as Alton Towers, Parc Asterix, Efteling, Thorpe Park, PortAventura, Phantasialand, Europa Park...
Every time I log on to this site I read more and more about DISNEY...such as "...oh look, an ex-cast member from 1974 remembers this..." or "...wahey, look at the new fancy menus for EPCOT's 6th best restaurant..." or "...lo and behold the lack of chairs along the carnival route at Magic Kingdom...".
I would hazard a guess that the webmaster(s) and forum patrons on TPI have no knowledge whatsoever about any parks outside of Orlando and Anaheim - and that's fine I guess, but don't mislead people into visiting your site by pretending to offer 'insider' news on theme parks (generalisation, plural). Because you don't.
Published: September 23, 2010 at 6:59 AM
Just look at the attendance figure, anonymous. I also look at the site's traffic numbers, and page views for stories correlate strongly with park attendance. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are the parks people go to, spend money at and what to read about. So that's where I focus the coverage. It's just that simple.
That said, I would love to have more coverage of the European parks, but living in America, I'm dependent upon European readers to help drive that - I can't provide it all myself. Now, this does raise a chicken-or-the-egg question: we need readers to provide coverage, but we need coverage to attract readers. I'm trying to break that by arranging a theme park trip to Europe, but I can save money only so fast.
We have had good coverage from readers in Europe in the past, and I've had some interest from a couple of readers who keep sending me e-mails from accounts to which my return messages bounce (grrrr...), so if anyone in the EU is reading this and wants to help us with that coverage, please let me know.
Published: September 23, 2010 at 8:12 AM
I also seem to recall many more European trip reports/news coverages about 5-10 years ago.
I gotta say that I was never thrilled with the idea of a Magic Kingdom Halloween event, especially one with a name as lame as "Not-So-Scary". The park, however, really does look good. I typically shun the idea of characters dancing to pop hits, but the idea of the Disney characters performing Thriller actually makes me smile. However, none of that matters if the candy isn't good. Was it high-quality candy? You know, brand-name chocolate bars and the like? Or did you end up with a pile of coconut marshmallows?
And now, back to our regular scheduled discussion.
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Published: September 23, 2010 at 8:28 AM
We went last weekend and the candy is mixed. There are some chocolates of the name brand variety offered like mini snickers, york patties and M&M's. Most of the candies are name brand as well with Skittles, Sour Patch Kids and Laffy Taffy. We have gone for the past 4 years with our kids (9,8& 2). It's typically a fun night with not large crowds. A tip for the parade is to watch it in front of the Hall of Presidents. They leave the doors open and the A/C is blowing on your back. Florida in September is still pretty sticky!
I like MNSSHP but prefer the adult events at BGT and UO.
On Saturday we are doing the passholder night at HOS. Can't wait!
Published: September 23, 2010 at 5:30 PM
We'll be there in another 2 weeks. It will be our first time doing the party, and we can't wait to enjoy it with our new baby!
Published: September 23, 2010 at 9:40 PM
I love the review, but I especially love the pictures. Very excellent! I am thinking that maybe a new story or tip for TPI is good photo techniques for fireworks and theme parks in general.
The Halloween Party is a riot every year. The stigma of "its for kids" is broken down as you walk though the front gates. The Trick or Treating is worth it because, hey, when is the last time you were able to do that?
Published: September 24, 2010 at 12:33 AM
Hey anonymous, TPI didn't forget about Europe, there was a neat article earlier this week on....DISNEYland Paris. Good read, check it out.
As for the Halloween Party, I wonder how many Harry Potter's will show up.
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