Friday, September 2, 2011

Mickey's Not So Scary Hallowwen Party Primer

One of my favorite special events will be happening soon at Walt Disney World-Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. This special hard ticket event happens every Fall on selected nights from September to November. During this time, the Magic Kingdom shuts down early and hosts a Halloween party for only 5000 ticket holders. Villain Meet & Greets, character dance parties, trick or treating through the Magic Kingdom, a special parade & Merry Hallowishes, a special holiday fireworks version of Wishes nighttime fireworks, are some of the special treats guest can enjoy. So here's a few quick facts & tips about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party.

When is it?
This years party runs from September 13th to November 1st. The party starts at 7pm and runs to Midnight, but I have heard of people being allowed in as early 4pm.

Will my regular Magic Your Way ticket, Park Hopper or Water Park & More ticket get me in?
No. You must purchase a separate ticket for this event. You will be given a special wristband upon entering and will be asked to show it before being allowed on to the rides & into special experiences.

How much is admission? And are their discounts on tickets?
Ticket prices vary depending on dates & if you purchase them in advance. A complete list of dates & prices can be found here. Annual passholders & Disney vacation club members can usually get discount on selected dates as well. 

Is it really scary like other theme parks Halloween parties?
No, not at all. Like the name says, it's not so scary at all. Disney created this event to be very family friendly. Will the Haunted Mansion may seem a little spookier, and there will definitely be some extra villains to meet, the whole thing is pretty mild. But best part-there's fun for every age group. 

I heard mention of candy-tell me more about this.
Upon entering the Magic Kingdom, everyone-yes the grown-ups too, is handed a bag to hold your trick-or-treating booty. Throughout the different lands of the Magic Kingdom there are goody stations where you can collect your candy. Goofys Candy Co. supplies the treats and the giver-outers are very generous :)

What else is there to do?
** Boo-to-You parade twice a night. And can I say I am not at all a parade person-I usually use that time to slip on the rides while the everyone else is watching them, but this parade I always make sure to catch-it's great!! 

**Character Dance parties where you can boogie down with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is really fun for the littler party goers. Very interactive and lots of fun!

**Disney Villains Mix & Mingle is a great way to get your picture with your favorite Disney scoundrels and meanies. But be warned-they are a cranky lot ;)

**Special Disney Character experiences with old favorites and some hard to find folk and many of them are dressed up in their best Halloween costumes. We were able to get some really hard to find autographs during the party, including quirky ones like the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, and Dee & Dum :)

Is there any other benefit to going to the party?
Yes. Because there are only 5000 tickets sold, you get to experience Magic Kingdom with less people. Granted 5000 people is still a lot, but we have literally walked on rides again and again because of the lower crowd levels. I do want to mention that not all rides are open, but many of the most popular ones like Space Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, Dumbo, Peter Pan's Flight and of course The Haunted Mansion are usually open. Like everything it's subject to change-weather and rides operating will dictate what's running.

And because I like to save the best for last, Merry Hallowishes. Disney does such an amazing job with Wishes fireworks show, that it's hard to believe there is any way they can top it, but I have to say Hallowishes is better. I know-I wouldn't have believed it possible had I not seen it for myself, but it is. It is just spectacular and will leave you with your mouth hanging open.

These pictures really don't do it justice-not even close. But trust me-you will not be disappointed. 

So if you're ever considered trying this special event now you have an idea on what to expect. It's a ton of fun and definitely worth trying. And don't for get to get your parade & fireworks viewing spots early ;)

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