Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party: A Real Treat!

Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising and Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner.  Right now, Halloween plans may be the furthest from the minds of many.  But for those planning a trip to Walt Disney World this fall, celebrating this spooky holiday and planning costumes is at the top of the to-do list.  On select nights from mid-September through the very beginning of November, the Magic Kingdom turns into a jack-o-lantern gleaming, trick-or-treating wonderland for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  So what is in store for those who attend?  Fun!  And so much of it!  Not to mention equally as much candy!
 
Let the fun begin!
The party begins as soon as you make your way through the gates of the Magic Kingdom.  Guests are met by Cast Members making sure party attendees get their party wristbands, as well as their trick-or-treating bags. From the Train Station all the way down to Cinderella Castle, Main Street is dressed up with pumpkin people, decorated lamp posts, candy corn banners and some pretty cool lighting effects. But wait - the festivities don’t stop on Main Street!  The rest of the Magic Kingdom also takes part in the ghoulish delight.  And the park isn't the only thing that dresses up.  Guests of all ages come to the party decked out as their favorite swashbuckling pirate, enchanting Disney princess -- or even a character from their favorite Walt Disney World attraction.  I have found that half of the fun at these events is to see how creative some of the guests can be.  I’ve seen families with a dozen members come dressed as characters from Peter Pan, couples dressed as Mary Poppins & Bert, children dressed as Monorail drivers and Jungle Cruise Skippers and elderly couples dressed as Mouseketeers.  For those who may not feel like donning a costume but still want to show some Halloween spirit, special edition party merchandise is available for purchase in several areas around the park.


A story teller entertains guests in front of the Haunted Mansion.
Located around the park are Trick-or-Treat stations signified by large, light up globes which adorn the Goofy’s Candy Company logo. Here guests can find Cast Members standing alongside barrels which seem to have a bottomless pit of candy.  Open your bag and let the treating begin!  These candy stations are scattered throughout the park so be sure to keep your eyes (and bags) open for them!  And while you’re trick-or-treating your way through the Magic Kingdom, be sure to look for beloved Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best!  One of the big highlights is the opportunity to meet all Seven Dwarves - at the same time!  Love to dance?  You can join characters at a Character Dance Party for a monster mashing good time!  Character meet and greets, Dance Parties and Trick-or-Treat stations are marked on park maps created especially for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Be sure to get a map when you get to the park.

Exclusive to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the Villain’s Dance Mix & Mingle, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show.  The Villain’s Dance Mix & Mingle brings the best of the Disney Villains out for a frightfully fun show which takes place on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.  Stick around after the show and you may just get the chance to mingle with your favorite villain!

Goofy and his candy company
share sweet treats with guests!
The highlight of the parties I have attended always seems to be the parade.  Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Parade brings out the who’s who of Disney characters.  It kicks off with the leader of the pack himself, Mickey Mouse.  It is his party after all (sorry Donald)! The big cheese and all of his Disney pals join in the celebration as they dance their way through the Magic Kingdom in their favorite costumes.  Characters from the classic Walt Disney World attraction “The Haunted Mansion” also make a special appearance.  The caretaker and his hound navigate the streets by light of his lantern.  Grave diggers follow with sparks flying as their shovels scrape the ground and a group of ghostly ballroom dancers who have escaped their residence in the Mansion bring their routine to the streets.  And a warning to all foolish mortals - beware of hitchhiking ghosts!  This is one experience that can’t be missed!  Check your map for the parade route and times and be sure to grab a seat early.  While waiting for the parade to begin, keep an ear out to hear the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  The Headless Horseman has been known to make appearances while on his horse galloping through the park!

Walt Disney World is known for their incredible fireworks shows such as Wishes! and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.  Of course, during a special event such as this, they pull out all the stops to present an extravaganza like no other.  Happy HalloWishes is a show that celebrates all things Halloween – the spooks, the frights, the tricks and the treats.  Synched perfectly to musical scores such as “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (The Haunted Mansion), “This is Halloween” (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and “Poor Unfortunate Souls” (The Little Mermaid), fireworks light up the night sky over Cinderella Castle.  At one point in the show, they explode in almost every direction, surrounding the Magic Kingdom with their light and dazzling guests with sparkling colors of greens, purples and oranges.

Mickey pumpkins and leaves dress up the
lamp posts on Main Street, U.S.A.
I have attended two Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties - the first in September 2009 and again in October 2011.  My husband and I will be going back for our third this September.  Both times we have attended have brought us a great time and lots of great memories.  It’s an event that can be enjoyed by families with children or those without.  In my opinion, there is no better way to celebrate the Halloween season than a party with everyone’s favorite mouse.  Then again, what better way is there to celebrate anything than with Mickey?

2012 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Schedule:
September–11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 & 30
October–4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 & 31
November- 2



Jessica

4 comments:

  1. It is on my bucket list to attend MNSSHP! Can't wait!

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  2. I have been going since the first year that it started. It has changed dramatically since that first year. I love the fireworks with the pumpkin shapes in the sky!!

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  3. We LOVE going to MNSSHP! Last time we went I dressed up as Kevin the Bird and my husband was a "grown-up" Russell from UP. We had so much fun! One of my favorite memories is rushing down Main Street to beat the first parade, finally getting to Pirates of the Caribbean and on our boat and when I finally look around I realize every single person on our boat was in costume. And only two of them were kids!!! Only in WDW, right? It was awesome.

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    1. My husband and I are going this year as the young Carl & Ellie Fredricksen :)

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