With all of our visits to Walt Disney World, we had never been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The reason is, we don’t celebrate Halloween. When we were invited to attend this year, we decided to go check it out. Last Saturday Ron, Jordan, Kyle (Jordan’s friend) and I headed out to see if there real could be a family friendly Halloween party.
We didn’t go all out with costumes, Jordan and I were pseudo-pirates, Kyle was…Kyle and Ron, the family photographer insisted he was the paparazzi. We entered the park around 6pm and since it was still light out the party atmosphere hadn’t settled in yet. We headed to Tomorrowland so the boys could ride Space Mountain first and while they were doing that we rode the Peoplemover. Next stop Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, where for one, I actually beat hubby! Upon exiting the ride we came upon our first candy stop. We got out the candy bags that were given to us as we entered the park and collected the first of many yummy treats. As we headed out of Tomorrowland we noticed that the Tomorrowland Speedway had only a 5 minute wait so the boys got in line. It was at this time that I realized that we needed a way to distinguish between the 4 candy bags before we tossed them in the backpack. I had bought 2 packages of 15 glow bracelets for $1 each at Target earlier in the week so we each picked a different color bracelet to put around the handle of our candy bag, this resourceful idea worked like a charm!
Next stop was Mickey’s Toon Town Fair. As we entered the area it was crowded…because they were doing FREE face painting! Once we got past the face painting the 3 guys had to ride Barnstormer, because there was no wait! I wandered into the store and noticed there was only a 15 minute wait to see the Fairies! Tinkerbell is one of my favorite Disney characters and I have never gotten my picture taken with her because the line is always so long. Hubby and I joined the line and the boys shopped while they waited. The interaction between the 3 Fairies was wonderful and at first Tinkerbell was afraid of me, because I was a pirate, but after assuring her that I wouldn’t put her in a lamp-she agreed to have her picture taken.
Next we headed to Fantasyland. Crowds were so low that most rides we had less than a 5 minute wait! We were able to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and Peter Pan’s Flight. As we headed into Liberty Square we were greeted by a more eerie than usual Haunted Mansion. Dark had fallen and the attraction was surrounded in fog which made this a prime spot for photos. We headed to Frontierland and stopped at the Diamond Horseshoe for Woody’s Happy Harvest Round-Up. Next stop…food! We headed to Pecos Bill’s only to find it closed 🙁 Upon examining our map, we saw that the restaurant closed at 9pm and it was now…9:01 and the closest restaurant that was open was Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland. We were starving, but not ready to trek to the other side of the park. The boys headed to ride Big Thunder while Ron and I found a spot on the bridge to watch “Happy Hallo Wishes: Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Socialize” Fireworks Spectacular. (click that link and you can watch my video of the entire fireworks show on YouTube). Next we all headed to ride Big Thunder and then walk through Br’er Rabbit’s Candy Canyon.
It was time to head towards Main Street to find our spot for the Headless Horseman’s Ride and Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Parade. While Kyle and I got situated Ron and Jordan went to Cosmic Ray’s to get our dinner. While we were waiting we caught the 10:05pm Disney’s Villains Mix & Mingle show on the Castle stage it was a very short but cute show. As the 10:30pm parade time approach anticipation grew, I had heard a lot about this parade in the past and it didn’t disappoint. We LOVED the parade, especially the grave diggers and the hitch hiking ghosts! Take a look for yourself.
Next it was over to Adventureland for more candy, photo ops and of course, a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean.
The boys wanted one more ride on Space Mountain so we let them head over there as we strolled towards Main Street USA. When the boys returned we headed out of the park. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I can honestly say that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is now my 2nd favorite event at Walt Disney World (if you lump all of the Christmas events into one for 1st place).
The remaining party dates in 2010 are: Sept. 23, 25, 28, 30; Oct. 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31; and Nov. 1. Prices are $59.95 (ages 10+) and $53.95 (ages 3-9) for all dates except Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 when tickets cost $64.95 (ages 10+) and $58.95 (ages 3-9).
Have you ever been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Are you going this year? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts about this event.
Disclaimer: Disney Events invited me and 3 guests to the party. The opinions in this story are 100% mine.