Friday, September 30, 2011

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

I was lucky enough to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party a few weeks ago at the Magic Kingdom. This was my second year to be able to attend and I was really looking forward to it.  For those of you who haven't heard about it, this is a "hard-ticket" event, meaning that your regular park ticket will not admit you and you need to purchase separate admission to enjoy the party.

The Magic Kingdom closes to the public at 7pm and then all the fun begins.  You have a special wrist band that gains you access to the trick or treating, the parade and the other special attractions.  We made our way back to Space Mountain for a quick ride with virtually no wait and by the time we were out it was time for trick or treats!

Each Trick or Treat location is marked with these balloons.
I was pretty happy with the candy selection.  There were several brand names in the mix.  And the lines moved fast too!

I dressed up this year too.  It was a last minute decision to wear a costume and I was able to pull together some items that I already had in my house.  Thankfully I had a "mini-dot" skirt from Running Skirts and a new pair of shoes.  It all came together very nicely.  What do you think?

We made sure to stop by the Haunted Mansion too.  One of my favorite parts of the party is the ghost that interacts with the guests in the queue there.  She is hilarious!  Last year she spent a lot of time flirting with some of the guys in our group.  This year we didn't get to see her until after we exited the mansion, but she was definitely up to her old antics.

The two things you don't want to miss during the party are Hallowishes and the Boo to You Parade.  I enjoy every fireworks show in Walt Disney World, but Hallowishes is by-far my favorite show.  The music is completely different, including "Scary-oke."  The best part is the perimeter fireworks that you can only see during the party nights (including Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party).

Once the fireworks were over, we made our way to stake out our spot for the parade.  The parade was full of some surprises this year too!  But before the parade started, we were serenaded by the Cadaver Dans!

The Boo to You Parade is led off by the Headless Horseman "galloping" down the parade route.  Followed with the most catching music that you will here in a parade.

Captain Barbossa was a surprise to me.  I'm not sure if he was in the parade last year.

Angelica was an addition this year!

Dr. Facilier was present in the parade!

After the parade I made my way over to see the Villains Mix and Mingle.  I was distracted by Tarzan and Jane (ok, it was really just Tarzan that was distracting me) in Adventureland, but still made it out of their queue with enough time to get to the Villains.

The featured Villain in the show was Dr. Facilier.  The dancing and lighting was amazing.  I wish my camera had been able to get some good pictures of the performance, but I wasn't that lucky.  After the performance, the Villains all come down so that you could get pictures with them.  I made an effort to get pictures of the ones I hadn't seen before.


My last stop before leaving for the night was to visit some princesses.  This wasn't just any Princess meet and greet.  They had their Princes with them.  Quite honestly, I didn't care about meeting any of the princes except for Flynn Rider.  He and Rapunzel didn't disappoint either.  They were great!  Rapunzel was absolutely gorgeous.  We discussed my costume and I told her how I hoped to get the same skirt in purple and she squealed with delight because, of course, that's her favorite color!  The other princes weren't as exciting for me and I politely went up to them and got my pictures and made my way out of the room.

By the time I was out of the princess room, it was after midnight and the park was closing.  I blew the castle a kiss and made my way home. 

Would I go to the party again?  I only ask because one of the podcasts that I listen to actually said that they didn't think that the party was worth the money anymore.  I know that I would go again, but I would not pay full price.  Definitely take advantage of the discounts that there are out there.  If the prices continue to rise, I may have to reconsider my statement though.  In the meantime, put this on your must do this!


  1. I love Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - it's so sad to keep hearing that it's not worth full price because it used to be so great.

    It still looks like you had a good time though!

    Thanks for sharing all the great pictures!

  2. I'm holding out hope that once Fantasyland is finished it will again be worth the price.