Monday, September 20, 2010

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

On Tuesday, September 14, I went to the opening night of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! This is a separately-ticketed event, so regular park guests must have a ticket for the party itself. Luckily, I was able to get a Cast Member discount for the ticket at a Company D store. Tickets for certain nights are upwards of $70 each! That's almost as much as a one-day park ticket!

It's definitely a fun event. From 7:00 pm to midnight, the Magic Kingdom hosts a number of special Halloween activities exclusive to the party. Guests are encouraged to dress up in costume (and there were plenty of guests all dressed up even this early in September!.... kids and adults too!)

On the topic of costumes, there are actually a few "rules" guests are supposed to follow. Costumes should be child-friendly and not offensive. (It's still the Magic Kingdom!) Adults can wear masks, as long as they can still see safely. And guests dressed up as Disney characters are not allowed to pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.

Throughout the park, there were Trick-or-Treating stops, hosted by "Goofy's Candy Company." Everyone entering the Magic Kingdom received a (small) bag to hold all of the candy. Plastic pumpkin pails were available for purchase.

There were also special character meet-and-greets not normally available during regular park hours. I met Timon, Baloo, Jane and Terk, Aladdin and Abu, the Mad Hatter, Buzz Lightyear, as well as Donald and Daisy. There were also character dance parties, where favorite Disney characters rocked out to music and you could dance right alongside them! There was Stitch's Club 626 over in Tomorrowland, and Woody's Happy Harvest Roundup in Liberty Square inside the Diamond Horseshoe restaurant.

One of my favorite parts of the night was the show in front of the Castle, Disney's Villains Mix & Mingle. It's a live show featuring famous Disney villains -- Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Jafar, Cruella De Vil, and the Evil Queen. It was cool to see them all together in one place! And after the show, they came down in front of the castle to "mingle" with the guests and take pictures! I was lucky enough to get my picture with Cruella!

After the show, I headed up Main Street to pick a spot to watch the fireworks -- Happy HalloWishes, A Grim Grinning Ghosts' Spooktacular in the Sky. It's a great fireworks show, with plenty of Disney villain songs in the soundtrack. And the lighting on the castle is amazing! It's so cool to see the castle lit up entirely green!

The parade, Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, is definitely the highlight of the night. Favorite Disney characters are all dressed up in costumes as you've never seen them before. There are also many floats featuring famous Disney villains, as well as characters from the Haunted Mansion -- like the hitchhiking ghosts! A headless horseman starts the parade by riding down Main Street.


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