Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{What I Like Wednesday} Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

When two of my favorite things in the world {Disney and Halloween} come together, you have a winning combination.  This is most evident in the annual Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  This separate, hard-ticketed event takes place this year on select nights from September 1 - October 31.  Guests of MNSSHP can wear their most creative Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom, while enjoying unique character interactions, special "HalloWishes" fireworks spectacular and the fun, surprise-filled "Boo To You" Parade.

Why do we like MNSSHP so much?  Candy, Costumes and Characters.

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Candy.  Oh, the candy.  Word of advice, bring your own trick-or-treat sack.  Disney will provide you with a bag, but it is tiny.  Just not enough room to hold the mounds and mounds of goodies you are going to get.  Adults AND kiddos alike.  Somebody you're traveling with have a food allergy/intolerance?  Not to worry...stop by City Hall and they will take good care of you.

Costumes...EVERYONE can wear costumes to MNSSHP.  From Disney's website itself, "Guests of all ages may wear costumes only to the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party event; otherwise, costumes are only permitted at Magic Kingdom park for Guests ages 9 and under. All costumes must adhere to any guidelines as determined solely by Disney. Please choose costumes that are not obstructive, offensive or violent. Guests' eyes must be visible at all times."  Just Google or look up on Pinterest "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Costume Ideas" and be amazed at what you can find!

Characters.  This is the best opportunity for Guests to see many characters that are tucked away most of the time.  Want to see all Seven Dwarfs at once?  You can at MNSSHP.  The Headless Horseman?  Yep.  He's in the "Boo to You" Parade.  So many of the Villains {mine and Big Daddy's favorites} come out to play during the party.

Some advice/tips/tricks that we have learned over the years...

1) Bring your own trick-or-treat sack {see above}  We didn't think about this, so we bought one in the MK when Little Man was younger.  Thankfully, he was still in a stroller so we were able to keep dumping the smaller bags into a larger shopping bag.  Yes.  That is how much candy we received.  Kept filling even the bag we purchased!

photo source: Disney Parks Blog

2) Dress up!  I always have grand plans for the whole family {you know, all three of us} to dress up in some sort of match-themed costume.  Yeah.  Hasn't happened.  Little Man always wears a costume...Big Daddy and me, not so much.  Now that Little Man is a bit older, I can see us all dressing in themed t-shirts...not so much his full-on Michaelangelo {new movie version} costume complete with nunchucks.  Kind of leads to tip #3...

3) Keep your costume light and comfortable.  One of our most memorable visits to MNSSHP was five years ago, when Florida {being Florida} had a mid-October heat wave.  Weather in Central FL in mid-October can be unpredictable...the night we had dressed Little Man up as Captain Hook.  Complete with {darling little} red fake-velvet jacket and big pimpin' hat.  Little Man being Little Man, refused to take the costume off...event though he was sweating (red) bullets.  The little white cotton shirt ruffle was soaked and a pink tint {from the red fake-velvet}.  Sweating or not, it was memorable because Captain Hook himself singled Little Man out...and Little Man still talks about it to this day. 

photo source: Disney Parks Blog

4) The party starts promptly at...4 pm?  Yes, the party officially kicks off at 7 pm...but party guests are allowed to enter after 4 pm.  To the best of my recollection, I don't know if this is officially posted anywhere, but it has always been done.  We have always worked it as one of our "non-park" days.  Enjoy the pool or shopping at Downtown Disney, rest up a bit and then head over to the festivities.  *keep in mind that FastPass+ is not valid at the party*  Getting in early allows you to visit a few attractions, have dinner...all before the party starts!  This helps us "justify" the cost of the separate ticket!

5) Make sure to see the characters.  This is a no-brainer for ANY Disney trip, but definitely make the time to see the characters at MNSSHP.  This is when Disney pulls out all the stops when it comes to the baddies.  You can expect to see Jafar {Big Daddy's favorite} The Queen of Hearts, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella,  Lotso, Judge Claude Frollo {MY favorite}, Captain Hook and Smee, Cruella DeVil, Mickey, Minnie and the Winnie-the-Pooh gang dressed in not-so-scary costumes, and the ever-popular Jack Skellington and Sally from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I recommend seeing the more popular characters either right as the party starts, or at the end of the night.  The villains alone are super-popular, so plan accordingly. 

source: Disney Parks Blog

*remember characters are always subject to change without notice!*

for 2014 Disney is offering a separate ticketed event for this ticketed event (got that?)  called the Villains Sinister Soiree.  This $99 (plus tax) ticket offers you preferred viewing of Mickey's "Boo to You" parade and HalloWishes.  After, you head to Cinderella's Royal Table for a "devilish desserts and wicked entertainment"  I have not heard how this affects the characters that are at MNSSHP for meet-and-greets.  Yes, this is a $99 ticket on top of your $65+ ticket to MNSSHP, that does NOT include regular park admission.  Wow.

6) Get a great spot for the parade.  Again, no-brainer for any Disney trip, but snagging a good spot for Mickey's "Boo to You" parade isn't hard to do.  For more popular spots, you want to give yourself about a half an hour before parade start.  Other spots, only need about five minutes before the start of the parade.  It is almost feel like you have the park to crazy crowds fighting for space.  Definitely make the time to see this parade, for no other reason than The Headless Horseman leads the way.  

source: Disney Parks Blog

7) Special entertainment offerings...and awesome perimeter fireworks.  Be sure to check out the "Villain's Mix and Mingle - Live on Stage" show at Cinderella Castle, and get your groove on at Club Villain (in the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square).  Mike and Sulley host their own "Scraem-O-Ween" ball in Tomorrowland.  The icing on the {devil's food} cake is HalloWishes.  Quite possibly the best fireworks show at Disney.  Snag a spot straight out on Main Street USA for the best view.

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Anything I forgot?  I am sure there is.  Have you experienced Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?  What was your favorite part?  Do you plan on visiting this year {sadly, our plans this year had to change!} 

Be sure to follow my Pinterest board specializing in Disney's Special Events.  I love scouring Pinterest for the best tips and tricks!

{Love to All}

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