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September 12, 2012

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – 2012

Jack Spence Masthead


This will be the fourth year I have covered Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). However, I skipped last year because I needed a break from all the spooky festivities. LOL. If you've read my previous blogs on the subject, you'll notice that the event doesn't change much from year to year. But that doesn't stop MNSSHP from being a favorite of many people. This seasonal event is a “must do” for many families. They wouldn't dream of missing it.

For those of you who aren't aware of this event and are wondering what it's all about, let me give you a little history.

For many years, Universal Studios Orlando featured Halloween Horror Nights. This was a separate, ticketed event and the park was transformed each evening from its regular theming into a frightening park of terrifying sights and sounds. It was marketed toward teenagers and young adults and the idea was to truly scare their guests with monsters, vampires, werewolves, and other terrifying surprises.


Universal Studios


In response, Disney started their own Halloween party. But since Disney caters to a more diverse age group, they realized that their gathering would need to be more lighthearted than Universal's. Thus was born, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. All you have to do is look at Universal's advertisement (above) and compare it to Disney's (below) to realize these two very popular events are marketed toward different audiences.


MNSSHP Logo


MNSSHP is held at the Magic Kingdom on selected nights between September and November. During these evenings, the park offers special theming and shows intended to entertain the entire family. But before I start with a detailed description of MNSSHP, let's take care of some logistics and answer the inevitable questions.

MNSSHP is a “hard ticketed” event. This means you must purchase a separate admission ticket to attend. Your super-duper, all inclusive, park-hopper, Magic Your Way Ticket is NOT good for MNSSHP. You MUST buy separate admission. Tickets can be purchased online, at any guest relations window, or at the TTC ticket booths.

Here are this year's dates and prices:



Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012

Advance Purchase age 10 and up: $55.95 + tax
Advance Purchase age 3 to 9: $50.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 10 and up: $62.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 3 to 9: $57.95 + tax



Sunday, September 30, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012

Advance Purchase age 10 and up: $58.95 + tax
Advance Purchase age 3 to 9: $53.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 10 and up: $64.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 3 to 9: $59.95 + tax



Friday, October 5, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012

Advance Purchase age 10 and up: $64.95 + tax
Advance Purchase age 3 to 9: $59.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 10 and up: $64.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 3 to 9: $59.95 + tax



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Advance Purchase age 10 and up: $69.95 + tax
Advance Purchase age 3 to 9: $64.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 10 and up: $69.95 + tax
Purchased on Event Day 3 to 9: $64.95 + tax



Disney limits attendance at these parties so the park is never packed. However, the closer you get to Halloween, the busier the party will be. Although I've never attended on Halloween, I have heard complaints from others that this evening is too busy. The above prices should give you a clue. The more expensive the ticket, the busier the park will be. The parties are identical every night so it really doesn't matter what day you attend. You might want to keep this in mind when scheduling.

This next piece of information is very important.

MNSSHP and all of the special events, shows, and parades run from 7pm till midnight. However, you may enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm with your MNSSHP ticket. If you call Disney and try to verify this, they will be evasive. All they will tell you is the “official” hours are 7pm till midnight. But trust me; you can enter as early as 4pm. I've entered at 4pm every year and I did it again this year on opening night.

Disney allows early entrance for a reason. Since the party is only five hours in length, they know that if they didn't stagger the opening, they would be inundated with everyone arriving at the same time. They could not handle this onslaught of people in an efficient manner. By allowing guest admission starting at 4pm, it balances out the arriving crowd.

When you pass through the turnstiles, you will be given a wristband. This will distinguish you from the “daytime” guests. The Magic Kingdom will cease its normal operating hours at 7pm. At that time, the cast members will restrict access to the various lands. Only those with wristbands will be allowed on rides, in shops, and in restaurants. Those without wristbands will be asked to leave the park.


Wristband


In past years, I have received a number of letters from readers complaining that Disney does not remove all of the “day” guests from the park -- and I'm at a loss on how to respond to your comments. All I can tell you is that Disney does the best they can. As far as I'm concerned, the cast members get a great big “A” in my grade book. If people want to cheat the system, they're going to cheat the system.

Is it fair that the couple waiting next to you for the Boo-To-You Parade didn't pay to see it? Of course not. But you have a choice. You can either let these cheaters irritate you and allow them to ruin your night, or you can forget about it and have a good time. However, if you're not able to release on this, then complain at City Hall. I cannot help you with this situation. Please note, if you send me a comment that contains references to this situation, I will either delete the reference or not publish your comment at all.

Some people want to spend the entire day at the Magic Kingdom, including MNSSHP in the evening " and that's fantastic. Of course, you will need two tickets to do this " your general admission ticket and your MNSSHP ticket. Sometime after 4pm, you will need to get a wristband. To do this, you can either return to the main entrance or visit the FastPass area at Stitch's Great Escape in Tomorrowland. The cast members here will process your party ticket and give you a wristband and trick-or-treat bag.


Wristband Distribution

Trick-Or-Treat Bags


If you find you're in the park on a party night and don't have a MNSSHP ticket, but want to honestly partake in the events, you can buy a ticket at City Hall if the party is not sold out.


City Hall


Most, but not all of the rides and restaurants will be up and running during MNSSHP. Here is a list of what will be available:

Adventureland

Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Aloha Isle

Fantasyland

“it's a small world”
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mad Tea Party
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Peter Pan's Flight
Prince Charming Royal Carousel
The Barnstormer
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Storybook Treats Ice Cream

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Splash Mountain

Golden Oak Outpost
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
Westward Ho
Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Frontierland Churro Wagon

Liberty Square

Haunted Mansion

Sleepy Hollow

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Ranger Spin
Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
Space Mountain
Stitch's Great Escape
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
The Lunching Pad

Okay. Now that we have the logistics out of the way, let's have some fun.

The merriment begins at the TTC where signs welcome us to the event.


TTC


Upon arriving at the Magic Kingdom, more signs and decorations greet us as we approach Bag Check. On the other side of the ticket booths, Mickey's Forecourt is decked out with festive bunting, pumpkins, and autumn garland. Don't forget to pick up your wristband and trick-or-treat bag.


Magic Kingdom Entrance

Train Station

Pumpkins

Halloween Garland


Disney has come up with a special cast member costume just for this party. Here we have two spooky crew members sporting the latest in Halloween fashion.


Cast Member Costume


But Disney cast members aren't the only ones who get into the spirit with special attire. Party attendees are also encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween outfits. However, there are a few guidelines to be observed.

Costumes should be child-friendly and not obtrusive or offensive.

Adult guests may wear masks, but the masks must not obstruct vision (you need to be able to see where you're going).

Guest who dress like Disney characters are NOT to pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.

Do not bring large or dangerous props with you.

Generally, costumes are not allowed for anyone over the age of nine during normal operating hours. However, Disney relaxes this rule on party days for guests spending the entire day at the Magic Kingdom.

Here are a few pictures of some costumed partygoers.


Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes

Guest Costumes


Since dressing in costume is a big part of the event, you might want to consider making reservations at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League for a child makeover. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique accepts their last reservation at 7:30pm and The Pirates League is open until 8pm. However, I would suggest making an earlier reservation so your child can thoroughly enjoy the party in their princess or pirate garb.


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Pirates League


Main Street and Liberty Square are the only lands that are decorated for MNSSHP. We'll begin on Main Street with the pumpkin citizens found around Town Square. The first two fellows are part of the Walt Disney World Band.


Pumpkin People

Pumpkin People

Pumpkin People


Here we have the Mayor and his lovely wife.


Pumpkin People

Pumpkin People

Pumpkin People


As we circle Town Square we find an Emporium shopper and a baseball player who has wandered over from Casey's Corner.


Pumpkin People

Pumpkin People


And finally we come to the two pumpkin-people cast members from the Main Street Confectionery.


Pumpkin People

Pumpkin People


Disney has also set up a photo op on Town Square. The statue of Roy and Minnie has been removed and replaced by stacks of pumpkins that perfectly frame the castle in the background.


Main Street Photo Op


Pumpkins, pumpkin, and more pumpkins line the upper stories and windows of Main Street. Many of these are themed appropriated for their location. Above the Fire Station we see these. I especially like the pumpkin pointing the way to the restrooms.


Fire Station Pumpkins

Fire Station Pumpkins

Restroom Pumpkins


Above the Main Street Cinema we see a pumpkin filmstrip of Mickey.


Main Street Cinema Pumpkin


Casey's Corner also gets into the act with a few sports and food related carvings.


Casey's Corner Pumpkins

Casey's Corner Pumpkins

Casey's Corner Pumpkins

Casey's Corner Pumpkins


Across the street at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, a few more specialty gourds can be seen. I think the fellow in the last photo is suffering from an ice cream headache.


Plaza Ice Cream Parlor Pumpkins

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor Pumpkins

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor Pumpkins


Don't forget to check out the Mickey adorned light posts.


Micky Lamppost

Micky Lamppost


On the Hub, holiday statues of some of our favorite characters can be found.


Hub Character Statues

Hub Character Statues

Hub Character Statues

Hub Character Statues


In Liberty Square, some pumpkins, garland, and other autumn decorations have been added to give this “land of freedom” a Halloween touch.


Liberty Square Decorations

Liberty Square Decorations

Liberty Square Decorations


The cast members working the Haunted Mansion also get a makeover. Besides their regular, somber costume, their faces are made up to look ghoulish. Also, a “spirit from beyond” takes center stage on the lawn of the mansion and entertains guests with wonderful stories of her life, both living and dead. Many let others pass them in line so they can stand longer and listen to her tales. To add to the creepiness, the gravestones are given a spooky look with the addition of low lying fog.


Haunted Mansion Cast Member

Haunted Mansion Cast Member

Mansion Ghost


Be on the lookout for impromptu Halloween games like this Spider Web Toss.


Impromtu Games


For those of you who play the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game, a special collector's card is available at the party. Note, Disney will punch your MNSSHP ticket to insure that you only get ONE, and only ONE card.


Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card


Now let's get to the real purpose of Halloween, CANDY. Throughout the park are a number of trick-or-treat candy stations. These are clearly marked on the handout you receive when entering the park. However, Disney has also made it easy for you. At each trick-or-treat spot a cast member will be stationed nearby holding a Mickey Pumpkin sign. Also, an illuminated Mickey Pumpkin clearly marks the spot for goodies.


Candy Station Markers

Candy Station Markers


To see the handout for the party, click here.


At the beginning of the party, lines for candy are long as the kids want to get the good stuff immediately. But later in the evening, lines disappear for the most part. The candy offered is the small, bite sized pieces, but good brands are provided. Also, the cast members are generous with their handouts.


Generous Candy


Each of the candy stations is mildly themed to the area. Here are a few of the location banners.


Candy Stations

Candy Stations

Candy Stations

Candy Stations


Halloween merchandise is also a big seller and Disney is ready.


Halloween Merchandise

Halloween Merchandise

Halloween Merchandise

Halloween Merchandise


A particularly popular item is this Ghost Mickey popcorn tub that can double as a trick-or-treat bucket once you get home. These are only available at the popcorn wagons. They sell for $12 " including popcorn.


Ghost Mickey Popcorn Bucket


There are two Character Dance Parties. Rock-It Out…Stitch's Club 626 can be found at the Tomorrowland stage. Here, a very energetic DJ gets the entire group goovin' with Stitch, Goofy, and Pluto.


Rock-It Out…Stitch's Club 626

Rock-It Out…Stitch's Club 626

Rock-It Out…Stitch's Club 626

Rock-It Out…Stitch's Club 626

Rock-It Out…Stitch's Club 626


Over at the Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland we have Woody's Happy Harvest Roundup. Another DJ is on hand to liven things up with Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye.


Woody's Happy Harvest Roundup

Woody's Happy Harvest Roundup


These Dance Parties are a fantastic opportunity for your kids to interact with the characters. It's a lot more fun than standing in a long line waiting for a photo and autograph.

Presented on the Castle Stage is the Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle show. Here, some of Disney's greatest bad-guys and gals dance and rant and try to impress you with their evilness. This show is presented at 7:45, 8:50, 10:05, and 11:15. This show is far more entertaining than scary and kids should have no problem with it.


Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle

Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle


After the show, the villains come down from the stage and pose for pictures with guests. However, they will only be available for about 15 minutes and they are mobbed by enthusiastic fans.

I think most people would agree that Mickey's “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade is the highlight of the evening. Shown twice each night (8:15 & 10:30), this spectacle is a hoot. Be sure to find your viewing spot by the announced beginning time as the Headless Horseman makes a mad dash along the parade route to the cheers of the crowd. If you're not there in time, you miss him. Also note, the second parade is significantly less crowded. If you're planning on staying late, skip the first parade and enjoy the park.

The beginning of the parade starts off tame enough with some of the not-so-scary characters, but then the villains take over for a haunting good time. Toward the end of the parade, several Goofy's Candy Company carts stroll by and a number of his minions pass out treats to the crowd. I filmed the entire parade and it can be seen here.



At 9:30, a special fireworks show called Happy HalloWishes is presented. A Ghost Host introduces villain after villain and the castle is illuminated appropriately while color coordinated fireworks burst overhead. Once again, I filmed the entire show for your enjoyment.



That's it for my review of MNSSHP. This event is a favorite of thousands and a “must do” every season. If you think this event is for you, then by all means, get yourself a costume and go. You'll have a ghoulishly good time.



September 15, 2010

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2010

Hi all,

Before I discuss Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, I need to let you know of a change in the way you will be posting comments. Because we have been getting a lot of junk email, we have had to implement a new procedure. After sharing your thoughts, there is one more box that needs to be completed before you press “Post.” At the moment, you need to write the word “blog” (without quotes) in this field (this word could change periodically). This will let the computer know that a real person is writing us and not some automated program that generates spam. If you don't complete this field correctly, your comment will end up in a "junk" folder.

Thanks for your help and understanding.

Jack



This is my third year in a row to blog about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). I always attend on the first night (this year, September 14) so I can let you know what's new and what's changed. But the reality of the situation is this; MNSSHP does not vary too much from year to year. This makes it difficult for me to present you with new, earth-shattering information. It's always my objective to make my blogs as entertaining as possible " and hopefully you will find this article enjoyable. But if you're a regular reader of mine, you might notice that much of what I present here is very similar to my previous year's posts. So if you've been to this event before and are familiar with my work, think of this blog as a walk down memory lane. However, if you've never been to MNSSHP, then this blog will be chock-full of useful information.

For many years, Universal Studios featured Halloween Horror Nights. This was a separate, ticketed event and the park was transformed each evening from its regular theming into a frightening ghost town. It was marketed toward teenagers and young adults and the idea was to truly scare their guests with monsters, vampires, werewolves, and other terrifying surprises.


Universal Advertisement


In response, Disney started their own Halloween party. But since they cater to a more diverse age group, Disney realized that their gathering would need to be more tame than Universal's. Thus was born, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. All you have to do is look at Universal's advertisement (above) and compare it to Disney's (below) to realize these two very popular events are marketed toward different audiences.


Disney Advertisement


On given nights during the months of September and October, extra theming is added to the Magic Kingdom and it is transformed into a playful Halloween experience, suitable for ALL ages. This is a separate, ticketed event and admission can be purchased at any of the Guest Relations windows, theme park ticket booths, or online.


Mickey as a Ghost


Here are the dates for this year's event:

September 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, and 31
November 1

Note, these parties have a cap on how many people may attend each night. On most evenings, you'll be able to experience a relatively hassle free party. However, the closer you get to Halloween, and especially on the big night itself, the park can be busier than you might expect for a “private party.”

Prices for MNSSHP are as follows (all prices listed include tax):

Advance Purchase: $57.46 for adults 10 and older / $51.07 for ages 3-9*

Passholder and DVC Member Discounts: $53.20 / $46.81*

Day of Event (if still available): $63.85 /$57.46

*Not available October 29 and 31. Those two dates are priced at a premium: $69.17 (ages 10 and up) and $62.78 (ages 3-9), tax included.


Party Sign at the TTC


This year, the monorails get into the spirit with new holiday decorations.


Monorail


The party officially runs from 7pm " 12 midnight, however, guests can enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm with their MNSSHP ticket. Upon entering, you will be given a wrist band and a trick-or-treat bag.


Wrist Band

Trick-Or-Treat Bag


If for some reason you didn't receive a wristband and/or trick-or-treat bag when you entered the park, these can be picked up at Stitch's Great Escape located in Tomorrowland. Here, a number of Halloween clad cast members will be happy to help you.


Stitch's Great Escape

Halloween Clad Cast Members


At precisely 7pm, cast members make a sweep of the entire park and politely, but firmly ask anyone not wearing a wrist band to leave the park.

For the last two years, I have received a number of letters from readers complaining that Disney does not remove all of the “day” guests from the park -- and I'm at a loss on how to respond to your comments. All I can tell you is that Disney does the best they can. If people want to cheat the system, they're going to cheat the system. My only suggestion is to complain at City Hall if this is truly interfering with your enjoyment of the events. I cannot help you with is situation. Please note, if you send me a comment that contains references to this situation, I will either delete the reference or not publish your comment at all.

If you find you're in the park on a party night and don't have a ticket to MNSSHP, but want to honestly partake in the events, you can buy a ticket at City Hall if the party is not sold out.


City Hall


Although some decorations and exhibits are not displayed until the party begins, others are on exhibit for all of September and October. In Town Square you'll find some of your old friends waiting to delight you.


Town Square Scare-A-Crow

Town Square Scare-A-Crow

Town Square Scare-A-Crow

Town Square Scare-A-Crow

Town Square Scare-A-Crow

Town Square Scare-A-Crow

Town Square Scare-A-Crow

Town Square Scare-A-Crow


In years past, I have highlighted some of the theme-specific pumpkins associated with shops like Casey's Corner and the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. And you should definitely check these out. But this year I'm going to show you some of the silly and scary pumpkins that line the balconies and window sills of Main Street.


Carved Pumpkins

Carved Pumpkins

Carved Pumpkins

Carved Pumpkins


Don't forget to check out the Mickey adorned light posts.


Mickey Lamppost


During the first few hours after 4pm, a number of cast members line Main Street with clever signs, welcoming you to the night.


Welcome Signs


Around the Hub are a few more Halloween favorites and after the sun sets, lights may play tricks on your eyes.


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The Hub Decorations

The Hub Decorations

The Hub Decorations

Lights

Lights


Normally, guests over the age of nine are not allowed to wear costumes in the Magic Kingdom, but this rule is waved for this event. Many children and a fair number of adults dress for the occasion. Here are a few simple rules to follow when designing your costume:

Costumes should be child-friendly and not obtrusive or offensive.

Adult guests may wear masks, but the masks must not obstruct vision (you need to be able to see where you're going).

Guest who dress like Disney characters are not to pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.

Do not bring large or dangerous props with you.


Guests in Costume

Guests in Costume

Guests in Costume

Guests in Costume

Guests in Costume

Guests in Costume

Guests in Costume

Guests in Costume


This fan of Disney and Halloween decorated her ECV as her favorite Magic Kingdom attraction, a Jungle Cruise boat.


Jungle Cruise EVC


Since dressing in costume is a big part of the event, you might want to consider making reservations at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League for a child makeover. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique accepts their last reservation at 7:30pm and The Pirates League is open until 8pm. However, I would suggest making an earlier reservation so your child can thoroughly enjoy the party in princess or pirate garb.


Pirates League

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique


Halloween merchandise is readily available at many stores.


Halloween merchandise


Candy is generously distributed at a number of locations throughout the park. Just look for the Goofy's Candy Co. sign. Besides some inexpensive lollypops, name-brand treats are also dispensed like, Oh Henry, Snickers, Tootsie Roll, Skittles, and SweetTarts. Note, these are the miniature versions, like the ones you'd buy to give out from your own home. The selection of candy is similar at all locations.


Goofy's Candy Company

Candy Distribution

Halloween Candy


The cast members working the Haunted Mansion also get a makeover. Besides their regular, somber costume, their faces are made up to look ghoulish. Also, a “spirit from beyond” takes center stage on the lawn of the mansion and entertains guests with wonderful stories of her life, both living and dead. Many let others pass them in line so they can stand longer and listen to her tales. To add to the creepiness, the gravestones are given a spooky look with the addition of low lying fog.


Haunted Mansion Costume

Haunted Mansion Spirit


There are a couple of Character Dance Parties held during MNSSHP. One at the Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland and another at Stitch's Club 626 in Tomorrowland. These venues do not offer the standard photo op. Here, the kids can actually dance and mingle with some of their favorite characters.


Stitch

Pluto

Jessie

Woody


Character Meet-and-Greets are numerous so it's easy to get pictures with some of your favorite Disney friends as you've never seen them before. In Fantasyland, you can have your picture taken in front of Cinderella's glass coach. I even succumbed to the festivities and allowed myself to be photographed with Alice.


Alice and Jack

Donald and Daisy

Baloo and Guest

Timon

Wicked Witch

Seven Dwarfs

Cinderella's Coach


Presented on the Castle stage is the Villain's Mix and Mingle show. Here, some of Disney's greatest bad-guys and gals dance and rant and try to impress you with their evilness. This show is presented at 7:45, 8:50, 10:05, and 11:15. I shot a seven minute video of a portion of this show.



I think most people would agree that Mickey's “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade is the highlight of the evening. Shown twice each night (8:15 & 10:30), this spectacle is a hoot. Be sure to find your viewing spot by the announced beginning time as the Headless Horseman makes a mad dash along the parade route to the cheers of the crowd. If you're not there in time, you miss him. Also note, the second parade is significantly less crowded. If you're planning on staying late, skip the first parade and enjoy the park.

The beginning of the parade starts off tame enough with some of the not-so-scary characters, but then the villains take over for a haunting good time. Toward the end of the parade, several Goofy's Candy Company carts stroll by and a number of his minions pass out treats to the crowd. I filmed the entire parade and it can be seen here.



At 9:30, a special fireworks show called Happy HalloWishes is presented. A Ghost Host introduces villain after villain and the castle is illuminated appropriately while color coordinated fireworks burst overhead. Once again, I filmed the entire show for your enjoyment.



Not all of the rides and restaurants are open for this event. But since Disney caps the attendance at a reasonable number, it is rarely crowded and lines are usually short to non-existent. Here is a list of the OPEN rides and attractions for MNSSHP:

Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Haunted Mansion
Hall of Presidents
Peter Pan's Flight
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Snow White's Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tomorrowland Speedway
Astro Orbiter
Space Mountain
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Stitch's Great Escape
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (closes at 10pm)
The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm

To see the MNSSHP handout front cover, click here.
To see the MNSSHP handout back cover, click here.
To see the MNSSHP map, click here.

I enjoyed MNSSHP. However, I am an annual pass-holder and visit the Magic Kingdom often. Before I purchased my ticket, I had to ask myself if I really wanted to spend $50+ to see a special parade and fireworks show, because that's what it really boils down to. Yes, Disney has added some holiday theming, candy, and special entertainment, but is that really enough to justify the money. Obviously, many people think so as this event is extremely popular. But you need to consider this before you attend so you won't be disappointed.

Addendum:

For some reason, Disney is telling people that they cannot enter the Magic Kingdom using their MNSSHP ticket until the official opening time of 7pm.

I entered the Magic Kingdom yesterday using my MNSSHP at 4:02pm and the park was already set up to accommodate early arrivals. The east tunnel under the train station was for "party" guests entering the park and the west tunnel was for "day" guests leaving the park.

Technically, Disney doesn't have to let anyone in until the official time, but it's in their best interest to accommodate early arrivals. They couldn't handle the crowds if all 10,000 party goers arrived at the same time.

I cannot definitively tell you that you'll be granted early entrance, but I seriously doubt that Disney will keep you out without extenuating circumstances.


Addendum 2:

One of my readers wrote with the following message:

I just spoke with member services, the first person was adamant that the MNSSHP tickets would not be honored until 7pm, then I asked to speak to someone else. That person called Magic Kingdom and confirmed that they would allow MNSSHP ticket holders in after 4 like you observed. I then had him call Magic Kingdom back and check on the status of Space Mountain for the MNSSHP. They said it will be open! I'll still ride it with my family as soon as we enter the park that day just in case.


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September 5, 2009

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2009

The first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) of the year was held yesterday (September 4) and I was there. I realize that this is almost two months before the actual holiday, but Halloween has become the second most celebrated holiday in the U.S. People get into the spirit of this season and revel in it. So it should come as no surprise that guests are willing to attend these special parties weeks before Jack Skellington and his crew are ready for the big night.

Let's start with the logistics. This is a hard ticket event -- meaning you need to purchase a separate ticket for entry. Tickets can be bought at any Guest Relations or ticket window around property.

Here are the prices including tax:

ADVANCE PURCHASE: Adults: $55.38; Children 3-9 $48.99 (Advance purchase discount not available Oct 9, 15, 23, 31)

DAY OF EVENT (IF AVAILABLE): Adults $62.84; Children 3-9 $56.45
EXCEPT October 31: Adults $68.16; Children 3-9 $61.77

PASSHOLDER AND DISNEY VACATION CLUB DISCOUNTS (only available for the following dates -- September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29; October 1, 6): Adults $52.19; Children 3-9 $45.80

Here are the dates for this year's parties:

September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31

November 1

Official party hours are 7pm to midnight. Day guests are advised that the Magic Kingdom will close promptly on these evenings.


Magic Kingdom Closes at 7


Party-goers can gain admission as early as 4pm. You will be given a wrist band and trick-or-treat bag upon entering the park.


Wristband

Trick-or-Treat Bag


If you entered the Magic Kingdom earlier than 4pm with some other sort of admission, you'll need to pick up a wrist band at the Rose Garden on the Hub. Halloween clad cast members will be available to help you with any questions.


Wristband Station

Cast Members


It is important to have a wrist band. At 7pm, cast members are stationed throughout the park, checking for these little strips of plastic. If you don't have one, you'll be asked to exit the Magic Kingdom. In addition, you might be required to show your wrist band to gain admittance to rides and attractions for the first hour of the party.


Cast Member Guard


Not all of the rides and restaurants are open for this event. But since Disney caps the attendance at a reasonable number, it is never crowded and lines are usually short to non-existent. Here is a list of the OPEN rides and restaurants for MNSSHP:

Main Street:

Casey's Corner (hot dogs & fries)
Main Street Sweets (candy)

Adventureland:

Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Aloha Isle (frozen treats)

Frontierland:

Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railway
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café (hamburgers & fries)
Golden Oak Outpost (quick bites)
Westward Ho (quick bites)
Frontierland Turkey Legs

Liberty Square:

Haunted Mansion
The Hall of Presidents
Sleepy Hollow (funnel cakes)
Pizza Cart
Liberty Tree Tavern (reported by several guests)

Fantasyland:

Peter Pan's Flight
Cinderella's Golden Carousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Snow White's Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
‘it's a small world”
Mrs. Potts Cupboard (ice cream)
Friar's Nook (quick bites)

Mickey's Toontown Fair:

The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm

Tomorrowland:

Tomorrowland Speedway
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Stitch's Great Escape
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (closes at 10pm)
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (hamburgers & chicken)
The Lunching Pad at Rockettower Plaza (quick bites)
Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies (smoothies)

And now, on to the party! Halloween decorations begin as soon as you approach the Magic Kingdom.


Magic Kingdom Entrance

Magic Kingdom Entrance


And Main Street is all decked out.


Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations

Main Street Decorations


Window displays also get into the spirit as does the merchandise for sale. In addition, napkins and drink cups take on a festive tone.


Main Street Window Dressing

Main Street Window Dressing

Halloween Merchandise

Halloween Cups & Napkins


The second floors of Main Street are lined with pumpkins. Pay special attention to some of the carvings. They are themed to their locations. Take for instance Tony's Town Square Café.


Lady and the Tramp Pumpkin

Lady and the Tramp Pumpkin


Check out the Fire Station.


Fire Station Pumpkin


Main Street Cinema.


Main Street Cinema Pumpkin


Casey's Corner.


Casey's Corner Pumpkin

Casey's Corner Pumpkin


And the Ice Cream Parlor.


Ice Cream Parlor Pumpkin

Ice Cream Parlor Pumpkin


The Hub also has some special Halloween decorations.


Hub Statues

Hub Statues

Hub Statues

Hub Statues


Many guests get into the spirit by dressing in costume. And it's not just the little ones who enjoy donning a new identity. Whole families seem to get into the act at MNSSHP. However, there are a few rules you should be aware of.

Costumes should be child-friendly and not obtrusive or offensive.

Adult guest may wear masks, but the masks must not obstruct vision (you need to be able to see where you're going).

Guest who dress like Disney characters are not to pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.

Do not bring large or dangerous props with you.


Costumed Family

Costumed Family

Costumed Family

Costumed Family

Costumed Family


Scattered around the park are various picture spots, some with characters.


Photo Op

Photo Op

Photo Op

Photo Op

Photo Op

Photo Op


Candy is distributed freely throughout the park. If you want a sugar-rush, it's readily available at every turn. Over at Mickey's Toontown Fair, a special Alice in Wonderland walkway has been created and is filled with numerous candy opportunities.


Alice in Wonderland Walkway

Alice in Wonderland Walkway

Alice in Wonderland Walkway

Alice in Wonderland Walkway

Candy Distribution


Two Character Dance Parties rock away the night. This is one of the few times your children can interact with the characters without waiting in a long line. All they have to do is jump to the beat and kick up their heels out on the dance floor.

One of the dance parties is held in Tomorrowland at Club 626. Here, Stitch, Goofy, and Pluto mix and mingle with the energetic crowd.


Tomorrowland Dance Party

Tomorrowland Dance Party

Tomorrowland Dance Party

Tomorrowland Dance Party


Over at Ariel's Grotto in Fantasyland, Princess Minnie and Princess Daisy are on hand for some two-steppin'.


Fantasyland Dance Party

Fantasyland Dance Party


Several times each evening, the Villains entertain in front of the castle. Their evil dance is energetic, but certainly not frightening. After their number concludes, they come out into the audience for a Meet & Greet. The times are: 7:45 9:00 10:05 & 11:15


Villains Mix and Mingle

Villains Mix and Mingle

Villains Mix and Mingle

Villains Mix and Mingle


And of course, no Disney evening would be complete without fireworks. A special Halloween presentation called Happy HalloWishes is presented at 9:30 each night.


Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks


Over at the Haunted Mansion, our mortician cast members become even more ghostly and Madame Carlotta entertains passersby with some tantalizing gossip about her fellow ghosts.


Haunted Mansion Cast Member

Madame Carlotta


I've saved the best for last, Mickey's “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade. Presented twice nightly at 8:15 and 10:30, this delightfully creepy-yet-amusing procession is a must-see. I've created a short video of Madame Carlotta and the parade. Enjoy.


September 8, 2008

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

For many years, Universal Studios featured Halloween Horror Nights. This was a separate, ticketed event and the park was transformed at night from its regular theming into a frightening ghost town. It was marketed toward teenagers and young adults and the idea was to truly scare their guests with monsters, vampires, werewolves, and other terrifying surprises.

In response, Disney started their own Halloween party. But since they cater to a more diverse age group, Disney realized that their gathering would need to be more tame than Universal's. Thus was born, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP).

On given nights during the months of September and October, extra theming is added to the Magic Kingdom and it is transformed into a playful Halloween experience, suitable for ALL ages. This is a separate, ticketed event and admission can be purchased at any of the “Guest Relations” desks at Walt Disney World.


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I attended this year's first event on September 5th. The party officially runs from 7pm " 12 midnight, however, guests can enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm with their MNSSHP ticket. Upon entering, you will be given a wrist band and a trick-or-treat bag. At precisely 7pm, cast members make a sweep of the entire park and politely, but firmly make anyone not wearing a wrist band leave the park.

Although some decorations and exhibits are not displayed until the party begins, others are on display for all of September and October.


Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations


Pay special attention to many of the carved pumpkins above the shops on Main Street. Pictured below are a few found above Casey's Corner and the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.


Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations


Here are a few more pictures of the special theming that is added for the event.


Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Magic Kingdom Halloween Themeing and Decorations

Normally, guests over the age of nine are not allowed to wear costumes in the Magic Kingdom, but this rule is waved for this event. Many children and a fair number of adults dress for the occasion.

Free face painting is also available so those of you who forgot your costumes can also get into the spirit.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


Opportunities to trick-or-treat are everywhere and are clearly marked by signs.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


Candy is generously distributed at each location. Cast members dressed in special Halloween garb give out 2-4 pieces to each guest as they pass through the line.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


Besides some inexpensive lollypops a chocolates, name-brand treats are also dispensed like, Oh Henry, Snickers, Tootsie Roll, Skittles, and SweetTarts. Note, these are the miniature versions, like the ones you'd buy to give out from your own home.

Beginning at the back of Mickey's Toontown Fair, you can stroll through Alice and Mad Hatter's Treat Party.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


As guests walk the trail to Tomorrowland, they encounter a number of props and characters, and photo opportunities abound. And as you might guess, more candy is available.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


The cast members working the Haunted Mansion also get a makeover. Besides their regular, somber costume, their faces are made up to look ghoulish. Also, a “spirit from beyond” takes center stage on the lawn of the mansion and entertains guests with wonderful stories of her life, both living and dead. Many let others pass them in line so they can stand longer and listen to her tales. To add to the creepiness, the gravestones are given a spooky look with the addition of low lying fog.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


There are a couple of Dance Parties held during MNSSHP. One at Ariel's Grotto in Fantasyland and another at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café in Tomorrowland. I snapped this picture of Stitch impersonating Elvis at Cosmic Rays.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


Presented on the Castle stage is the Villain's Mix and Mingle show. Here, some of Disney's greatest bad-guys and gals dance and rant and try to impress you with their evilness.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


Character Meet-and-Greets are numerous so it's easy to get pictures with some of your favorite Disney friends as you've never seen them before. In Fantasyland, you can have your picture taken in front of Cinderella's glass coach.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


I think most people would agree that Mickey's “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade is the highlight of the evening. Shown twice each night (8:15 & 10:30), this spectacle is a hoot. Be sure to find your viewing spot by the announced beginning time as the Headless Horseman makes a mad dash along the parade route to the cheers of the crowd. If you're not there in time, you miss him.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


The beginning of the parade starts off tame enough with some of the not-so-scary characters, but then the villains take over for a haunting good time.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade


Toward the end of the parade, several Goofy's Candy Company carts. stroll by and a number of his minions pass out treats to the crowd.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade


At 9:30, a special fireworks show called Happy HalloWishes is presented. A Ghost Host introduces villain after villain and the castle is illuminated appropriately while color coordinated fireworks burst over head.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Happy HalloWishes Fireworks


Not all of the rides and restaurants are open for this event. But since Disney caps the attendance at a reasonable number, it is never crowded and lines are usually short to non-existent.

Here is a list of the OPEN rides and attractions for MNSSHP:
Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Haunted Mansion
Peter Pan's Flight
Cinderella's Colden Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Snow White's Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
“it's a small world”
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Space Mountain
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Stitch's Great Escape
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm

Stitch's Cosmic Dance Party at Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe:
7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm, and 11:00pm

Ariel's Grotto Dance Party:
7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm, and 11:00pm

Villain's Mix and Mingle shows at the Castle Stage:
7:45, 9:00, 10:05, and 11:15

Character Greetings take place from 7 " 11:30.

Hallowishes Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Here's the special map provided for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

There is only one table-service restaurant open during MNSSHP, Tony's Town Square Restaurant. Personally, I think it might be a mistake to eat here during this event. MNSSHP is only five hours in length. Do you really want to spend almost an hour of your time eating a meal? I would suggest eating before you arrive or take advantage of one of the many counter service restaurants available.

Note, the official handout that Disney gives to guests states that Tony's is the only full-service restaurant open for these events. However, one of my readers has informed me that the Liberty Tree Tavern is open on selected nights as she has a reservation and confirmed this with Disney.

I enjoyed MNSSHP. However, I am an annual pass-holder and visit the Magic Kingdom often. Before I purchased my ticket, I had to ask myself if I really wanted to spend $50+ to see a special parade and fireworks show, because that's what it really boils down to. Yes, Disney has added some special theming, candy, and limited entertainment, but is that really enough to justify the money. Obviously, many people think so as this event is very popular. But you need to consider this before you attend so you won't be disappointed.

Remaining 2008 dates are:

September 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 28, 30
October 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31 (31st SOLDOUT)

Disney's Official Press Release: New Character Costumes at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

For prices and more information, click here.

September 14, 2007

Magic Kingdom Decks out for Halloween

Jack Spence Reports.....

Town Square in the Magic Kingdom is all decked out for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Here are a few of the scarecrows that welcome guests.
Pumpkin Scarecrows in Magic Kingdom

Pumpkin Scarecrows in Magic Kingdom

Pumpkin Scarecrows in Magic Kingdom

Pumpkin Scarecrows in Magic Kingdom

Pumpkin Scarecrows in Magic Kingdom

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