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    • HeathM714

      Registered: October 2012
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Tue October 9, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 5 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): seeing characters in costume, extra time in the park
      Cons: CROWDS!!

      I wanted to take a minute to post my review about the MNSSHP we attended on October 4. We were so excited to go and trick or treat in the park with Mickey! To begin the evening, there were huge thunderstorms and it was pouring!! Obviously, that's not something we or Disney can control, so I really tried to remain positive for the kids despite the conditions. The boats from where we stayed at Wilderness Lodge weren't operating because of the weather so we were jammed onto bus over to the MK. When we got there we were kind of surprised at the amount of people still in the park for the party. I whole-heartedly agree with the other posters who said it was overcrowded for a hard ticket event. Especially since we figured some people decided not to come because of the weather- it was even crowded despite that!! Candy was set up in places once the weather let up a little, but the amount and the quality compared to what we got 2 years ago was nothing. When we attended in '10 we got handfuls of good quality candy and our bags were heavy! This year it was some fruit snacks and some Werther's, which I wouldn't let my 6 year old suck on either. The first parade was cancelled and the 1030 went on as planned. Although, I'm not sure if we missed him or they didn't send out the Headless Horseman, the star of the evening. Totally disappointing. Overall, it wasn't a very good evening. I would have preferred to make a comparison from my first party in '10 to a dry night this year. We did get a refund for our tickets though. That definitely made me feel a little better!
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      Registered: August 2009
      Posts: 51
      Review Date: Sun October 7, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): WONDERFUL, GREAT, FANTASTIC HALLOWEEN PARTY
      Cons: NOT A THING

      We loved going to the Halloween Party, it was wonderful to see all the beautiful decorations, and the kids & adults dressed up...The resturants of course were the best...Getting into the Magic Kingdom was a breeze, everyone was very helpful and sweet...as they always are...cannot wait to go to the Christmas Party....WE LOVED THE MICKEY'S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY....OH AND I LOVE THE CHANGES...
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      Registered: October 2012
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Wed October 3, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 2 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Parade & Fireworks
      Cons: Not up to Disney standards

      September 28 was our 6th Not So Scary party - we look forward to it every year - but this was the worst experience we've ever had. Waited 35 minutes at the Grand Floridian for a monorail (?) then when we arrived, we were stuck standing there on the platform as cast members were ushering people out of the park. It was well past 7pm - shouldn't they have already been out? Then they had ONE security line open for a party that was SOLD OUT. Another 40 minute wait. It really was ridiculous, way too crowded, and if that had been our 1st experience we would never do it again. Very poorly executed evening!!!!
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      Registered: October 2012
      Location: United States
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Tue October 2, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 2 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros):

      Very disappointing. Too many people, too many things closed or breaking down, not enough unique events to make it "special". Kind of a rip off. I would not do it again.
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      Registered: November 2006
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Tue October 2, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Fun
      Cons: Lines

      First time at Mickeys Halloween party. Entered at 4pm. Families all grown, no need to stand in line for candy or character meet and greets, those lines were crazy. No lines for rides. Walked right on to every one except Peter Pan, 5 minute wait. They seemed to seat us in front of log at splash mountain all the time. We got soaked, but its out favorite ride. Runaway train seemed slower, but Space Mountain seemed faster. Saw a little of parade, but hate crowds so we went on rides instead. Viewed fireworks from the side so did not see show on castle. A little disappointing. Loved the haunted mansion. All cast mates were over done in cobwebs. Had a great time seeing everyone in costume just having fun.
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      Registered: October 2012
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Mon October 1, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): parade, fireworks, costumes
      Cons: crowds, long lines

      We attended on Tues. 9/25/12. The parade was great. We got lucky and got a prime place to watch the first one without having to wait a long time. Liked it so much we also watched the second parade, although not as good of a place to watch and harder to see with all of the people. Fireworks were wonderful. Also enjoyed the costumes that people wore. Decorations were festive. Otherwise, was very crowded with especially long lines for getting treats and going on rides. Have been to MVMCP multiple times and have never seen lines or crowds like this. Have also been to MNSSHP one other time (same time of year and during the week) and did not see crowds even close to this. Maybe Disney should add more party dates in September. Glad we went, but will probably not do it again.
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      Registered: October 2007
      Location: Denver, Colorado
      Posts: 37
      Review Date: Sun September 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Parade, fireworks, clever costumes
      Cons: Way too crowded!!! Only recommend to first-timers.

      My family and I went to MNSSHP twice during the last week of September, 2012 (9/25 and 9/28). We have been to this event many times before, and in my opinion the Party has gone way downhill. I feel like a traitor for "not recommending" this event, but the quality has been steadily declining and I feel that it's no longer worth the investment of time, money, and sanity! It used to be that you could do/see most things in the span of a single night. Despite hitting two parties, we STILL didn't get to ride half of the attractions or experience all the festivities (and we're seasoned veterans!!).

      I still think that the party is fun, in theory. I just wish Disney would limit the attendance. Seems like they used to...

      If you can at all avoid it, DO NOT go to a sold-out party. The 9/25 Party was ok, but nothing prepared us for Friday. That 9/28 Party we attended was sold out, and it was busier then than any park, any other time that whole week (including the Food & Wine Festival's opening weekend at EPCOT). The lines (for rides, for pictures, for candy, for the restrooms, etc.) were ridiculous. The crowd to watch the second parade was 10 people deep from the route's start to finish! We lined up 30 minutes early and were still so far away we couldn't see anything not on the floats. The candy distributed at the trick-or-treat stations was not worth the long wait (especially since it comes at the expense of riding rides and doing Party stuff). We had some first-timers with us and I felt bad that they didn't really enjoy themselves. Sad
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      Registered: September 2012
      Location: Altoona, PA
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Sat September 29, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): short lines, fireworks, boo to you parade
      Cons: long lines for candy, morecrowded than expected

      Overall, the experience was nice; My Daughter and I were down for a father, daughter getaway. We have done Christmas and Pirate and Princess, so we thought this was a good way to round out the experiences; I agree with previous reviews that being a hard ticket event, they should limit the number so the event is more enjoyable; little wait for rides; neat to see people dressed up in costumes; really enjoyed boo to you parade. I would recommend doing this once to experience Disney magic.
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      Registered: September 2011
      Location: Oklahoma City
      Posts: 38
      Review Date: Tue September 25, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): short lines for rides
      Cons: too crowded

      We attended this Tues 9/18 making the erroneous assumption that a Tues night in Sept wouldn't be that crowded. Oh how I was wrong! The further it got into the nite, the worse the crowd got. My family doesn't want to stake out a parade & fireworks spot an hour before the event so we missed most of the parade & displays on the castle for the fireworks. Also, the lines were too long to trick or treat. I was really disappointed in the experience. I really feel like a limited ticket event should be just that, limited!

      All that being said, the decorations were great and it was nice to have little to no wait for our favorite rides. It just got to be too much as the crowds poured in. I think this is a great idea but for the money, I'll just go to MK on a not busy day.
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      Registered: September 2012
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Tue September 25, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Costumes, Candy & Shorter lines for rides and riding Thunder Mountain in the dark!
      Cons: not enough time to do everything!

      We attended the party on 9/21 (Friday) and got there at 9pm. We missed the first parade..no sweat, we will see the later one! WRONG. Both kids (ages 5 & 11) had no desire to see the fireworks or the parades. I had to BEG them to get candy and to just peek at the characters dressed up. All they were interested in were the shorter wait times and riding Thunder and Splash Mountain in the dark. It was pretty cool to see the fireworks while riding Thunder Mountain! My favorite was seeing everyone at the Haunted Mansion all dressed up.

      Speaking of shorter lines....I am 37 years old and have never been on the Astro Orbiter because the line has always been too long. No wait..We walked right on!

      The only bad part of the night was being packed like sardines while waiting in line for the monorail. But it only took 30 minutes to leave Magic Kingdom, ride the tram and get to our car. It could been worse!

      Definitely would recommend Mickey's Halloween Party...bring me some candy if you go!
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      Registered: March 2011
      Posts: 67
      Review Date: Mon September 24, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Hallowishes, Boo To You Paradge
      Cons: Villians aren't out long, Crowded

      I spent all that day at the Magic Kingdom and it was more crowded after the party started then before. That struck me as odd since MNSSHP is a hard ticket event.

      Any-who the Villains Mix and Mingle was an entertaining show that took place 4 times during the course of the night. Afterwards the Villains would take pictures with the guests but they were only out for about 10 minutes.

      The Headless Horseman riding doing Main Street was a perfect pre-show for the parade. The Boo To You parade itself was the best parade at Disney. Especially the Haunted mansion gravediggers dancing with shovels.

      Speaking of the Haunted mansion, it is extra creepy on party nights. The CMs add cobwebs to there costumes to increase the experience.

      Happy Hallowishes was an AWESOME fireworks display. At one point the fireworks surround you a 270 degree arc.

      There are many Trick Or Treating locations around the park. The one near Splash Mountain actually has 3 candy stations. At the end of the night the CMs are literally shoveling candy in your bag.

      There are also great opportunities for meet and greets with hard to find characters such as Tarzan and Jane, The villains, and the 7 dwarfs.

      I was wearing my custom made Backside Of Water shirt and felt VERY under-dressed once the party started. the costumes guests made were amazing!

      Well worth the extra ticket to get into the party.
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      Registered: May 2009
      Location: Jax, FL
      Posts: 41
      Review Date: Mon September 24, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): short ride waits, 'free' candy, special parades
      Cons: more crowded than years past, nothing new 2 years later

      Second time to MNSSHP, last time was 2010. It didn't seem much different this year than the last time other than fewer characters out and about. It is definitely a 'do it at least once' event, but for a second time, probably not. We went at the end of September this year, last time it was two days before Halloween so the crowds were more into the Halloween mood the closer to Halloween. It also seemed as if the crowd was larger this year, there were a lot of people, but still the rides were nearly all 'walk on'. I think this is mainly due to the Fast Pass system being turned off more than the volume of individuals in the park.
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      Registered: November 2010
      Posts: 162
      Review Date: Sun September 23, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Fireworks, Headless Horseman
      Cons: Crowded

      On the positive side, my son loved the event and had a great time. I liked this better than the Christmas party, but was still much too crowded. While the party is 5 hours long, it is not long enough to do everything you want because it is just too crowded. I was really surprised how long it took to get people out of the park who were not staying for the party. It seemed like people were just pouring out until well past 7:30. And people just pouring in at the same time.

      I think the party is a great idea and they do a nice job on it, but you just cannot enjoy it to its potential because there are too many people. You have to wait for everything for so long...the line for the seven dwarfs was just too long to stand in. We would have wasted at least an hour there. Disney really needs to look at reducing the number of tickets sold or offering more parties.
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      Registered: September 2012
      Location: Tavernier, FL
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Sun September 23, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): trick-or-treating, fireworks, short lines
      Cons: long lines for character meet ups, not long enough

      This we be our second year in row going to MNSSHP, & it is AWESOME! What's not to love? Short lines for rides, cheaper tickets, candy, dressing in costume, & not to mention the cool fireworks, parade, & dance parties. It's pretty much what we look forward to all year long. Character meet ups are long though, I recommend coming early (attendees can enter as early as 4pm) & getting that out of the way, so you have the rest of the times to enjoy the party's cool happenings. & did I mention short lines??!! we waited 10 minutes for peter pan's flight, when can you ever say that? & we walked right on to space mountain. It is an overall great event for families, couples, young at heart, & well everyone! I am 21 & I throughly enjoy myself at this event!
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      Registered: October 2011
      Location: Rockledge, FL
      Posts: 10
      Review Date: Fri September 21, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): the Parade, rides, and fireworks
      Cons: Long lines for characters. They leave well before midnight.

      There is just not enough time to do and see everything in one night...so don't try..you'll be disappointed...Decide ahead of time what you want to do. It is possible to view the parade, fireworks, Villian Mix and Mingle, and get some candy. But if you also want to ride the rides and a chance to meet the characters that only come out for the party, you can't do it. So plan accordingly.
      This year we went for Gaston, Captain Hook, Captain Jack Sparrow, Donald and Daisy in their Halloween outfits and Pooh and friends in their outfits. We also wasted time waiting for Phineas and Ferb because a cast member said they were wearing Halloween outfits...they weren't.
      On the candy note. Unless you want a handfull of skittles or nerds, you should just ask for chocolate. The cast members will dig for it. The Werther's carmel apple..given out behind the castle..were awesome. Thank goodness the line wasn't long because we kept going back for more while we were waiting for photos with Donald and Daisy.
      We didn't realize Dr. Facilier came down after the Villians show so we missed him. it was so crowded after the show that i couldn't see anything. There is so much to do that I guess i have to go back again next year
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