Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: A Spooky Review
|by Cheryl Pendry, PassPorter Featured Columnist|
Last modified 5/17/2007
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Halloween is a time for ghosts and ghouls, scary stories and trick or treat, so perhaps it's no wonder that it's also the subject of a special ticketed after hours party at the Magic Kingdom.
Held on selected nights in September and October and one night in November, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, often seen abbreviated down to MNSSHP, takes place from 7:00 pm until midnight. But what can you expect from the party and is it worth attending?
Those were just some of the questions I was asking a year ago, as we prepared for our first trip to the Walt Disney World resort over Halloween. When we were booking our flights, it was noticeably cheaper if we traveled in early November, as opposed to late October, which gave me a dilemma. I was keen to try out the Halloween Party, but was it worth the extra money that the flights would cost us?
If I'm honest, it wasn't something that I thought about for a long time. Part of the reason I love going back to Disney is that at certain times of the year, there are extra events that make your stay more magical, like the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, all the holiday events between Thanksgiving and the New Year and the Food and Wine Festival and the Halloween Party in the fall. Of those, the only one we hadn't experienced was the Halloween Party and in my book, you should give all of them a try at least once.
That decision made, I read with interest various comments on the party and comparisons to the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, which we had been to a number of times. All I can say is I'm glad those debates took place after we'd ordered our tickets, as most people came out very strongly in favor of the Christmas Party. It did make me wonder whether we'd be disappointed and if we'd get our money's worth out of our tickets.
Well, on both counts, I'm pleased to report that we had nothing to worry about. We loved every moment of the Halloween Party and were immediately into the "spirit" of things when we got off the monorail and saw the displays of pumpkins outside the gates. What I wasn't expecting were the inflatables everywhere, obviously put up in time for the Party each night, with giant pumpkins and ghosts, a larger than life Timon and Pumbaa in Adventureland and a giant Stitch in Tomorrowland.
Candy Apple Anyone?
Part of the Pumpkin Scarecrow decoration on Main Street during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom - photo by mestitch
Lighting was also cleverly used to create some wonderful effects, with Main Street lit up in a series of bright colors, an eerie green to be seen in some parts of the park, and the Castle enjoying its own Halloween light show, including images of ghosts, ghouls and the Big Bad Wolf at points throughout the night.
As well as being able to enjoy all the attractions that you'd see during the day, there are plenty of other things going on all evening. Let's face it, Halloween wouldn't be the same without Trick or Treat and there are plenty of places throughout the park to add to your candy loot as the night goes on, without even having to threaten anyone with a trick first!
If you or your family are character fans and enjoy collecting autographs and photos of them, the Halloween Party will be an absolute gold mine for you. Not only are there lots of characters out and about, you'll see a new side to many of them. During the night we were there, we found Eeyore dressed as a mummy and Pooh Bear as a bee. It makes for plenty of unique photo opportunities. And speaking of unique, this has to be the only time we've ever come across Snow White and all seven of her dwarfs, so keep your eyes peeled for the character meeting areas. They're well worth exploring.