” Walt Disney would take his two young daughters, Diane and Sharon, to play at the carousel at Griffith Park in Los Angeles every Sunday. While his daughters enjoyed their repeated rides, Disney sat on park benches with the other parents who had nothing to do but watch. It was on these Sunday excursions that Walt Disney began to dream of an activity park that had things for both children and parents to do.”
A place where both children and parents can enjoy themselves. Disney has certainly created so many wonderful things to see & do and the addition of themed parties is no exception. With this in mind, we move back into our present reality and the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties, exactly the balance that Walt was trying to create.
A separate Park ticketed event, the MNSSHP as it’s better known offers every sized ghost, ghoul and goblin a chance to enjoy a softer version of a Halloween Party. With specialty fireworks, parade and candy trails, Disney has presented a fantastic event that has certainly become a yearly favourite for many. Our traveling group returns for this yearly event with anticipation of bigger and better each time.
Halloween costumes in tow, we travel to Magic Kingdom each year to enjoy alittle night music and fun. Specially outfitted characters are waiting to greet each and every one. Magic Kingdom is transformed into a festive spot. Decorations are truly awesome with speciality pumpkins and lighting and everything that makes this the most wonderful time of the year for many.
Mickey & Minnie are always around to welcome visitors to the Park and bring many of their closest friends along for the party. Your little ones will certainly enjoy dressing up in their costumes and locating their favourite character and they may even get a photo with them showing off their own costumes. It’s a really fun time for everyone. Candy trails are scattered throughout the Park so that some trick or treating can even be enjoyed. Healthy snack options have started to become popular as well although I must admit freely, there was only 1 station set up with Ocean Spray Craisins which is a far cry from the printed information from Disney stating that there are options available. I do hope that in the very near future with all the healthier options being requested that there is a switch to more availability.
The two newest characters to join the Halloween Party this year are Jack Skellington and Sally from Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Along side of Town Hall, Jack & Sally have a very nicely themed area for photo opportunities and I can say from the two hour plus lines that we experienced the first night of our 2 night party schedule, folks are pretty excited to visit with them. On our second night however, we did get through a fairly quick lineup and had a spectacular time with them. Jack was extremely charming and interactive and amused my former Disney Manager with whom she was dying to see. Dressed as Cinderella, she was squealing in the lineup prior to our turn and jumped for joy when we were finally called up. It spooked Sally somewhat as she was unsure of why this princess was so delighted to meet Jack. Needless to say however, Jack certainly enjoyed the attention very much.
I myself wait for 2 things during the MNSSHP, The Boo To You Parade which is a specially designed parade just for these Parties and also HalloWishes, the special Halloween edition of Wishes featuring many of Disney’s Villain’s who come to play. One very special guest welcomes all who attend the parades and I anticipate his visit each and every year eagerly. The Headless Horseman, from Disney’s The Legend Of Sleepy Hallow is incredible. With a lit pumpkin in hand, he gingerly rides through the Park to start the parade. He is truly one character you do NOT want to come face to face with but I enjoy seeing him trot through the Park each and every year. SPOOKY INDEED.
From the dead waltzing Haunted Mansion dancers to the Haunted Mansion Grave Diggers, the Boo To You Parade certainly offers something for everyone. Even a chance to pick up some treats along the route.
During this wondrous night of ghosts and Ghouls, there is even a special edition of the fireworks called HalloWishes. The Disney Villains all seemed to come forward and request their own special spooky offering and they certainly never disappoint. The fireworks are incredibly special. From the regal Evil Queen herself to Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, each character brings a little scare into the night skies. Vivid colours and really fun music you can “scream along too” this display is certainly a must not see.
All of the usual rides are open for the evening and most nights during Halloween party seem to be not so busy and normally line ups are on the shorter side although I have been known to wait for a while to visit Space Mountain but it’s totally worth it.
This year Disney also brings Monsters Inc into the party with a character dance party. Getting down with Mike and Sully is totally possible along with a wee dash of Boo thrown into the mix. It is pretty awesome to see all the children get down with their bad selves along with a furry character or two. You can find them by following the music in Tomorrowland over by Carrousel of Progress.
Want some quality time with the Villains, well you can certainly head over to the castle show that is offered multiple times throughout the party. There you can find the Queen of Hearts getting her groove on with Jafar, Evil Queen and and few of their friends. After the pulsating show, a meet and greet is offered in front of the castle where you can get a snapshot of you and your fav but beware……….they certainly are called Villains for a reason and are quite mischievous.
Look, these parties certainly are an expense, an extra ticketed event which runs from 7pm until midnight. A cost you’re looking to shell out of $60+ per person, however, if it’s something you think you want to do, please do it. I really recommend it highly. Dress up and go rock your socks off. It’s a great time, fun and for a moment to tow, you won’t believe that it’s run by scary villains.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have a trick or treat trail I need to hit because I only have a few days until Halloween and the Evil Queen doesn’t wait for just anyone you know.