Here are the latest Not So Scary Halloween Guide Maps from Walt Disney World. Below are 8 Reasons You should attend.
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8 Reasons You Should Attend Mickey’s “Not So Scary” Halloween Party!
8. The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean Cast Members get a makeup make-over to create an especially creepy look for the evening. The Pirates have scars, and the Haunted Mansion CM’s get a ghostly look adding to the spookiness of the attractions. Another thing about the attractions is that they are mostly just a walk-on during the party. This will be tested this year with the addition of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Other attractions that will be open are Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Just as an example the Splash Mountain extended queue is not used for the ride but is often a Trick-or-Treat Trail area. There is no need for the queue because there are not many people choosing to ride the attractions thus creating nearly walk-on for every open attraction. It is hard to decide what you are going to do from so many options.
7. Special music, audio, lighting for the evening really does transform the Magic Kingdom into a spookier version of itself. The first thing you hear shortly before 7PM is your Ghost Host for the evening telling all the Magic Kingdom guests that the party is starting soon and if you were not invited you must exit the park immediately. At 7PM the Ghost Host welcomes all those invited to the party (those with the tickets for it). The lighting changes to have special affects all over the park, including Main Street U.S.A. I don’t want to give it all away, but you should see it! The Cinderella Castle experiences many lighting affects throughout the Party including my favorite one where it is bathed in dark, dark purple with only the yellowish lights coming from the windows. There is spooky music playing around the park and special dance parties with characters from Sully, Monster’s Inc., to the Disney Villains.
6. There is always some special food and beverages and special merchandise offered during the party. Special food offerings include Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundaes at Sleepy Hollow, Gaston’s Tavern had Ghost Cupcakes, Storybook Treats had Candy Corn Soft Serve Ice Cream, and Sweet Treats on Main Street served up specialty cupcakes and cookies. The popcorn carts had hitchhiking Ghost popcorn buckets. The merchandise was also great with the release of special collector pins, light-up Trick-or-Treat bags, light-up Pumpkin baskets, and of course great t-shirts.
5. When you arrive for the party you are given a wrist band to show you were “invited” and a Trick-or-Treat Bag because there are Trick-or-Treat Trails you walk down where Cast Members, in their special party costumes, put hands full of candy into your bag. (You can bring your own container too if you like.) This is like the motherload of candy collecting during the party as you walk down the sidewalk to several Cast Members in a close row. Your bag quickly fills up here. You will also find several Candy Stops where you can collect even more candy, and yes, this is the good stuff!
Make sure you say “Trick or Treat”! You will find the candy wherever you see a large, inflated, lit-up, Pumpkin. If you have allergies or just prefer treats without nuts or traces of nuts possible, and gluten-free treats you can take your bag of candy to Guest Relations at the front of the park and trade it in for either of those choices. If you are a player in Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom you can take your party ticket to the Firehouse, also at the front of the park, and get special edition, complimentary, card packets just for this event. The cards are good for play any day, but can only be collected at the hard ticket event. You will be eating this candy for several days, if not weeks. We didn’t even try to make candy our top priority.
4. You get to go to the Magic Kingdom in costume! I love this part of the event! Costumes are not required at all, but most people do come in costume and it is so much fun to see the variety of looks and to see whole families dressed to a specific Disney theme. My favorite last year was a large family that came as each character in Sophia the First themed costumes, all home made too. You would expect Disney fans to be very creative and they live up to that! There are some Walt Disney World policy guidelines to follow for dress: you cannot have a mask that covers your entire face, you must be able to move yourself through the park safely, no excessively torn clothing, nothing objectionable or obscene language or graphics, objectionable tattoos are banned, and any attire that could be deemed inappropriate for a family environment by exposing excessive portions of skin. These guidelines are found on the official Disney site. During regular operation this also applies: “Adults can visit the parks if their hair (or makeup, if applicable) resembles a Disney Princess or character, provided that they are not also wearing a costume or clothed to look like a character.” However, during the MNSSHP, we are given more freedom and there were mostly Disney characters being represented at the party and some were exceptional. You don’t get this opportunity to be in the Magic Kingdom dressed like our favorite Disney characters every day, so don’t miss this party if it something you dream of doing. The official Disney page for the party simply says “For the safest and best possible Guest experience, please choose costumes that are not obstructive, offensive or violent. Guests’ eyes must be visible at all times. 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.” Interacting with the characters at the meet and greets is a unique experience when you are also in a costume!
3. Entertainment for the evening is exceptional and cannot be seen anywhere else. The Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also has great entertainment, but if you visit during the week of Christmas you will see all of it during the day with regular park admission, but that is not true of the MNSSHP entertainment. You don’t want to miss the parade(see #1), the Villain’s Dance Party, the Monster Dance Party, Toy Story Dance Party, DJ with music, special lighting, eerie music playing in the park, Hallo-Wishes which is a special Halloween version of the popular fireworks show Wishes, featuring Disney Villains and a party remix of their theme songs. In Frontierland you can enjoy a quartet of dead cowboys who sound somewhat like the Dapper Dans but are named the Cadaver Dans. They bring great music and some humorous interaction with Guests that can get over their fear of talking with a dead cowboy. There is entertainment going on all evening and it is all great fun and worth the ticket price alone.
2. Meeting Characters is one of the favorite activities for Disney Guests all the time, but at the party you will meet characters that are not out any other time and classic characters appear in their own Halloween costumes for a different look in your photos. Plus you may be in costume so make sure you visit a character from the same movie for extra fun. Make sure you go to the Villain’s Party in front of the Castle if they are your favorites and want to have a unique experience with them as they move into the crowd dancing and allowing photos with them.
1. Mickey’s “Boo to You” Halloween Parade is phenomenal. It is led in by the Headless Horseman who rides in on a horse. The parade has floats, dancers, Disney characters in Halloween costumes, and attraction-focused entries such as Dancing Pirates, and Haunted Mansion Grave Digger Dancers that are over-the-top great! It is humorous and just a tiny bit scary so it is great for all ages. This really is a great family experience. The Goofy Candy Company float is attended by CM’s that hand out even more candy to the children along the parade route.
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Article Author Cassie