Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Disney Review: 2010 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The Thespian has been cursed with a son, who, since the age of two and a half, has absolutely, positively refused to meet any costumed characters.    What is a Disney fan to do?     Wait until he goes to college and then go to special events at the theme parks.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that takes place on several evenings in September, October and, this year, November 1.     It does not require regular theme park admission.    It is a fun way to enjoy the wonderful decorations in the Magic Kingdom.
It also is the only time that adults are permitted to dress in costume in the theme parks (unless you partake in the Pirate League which allows adults to become pirates.   Alas, they do not allow adults to become princesses through the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique).

While the party takes place officially from 7 p.m. to midnight, guests are permitted to enter on their party tickets at 4 p.m.    You must get a wristband from the cast members to participate in the events.   They are located as soon as you enter the gate and along several spots on Main Street, USA.

For your ticket you get a free trick-or-treat bag (adults get them, too).  On the event map are marked many locations for trick or treating, several of the areas also have character meet-and-greets.   Some of them are characters you do not normally get to meet, such as all seven of the Dwarves from Snow White and Lady Tremaine and her daughters from Cinderella.      The cast members all seem to have a similar assortment of small or fun sized candy.    A few of the stations have raisins which can be handy for children who can't eat candy or have allergy issues.    The Thespian suggests that Walt Disney World look into having a couple of candy stations for children with allergies, such as carob or rice "chocolate" or sunflower or almond butter products which the Thespian has seen given out at other large Halloween events.

Most of the rides and attractions are open and have a very short wait.    See the amazing photo below:
Seriously.    I knew I needed photographic proof of this.

In addition, the Haunted Mansion is specially lit for the event and has fog effects and a special greeter for the guests.
An especially nice touch is that the Pet Cemetery located at the exit for the Haunted Mansion was lit making it possible to pay one's respects to Mr. Toad.
Special events during the evening included the wonderful Boo To You Parade, which begins with the ride of the Headless Horseman (sorry no photos I was actually trying to enjoy the parade) and ends with the mass handout of more candy.    The parade features many characters not often seen in the theme parks, such as Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar and the Big Bad Wolf.    There is also the Hallowishes fireworks display which includes special lighting effects on Cinderella's Castle and the Villians Meet and Mingle show held in front of the castle.

This event is a good value for the price.   It is cheaper than normal theme park admission and you can take part in up to 8 hours of rides, parades, character meet and greets, fireworks, shows and trick or treating.

For information on purchasing tickets for special events such as Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party visit and select Parks and Resorts and look for special events.

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