On Tuesday (October 29, 2013), we had the opportunity to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort. We’ve been very fortunate to visit nearly every year for quite some time now, and the party this year was our favorite to date. The parties (there is also Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in November and December) at the Magic Kingdom begin at 7 p.m., and like we usually do, we made our way to the park at about 5 p.m. This allows us plenty of time to get through line and get everything ready for the party. The tickets allow you to enter the park at 4 p.m., and nothing stops you from entering the park earlier using a regular ticket or annual pass. We have tried several methods and have found that staying away from the parks during the day and resting is the way we enjoy the evening the best. Once we were in the park, we sat down for dinner at Cosmic Rays and had roasted chicken, green beans and mashed potatoes. That’s one of our “go to” meals for the party nights because it’s quick, relatively inexpensive and tastes good without filling us up too much. Our son went for the chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes, and he enjoyed that as well.
After eating, the party was just beginning and we made our way around the park starting with a couple of Trick-or-Treating candy stops. As you can see from the photos below, we were very successful with our candy stops! They had a few less locations set up for the Trick-or-Treat stations, but the locations seemed to be giving out much more candy per stop and the quality of candy was much improved. After we went through a few Trick-or-Treat stops in Tomorrowland (we were already in the area because of our choice of dinner), we went on a couple of rides including Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover aka PeopleMover. A few rides were not functioning including The Carousel of Progress, although they are not really missed as it’s hard to get through everything you want to and those types of rides are readily accessible even on busy non-party nights. If you have never been to a party night (Christmas or Halloween), it’s something we highly recommend. You can ride almost anything by simply walking on with little or even no wait. It’s like having a Fast Pass all evening.
Our next stop was Frontierland. Walking through the park, we visited a few more Trick -or-Treat locations and had our bags about half-full with just a few stops. I already mentioned that the candy stops provided far bigger treat portion sizes this year, and one of them even had some OceanSpray Craisins. We went on to ride Pirates of the Caribbean and made our way to the Haunted Mansion which is set up to look even spookier than normal. Lady Renata was outside welcoming us to the mansion, and she is hilarious! If you ever get the chance to visit with her (see video below).
We made the decision that it was a good time to take a bit of a rest and to make sure we could get a seat for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks. Because it was about half-way through the evening, we decided to grab a snack (Walnut Brownie) and Frappucino from the new Starbucks from Main Street USA, and our son decided on a hot chocolate. We camped out underneath the overhangs at the Noodle Station, which also happened to be a Trick-or-Treat station, so we were able to grab a bit more candy as well. HalloWishes was great’ as was the snack. It’s a good location to sit down and really enjoy the fireworks as there are tables and chairs readily available if you get there early enough.
After the fireworks, we made our way to to a comfortable location to watch the parade, something that was the highlight of the entire evening. I can’t emphasize enough how much I love the parade. The music is great. The costumes are great. The floats are great. The choreography is great. I think I should say again that the music is great, and if you didn’t notice it yet, I think the parade is great! 🙂
Lots of great character meet and greet locations! Love seeing everyone have fun meeting the Disney characters!
After the parade, we were down to our last bit of time for a long and eventful evening. We grabbed a bit more candy from a couple of stops, and as we left, we took a few snapshots of Main Street that you can see below. It was a fantastic evening, and the only thing that is disappointing, is that it’s another year before we might be able to do it again! Although, Christmas is just around the corner. Maybe we’ll be fortunate enough to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
Click the arrows to see our video footage!