Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Complete Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014



The Fall is one of my favorite times to be down at Walt Disney World.  Crowds are lighter and you have two fantastic events--the Epcot Food and Wine Festival (a guide to that will be coming soon) and what I'm here to discuss today, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on various nights in both September and October.  Party nights for this year's event are:

September: 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28
October: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31


The parties run from 7:00 p.m. through midnight.  Guests are typically able to enter the Magic Kingdom at around 4:00 p.m. with their party ticket. When guests enter, they will be handed a trick or treat bag (typically themed around a recent Disney movie or an upcoming one). These bags are kind of small though, so if you want to, bring your own bag, or purchase a trick or treat bucket from shops like the Emporium.

To me, this is a can't miss event.  I attempt to go just about every year. I love the parade (it's the best one Walt Disney World offers), I love the fireworks, I love the way the park feels, and I love trick or treating. I have even dressed up! It's a lot of fun for the whole family, no matter what age!

What's New

  • Club Villain, which is a dance party with Disney Villains in the Diamond Horseshoe.  Guests will be able to dance and celebrate with their favorite bad guys and gals!
  • New from last year was the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew.  Disney is bringing this fun pre-parade back and adding both Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope to the mix.
  • Meet and greets are extremely popular, so guests will see additional new meet and greet opportunities during this year's parties.  Jafar will be in Adventureland, the Queen of Hearts will be found near The Mad Tea Party, and Lotso will be located in Tomorrowland near Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.  Plus, Princess Fairy Tale Hall will see The Queen with Snow White and Maleficent with Aurora.  
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  • Cinderella's evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends, invite guests to a new dessert party, located at Cinderella's Royal Table, called the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. This special ticketed event allows guests to meet characters such as Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil and Dr. Facilier while they indulging in decadent desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Also Lady Tremaine will welcome guests, and her personal piano player will provide live music, as well as solos by the host. Guests also will also have preferred viewing for the 8:15 p.m. Mickey’s “Boo-too-You” Halloween Parade, as well as preferred viewing for Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.  The cost is $99 ages 3 and older, plus tax (gratuity included) and admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required. For reservations, call (407) 939-5262.



Ticket Costs


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticket event, which means you'll need to purchase separate admission to attend. Different dates have different costs associated with them.  Ticket prices are as follows:

September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28

Advance Purchase Discount: $66.03 (Adult) $60.71 (Ages 3-9)
Day of Event: $72.42 (Adult) $67.10 (Ages 3-9)
Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $61.77 (Adult) $56.45 (Ages 3-9)

October 2, 3, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28
Advance Purchase Discount: $71.36 (Adult) $66.03 (Ages 3-9)
Day of Event: $75.62 (Adult) $70.29 (Ages 3-9)

October 2, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21
Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $68.16 (Adult) $62.84 (Ages 3-9)

October 10, 17, 24, 30
Premium/Day of Event: $75.62 (Adult) $70.29 (Ages 3-9)

October 31
Premium/Day of Event: $82.01 (Adult) $76.68 (Ages 3-9)

Ok, so I know you must be thinking, wait...what are all those distinctions? Let me break those down for you.


Advance Purchase Discount: Tickets sold at least one day in advance that are designated with the Advance Purchase Discount will pay a cheaper rate. This is the best general public discount available.


Day of Event: Tickets sold on the day of the party will pay a slightly higher cost.


Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member Tickets:  AP holder and DVC Members pay a discounted rate for tickets, if purchased in advance. Annual Passholders who purchased tickets online must show a valid Passholder ID at park entrance for each ticket or pass purchased. Disney Vacation Club members must call Member Services to purchase.

Premium Tickets: These are the most popular nights, and offer no discounts.


Tickets can be ordered by calling 407-W-DISNEY or online on Disney's Web site. Payment is required at time of purchase and tickets are non-refundable after purchase.


Party Events



Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade


This fantastic parade is, hands down, to me, the best parade Disney puts on.

The pre-parade kicks off with the can't-miss Headless Horseman, who rides about 10 minutes prior to the parade's start. There is also more pre-parade fun in the form of the Cadaver Dans dressed as dead Frontiersmen, who perform in Frontierland.


Taking place on Main Street U.S.A. is another special pre-parade.  This one is called the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew pre-parade and this year, it will see a brand new addition of both Wreck-It Ralph, as well as Vanellope, who will join Phineas and Ferb in the fun.

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The parade features floats themed around Disney Villains, Disney characters dressed for Halloween, Haunted Mansion, barnyard hoedown, Pirates, and Goofy's Candy Co. The most popular and largest section of this parade has to be The Haunted Mansion section. It features dancing ghosts, the caretaker and his dog, gravediggers, and more!


The parade steps off in Frontierland twice nightly, at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

If you would like to view it in a less crowded area, consider heading towards Frontierland or Liberty Square, however Main Street USA does have a unique feel to it. Also, keep in mind the second parade is often less crowded than the first.

Check out the full parade here:





HalloWishes



You know how I said that the Boo To You Parade was one of the best parades, well HalloWishes is one of the best fireworks shows. It's just stellar.  This just feels like Disney showing off what they do best.  The show is themed around The Haunted Mansion's Ghost Host, who invites his friends (Disney Villains) to create mayhem.  They easily accept the challenge.

What makes this fireworks show even more spectacular, besides the incredibly fun story line, is that the fireworks are shot all around you, in 360 degrees!

The show takes place nightly at 9:30 p.m.

For the best view, make sure to be standing on Main Street, about halfway down the street.  You don't want to be too close to the castle.

Also, you don't want to miss the Halloween version of the "Celebrate the Magic" Castle Projection Show.  It's so cool to see this show anyway, no matter what time of year, but the villains give it a special twist. The show begins at 9:15 p.m.

Villains Mix and Mingle Dance Party

This spooktacular show sees the Disney Villains do what they do best...create havoc. The Villains are there to party on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.

The show takes place multiple times a night:  7:45 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 10:05 p.m., 11:15 p.m.

If you are a fan of meeting characters, this is a rare opportunity to meet the baddies, who meet with guests after the show, but warning, these meet and greets are extremely popular, so you may have to get in line prior to the show to potentially catch your favorite. 

Dance Parties

Club Villain

This brand new dance party will feature the Disney Villains getting down and boogieing with guests at the Diamond Horseshoe.  Club Villain will feature a glowing decor and a lively atmosphere, plus appearances by Cruella De Vil, Dr. Faciler, and Cindrella's Step-Family, Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine.

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

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This dance party will take place at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland and features your favorite scarers from Monster's Inc. Guests will be able to party with Mike Wazowski, Sulley, and other friends at this rocking dance party.


Trick or Treating


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By far, one of the most fun things about the Halloween party, and why I think it's a better party to attend than the Christmas party, is that you can actually go trick or treating...yes, even as an adult!  It is so much fun taking your trick or treat bag around to the different stations, marked on the map, as well as by a Goofy's Candy Co. inflatable sign.  You can go to the stations as many times as you want throughout the night, but just know that if you use Disney's bag that they hand you, you won't get as much candy as if you bring your own bag.

It's typically best to wait and get candy later in the evening for a couple of reasons. 1. Less people are vying for candy at that point in the night and 2.  The Cast Members hand out GOBS of candy to guests at the end of the night.

Treat Locations

The treat locations can change each year, but typically don't.  Here's where you can expect to see Trick or Treat spots.

Adventureland
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland
 Splash Mountain (Treat Trail)

Liberty Square
Liberty Square Riverboat

Fantasyland
Pinocchio's Village House
Peter Pan's Flight
Storybook Circus, near Pete's Silly Sideshow

Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland Speedway
Space Mountain
Stitch's Great Escape
Treat Trail near Space Mountain



Characters

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Meeting the characters during the party is a lot of fun.  Many are dressed in their Halloween costumes.  In addition, quite a few unique characters come out for appearances.

There are two character greeting opportunities that seem to be the most popular each year.  The first is the opportunity to meet Snow White with all Seven Dwarfs.  This is very rare.  In addition, last year, they added the opportunity to meet Jack Skellington and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas.  Both see lines that last hours.


Attractions


Adventureland
Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
A Pirates Adventure

Frontierland
 Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square
Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland
it's a small world
Peter Pan's Flight
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Prince Charming's Regal Carousel
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
Mad Tea Party
Dumbo
Barnstormer
Casey Jr's Splash n' Soak
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train


Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Stitch's Great Escape
Monster's Inc Laugh Floor

Dining

Main Street USA



Main Street Bakery - special themed treats
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Casey's Corner

Adventureland
Aloha Isle

Frontierland
Pecos Bill's
Westward Ho
Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Frontierland Churro Cart

Liberty Square
Sleepy Hollow - special themed treats

Fantasyland
Storybook Treats - special themed treats
Gaston's Tavern - special themed treats

Tomorrowland
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
The Lunching Pad

Merchandise

Special merchandise is created for the event and can be picked up at the following locations:
  • Emporium
  • Frontierland Trading Post
  • Big Top Souvineers
  • Ursa's Major Minor Cart


Miscellaneous

  • Make sure to dress up!  It really is part of the fun
  • One of the highlights on party nights is to hit up The Haunted Mansion.  You'll also see the spectral Madame Carlotta or Renatta who are a riot!
  • Try to make sure you eat a substantial meal before attending the party.  Your time is so limited that if you spend it dining on a full meal, you are essentially wasting quality party time. 
  • Try to stay the full night.  Again, you paid a lot of money for the event; it seems like a waste to leave early. 
  • Make sure to pick up a park map ahead of time to know where exactly locations. 
  • Candy handed out is typically the good stuff, M&Ms, Snickers, Twix, Reeses, Hershey's, etc.
  • If you have dietary issues, make sure to stop at City Hall.  They have treats for specialty diets.  
  • The park is decorated to the nines for Halloween and Fall.  Make sure to take in those unique touches!   
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  • For those who enjoy playing the interactive game, Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom, guests with a Mickey's Not-So-Scary ticket can pick up a special Sorcerer's spell card, featuring the Helmsman pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean.  Guests may pick up this special card at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great time for both the young and the young at heart!  It is truly a hauntingly good time!

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2 comments:

Jennifer Ochoa said...

Awesome info! Hubby and I will be there for an anniversary trip in October.

Rikki Niblett said...

I hope you have a wonderful time! :)