Monday, July 28, 2014

Disney Experience: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

By: Lindsey

Our last trip to Disney was during the month of October. When we set our dates and realized we were going to be there on Halloween, we decided to purchase tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). Halloween at Disney? Yes, please!

What’s is the MNSSHP? Well, it’s a Halloween-themed, after hours Disney special event that you have to pre-buy tickets for, or if they aren’t sold out, purchase at the gate. It’s held on select evenings throughout September and October at Magic Kingdom. It has themed decorations, trick-or-treating, character meet and greets (some very rare characters come out on this night), the Boo-to-You Parade, and Happy Hallowishes Fireworks. And, of course, costumes are encouraged.

It’s not an inexpensive experience, but for us, it was so much fun, it was worth it. The 2014 costs start at $62 + tax and go up from there. Prices depend on age and the night you choose to go. Most rides are open during the party as well.

It starts at 7:00 pm, but the let people in earlier than that. Everyone who does not have a MNSSHP ticket, must leave the park by 7:00pm. When you arrive you take the tickets that were mailed to you and exchange them for an armband that allows you access to all the party has to offer!

We waited and waited and waited for the tickets to open. Like a few other special Disney events, there doesn’t seem to be a set day when the tickets went on sale. I kept a watch on the DIS Boards and on the Disney website. One might say I was slightly obsessive about it. Being that we wanted to go on Halloween night, I was afraid the tickets would sell out quickly.

We got our tickets, and surprisingly, the night of Halloween didn’t sell out. If I remember correctly, a few people were able to purchase tickets at the gate that night. We choose as a family not to dress up (not my choice, I might add). Anniston had been to the Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique earlier that day and received a makeover. We also let her pick out one princess dress while we were there as a souvenir. She chose Aurora so we were graced the presence of Princess Aurora while we were partying.

We didn’t have a set plan going in. We had heard that the lines for characters get very long, very quickly. We did know that unless we just happened upon a short line, characters were not going to be a priority for us. If you are interested in the character greets, check out this information from Kenny the Pirate.

We did know we wanted to trick-or-treat. With three kids (we were traveling with extended family), this would be important to them. We went through several trick-or-treat lines. We didn’t wait very long, the line was always moving, and we got TONS of candy. The kids loved it. Undercover Tourist has a great post with trick-or-treating tips and tricks.

We also wanted to ride rides. Since there are two performances of the Boo-to-You parade, we decided to catch the second one and ride rides during the first. We didn’t have to wait in many lines. We rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad so many times in a row, I lost count.

The Boo-to-You parade and Happy Hallowishes Fireworks show were both great. Fireworks are one of my happy things so I adored this show.

This photo was taken by my brother-in-law. See? Doesn't this make you want to go?

The party stays open until midnight, but since we had an early flight the next morning, we headed back to our rooms right after the fireworks show. Here is my one piece of advice, DON’T DO THAT if you are taking the Disney bus system back. Whew. We waited forever on a bus and then it was so crowded it was crazy. Either leave before the fireworks show or wait a while after. Most people with small children leave right as the show is ending, so either miss the show (not recommended, it was great!) or wait 30 minutes or an hour. I imagine that the lines for other things thin out after the show, too.

All-in-all, it was a great experience. If we had planned, we probably would have accomplished more, but we had a great time as it was. For a few more great posts about MNSSHP, check out here and here.

You can order your tickets from the Disney website.

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