6 Reasons Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween at Walt Disney World is for all Ages
Earlier this month our little prince and princess, Tink, spent time at Walt Disney World experiencing some of our favourite characters and rides and what a fun experience it was. Here are my 6 reasons Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween at Walt Disney World is for all ages.
When night fell Magic Kingdom was transformed on select nights from 7:00 PM to midnight, September 10 to November 1, 2013 into a happy not-so-haunted hallows for ghouls and goblins, small and large, dressed in costume eager to trick-or-treat throughout the park for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
If you’ve read anything on my blog about Halloween, you know that it’s probably my favourite holiday, or at least runs a close second to Christmas. I love everything about it, the costumes, the decorations, the scare-factor or in this case, the cute part of Halloween too. In my amazement the Halloween party boasts Mickey Halloween themed decorations around every corner to help get party-goers into the spirit.
Decorations and Costumes
During the day at the park we noticed the mounds of detailed decorations everywhere building excitement for the upcoming evenings events. Just before we left the park to head back for a quick change into costumes and almost without notice regular park guests were being guided out in preparation for guests who purchased tickets to the evening party. Baby Girl was chattering excitedly about many creative costumes filing through the gates and eager to get her own Tinkerbell costume on for her first trick-or-treating experience, at least that she will remember. I don’t think her trick-or-treating experience at home will compare; no pressure.
Mario, Little Red Riding Hood and the princesses kept us entertained while we awaited the ferry to take us back to the Magic Kingdom from our resort. It was cute to hear the kids ooh and ahh over the costumes others awaiting the ferry were wearing.
Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle! – Some of your favourite baddies from Disney films rock you with this thrilling opening number in front of a ghostly Cinderella Castle. When the number is over, the villains veer into the crowds for meet and greets.
Frontierland – Venture into Frontierland where you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. They like “axing” Guests questions and answering with puns as part of their “dead pan” humour.
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – The grandmaster of this bone-rattling parade has truly lost his head! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities, followed by a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Get ready for the grave diggers! The Haunted Mansion stars in this delightful parade. It’s really not so scary—just fiendish fun!
Happy HalloWishes – The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs. Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie are just some of the scoundrels who croon their spooky tunes. Feel a chill as creepy colours crawl over Cinderella Castle. The finale casts a spell you will never forget!
Halloween at Disney wouldn’t be worthwhile without a visit to the Haunted Mansion. I was leery taking the littles through the mansion but recalled it to be more a fun experience than a scary one. When we walked up we noticed this ghastly lady cracking jokes to passerby’s; soon a crowd gathered. We stood and watched briefly before taking a stroll through the cemetery. Not surprisingly, our little thrill seeker loved watching all the ghostly characters dance and sing through the mansion along our ride.
Favourite Rides, Halloween Themed
It didn’t matter which part of the park we went, the lights and Halloween decor was beautifully set from the moment we started up main street through to Fantasyland where we enjoyed some of our long time favourites, such as It’s a Small World. It’s not a thrill ride but I look forward to the It’s a Small World ride to see all the beautiful colours and sets while drifting through each country.
One of the new rides Baby Girl looked forward to was Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea Adventure; I can’t say that I wasn’t equally as excited about seeing my favourite Princess in fins. While we floated through in our clamshell, we experienced a love between Ariel and the prince mature, a few hiccups along the way, to their happily ever after.
We didn’t spot Snow White but we happened along her 7 sidekicks posing for a photo-op. Grumpy doesn’t look very happy.
Treat and Ride
Halloween is quickly approaching but there is still time to snag a ticket to the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The tickets are separate from the regular park tickets but I highly recommend the experience, it’s a great for all ages. Disney goes all out at the party, offering limited ticket sales for the event so you can enjoy an evening receiving candy from various locations throughout the park and shorter wait times on rides. If you’d like to grab a ticket or learn more about these special event nights, head over to the Disney website.
Disclosure: We were guests of Disney Parks Canada for this review. The opinions on this blog are my own.