Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This was the first time we’ve ever had the opportunity to attend one of
the Halloween parties at the Magic Kingdom. We’ve gone to the
Mickey’s Halloween Treat party at Disney’s California Adventure
the last three years, and wanted to see how different it was here.
(Not so different in most ways, much different in others, but more on that
later.) Besides, we’d heard the Halloween party is a lot of fun –
better than the Christmas party, which did not impress us.

We attended the party on Tuesday, October 30. After donning our costumes we took the bus from Animal Kingdom Lodge to the Magic
Kingdom
, arriving just about 7:00 when the party was officially
starting. The lines for bag check weren’t bad at all, and we received
our orange wristbands. (That’s wristband #3 for this trip – the other
two were for Extra Magic Hours at Epcot and the Tower of Terror
13K.)

There was a cloud of mist around the Main Street Train Station, and a
glowing Mickey pumpkin at the big floral Mickey. Pumpkin-headed
scarecrows were placed around Town Square, and lots of jack-o-lanterns
flickered in the windows on Main Street. The castle was spookily (is
that a word?) lit.

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One thing we quickly noticed was that the Treat Stations had HUGE
lines – much longer than anything we ever saw at Mickey’s Halloween
Treat. The lines for the attractions were short, though – we waited
oh, all of maybe a minute at Haunted Mansion before walking
into the Stretch Room. All of the hosts and hostesses were wearing
ghastly makeup, some with cobwebs in their hair – they looked great!
And on the lawn outside the Mansion (before you go through the
turnstiles) was one of the Happy Haunts, surrounded by mist, and ghostly
lit, sitting on a bench and talking to herself. Very cool.

It had been drizzling off and on all evening, but it had mostly stopped
when we came out of Haunted Mansion. We met our friends Paul and Ilene
near Country Bear Playhouse and waited for the start of the first
parade. It started raining hard enough that we huddled under our
umbrellas for a while, but fortunately by the time the parade started it
had stopped. The wet street meant that the Headless Horseman went by at
a trot instead of a gallop, though. Which was actually very nice since
it was a lot easier to see him!

I loved the Boo to You parade. Lots of characters (some in
costume) and great floats, especially the pirates and the villains.
Though my favorite was the Haunted Mansion sequence – starting with the
gravedigger and his bloodhound…so cute!!! And then the ghostly
dancers, the HM float, and following it the zombie gravedigging drill
team with their shovels. Terrific stuff! The pumpkin-headed guys on
the whirling spheres were great, too – normally the creepy SpectroMagic
dudes ride those – the pumpkin guys were a lot better.

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The treat lines were still really long, but they were giving out bags of
Kissables at the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean, and we
practically walked right onto a boat. I guess everyone was in the Treat
lines!

About 9:10 we went to the Hub to stake out a spot for the 9:30
Hallowishes fireworks show – and it started to rain. And this
wasn’t just drizzle, either. We got back under our umbrella, but since
Lee was holding it the back of my skirt was getting pretty wet.
Unfortunately the rain did not let up very much during the fireworks. A
lot of people left, or sought cover, so it wasn’t really that crowded –
I was surprised.

The show itself was great – lots of interesting projections on the
castle like jack-o-lanterns, flying spooks, and glowing eyes. I
particularly liked the one in this picture, though I think it was a
colorful pattern and not any particular image, though to me it looks
like the face of the Wicked Queen from Snow White is superimposed on the
highest tower – looks like a face wearing a crown with that high collar
behind it. Or maybe it’s just my imagination. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The effect of the fireworks going on 180 degrees around you is very
cool.

After the show we ducked for cover into the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Comedy Club
, then stayed under cover to get to Buzz Lightyear’s Space
Ranger Spin
(no line), and then quickly ran to the Tomorrowland Transit
Authority
where we went around twice, since it was raining pretty
hard and there was no one waiting to get on.

We’d planned to see the second parade, but missed it because of the
rain…it must have been really miserable for the Cast Members.

By the time we’d made our second round on the TTA the rain had just
about stopped – or was at least not much more than a drizzle. By the
time we did the Fantasyland attractions, Winnie the Pooh, Snow
White
, Peter Pan, and Mickey’s Philharmagic, it was
midnight and the party was over. And of course by then it had stopped
raining completely and turned into a lovely night. Sigh. Oh well, if I
had to choose between it raining the night of the party or raining the night
of the race I would have chosen rain on the party. Running in the rain
is not a lot of fun, though it’s standing around in the rain waiting for a race to start that is the worst part.

So what did I think of Mickey’s Halloween Treat (MHT) at Disney’s California
Adventure vs. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic
Kingdom? I’m so glad you asked. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I have to give it to MHT as far as decorating goes. In general
the park has a lot more Halloween decorations than Magic Kingdom, and
they add lots of spooky projections and many more ghost Mickey and
pumpkin Mickey lights than I saw at MNSSHP. At MHT there’s also lots of
characters just out wandering around – now maybe that’s normally true at
MNSSHP, and we missed out on it because of the weather.

There’s a lot more people at MNSSHP, and the treat lines are MUCH
longer. Though the candy is a lot better at MNSSHP! We didn’t get
a whole lot of candy, but what we got was chocolate and not that
yucky Willy Wonka Laffy Taffy and Now&Later-type stuff that we got
at MHT. Lee thinks there are more treat stops at MHT, though I think
they are about the same.

A lot of the Cast Members are in costume at MHT – other than the characters
in the Parade we saw no Cast Members in costume at MNSSHP – just those
wearing the MNSSHP t-shirts.

Even though there’s more people at MNSSHP, the attraction lines were
shorter. No 30 minute waits for anything like we had for Tower of
Terror at MHT – almost everything we did was a walk-on. Now again, some
of that might have been because of the rain.

MHT has the Tower of Terror, MNSSHP has the Haunted
Mansion
– you can’t
do a Halloween party without SOME kind of spooky ride! Though I have to
say the Haunted Mansion gets the edge here.

Parade and Fireworks – MNSSHP does this far, far, better than MHT, which
doesn’t have a fireworks show, and has a fairly pathetic parade. I
loved the Boo to You parade – I really wish we could’ve seen it
again. And the Hallowishes fireworks show was frightfully good.
๐Ÿ™‚

I’m looking forward to attending the MNSSHP again some year – though
hopefully without the rain next time!

To finish this off, here we are in our costumes – you’ve heard of
Disney’s upcoming movie, haven’t you? Beauty and the Jedi?
๐Ÿ™‚

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Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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