So I'm a tad behind on my review of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)! I had great intentions of getting this up soon after our September trip... then great intentions of getting it up right before Halloween... now I just want to get it up!
I was fortunate enough to attend MNSSHP on September 23, 2011 with my mom and 2 year old son. Prior to our vacation, I had done quite a bit of research on the party, but wasn't prepared at all for the fun that was in store! In fact, there was so much fun, there will be multiple posts on the party! :)
On September 23, we spent our morning at Disney's Hollywood Studios before heading back to Pop Century to get ready for the party. You can read about the first part of our day here. Once we were all decked out in our UP! costumes, we headed out to the car for MNSSHP. We decided to drive instead of take the bus because of all the accessories that went along with our costumes, plus we had the stroller. Once we parked, we made our way to the Ticket and Transportation Center to ride the monorail to the park. We used our party tickets to enter at 4:30 and got our arm bands, loot bags and party maps. We got several comments on our costumes as soon as we walked under the train tracks! Then the kicker came... one cast member said, "Russell! Carl! You guys look great! Carl, all you are missing is your cane!" WHAT?!?! Mom left her cane with the 4 tennis balls on the end back in the room. This is the accessory that makes her costume! So, she headed back, via bus, to Pop while Cman and I walked around Main Street, ate at Cosmic Rays and took pictures.
Mom got back to the park around 6:30, so we had just a little bit of time before the party actually started at 7:00. We made our way to Adventureland and rode The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. I found it quite ironic that this was the first ride we went on since my post on this attraction was featured on Magical Mouse Schoolhouse on the same day! Once we finished this ride, we started walking towards Frontierland to hit up some Trick or Treat stations.
There were several stations set up throughout the park! We skipped the stations by the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean, but did hit up the stations at Splash Mountain, Liberty Square Riverboat, Peter Pan's Flight, Pinocchio's Village Haus, and Tomorrowland Speedway and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin throughout the night. I bet we left with 5 pounds of candy between the 3 of us!
After we got treats at the Liberty Square Riverboat, we realized the first Boo to You parade would start in 40 minutes, so we found a spot outside Liberty Tavern to watch. While we were waiting for the Headless Horseman to make his entrance, we were entertaining Cman with light up toys and "hold out" pictures! The parade was quite the hit with all of us. I think this is the best parade I've seen at Walt Disney World. The characters and floats are amazing and while it did showcase some creepy characters, like the grave diggers and butlers from the Haunted Mansion, none of the kids around us were scared at all. Cman loved it and was quick to point out the "bad guys" and the characters he knew.
After the parade, we made our way to the trick or treats in Fantasyland and even rode the Mad Tea Party. If you've been following for a while, you know I don't do the "spinny" rides... the things we do for our kids! Soon after, while we were in line to meet Donald dressed as a pumpkin, we realized Hallowishes was about to begin. We got out of line and took the bridge between the castle and the rose garden toward the hub to find a spot to the right of the castle. It was great for watching, but not so great for video and pictures! You can find a clip of the Hallowishes firework show on my youtube channel!
When Hallowishes was over, we went into Tomorrowland to look for characters and trick or treat stations. We found both outside of Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. As we were leaving, we saw the dance party in Tomorrowland with Goofy, Pluto and Stitch. Cman wanted to see the characters and that ended up taking up almost 45 minutes since we danced the whole time. I think that was one of the highlights of the party! All the kids were dancing with the characters and the DJ did a great job interacting with the kids doing the hokey pokey, chicken dance and more. I think I sweated more at the dance party than I did running the half marathon!
While we were dancing the night away in Tomorrowland, we missed the Villain's Dance Mix and Mingle in front of the castle, but we did manage to get by towards the end to meet Gaston. We were able to see Lotso, Jafar, and Lady Tremaine and the Step Sisters, but didn't have time to get photos or autographs before they all left. The party was starting to wind down, so we made our way to Town Square Exposition Hall to meet Flynn Ryder and Rapunzel. It was 11:15, and they were already gone. I was quite disappointed since the party wasn't over until 12... oh well.
So we made our way back to the castle to see if any other characters were out and the only one we saw was my twin! I ran right into another Russell, so we had our picture made. Then we went into the shops to look for a party pin to add to my collection before making our way back to the car.
Another highlight of the night was meeting Wendy from Your Highway in the Sky- another Magical Blogorial Blog! While we were in line to meet Gaston, someone behind me made a comment about Carl and Russell and the dog costume hanging on the stroller. I told them Cman was supposed to be Dug, but he wouldn't wear his costume. So, instead he was wearing a shirt that read "Hi, I'm Dug! But I won't wear my costume." Her comment was "Yeah, I know. I'm Your Highway in the Sky!" To which I thought she said, "I saw it on Your Highway in the Sky." I said, "No, I'm A Disney Mom's Thoughts!" Then I realized what she said and I made the connection that I was looking at and talking to Wendy! What a crazy surprise! Of ALL the hundreds of people in the park that night, she happens to be in line right behind me!
Below is the party map/ brochure that you got when you entered the party. If you haven't had a chance to experience MNSSHP, I highly suggest you do! I've been to Disney's Pirate and Princess Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and this on was by far the best. I would spend the extra money each year to take my family to MNSSHP! Check back for more posts about the parade, dance parties, and what I would do differently next time!