Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 Review


     About this time every year, Disney becomes a little bit more magical. Beginning with Halloween and continuing through Christmas, Disney loves to put up decorations for the holidays. This is my personal favorite time of the year, and I was excited to finally get to experience Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for the very first time this year.

   The event was really a lot of fun! Last year, Todd and I went to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time since we were children, and we had a blast! So when the time rolled around this year, we were excited for some more Disney magic. As beginners, however, we figured out a few mistakes we made.

My best friend Rochelle and I as Red and Snow from Once Upon a Time.

Todd as Jack Sparrow.
    Even though it's technically autumn, and the park is fully decked out to look that way, it's still Florida, and it was approximately 80 degrees. Once the sun went down it was a little better, but still pretty warm. Rochelle, Todd and myself all wore costumes with layers, with Todd and I in long sleeves and pants. My costume consisted of a peasant top, pants, boots, a fur trimmed vest and cape, and it got really old, really fast (Note: I was really psyched, however, when I girl shouted "I love your Snow White costume!" It's always nice to have more obscure costumes noticed). Even Rochelle's costume, which was significantly cooler than Todd's and mine, was cumbersome after a while because of the cape. So I cannot stress this enough: Wear something comfortable.

    Secondly, the Trick-or-Treating is pretty lame. We were expecting it to be more like the cookies and cocoa at Very Merry, with huge stations and tons of cast members. Instead, it's a lot of long lines and two cast members at the end handing out pieces of candy. Honestly, we didn't do it all, and I doubt we will in the future. With such a short amount of time to enjoy the event, waiting in line for a few pieces of candy seems to be a bit of a waste.

This ghostly woman tells stories all night long.
     Throughout the park, there are rarely seen characters to be seen, like this lady above. You can also see the Seven Dwarfs, and this year Jack and Sally made an appearance. This characters are definitely worth it to see, but get in line early, the wait gets long fast.

Dancing ghosts and the lost man with his dog from Haunted Mansion.
    The Boo to You parade is spectacular! All of the Disney Villains are in it, as well as characters from the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and many others that aren't seen in a typical Disney World parade. At the end, cast members hand out candy to the kids, so they will get something if you skip the Trick or Treating.

Lanterns from Tangled all over the beautiful castle.
Maleficent casting her spell.

After the parade, before the fireworks, Disney showed a special Celebrate the Magic with a Halloween twists thrown in.

Oogie Boogie's eyes projected on the Castle.


     The grand finale of the night is the Happy Halowishes Fireworks show. The score is fantastic, with a medley of different Halloween and Villain favorite songs. Again, absolutely not to be missed.

    In short, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a wonderful event, and is absolutely worth doing with your family for special, spooky memories.