Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Villains Sinister Soiree: Part 1

It's Halloween time at the Happiest Place on Earth again! And we all know what that means...Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

This year, in addition to the traditional offerings Walt Disney World is hosting an event within an event. Villain Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle is a premium package of sorts, offering a private preferred viewing area of the Boo to You parade, the HalloWishes fireworks spectacular, and a Villain filled dessert party that takes place inside Cinderella's castle. The cost is $99 on top of the cost of the party, but we found it well worth it. 

We got to the party around 3:30 and hung around Main Street so we wouldn't have to go too far to get back out of the park to pick up our Soiree passes. While we were waiting, we took in some of the always impressive Not So Scary atmosphere.

All dressed up as Anna
In front of the castle with Rochelle Briar Rose

Just as it began to rain, it was time to go get our credentials! Lanyards and escort cards were picked up at a Will Call kiosk at the front of the park. The lanyards gained us access to the VIP area for the parade and fireworks, the escort card was our ticket to the dessert party.

We took in some attractions until the party started, and then we began the party off right with a visit to the Haunted Mansion.

Madame Leota waiting for the rain to pass so she can tell her ghost stories.

At 7:45 we checked in right behind the Partner's statue, where half of the Hub was roped off for the event. The viewing area was perfect for the parade and fireworks. As an added bonus, cast members gave us complimentary bottles of water, lollipops, and ponchos to help ward off the rain. It was a wonderfully unexpected surprise! We were already feeling the benefits of the package.

Todd enjoying his poncho and lollipop.

There are a few different seating times for the Soiree each night, and we lucked into the 11:25 time. So, after the parade, we used the hour we had before check in to dance and dry off in Club Villain.

Club Villain is inside the Diamond Horseshoe, and features Top 40 and dance songs, complete with some pretty cool characters.

Anastasia and Drizella fighting over a glow bracelet

Lady Tremaine

Snow White Witch Selfie!

Cruella de Vil showing off her dance moves.

Dr. Facilier
 It was so cool to see so many characters, and we had an interaction with most of them! It was not really crowded at all, which is surprising considering the waits some of characters would get separately. 

After the dance party, it was time for the event! 

And that's where I'll leave you for now...stay tuned for part 2. 

Until then, 
Hurry back...hurry back...

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