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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017: 10 Reasons To Go, 8 Simple Tips to Help You Enjoy While There, and 4 Important Considerations On If You Should Go

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is held during the fall months at Magic Kingdom Theme Park, and has been around for quite some time now, and I have had plenty of chances to attend, but for one reason or another I never seemed to make the party. Last year, during our annual visit that changed, and our family has agreed this event needs to be added to our yearly Disney vacation to do list. While this is  a Halloween Party and there are plenty of “ghostly” figures around it is all in good fun, and kept light as to not scare the kiddos.

**SIMPLE TIP: If your little one is extremely skittish/ or afraid be aware that while ghosts don’t roam the park you may find “ghostly” entertainment around the Haunted Mansion. The parade also features ghosts, skeleton grave diggers, and plenty of Disney Villains. While I would not consider any portion of this party “frightening”, very sensitive littles may be afraid. If you are debating because your kiddo has an extremely active imagination or is scared by mild images you may want to sit this one out for the time being.

**SIMPLE TIP: Grab a guide map (or two) when you enter the park. The maps will have all the show times, and trick or treat locations for the party.

  1. Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade
    • It is my opinion that this parade is one of the best. From the Headless Horseman before the floats begin to come through, to the grave diggers putting on a “sparking” show this parade has a great “wow” factor and should not be missed. **SIMPLE TIP: The parade route is the same as any other parade so find a viewing spot in Liberty Square or Frontierland. (They tend to be less crowded than Main Street U.S.A.)
  2. The special shows
    • There is just something about a night time show on the stage at Cinderella Castle. This show is currently a Hocus Pocus theme and the Sanderson Sisters do not disappoint.
  3. Unique Character Greetings
    •  Always wanted a photo with all Seven Dwarfs, or Jack Skellington and Sally? This party is the place for it, you will see many “rarely seen” characters, and have the opportunity to take photos with many of these characters. Keep in mind, most of these specialty characters do not/will not sign autographs. **SIMPLE TIP: Characters who are greeting specifically for the party will not arrive at greeting locations until after the party begins at 7 p.m. Guests who want photos with the very rarely seen characters will start to line up as soon as admittance to the party begins; if your priority is a certain photo be prepared to get in line very early (as early as 4 p.m.)
  4. Character Dance Party
    • In Tomorrowland, close to the Carousel Of Progress there is a fantastic dance party suitable for everyone from toddler crowd all the way through the grandparents. **SIMPLE TIP: The characters at the dance party are not “greeting guests” or posing for photos. You can snap a couple of quick fun shots, so keep your camera ready and handy.

      Dance Party with Sully will make all your monster-y dreams come true

  5. Trick or Treating (Allergy Friendly Options too!!)
    • Trick or Treat Bags are given out as you enter the party. The Trick or Treat stops give out handfuls of candy so be ready to receive a seasons worth of candy in a short time. They also have cute trick or treat buckets for sale.  **SIMPLE TIP: The allergy friendly treats are kept completely separate from the regular areas, your kiddos can still trick or treat in the regular areas but make sure to ask for a teal  trick or treat bag. Instead of candy, they will receive teal tokens that can be exchanged at the allergy friendly stop. There are usually two exchange locations.
  6. Photo Pass “Magic Shots”
    • These cute shots are unique to the party and like all “magic shots”, you have no idea what you are getting until you see the photo. **SIMPLE TIP: The bigger (or more committed) you can make your pose (or face) the better the magic shot will turn out. Don’t worry about looking “just right” or having a great smile in these photos, just have fun!
  7. Happy Hallo-Wishes
    • This fireworks show is incredible, and has a fun soundtrack to go along with the explosions.
  8. Event specific merchandise
    • While not necessarily an extensive selection, you will find event exclusive t-shirts, trading pins, and last year’s party even included a magic band.
  9. Costumes, costumes, and more costumes(a.k.a. we all get to play dress up!!)
    • There are some pretty specific guidelines so be sure check that your costume idea falls within the parameters. While Disney is in the

      At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party the ghosts aren’t only inside the Haunted Mansion

      business of making magic, not squashing it, failure to adhere to the costume guidelines may result in denied entrance or expulsion from the park.

  10. Attraction wait times
    • While not guaranteed, since most party-goers are there for the specific party events many popular attractions have significantly shorter waits than normal. This is especially true during the first (earliest) parade of the evening if you are up for catching the later parade. Keep in mind that not all attractions are open for the party.
  • Bonus: You can enter the park at 4 p.m.! Even though the party does not begin until 7, ticket holders can enter Magic Kingdom Park beginning at 4. For our family, this means a morning at the pool or Disney Springs, a late lunch/early dinner, and then party time!!!

Now for the downside….

  • The Cost
    • While the cost of this event is completely in-line with other seasonal events, concerts, and shows, this cost on top of the expected vacation costs can feel quite expensive.
  • The Crowds
    • While only a limited number of tickets are sold, parties often sell out and can feel extremely crowded since everyone is wanting to do the same party specific activities.  **SIMPLE TIP: Parties earlier in the season tend to be less crowded than dates closer to Halloween.
  • The Weather
    • Fall is peak season for tropical weather, so you may find yourself in some seriously bad weather during the party. It is exceptionally rare, but the party can be cancelled if the weatheris bad enough. Be aware that it is not policy for Disney to give refunds if you think the weather is too bad to attend
  • Not all restaurants, retail shops, snack carts, and attractions are open.
    • Most are, but not all.

Head to the party early and be prepared to stay late. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party should be added to every Walt Disney World bucket list! Have a great time and Boo To You!!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will run on select nights beginning in August 2017

 

A Little Disney in Your Home – 5 Subtle Ways To Add The Mouse to Your House

A bit of the Jungle with a Figment photo bomb

Simple, small, subtle are not the typical thoughts that come to mind when many people think of Disney or the Disney Culture. It tends to be more character driven, cartooney, busy, and colorful. Have you ever thought about incorporating touches of Disney into your home?  Do you love this idea but want it to be more sophisticated and less “in your face”? Here are 5 subtle ways to add the Mouse to your house…

1. Pick a favorite attraction and use the theming: I love this for bedrooms. I used an attraction near and dear to my heart for Baby Bug’s room: Jungle Cruise. This room is a work in progress as he transitions from baby to full on toddler, at the moment my favorite element is his wall with his dresser. Using an old chest of drawers, some huge stuffed animals, and a few decorative touches I created a focus for the room.

Have fun with paint and embellishments

2. Use color schemes: This is a great way to give a vibe without going overboard. Use colors from your favorite Disney movie or Character. Lil Bit loves Elsa, so we gave her furniture (which was in major need of a redo) a makeover Elsa style with some ice blue chalky paint and some silver sparkles we added to the paint.

Mickey and coffee: A great way to start the day!!

3. Craft your park souvenirs: Pinterest is an amazing resource for ideas and details for crafting park souvenirs. Items such as: Disney Parks guide maps, pressed pennies, resort hotel information, and countless other things you may pick up throughout your trip can make great and unique décor for your home.

4. Pillows, Throws, and Coffee Cups oh my!: These small touches can bring a small to your face without being IN your face. Did you know there is an app for purchasing Disney Parks merchandise? Even after arriving home you can shop like you are “Walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.” If you find yourself thinking: this would look perfect in my living room, but nothing else will fit in my suitcase the on property merchandise locations will ship to your house, and while I am not one who likes to pay shipping charges I find them to be quite reasonable.

5. Decorate for “Disney Season”: Around here we call “Disney Season” the time 30-45 days before we leave for our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. We put up our countdown calendar and some fun Mickey Mouse inspired decorations while we begin the packing process for our trip.

These 5 tips are just a start. What are your ideas for incorporating subtle touches of Disney into your home?

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