This year my boys were old enough to really understand what was going on when they saw the decor at the front of the park when we bought our annual passes and went just on a "normal" day. There were giant pumpkins that greeted you pretty much the minute you entered the park. Plus, when we bought the boys some drinks, they were served in a fun, keepsake cup that had some Disney characters in a haunted mansion. The boys LOVED IT. My husband was all for going ... but I hesitated. When we got home we showed my oldest son the website, which also allowed me to learn more - and we were hooked. My oldest (3 years old) kept exclaiming about a spooky Mickey and Goofy and even my one year old was chanting Halloween.
One thing that everyone keeps asking me is, "What is the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?" I mean, knowing it is Disney-themed you can make three assumptions. One - it is funtabulous. Two, you need to plan accordingly and have some cash on hand. Three - its all totally worth it.
At Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party you will experience:
- Character greetings - many in "costumes"
- Character Dance Parties
- A Firework Show that is done just for this event (Halloween Hallowishes)
- Villain Mix & Mingle Production
- And a Spooktacular Parade! (Mickey's Boo-to-You)
Since we had to leave the house early to get there in time, we decided to eat at the park. That was a mistake, because pretty much they give you bags to collect candy when you first enter the park. And within minutes we did our first Character Greeting with Baloo the Bear from Jungle Book. When we were leaving, we passed a Trick-or-Treat location. The kids got candy. Then we tried to get them to eat a kids meal. Uhm, no-go. They only wanted Smarties and Lollipops from that point on. So that takes us to:
There were some adults, maybe in their 30s, going with friends and dressed a little inappropriate. I wondered what their attraction to the event would be? But for the most part I saw lots of little princesses, families dressed as "Incredibles" or as the characters from Peter Pan. There was even some adult men there dressed as Darth Vader and some Storm Troopers. Again, I am curious about the attraction for the adult men - and they got stopped for A LOT of photos that they didn't look like they enjoyed. But their costumes were authentic ... what else could the expect???
My favorite family costumes that I saw were a mom dressed as Alice in Wonderland, her 16 month old dressed as the White Rabbit and her parents dressed as the King and Queen of Hearts.
Any questions about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or any other Disney Park - just ask! We have annual passes and go often. Just leave your question as a comment here or e-mail me at email@example.com. And check out the official Not-So-Scary Disney site for dates, times and pricing.