Next up is my friend Heather W.! She's going to tell all about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Check out her site I Love Characters: http://heatherw.
com/character/ when you're done here.
The party is officially from 7pm to midnight on select dates in September and October. I recommend having a light day before the party so that you can stay through midnight. You are paying extra for the party, so you don't want to leave early! I usually go to Downtown Disney, or look around one of the resorts, but you could also use this as a pool day at your resort. Then, you can head over to Magic Kingdom nice and rested! Even though the party starts at 7, they will start letting you into the Magic Kingdom with your MNSSHP ticket at 4pm. This is another reason to have a non-park day on the day of your party. You can get one less day on your park ticket, and still spend 8 hours in the Magic Kingdom with your party ticket! I recommend getting to the park no later than 6. If you wait until 7, like everyone else, it's a nightmare entering the park, getting your wristband, and walking down Main Street, while regular park guests are being ushered out of the park. Since only a few of the quick service places are open, I recommend eating before the party. Besides, you don't have to waste precious party time stopping to eat
Once the party begins, the atmosphere of the park instantly changes. The buildings along Town Square and Main Street are lit spooky colors. There are fun Halloween projections along Main Street and elsewhere in the park, such as spider webs on Space Mountain. There's even projections on the ground! There are special pins and shirts that you can only buy during the party, so make sure you pick these up before leaving. I always have a hard time choosing which pins to get!
The two big draws of the party are the amazing Boo to You Parade and Hallowishes fireworks. In my opinion, they are the best parade and fireworks that Disney puts on, so you don't want to miss them! The Boo To You Parade takes place twice during the party. If you want an easier chance to find good spots for the parade, wait until the 2nd parade. If you have the time, watch both, because you will want to, trust me. Make sure you get your spot early, so you can watch the Headless Horseman ride before the parade starts! Once the parade starts, you will get the fun music in your head for days (The Boo To You music is my ringtone during the fall!) The parade has all the characters you love dressed up for Halloween, and sections for the Haunted Mansion, Villains, Pirates (complete with Jack Sparrow waving from above), and ends with Pluto and Goofy on candy floats. The best part of the parade are the Haunted Mansion grave diggers, who drag their shovels on the ground. Explaining doesn't really get across how cool it is, haha, you have to see it to believe it!
During the party, rides are usually a walk on. I usually skip rides during a hard ticket party, since I want to spend as much time as I can doing the things you can only find during the Halloween party, since you can go on rides anytime. But, if you want to go on rides, you won't find shorter lines than you will during the party.
There's one ride you HAVE to visit during the party, though! You can go to a Halloween party and not ride The Haunted Mansion, right? But it's even more fun and spooky during the party! The building is lit up, has fog around it, and the cast members are even spookier than normal! There's also a ghost outside telling stories, and she's hilarious to listen to. There's also 2 Photopass magic shots around the ride that you can usually only find during the party. One is by the hearse in front of the ride, and they add in a ghost in front of the hearse. There's another by the water, next to the Liberty Belle, they will add in hitchhiking ghosts to the picture.