Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011 Review

Last night, my family enjoyed a spooktacular night at the Magic Kingdom! This was our second year attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and once again, we had a blast! If you are seeking a Halloween experience that will not frighten your children, then MNSSHP is the party you MUST attend!

There is so much to experience and enjoy, my advice is to pay attention to the guide you receive as you enter the park.You wouldn’t want to miss a thing! Trick-or-Treating throughout the entire Magic Kingdom theme park, visiting with your favorite Disney pals dressed in costumes, admiring the beautiful festive decor, viewing the “Boo-to-You” parade, dancing at Character dance parties, watching the Villain’s Dance Mix & Mingle, seeking out the Special Disney Character Appearances, and viewing the night sky light up with the Happy HalloWishes fireworks!

We took advantage of the park being quiet and kept riding our favorite attractions with minimal wait times! We received a guide in the mail with our tickets, so my son had already studied the map and knew exactly what he wanted to do. After receiving our wristbands indicating we were party guests and our candy bags, we walked straight to Tomorrowland Speedway! We hit a few additional rides in Fantasyland then the official announcement was made at 7 pm indicating the party had started and trick-or-treating was open!

After collecting candy at a few Goofy Candy Co. locations, we then entered Frontierland.  I saw there was no wait time for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad so my son and I sprinted to the entrance. I didn’t think that ride would be scary for him, besides he had his mind set on riding a train through a mountain! I think it was a bit much for him, while there were no tears or screams, he did calmly say “I do not want to ride that again mommy, it’s too dark”. So there you have it folks, the only thing a toddler considers scary at MNSSHP is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! Not bad, huh?

After hours of smiles and squeals on our favorite rides and a fun meal at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, we headed down Main Street USA in search of Mickey and Minnie! There was no way we were leaving without seeing our favorite friends. The guide map does not indicate where the dynamic duo is hanging out, so we asked the friendly cast members standing outside the candy shop! Sure enough, we were just steps away! We casually took our son out of his stroller and walked into the Town Square Exposition Hall. The wait time indicated 5 minutes (SCORE)! We didn’t tell him why we were in line, but he quickly figured it out. When he caught a glimpse of over-sized ears, he became so excited I had to hold him back. When it was his turn, he shyly walked up to them and told them all about his astronaut suit. That unplanned visit with Mickey and Minnie made his entire night (mine too, it was cute to see how excited he was)!

But, it didn’t end there. As soon as we exited the Town Square Exposition Hall and received another handful of candy from the generous cast members, we hit Main Street USA again for the Happy HalloWishes fireworks. I love Disney’s fireworks displays and was so excited to actually experience the special HalloWishes display this year (if you need a reminder of why our MNSSHP visit was cut short last year, read this).

All in all, MNSSHP is fun for all ages! The candy lines were not too long and the attraction lines were even shorter! If you’re looking for an event that will not terrify your little goblin, then look no further! Keep in mind, MNSSHP only takes place on select nights! For a complete schedule and more event details, visit here.

Note: purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

* Disney provided tickets for my family to attend the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party; however, the opinions expressed are my own.

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