Friday, October 21, 2011

The Wonderful World of Disney... In the Fall - Part 1 MNSSHP

When I was a kid, my family went to Walt Disney World once a year. We always went in the last week of August, right before Labor Day. This always was a terrific week to be in Disney World because, while it was still technically the summer, the southern kids were back in school already;  therefore, the crowds were pretty light.

However, it was HOT. And it wasn't your traditional 90-degrees-during-the-day-with-a-breeze hot. It was sweating-from-every-part-of-your-body (even at 10pm at night) and can't-breathe-from-the-humidity hot.

Spray fan = Life Saver in August

When I did my College Program, I (of course) started in August. I was lucky to work on an attraction that had only three outdoor positions and some of the coldest air conditioning in the World. However, by the end of September, I began to wonder why in God's name we ever went in August. Disney is a completely different experience in the cool, manageable weather. And October is my favorite time of year in Orlando.

But besides the weather, there are two very special events in the fall at Walt Disney World that are not to be missed. The first, I will talk about today, is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Remember when you were a kid and you spent two hours getting ready for Halloween. You thought of every detail, from the headband to the shoes. Your mother even allowed you to wear makeup for this special occasion. After showing the necessary family members your costume, you were off to trick-or-treat. Five minutes into this charade, some 15 year old comes by and throws a half a dozen eggs at you and showers you with a can of shaving cream. Then the candy you did manage to obtain had to be inspected by you parents for signs of razor blades and cyanide.

OK maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. But the bottom line is, Halloween can be very stressful for parents as they worry (and rightly so) for their child's safety.

Then there's the second problem.  If you're an adult, getting dressed up and asking people for candy is generally frowned upon.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) addresses both of those issues.

If you are looking for a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a fantastic choice. At about 7pm on select nights, the Magic Kingdom shuts down except to special-ticketed guests. Guests of MNSSHP get a wrist band at the turnstiles and are immediately thrown into a beautifully-decorated Magic Kingdom. Most guests of the party are in costumes, adults and children alike. Even the characters are in costume!

During MNSSHP, there are special events happening all around the park. There are TEN trick or treat locations, where children AND adults can get their delicious, razor-free candy! At 8:15 and 10:30, Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade marches from Frontierland and down Main Street U.S.A. At 9:30, there's Happy HalloWishes, a special Halloween-themed fireworks show. Be sure to stand in the center of the park for special perimeter fireworks. Also, there are special stage shows and character dance parties. Last, and certainly not least, all of the major attractions are open with very limited wait times.

Roe's Top Tip: Everyone goes to see the first parade at 8:15. The lines are super short during this time and the parade route is very crowded. Hit the major attractions at 8:15 and then walk right up to the parade route at 10:30. I'm not a big parade person, but this one is not to be missed!

There are PLENTY of opportunities to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Here is a list of the dates for this year:
September 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
November 1

The cost of MNSSHP depends on the date. If you purchase your tickets in advance, it will cost you approximately $60 per adult and $50 per child.

Roe's Top Tip: The closer you get to Halloween, the more expensive the tickets are for MNSSHP. The crowds also increase as you approach Halloween. Try to go in the beginning of October.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween From Your favorite Disney Blogger, Roe!


A Snow White Sanctum said...

I've never attended it, but MNSSHP sounds like a lot of fun.

Rosanne said...

It is a ton of fun. Adults can dress up and it's looked at as perfectly normal. The lines aren't too shabby either.

Thanks for reading and for your feedback. Your blog is very cool!

Mouse Fan Diane said...

It is one of my favorite parties at WDW.. Awesome post..I'm a new follower too.

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