By Nick
On Episode 39 of The Disney Exchange Podcast, Lisa, Dave and I discuss Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party  (MNSSHP) held on select evenings September 15th thru November 1st this year at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Taking a page from co-host Lisa Green’s blogging book, I thought I would share my Top 5 Reasons to Go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

 

Trick or Treating!

 In my neighborhood, at Halloween each year, parents walk their young children up and down the streets, and hang back on the sidewalk while their children come to the door.
Here, you get to join the fun!
Upon entering the party, you’ll be given a treat bag, and throughout the park, you’ll find Trick or Treat Stations.

Now, you COULD go and Trick or Treat without dressing up, but where is the fun in that?

Our first year attending, the party, 2006, we did not dress up, but the next 3 parties we did.

2008: As you can see, I’m Fred Flintstone. Why isn’t my wife dressed as Wilma? She had found the jumpsuit at a yard sale, and decided she just HAD to be a Hippie!

In 2011, we went with friends, and several of us were themed to Little Red Riding Hood:

In 2012, my wife an I were Pirates.

 

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade!
This parade features some of your favorite Disney characters and terrific themed floats, and can only be seen at the MNSSHP.

This parade gives the awesome Festival of Fantasy Parade, also at the Magic Kingdom, a run for it’s money as my absolute favorite parade in all the World. Ever.
We attend both the early and late parades.

Many people prefer to see it on Main Street, with the Castle as a backdrop, but Frontierland and Liberty Square are great alternatives, and tend to be much less crowded.
And the song will stay with you for weeks, or even months.
It’s as catchy as “It’s a Small World”!

HalloWishes!
This was my favorite fireworks display until I saw the Star Wars themed Symphony in the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but I prefer Hallowishes to Wishes, and it is only shown during the MNSSHP.

For this, I confess, I really do prefer to deal with the crowds and watch it from Main Street. I’ve watched it from different lands, and it isn’t the same, especially because there are many effects that utilize the Castle.

 

Exclusive Merchandise
Every year I go in saying I’m not going to buy one more t-shirt, and they get me every time with their fun and imaginative designs!Items exclusive to the party can be found in many of the shops throughout the park, but note, some lines for limited edition merch can get very long, and things sell out quickly.

Exclusive/Special Disney Characters
I love character photos, and this is the place to find many that are extremely rare, such as Tarzan and Jane, Prince Philip (with Aurora the Sleeping Beauty), and Snow White and ALL SEVEN Dwarfs! You’ll also see many of the characters you normally encounter dressed in Halloween costumes, which you will not find anywhere else outside of the MNSSHP.

Characters appear throughout the evening. Please consult your party map for locations.

As with the lines for merchandise these meet and greet waits can be extremely long, especially for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so plan accordingly.

Honorable Mention:
Character Dance Parties and Castle Stage Show
I confess, I’ve never participated in a dance party, but they look adorable, offering children and adults the opportunity to dance with characters! And this year there is a new stage show, called the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, which I would love to see as Halloweentime wouldn’t be the same without at least on viewing of the film Hocus Pocus!
Will you be going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year?