Saturday, July 09, 2005

Halloween Party

One of the fun things we decided to do is attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party which takes place in the Magic Kingdom on about 20 different dates between September 30 and October 31. On the nights of the party, the Magic Kingdom closes down at 6:00 PM and only guests that have purchased tickets to the party are allowed to stay. The cost to attend is around $37.00. At the Main Entrance gate, your ticket is exchanged for an orange wristband identifying you as a party guest and you are given a small orange trick-or-treat bag. At 6:00 PM, regular guests are asked to leave the park, while party guests are herded over to Tomorrowland. During the next hour, the park is transformed into a kid-friendly Halloween Party. It is one of the most themed special events at the Magic Kingdom and provides an evening of great fun for adult and kids alike.

Here are some of the events that are scheduled throughout the evening:

Mickey’s Boo to You Parade (at 8:00 and 10:00 PM) – A fun parade of floats and characters you won’t see any other time. Disney characters in costume! Even Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet dress up in costume for the parade! About 10 minutes prior to the parade start time, Mr. Knickerbocker takes his place in front of the Liberty Bell and tells the story of the Headless Horseman. At the time he finished the story, the Horseman begins his gallop through the Magic Kingdom. Once the Horseman clears the entire parade route, the parade begins!

Adults and children trick-or-treat throughout the park in costume. At designated locations throughout the park, Cast Members give out treats. These special areas are marked with a Mickey Ear Pumpkin Balloon overhead.

Characters in Costumes – Characters in the meet and greet areas and throughout the park are in Halloween costume. This provides a unique photo opportunity.

Halloween Riverboat Ride – with strolling musicians, storytellers and character, this is always a popular show.

Main Street is transformed into an eerie sight with dark green and orange lights, pumpkins in the windows and shadows of witches and bats moving to and fro.

Complimentary Family Photo - get your picture taken with Mickey’s Halloween background and receive a free 4x6 in the mail.

Halloween Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks (9:15 PM) – Fantasy in the Sky with changes! Instead of Tinker Bell flying at the start of the fireworks, look for a witch on a broomstick near the end of the show. Awesome perimeter fireworks are also part of the show.

Attractions – most of the attractions are open.

A very few of the table service restaurants allow party guests to arrange a priority seating more than 90 days in advance. As soon as I learned that bit of information, I called Disney Dining and was able to secure a spot at the Liberty Tree Tavern at 6:50 PM, the earliest spot they had available at the time. Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and friends attend this character meal and they are usually dressed in Colonial garb. For the party, they will be dressed in Halloween costume. I think I would prefer to see them in their usual Colonial dress rather than in costume, but it will still be fun. I also would have preferred an earlier seating as this means we will be eating dinner with the party begins at 7:00 PM. I plan to call back at the 90 day mark when they will open up some earlier seating times.


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