We went to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this past Friday evening. It was our first time at the event and I have to say I enjoyed it…mostly. The party starts officially at 7:00 pm until park closing. It is a hard-ticketed event, which means it is an additional cost onto a day’s admission into the park (prices vary throughout the limited dates but it can cost up to an additional $68.00 to attend – check the price table at Disney’s site).
Once the party starts, the park becomes a non-stop party. With 10 trick-or-treating locations, dance parties, fireworks and parades it is a great way to get into the Halloween mood.
The park is decked out in Jack-O-Lanterns throughout and there is music playing as well as some of the ghouls from the Haunted Mansion chime in from time to time to keep the fun going. It is not a horror night, like Universal Studios after-hours parties, it is entirely kid friendly and appropriate for all ages that can stay up late.
The big draw for the evening is the parade and the special Hallowishes fireworks display. We planned on watching the fireworks and then enjoying the late parade, but our little trick-or-treater had other plans so we missed the parade. If your little ones are like ours, make sure to watch the first parade and then the fireworks so you do not miss out on any of the great shows throughout the evening.
Although it was great fun and our girls want to make it an annual event, it is a bit pricey for what it truly is – late access into the park. Being an annual passholder, we can hang out at the parks most nights so their market proposition does not really sit that well with me. And considering the tough economic times I am not so sure how people can readily afford such an added expense; other than saving all year for the party. Despite that gripe, it was a great night and we really did have a lot of fun – you can judge yourself from these pictures.