On Sept, 13, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) at Walt Disney World starts its 2011 holiday season events. The family-friendly Halloween parties take place in Magic Kingdom and welcomes trick-or-treaters of all ages.
During MNSSHP, Magic Kingdom is decorated for the fall season, with Halloween touches that become particularly effective during the after-hours party.
But the holiday atmosphere is only one of many reasons for Halloween and Disney fans to attend MNSSHP.
See photos of the Magic Kingdom dressed up for Halloween.
1) Special Halloween entertainment
MNSSHP offers themed entertainment that takes the entertainment Disney is known for – parades and fireworks, and adds a Halloween overlay. Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade stars Disney Villains and other spooky characters, and starts off with a ride by the Headless Horseman.
See photos of MNSSHP’s Boo-to-You Parade.
It’s actually all about the villains. Happy HalloWishes also features the villains, who take over the show at Cinderella Castle with special lighting, music and colorful fireworks.
See photos of MNSSHP’s Happy HalloWishes.
2) Magic Kingdom attractions with shorter lines
Guests who attend MNSSHP may enter the parks three hours before the event starts – 4:00 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. party – essentially allowing them to enjoy the Magic Kingdom while it’s still open to the general public. That’s a great way to squeeze in some rides and attractions.
But for those who love some of the most popular Disney rides, a great time to experience them is during MNSSHP itself, when the crowds are smaller and the lines shorter. Many rides are walk-ons throughout the night, especially earlier in the MNSSHP season.
Most rides and attractions are open during MNSSHP. An incomplete list: Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Dumbo, Buzz Lightyear, and of course Haunted Mansion.
3) Disney characters in Halloween Costumes
For many guests, meeting Disney characters are an essential part of a trip to Walt Disney World. The same is true at MNSSHP, where Mickey, Minnie, Donald and the gang appear in their Halloween costumes.
For Disney Villains fans, Halloween is the most wonderful time in the (Walt Disney) World. Not simply because the Disney Villains are present in the parade and fireworks, but because the Disney Mix & Mingle stage show is followed by a meet-and-greet.
There are also dance parties, stages with entertainment that are especially popular with younger guests. Part of their appeal is watching characters such as Stitch and Pluto get their groove on and mix it up with the crowd.
4) Candy, candy, candy – and Halloween treats too
MNSSHP offers a chance to trick-or-treat around the Magic Kingdom. There are several stations set up where kids and adults may fill their bags (Disney will supply bags, or bring your own) with candy.
For those who need sugar-free treats, Disney does a great job making up a special Halloween bag available at City Hall. Just call ahead to make the request: 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).
And if Disney snacks are more satisfying for your sweet tooth, Disney makes special Halloween treats themed to the holiday. From cupcakes to candy apples, these tasty temptations are spookily good.
See photos of MNSSHP Halloween treats.
5) Disney guests in Halloween costumes
Guests, children and adults, are invited to wear costumes to MNSSHP. Guests are asked to wear costumes are not offensive to others, involve dangerous elements (e.g. sharp swords) or that obstruct vision.
Guests who attend MNSSHP will see a range of imaginative costumes, from traditional witches and black cats to pop-culture characters, from elaborate costumes to simple t-shirts.
Of course, plenty of Disney characters appear – which is acceptable so long as guests do not represent themselves as Disney Cast Members. And that includes guests who come as their favorite Disney park characters, such as ghosts from the Haunted Mansion.
So while Disney decks out the Magic Kingdom and its characters in their Halloween finest, it’s the guests who show up in costume that offer some of the evenings most delightful surprises.
See photos of Disney guests in Halloween costumes.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on select nights during the holiday season. MNSSHP is a hard-ticket event (not included with regular theme-park admission). Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit the Walt Disney World website.
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