“Boo” has never been uttered in a bouncier, “not-so-scary” fashion than during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at the Magic Kingdom. And the fun starts early, kicking off Orlando’s many Halloween events. The special-ticket after-hours party will take place on 24 evenings staring Sept. 14, 2010. It’s enough to bring a smile to the face of a Disney villain! [Read more…]
We’ve attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for the last few years and thought we’d bring you some of the highlights of the family friendly event.
The Not-So-Scary event is packed with Halloween-time entertainment featuring Disney character meet-and-greets and dance parties, a special fireworks show and parade, and more trick-or-treating and candy-grabbing than you can handle.
New for 2009 is Stitch’s Club 626, a dance party with Disney characters. Depending on the weather, this is either held in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe or on the newly built stage in Tomorrowland. Below is a quick iPhone video of the characters jamming to KISS.
This Haunted Mansion tombstone parade float is also new this year.
Below are four videos shot at the Not-So-Scary event in 2008. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for our photo gallery from 2009’s event.
Happy HalloWishes fireworks show:
Boo To You parade:
Villains Mix and Mingle castle stage show:
Cadaver Dans (the Halloween version of the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet) singing in Liberty Square:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party costs $55.38 for adults and $48.99 for children ages 3-9 for advance purchase tickets or $62.84 for adults and $56.45 for children ages 3-9 on the day of the event. Various discounts are available. Halloween night tickets are already sold out for this year. The remaining available dates are Oct. 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and Nov. 1.
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By Andy Guinigundo
Halloween is a fun definitely a fun time at the Magic Kingdom in Florida with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s inevitable that you’ll get caught up visiting the many candy stations around the park. One might assume that Halloween at Disneyland in California, Paris and elsewhere is exactly the same. Actually, Halloween takes on different flavors depending on which Disney park you happen to visit.
The Halloween experience at California’s Disneyland Resort is highlighted by seasonal ride overlays. Space Mountain’s “Ghost Galaxy” features a haunting soundtrack, visual effects and creepy cosmic creatures lurking around every corner. The Haunted Mansion Holiday has a Nightmare Before Christmas feel complete with dead Christmas wreaths, the wicked Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington himself. Additional attractions for the season include the Main Street Pumpkin Festival and The Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup. Need candy? You can get all you need at Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party at Disney’s California Adventure park next door to Disneyland. The fun runs from Sept. 25 through Nov. 1.
Disneyland Paris celebrates its “Halloween Festival”. The festival runs from Oct. 3 through Nov. 1. The season is highlighted with special parades and of course, decorations. The décor takes on a darker atmosphere, or as they describe it – Halloweenmosphere. Spooky pumpkin-headed creatures roam the park and perform in parades. Jack Skellington plays a big role here too. Even vampire Mickey makes an appearance. On select nights, the Not-So-Scary Party takes place in the evening. This is a new addition to Paris. On Oct. 31, Halloween Party goers are invited to a “moonlit park” and to attend in their “spookiest” outfit. This apparently is not, not-so-scary.
“Disney’s Halloween” has been in full swing for weeks now at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. The celebration that started Sept. 10 continues on until Nov. 3. Like California, The Haunted Mansion gets a Halloween makeover called Holiday Nightmare. Two parades showcase the villains: “Re Villians!” and “Bonzai! Villians!.” The DisneySea park has events dubbed the “Mousequerade”. Characters don beautiful costumes and Venetian masks. The “Night High Halloween” fireworks presentation ends the evening.
Halloween in Hong Kong takes an extra-terrestrial turn as the “dark force takes over.” It is not exactly clear what the dark force is, but it’s apparently responsible for the spookier Hong Kong Disneyland this time of year. Aliens crash land into Tomorrowland lured by the dark force. Guests can even visit the spaceship. I’m completely intrigued by the “Demon Jungle.” I guess I’m trying to imagine the Jungle Cruise skippers’ corny jokes taking on a more macabre tone. Hong Kong gets Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy as well. The experience is complete with Halloween themed food, haunted meet and greets, and a Halloween parade. The invasion started Sept. 18 and continues until Halloween. (Watch the commercial below.)
It seems our Disney counterparts on the left coast and around the world, get a varied Halloween experience. In Orlando, Disney chooses to go completely kid-friendly whereas internationally, that is definitely not the case. This is perhaps to be the polar opposite of the very scary, very adult events at Universal Orlando and Busch Gardens. Even if scary is not your thing, I wish the holiday ride overlays were in Florida. One can hope that some of these changes might make their way to Orlando someday.
• Andy Guinigundo is the author of the Out of The Loop column in “Orlando Attractions Magazine”. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and three daughters. He grew up frequenting theme parks around Ohio and making trips to Orlando with his family. While for most of the year, he’s out of the Orlando loop, he tries to visit Florida at least once a year.
Here’s a quick photo update from a recent evening trip to the Magic Kingdom. As you can see above and below, they have most of their Halloween decorations up already. The first of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties starts next Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. Although you can’t see it here, there’s also been a crane behind the castle putting up the lights for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties, which start Nov. 10, 2009.
In addition to the Halloween decorations, this photo shows the flag flying at half-mast for Senator Ted Kennedy.
Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA) ride have been closed for some time getting rehabs. Although Space Mountain will continue to be closed until later this fall, the TTA is set to open mid-September. In the photo above and below you can see some of the new lighting effects they’ve installed.
As different messages were flashing on the screen, I thought this one was most fitting. The former Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration stage is having a bit of work done to it. Rumors say the stage will be used for the upcoming holiday parties and the shows will still revolve around Stitch.
We end with a look at cast members preparing for the Fireworks Dessert Party. The dessert parties were scheduled to end but they recently announced they are extending them through Oct. 31, 2009. The price to attend this delicious party is $17.99 for those 10 and older and $9.99 for ages 3 to 9.