I’m very lucky in the fact I spent Fall of 2006 working rides and attractions at Walt Disney World in Florida, and that included numerous Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Parties. As if that alone didn’t make me lucky I’ve returned and enjoyed the Party as a Guest in 2007, and 2016.
If I’m honest Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is my favourite of all the extra hour events and personally, I think it is the best value for money. In this entry, I’m going to offer my opinion of the ways to get the best out of your night and share all my HalloWishes love for this festive occasion.
My first piece of advice is Dress Up. When I worked my first party I was amazed at how all out people went with their costumes! As a cast member, I loved people watching on those nights and had some fun-filled interactions; some of my favourites were Walt Disney, Beaker from the Muppets and Indiana Jones. Over my years as a guest, I’ve simply donned a pair of Minnie Mouse ears or done a basic Cow Girl, but last year I tried Tinkerbell. I appreciate if you’re traveling long distance and this one night is only a small part of your vacation, but you’ll feel completely immersed in the atmosphere and enjoy some really unique interactions and conversations even if you just do something simple.
My second tip is, be in the Magic Kingdom before the party even starts to make the most of the night. Cast members clear the park of all MNSSHP Guests so if you’re already in the park you can just keep on playing.
I always try to go with the mindset that I’m going to MNSSHP and not to ride the rides, therefore I’m aiming to hit all of the Trick or Treat spots, see Hallowishes, The Boo To You Parade and any other extra shows that are going on around the park. To be totally honest it is a lot to fit into one night, especially the closer you get to Halloween or dates that fall on a weekend when the event is busier. In saying that, I always try and ride Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion because I feel they suit the occasion (also the cast of the haunted mansion have spooky makeup and truly look the part). I’ve also usually ridden attractions that suit my costume so as a Cow Girl we went to Frontier Land and did Big Thunder Mountain and as Tinkerbell, I went to Peter Pans Flight. I absolutely love taking photos, especially of magical moments like these so I really try to think bits like that through before I go.
Continuing on the photo theme my next tip is if you’ve got a Memory Maker package make the most of it. Photo Pass opportunities have really grown over the years, last year in Liberty Square I did one where they got us to do a hitchhiking pose and when I downloaded the image, we were joined by the Haunted Mansion Hitch Hiking Ghosts! And that’s just one! There are loads of treats in store so make sure you try to include at least one. There is also different and unusual character meet and greets usually on offer, so ensure you get an MNSSHP guide map and plan your night as best you can. Also Mickey and Minnie in all the years I’ve attended have worn different Halloween outfits so it’s not your normal meet and greet and it’s worth checking out.
I could write an essay about MNSSHP, my advice, and experiences but it would take forever to read; so I’m going to finish up by saying enjoy the evening! I saw the Hocus Pocus show for the first time last year and loved it! It was also the first time I’d seen Wreck-It Ralph and Venelope in the Boo to You Parade, which I thought was genius.
I find the whole night really special and I live all the little touches and attention to detail – one year they had mini pumpkins for you to sign and draw on in the shops down Main Street! The atmosphere is always spooktacular fun, so stay until the very end and make the most of it. I bid you all Happy Hallowishes!