Mickey's Halloween Party 2014
It has been a couple of years since I have gone to Mikey's not so scary Halloween party and I am super excited that I was able to go this year! If you would like a closer look at all the costume rules and what the party is check out my Hub Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. I hope you have as much fun reading about it as I had being there!
Have you been to the Halloween party?
The last time I was at the party I had no idea really what I was getting into. It was a really cool experience learning about stuff as I saw it. This time, going in knowing about what to expect means optimal fun! Unlike the last party I went to I didn't really dress up in costume. I decided I would have more fun if I was comfortable and not constantly looking for someone who dressed like me to compare costumes. But have no fear I still was "Disneyfied".
As always the first thing that happens when you enter the park is you receive a wristband for the night. I really loved that this year they put the date on it! It is going to make a great souvenir. After we were "banded", we got a map to stake out all the trick-or-treat stations and to check out the time of the firework show. We decided to skip the parade in hopes of having shorter lines for both rides and trick-or-treat stations. After a few minutes of looking over the map and getting a trick-or-treat bag for my boyfriend, we were on our way!
We got to the park about an hour before the party started so we could do some rides before all the special event stuff happened. Since you can enter the park 3 hours before the event starts we tried to get there as early as possible but we ran into traffic. We really wanted to do the rides that would have the longest lines first so later we wouldn't miss out on any of the party fun. First on our list was Space Mountain-Ghost Galaxy! The line was only 30 minutes long so we couldn't pass it up. We were lucky and were able to get in the second row, which was really nice!
By the time we got off of Space Mountain, the party was starting. I suggested going to Big Thunder Mountain next but by the time we got there the ride had broken down and was closed temporarily. So we then decided to go get a Dole Whip Float! This year the Cast Members really cracked down on the wristbands. We had to show our bands in order to get in line for our Dole. I decided to take advantage of being in line so my boyfriend could take a picture of me with my tick-or-treat bag (especially since we would be trick-or-treating after we finished our pineapple goodness). Can you guess who I am? I know it's not a "costume" costume but I bet you can figure it out! Here is a hint: the rose is very important. If you know who I am, leave a comment below and I'll tell you if you are right!
As always I brought my own trick-or-treat bag! I love using reusable totes because you can get a lot of candy in them; but if you are a parent and do not want your children to have THAT much candy consider using a small tub. I personally love the ones that they sell at Disneyland. They are cute little Mickey ghosts that light up! They also project a little image of a Mickey ghost on the ground. On the right is one for sale on Amazon.
After a little bit of gathering candy, we chose to see if Big Thunder Mountain was re-opened and lucky for us it had just opened up! We literally walked straight on to the ride. We even got to go in the front row. Normally I don't take pictures on rides because I am terrified of dropping my camera or phone, but I just couldn't resist this shot! I never get to go in the front row and there was really cool lighting during this time of night. After the ride we hit up the trick-or-treat trail inside of the Big Thunder Ranch. We got to this one at the right time because after we started the trail, they were starting to close off the main area where all the super cute decorations are.
From there we headed into Fantasyland and did the two stations there. As we were headed towards the It's A Small World section we made a quick stop and went on the Alice In Wonderland ride! So if you didn't know, this ride has been closed down for many months for what I thought was refurbishment. Boy was I wrong! They added a lot of new features and animations to it which resulted in happy squeals and jaw drops. It was absolutely amazing! After recovering from our excitement we then headed towards Toon Town for more trick-or-treating where we stumbled upon another surprise. It's A Small World had projections on it of pumpkins that were moving with fun Halloween music! The last time I went to the party I never came over to this section and I am so glad I did this time. The only sucky part was that there were ropes set up for the line so you couldn't get too close for pictures.
We then walked over to New Orleans Square via Tomorrowland's trick-or-treat stations. We intended to do trick-or-treating when we got to NOS but ended up jumping on Pirates of the Caribbean! We probably waited about fifteen minutes in line. For some reason the stars were aligned and we got the front row again! Ok, so it's confession time: recently I have not been a huge fan of Pirate's. It always seems so slow and long (which makes me sleepy) and there is always one person on the board who I want to make walk the plank. Well all of that is in the past! Being in the front row renewed my love of this ride. It was amazing having no one in front of you and being right up and close to all the action. After roughing it with the pirates we continued on our trick-or-treating journey.
We slowly made our way over to the Haunted Mansion after much candy collecting. There was a really cool trail that wrapped around the fountain that is right in front of the train station in NOS. It was one of the trails that gave out the most candy and it walks you right past where Jack and Sally are taking pictures with party participants. This was the perfect thing to put us in the mood for the Haunted Mansion ride, which of course has been taken over by Jack! This would be our last ride of the night because we wanted to check out the firework show before leaving the party.
I was really looking forward to the firework show because the last time it got cancelled due to the wind. Right before finding a good spot on Main Street we decided to finish up the trick-or-treat stations and I really wanted to buy a Halloween caramel apple to take home. As we were walking to the candy store I noticed a sign on the Opera House that said Annual Passholders. I was very curious to see what was inside. I also felt really guilty about leaving my boyfriend stranded on the sidewalk while I went in (he doesn't have an AP). After my pass was scanned and my wristband was checked I was allowed to enter. It was very dark inside where I found a cast member with a coffin. She then handed me a very nice Big Hero 6 drawstring bag. As I made my way to the theatre I then came across another cast member who handed me a very yummy looking rice crispy treat that had a vampire Mickey on it. I was so excited! I then headed towards the exit when I saw that inside the theatre there were Halloween themed cartoons being played. It was so adorable! Since I felt really bad for leaving my date outside (for about 5 minutes) I decided to give him the bag so he had something special too.
Once we had finished getting our candy we then got my candy apple! It was so tempting to eat it right then and there. We only had ten minutes to get a spot for the show and ended up with pretty descents spots. I must admit that the show did not meet my expectations. I was thinking it would be as amazing as the Christmas firework show but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong it was still good, my expectations were just too high. There were some really cool features and the fireworks were good; it was the music that sort of bothered me. It was all Halloween music but not only had I heard those same songs being played over and over again in the park all night long but they were reminiscent of dance remixes all sung by the same person. We ended up leaving about 5 minutes before the show ended.
All in all it was a very fun night! I love Halloween and being able to celebrate it and do something special is always a good thing in my book! Plus, take a look at all the candy and snacks I came home with!
What would you dress up as if you were going to Mickey's Halloween Party?
© 2014 Lyndsay Gamber