This past Friday night was the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of the year, and I was so excited to attend! Even though it seemed a bit early, I brushed off my Halloween spirit, found the sweetest costume ever, and braved the heat (and rain) for a frighteningly good time!
Party guests are allowed in to the Magic Kingdom at 4:00, so I arrived at the Transportation and Ticket Center around 3:30. To my disappointment, the large, inflatable jack o’lanterns that are usually on top of the TTC gates on party nights were missing. I’m not sure if it was because I was a little early or because they are still in the process of decorating. I have to admit I was pretty bummed that I missed them, no matter how silly that seems. The TTC did have up the famous wreath that decorates all the light poles in the Magic Kingdom. This is my favorite seasonal Disney decoration, and I wait all year for these to appear. My first peek at one made me a little giddy!
These silly little guys decorate the entrance to the park and make a nice backdrop for a costumed picture. I am obsessed with Cinderella, and while I love her ballgown, I didn’t really want to deal with a long gown and crinoline in the Florida heat. Cinderella’s peasant dress was the perfect compromise! My costume base is the Sweet Nightingale design from Wishes and Wands. I added the apron, head kerchief, and of course, Gus! (He’s peeking out of my pocket.) I got tons of compliments on my costume from other guests, Cast Members, and even Cinderella herself! This costume also made for some great photo ops!
Once inside the park, I was directed to a special entrance for party guests. Here, I received my super cute candy corn wristband and a party guide map. The Cast Members looked extra festive and most seemed as excited as the guests! The special entrance included several photo ops, and PhotoPass photographers were on hand to capture everything. Disney has made the event “frame” prop a tradition, and I look for it at every special event. There was also a Mickey jack o’lantern prop and statues of our Disney friends in their Halloween costumes.
At the end of the party line, all guests received a trick-or-treat starter kit– a cute little bag for treats and a ziplock full of candy. Separate bags were available for those guests needing allergy friendly options. Treat locations were listed on the party guide. Even though guests were allowed into the park at 4:o0, trick or treating and party exclusive foods were not available until 7:00.
Even though the party did not officially start until 7:00, the party merchandise was available at 4:00. In the Emporium, most of the party merchandise was located in the center room, which was completely decked out in Halloween finery.
The party exclusive merchandise was located in the very back of the store, and a Cast Member was stationed at both the entrance and exit of the line checking for event wristbands. An orange tee with vampire Mickey was available for $28.16, and a purple ladies’ cut tee with a slightly different vampire Mickey was available for $32.99. My personal favorite was the children’s shirt which was green and featured Mickey, Donald, Chip and Dale, and the Headless Horseman! It cost $23.47.
The biggest merchandise surprise of the evening was the Alex and Ani Halloween party bangle! This wasn’t advertised at all, and was even a surprise to the Cast Members. This bangle only comes in silver and is only available at the register in this particular room of the Emporium. It retails for $44.95. This is perfection in person! If you are interested in getting one, and you won’t be at the party, our preferred personal shopper Diane can get them for you! Just email her at [email protected] and tell her Disney Fashionista sent you.
A party exclusive ornament ($26.99) was also found in this area. It looked like a Mickey jack o’lantern with 2017 carved into the mouth. On the back, it had the party name. The coolest thing about this ornament is that it lights up! Actually, that seems to be a theme among the Halloween merchandise this year. These two treat buckets, while not party exclusive, either light-up (top) or glow in the dark (bottom).
Recently, Disney has really been showing Annual Passholders some love with exclusive merchandise. This event had a Passholder exclusive tee as well. It was gray and had a slightly different rendering of this year’s party logo, Vampire Mickey. His little candy corn teeth are just so cute! The sleeve also has a small Headless Horseman logo. He is such an integral part of the party, so I was excited to see him on merchandise. The Passholder shirt retails for $27.99, but you do get to use your Passholder discount too. And just so you know, the Cast Members were asking to see passes before the purchase.
Event exclusive magic bands are always popular, and this year was no different. Disney seems to be finding new ways to out-do themselves, with some special magic bands lighting up the kiosks in fun colors or making cool sound effects. This year’s Halloween magic band both glows in the dark AND smells like chocolate! I am not even kidding. The band comes in a decorative box that has the full party graphic on the top. One side of the band features a glow in the dark silhouette of the Headless Horseman, and the other side has the full party logo with Mickey, Donald, Chip, and Dale. This is a limited edition band; only 4000 were made. It retails for $32.99.
Pins are always a hot item at these kinds of events, and this year is no exception. With it being a Halloween party, it makes sense to put the focus on villains. Captain Hook, Ursula, Maleficient, the Evil Queen, and Jafar were all pictured brewing up something wicked in their cauldrons. The cauldrons opened up to reveal a secret etching on the inside. Each pin was available separately for $15.99 or in a completer set with a Chernabog pin for $109. If you really love these pins, a framed completer set was available for $270. Smaller mystery pin boxes featuring classic Disney characters and cauldrons were selling for $19.99, and a commemorative party pin sold for $15.02.
One of my favorite parts of any day at Disney is the food, and this party had some wickedly good treats! The Haunted Mansion dessert was available in different flavors at Aloha Isle (cookies and cream,) Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (raspberry and white chocolate,) Liberty Square Market (peanut butter,) and Storybook Treats (lemon-strawberry.) Not only did they have different flavors, but each one also had a different portrait. The one pictured here is from Liberty Square Market.
These Jack Skellington push-pops were only available at Sleepy Hollow. That Jack white chocolate figure is awesome! The dessert itself was made from vanilla panna cotta, chocolate cake, and vanilla buttercream layered with dark chocolate crisp pearls.
The pumpkin waffle sundae was available at last year’s Christmas party, and it is a food that I still think about fairly often. I was excited to see a version of it available at this party as well, and yes, it was as good as I remembered! Both Sleepy Hollow treats are described in the sign below. Each party treat is considered one snack credit on the dining plan.
Main Street Bakery (Starbucks) also had several party treats available. The cupcake sold out early in the evening, and the cinnamon roll did not make it much longer. I talked to several people who said the pumpkin cheesecake dome was the best of all the party treats. It was also available at Gaston’s Tavern.
The party entertainment was phenomenal! It included the Boo to You parade, which was preceded by the Headless Horseman’s ride. The parade was performed twice (9:15 & 11:15,) but the second parade was abbreviated because of the rain. The Happy Hallowishes fireworks were so fun! I love the perimeter fireworks that are added during special events! The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular brought out some of my favorite villains like the Evil Queen and Maleficient, but also showcased some of the more rarely seen ones like Dr. Facilier and Oogie Boogie. And of course, the main stars of the show are the Sanderson sisters! This show was performed three times during the party, and it was pretty packed all three times. The last performance was delayed due to rain. I appreciate all the Cast Members who worked hard drying the stage so that the show could be performed safely!
Another highlight of the evening was seeing the park dressed up for Halloween and seeing all of the wonderful and creative costumes on the other guests.
If you have never been to a Not-So-Scary party, I highly recommend it! I loved getting to wear a costume in the park, seeing all the party entertainment, eating the yummy treats, and of course, getting to shop the exclusive merchandise! And as much ground as I covered, there was still plenty I didn’t get to: special character greets, trick or treating, and park attractions. If you are wondering if there are enough activities to justify the cost of the extra ticket, I would definitely say yes! I thoroughly enjoyed my evening! A special thanks to those of you who followed along with me through videos and pictures on Facebook and Instagram! Michelle will be attending the end of this week and will be sharing her experience on FB and IG so follow along for more surprises!
Are you planning on attending the Halloween party this year? What are you most looking forward to doing? Let us know in the comments!
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