Tonight, Team Bradshaw is headed out for a night of adventure at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This seasonal event is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park, and we are so excited to be attending the first party of 2015! I will be live-blogging our adventures, so make sure to follow along and check back often for updates. Hope to see ya real soon!
Guests have been permitted to enter Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4 p.m. in previous years, and it looks like this year is on track to follow that trend. I linked our special event tickets to My Disney Experience a few months back, and was able to arrange FastPass+ attractions for the hours of 4-7 p.m. (FastPass+ is not available during party hours of 7 p.m.-midnight.) We took advantage of this early entry opportunity to take a few pictures and meet a few of our favorite Disney Characters: Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell.
It's now 4:45 p.m. We've already finished up with Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell, and even enjoyed a quick dinner at Casey's Corner. Corn dog nuggets and fries? Sounds like the dinner of champions! If you attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you will not want to spend precious party time at a long, formal dinner. Next up, Starbucks tea and then Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass+!
It's 5:11 p.m. and we have some time to waste before our Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass+ return window opens up. We stopped to take a few pictures by the castle and Partners statue (Dre even got a pic of the famous Disney ducks), and now we are heading to Fantasyland for the Barnstormer. Posted wait time is 10 minutes, which is totally worth the smile on Danger's face as we ride. We haven't checked or gotten any notifications about Mine Train being down, but we haven't noticed a cart go by yet. *crossing fingers and toes and Mickey ears* that it is up and running for our return window!
Mine Train is down! I repeat, Mine Train is down! Ahhh! it's a small world seems like a suitable replacement for now. We will try again later. I'll be back with another update after the party begins - 7 p.m.
It's 7:15, and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has begun! Cast Members have spread out, and are now checking to make sure guests at the park have valid party wristbands. We were able to use our FastPass+ for our earlier Seven Dwarfs Mine Train return window at 7:01, even though the party had already started. The trick-or-treat lines at Storybook Circus are already very long. We won't even attempt to visit them until later this evening. So what to do? What would you do?
Just finished Astro Orbiter. It's a Bradshaw Disney tradition. This time, Danger rode with Dre. The trick-or-treat trails still have super long lines, so we are sitting in front of Cinderella Castle to catch the first Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular of the season. Starts in 3, 2, 1...
Update at 8:48
We couldn't make it into a great viewing spot for the first performance, but I had a Plan B. We decided to head over to Frontierland to catch the trick-or-treat trails (I had a hunch those would be less frequented, and I was right.) We filled up with candy and started riding attractions while people watched the first parade. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain are pretty much walk-on, crazy considering how many people are here.
Tip: You can visit the trick-or-treat stations as many times as you'd like. We did the same 2 twice, and Danger didn't even realize it was a repeat. Hey, those lines at other parts of the park are crazy long! Still!
Now we are taking a break and enjoying this adorable ghost cupcake. Everyone, get ready to say "aww!" Lookit:
We will catch the parade and fireworks soon, and then ride a few more things before heading out. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is down again (yes, again!) Hoping we can catch it one more time tonight.
It's now 9:57 p.m., and we may be calling it soon. We just did a few more trick-or-treat trails in Storybook Circus, and rode Barnstormer again. Happy HalloWishes is about to begin, and we are watching it from the back side of Cinderella Castle just to avoid crowds. They are rough this evening! I've taken a few more pictures, and will add those later. Hard to type and walk.
I'd like to add that the line for the Seven Dwarfs meet and greet is the shortest I've seen it all evening. Jump in while you still can!
10:16 p.m. HalloWishes was awesome, even from behind. We sat in the center of some pretty great flares, and avoided the heavy crowds. We plan to check out some of the event-specific merchandise soon.
Anndd... At 10:38 p.m. we decided to head out of the park. We had a good time overall, but Danger and Dre are about to fall over with exhaustion. Poor things, can't even hang at Disney! If your goal is to ride lots of rides with very short waits, you should definitely attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. For everything else, you will need to pick what is most important for your family to experience, and just focus on that. Danger and I wanted to do lots of trick-or-treating and enjoy the event-specific entertainment. Dre wanted to ride all the rides. We compromised, and had a good time.
Would we do Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party again? Yes! But there are a few things that could have helped us enjoy this experience even more. I'll share a more detailed follow-up post with tips very soon, but for now, good night!