Hello boys and girls, and welcome to yet another edition of the Doin’ it Disney blog. Now free of trans-fats. Today’s blog post is entirely dedicated to my roommate and I’s grand adventure through the 2013 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It was both of our first times doing the event, and overall it was pretty good. I definitely enjoyed myself, and consumed more sugar than a human being should be consuming on a night in September, but that’s besides the point. Ladies and gents, let’s get to it.
So my roommate and I had been talking ever since we moved in about how we were both going to do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It was just one of those things that had become a mutual understanding, so naturally, when we noticed that both of us had Tuesday, September 10th off, we knew the decision was made for us. Yes, granted it’s September, but hey…who knows when corresponding days off will ever happen again. Granted I’m sure there will be a day in October in which we both have exactly the same day off again, but you can never be so sure with such risky things. Regardless, we both opted to go, bought our cheapened 40 dollar tickets for the event at Company D, and headed off towards our spooky, Halloweeny adventures…in September.
So, we hopped aboard the Transtar bus heading to the West Clock stops and the Polynesian. However, being the intelligent men that my roommate and I are, opted to get off at the Polynesian, which is located right next to the Ticket Center that dispatches the monorails and ferryboats to the Magic Kingdom (and Epcot, but who cares about that for now). The monorail for Magic Kingdom was suspiciously down, so we took the ferryboat to the Magic Kingdom. I don’t go on it very often, so even though it is kind of a drag missing the monorail, it wasn’t so bad. Let me start off talking about this event by saying, it’s well worth the price of admission alone just to see all the fans dressed up in what can often times be some ellaborate costumes. My favorites of the night were a man dressed like Chef Remy from Rat-a-Touile, and a family all dressed up like Star Wars characters. Definitely some fun stuff to look at.
We arrived at the gates about 5, which is a bit early as the party starts at 6 PM, so we got our wristbands, maps, and candy bags, and headed for some pre-party rides on Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. Both had short lines, and both are always worth it. Especially Splash, which has a fondness in my heart if for no other reason than I like Brier Rabbit and that scene where he hops alongside us for a bit. After our rides on these classics, we headed back towards Main Street, where, at last the normal cheerful music of Liberty Square had dimmed, and in it’s place, a frightening voice known by no other name than the “Ghost Host” came on, declaring the beginning of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013. In other words, here is where the fun stuff kicks in.
Naturally, my fun had to begin with collecting candy. Disney does not cheap out on the candy, either. A reported 220 tons was shipped to the Magic Kingdom for this event, and with how much I had collected before we left for the night, I believe every word of it. I cracked a joke somewhere during the night that I bet they could “fill up the Rivers of America with all this candy they have” *pause for laughter*. Aside from the candy trails, another signature must try for me was the soft serve Candy Corn ice cream. Now, unfortunately, this is not candy corn flavored ice cream. It’s actually orange and white colored vanilla ice cream with candy corn inside. This doesn’t make it “bad” by any means though, quite the contrary. The vanilla ice cream perfectly blended with the creamy taste of the candy corn for a delectable 3.49 treat. Definitely obtained a thumbs up from myself, an amazing feat considering I typically hate it when “special treats” go the cheap route like that.
Other notable things are the “Boo-to-You Parade”, which has this catchy tune that, as horrible as it may be, never seems to leave your head the rest of the night. Not only that, but the floats are pretty cool, even though some of them have to be recycled from other events and things. I have my doubts the Splash Mountain themed float was created for Mickey’s Not So Scary, as much as I loved seeing Brier Rabbit walk alongside me (and, for that matter, hated seeing Brier Bear and Fox…those guys). There’s also the “Hallowishes” firework show. Again, the only thing that bothers me about these two events is that I’m almost positive most of the material is constantly recycled year after year. It didn’t ruin my time cause I had never seen any of it before and I thoroughly enjoyed the fireworks, but for anyone whose been before, I’m sure that’s a major drag. I especially enjoy, however, the halloween colored fireworks with the orange and the green.
Something that I know was definitely special to this years event was the introduction of the Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington, to the party. Him and Sally were doing Meet and Greets out front at Main Street all night, and seeing as how they’re first timers, I knew I had to get my picture with them. My roommate agreed, so after Hallowishes, they were our first stop. I’m not one to typically wait for greeting characters, but this time I made a special exception. Jack told me all about Christmas, so that was nice. Thanks Jack, you’re a swell guy. After the meet and greet, my roommate and I finally broke down and started our Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game. We had been dying to get into it ever since we discovered it before the program. They gave us a special edition Hitchhiking Ghosts card, which is highly sought after, so that made me happy. We played for a bit before we headed back to a few more Halloween events, including a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean and Winnie the Pooh. I had never been on Pooh, mostly because I’m angry it replaced Mr. Toad.
After a few more rides, and getting candy inside the Tiki Room (which was odd, because they had the “Glee Club” and Jose and the gang all on and singing tunes, but it was like one long tune where they were in constant singing mode. I don’t know how they were doing that, but it was kind of awesome to see, being the fan of the Tiki Room that I am. I made sure to make a joke to several people about Jose “coming down to steal my candy”. Which garnered little to no laughs but at least made me happy. After a few more candy trails, including one in the extended queue to Splash Mountain, we popped by Main Street so I could buy event exclusive pins, and then we headed out to end the event. Overall, the event was very solid. I’ve been going to Halloween Horror Nights for almost a decade now so it’s difficult for anything to de-thrown that event, and Mickey didn’t do that. But what this event did do was provide 6 hours of candy, short lines for rides, and Halloween inspired characters, so definitely a huge win considering the 40 dollar price tag. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’d do it every year, but I definitely wouldn’t be entirely opposed, especially when I can finally dress up myself. Well, hope you enjoyed the spooky tale I have woven for you all, I look forward to talking to you all again soon. Remember, that when spooks go bump in the night, there’s little left to do than keep Doin’ it Disney.