As the first signs of fall start to appear in South Florida, and the average high no longer tops 90 degrees every day (well, most days, but still) our thoughts turn to the spooky and scary season of Halloween. Local attractions, such as Enigma Haunt and Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds tend to focus on the gory and grotesque, which might work for most adults and some children, but hardly all.
For those individuals who love the holiday, love theme parks, but don’t want to be covered in blood and simulated human waste, there’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
Recently, Palm Beach Happening was given the opportunity to attend Media Night at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, held in the Walt Disney World Resort at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The event, which takes place over a record 32 boo-tifully festive nights, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors eager to celebrate in a slightly less spooky way.
In the spirit of the event, we are pleased to bring you our top 13 reasons to attend this party that every guy and ghoul would enjoy taking part in.
13) Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Chills, thrills and villains join in a wickedly fun celebration hosted by the Sanderson Sisters, a trio of witch sisters from Disney’s live action film Hocus Pocus. The mischievous sisters are joined by dancers, more Disney Villains and other-worldly visual effects. It’s a Halloween party not to be missed, and it takes place at Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage
12) Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet. Deadpan humor and other antics from this Dapper Dans-style “band” scare up the fun in Frontierland.
11) Happy HalloWishes. This fireworks spectacle high above the Cinderella Castle lights the night. Guests are encouraged to sing along with some of the most infamous Disney Villains, including Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie. Creepy colors crawl over the castle, a spell is cast and it’s every guest for themselves.
10) Guests bobbing for even more Halloween fun can sign up for the special-ticketed Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party.
9) Disney PhotoPass Service gets in the spirit. Who knows what surprise guest will magically materialize in your photos?
8) In room celebrations – With Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration—our best “crypt” secret this season, enjoy a light up Mickey pumpkin sash over your resort room door. As you enter, discover a letter from our favorite pal and a large Mickey Mouse plush greeting you with a one-of-a-kind keepsake character bin holding popular Halloween treats.
7) Special table service dining – Be sure to visit Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dining to book a table-service experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table or Crystal Palace.
6) Event merchandise – Guests should look for some commemorative items created especially for this event, including apparel, pins, and a limited-edition graphic MagicBand.
5) The Rides -The Magic Kingdom is without a doubt one of the greatest theme parks ever constructed. On party nights, you can enjoy nearly two dozen attractions with little or no wait time. In an age when it seems like every trip to the Walt Disney World Resort must be pre-planned and fast passed, you can just walk up and enjoy the signature rides, including the incredibly popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and impeccably themed Haunted Mansion. During Mickey’s Not So Scary, the cast members at the Haunted Mansion go above and beyond to create a truly terrifying experience for guests. Well, as terrifying as the Magic Kingdom gets, anyways!
4) The Food – In modern theme parks, themed dining is as important as the rides, shows, and costumes. During the party, you can enjoy special treats such as the Ghost Cupcake, Spider Cupcake, Monster Cupcake, and Candy Corn Ice cream! You can also indulge in Candy Corn flavored cotton candy, as well as the amazing fare found in the restaurants scattered across the park.
3) The Costumes – During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, everyone is encouraged to dress in the Halloween finest. It is the one time of year when virtually everyone coming into the gates is in some sort of costume, and the streets are filled with stormtroopers, Frozen fanatics, and more! This doesn’t only go for the guests, however, as special Disney character appearances take place all over the park, and your favorite Disney characters fill the street twice nightly during the Boo to You Halloween parade, all dressed up and ready for spooky fun.
2) The Candy – Who says trick-or-treating is just for kids? Here at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, everyone is invited to go candy hunting at the fifteen treat trail locations scattered all over the park. Although we only hit five of the fifteen, we still filled up a gallon sized Ziploc bag with candy and treats galore. Treat bags are provided as you enter the park, and there is more than enough candy for each and every monster in attendance!
1) Family – They say that the spirit of Ohana permeates throughout Walt Disney World, and it is especially prevalent this time of year. Enjoy your time together, and have fun. That’s what Disney is all about!
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party webpage.
Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following Palm Beach Happening for news on other spooky events in the Palm Beaches. If you know of another local event that would appreciate the undead light shone upon it, please let us know!