I attended the Mickey's Halloween Party on Friday the 26th. After reading some of the bad reports here I was a bit disheartened. However, I was determined to go into that event with a plan, such as a suggestion I saw here on the boards to start at Candy Treat Trails from the back of the park and work your way up.
I got there around 6pm. There was no line to get into the parking lot. At this point, my kid finally figured out where we were going. It was surprise for him. There were no tram lines at all, we got right on a tram. There was no wait at the gate to enter. It was a bit crowded when we first entered but I really believe that is because they were cattling out the non-event people.
I deployed my plan of starting at the back of the park. I had intended to start at Fantasyland and the petting zoo area but we ended up first hitting Frontierland at the Golden Horseshoe. We walked into the Candy Trail outside of Golden Horseshoe which led us inside the building where the decorations were pretty cool
I would have liked to have stayed to see the piano performer but we had more to do. That Candy Trail was 4 stations including the one outside the building. Bags were already starting to get full.
We then hit Thunder Mtn (wait time of 15 minutes) for a quick ride.
After Thunder Mtn, we took a picture with Peter and Wendy who were situated next to the entrance of the Mark Twain.
Then we headed to Pirates (wait time was 10 minutes, it was around 8:30pm at this point). Then we walked through New Orleans Square to end up at the Candy Trail by Haunted Mansion. This was another set of 3 stations. It was time to bring out our extra bags.
We went back to the front of Pirates for the Candy Trail along the Rivers of America and caught the Cadaver Dans.
Then we looped around Haunted Mansion towards Critter Country. The line for HM was the second longest line in the park at 30 minutes (Space Mountain was the longest as I will address later). So we decided to skip that for the time being and after visiting the restrooms and getting something to eat at Hungry Bear, we decided to ride Splash Mtn. It was as walk on as walk on can get, meaning, we walked through the entire queue then literally stepped into a log. So Splash Mountain wait time, uh...the 3 minutes it took to walk through the queue.
After Splash we turned and walked back toward Haunted Mansion where the wait was now 20 minutes long (however, I believe it was closer to between 10 and 15) and rode that. I loved the addition of Sparky in the Pet Cemetary.
After going through the Haunted Mansion Candy Trail one more time, we headed out of New Orleans Square to the dancing at Rancho De Zocola. All the pirates were out with Captain Goofy and Captain Donald. And could Donald dance! We ended up spending most of our time there because it was a blast! The CM’s there were also tons of fun and did a little routine. But Donald was a dancing machine!
After dancing we walked across the Hub to Matterhorn. At this point it was about 10:00pm and we realized the fireworks had been cancelled. I was not surprised as it was super windy. Small World was not running but we rode Matterhorn, wait time 20 minutes. I was so glad to ride Matterhorn as I hadn’t been able to ride it in years. After that there was another Candy Trail just in front of Matterhorn that had 5 stations. That was it for candy for us for the night because our bags were now completely full.
On our way out of the Candy Trail we saw the parade
Then we headed back around Matterhorn to Tomorrowland Stage area. Upon arriving at Tomorrowland some in our party decided to sit and watch the dancing. They had a DJ and Buzz and the Army men were getting their groove on.
I went to Star Tours, wait time, just like Splash, the 3 minutes it took to walk through the queue and wait for the doors to open to enter the ride. I intended to ride Ghost Galaxy while my sister and son would ride Star Tours but the Ghost Galaxy line was the longest that I had seen of the night, 40 minutes. I didn’t want them waiting for me so I went on Star Tours with them and honestly, I didn't want to wait that long by myself.
We then danced a bit then decided to get on Buzz Blasters because that was walk on. Then I noticed the line for Ghost Galaxy was alot smaller, 20 minutes, so I rode that while kid and sister went on Star Tours again.
Ghost Galaxy was just as scary as I remember. Now, I will admit I am a wimp. I do NOT watch scary movies, I don’t like things that pop out at me. That big red blob skeleton thing was flippin’ everywhere trying to grab and drag me to the depths of hell (I exaggerate of course but why not). I like Ghost Galaxy. The last part always gets me.
After that, the park was closed. We made our way down Main Street.
Overall review on the two main issues brought up in the past:
The CM's were super nice at all candy stations we visited and all around. Some tried to guess who I was and all had a smile on their face. Not one rude one in the bunch. I did notice that at candy stations there were separate CM's with red vests and flashlights pointing them at guests' wrists to make sure that they had their wristbands. They were a bit serious and had to get up close and personal sometimes to check all wristbands. I just made sure my wrist was visible to save them time. But I had zero problems with CM's (which is usual for me).
We walked out of there with 6 BIG bags (and I mean shopping type reusable bags) full of candy. There was only 1 child in our group of 5. The CM's were generous with candy. Even my 62 year old father who wasn't dressed up got a big bag full of candy. Thank goodness we have a birthday party coming up in November that we will be using all this candy for because honestly, I would not even begin to know how I would eat as much candy as we got. I would start having to fill my office snack jars for the next few months!
- The fireworks were cancelled because of the winds. But that didn't surprise me as it was windy when we first entered. I even said "ah I bet fireworks are going to be cancelled" I really didn't notice.
- We didn't get to see the villians when they came out at the front. That was only because we were not there at that time. At that time, we were dancing with Goofy and Donald at the Pirate area next to Thunder Mtn. Just as much fun to be had in my opinion. But I am sad I missed my photo op with the Shadow Man
- We never made it to Fantasyland rides. But that was only because when we were between Matterhorn and the Teacups, we made a right (toward Matterhorn) instead of left. But honestly, no biggie really.
Overall, we had a wonderful time. The parade was fun. I liked the projections they had on Small World and on the Castle. So the question is....will I be budgeting to go again next year. The answer, YUP!
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