I just attended Oct 2nd's MNSSHP at the MK. An enjoyable time was had by all. The party was not very heavily attended but the park was not empty either. The extra decor and lighting effects all over the MK are a nice touch and add elegance and a splash of color to the park. The trick or treating was fun and plentiful, and without restrictions... you too can walk away with tons of candy in those plastic bags they so kindly hand out when you arrive at the party. As always.. the "Boo to You" parade was enjoyable, and so were the "HalloWishes" fireworks presentations. The Villains Meet and Mingle at the castle lasts approximately 5 mins on the stage and then guests have the chance to have close encounters and photo ops with them after the brief show. In fact, there are plenty of chances to have your photo taken with the characters in their halloween costumes, and Mickey and Minnie had the longest lines for photo ops over in Toontown's Fair.
Still.. there is this nagging feeling that the party could offer so much more. Sadly, this year's party did not offer anything that we have seen before and considering the not-so-cheap price of admission, it is a bit disheartening. Bar the photo ops, park's mood lighting, a couple of DJ'ed dance parties and trick or treat chances, it all boils down to paying a lot of money just to see a different fireworks show and parade from what the day guests get to see. Oh yes.. In regards to day guests... I still did see a few daytime guests hanging around long after the party had started at 7pm. The fireworks started at 9:30pm and some folks ahead of us did NOT have the obligatory orange wristband we all had to wear.. which begs the question ... How effective are the park sweeps CMs perform to weed out those who did not pay the extra fee to enjoy the festivities? Mind you, I did see some CM's doing their best trying to get day guests to head to the door, but even then, I feel their efforts are not enough to make sure the day guests depart soon after the daytime hours have ended.
Anyways... the party did afford plenty of photographic chances and here are some selected pictures from my personal collection of my evening at the Mickey's Not-so-scary Halloween Party, which has a very scary entry price attached to it. Hope you enjoy the pics..
Arriving at the MK...
CM's modeling the new Halloween Party costumes for this year.
"Scream Along with Mickey" show ends..
The party mood starts to set in...
The Headless Horseman makes an appearance..
"Boo to You" parade begins and offer highlights such as the hitchhiking ghosts, Jack Sparrow, Capt. Hook and Goofy's Candy Factory... among other lesser known scenes like Brokeback Mountain Halloween featuring Clara Cloak and her cowBOYS dancers..
Maleficent reigns supreme during the Villains Meet and Mingle show at the Castle Stage.
"HalloWishes" light up the sky. But NO witch goes down the wire as in previous years...
Everyone loves the perimeter pyro finale of "HalloWishes"...
Alice In Wonderland trick or treat area behind Tomorrowland Speedway.
Flying ghosts, bats and witches could be seen over Main Street USA from time to time. The light show on the Main Street facades is very simple but enjoyable to watch.
WE say "good night" to the MK and go home to eat are candy.
TDLFAN rates the entire Party experience a B- so go check it out if you are willing to dish up the extra $$.