By: Amy Kawa
It may be hard to believe, but Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is right around the corner at Walt Disney World Resort. Running August 17-October 31, 2018, guests will enjoy the incredible Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy Hallowishes!, and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular as in years past, and according to the Disney Parks Blog, some new, spooky experiences await guests at this year’s party:
The Mad Tea Party will take you for a colorful ride as new lighting and effects give a new spin on the night. Depending on the color of your costume, you too could transform under the new dancing lights. How cool is that?
On Pirates of the Caribbean, new pirates invade the experience, interacting with sailing guests who will join the search for “Gunpowder Pete.” Arrrgh!
On Space Mountain, explorers will hurtle through deep space as a new soundtrack and special effects transform the adventure. Can Space Mountain seriously get any better?
Also new this year, Storybook Circus welcomes the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, a dance party featuring some of your favorite Disney Junior characters, including Doc McStuffins!
Add in the ability to trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom, some specialty desserts, and rare characters, and MNSSHP is set for another banner year!
Dreamer Amy’s Take: MNSSHP runs from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on the nights the party is offered. While five hours may seem like a lot of time, the night goes by so fast! Chances are you’ll want to see Happy Hallowishes! at 10:00 p.m. You’ll want to catch at least one performance of the Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular (we Dreamers prefer the last showing of the night at midnight). Then, if there’s only one thing you do at MNSSHP it has to be the parade (the second showing at 11:00 p.m. is less crowded). See what I’m getting at here? You’re left with about 2.5-3 hours of actual party time that’s not taken up by scheduled entertainment or waiting for said entertainment.
If you want to meet characters (lines can get insane – Dreamers waited an hour to meet Captain Jack Sparrow last year) and do any trick-or-treating, you’ll be down to virtually no time to do any attractions. While I love the idea of even more of a Halloween overlay throughout the park, I wish that the Halloween party was longer for those guests who only have one day to enjoy it. Locals who get to come back night after night have the luxury of waiting an hour in line for Space Mountain because they come back another night and see the parade if they wish. I would love to ride Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean with their new “spooky” themes, but would I like to ride those instead of meeting Jafar or going through the trick-or-treating lines in Pete’s Silly Slideshow one, two, or seven more times?
Looks like MNSSHP party-goers have some serious planning to do!