But over at the Walt Disney World Resort, they’ve clearly set their clocks ahead. WAY ahead. It’s no longer September at the Magic Kingdom. Judging by all that orange & black decorations, not to mention all those pumpkins that are peeping out the windows, it’s already October. October 31st to be exact!
Given that Halloween has recently become the second biggest retail holiday (now surpassing Valentine’s Day, with only Christmas spurring bigger seasonal sales), it’s easy to see why the Mouse would want to jump right into Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This week marked the after-hours, cast-member-only, preview of the “Boo-to-You” Parade. The parade went off without a hitch and it appears that Disney is ready for this year’s first night of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary.
Of course, you must be asking – since it is still September (More importantly, not even officially Labor Day yet) – then why should you be springing for a ticket for a Halloween-themed party now?
Well, for starters, you could pick up a significantly discounted ticket for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that a certain company is currently offering (More on that in a moment). But the main reason that you want make plans now to attend this special event is that Mickey's Not-So-Scary is basically a private party at the Magic Kingdom.With only a limited number of people allowed into the Park between 7 p.m. and 12 a.m., that means that many of the most popular rides, shows and attractions at the Kingdom will have little-to-no-wait.
Now add to this all of the special lighting, music & theming that you’ll encounter as you wander around the Magic Kingdom at night. As you bump into your favorite Disney characters dressed in their special Halloween costumes, you’ll discover that this entire theme park has been turned into the happy haunting ground.
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Now factor in Happy HalloWishes, the fireworks spectacular that is only presented on those nights when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is being staged inside of the Magic Kingdom. You and your friends are sure to enjoy this silly, yet sinister, show, which depicts the Disney Villains up to their usual mischief trick-or-treating in the sky over Cinderella Castle.
And let’s not forget about Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, which starts off with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman and then features appearances by the characters from WDW’s Haunted Mansion attraction, Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, and MORE.
And now, toss in all of those bags full of free candy that you’ll be hauling home with you as you exit Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. You will then begin to see that this is one after-hours special event that really is special and well worth the additional expense when you factor in all of that extra theming & entertainment.
Oh, sure. Universal Orlando has its Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has its Howl-O-Scream, but both of those are truly scary events. And if you’ve got little ones, Disney makes of a point of making all aspects of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary … Well, not-so-scary. So this Halloween party is entirely appropriate for children of all ages.
This year, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be presented on special nights in September, October and November. To be specific:
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More importantly, if you plan on attending this after-hours special event at the Magic Kingdom, you’re going to have to purchase a separate ticket. Your standard Walt Disney World tickets will not allow you to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
FYI: As you might expect, it’s the October 31st edition of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that always sells out first. So if you’d like to be inside the Magic Kingdom on the actual night of Halloween, it’s best to plan ahead.
And speaking of planning ahead … Again, I know that it’s not even officially Labor Day yet, which makes it difficult to even think about Halloween at this point. But, given that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is only being presented for 24 nights this year … If you miss out on getting a ticket, that means that you then won’t be able to trick-or-treat inside of the Magic Kingdom ‘til 2010.
So why not do a little Halloween-related laboring this Labor Day and snag you & your family some tickets to this year’s Not-So-Scary. OrlandoFunTickets.com is offering significantly discounted tickets for selected dates at this year’s event. To be specific:
It’s no trick, folks. So if you’d like to save a few bucks, make plans now to treat yourself to the 2009 edition of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
"Significantly discounted" might be a slight overstatement. You can get tix from WDW's site for $52 and $46 for many (most?) of the same dates mentioned.
Still...a buck is a buck, I guess.
This event is way overpriced for what you get. WDW constantly over sells every year and when you go you have about two hours to do everything. Never mind that it is open till Midnight, you arrive an run to the candy stations and then run to find a spot to see the parade then run to find a good spot for the fireworks. If you don't, your kids fall asleep and you realize you just spent over $200 for two hours of craziness.
Really, they need to stop overselling these events. The greed is getting to be disgusting.
Save your money and go trick or treating in your neighborhood.