Disney's tweaks mean that this year's edition of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has far more treats than tricks
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Disney's tweaks mean that this year's edition of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has far more treats than tricks

Disney's tweaks mean that this year's edition of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has far more treats than tricks

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You wouldn't think that - given that Walt Disney World has been staging Halloween events at the Magic Kingdom for nearly 40 years now - that Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party would be still a work-in-progress.

But given that Disney World's most popular theme park is right now in the middle of its biggest expansion in three decades (Look for Phase One of the Fantasyland Forest project to come online in the last Spring / early summer of 2012), the Mouse has taken this opportunity to do some tweaking of its Not-So-Scary formula. Which - believe it or not - has now resulted in far more treats than tricks for Magic Kingdom visitors.


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Chief among these improvements is the all-new Disney Villains' Dance Mix & Mingle show in front of Cinderella Castle. Hosted by Dr. Facilier of "Princess and the Frog" fame, this Not-So-Scary exclusive is a great way to get your fill of Disney's best baddies. We're talking the Evil Queen from "Snow White," the Queen of Hearts from "Alice in Wonderland," Judge Claude Frollo from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" and Cruella de Vil from "101 Dalmatians" all together at the same time.

First this Disney Villains dance for your enjoyment on the Cinderella Castle Stage. Then - just the title of this Halloween Party show promises - Dr. Facilier and his fiendish friends come offstage and mix & mingle with all of those brave partygoers who have decided to hang around in the Fantasyland forecourt.


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So be sure to bring along your camera.  Not just because the Disney Villains' Dance Mix & Mingle is a great way to get some shots of yourself and the family cavorting with this crew of cartoon criminals. But also because you're going to want some photographic evidence of the Queens of Hearts' inspired dance riff on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 2009 hit, "Heads Will Roll."

Now one of the more noticeable changes at this year's Not-So-Scary is the construction-enforced-closure of this Halloween Party's Alice in Wonderland trick-or-treat trail. Which used to be a great place to interact with the characters from Disney's animated "Alice" (Not the Tim Burton 3D version from 2010) as well as score great huge wads of candy.


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But this year, what with all of the work that's still being done on the Magic Kingdom's new Storybook Circus section (not to mention that "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventures" dark ride), there was just no way to safely send WDW visitors down that darkened pathway which used to extend from Mickey's Toontown Faire over to Tomorrowland. So - to compensate - Not-So-Scary has added a brand-new trick-or-treat station over in Frontierland, Brer Rabbit's Laughin' Place Candy Patch. Which is located in the overflow queue for Splash Mountain.

And while you're on this side of the theme park, be sure to take advantage of a one-of-a-kind photo op at this year's event. Where you and your friends or family will be able to get your picture taken with all Seven Dwarfs from Disney's Snow White. We're talking Doc, Happy, Sneezy ... er ... Bashful ... Harry, Ron and Hermione. The whole gang.


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Now do keep in mind that the lines that you may have to get in at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in order to get your picture taken with some of the more beloved Disney characters may be ridiculously long. We're talking 30 minutes to an hour just to get a shot of yourself with Captain Jack Sparrow. And the lines will be equally long if you're looking to pose with one of the Disney Princesses.

But the upside is ... Because Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket, after-hours special event ... Well, that means that Disney will be letting far fewer people into the Magic Kingdom than they do during daylight hours. Which means that some of this theme park's most popular attractions will basically be walk-ons throughout the course of this Halloween Party.


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Then when you factor in some of the fun additional touches that Walt Disney World's Entertainment department rolls out only for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (EX: Those extra spirits who pop up along The Haunted Mansion's outdoor queue and then interact with Guests as they make their way into this Liberty Square attraction). Plus the fact that - even though this Party at the Magic Kingdom doesn't officially get underway 'til 7 p.m. - if you have already purchased your ticket to this after-hours event in advance, WDW officials will actually allow you to enter this theme park starting at 4 p.m. Which means that you can then get 8 full hours of theme park fun for the 5 hour price.

There's all this ... Plus old favorites like Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Party and the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show (where your favorite Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky). Not to mention a spook-tacular appearance by the Headless Horseman. Who rides through the Magic Kingdom on a great black steed.


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And then when you add in all the special music and lighting effects that have been set up inside of this theme park PLUS all of that free candy ... Well, there's no better way to spend a warm autumn night  in the Magic Kingdom.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights now through November 1st. This after-hours party at the Magic Kingdom is appropriate for children of all ages. But that said, you will still need an additional event admissions ticket in order to get that wristband which then allows you to roam free inside of this WDW theme park on the night of the party.


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And if you need some help in securing admission to this year's Not-So-Scary ... Well, I think I know a few folks who can help (Captain) hook you up with some tickets.

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