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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
If you are visiting Orlando in October be sure to head for Magic Kingdom’s “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” on selected evenings throughout the month. Admission is by special ticket, advance sales usually begin at the beginning of May. If you purchase your ticket in advance there is a small discount of about $6. The park closes early and then reopens an hour later. The fun begins at 7pm and continues up until midnight.
Everyone, including adults, is encouraged to dress up in costume, although we gave that a miss, on our recent visit, and certainly did not feel left out. As we entered the park we were handed our very own trick-or-treat bag. There are lots of designated trick-or-treating stations where you will receive many name brand sweets. We spent a happy hour collecting our sweets throughout the park and although we did feel slightly foolish, lining up with the children waiting for our handouts, we certainly weren’t the only adults participating!
Cinderella’s castle is covered with spooky images including characters and ghosts giving it an ethereal feel. Throughout the park the sounds of howling and wailing can be heard echoing all around, whilst balloons, bales of hay and jack-o-lanterns are used as decoration. Orange, black, green and purple colours are everywhere. Storytellers, face painting and pumpkin-carving demonstrations are amongst the many entertainments on offer.
One of the highlights of the evening was the twice-nightly parade. Ghostly shadows flicker over the buildings whilst the headless horseman gallops down Main Street at great speed. Artificial fog surrounds you and gives the Magic Kingdom an eerie atmosphere whilst huge pumpkins hover over the train station. Special floats include the Villains Float complete with characters we all love to hate, the Haunted Mansion Float and Hades Float. Some of the Disney characters were in costume; Winnie the Pooh was dressed as a bee, Tigger was a skeleton whilst Eeyore was a mummy!
Special Halloween themed fireworks light up the sky above Cinderella’s Castle during the evening.
Queues for the rides were virtually non-existent as only a limited number of tickets are sold for these special nights. If we did have to wait it was only for a very short time. A complimentary family photograph is available for those that wish to have a souvenir of their Halloween party. These are delivered a few weeks later to your home address.
So what are you waiting for? Put on those costumes and get down to Magic Kingdom for “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party”. You won’t be disappointed!
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