Recently, my “On This Day” memories on Facebook reminded me that it had been more than a decade since the last time I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) as a guest. It was a crazy revelation – I mean, it’s such a fun event, and there’s nothing better than the festive feeling of everyone wearing costumes! But, alas – it was true, and I knew that this year, that had to change, especially with Abby old enough to take it all in!
So, I consulted with my good friend Jillian, and we decided to pick an early-ish date, and from there, I’d look for a resort reservation on property with DVC availability – and much to my surprise, I was able to secure a studio villa at Bay Lake Tower on Tuesday, September 19th! Score! That would make the whole trip even smoother, as we could wake to and from the party with ease, no matter how late we ended up being.
With about a month to plan, we had a few loose ideas of group costumes, but soon enough, we were able to narrow down the theme to Abby’s recent favorite feature animation film, Frozen. I not-so-secretly approved of this new obsession, as I’ve been a fan of the movie since it was released, plus, she already had an Anna costume. I was planning on going with more of a “Disney Bounding” version of Elsa, but when I saw a $6 Disney-licensed costume on Amazon, I was committed! Jillian planned on a Sven costume, and in the days leading up to the party, I brainstormed a “sled” modification on Abby’s stroller to seal in the group dynamic, and executed the project with about $15 in materials.
The day of the party, I packed up the car, and we hit the road at about 3 PM (we actually had our 19-week anatomy scan at 1:30 PM that day, so it was a big day!). Although the MNSSHP ticket allows entry beginning at 4 PM, we had planned on arriving a little before the “official” start time of 7 PM, so we could stay as long as Abby could hold out! The timing worked out great! We arrived at the resort around 5:10, checked in, met up with Jillian, got ready, and hit the path to the park!
It was a bit warmer than I had hoped, but there wasn’t any rain in the forecast, so I was happy. First things first, we strolled up to the Fire Station to get the exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom trading card, then proceeded to the treat trail behind Main Street to get our candy bags, and a fun bag of candy treats. From there, we made our way to the front of the castle for a photo, then through Liberty Square to check out decorations/take more pictures, before we passed over to Fantasyland for Abby to take in two of her current favorite attractions: it’s a small world and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.
At almost-two, Abby ‘s reactions to attractions is just the best! She takes in all the sights and sounds, claps, waves, and utters her favorite expression (“WOW!”) so much. It is just so fun watching her experience it all.
After the rides, we decided we should get a bite to eat, so we took a minute (after walking through Pinocchio’s Village Haus, for a treat stop!) to place mobile orders for dinner at Pecos Bill Tell Tale Inn and Cafe – my first time using the service – and it went really smoothly! What a time saver!
After a yummy meal of a Veggie Rice Bowl, split with Abby (great size portion, especially with the “plussing” from the toppings bar!), we strolled through Frontierland and Adventureland, taking in the sights and sounds, and of course, more treats!
There were SO many options for yummy themed snacks during the party, but we planned ahead about the ONE we knew we had to try: The Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with Ice Cream! Wow, was that yummy! We split it three ways, and it was the perfect size for sharing. From there, we even had pretty decent viewing of Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade.
Next, we took a quick stop at the Baby Care Center for a diaper change, then decided to scope out spots in the “Hub Grass” area in front of the castle to view the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks – probably one of the best decisions we made all evening, as Abby was absolutely dazzled by the lights, music, and spectacle of it all! She gasped, danced, and twirled to the show, and even gave it a standing ovation! The thing that made it even more fun was my friend Eric (I worked with his lovely wife, Karalea on the Magic Kingdom Dream Squad, and was even a bridesmaid in their wedding!) was able to to view the show with us (he is on the Pyrotechnic crew there). Yay for Disney pals!
I have long been a fan of the show, but seeing her enjoy the show so much made everything worth it – from the tickets, to the resort stay, to the costumes, and even weathering the heat and humidity.
We waited for the crowds to clear a bit before making our way to the front of the castle to see the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – wow, what a show! I hate to admit this, as a 80’s/90’s kid, but I actually have never seen the movie (not gonna lie though, I am watching it right now, since the show was sooo freaking fun). But, that also speaks to how good the show was – I still loved it, despite probably missing some in-jokes. The show had so many fun songs, and sassy villains, I am glad we decided to check it out!
By this point, it was almost 11 PM, and guests were lining up for the last performance of the parade, and Abby was still in good spirits – but I wasn’t willing to push it much further, especially since the park was still more crowded than I expected, so we stopped through the Emporium for Jillian to pick up some pins (and Abby’s plush souvenir) before leisurely strolling on back to Bay Lake Tower, where Abby quickly changed into her jammies, had her teeth brushed, and was fast asleep before the clock struck midnight!
With that late bedtime, I had no expectation as to how late she’d sleep in, but around 7:30 AM (I guess I am pre-programmed to our standard wake time) I woke up, feeling refreshed, so I was able to take my time and shower/pack/get ready before she arose at 9:30! Woot woot, to relaxing!
We had such a blast at the party, so I thought it would be FUN to share a little of the magic…with a little giveaway!
While I have played the game in the past, I’d love to pass the magic along to someone who might enjoy this limited edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card! So, to win, just comment here and tell me: have you ever attended a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party? If so, did you wear a costume? If not, what would you dress up as?
I will randomly select a winner on Friday, September 29 and send it out!
WINNER has been contacted.