The idea behind our Orlando trip originated when Irish Kat posted an item about Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights on Facebook and spured a decison that this year, her and I would attend and enjoy some true frights (and don’t worry… you’ll hear about it; im saving the best for last!). Ka-Ka wanted to join us, because she has wanted to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter since its inception and we invited The Flash to come because we thought she could use a little break from all her NYC marathon training to do something fun. However, since The Flash isn’t a huge fan of things that go bump in the night, she wanted to skip HHN and attend something a little less grosome, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Unfortuntatly, they weren’t happening on the same night, but we all decided to go to Mickey’s party anyway. Tickets were only $62 and you get to enter the park at 4pm and stay untill Midnight which is eight hours of fun in the Magic Kingdom!
So we all got dressed up in our Disney character costumes, and headed over to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Flash was Russel from Up, Ka-Ka was Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, I was Mary Poppins, and Irish Kat was Snow White. MNSSH (as I will be abreviating it going forward) really is a fun time! Guests are allowed to dress up as their favortie characters and go trick-or-treating through the park. There is a special “Boo to You” Halloween Parade and It’s a chance for your favorite villans to take over the park and special characters come out to play. It is the one time during the year that all seven dwarfs leave the mine and get together for a group photo with park guests.
I had attended the MNSSH before, in 2012 when The Other Sister and I ran the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. We added MNSSH to our itinerary as a treat for completeing the race. Some things were the same (we did get to see the dwarfs when we were there) but in true Disney form, it was a unique and magical experience. I think that is something that people forget about Disney. Every trip is an experience. Those who go often, forget about the wonder, magic and surprises that Disney weaves in to every fabric of the experience. The smells on Main Street, the lighting, the queues for rides, all reflect tiny details that make the experience that much more special. I feel that everyone’s trip should be unique and if you rush through to stick to a schedule, check things off a list or go through the park the same way every time, you can miss out on so much of magic. In a place like Magic Kingdom, to not have your mind and your heart open to the experience of just strolling through the park, you may as well just stay home. You’re on vacation after all, why not make it a jolly holiday!
If you want to read more about other’s experiences in Disney at Halloween, check out these Blog Posts:
Living in a Grown Up World – TGIF Pic of the Week – Enjoy Some “Not So Scary” Halloween Fun at WDW!
Theme Park Princess – Happy Halloween in September