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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

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During the Disney Earmarked Conference, we were given passes to attend the ‘hard tIcket’ event called “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” (MNSSHP).  Basically, a few nights a week starting in September and lasting through Halloween, the Magic Kingdom closes at 7pm to regular guests.  After that time, only those who have purchased special tickets are allowed to stay in the park.  BUT Disney makes it worth it for those who have purchased party tickets. How?  Well, let’s talk a bit about some of what makes the MNSSHP so special!

First – here’s an example of the wristbands that guests must wear to the party.  This is how Disney knows you are allowed to stay in the park (when they’re herding everyone else out.)

MNSSHP wristband

MNSSHP wristband

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This is the ONLY time that adult guests can dress in costume in Disney parks.  A good many people make the most of it, and go all out when it comes to dressing up.  Three years ago, I came with two of my girlfriends, and we dressed as the girls from Peter Pan (Tink, Wendy, and Tiger Lilly).  Well, this time I pulled my Tinkerbell costume out again and hit the parks running!  While I was walking around, I took some photos of some of the more clever costumes I saw.  Here’s a few of them!

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Here I am as Tinkerbell!

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******(Pardon some of the blurry pics.  For some reason, my phone was having trouble focusing this particular night.)*****

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They looked awesome!

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A cappella performers in Frontierland

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I’ve never seen the show, but they are the guys from “Duck Dynasty”

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This whole family got into it!

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Bad-ass pirates!

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She’s the girl from the stretching room in Haunted Mansion! Brilliant!!!

Now this is one rockin famliy

Now this is one rockin’ famliy!

She's Flo the insurance lady!  Excellent!

She’s Flo the insurance lady! Excellent!

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Something else you get to do at the party?  Trick-or-Treat!  And it’s for ALL ages.  Relive your childhood and get a big ol’ bag of candy!  (In fact, I’m munching on said candy right now!)  This year, they had stations around the park where you could get candy in your Trick-or-Treat bag.  (They give you a bag, so don’t worry about bringing your own – unless it’s an awesome part of your costume!)  Candy stations were identified with giant glowing pumpkins.

Glowing pumpkin to indicate candy station

Glowing pumpkin to indicate candy station

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My big bag o’ candy!

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At the Halloween parties, guests get a special treat with the “Boo To You” parade.  The headless horseman riding along the parade route gets it all started, while floats featuring all your favorite Disney villains and scary rides follow.  Of course it’s all topped off with the Goofy’s candy float!

Here are some pics!

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Boo To You!

The dancing ghosts from The Haunted Mansion

The dancing ghosts from The Haunted Mansion

PIrates float!

Pirates float!

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Candy!

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At each party, you have several chances to catch the Villains stage show.  Here you can see such villains as Maleficent, the Wicked Witch, Captain Hook, Cruella De Vil, and others. After the show, your favorite villains come out to mingle with the guests – but only for a short time, so if you want a pic, make a bee-line for that villain’s line before it’s too late.  (This is not a ride – just because you’re in line doesn’t mean you’ll get a pic!)

The Villains Show

The Villains Show

The Villains Show

The Villains Show

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And of course it wouldn’t be a party night in the Magic Kingdom without fireworks!  Instead of the regular fireworks (called “Wishes), guest are treated to “HalloWishes!

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All the while, the park is decked out in beautiful autumn splendor.  I love the festive feel all around.  But most of all, there’s just something extra fun about being able to dress up in the Magic Kingdom.  Perhaps it’s that feeling that all of us who grew up going to Disney want to recapture from our childhoods.  I know I’m never hesitant to let my inner child out to play.  Actually, I’ve never suppressed my inner child – I have no problem acting like a big kid most of the time.   And as you walk around the park, there’s a mutual admiration for fellow costumed guests – especially those who really went the extra mile and look FABULOUS!  (Like those folks in some of those pics above here.)  Guests and Cast Members are genuinely complimentary of the costumes that are the most impactful.

Here are some more pics from the Halloween Party!

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Riding Space Mountain!

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Chillin’ with Ariel

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Team VIP! In front of Gaston himself!

My green tea frappucino mixed up just to "match" my costume

My green tea frappucino mixed up just to “match” my costume

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And this year, I've started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm engaged to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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