[Guest Blog Post--Number One Daughter is only 15 years old. Mrs. LanceAround and I are navigating through the treacherous waters of watching our "baby" as she experiences her first serious relationship. Using two free tickets provided to us by Disney, she invited her new beau to Mickey's Halloween Party. While there are many Halloween venues in Orlando that attempt to outdo each other in fright, Mickey's is a playful romp geared towards a younger, less thrill-seeking audience. It's also one of the few that allow you to wear a costume. Here is Number One Daughter's review--LanceAround]
By Number One Daughter
Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend went to Magic Kingdom on Friday from 7 pm to 12 am for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This event is held every September through early November for children of all ages to come in costume and enjoy everything from trick-or-treating to character encounters. Most rides are also open and some have added features specifically for this party.
As the young couple walked into the park, they noticed the lighting and fog machines turning Disney’s Magic Kingdom into a mysterious and spooky place. The added effects were a wonderful change from the repetitious way Disney stays during the normal months of the year. As Number One Daughter got closer to the park, she heard beautifully haunting music interchanged between silly Halloween songs in a surprisingly cheerful mix of childishly-dark entertainment.
During this affair many people – of all ages – dress to impress for Halloween; from little princesses and Power Rangers to movie characters such as Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Joker and many more. It is a choice to come in costume. Number One Daughter was delighted to see that many of the guests had dressed up for the occasion as she had also come to the party dressed as a Japanese School Girl with a Vampire Escort.
Luckily for all teenagers in the world, the rides were still available to the public. Though Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend only rode the Haunted Mansion, it was obvious that this was the most popular ride judging by the wait lines on other rides. However, the rides were obviously not used to being ridden after regular Disney hours because of the constant rate they broke down. Though that kept the lines waiting for a bit, there was some extra help in passing the time. Disney had hired help to keep the lines entertained. For example, there was a woman dressed as a ghost telling witty jokes and interacting with the visitors waiting. She helped make the time pass much more quickly.
The costumes and rides were not the only great things about Mickey’s little Halloween party. The kids can go through mazes, play games and enjoy other tasks to receive candy. Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend did not ask to see if adults are excluded as the treating tasks were definitely geared towards the little ones. There are many places where youngsters may trick-or-treat, throughout the park. There was also a parade filled with all of Disney’s favorite characters from Winnie the Pooh to Captain Jack Sparrow.
Every few hours during this spectacular event fireworks would spontaneously go off, filling the dark sky with brilliant explosions of color and sound and leaving the night magical and wondrous.
Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend can honestly say that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party deserves 6 stars out of 5.