Thanks to Disney, we received complimentary tickets to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. All opinions are my own.
|Star Wars family costumes!|
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017
We are back from our magical vacation and Disney vlogs have started running on my YouTube channel! I will be running the usual recap videos, souvenir haul, taking a look at how we planned and what worked for us after the daily vacation vlogs are done running - but I first wanted to touch on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, since October and these parties will soon be coming to a close!
First of all, it's worth a mention that... I did it! On a follow-up from my previous post, talking about a plan to maximize our time at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, I mentioned that this would be the first year that our family was in fully themed costumes! We had a lot of fun, it was neat going around at the party and having people express excitement at us when they saw our costumes, and I think the kids had a great time wearing them to meet Star Wars characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios the day before our party night as well!
|Meeting BB-8 at Disney's Hollywood Studios|
We did stick to the plan, and had a leisure day during our party day - with a character brunch at 'Ohana at 11:20am for breakfast/lunch, and then back to the resort to swim for a bit before it was party time. We wanted to go into the party with as much energy as possible, to make it as late into the evening as possible. This strategy did pay off, because we did make it until basically close and left Magic Kingdom at 11:30pm to head out to the bus area to catch a bus back to Art of Animation.
Later Party Times?
Our family is well acquainted with Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, in fact it's one of our family's favorite special holiday events to attend. However this year, there was one slight change from previous years that I was interested to see what effect, if any, it had on our party night. And that was the later times for both the Boo-to-You parades, and Hallowishes fireworks show.
We opted to go to the earlier Boo-to-You parade time, and watched again from the Frontierland area, just across from Country Bear Jamboree. Watching the parades from Frontierland has been a great fit for our family, because you are near the starting point of the parade and while it is dim in that particular area so that you can see the parade better, the lighting is still good enough for my camera (Canon g9x, which works great in low light, by the way!) to pick up good shots while we are watching the parade.
We had plenty of time to do some trick-or-treating and ride a few rides before the parade time. The one thing I did notice, is that it felt like we had less time to go from the parade to the Hallowishes fireworks this year. (Which we typically watch from Fantasyland, just to the side of the carousel.) After the parade was done, we were able to go over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to ride one ride, hit a few trick-or-treating spots in that area, and then had to head straight over to Fantasyland to grab a seat for the fireworks show.
This worked out just fine, I did notice it just felt like less time than previous years. After the fireworks, we had about an hour to ride a few more rides and grab some party specific treats before calling it a night.
How about those treats?
There was a great selection of special party treats to chose from this year at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and the one I knew I wanted to try for sure was the Pumpkin Cheesecake - and it did not disappoint!
The cheesecake had a light pumpkin coating, that was lighter than an icing and not as sugary, it worked as a great compliment to the cheesecake. The cheesecake itself was moist and had a good flavor to it, not overly powerful in the sweet or tart department.
Our family also tried the Candy Corn Ice Cream, and even my husband that isn't the biggest fan of candy corn took party and enjoyed finishing it off! I thought it had a great flavor, which again wasn't too strong - it should be noted that I am biased... I'm apparently one of the few people in the world that actually LIKES candy corn! I thought it was a fun take on a Halloween tradition, and I would get it again.
The last special party treat that we tried was one of the Haunted Mansion desserts. I ordered the raspberry version from Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies for brevity sake since we were already there to pick up the candy corn ice cream, but it was also one of the top two flavor versions of the treat I had hoped to try. We didn't test this one until the following day. (After carrying it home on the bus inside a ziplock container and placing it in our mini refrigerator at our resort.)
This treat was really great and the only change I would do in the future would be trying this one (or one of its four counterpart treats) earlier in the evening, so that it didn't have to be refrigerated. It was still great, but I suspect would be even better right on the spot in the park. Everyone in our family that tried this one really liked it, and next time if they have similar treats in subsequent years, I know we would like to try the Oreo version as well.
Party Night Wrap-up
We had a fun night that included lots of rides, lots of candy, and special Disney fun! The girls enjoyed seeing all of the characters in the parade, one of our favorites, and I still get goosebumps every time the theme park is lit up by the perimeter fireworks that go over at the end of Hallowishes.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party was a fantastic time, and I think that being able to dress up at the party really puts the experience over the top fun for us. I also think that going into our party night with a plan helped immensely! Having an idea of what order we wanted to do events in helped us to keep our night on track and see all of the things we were wanting to see on our party night.
Check out our vlog of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween!
All of the Disney blogs will be placed on one playlist to be able to watch them in sequence, you can check out our whole vacation here:
** We were hosted at this event. All opinions are my own.