First Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party report

I wasn’t personally able to make it to the first party, so I sent my lovely daughter to do research for me. Most of you go to the party to meet your favorite characters, get some candy, watch the parade and fireworks, maybe ride a few rides, but that’s not how we roll. In order to provide you with accurate information, we walk around the park about 6 times and easily more than 10 miles asking questions over and over and taking blurry, out of focused photos for you. The only way I can provide schedules for events like Star Wars Weekends, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is to lace up the sneakers.

Okay, it’s about Disney and fun and meeting characters and fun stuff, so the pirate will set aside the grumpiness and post photos and review and information like you prefer.

Special Halloween Party balloons
Special Halloween Party balloons.  Balloons make me happy, so the most of the rest of the post will be less Grumpy and more Dopey.

Halloween decor
Halloween decor
Halloween decor
Halloween decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
People were waiting in a long line for this photo op.  My wife and I waited ZERO minutes on Friday.
People were waiting in a long line for this photo op. My wife and I waited ZERO minutes on Friday.
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor

Halloween Decor (6)

Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Magic Kingdom Halloween Decor
Line for Jack and Sally at 6:30 PM.  Line up by 5:30 PM so you can use your actual 5 hour party time to meet other characters.  This line was regularly 90 minutes+  They meet next to City Hall
Line for Jack and Sally at 6:30 PM. Line up by 5:30 PM so you can use your actual 5 hour party time to meet other characters. This line was regularly 90 minutes+ They meet next to City Hall
Line at the flag pole is for the pumpkin photo op.  A number of people were told by Cast Members that Jack and Sally would be here.  NOT!
Line at the flag pole is for the pumpkin photo op. A number of people were told by Cast Members that Jack and Sally would be here. NOT!
Line for the special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card.  They ran out of that night's allotment early and people were given last year's left overs.
Line for the special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card. They ran out of that night’s allotment early and people were given last year’s left overs.  You can also pick up your FREE card at the Liberty Square location behind the Christmas Shoppe.  Do it early in the party.
Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope were popular costumes this year.
Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope were popular costumes this year.
People began holding spots for the 8:15 parade at 6:40 PM.  Why???  Why would you pay this much money to sit on a curb for 2 hours?
People began holding spots for the 8:15 parade at 6:40 PM. Why??? Why would you pay this much money to sit on a curb for 2 hours?
Almost no one in line for Mickey at 6:56 PM.  CMs were hinting that Talking Mickey might be here, but he wasn't!
Almost no one in line for Mickey at 6:56 PM. CMs were hinting that Talking Mickey might be here, but he wasn’t!
Mickey was with Minnie and they were only appearing in these costumes.  I've heard that Minnie is supposed to move to Fantasyland on 9/20.  Maybe to open the way for Talking Mickey???
Mickey was with Minnie and they were only appearing in these costumes. I’ve heard that Minnie is supposed to move to Fantasyland on 9/20. Maybe to open the way for Talking Mickey???
Jane with Terk at 7:29 pm.  Tarzan and Jane were alternating every 15 minutes this year until late in the party when I found them together twice.
Jane with Terk at 7:29 pm. Tarzan and Jane were alternating every 15 minutes this year until late in the party when I found them together twice.
Tarzan with Terk at 7:33.  There were no sightings of Kala or Kerchak :(
Tarzan with Terk at 7:33. There were no sightings of Kala or Kerchak :(
Line for Jasmine and Genie at 7:37 PM.  They were alternating with Aladdin and Abu until late in the party when I found them together.
Line for Jasmine and Genie at 7:37 PM. They were alternating with Aladdin and Abu until late in the party when I found them together.
Jasmine and Genie at 7:37 PM
Jasmine and Genie at 7:37 PM
Line for Jack Sparrow at 7:41 PM.  He didn't begin his first meet until 8:00 PM.  Much longer line that is really necessary.  Why not have him appear at 7:00 PM.  Is it that hard?
Line for Jack Sparrow at 7:41 PM. He didn’t begin his first meet until 8:00 PM. Much longer line that is really necessary. Why not have him appear at 7:00 PM. Is it that hard?
People lining up for the Boo to You parade at 7:52 PM in Frontierland.  The parade begins over here, so it's a good location.  Is that guy using my app???
People lining up for the Boo to You parade at 7:52 PM in Frontierland. The parade begins over here, so it’s a good location. Is that guy using my app???
Tiana met with Naveen there were short lines for them all night.  This was taken at 7:57
Tiana met with Naveen there were short lines for them all night. This was taken at 7:57
The 7 Dwarfs!  Yes 7, not 6 or 8, but 7 of them...all together.  The line was said to be in the 45 minute range most of the night, probably because people didn't follow my advice on Jack and Sally and they are still standing there at 8:01 PM
The 7 Dwarfs! Yes 7, not 6 or 8, but 7 of them…all together. The line was said to be in the 45 minute range most of the night, probably because people didn’t follow my advice on Jack and Sally and they are still standing there at 8:01 PM
Gaston was pretty popular, especially early in the party.
Gaston was pretty popular, especially early in the party.
Here's a photo of Gaston's line.  I know how much you love quality character line photos!
Here’s a photo of Gaston’s line. I know how much you love quality character line photos!
Donald was dressed as a Pumpkin (kewt) and Daisy is a Princess (passe).  Entrance to Storybook Circus 8:13 PM
Donald was dressed as a Pumpkin (kewt) and Daisy is a Princess (passe). Entrance to Storybook Circus 8:13 PM
They have like 1371 Goofy costumes and the best they could do is put him out in his daytime costume.  Meet him during the day and save your time for other characters!
They have like 1371 Goofy costumes and the best they could do is put him out in his daytime costume. Meet him during the day and save your time for other characters!
Line for Daisy and Donald
Line for Daisy and Donald
It was difficult to Locate Aurora and Phillip.  They were supposed to be behind the Castle, but found them behind the Carousel.  They close the back of the castle to prepare for fireworks.  They will move to Fairy Tale Hall for the 9/20 party anyway.  8:21 PM
It was difficult to Locate Aurora and Phillip. They were supposed to be behind the Castle, but found them behind the Carousel. They close the back of the castle to prepare for fireworks. They will move to Fairy Tale Hall for the 9/20 party anyway. 8:21 PM
Most adorable costumes are the ones that the Winnie the Pooh gang wear.  This was taken at 8:33
Most adorable costumes are the ones that the Winnie the Pooh gang wear. This was taken at 8:33
Okay, so the Cast Members didn't have a CLUE where Alice and Hatter would be or when they would meet.  I had to circle back and forth several times to find them.  They don't meet during the parades.
Okay, so the Cast Members didn’t have a CLUE where Alice and Hatter would be or when they would meet. I had to circle back and forth several times to find them. They don’t meet during the parades.
Monsters Inc Dance Party.  Woot woot!  It's always fun to interact with different characters, so this was a nice plus over the same old Tomorrowland Dance Party.
Monsters Inc Dance Party. Woot woot! It’s always fun to interact with different characters, so this was a nice plus over the same old Tomorrowland Dance Party.
George Sanderson!
George Sanderson!
Jimmy Sullivan, oh sorry, he's older now, so it's James.
Jimmy Sullivan, oh sorry, he’s older now, so it’s James.
Mike with one E Wazowski  (Hey, the guy has two i's in his name!)
Mike with one E Wazowski (Hey, the guy has two i’s in his name!)
Boo!!!!!!!!  Oh not putting down the competion, but it's Boo.  Who fits better in a Halloween Party than Boo?  They even name the parade in her honor.
Boo!!!!!!!! Oh not putting down the competion, but it’s Boo. Who fits better in a Halloween Party than Boo? They even name the parade in her honor.
Yes, George Sanderson DOES have a sock stuck to his back.  Well, either that or some kid just put it there?
Yes, George Sanderson DOES have a sock stuck to his back. Well, either that or some kid just put it there?
Needleman.  That little girl seems to be having a really great time.  We know that Disney doesn't offer enough dance parties.
Needleman. That little girl seems to be having a really great time. We know that Disney doesn’t offer enough dance parties.
Lotso the evil Huggin' Bear.  Be careful his hugs are laced with strawberry scent to woo you over to his nefarious ways.  9:53 PM  Town Square
Lotso the evil Huggin’ Bear. Be careful his hugs are laced with strawberry scent to woo you over to his nefarious ways. 9:53 PM Town Square
Jack and Sally were THE MOST POPULAR meet of the night and should continue for the next month and a half at the parties.  Someone was telling people to line up around the parade time, but the line had been cut, so a new line formed.  Line up 5:00 - 5:30 PM to meet them and don't waste your party money on standing around.  Ride Space Mountain another time!
Jack and Sally were THE MOST POPULAR meet of the night and should continue for the next month and a half at the parties. Someone was telling people to line up around the parade time, but the line had been cut, so a new line formed. Line up 5:00 – 5:30 PM to meet them and don’t waste your party money on standing around. Ride Space Mountain another time!
Jafar.  Our intrepid teen reporter only got to meet two characters from running around all over the park taking photos and getting meet and greet times.  Now her photo will be added to the hit list by management like me!
Jafar. Our intrepid teen reporter only got to meet two characters from running around all over the park taking photos and getting meet and greet times. Now her photo will be added to the hit list by management like me!
Jafar
Jafar
Tarzan with Jane and Terk at 10:10 PM
Tarzan with Jane and Terk at 10:10 PM
Woody's Dance Party with Jessie and Bullseye.  Hard ticket parties are your only opportunity to see Bullseye at WDW
Woody’s Dance Party with Jessie and Bullseye. Hard ticket parties are your only opportunity to see Bullseye at WDW
The teen reporter stopped to watch the parade with her uncle Bootstrap Bob (app programmer extraordinaire).  What kind of labor can a guy get for the cost of two pins these days???
The teen reporter stopped to watch the parade with her uncle Bootstrap Bob (app programmer extraordinaire). What kind of labor can a guy get for the cost of two pins these days???
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Pain and Panic will be at the Villains Event tomorrow night.  I'm excited are you?
Pain and Panic will be at the Villains Event tomorrow night. I’m excited are you?
Hyenas at Boo to You Parade
Hyenas at Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade.  KennythePirate recommends viewing the SECOND parade.  I hear the guy knows his stuff.
Boo to You Parade. KennythePirate recommends viewing the SECOND parade. I hear the guy knows his stuff.
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
Boo to You Parade
LIne for Jack Sparrow is still long at 11:02 PM
LIne for Jack Sparrow is still long at 11:02 PM
Jack Sparrow was meeting on his stage this year.  A much better location for the late arriving pirate.
Jack Sparrow was meeting on his stage this year. A much better location for the late arriving pirate.
Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and Abu at 11:05 PM
Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and Abu at 11:05 PM
Jane, Terk and Half naked ape man at 11:06 PM
Jane, Terk and Half naked ape man at 11:06 PM
Anastasia and Drizella at 11:14 PM.  They roamed between City Hall and Town Square Theater and the CM didn't want lines!  NO LINES!  LET'S MOVE!  NO LINES!
Anastasia and Drizella at 11:14 PM. They roamed between City Hall and Town Square Theater and the CM didn’t want lines! NO LINES! LET’S MOVE! NO LINES!
When there's no lines, don't be shy about jumping up next for the photo.  It's the old "atmosphere" way that some bloggers love so dearly because they like to pass by and take a photo OF the character, but don't realize the hassle of taking a photo WITH the character.
When there’s no lines, don’t be shy about jumping up next for the photo. It’s the old “atmosphere” way that some bloggers love so dearly because they like to pass by and take a photo OF the character, but don’t realize the hassle of taking a photo WITH the character.
Buzz Lightyear.  Why do the keep sending this guy out for Parties?  You can meet him ALL DAY long in Magic Kingdom in the same location.  Put out some other character instead.  11:23 PM
Buzz Lightyear. Why do the keep sending this guy out for Parties? You can meet him ALL DAY long in Magic Kingdom in the same location. Put out some other character instead. 11:23 PM
This is the Limited Edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card.  The thing is fetching like $50 on Ebay.  Hmmm pirate, ebay, free mnsshp visit...  Give me two $20's or dinner at a nice restaurant and it's yours :)
This is the Limited Edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card. The thing is fetching like $50 on Ebay. Hmmm pirate, ebay, free mnsshp visit… Give me two $20’s or dinner at a nice restaurant and it’s yours :)
Tinker Bell pin inside
Tinker Bell pin inside
Mickey pin
Mickey pin
Tinker Bell outside pin
Tinker Bell outside pin
See ya September 20th!
See ya September 20th!

29 thoughts on “First Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party report”

  1. What time does Jack Sparrow start meeting? You mentioned 8 a few times, but your character app (which is well worth the time and money) has him listed at 7. I have a pirate crazy 9 year old and want to make sure.

  2. Kenny – I just want to say that I would pay 10x what you charge for your character locator app. Heck I feel like I should send you a donation after each of our trips. I give you all the credit for making our 2013 SWW trip a success. The info you provide is not available anywhere else and I for one greatly appreciate it. $2.29 is not even a drop in the bucket to anyone that takes a Disney trip no matter how economy you go:-)

  3. I highly recommend buy the app!!! Has tons of info and you can just look at the park or event at the start of the day and make sure you can get in the characters that you really want to meet! We use it every year on our trips! Worth every penny of the 2.19!

  4. Great job kenny!!! It was nice seeing last nite even though it was for just a few minutes! That place was crazy and too crowded,very poor planned by managment with the lines for the meet and greets and alot of angry people.Alot of cast members that were in line were letting other cast memebers cut the line but im very happy in the choice of characters they put out and i finally got to meet shan yu and bowler hat guy.Hopefully they will learn from that night and be better prepared with the lines and hopefully a bigger area for the meets.

  5. When would be the best time to meet the princesses with their princes? Some are saying line up early and others are saying go as late in the party as possible because the regular princess line will be clogged with day guests before the party starts. (We are going to the Sept 20th party when Fairytale Hall will be open) Also, when would be the best time go meet the Tarzan characters as we would like to see them all together.

  6. Hey Kenny,

    We were at the party and are in the background in several of the photos :)

    We are off to the villains event tonight as well :)

    Great information :)

  7. I just want to say, that I absolutely love your sight! You have been so helpful. We went to Disney in October for 6 days, and met 72 characters! (Along with most all rides and shows…yeah we rocked it out!). This was only possible with the info that I got from your sight. I really would love to pay $2.19 for your character locator app, but I have a windows phone. Any word on when or if that might be available? We are headed back to Disney on the 21st…

  8. AWESOME report. We had a blast when we were there for Halloween party a few years back. So want to go again. Great photos.

    Is it wrong that i want the app now and won’t be there until December? (not to get people fired up,but the cost is so so worth it I know it is going to be awesome for us on our trip)

    Can not wait to hear about villains night!

  9. Fantastic post! We’re headed to our second MNSSHP next month and we can’t wait – this is fueling our excitement. :) Your reporter did a great job!!

  10. I think the reason they still have Buzz out for the party is because the Disney store (as well as other retailers) still sells his costume. He’s a pretty popular Disney costume for boys. There really aren’t that many boy costume choices that are Disney characters. So, parents want photos of their little Buzz with the real Buzz Lightyear. Good job reporting!

  11. Thanks Kenny! This is awesome. Do you bother with autographs, or only those you can’t get during another time? I have 4 kids, that’s a lot of books, and maybe a waste of valuable party time. Any thoughts?

  12. Josh will be so proud of the artsy tilted photos! Teen reporter did an awesome job. Love watching your kids grow through the character photos.

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