Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Our experience

The Villains Sinister Soiree is a new add-on for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for 2014.  It costs $99 per person in addition to the Party ticket you had to purchase for admission to the party.  It requires a minimum group of two persons to book.

Disney promises that you’ll receive an exclusive parade and fireworks viewing area, a dessert party and a chance to meet with villains that don’t otherwise appear in the park.  I had a great deal of trepidation about using up half or more of my party time to experience this event. I jokingly mentioned that I’d go if someone sent me.

Well, Melissa at PrincessRants.com took me up on that challenge and provided the tickets to the Villains Soiree for my daughter and I to attend.  I was pretty shocked by it all, but welcomed the challenge.  I’ll soon be providing a special Princess Touring Plan for the party for her site as well as a gift in kind.  After booking the Soiree, she asked if my little girl would like some masquerade masks to use in character meets and sent those to us for free as well.  Debbie ended up with 9 different masks.  It was a bit of a challenge to keep them from falling apart in a hot backpack and the characters kept wanting to see them all night long because they were so amazing.

A couple of details before we begin.

  1.  You can only check in at this little kiosk outside the Magic Kingdom for your Soiree credentials.  And you can only check in at 4pm or later.

  1.  You’ll be given a special lanyard and a card that you’ll need at the dessert party.  I said “Our last name party of two for late Soiree.”  I was given a card that said “Pierce.”  I said the name is wrong.  The person was like “Eh, close enough.”  We got in either way. Hopefully they weren’t arguing with the Pierce family when they arrived.

  1.  Don’t forget that you MUST have a ticket to the actual Hallowen Party in addition to the Soireee!

Mickey’s Boo to you Halloween Parade

The Soiree provides a reserved area for the Halloween Parade.  We’ll cover that in detail at a later time, but there was ample room for everyone at this parade.  The parade seating is for the FIRST parade only.  I actually sat in this exact same area for the SECOND parade on my earlier visit to the party and got the same seat for free.  The only other benefits in this area were small bottles of water (we took some for later) and a sucker.  How about an ice cream cart like the Frozen and Star Wars versions?

Headless Horseman

You aren’t required to sit in this location or to even view the parade at all.  If you wish to view the second parade, just walk up after the fireworks and take the same spot after the ropes are removed.

Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

The Soiree provides the exact same reserved area for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.  I think this area is too close to the Castle (sound familiar to Star Wars?) because the largest blasts are behind the Castle instead of above.  I moved as far back in the reserved area as possible to take photos.  I still prefer my previous location on Main Street between Casey’s and the Hub.

I still got a few nice shots by placing my camera really low to the ground on the tripod and faced upwards.  The only annoyance was the Cast Member who kept ruining my shots by pacing back and forth for no apparent reason.  Some fireworks were a bit low for my liking.

Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

With that said, you don’t have to sit in this area to view the fireworks or even watch them at all.

We actually arrived at 8:10pm for the 8:15pm parade and found a great spot in the bend coming from Liberty Square.  We grabbed some water and a sucker and waited for the Headless Horseman.  We watched the parade until 8:52pm.  We then stayed for the Villains Castle Show, Celebrate the Magic and Happy HalloWishes until 9:47pm.  We had committed a bit over 1.5 hours for these events but my little girl really wanted to see these things and this was a good view for each, except the fireworks.

We decided to meet Anna and Elsa really late in the party and the total time committed was 17 minutes, and still made it to the late Soiree in plenty of time for our 11:35pm check in time.

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At 11:38pm we were invited into the Castle Lobby to meet with the Queen of Hearts, Anastasia and Drizella who were mingling in the lobby.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (6) Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (8) Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (9)

At 11:50pm we were allowed to climb the stairs or use the elevator to go to the main dining area.  We saw Frollo along our way to our table, but he didn’t stop by to meet.  We saw Captain Hook in the distance, but he also didn’t mingle.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (11)

We were seated to a well decorated table that included the free Dragon mug, a plate of cheeses, breads, fruite and pickles.  We didn’t care for the bleu cheese, but the one with the habanero sauce was good (sans sauce).Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (13)

The server brought us this tasty punch that Lady Tremaine told us needed a good stir.  You get to keep the fancy, light up stir stick.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (17)

The table decor is different on each table but appropriate to the theme of the night.
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This apple decor was under a cover, but I couldn’t get a decent shot that way.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (83)

Terrible photo but this guy plays the organ while Lady Tremaine sings and entertains the guests.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (25)

The Snow Queen aka The Evil Queen aka Queen Grimhilde (Walt called her that, so don’t bother arguing with me.)Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (27)

Cruella was on hand to meet.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (29)

The star of the night is Maleficent.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (31) Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (32)

But Dr. Facilier is a real charmer.  Debbie really enjoyed chatting with him and tried to mimic his poses.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (36)

The Shadowman is an A+ performer and you should meet him, if you get the chance.   Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (37) Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (39) Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (40)

Cruella was the first to stop by the table and Debbie pulled out her special Cruella mask.  Cruella loved the mask and enjoyed talking to Debbie.  She later gave her the mask and told her “Stop hurting puppies!”Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (44) Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (46)

Maleficent then dropped by and was impressed with the special PrincessRants mask.  In the interest of time, we just told the characters that a friend made them, which is true!

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Drizella stopped by the table and chatted for a bit.  Tremaine family is a fun meet and you shouldn’t miss them in the park during the day!Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (51)

The villains then present their own special desserts.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (52)

My favorite was the second to the left and the one on the right.  Debbie was so caught up with interacting with characters, and eventually entertaining guests nearby, that she didn’t eat at all.  We were given a special box to carry them home.
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The “Bleeding Heart Apple” is a nice touch!Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (61)

After Lady Tremaine completed her entertainment, she dropped by for a visit.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (60)

The Queen of many names stopped by and posed with my little girl.  The fist one was with the mask themed for her.  She seemed honored.
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Then Debbie brought out the Snow White one, and the Queen didn’t seem very impressed.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (65)

The Tremaine family did a little more “singing.”Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (66)

Anastasia was fascinated by the masks and wanted to see them all.  Can you tell that my girl was having an absolute blast!.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (67)

Drizella loved this mask because it looked like her.  She begged Debbie for the mask and asked what she had to do to get it.  Anastasia then ran over to show her mom.  Her mom told her to stop stealing things.  She told my girl that she would come clean her room for the mask (What day will you arrive?) and sang her a special song.  Debbie waffled on giving it away, even though she had given ones to Jane and Jasmine earlier in the night.

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Anastasia was left to begging.
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Debbie and I chatted and she said it wouldn’t be fair to give one to Anastasia and not give one to Drizella. Anastasia didn’t care if her sister got anything, just her. Eventually, Debbie taught her to share and presented each with a special gift. She hadn’t planned on giving any of these away before the party, but her kind nature just took over. She kept a few for play time with friends.

Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (74) Debbie got these from the Tremaine girls.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (75)

The Soiree was about to end and Dr. Facilier hurried over to the table to invite Debbie as the special guest invited to help close the night.  She got the photo of a lifetime!Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (78)

The sisters and Cruella couldn’t stop saying thank you.Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party September 2014 (82)

 

At 12:50am, Lady Tremaine sang a goodbye song and told everyone the event had ended.  We didn’t want to leave, but we collected all our goodies and departed for home.

Was it “worth” it?  That experience for my little girl was worth it to us.  It wasn’t pre-planned and it wasn’t things they did because I have a blog.  I doubt some of them even knew I had one.  They did that because Debbie was having a blast with them and shared some special masks made as a gift for her.

I would ONLY choose the LATE Soiree though because the early Soiree will really cut into your party time.  We basically extended our party time by an extra hour with the Soireee.  We were able to meet a total of 34 characters, watched all the entertainment and had a terrific father/daughter date.  The date wouldn’t have been possible except for the generosity of Melissa at PrincessRants.com, so go check out her site for the acts of kindness she extended to us.

29 thoughts on “Villains Sinister Soiree at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Our experience”

  1. Wow Kenny! Your photos are fantastic!
    Must have been great interacting with these villains!
    The only Disney villain I’ve met in recent years is Cruella De Vil! As a child, I have met Queen Grimhilde and Maleficent but I remember being so terrified! I definitely wouldn’t mind meeting them now, though :)

  2. Thanks for the advice Kenny! One more quick question, was the wait time board for Anna and Elsa accurate at that hour of the night or was it still stuck on a big number and ended up being less?

  3. Looks like an amazing time!!!

    Any word on if Disney might decide to do something like this for the MVMCP??! We’re going the first night in November! :)

  4. Thanks for the review. We have the late seating on Halloween night. We will actually be in the park before the party starts so will we have to leave the park to get our party credentials? Also, the little booth you showed at the beginning of the post, where exactly is that? Is it to the right of the park entrance? I’m trying to figure out exactly where I have seen it before :-)

  5. My husband and I actually attended the earlier dessert party, and we had a nice time. I think the Halloween party and soiree were the highlight of our entire trip. Frollo and Hook came around just before the dessert party began, and we were able to get pictures with them, but they soon disappeared. We however did not get to meet the Queen of Hearts, and seeing that she was at the later dessert party saddens me. We missed her at the Mad Tea Party ride as well. We fully enjoyed the viewing area for the parade and fireworks. It was nice to be able to move around and sit on benches. The soiree also had two photographers that did not take pictures for anyone not part of the soiree. They took the poison apple magic shot. I’m glad we decided to attend the soiree. For us, it was worth the money.

  6. This is the first time I’ve read that you can’t be a party of one… I’m guessing the same would apply for whatever option Disney comes up with for the Christmas party as well – bummer.

  7. Glad you had such a nice time. I wish everything I had read about it was the same, but I see where the magic happened for you. Still way to much money for my taste

  8. Wow looks like Debbie had an awesome night! Sometimes unplanned opportunities happen and I’m sure she would have had an amazing time telling all her friends about it.

  9. Wonderful review and photos, as always! It really shows through your pictures that your daughter Debbie really had a fantastic time! It certainly makes me feel more confident about attending the Soiree in a couple of weeks. =) I also figured that the later seating would be best to not cut into much of the MNSSHP time when I booked, even though the reservation CM was going to place us in the earlier seating until I specifically asked about the later seating.

  10. Hi Kenny I just noticed you write again how you had a short wait due Anna and Elsa. Do you recommend a specific time to try to meet them over another? I assume later is better but how late?

  11. Wonderful post! Debbie is adorable and you can tell she is having a BLAST! So jealous of the great group photo. Off to check out Princess Rants… :)

  12. how would meeting Jack/Sally and the seven dwarfs fit into this. I know you had recommended meeting Jack/Sally first then save the dwarfs for later in the night. Would attending this change that?

  13. Great experience dude. Glad it was so great for you guys. I debated this for the first party but as it turned out, I got great spots for the parade and fireworks and easily met all characters except maleficent, frollo and hook so in my case, it wouldn’t have been worth $300 to meet maleficent ..although one could argue that interaction makes it worth it.. Maybe…

    Why wasn’t hook or frollo meeting guests or taking pics?

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