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Review – Happy Hallowishes Dessert Premium Package

Review – Happy Hallowishes Dessert Premium PackageMickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (80)

NOTE:  I will not guarantee that your experience with parade will match mine.  Headless Horseman marched by as I was walking down Main Street.

I reserved the Happy Hallowishes Dessert Party package solely for the purpose of reviewing it for you.  I’ve never really been a fan of upsell dessert parties.  The only one I’ve found enjoyable was the Villains Soiree at the 2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  So, please understand that my review will attempt to be factual, but could be slanted toward not really caring for these expensive events

When I registered, it told me to check in before the party began to pick up my credential.  The information said it was the little Will Call booth they used last year for the Soiree.  Fortunately, it didn’t have a long line at 6:30pm because it was wrong.
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I was pointed to this tiny blue check in stand beside Guest Services.   You’ll find this to the far right of the entry area before the Mickey touch points.  I can’t guaranteed you’ll find a Jedi, Tigger or Mrs. Incredible though.  Just look for the tiny blue stand and a nice Cast Member.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (7)

The Cast Member looks up your name and highlights you, then hands you a credential.  You’re told, “The details are on the back.”  I noticed that the wristbands for the night matched the sticker on my credential.

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The back said to check in for parade at 8:00pm.  Really?  I can’t follow directions very well, so I ignored that time.  I knew the parade wouldn’t reach Town Square Flagpole until at least 8:55pm and I wasn’t going to waste another full hour of party time.  I could do that myself without paying an extra 80 bucks.  The online information actually tells people to arrive at 7:30!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (11)

The first part of the special package was to view the parade from Town Square.  I arrived at 8:45pm and showed my credential and the lady instructed me to find a spot anywhere in the flagpole area.  I sat right beside her on the curb facing Town Square Theater.  It was a nice place to see the parade, but I actually prefer Frontierland.  Feels creepier to me.

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Minnie was happy to see an extra $12,000 or so going into the account for the evening.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (73)

Captain Jack was wondering why a pirate would spend his dubloons to watch a parade and sideways fireworks???  Savvy?Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (76)

If you choose to do this experience, make a beeline to the Mickey Mouse meet for no wait.  If you wait 5 to 10 minutes, you’ll wait 30 minutes for Mickey!

You have about 20 minutes before the dessert party and fireworks begins at Tomorrowand Terrace.  As I made my way there, I found a line of people already waiting.  I’m not terribly sure why they made us stand around.  We could have seen the Villain Show from a far distance from our seats instead.
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There’s a wide variety of tiny cupcakes and desserts as well as a cheese and fruit selection.

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You can choose from various juices, milk and water.  There’s another station for coffee and tea.

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Looks kewt, right?

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There’s a lot of chocolately and sweet stuff to choose from, but none are labeled.  If you want to know, you’ll need to ask the CM’s who are there to assist you.

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Worms and dirt!

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After you check in, you are given a glass of cold APPLE CIDER.  It is not alcoholic.  The CM escorts you to your preassigned seat and offers you a “Happy Halloween” toast.  I know it’s part of the party, but it still feels odd hearing that in the heat of September.

You cannot keep this glass!  I actually saw a polite CM track someone down to retrieve it.  The lady said she  would rather keep this plastic glass than the one given us below.  The people were actually plotting a way to take one from someone else’s table.  Really?

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When you arrive at your table you find a little lantern and skull faced cup filled with candy for each person.  You CAN keep this cup and they won’t use your RFID band to track you down in the park and retrieve it.

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Here’s my little plate with tiny desserts.  Is this worth $69?  Oh, I was paying for the reserved parade spot that told me to arrive too early and the odd view of fireworks and the cup of candy too.

In all fairness the desserts were fresh and tasty.  They were well themed with candy corn, ghost, spider and monster themes.  I ended up downing like 3 glasses of milk to complete a few of these.

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I was video recording the fireworks for you.  I used my new Sony RX10 M2 and was pleased with the video quality.  It even took a decent photo while shooting video.  I was holding it in my hands too.

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Here’s a full video of the fireworks from this view.  They are still doing work on the castle tourets, so there’s a giant box blocking some of the castle.  Additionally there’s a smaller box they are using to control the projection effects on the castle.

Would I do this again?  No.

Why?  I wouldn’t be interested in spending an extra amount of money on a few yum yums, a cup and some candy.  I prefer to stand on Main Street between Casey Corner and the hub to view the fireworks.  I don’t like to skewed view.  You’ll use a minimum of 30 minutes at the Dessert portion to get any sweeties.  The reserved parade area was helpful, but I was glad I didn’t waste an extra hour there.  Both parades were really full.  I would grab a 1st parade spot in Frontierland 45 minutes early or 2nd parade spot 30 minutes early.  The Cast Members were very kind and helpful, but I don’t have the funds to spend an extra $250 on top of the $250 to bring my family to the party.

18 thoughts on “Review – Happy Hallowishes Dessert Premium Package”

  1. We go to the party every year in california and never have an issue finding spots 10 minutes before parades/fireworks. Is it really different in Florida? Sounds busier. Would the dessert party be good if you had tired kids. We are going for our first halloween party in florida next year and wondering if its worth it with tired kids. Dealing with crowds immediately after fireworks doesnt sound appealing with a sleeping kid but to sit back and relax while the crowds go in a quiet area sounds nice.

  2. Was it just the night I went, or do they give out different cups at different times? We went October 13, and instead of the cups pictures, we actually got these really neat gargoyle/dragon cups with lids and straws. While they don’t look like anything I’ve seen in any of the movies, and the CM who overheard my nephew and I debating it, had no idea if they had any real relation to Disney, they are definitely made for the Disney Parks, as the lids say “Disney Parks” on top. Just curious if anyone else received the same cups.

  3. We are going this Friday (oct 16) for the dessert party.
    Anyone else have gone and can comment about how early we should go to the flag pool for the parade and how crowded it might get?

  4. Haha unlimited cupcakes and milk for my 4 year old MIGHT be her favorite thing we do on our trip. A little sit down rest and sugar load up might get her to go another hour at the party too! Having had a craptastic spot a the Christmas parade, I am hopeful we enjoy this one!

  5. Though the review is not in favor, it sold me on keeping our reservation on 10/29. I have no problem paying a premium if it means elbow room and a decent spot to view the parade & fireworks without having to claim a space 45-minutes or more ahead of time. Were this an adult only trip, we would probably give it a pass though.

  6. You know, I’d be all over this if it was NOT during the party. Why pay major dollars for the party, in which you barely have time to do everything you want, then pay major bucks for an overpriced event that takes up your party time??? And they sell way to many tickets to the main party as it is.

  7. Hahaha Kenny, you should offer your services! We’re doing the dessert party for the same reasons (anxious about having parade & fireworks viewing, and I don’t like huge, pushing crowds). I would gladly pay to have you as my guide!

  8. Thanks for your description. It is only the parade viewing which would interest me. I only book a dessert party if we get adult drinks with it~ so I am headed to the Merry & Brite instead

  9. Thanks for the review we have this booked on 10/29. I love dessert parties, but I booked this mostly for the parade viewing. I have never had luck find a decent space to view the parade with my daughter unless I’m staking it out for an hour.

  10. Thanks for the review Kenny! So was the flagpole viewing area not too crowded? How many people do you estimate were at the dessert party?

  11. The desserts look good, and the reserved parade location is actually my favorite spot (definitely the best for photos), but the fireworks view is awful and that price is hard to swallow. Thanks for the fair review–I think I’ll sit this one out…

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