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Review Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Sept 15, 2015

Review Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party  Sept 15, 2015

Review Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Sept 15, 2015

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I arrived at the Magic Kingdom parking area at 6:15pm expecting to see the giant inflatable pumpkins on the parking toll booths.  No pumpkins :(Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (1)

The Magic Kingdom is decked out in festive decor including this ad for the party.  The first party sold out on the same day.

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Nice directional signs tell you to head right toward bag screening.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (3)

Smiling pumpkins away you for the fun.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (4)

The touch point areas have a big welcome sign.  You pass through these and an armband is placed upon your RIGHT arm.  Even if you prefer left.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (5)

Adorable pumpkins everywhere.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (9)

Festive Halloween balloons are available.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (12)

These folks were waiting 30 minutes to get a photo made.
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This is the photo op.  If you are getting your picture with some pumpkins at 7pm, don’t expect to meet many characters.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (14)

At 6:56 there was a long line for the special Sorcerers card, but at 7pm the CMs came outside and the line went to zero.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (15)

The beautiful Aurora arrived promptly at 7pm for her meet and greet in Town Square.  You can visit her during the day.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (17)

She meets to the left of City Hall.  There were zero people in line.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (19)

I picked up my special party card.  You can get yours for free or buy it on Ebay for 30 bucks!  Well, you can’t buy mine.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (20)

This dude realized he was in for a really long night by reserving a parade spot at 7pm for a parade that won’t pass until 8:45pm!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (21)

Cast members were blocking the road to try to push all the non party guests out of the park.  Didn’t work as well as previous years because I saw people all night long with no wristband.  Some were even in character lines.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (22)

These folks were also anticipating that parade that will come much later.  Where’s the armbands???  There were hundreds of non party people all along the parade .  Pretty ridiculous for those who paid to see this and they stayed around for the Villain Show and many even to fireworks!
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These legitimate guests were lining up for candy.  Long lines!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (24)

Buzz and Lotso have separate lines this year.  Buzz line was fairly short but you can meet him all day.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (25)

Lotso had a pretty good line most of the night, but I met him right after the fireworks with no wait.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (26) Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (27)

These folks were waiting for CANDY!!!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (28)

Line extended all the way back here at around 7pm!  Came back late in party and found no line.  Why carry around a bag of candy all night and stand in these crazy lines?Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (29)

Monstrous Dance party kicked off right at 7pm with the same characters as last year.  Villains dance party was cut.  The reason given was because the venue in Frontierland was closed.  Ummmm, couldn’t you use Cosmic Ray’s?  It would have even boosted burger sales.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (30)

Dance Parties crack me up because most people are just trying to get selfies or pics of little junior with a favorite character instead of actually dancing.  Brazilians do enjoy the dance time though.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (31)

We should have played a game of where does the candy line begin.  Wanna guess?  Candy stop is on the right.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (32)

The line was all the way back to the Cool Ship!  You can’t barely see the candy stop in the distance.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (33)

This line at Tomorrowland Speedway was back to Storybook Circus at 7:18pmMickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (34)

Mad Hatter!  He is supposed to be returning to regular meets during the daytime next month.  Let’s hope it happens!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (35)

Q o H greeting her fans.  Hard to say how long the line is.  If you arrive at the right time, you’ll wait 30 min or less, if you miss the cut you could be in line over an hour.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (36)

Buzz, buzz, buzz.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (37)

Mmmmm bacon!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (38)

Minnie, Daisy and Donald were moved to Casey Jr Circus Train this year.  I couldn’t find Donald early in the party.  The line for them circled the area and most guests reported 35-45 minute waits.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (39)

Cruella was meeting beside the train station in Storybook.  She was amazed at the guests waiting to meet her.

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Her line zig zagged down below and popped all the way back to these signs at 7:25pm.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (41)

This was a 2.5 hour line for Jack and Sally.  They cut the line for the night at 10pm!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (42) Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (43)

Candy line was very short here all night.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (44)Even Goofy had a pretty long line, even though he was wearing his daytime costume.
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Line for 7 Dwarfs was all over the place.  They cut the line at 10:30pm!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (48)

The Witch aka Old Hag line was actually pretty short most of the night.  She didn’t sign books, so it moved quickly.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (49)

She didn’t bring the apple bin this year, so it’s BYOA.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (50)

Jafar’s line in Adventureland was about 20 to 25 minutes early and lessened later in night.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (51)

Tarzan and Jane no longer have the odd rotating schedule.  BUT that means you might get stuck only meeting Terk, or as someone called him “Tarzan’s monkey.”Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (52)

Tarzan appears to have gone on a diet.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (53)

The line was reasonable, if you arrived at the right time or you get that “monkey.”Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (54)

Candy stop at Tiki Room was very short all night.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (55) Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (56)

Skull on Pirate’s of the Caribbean.  Ride opens again soon.
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Skull on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
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Candy stops in Frontierland were crazy long until late in party.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (60) Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (61)

Projections on Country Bear JamboreeMickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (62) Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (63)

First parade was about to begin and there was another long candy line.  See a theme here?
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Haunted Mansion butlers were prepared for the evening.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (65)

The spookiness of the Haunted Mansion is always fun during a Halloween Party.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (67)

Madame Carlotta was practicing her comedy club act at the mansion.  She’s always a lot of fun.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (68)

Here’s another candy line at Peter Pan’s Flight.  One of the more reasonable ones. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (69)

Snow White was meeting by herself.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (71)

I took in the Boo to You Halloween Parade and made a video for you.

Only thing new that I noticed was Oogie Boogie marching down the street.

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After the parade, I took part in the Happy Hallowishes Dessert Party

Following the fireworks, the waits for Buzz and Lotso were minimal.

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Oh hey, Donald!  Glad you could join us!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (93)

11:11pm and the line for Jack and Sally is guarded, um closed.  Still a ton of people in line.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (94)

Do I really have to be tied to this post twice a night for 6 weeks?Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (95)

Couldn’t have a post without a pirate, right?Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (96)

Not sure why, but I actually liked this photo I took.  Look how crazy the crowd was during the second parade.  I should zoom in on the original and see if I can spot armbands.Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 2015 (97)

After the second parade passed, I took in the final Villains Spelltacular of the night.

As I was walking out, I caught this light show on Main Street.

Observations:

  1.  I’ve never seen so many people in a hard ticket party and I’ve been to many sell outs.
  2. Disney needs to be more firm about getting the squatters out that didn’t actually pay for a ticket.  Hundreds were on parade route with no armbands!
  3. Removing the villains (except adding Cruella meet) is a big mistake.  I can’t say how many times I heard that from paying guests.
  4. DON’T collect candy early in the party
  5. Line up super early for 7 Dwarfs or Jack and Sally.  If you want both, you’ll have 2 long lines.
  6. This may not fit the official party line, but if you are paying $250 for the party and want to meet characters, you might consider splitting the adults into separate lines.
  7. Avoid the upsell Dessert Party, it takes away time from other things and costs more money.

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Danielle

Monday 5th of October 2015

Hi Kenny, have you heard how any more of the MNSSHP's have been going? I was wondering if any of them were as bad as the first night. Have the CM's started to patrol non-party guests a little better? I am still trying to decide if I want to go either the 27th or 29th. Thanks!

kennythepirate

Monday 5th of October 2015

Ones that aren't sold out are great. Sell outs are about the same, but they are more active in removing non paying guests from parade route at 7 pm.

Sharon

Monday 28th of September 2015

We attended the party on 9/20/15. Cast members were set up in multiple locations checking for arm bands and we saw many people being escorted out. The cany lines never got short so we just got in line when we felt like it. While both parades were crowded we got great frontierland viewing ten minutes before the second parade. We were also able to get a nice spot on Main Street for the fireworks with a minimal wait.nthe rides we wanted to do we all walk on times. All together we had a wonderful time.

kennythepirate

Monday 28th of September 2015

Glad you enjoyed yourself!

Tom

Thursday 24th of September 2015

If you went to an earlier party during the week and left your waterproof wrist bands on(showering I hope), could you easily stay for a second or third MNSSHP assuming you were already in the MK park as an AP or something else? i.e. sun to Tuesday or Tuesday to Thursday etc.?

kennythepirate

Friday 25th of September 2015

No they use different colors. Buy tickets so you don't get ejected

Tom

Thursday 24th of September 2015

We went on the 22nd and the crowds felt like a 10. My wife seemed to think that the wrist bands were the same as last year. Like you, we were forced to have the wrist band on our right hand. But many guests had it on their left. Sally & Jack came at 5:50 p.m. There were 50 people on line for them by 5 p.m.. Also saw many guest without wrist bands. The Seven Dwarves didn't come out till 6:50 p.m. Only number I could get out of the cast members was that the MNSSHP was capped somewhere between 24,000 to 27,000. Sure felt like much more than that! Do you know how many Tickets are sold on a sell out?

BSF

Thursday 24th of September 2015

I had the same experience and I was so disappointed. I just sent an email off after getting arguments from a cast member over the phone (she said that if you enter after 7, you didn't have to wear a wrist band.. first time I've heard that). Hopefully they can address the concerns so this doesn't happen to others.

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