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.

61 thoughts on “Review Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Sept 15, 2015”

  1. 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!

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. I think all of these negative experiences are making me reconsider going next year. It is supposed to be a celebration for my daughter and her best friend (his birthday is 10/30 and hers is 11/1) but it sounds just miserable! Super disappointed

  7. Hi Kenny,

    Thank you for all of your info. We went to the party on 9/22, Tuesday night. Wall to wall people. Went to see Cruella twice. Told she would be walking around, not in a set location. Never even saw her. Checked by train station and asked CM’s. After 1st parade, line for Minnie, Daisy and Donald was 90 minutes long. Forget it! Pooh and friends left early. I guess they had something better to do. We did get photos with Captain Jack Sparrow, Hag, Jafar, Aladdin & Abu, Buzz (only 3 people in line). Planned to see second parade. 3 years ago we lined up 10 minutes before for front row on main street. This year, we found one of the last front row spots in frontierland 45 minutes before parade. We accidently noticed this on way to bathroom break. The parade route was filling fast. Was not planning on wasting that long waiting for parade. Many candy lines we had to skip because of the crazy long lines. My kids are 13, 12 & 10. So many people, we were having a difficult time staying together. Way too many people. Shame on Disney. Karen

  8. Due to higher crowd levels this year, how much time should we give ourselves to grab a spot near Casey’s for Celebrate the Magic/Hallowishes?

  9. Thanks! How early are we talking? 30 mins or so? I appreciate your help. All of your information is amazing. I do hope my kids take a nap!! :)

  10. We have never been to Disney before, first time this year! Is it possible to watch the 1st parade near Frontierland and make it over in time to see the 9:20 Hocus Pocus show? I’m trying to figure out the best options for my family as I don’t think my kids will make it up late enough to see the second parade or later shows. Thanks!

  11. We go to the 1st Tuesday party every year. This year for medical reasons, I sat out. My husband and amily still went though. I was disappointed to hear habit was terribly crowded and they too complained about how so many people were not wearing armbands. That’s upsetting considering how much we paid for tickets for the family. Disney really needs to get on top of this issue.

  12. Do you happen to remember which direction Cruelas line went, if you are facing her is the line on the left or right? I’m hoping to be first in line so I want to make sure to get on the correct side of her m&g. Thank you!

  13. Also what were the lines like for Anna and Elsa? We were there in April 2014 and the lines were crazy and this is our chance back to actually meet them.

  14. We attended the party for the first time on Tues. I thought it was crazy busy. I guess I’m glad to hear it wasn’t just me. FYI, we saw the Mad Hatter meeting with the white rabbit on Sat, the 12th. Thanks for all the great info you provide…I was especially proud to make it to Characterpalooza on Wed. We saw Donald and Jasmine & Aladdin there.

  15. Your reviews are always refreshingly honest and accurate. Thank you. We’ve been to WDW 7 times and often hit a few snags. It doesn’t stop us from returning. Thank you for not pretending that every minute will be magical and keeping a sense of humor about it. About non-paying party guests you’d think they could like this to magic bands and have them scanned at the START of character meets, candy lines, etc. Anyone whose band doesn’t include the party will then be politely asked to leave (or escorted out). If they can link it to dining, Photopass, Fastpass+, etc this should be easily added for ticketed events. Then also add the wristband as double insurance. Its not fair to paying guests and Disney loses money (something we all know they dislike!)

  16. Do you think this is because it was opening night or is this going to be the trend? We were supposed to go tonight with our 4 yr old but if all we are going to do is stand in lines we may skip it as much as it breaks my heart. We come this time every year and it was crazy busy yesterday!

  17. We attended MVMCP back in 2012 and saw plenty of people without bands. They were never checked at meet & greets. It is sad that this problem seems to be getting worse instead of better.

  18. The party was way too busy!! Definitely a bust for our little ones… Pretty bummed that we paid all that money for our family of 6! We also saw a bunch of people without bands…:(

  19. So, will Donald always be meeting with Daisy and it was just a fluke that he wasn’t out with her at the start of the party? Or will he not always be out with her? Because when I went to the party last year, Donald did a meet and greet with Goofy and Daisy was alone and I really want a photo with Donald and Daisy together this year.

    Also, were the lines for Donald and Daisy, and Minnie consistently long throughout the night, or did the wait time shorten as the party went on? Thanks!

  20. Thanks Kenny. Really appreciate it!
    No new characters this year…Pain & Panic, Foulfellow, Louis, March Hare, Ratatouille, Bowler Hat Guy, Inside Out, anybody, etc…somebody new to meet please Disney?! Ugh

  21. I totally agree with your review. We went on Tuesday and it was MADNESS. I’ve never seen crowds like that. I booked it because I’d heard that it would be low crowds and that you could practically walk on rides. Uh, no. And the lines for candy were insane. Glad to hear that you were shocked by it too.

  22. Argh! I wish I had read your guide before I bought the party tickets. The Princes with their respective Princess is always a highlight for my kids. At least I know I can skip those lines! Always great advice. Thanks for all you do!

  23. Wow Kenny! that is so unbelievable! You would think Disney would not want to lose money on people who did not pay to get in. I thought the early parties used to be extremely low crowds, heck we were there in the beginning of October last year and managed a lot of characters with hardly any lines but this reminds me of that 24 hr disney event where you just couldn’t do much without waiting in an insane line. i hope disney gets it together. Thanks for all your hard work keeping all of us informed!

  24. Me too! Disney World is our 2nd home but driving 7 hours for MNSS will turn this Southern Belle into a Cast Member assistant to show them out.

  25. We are headed to the party in October. Do you know if each Princess has their respective Prince with them this year? Also, any other character sitings such as Mary Poppins & Bert or Lady Tremaine, Drisella and Anastasia?

  26. On the my Disney ap it stated the jack and sally m & g starts at 615 any truth to that and what if anything can be done about people without wristbands if I pay to go to the party I wont be happy to wait in line behind gate crashers Disney doesn’t have any problem removing guests during extra magic hours this should be no different

  27. it doen’t sound like fun this time. So sad they haven’t accompanied the no party guests out of the park. Hope they change that soon.

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