Boo To You! And You!

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Boo to you!!! On September 11th, my family and I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and let me just tell you, we had a BLAST!!!!!! If you get anything out of this article, I hope you get this: if you will be at Walt Disney World at anytime during this party, save the extra money and DO IT!!!!! I wish we can do it again! Here is my quick recap on the events.

MNSSHP 2016 Guide Map

We arrived at Magic Kingdom around 5:30. I wanted to make sure that my toddler was well rested because we were closing down the park! MNSSHP does not start until 7 pm, but you will be allowed in with your party starting at 4 pm. We arrived, received our wrist bands (and yes, they do check for them!) and the first thing we heard was, “The 1st trick or treat station is HERE!” I was a little surprised by this, since I knew we still had some time to kill before the party officially started. So off we went! They handed us our trick or treat bags, which are super cute!
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After that, we killed some time and then at 7 pm, the bells tolled and the Ghost Host kicked off the party. We managed to hit every single trick or treat stop, ride Haunted Mansion and meet a few characters! Wait times are super low (20 minutes for Peter Pan, Space Mountain, and 7 Dwarf Mine Train), but keep in mind, you only have 5 hours to do everything: trick or treating, meeting characters, riding rides. So make a game plan first. Since this was our first time going, and our son will be 2, we wanted to make this all about him. If trick or treating isn’t for you and your family, take advantage of the extremely low wait times! If you do decide to do the trick or treating, the lines will be long, but they go by super fast, so it might look like a wait line for a normal day at MK for Splash Mountain, but it is really like a 5 minute wait time, if that.

We caught the Boo To You parade at 8:30 pm, and let me just say – DO NOT MISS THIS PARADE!!!! I will let the video show you why. Little tip, the later parade is not as crowded, and the video does no justice to how it is live and in person.

One of my most memorable meet and greets was meeting Genie from Aladdin. I have always been a huge fan of Genie, but after the passing of Robin Williams, Genie has held a special place in my heart. So there were tears in my eyes as I finally got to meet him. He was there with Jasmine, but I really wasn’t too worried about seeing her. I was all about Genie.
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We also got in line to meet Lotso, who was by Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland,  from Toy Story 3, especially since we were dressed as Buzz, Woody and Jessie. And don’t worry folks, I asked Lotso if he was being nice to the toys now, and he said yes.
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I also got to turn Buzz into Spanish mode and danced with him in Tomorrowland. Had to be the highlight of the night!
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Now, you can meet Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs at Storybook Circus and Jack Skellington and Sally at Pirates of the Caribbean, but the line is crazy, insane long. We totally skipped those. If you must meet them, I recommend waiting in line at 4 pm and waiting until 7, when the Party starts, to see them. We also saw Jafar and Aladdin with Abu, but we skipped out on Jafar, Aladdin and Abu to see Genie with Jasmine behind the Magic Carpets. Tarzan, Jane and Turk was also there in Adventureland, but we missed that meet and greet.

Happy HalloWishes. Let me just say, this by far is my favorite firework show. This even trumps Wishes for me! AMAZING!!!!

If you are a fan of Hocus Pocus, as so many people are, you will absolutely love the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Along with the Sanderson Sisters, you get to see all the Disney Villains on stage!

One last thing, do not forget the Magic Shots! There are 3 of them, one located in front of flagpole, at the Haunted Mansion, and one in the entrance to Magic Kingdom. Photopass are still in their usual places throughout the park and with the characters, so there will be no lacking in the picture department.
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The park does a hard close that night, so once the final Hocus Pocus show ends, they are making sure you leave the park. We were able to hang back and get this shot of me in front of Cinderella Castle, with NO ONE there. This was on my Disney Bucket List for a very long time, and I finally get to check it off!
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And those bags we received for the party? They may be small, but my son totally made a candy score!
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Are you attending MNSSHP this year? Drop me a note and let me know if you loved it as much as my family and I did!

Boo to you!
Joni ºOº
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