With all the talk of MNSSHP around just now, there is one question that is being asked time and time again; Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth the Money?
The problem with that question, is worth is a personal thing. Something that is worth is to me won’t be worth it to you. There are things I value within a Disney experience that may not interest you or your family. That however won’t stop me trying to convince you that MNSSHP is 100% worth the money!!
Quick Breakdown of What is included
Included; Trick or Treating – Candy Bags and all the Candy!
Included: Special Character Meets
Included: Speciality Parade and Fireworks
Not Included: Party only snacks and foods
Not Included: Dessert Parties
Our 2017 Experience
I think the easiest way to help you make the decision on if it’s worth it for you, the best thing for me to do is share our 2017 experience. It wasn’t the first time we had been to MNSSHP but it was the first time in quite a few years. Our previous experience had been so magical, that I was anxious that the party wouldn’t be able to live up to my previous visit. Honestly, I had nothing to worry about, the party was as good as ever.
We arrived at the park at around 4.30pmand went through the turnstiles marked for Party Guests. Once through you are directed behind main street to an area with lots of photpass photographers, cast members giving out candy bags and selling all manor of light up goods.
This was our first time dressing up at a party night and it was already a blast. We were only just through the door and we were getting compliments and other guests were asking to be in pictures with us. There may be an image of us somewhere on the internet with a whole bunch of Wilderness Explorers!
To begin with we just wandered around and went on a few rides. We didn’t want to meet Moana or the Seven Dwarves so we didn’t have to line up early for anything.
About 6.20pm we got in line for Lotso. We had met Lotso on our very first trip and wanted to do so again. Just before 7pm he came out. The queue moved fast but he still spent quite a while with each guest. He tried to convince me he was a good bear but I’m not so sure….
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On the way to our next stop, we popped into the dance party. This is great a I saw Boo! In all my years of going to Disney World I have never seen boo…
We got another few characters in quick succession – Goofy, Donald and Daisy.
Our main goal wasn’t rides, as we were visiting WDW for 10 days but we did get quite a few in between character meets. Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear.
Headed off to find some of the party only sweet treats – these were our favourites, but we only managed to get to two of the four locations.
Then it was fireworks time. Halllowishes is hands down the best fireworks show at Disney. Better than Wishes and better than Happily Ever After. This show to me is worth the entry fee alone. You are surrounded by fireworks that light up the whole sky.
After the fireworks many guests with young children leave so the trick or treat queues are empty. Actually, there are no queues, you just walk right through! Lots of Candy was had!
Due to the thinning crowds, the second parade is much easier to get a spot at. Although it rained a few times throughout the parade and my camera over heated on multiple occasions, it was a great parade.
After the parade there was only one thing for us still to do and that was the castle show featuring the Sanderson sisters. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, and the stage was wet. Disney decided not to do the full show and as it was the last showing of the night we missed it. The sisters did come on stage and wow, it was just like watching the movie!
And that was our night. We headed back to the hotel, tired, full of sugar but so happy. The party night had taken place on our wedding anniversary and it was a perfect way to spend it.
Point to Note: Guests with no bands
One of the most annoying things about any of the party nights is seeing guests without bands on freely experiencing the activities. It leaves a bitter taste knowing they are getting something for free that you have spent your hard earned money on. Luckily in all or party experiences we have only see this a handful of times but I have read many other experiences where they saw lots of people who hadn’t paid to be there. Disney has changed the format up this year so the park will close before the party, s0 hopefully this doesn’t happen.
So is Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party Worth the money?
Well like I said at the beginning of the post, to us it is completely worth the cost. We just Love MNSSHP!! It is easily my favourite extra cost event at Walt Disney World. There was just so much to do and experience that we almost didn’t fit it all in. We could easily have done two nights. To me it is 100% worth the cost but do realise there are only two of us and if you have a large family, the costs are going to be equally large.
If you do go, I recommend getting in the park as early as possible, eating your main meal before you go and dressing up!
Tickets for the 2018 party Nights are on sale now, you can get yours at Florida Tix, Attractions Tickets Direct or Via Disney Direct.