Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Roundtable

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Roundtable

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Guide

1. What about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party makes it a MUST DO for you?
Aurora – I always made sure that I did the Alice in Wonderland Treat Trail as the first stop, a stop in the middle AND the last stop of the night! You get SO MUCH Candy there!
Beth – Hallowishes for the music and the parade is absolutely amazing.  Love the Gravediggers!!
Betsy – I have to see the Boo To You parade and make sure not to miss the Headless Horseman.
Cheryl – The limited pins and tshirts
Megan – I have to watch Hallowishes and see the parade.  I also love seeing the ghost outside of Haunted Mansion.
Shalon – I always get a prime spot for Hallowishes, it’s my favorite MK fireworks show!!! Love all the music!
Shelley – My absolute must do is watching Boo To You and Happy Hallowishes! They are two things that I could watch over and over and over again!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo To You Parade is a MUST DO!!!

2. What is your favorite activity during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Betsy – Trick or treating and people watching. There are so many creative costumes from guests young and young at heart.
Beth – definitely the parade…the music, the floats, the dancers.  Very unique
Cheryl – I love the parade.
Megan – Trick or Treating and visiting the dance parties.
Shalon – Hallowishes all the way!!!
Shelley – I really enjoy walking around the park towards the end of the night as the crowd thins out to take in some of the smaller details of MNSSHP.
Aurora – I am a Boo To You Girl! I have to see the parade both showings! I love the Grave Diggers and The Haunted Mansion Dancers!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Happy Hallowishes!

3. Are you going to dress up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? If so, what will your costume be? If not, of all the costumes you have seen what was your favorite?
Cheryl – One year we saw Wizard of Oz characters
Megan – I have a few costumes that I have in mind.  Of course, buying a new pair of Halloween ears to wear is always acceptable.
Shalon – Not sure yet would like to but need to think if something different to do
Shelley – This year I went as a fancy Minnie Mouse, since she is my favorite character.
Aurora – I am still working on a costume. I was a Sailor Girl the past two years. This year I am undecided so far.
Beth – Normally I just wear a personalized Mickey Halloween shirt, but this year I’m thinking of one of the princess tutu’s (from the kids dept) and a tank top.  Or my Tower of Terror 10 miler costume which is still a secret.
Betsy – I don’t think I’m going to dress up this year since I’m going early and it is still likely to be hot and humid. In the past I’ve gone as a pirate or just worn a Halloween themed tshirt.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Gang

4. Where is your favorite thing to take pictures of during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Megan – I love seeing the characters in costume, I usually am having too much fun to remember to take pictures though.
Shalon – I love getting pics of all the guests unique costumes! Saw some great Cast Member costume replicas on kids last year!!!
Shelley – I really love taking pictures of Tomorrowland all lit up with special projections.
Aurora – Haunted Mansion with Madame Leota out front! She is always so much fun to play around with!
Beth – I love all the Halloween decorations and the character statues in the hub
Betsy – I love taking pictures of Hallowishes!
Cheryl – the characters in their costumes.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Treat Spot Markers

5. What part of the Boo to You Parade is your favorite?
Shalon – Love the Grave Diggers!
Shelley – I love the whole parade, but if I had to choose one part it would probably be the Ballroom Dancers from the Haunted Mansion.
Aurora – I would have to say that the Haunted Mansion Ballroom Dancers are my favorite!
Beth – Goofy!!!  CANDY CANDY CANDY!
Betsy – This is a toss up for me between the Grave Diggers (sparks are so cool!!!) and the Dancing Cowboys. 😉
Cheryl – I enjoy the headless horseman
Megan – I love the Grave Diggers!! (and the candy)

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Special Edition Card

6. Trick or Treat? 😉
Shelley – Treat with a side of Trick!
Aurora – Always trick with some treat on the side!
Beth – Treat….chocolate please!!!
Betsy – Both! I love to have fun, so tricks are entertaining, but treats are awesome too.
Cheryl – Treat , vegan and gluten free please 🙂
Megan – Treat.  Always treats!
Shalon – Treat!!! Who doesn’t love candy!!!

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Star Wars Celebration VI – The Clone Wars Panel

 

Star Wars Celebration VI was full of great panels, and our first one of the convention was The Clone Wars Panel. The scheduled panelists were Supervising Director Dave Filoni and Visual Special Effects Supervisor Joel Aron. After Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I was very excited for this panel.  Arriving early we managed to find seats near the front of the hall. While waiting, Todd made friends with the hosts of a Star Wars Podcast.

Dave Filoni and Joel Aron
Onderon Fighters
Onderon Dragons

Dave and Joel dove right in showing us drawings of Onderon, a planet that is well known by fans of the Dark Empire Series of Star Wars books. They discussed tribal influences, and how with this season the Jedi will begin to shift their goals from saving the universe to teaching the universe to save itself. They then showed us a clip of a battle on Onderon.

Map of Anakin’s Room
Anakin’s Room

Discussion turned to the Jedi and their possessions. Reminding us that while most Jedi are trained from birth, Anakin had a life before the order, and as such his bedroom had more to offer than other rooms. Showing us some designs for a new set for his bedroom we learned some of what they planned would be in there. They finally showed us a clip of Anakin and Obi Wan talking in Anakin’s bedroom about his relationship with Padmé.  In the scene was a nod to the movies in the form of a pod-racing poster featuring Sebulba and Ben Quadinaros in his room.

Comet Storm
Republic Commando

The next part concentrated on droids, and Dave commented about how children could go interact with droids in the Expo Hall and how you should spend some time watching them do this if you had a chance.The next clip shown was of droids on a ship being led by R2-D2 on some sort of unknown mission, and we got to see them get caught in a field of comets. We then shifted to drawings of a Republic Hover Commando. We learned from Dave that he used one of the first painted hockey goalie masks as a reference for the Commando’s mask. They then showed a clip of the Republic Commando in action as he provided backup for the droids.

Bad Guys
Black Sun
Bo Katan

Next we got to see a series of scenes and images including Darth Maul and Savage Opress working with Pre Vizsla, Leader of the Death Watch.  Some images were presented of members of the Black Sun, a criminal syndicate from Star Wars novels.  The big crowd pleasing scene was when we got to see the Bo Katan lead a team to rescue Obi Wan. After she takes out his captors, Bo Katan does this hair flip at the end of the scene that was both intricate and made it seem like her fight was effortless. Dave brought up a convention guest who was dressed like Bo Katan to demonstrate how popular she had become and why we were getting to see more of her.

George Lucas

After a few more scenes, the lights came back on, and sitting on stage was George Lucas.  It was unexpected and unscheduled.  George discussed that he and the writers had to figure out how to bring Darth Maul back, and why he was in the Clone Wars television series among other things. Then they showed us the Clone Wars season 5 trailer.  Both of which you can see in the following video (The trailer is at 5:24 and runs until 8:50).

The Clone Wars Panel was definitely a highlight of our time at Star Wars Celebration VI!

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