AMC’s The Walking Dead to be resurrected at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort’s
Award-Winning Halloween Horror Nights events for second consecutive year!
Season 3 of the Golden Globe-Nominated, Emmy-Award Winning series, ‘The Walking Dead,’
Sets the Stage for All-Original Horrifying Experiences on Both Coasts
Fans with a voracious appetite for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will have a chance to walk in the footsteps of human survivors when Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort debut all new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning television series at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events beginning September 20.
The eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences will place Halloween Horror Nights guests at the heart of the show’s once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers. The mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando will send guests cowering through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed.
Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire Halloween Horror Nights street experience to “The Walking Dead” – making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series. Guests brave enough to walk the streets of Universal Studios Florida will encounter iconic scenes from all three seasons of the hit show – including the perilous city of Atlanta and Hershel’s dismal barn – and fleets of blood-thirsty walkers who are hungry for their next victim…
The Golden Globe®-nominated, Emmy® Award-winning series “The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast TV season as the number-one show for adults 18-49. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns for season 4 on Sunday, October 13 at 9pm ET/PT.
“What’s great about working with a property like ‘The Walking Dead’ is that each season presents new environments and characters for us to draw inspiration,” said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood. “With the prison as the main setting of Season 3, we seized this opportunity to recreate that very environment, down to the last detail, to be as genuine and authentic to the show as possible. Using movie-quality production value, our goal is to make guests feel as if they are mired in the world of blood-thirsty zombies, which is something you can only do at Halloween Horror Nights”.
“The goal is always to surround guests with authentic and terrifying experiences,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “The combination of ‘The Walking Dead’ themed street experiences and the haunted maze will make it difficult for our guests to escape the hordes of ravenous walkers they’ve seen on their television. The moment you pass through our gate, you become a survivor fighting for your life.”
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares — and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”
For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
About Universal Orlando Resort There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, be transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Now open: TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D.
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Unlike most theme parks Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando, offers their Halloween activities, entertainment, and fun at no additional charge to admission making it a really great value and experience for everyone to enjoy!
There is a HUGE Trick-or-Treat Trail that winds its way around over half of the park, and is jam packed full of candy stops, entertainment, and unique Halloween characters! There are two entrances to the trail, which opens at noon, and you receive a really nice paper Trick-or-Treating bag to continue with their dedication to use bags that are more eco-friendly! We prefer to start at the entrance closer to the Dolphin Nursery, because it is really festive and filled with bubbles which Zoe cannot resist!!! Another great part of the Halloween Spooktacular event is that if you follow the Trick-or-Treat trail you will eventually hit every highlight of the event!
Penelope’s Party Zone is where we tend to spend a large majority of our time at Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando! This area, in Bayside Stadium, is where you can find a DJ and characters getting down, a free craft activity, storytelling, drawing areas for younger children, and most importantly a shady spot for parents and kids to take a break from the fun for a bit! I really think that Zoe would rather spend her time dancing than getting candy!
There is also Sesame Street Countdown to Halloween which is a really fun show that plays only on Halloween Spooktacular days. This is a fun musical production about Halloween starring all of your favorite characters. It is a favorite part of Spooktacular in our family.
Check out the all-new Penelope’s Photacular where you can show off your most Halloween Spooktacular costume, and it might make a celebrity guest appearance before the Shamu Rocks show in a virtual costume parade! Located on the Bayside Trick-or-Treat Trail between Bayside Stadium and Wild Arctic this fun photo stop also includes some great SeaWorld Characters!!! The virtual costume parade before Shamu Rocks will start 30 minutes prior to the show, so make sure that you get to the stadium early so you don’t miss any of the fun.
While all of the above events are free, there are a few ways that you can enhance your day at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. The Count Von Count Spooktacular Breakfast at the Seafire Inn is a wonderful way to start your Spooktacular day!!! At this buffet breakfast you will get to meet your favorite Sesame Street characters and watch a show. You want to make sure that you get there at least 15 minutes early, because there is a special character who greets you, a 5×7 photo is included in the price of the buffet for your family as a keepsake! The cost for the Count Von Count Spooktacular Breakfast is $24.99 for ages 10 and up and $14.99 for children, and as always at SeaWorld Orlando Passholder discounts are available!
Also at Penelope’s Party Zone, there is a create your own apple and rice crispy treat stand. There are tons of topping and decorations for your edible masterpiece, and it is $5 ($4.50 for Passholders) which is a great value.
Along the Trick-or-Treat Trail there are also a lot of fun games that cost a little extra, but every player wins a prize so you really can’t go wrong! Zoe won a pink octopus that she is very proud of.
If you haven’t had the chance to experience Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld, what are you waiting for??? This is the last weekend so you better hurry!!!
Halloween is almost here! The pumpkins have been carved, candy is ready to be distributed, costumes are laid out and the kids are ready (us big kids too). What if you aren’t home for Halloween, but are fortunate enough to be at Walt Disney World for this awesome time of year? The first thought is of course to try to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (my favorite special event of the year) at the Magic Kingdom, but what if you’ve already done that or don’t feel like spending money for a ticket? I’ve got some suggestions of great things to do at resorts where you can have a ton of fun!
In the past I have visited both Downtown Disney and the Boardwalk to trick or treat on Halloween when I didn’t have a ticket to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This year Walt Disney World is mixing up their locations and offering some spooky activities for kids of all ages at select resorts for registered guests of those resorts. On October 30th, Bay Lake Tower and Disney’s Contemporary Resort will both offer a variety of games, arts and crafts and trick or treat trails! Fort Wilderness also gets in on the Halloween fun a day early even with a pet costume parade.
Halloween adds the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa to the list of resorts participating in the special activities. Each one offers their own spin on both individual and group activities, but all the resorts share one thing at the end of the night: Halloween themed movies! Tuesday night, Bay Lake Tower and the Contemporary will show Spooky Buddies at 8pm and Fort Wilderness will have The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad at 8:40pm followed by The Haunted Mansion. Wednesday BLT and the Contemporary will show Something Wicked This Way Comes at 8pm, Fort Wilderness will show Hocus Pocus at 8:40pm. The Grand Floridian and Polynesian will have The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad at 7:30pm followed by Hocus Pocus, and Wilderness Lodge will have Hocus Pocus at 8pm. Saratoga Springs will have a Spooky Viewer’s Choice movie at 8pm.
I would love to be able to take part in some of these crafts like Monster Masks, Monster Mickey Tie Dye, Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins Chalk Art, Pumpkin Decorating Contests, Creepy Crawly Crafts, and Decorate a Trick or Treat Tote. Also games like Ghoulish Guessing Contest, Totally to Die For Trivia, Spooky Scramble, Boo Bingo, and Disney Halloween Trivia sound like a blast! I really wish I was staying at one of these resorts next week so I could take advantage of all of these great offerings.
If you are a guest at any of these resorts I hope you enjoy these incredible sounding activities across the Walt Disney World resorts for Halloween. This is such a fun time of year to try out new special things to do at your resort that you maybe haven’t tried before. Please consult your resort activities guide or a recreation cast member for detailed descriptions, locations and times. Activities and times are subject to change without notice.
Also, feel free to visit our Facebook page to see some of our pictures from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year. Looking to get more for your Halloween fix? Check out some of our previous posts about MNSSHP here, here, and here.
OKTOBERFEST RETURNS TO MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN
Medieval Times is ready to get spooky…Medieval style!
While Medieval Times is a really fun way to spend an evening away from the parks, this Halloween they are kicking it up another notch with their Oktoberfest celebrations on October 27, 2012.
Florida residents are invited to cheer their favorite Knights, dine without utensils, and meet their heroes after the show at their first Medieval Times’ Masquerade and costume party! Come dressed as your favorite vixen or villain for your chance to celebrate Halloween (both pre and post show) and win Halloween themed prizes in some fun holiday contests. After the show, the masquerade continues in the castle with a DJ and raffle giveaways to lucky Oktoberfest attendees.
While it IS all fun and games at Medieval Times, there are a few rules! Oktoberfest attendees must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Oktoberfest event included with regular ticket purchase. Florida residents will enjoy a discounted ticket price of $33.95 as a part of our Florida Residents Savings special, valid now through Oct. 31st. For safety, please do not wear costumes that are obstructive or offensive. Toy weapons are not permitted.
We had the opportunity to go to the first weekend of Oktoberfest at Medieval Times, and it was an absolute blast!!! The Becks girls were there with all sorts of fun games, prizes, and great drink specials. The show itself has been revamped recently, and it really exciting! Zoe even got to be Queen of the Tournament for the Red and Yellow Knight!
If you are looking for a great way to celebrated Halloween with your family, Medieval Times Oktoberfest should be your top choice!!!
LEGOLAND Brick Or Treat Offers Kid Friendly Halloween Fun
Pirates, witches, Dracula and even Mr. Potato Head made appearances at LEGOLAND® Florida this weekend during its first kid-friendly Halloween celebration of LEGOLAND Brick or Treat presented by Wells Fargo. This month-long spooky, kooky event takes place on Saturdays in October from 10am-9pm and Sundays in October from 10am to 5pm.
During LEGOLAND Brick or Treat, presented by Wells Fargo, Miniland USA has been transformed into a fun, haunted scavenger hunt for the whole family with the invasion of LEGO® Monster Fighters and their enemies. With extended hours on Saturdays, Miniland USA gets a bit more spooky when the sun goes down and the fog rolls in on these LEGO® cities.
This thrilling family event also features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, a kids’ four category costume contest with brick-tastic prizes and a build your own Halloween themed LEGO® pumpkin model activity station. Only found at LEGOLAND Florida, families can also check out the world’s largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern made of 26,500 LEGO bricks and capture a great photo memory.
LEGO® Pumpkin Build: Build your own LEGO Pumpkin at the model activity station in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza
LEGO® Monster Fighters Haunted Scavenger Hunt: Help the LEGO Monster Fighters capture monsters haunting the cities of Miniland USA in this haunted scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy searching for these creatures found in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. With extended hours on Saturdays, Miniland USA gets a bit more spooky when the sun goes down and the fog rolls in on these LEGO cities.
Brick-or-Treat Trail: Trick-or-Treat along the Brick-or-Treat trail near the Pirates South Stadium for goodies, tasty treats and other fun surprises
Dance Party: Join us for our spooky Dance Party in the Haunted Miniland USA with a live DJ and dance games (Saturday only)
Kids Costume Contest: Show off your BOO-tiful costumes in the Kids Costume Contest in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza to win brick-tastic prizes like LEGO product and tickets to LEGOLAND Florida. Children may enter one of 4 specialized categories: Heroes & Villains, LEGO Monster Fighters, LEGO Themed, and most Creative.
This fun-filled Halloween celebration is made possible by our generous sponsors: Hurricane Grill & Wings®, LEGO ClubTM, LEGO® Monster Fighters, Old Navy®, PEPSICO®, Sam’s Club®, Sour Jacks, TECO® Energy, Webb’s Candy Shop, Wells Fargo® and Wendy’s®.
Along with LEGOLAND Brick or Treat, guests can still enjoy a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Brick-or-Treat is included with normal park admission – No upcharge for events. The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida for the best value is with the new LEGOLAND Florida Resident Pass. Pass members receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, as well as all other Merlin US attractions (LEGOLAND California & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madam Tussauds), free parking and 10% off food and merchandise with no black-out dates. A new monthly payment option of less than $10 per month is also available both at the front gate and online. The Monthly Payment Plan includes a down payment of $57.24 for and adult with monthly payment of $9.26 and $46.44 for child/senior with a monthly payment of only $7.51 (pre-tax).
For the most current information on LEGOLAND Florida special events, operating schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
When Shelley and I got invited to go back to Titanic the Experience and take part in one of their new Ghost tours we JUMPED at the chance. We had such an amazing time on the first tour that we knew we wanted to go back for another experience and we of course had to drag Shalon with us.
The Ghost Tour is different from the Experience Tour because while you go through the rooms and learn the history of the artifacts, the guides Joe Zimmer and Jac LeDoux delve a bit more into the folk lore of the pieces. The word of mouth rumors about premonitions and deaths that happened prior and things of that nature. They also talked about experiences that the guides themselves have had while working there. Before Titanic got their remodel they were housed over on the other side of International Drive in an area called The Mercado which has since been tore down. The Mercado was a very old set of buildings that was turned into shopping and dining and entertainment area. It has since been torn down but the guides all have memories and experiences to share.
So much of the Ghost Tour is a personal experience.You still get the boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger but this time the stories they tell about the people have a much more superstitious feel to them then the regular tour. It is all about how you feel when you look at the artifacts and if you feel as though there is a presence around you. We were told about a young girl named Katie who was one of the resident spirits in the exhibit. She likes to move artifacts and play around with the Tour Guides. And they also like to play with her. She has a doll that has been found all over the tour rooms and exhibit. She has been known to move mirrors and small items as such. Some of the guides will not play with her but some of them have just as much fun as they can with it. Hiding her doll in tall or obscure places, taunting her with toys and food and even asking her to move things for them to see if she will do it. It is a well known fact that she will play along with certain tour guides but not all of them.
While we were on our tour, we were lucky enough to have some Paranormal Experts with us experiencing the exhibit. One of them had a meter of sorts that read magnetic activity and when we were in certain rooms it would be going crazy and all the lights would be blowing up. One of the guides took a group of us back to the telegraph room and that is where they decided to try and talk to the spirits. Asking yes or no questions to the spirits green on the meter meaning yes and red on the meter meaning no. While I totally am a believer in spirits, I totally understand people who aren’t. Seeing the meter respond and feeling the chill in the air in spots and seeing artifacts that were enclosed in cases or units move, totally blew my mind. This isn’t magic, this isn’t a 3 cent show. This is the type of thing that really gets you to thinking and believing.
Titanic was a real event. With real people and real emotions. Seeing and hearing the stories and watching how the tour guides react totally make this a one of a kind experience. Seeing the other people on the tour react is another aspect of this tour.
Weekly Review September 17-21, 2012 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Week And More
Weekly Review time!!! This past week here at On the Go has been full of great stuff, and it has been a little different since we double posted with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party information about week!!!
Also, we added a new contributor, Beth, to the site! Welcome Aboard!!!
Now it’s time to look back at all that happened September 17-21!!!
The Winter Park Sip and Stroll is coming up on September 27th, and it will celebrate the city’s 125th Anniversary of Incorporation!
We started our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party coverage with Tip, Tricks, and Information. There is so much to do and see at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!!!
Then we looked at the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Merchandise with prices. These tend to go quickly, so if you are attending a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party you will want to definitely go in search of these items early!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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!!!
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook Page for tons of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pictures!
Today I thought it would be fun to share some of our videos from this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
See your favorite Disney Characters in a special Halloween Parade that steps off in Frontierland! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has my most favorite parade of all times! If you watch from Main Street USA, like we did for this video, you will also get to see the Creepa Crew and have a great view of the Headless Horseman!
The night sky lights up above Cinderella Castle with a Halloween fireworks spectacular. This is a DEFINITE Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party must do for any and everyone!!! Don’t forget to take in the 180 degree fireworks! Everybody scream!!!!!
Villains’ Dance Mix & Mingle
Your favorite Disney Villains take center stage in front of Cinderella Castle. If you love Hyperspace Hoopla, you are really going to enjoy this Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party favorite!
Also, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for tons of great Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party pictures!!!
The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise goes out promptly at 7:00pm, and is available at select locations while supplies last.
So with all this in mind if there is a certain piece of party exclusive merchandise that you would like to buy, you may want to head directly to one of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise locations shortly after the party starts.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise can be found at the following locations:
Emporium, Main Street U.S.A – Shirts and Pins
Uptown Jewelers, Main Street U.S.A – Pins Only
Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazar, Adventureland – Shirts and Pins
Frontier Trading Post, Frontierland – Pins Only
Heritage House, Liberty Square – Shirts and Pins
Fantasy Faire, Fantasyland – Shirts and Pins
Mickey’s Star Traders, Tomorrowland – Shirts and Pins
Once you get to the locations, you will find the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pins on racks near the registers and the shirts will be on fixtures that will be rolled out into the store. If you get to the locations early, Cast Members are more than happy to let you know where you will be able to find the merchandise later in the night.
This year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise continues last year’s trend of being more ‘spooky’ than fun, but it is nothing that is inappropriate for kids.
Also if you are a pin collector, you will want to know that you are limited to buying two pins per location. So if you are interested in buying all the pins, you may want to consider buying the set, either framed or boxed, since you will get around the buying limit and will receive a bonus pin that you can’t buy outside of the set.
UPDATED: All of the prices shown are without tax or discount of any kind.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012 – Tips, Tricks, and Info
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which is my most favorite party of the year at the Magic Kingdom, is now under way at the Magic Kingdom!
I love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party so much, because the Magic Kingdom is jam packed full of fun details, amazing entertainment, spectacular fireworks, and more importantly candy to celebrate Halloween! I am going to be sharing some of my favorite tips, tricks, and things to make sure that you do while you are at the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
The first thing that you are going to want to consider is when you want to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, because there are certain dates that tickets can be purchased at a reduced rate if they are purchased in advance.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be held on the following dates in 2012:
And here is the price breakdown by date for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
When arriving at the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, party admission and wrist banding begins around 6:00 pm on party days, you will be directed to use one side of security and turnstiles since you will be receiving a special wrist band from Magic Kingdom Cast Members in special costumes indicating that you are attending that night’s party.
After getting your wrist band, you are going to want to grab a Halloween Treat Bag, this year featuring Frankenweenie and Wreck It Ralph, and a map for the party. One thing that I always do is bring a large purse or backpack to the party, because you will want to bring a large Ziploc bag for each member of your party to put their candy in since the more room you have in your treat bag the more candy Cast Members typically give you!
Walking into the Magic Kingdom, you will notice that you will also be directed to one side of Main Street USA, since there will be a large group of guests leaving as you are arriving for the party. Also as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party begins you will be asked by Cast Members to show your armband since they will be trying to clear the park of non- party going guests.
We typically arrive before the party begins, so we like to take a look at the party map and look at all there is, what people are interested in doing during the party, and we grab a bite to eat since a lot of the quick service restaurants are closed during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
First things first, we hit the firehouse at 6:45 to get in line for our special Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom card for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Our friends over at SOTMK Blog have great information about this card and all sorts of Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom rumors and news!!!
This year we decided to break with tradition, and we hit several Trick or Treat Spots before watching the first Boo To You Parade.
Trick-or-Treat Locations can be found throughout the park, and are a really fun way to get into the Halloween spirit!
Next to Jungle Cruise where you’ll find some freaky tiki’s offering two treats!
In the Pirates of the Cairbbean queue you’ll find some candy booty!
Along the waterfront in front of the Liberty Square Riverboat, you’ll be taken to a New Orleans Halloween Celebration.
Before you can fly, hit the stop in Peter Pan’s Flight queue.
Visit Pinocchio’s Village Haus for a special treat from Werther’s.
The new & special stop at the Fantasyland Railroad Station is called the Casey Jr Candy Junction.
Speed on into the Tomorrowland Speedway for a tasty treat.
Near Space Mountain, there is an intergalactic treat from Kellog’s.
Beside Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress you will find a candy location sure to please anyone from any decade.
In addition to the Trick or Treat Spots there are two Trick-or-Treat Trails in the Magic Kingdom, which are themed and full of treats and special decorations for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Wonderland Curious Candy Way
For this treat trail you will want to enter from The Barnstormer in Storybook Circus, and follow the path full of decorations from Alice in Wonderland.
Br’er Rabit’s Laughing Place Candy Patch
Entering from the Splash Mountain queue, you follow this winding trail full of carved pumpkins and treats for a whole lot of candy & fun.
The Boo To You Parade, 8:15pm and 10:30pm, is by far my most absolute favorite part of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!!! This parade is amazing and you will find yourself singing it’s song for the many months to come!
The parade kicks off with a ride from the Headless Horseman along the parade route. And while he used togo a lot faster, this ride is definitely one you aren’t going to want to miss!
If you are watching the parade from Main Street you’ll be “Calling All The Monsters” in a Street Jam that takes place twice before the parade in front of the Art of Disney and at the Main Street Railroad Station. While this won’t be everyone’s favorite thing, if you are looking to avoid this Jam you will want to watch Boo To You from Frontierland.
Once the Boo To You parade kicks off, you will understand why I love this parade so much! It is full of characters from the movies, shorts, and parks dancing along to a fun soundtrack on special floats. The Haunted Mansion and Cowboy sections of this parade are my favorite. The parade starts next to Splash Mountain, and there are definite plusses and minuses to watching it from different locations, and my two favorite places to watch it from are near the Flag Pole on Main Street USA and the Shooting Gallery in Frontierland.
If you chose to watch Boo To You from Main Street USA near the flagpole, your pictures will have the castle in the background which is always a bonus. However, there are super bright parade lights on the top of the Confectionery that make shooting pictures and video difficult at times. Most people attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will line the streets of Main Street before heading to this section, and make sure you wait for the line to go out before claiming a spot.
Boo To You from the Shooting Gallery in Frontierland is also an excellent spot, because you have great lighting, planters to sit on if your feet are tired, and extra entertainment since there is time to kill from the events going on in Main Street USA. The downside is that since the parade starts in this direction, people tend to line up super early and you will need to stake out a spot for great viewing sacrificing some party time.
After watching the parade, we decided to ride The Haunted Mansion to take in the special features it has during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. During the party, The Haunted Mansion Cast Members are decked out in their spookiest attire and you’ll find one on the 999 Happy Haunts is out on the lawn talking to guests. You definitely do not want to miss this attraction!!!
If Dance Parties and Character Appearances are your thing, you won’t be disappointed during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
There are two Dance Parties that let you take a break and shake off the sugar, while dancing with some of your favorite characters.
Rock-It Out…Stitch’s Club 626 at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.
Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup in The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square.
And for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you will find that your favorite Characters are in their Halloween finest and mingling among the guests in addition to their normal meet and greet areas in the park.
Then it was time for the best fireworks… Happy Hallowishes!, which begins at 9:30pm. The night sky lights up around Cinderella Castle for this 180° fireworks extravaganza! You will want to make sure that you are watching these with a castle view. If you choose to watch Happy Hallowishes from the Hub area, you will feel immersed in the show! But if you go further back on Main Street USA, you won’t be as crowded in and will be able to better see the whole show. Either way, you can’t lose!
After some speed Trick-Or-Treating, we decided to hit the last show of the Villains’ Dance Mix & Mingle, 7:45pm, 8:50pm, 10:05pm, and 11:15pm, in front of Cinderella Castle. This high energy show features some of your favorite villains breaking it down and getting funky. It’s a lot of fun to watch!
And make sure that you take out those candy bags one last time before you exit the park, because outside the turnstiles there is one last Trick-Or-Treat location with Cast Members handing out Halloween Peeps.
And that was our night at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
It was an amazing night with amazing friends, and I hope that you will be able to use this information to make your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party a blast!!!
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Thanks for joining us this week at On the Go, and we can’t wait to bring you even more posts next week!!! We are going to be dedicating a lot of our posts to one of our favorite events at the Magic Kingdom…Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!!!