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Posted by: Guest on May 28, 2003 7:20 am/pm


It's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is arriving in the Magic Kingdom® Park and this year promised to be the best ever. How can we be so sure? First of all, it's going on for 10 (count 'em 10) big nights. And second of all, backstage preparation is already underway.

While this annual event is billed at not-so-scary, the task of totally transforming the Magic Kingdom in a mere three hours each night of the party can be a little scary to Disney's team of decorators. To make it happen, they start their planning in late spring and continue right up to dress rehearsal. "It's like dressing the Park up for Halloween," says David Hartmann, the Art Director for the event. "We try to think what makes sense for the land and the characters and Mickey's Mouse-ka-rade costume parade. "That's my favorite part because every year we make it better and better."

Dressing up the park is just a part of the story. This year will also feature special Halloween fireworks, family photos, face painting and storytellers. Of course, you'll also enjoy unlimited use of the most popular Magic Kingdomattractions and trick-or-treating throughout the Park. David told us to keep a look out for the giant Mickey pumpkins. "There's candy in all of them."

This year's event takes place from 7:00 p.m. until midnight on
October 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30 and 31. Regular advance tickets are $29.95 for ages 10 and up, and $24.95 for ages 3-9. Day-of ticket prices are $32.95 for ages 10 and up, and $27.95 for ages 3-9. Tax not included. For tickets, call (407) 560-PASS (7277).

Copyright 2003. THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

If you want to meet up with other Disney EchoEars going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, click here.

Posted by: FWFan on May 28, 2003 9:15 am/pm

We've been to the party for the past 2 years. It's a great way to see the MK without all the lines.

You'll definately want to catch the ride of the Headless Horseman. It's right before the parade which also a must see! I wouldn't bother with the steam boat ride. We waited for it the first time and were disappointed.  

One of the first things you should do is get your picture taken. It's a nice memento of the evening.

When are you going to see the World? We'll be there in October as well.  

Really the lines aren't all that long. You're pretty much able to walk on just about all of them. But I have heard that the party held on Halloween the lines were pretty long.

The first time we went our kids were 4 and 8 and they did really well.  

Most people leave either right before or after the parade but not exactly sure what time that was.

:ghostface:

Posted by: RichKoster on May 29, 2003 12:19 am/pm

Hey! Carol, Michael and I will be attending MNSSHP on Friday, October 3rd. It's the first time for all of us at that party.

Anybody else going to that one?
:confused:

Posted by: klwally on May 29, 2003 10:05 am/pm

I'm probably going on October 10th. That is my son's birthday - I think that will be a fun time to go! :D

I would suggest as soon as you know when you want to get them to order them:

2003 Prices:
Advance Sale: Adult - $31.90 -- Children (3-9) - $26.58.
($3 shipping and handling fee)

To purchase tickets call (407) W-DISNEY (934-7639).

No Disney Club or Annual Passholder discounts available.

Last year the advance price was $2 less per ticket, and you also are assured a ticket, some nights sell out (usually closer to Halloween)


Also, 3 years ago we went on Halloween Night, and it was very cool to see all the costumes, however, by the time of the first parade it was PACKED!!!! I'm glad we're going earlier this year, I'm hoping it won't be so crowded.

Posted by: RichKoster on May 29, 2003 12:10 am/pm

I'm glad we're going earlier, too. We'll be at the very first night of the parties being offered this year.

Yup! We've ordered our tickets, but they haven't arrived in the mail yet. We only ordered a day or two ago, and the CM on the phone said at that time that all of the MNNSHP and MVMCP tickets are still available - - as of then none had sold out yet. But I agree that if anyone is thinking about it, they better get their tickets soon because a lot of the nights of these events do sell out every year.

Posted by: Guest on May 30, 2003 7:49 am/pm

We have two choices for attending the party. Sunday October 5th or Friday October 10th. I would think that the one on the 5th would not be as crowded? What would be good thing to do the day of attending the party and also the next day? We have thought about doing Animal Kingdom the day of and then a water park the day after. Any thoughts? :ghostface:
Posted by: RichKoster on May 30, 2003 5:24 am/pm

My guess (just a hunch) is that the Sunday one would not be as crowded as the Friday one.
:rolleyes:

Sounds like a good plan for what to do those days. Of course, you could even go to the Magic Kingdom the day of the party - - When you show them your tickets for MNNSHP when entering in the daytime with your park passport, I've heard they'll direct you where to go to get a wristband that will let you stay in the Magic Kingdom at the end of the day when they are shooing out all the other Guests. That would beat having to line up outside the gates for entry to MNNSHP, in my opinion.

The day after you'll probably want to sleep late, especially if you stay until the party closes late into the night. So a water park that day sounds great.

Posted by: Camping Cat on June 03, 2003 12:10 am/pm



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When you show them your tickets for MNNSHP when entering in the daytime with your park passport, I've heard they'll direct you where to go to get a wristband that will let you stay in the Magic Kingdom at the end of the day when they are shooing out all the other Guests. That would beat having to line up outside the gates for entry to MNNSHP, in my opinion.
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I don't know about that.  One of my most Magical memories of MVMCP was while waiting in line for the gates to open.  The CMs had us all take part in a rousing version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Each line took one of the Days but since there were only 6 lines, each line had to do double duty.  One CM kept running back and forth, pointing at your line when it was your turn.  Unless these CMs were the best actors in the world, they seemed to be having the time of their lives.....as much, or more, fun than we were having.  I'll always cherish this memory.  I can imagine that they might do some sort of seasonal entertainment for the Halloween Party also.

A note to remember if you won't already be in MK before the Party.....If the Halloween Party is anything like MVMCP, the gates open at least a half hour before the stated times, so be there early to get a jump start on the evening.

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on June 04, 2003 2:27 am/pm

All this reading about Mickey's Halloween party is making me want to go  :cry:

I would love to plan a trip for early October - or the end of September into October!  I've been trying to come up with a plan to tell DH :suspect: .

See, he doesn't like Disney too much :Oo: (yes, you read correct).  We just got back on May 18th, so as far as he's concerned, were good for a year.

Do the kids/adults get to dress up in costume?

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on June 04, 2003 9:34 am/pm

Well, I gave it a shot tonight! While clearing the dinner table I said "Oh, by the way, the tickets are on sale for MNSSHP".

His reply?....."Go for it".  Now, when he says this, he means that I can go....without him :unhappy: .  I'd seriously think about it, but with a 4 yr old and 9 month old....I don't think so.

Won't stop me from trying though ;)

Posted by: RichKoster on June 04, 2003 11:21 am/pm



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Do the kids/adults get to dress up in costume?
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Yoo Hoo, Beth!

They don't have to, but if the adults want to they are certainly welcome to dress up in costume. There are a few restrictions for safety that everyone is supposed to follow, though, but otherwise go for it!

Posted by: rlt431 on June 09, 2003 8:55 am/pm

Will my 4 year old be scared at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?  Should I make reservations for this or not?
Posted by: RichKoster on June 09, 2003 9:18 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, rlt431!

Has he/she been out at night with you last year at age 3 to go trick-or-treating? I would think it will go fine, but you know your child best. Remember, the party is "not so scary"...
:)

Posted by: rlt431 on June 09, 2003 9:25 am/pm

Thanks for your response.  I thought about
"Not So Scary".  Think I will go ahead and see if I can get reservations.  May be sold out.

Posted by: Kingdom Konsultant on June 09, 2003 5:17 am/pm

I took my daughter when she was 5 and she was fine.  It's a wonderful party!  Make sure that you pack the costumes!
Posted by: Disney1stTimer on June 09, 2003 5:21 am/pm

I just purchased tickets today for this for my 4 & 6 year old girls.

I read a nice blurb about it here:

< http://wdwig.com/mnssh.htm >

which sold me on going !

Greg

Posted by: rlt431 on June 10, 2003 8:09 am/pm

Thanks everyone.  I made my reservations yesterday for the party.  We will be there only for Oct. 3 and they still had tickets.  Appreciate all responses.  :grin:
Posted by: RichKoster on June 11, 2003 2:06 am/pm



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Thanks everyone.  I made my reservations yesterday for the party.  We will be there only for Oct. 3 and they still had tickets.  Appreciate all responses.  :grin:
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Maybe we'll see you there! Carol, Michael and I will be at the Oct. 3rd MNNSHP, too. We'll be staying at the Polynesian for that trip. Give us a call at the Poly and ask for us - - the switchboard should connect you and you can leave a message on the Disney messaging service.
:)

Posted by: rlt431 on June 11, 2003 8:00 am/pm

Rich:  Thanks for your response.  We will be at the Poly too Sept. 27-Oct. 4.  Saw a room opening yesterday for Lagoon Concierge so called Disney Travel and changed from a garden room to the Lagoon Concierge.  I hope I made the right decision paying $100 more a night.  Money wise shouldn't be going to DW at all, but couldn't pass up this deal.  Looking forward to the MNNSHP. Glad I made reservations.

Look us up at the Poly under Susan Thompson.  What dates will you and your family be there? :flag2:

Posted by: LaurenS on June 11, 2003 10:53 am/pm

We will be staying at the Polynesian and going to the Oct 3rd MNSSHP too! I talked to DH last night and suggested that we dress up from Peter Pan:

DH - Capt. Hook  :pirate:
me - Wendy
DS - Peter Pan
DD - Tinkerbell

See you there!

Posted by: LaurenS on June 11, 2003 11:20 am/pm

We are planning on going to a Friday MNSSHP. I'd like to plan a more restful day, since we are usually get up early and go to bed early. How does this sound?

breakfast at 'Ohana about 8:30
visit a waterpark until early afternoon
rest back at the Poly
dinner at 1900 Park Faire (we will have some non-MNSSHP people w/ us)
MNSSHP

What do you plan for your MNSSHP day?

Posted by: RichKoster on June 11, 2003 4:28 am/pm



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Rich:  Thanks for your response.  We will be at the Poly too Sept. 27-Oct. 4.  Saw a room opening yesterday for Lagoon Concierge so called Disney Travel and changed from a garden room to the Lagoon Concierge.  I hope I made the right decision paying $100 more a night.  Money wise shouldn't be going to DW at all, but couldn't pass up this deal.  Looking forward to the MNNSHP. Glad I made reservations.

Look us up at the Poly under Susan Thompson.  What dates will you and your family be there? :flag2:

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Yoo Hoo, rlt431 & LaurenS!

We arrive on October 2nd and I've requested the same room as before, or if not that hopefully the third floor of Fiji facing the marina. I leave Saturday, Oct. 4 (I have to be back at the TV station I work for because that night we have election coverage they need me for) but Carol and Michael will check out on Sunday, the 5th.

Look for us and we'll look for you, too! If you personalize your phone in the room, people can ask for your room by name and leave a message ( or actually talk to you if you're in the room - what a concept! )
:)

Posted by: RichKoster on June 11, 2003 4:56 am/pm

On Oct. 3 we'll already be in the Magic Kingdom before it closes to non-MNSSHP guests and we've got dinner reservations for the Libery Tree Tavern so we'll actually stay right there in the MK waiting for the party to start!
Posted by: LaurenS on June 11, 2003 10:40 am/pm

I thought about doing LTT, but we will have my parents with us for dinner. They volunteered to take DS(1) back to the Poly and let us "older kids" enjoy MNSSHP.
Posted by: cmfairygodmother on June 12, 2003 9:36 am/pm

That sounds like a great day!!
Posted by: Valkgal on July 01, 2003 4:51 am/pm

:crazy: I ordered my tix!  We're going October 16.  Anybody else going then?

Our trip is October 15-22.  Anybody else staying at Ft. Wilderness then?

Posted by: Disney1stTimer on July 01, 2003 9:27 am/pm

I got my tickets as well!    We're attending the Oct 19th event  :) !

Greg

Posted by: nickyplumb on July 02, 2003 10:40 am/pm

My family is also going but we are going Oct. 30th.  I figured it had to be better than the 31st.  We thought we would go to MK during the Morning, go to the Hotel in the afternoon, eat dinner at the hotel and go back at night.  If I wasnt going to have a 17 month old baby with me I might have stayed all day.
Posted by: Valkgal on July 02, 2003 11:16 am/pm

Are any adults here dressing up?  If so, what as?  I'm CONSIDERING Pocahontas and my DH as John Smith, and my daughter wants to be Cinderella.  The boys are considering Woody and Buzz.
Posted by: RichKoster on July 02, 2003 12:01 am/pm

My son will be Michael the Archangel (not a Disney Character...yet) ;)

I've been thinking about it but haven't come up with anything yet and might just be myself. My wife Carol says she hasn't thought about dressing up for the party.

Posted by: WhatsaPooh on July 02, 2003 1:00 am/pm



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I got my tickets as well!    We're attending the Oct 19th event  :) !

Greg

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I've ordered our tix for the 19th also! :bigsmile:  We've been to the MVMCP in Dec. 2001- the opening night was very crowded.  Hope the MNSSHP is a little more manageable.
Posted by: Guest on July 03, 2003 1:15 am/pm

I will be attending MNSSHP on October 3.  I cannot wait!  I have never had the chance to attend any of the holiday events before, so I am really looking forward to it.  I am going with my cousin and her family and every year when we take our kids trick or treating together we say we should dress up, but we never actually do, so this might be the incentive we need!

disgal

Posted by: Valkgal on July 03, 2003 1:22 am/pm

You should dress up!  How much fun!  Especially for the picture by Cinderella's carriage.  Heck, even my dullard, not getting into the spirit of things husband is considering dressing up (or, rather, was, until my 3 year old said Daddy should go as Daisy Duck...).  Do it!  Dress up!  How fun!    :ghostface:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 03, 2003 1:35 am/pm

Where will you be staying, disgal? We'll be at the Polynesian, hopefully in our favorite room in Fiji, and going to that Oct. 3rd MNNSHP just like you.

As I wrote before, Michael will be dressed as Michael the Archangel, minus the wings (he thinks they make him look to "girly").
:)

So look for 2 adults and one almost-8 year old when you're there... Michael will have a shield and if they let him a plastic sword, too.

Carol and I haven't decided if we'll dress up or what we'll wear if we do.

Posted by: RichKoster on July 03, 2003 1:44 am/pm

I've moved this topic to the WDW area instead of the Fort Wilderness area. Sorry I didn't put it where it belongs earlier!
:blush:

Posted by: Guest on July 04, 2003 1:28 am/pm

Rich,
 We will be at the Wilderness Lodge!  We are a large group of 15 and (my cousin and I) are trying to get everyone to dress up, so we should be hard to miss!  She was thinking "theme" costumes, but our husbands haven't quite agreed yet.  They are thinking more like "pirate".  Kind-of fits the Disney thing, yet still "manly".  I told mine if he wants to dress up like Johnny Depp I would certainly be ok with that! LOL

disgal

Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 12:19 am/pm

Rules for wearing costumes at MNSSHP

I emailed WDW with the following question:

Yoo Hoo!

We (wife Carol, 7 1/2-year-old son Michael, and me) have tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for October 3rd. My son wants to wear a commercially-bought (at a Christian bookstore) Michael the Archangel costume, which would be a plastic breastplate, plastic armor hat which doesn't go in front of the face, and plastic sword. Are there any costume restrictions for MNNSHP that we should know about? I've seen plastic swords for sale in the shop outside Pirates of the Caribbean, so I *think* y'all are okay with plastic swords (obviously toy fakes) at the party, but I wanted to make sure.

Also, is it okay for us parents to dress up, too?

Thanks in advance for responding to my questions. You guys are the best!

-Rich Koster
I'm a Disney EchoEar at < http://DisneyEcho.emuck.com >


...and got this reply...

Dear Rich,

Thank you for contacting WALT DISNEY WORLD!

We encourage our guests, especially children, to wear costumes to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!  As you select your costume for this event, please keep the following guidelines in mind.

Costumes must not:

Obstruct your vision
                             
Hinder your ability to board our attractions or  transportation.

Drag on the ground.

Contain sharp or pointed objects that may injure other guests.

Contain any part, prop or accessory that might be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Be offensive to other guests.

We thank you for adhering to these guidelines.  We hope that you and your family have a safe and magical evening!  

If you have questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact us.

Please include your full name, E-Mail address, and reservation number if applicable on all correspondence.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Bear Ferguson

Online Guest Service
WALT DISNEY WORLD Reservations
P O Box 10,100
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0100

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 13, 2003 5:20 am/pm

If you're thinking at all about going to MNSSHP, you'd better get your tickets...NOW!! We've had ours since May and they are selling out fast. NoRmally we don't go on Oct 31, ....usually around the 10th or the 17th, and it's still crowded! But, this year, we're attending with friends and it's their son's 10th birthday, so the 31st it is. Would you believe that the LTT is sold out for dinner? Yup! We usually go to the MK around 4 p.m. in costume and have dinner at the Crystal Palace, but we can't make ressie's until Sept 1. This year we wanted the LTT.... So, it looks like we'll be doing the Crystal Palace  again this year, unless we can get dinner ressies in the castle! LOL! That would be soooo neat! If nothing else, do go early and get your picture taken right away as the lines do fill up. Last year we ate at Tony's and went directly to Small World. As there was no one else around yet, we sailed around it for 5 times! Then, as that's one of the places to have your pic taken, we did that as soon as they were finished setting up! The park doesn't ease up at any time, even after 9 p.m., and, if anything it gets more packed, so you better get there early. Also, don't forget that there are 2 parades, so if you miss the first one, go for the second one! This is definitely a *DO NOT MISS*! There is lots of trick-or-treating and the kids really have a blast with this one Uh, DH and I are both 57 and always wear a costume, but it's not necessary. You should see the looks and interactions of the characters when we go for dinner all dressed up...we love those character meals! :flag2:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 5:25 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Maggie!

We'll be at MNSSHP on Friday, October 3rd and we have 5:45 pm PS for the Liberty Tree Tavern.
:tounge:

Since we'll be arriving at the MK sometime before the party starts (not sure how early we'll get there, but our PS is before the party, that's for sure), how early do they hand out the party wristbands and where's the best place to get them?
:help:

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 13, 2003 6:19 am/pm

Way to go! That's a great day and time. What they've usually done when we do it that way, is to ask if we have tickets for MNSSHP, as I think they don't let people in after a certain time. Then, of course, we do, and they give us our wristband right there on the spot. If you go earlier and they don't give you the wristband, go to *Guest Services* and I'm sure they'll give it to you there. Have a great time! This is one of the better days to go and the food at LTT is wonderful. I hope you're going in costume as you'll really have some fun with the charactyers and will be able to get some great photos! Oh! Last year my hubby went as Zorro and carried a plastic sword, so I don't think you'll have a problem in that department. The year before he was a *monster* and scared poor Eyore half to death....I had to soothe him and Pooh with hugs and reassurances that we loved them both. :pirate:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 6:33 am/pm

I should go as Johnny Depp.
:pirate:

Thanks for the advice!

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 13, 2003 6:43 am/pm

Yes! Go for it! You'll be glad you did! :minnie:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 7:05 am/pm



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Yes! Go for it! You'll be glad you did! :minnie:
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:pirate: I think I've got his moves down, especially if I have a few Tiki drinks before the party. :wwww:

Posted by: ClaireUK on July 14, 2003 8:13 am/pm

Hi Folks,

Just a quick question, are all the MK restaurants open during MNSSHP and what times do the parades usually run?

Thankyou

Claire :hearts:

Posted by: Jenntasia on July 14, 2003 8:35 am/pm

We attended MNSSHP last year and there were quite a few people but it was tooo crowded. My daughter dressed as Mulan (she got very hot wearing a black wig) We had a great time. Radio Disney was there and they were playing a lot of games with the kids. Don't forget to get your picture taken it's free and it's nice to get something in the mail after you get home to remind you of your trip.

I saw a lot of adults who were dressed up. I wanted to but hubby was a stick in the mud  :angry: The cutest children that I saw was a trio who were dressed as Buzz, Woody & Jessie they were adorable :)  

I hope everyone who goes this year has a great time! Get a spot early if you plan on watching the parade!


Jenn in Jax
9 days until we reach the Poly  :bigsmile:

Posted by: IBelieve on July 14, 2003 10:07 am/pm

We're going Friday, Oct 24th--got our tickets in our hands!  Anyone else going then?  

I'd also like to find out when the parade times are--hopefully, someone will be able to fill us in!

Posted by: RichKoster on July 14, 2003 10:18 am/pm



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Hi Folks,

Just a quick question, are all the MK restaurants open during MNSSHP and what times do the parades usually run?

Thankyou

Claire :hearts:
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Yoo Hoo, Claire!

This year will be my first MNSSHP but I hope others who have already experienced it will have the answers to your questions. I'd like to know, too!

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 14, 2003 1:44 am/pm

All the restaurants in the MK are open, but, if you want the LTT, you'd better call now! Some nights are already sold out. We like the Crystal Palace around 5 and it is usually close to empty at that time, so it works for us. This year we're thinking about having dinner in the castle instead, but I can't even call until Aug 31 for that one! The parades usually run at 8 and 10, but check the schedule on the Disney site to be sure. You know Disney....they can change anything! It should be up in early September. :minnie:
Posted by: ClaireUK on July 14, 2003 2:48 am/pm

Thanks for the info, is LTT Liberty Tree Tavern?.  If so I thought it was a 60 day out call time.  Our trip is not until October 2004 so I'm just getting any info I can at the moment.

Thanks again,

Claire  :hearts:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 14, 2003 3:10 am/pm

Normally the LTT (Liberty Tree Tavern) in the Magic Kingdom, like all other Magic Kingdom restaurants, has a 60 day time period for when you can make a PS (Priority Seating "reservation").

Apparently when I called to buy the tickets for the October 3rd MNNSHP (Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party) they went ahead and took my PS for dinner that night - - apparently that is an exception to the rule, when you're going to be at one of those special event nighttime parties.

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 14, 2003 3:37 am/pm

Normally we don't even make a p.s. for this until September, but, I was told that this year, LTT is a *designated* restaurant for MNSSHP...whatever that means! I think they said they extended it to 120 days this year.The other thing we usully don't do is go on Oct 31....Halloween! We're doing it this year because our friends little boy has his birthday on that date. LOL! But, in a way, you're absolutely right, Rich! They won't make p.s.'s for an MK restaurant after 5 because they ask everyone to leave at 6. So, if you've got a ticket to MNSSHP, they will make it. Then, when you go through the turnstyle they will ask for your party ticket as well as your pass. What we like is the fact that, while everyone who doesn't have a ticket to the party is being ushered out of the park, we're eating and relaxing. Then, around 7 they start letting people in. By that time we've done the Small World about 4 or 5 times while they set up the photo booth, so we're one of the first in line for that!
By the way, Jenn....I went as Mulan last year! It was easy for me, though, because I already have black hair. I also had a pair of black satin p.j.'s, so all I had to do was make a top with some pretty rayon material I had some extra of, and added a turquoise sash from some old material!  :flag2:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 14, 2003 3:47 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Maggie!

That sounds like a great costume, but I don't think I'd look good in it.
:laugh:

So, what happens to people who have entered the Magic Kingdom earlier that day and get the wristbands, but don't have PS for LTT? Are they instructed to go to a certain part of the Magic Kingdom to wait for the official start of the party, or do they not have to leave if they've gotten their wristband when entering earlier in the day?

Also, is there any special party room for Annual Passholders during MNSSHP? Someone had written that there was a special AP area during MNSSHP in a message on r.a.d.p.
:help:

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 15, 2003 11:48 am/pm

Depending on how early you enter the MK, say after 4 p.m., you'll be asked if you have tickets to MNSSHP. If you do, they'll advise you of the hours, then sometime around 6 p.m. when everyone else is being ushered out of the park, you'll be ushered to another area. Last year people were being asked to go into Fantasyland. As for the special AP  lounges, they did have them last year and were very nice. They were indoors, one being on the 3rd floor in Epcot, with free sodas and snacks. However, from what I've heard, they've been discontinued. It' s a shame, too, as they were very nice. :minnie:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 15, 2003 12:48 am/pm

No, I didn't mean the AP lounges at the various parks that have since been discontinued. Is there a special AP lounge at the MK only during MNSSHP? That's the impression I got from reading someone else's post about last year's party.
:confused:

Posted by: tinofan on July 24, 2003 8:47 am/pm

My family had a great time at the party.  The decorations are fantastic!  It was fun to see how Main Street was transformed.  We loved the large pumpkin balloon out front.  We could see it from the Polynesian and it was so exciting!
DEFINATELY get your pic taken!
Some lines we still long, but most went quick.  Haunted Mansion was fun!

We wish were there!

:)

Posted by: BriansPyxie on Sep. 09, 2003 1:54 am/pm

I have a question, and it concerns some second-hand information, so here goes:

My husbands parents are taking us to WDW in October.  All expenses paid..I know, how cool is that!   :buttrock:
Anyway, my mother-in-law just purchased our MNSSHP tickets yesterday and was told that this year only 18 and under may wear costumes.
Now, I know of a few adults, on other lists, who are planning on wearing costumes...so I'm wondering if this information is accurate.  It seems like if it were true it would be posted somewhere.  Anyway, just thought I'd ask before resorting to calling WDW and asking myself.

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 09, 2003 3:59 am/pm

No, that is not correct. I posted here a few weeks ago the email I got when I asked Disney this very question. I'll search for it now and then repost it after I find it.
Posted by: garada3 on Sep. 09, 2003 4:01 am/pm

Your post had me concerned so I called Disney.

The CM on the phone said the adults were not allowed to wear scary costumes, no mask what so ever or face paint or Disney costumes.

She said that adults (not CM's) that were in Disney costumes were being mistaken for Disney characters and Disney doesn't want that as they can't control the interaction.  

She said that adults with costumes breaking these rules would not be allowed in.

Can someone else call and double check this info?

Thanks!

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 09, 2003 4:06 am/pm

No need to call. Here's the email info (reposted from above in this thread) that Disney sent me just a few weeks ago about this:

Rules for wearing costumes at MNSSHP

I emailed WDW with the following question:

Yoo Hoo!

We (wife Carol, 7 1/2-year-old son Michael, and me) have tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for October 3rd. My son wants to wear a commercially-bought (at a Christian bookstore) Michael the Archangel costume, which would be a plastic breastplate, plastic armor hat which doesn't go in front of the face, and plastic sword. Are there any costume restrictions for MNNSHP that we should know about? I've seen plastic swords for sale in the shop outside Pirates of the Caribbean, so I *think* y'all are okay with plastic swords (obviously toy fakes) at the party, but I wanted to make sure.

Also, is it okay for us parents to dress up, too?

Thanks in advance for responding to my questions. You guys are the best!

-Rich Koster
I'm a Disney EchoEar at < http://DisneyEcho.emuck.com >


...and got this reply...

Dear Rich,

Thank you for contacting WALT DISNEY WORLD!

We encourage our guests, especially children, to wear costumes to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!  As you select your costume for this event, please keep the following guidelines in mind.

Costumes must not:

Obstruct your vision
                             
Hinder your ability to board our attractions or  transportation.

Drag on the ground.

Contain sharp or pointed objects that may injure other guests.

Contain any part, prop or accessory that might be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Be offensive to other guests.

We thank you for adhering to these guidelines.  We hope that you and your family have a safe and magical evening!  

If you have questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact us.

Please include your full name, E-Mail address, and reservation number if applicable on all correspondence.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Bear Ferguson

Online Guest Service
WALT DISNEY WORLD Reservations
P O Box 10,100
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0100

Posted by: garada3 on Sep. 09, 2003 4:22 am/pm

Those are the same rules that came with my tickets to MNSSHP but the rules do not say anything about Adults not being allowed to wear Disney costumes.

I specifically asked the cm on the phone if my DH could be Donald Duck - NO!  Can I be Daisy Duck - NO!

I will call again and see what response I get.

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 09, 2003 4:24 am/pm

Okay, thanks for calling them again.
Posted by: garada3 on Sep. 09, 2003 5:09 am/pm

I called again and at first the CM said just no masks.  I explained what I had read on the web about adults not being allowed to wear Disney costumes, the CM put me on hold.

When the CM returned, she said adults are NOT allowed to wear Disney costumes as they might be mistaken by other guests to be actual CM's.

I explained that no where on my ticket info and the guidelins included with the tickets does it say that adults are not allowed to wear Disney costumes.  I explained that I had been working on our costumes for months and have spent money on them.  She said that I could get my money back on the MNSSHP tickets if I wanted.

I suggested that the need to put this "guidline" about no Adults in Disney costumes on the list with the other guidelines!  :angry:

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 09, 2003 5:13 am/pm

Oh, well... there goes my plan to be Captain Jack Sparrow for a night.
:depp: <-X

Thanks for filling us in about this! They must have changed their mind about the rules very recently, because it wasn't all that long ago that nothing like that was mentioned from Disney (as you saw in my post above).

Posted by: BriansPyxie on Sep. 09, 2003 6:25 am/pm

Well, darn it......there goes my idea of my family all dressing as characters from sleeping beauty.  Thanks for all the info...and to Rich for moving my post.  I tried to find this thread, but must have over looked it.   :uhoh:
Posted by: garada3 on Sep. 09, 2003 9:46 am/pm

But now I have talked to another person who spoke with a CM about Disney costumes.  That CM said it was fine as long as no masks.

Any suggstions on how to clarify this?  We all seem to be getting different answers.

I have seen pictures of people in Disney costumes at past MNSSHP.

I will be upset if I follow the rules, get to MNSSHP and see other adults in Disney costumes.

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 09, 2003 10:44 am/pm



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Any suggstions on how to clarify this?  We all seem to be getting different answers.
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This sounds like a job for the Polynesian concierge staff!
:hula:  :eyebrow:

Anybody staying concierge at the Poly for MNSSHP who wouldn't mind asking about this?
:rolleyes:

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 09, 2003 10:51 am/pm

This doesn't answer the question at hand, but it is more information about MNSSHP that I found from Disney:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Expands to 10 Family-Friendly Nights of Magic Kingdom Fun

Each October, Magic Kingdom plays host to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, an after-hours celebration of family-friendly frights filled with special spooky entertainment and trick-or-treating for guests of all ages.

In 2003, the popular event has expanded by three dates for a total of 10 not-so-frightful nights -- Oct. 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30 and 31. Each date includes themed trick-or-treat locations throughout the park, unique entertainment including fireworks and a Halloween-themed parade, a complimentary family photo, unlimited use of popular Magic Kingdom attractions, plus much more!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight and requires separate park admission. Advance tickets are $29.95 plus tax for ages 10 and up, $24.95 plus tax for ages 3-9. Same-day tickets are $32.95 plus tax for ages 10 and up, $27.95 plus tax for ages 3-9. Children under 3 are admitted at no additional charge.

For more information, call 407-934-7639 or visit < disneyworld.com >.

Copyright 2003: The Walt Disney Company.

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 09, 2003 11:06 am/pm





Halloween Legend -- With jack-o-lantern head aloft, the Headless Horseman stampedes down Main Street, U.S.A., nightly during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. Joining this ghostly rider are favorite Disney characters trick or treating around the Magic Kingdom dressed in Halloween costumes of their own. The popular event features 10 nights of family-friendly fun from 7 p.m. to midnight at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with special Halloween-themed entertainment including a parade, trick-or-treat locations and fireworks on Oct. 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30 and 31. For more information, call 407-934-7639.



Trick or Treat! Complete with a Halloween costume of her own, Minnie welcomes some young princesses to the party.



Did somebody say party?!? Minnie, Donald, and Mickey are ready for trick-or-treaters of all ages to come along and join them in the fun.



Halloween Fun The young and young-at-heart all enjoy the fun at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

All images Copyright 2003, The Walt Disney Company.

Posted by: WDWfreak on Sep. 23, 2003 2:39 am/pm

We were originally going to be leaving WDW on Sunday so we were going to MNSSHP on Friday, Oct. 3.  I had to adjust my trip by a day and now we are leaving on Monday the 6th, so I opted for MNSSHP on the 5th, as I figured a Sunday would be less crowded than a Friday night.  Anyway, I like Rich's idea of eating at Liberty Tree Tavern, but have a question for anyone who has previously been.  Forgive me if this has already been asked/answered before!  

If we make our PS's for around 5:30 and then are already in the park by the time the party starts, will we miss anything special by not coming through the front gates at the start of the party?  I know we can get wrist bands when we go in for our PS and don't have to worry about that, but I'm concerned my son will miss out on some trick or treating or special characters or whatever may be there.  

Any info anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 23, 2003 10:52 am/pm



Trick or Treat
Donald Duck meets up with fellow trick-or-treaters as the rest of the Disney gang welcome trick-or-treaters of all ages to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. The popular after-hours event features 10 nights of family-friendly fun from 7 p.m. to midnight at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with special Halloween-themed entertainment including a parade, trick-or-treat locations, fireworks and unlimited use of popular attractions on Oct. 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30 and 31.




ROARRR!!!
Mickey tries to remember it is called Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party when he's startled by a trick-or-treater dressed as Beast.




Trick or Treat Toddler
Mickey explains to a young trick-or-treater that it really is not-so-scare at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

All Images Copyright 2003, The Walt Disney Company.

Posted by: SOUTHERNDISNUT on Oct. 24, 2003 11:19 am/pm

THANKS FOR ALL OF THE INFO. FOR MNSSHP!  I DON'T KNOW WHO IS MORE EXCITIED, MOM OR OUR 3 1/2 YR OLD.  SHE'S NOT ABLE TO GRASP THE TIME FRAME; SO WE MADE A PAPER CHAIN REPRESENTING ALL OF THE DAYS REMAINING BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR "MICKEY'S HOUSE" (52 DAYS AGO) WE ARE DOWN TO ONE MORE LINK THAT TIES INTO MICKEY'S FACE AND HAND WITH PIXIE DUST!!!  I'LL HAVE "TOO" MUCH INFO.
WHEN WE GET BACK!  ANYONE ATTENDING HALLOWEEN NIGHT?  
:hula:

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