Tuesday the 18th of
October finally came and we could attend Mickey's Halloween Party. It was hard entering the park on an ECV as the
regular guest were leaving. They were
checking wristbands frequently as we traversed down Main Street U.S.A. for
As usual we were misguided
in thinking we could ride the rides with no waits. This was not true. Our first stop was for Alex. He wanted candy so we went through the very
long queue at Pirates. There were 3 treat
stations and a queue as long as it was when Captain Jack Sparrow was added to
Pirates. It took quite a while to get
through this line.
Next we went to Haunted Mansion which had a 30 minute line. We used my GAC because there was no way I
could stand for 30 minutes, and we ended up waiting about 10 minutes. Alex wanted to ride Winnie the Pooh next, so
we went ahead and did that with no wait and stopped at two treat stations with
minimal lines in Critter Country.
Frankly the crowds were
like those you would see on a summer holiday (4th of July) and that was a shock
to us. The character lines were horribly
long so we skipped everyone we saw. They
had Mickey and Minnie together on Big Thunder Trail and some spooky effects
going on back there. The boys rode Big
Thunder with just a 10 minute wait. Alex
and I went into the Big Thunder Barbecue treat queue which had three different
stations. Andy was taking pictures of
various things. Next we headed into
Fantasyland and I tried to get into the treat line but people were amazingly
rude and kept cutting me off. I sent the
boys in and I waited at the exit. That
was the end of our candy collecting. It
was our last night and we didn't want to take a bunch of candy home.
Peter Pan was over an hour
wait so we skipped it and headed toward Tomorrowland. I was ready to sit and wait for the parade
but Andy didn't want to do that. Being
on a scooter it is harder to save spots so I went with them toward Star Tours
with a stop at the bathroom. We were
stopped by a Cast Member doing a survey and boy did people put up a fuss when
we stopped! I thought I was grumpy
because of the crowds but these people were downright angry. The boys wanted to ride but I didn't so we
went our different ways. I went back to Main Street and got
a pretty good spot for the parade in the second row. Being in a scooter put me up higher than the
front row so it was perfect for me.
They boys rode Astro
Orbitor and then Andy found me and left me with the video camera so I could
tape the parade. They rode Star Tours
and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy during the parade. The parade is cute, but doesn't hold a candle
to the Boo to You Parade at Walt Disney World's Halloween Party. After the parade I moved about five feet to
wait for the Halloween Screams fireworks.
I met people from Utah
who where there for the first time with their two kids. Conversation was great, the older child was
adorable, and the wait seemed minimal thanks to this family.
Andy and Alex came about
ten minutes before fireworks. I had told
all the people around us they would be coming.
Alex was upset with the location because he knew we would not see the
whole Orb but the problem was I could not check the other side by myself
without losing the spot I DID have, so I stayed put, knowing we would have a
view and it would be fun, because this is the spot I had seen these fireworks
from the first time two years ago. With
our love of Halloween Screams we thoroughly enjoyed the fireworks.
Once done, Alex wanted to
ride Autopia and Andy wanted to do some taping.
We used my GAC because there was no way I could do the stairs that are
required there. They have it set up so
that you still end up waiting the same amount of time as if you had been in the
queue. Or it worked out that way for us
anyways. We had a rocky ride with Alex
driving, but it was fun. After our jaunt
in a miniature car we had one goal.
Storm Troupers. Alex was a Jedi
so we had to get a picture of him with those villains. The queue wasn't too bad and we waited in it,
knowing we would probably miss the second parade so Alex would not see it.
We ended up hitting Main Street just
seconds before the parade was going to be there, so Alex sat down and I parked
behind him. Andy was closer to Town Square for the
parade so we were not together. After
the parade we talked to the scarecrow, and Alex really enjoyed that. I wanted to do a dance party because Alex
loves them but dancing was not something I could do this trip. It was then that Andy sent me a text to let
me know that Perry the Platypus was at Plaza Gardens. Crowds had thinned after the second parade so
navigating our way over there wasn't as hard as it would have been
earlier. We grabbed our spot in the line
and both of my boys had their pictures with Perry. That was one of the highlights of our night.
Unfortunately just as the
crowds get manageable the time is getting late and the party is ending. I was just starting to have fun.
Once again we decided that
next time we would not ride the rides.
We say this every time, yet forget it the next year. Now I have it in writing so maybe we will
remember for next year.
My plea to Disney is a
hope that they will reduce the crowds and have more parties. This was a miserable experience before the
second parade. Treat lines were horribly
long, and moved slowly. Character lines
were over an hour long and ride lines were much longer than expected, around 30
minutes each for the more popular rides.
It is very hard to
recommend this party when I didn't start having fun until the end, but I think
we went about this party the wrong way.
I also have to remember that I was in a scooter so it made everything
Mickey's Halloween Party
was super crowded, so if you plan for the huge crowds you will be fine. Prepare yourself to wait for anything you
want to do and have fun! And make sure
you bring a camera. The decorations are
amazing. Huge Mickey Ghosts signify the
treat stations and there are decorations you can only see during the party. We never made it to the villains so I don't know who was out, but I do know there are villains that you can't see unless you attend the party. For these reasons I recommend Mickey's Halloween Party.
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