Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2011
Sunday evening, I went back to the Magic Kingdom with the rest of the family for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Once again, the place was filled to the brim with people, but at least the crowds were thinning a bit as people who didn’t purchase tickets to the party were beginning to leave.
There were a lot of kids dressed up that night, but none of them held a candle to Laney in her Cave Girl costume.
She was a huge hit, especially while waited in line for the Jungle Cruise – everyone who passed us stopped to mention how cute she was, and they were not wrong at all.
She loved all the attention she was getting; on our JC boat, there was a little girl about 8 years old who was celebrating her birthday, so our “director” made us clap while he sang for her. But of course, Delaney’s face lit right up and broke into a huge smile – she knew we were really clapping for her.
After the Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean, we were all starved for dinner. I really wanted to try the Columbia Harbor House in Liberty Square because their sandwiches looked seriously good, but they were closed already. So we settled on Pecos Bill’s, where there was but one item on the menu that appealed to me in the slightest, the chilled chicken wrap. They didn’t list the ingredients, but I figured that meant it was a basic wrap with chicken and veggies. Unfortunately, there was also sour cream. Super-gross. I ended up throwing most of it out and making myself a ghetto salad from the fixings bar – shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and salsa as dressing. Worst meal of the vacation.
But the disappointment was quickly shoved aside when we hopped on Splash Mountain, then dried ourselves off on Thunder Mountain. Though the park was still pretty crowded, the lines were relatively small for the rides. Seemed like everyone was more interested in getting candy at the Trick-or-Treat stations set up all over.
Now, I like free candy as much as the next person, but if you’re in Disney World, why wouldn’t you want to enjoy it? They don’t even give out anything super special – it’s the same stuff you’d get on the real Halloween. I mean, we’re talking 20 minute lines for a handful of Tootsie Rolls while prime attractions are practically wait-free. People are whacked in the head.
Before we knew it, it was getting pretty late. Caitlin and Josh wanted to get Laney to bed and Kenny’s knee was starting to hurt, so the four of them headed back to the cabins. The rest of us had to snag our spot for “HalloWishes!”
I usually abhor fireworks shows, but this one uses all of my favorite Disney songs (incidentally, most of them are “villain” songs,) and I just get too into the Halloween spirit to hate it! We knew exactly where we wanted to be to get a view of the show – the Main Street Ice Cream Shoppe has some outdoor tables with a great view of the Castle. Plus, ice cream just a few feet away! (Steve’s treat. Thanks, Steve!!)
After the awesome display, we hit up Space Mountain, rounding out our MK Mountain Range Conquest for the night. (Next year, we go to Nepal and tackle the real Everest.) In the far corner of Tomorrowland, my pal Stitch was hosting a dance party, and Goofy, Chip, Dale, and the Queen of Hearts were all there as well! It was for little kids, but if I wasn’t so stupid-tired I would have jumped right in. I do not turn down a dance party.
The “Boo to You” parade was just about to begin, so we decided to check it out. I’d seen it 2 years ago, but couldn’t remember it for the life of me. I don’t know why I forgot, because even though I usually hate parades, this one was pretty awesome! If I was ever forced to work at WDW, I’d want to be one of these characters, especially one of the Haunted Mansion dancers. The make-up and costumes are so freaking cool. (The music gets annoying, though.)
When we were seated on the ferry back to Fort Wilderness, we saw a Smurf get on after us. Like, a fully grown man wearing naught but blue body paint, a white cap, and an adult diaper. As luck would have it, he sat right next to Steve. It was a photo op.