"Official" 2019 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - A Frightfully Festive Celebration

Cluelyss

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My kids are 9 and 5 and we’ve been going to MNSSHP the last 5 years, so I’ve spent more party time than I should admit on rides like Barnstormer, Dumbo, Little Mermaid, and (gasp!) IASW. My initial love/how we got hooked on MNSSHP was no to low ride wait times, plus the parade and fireworks and all.

While others may have different experiences, ours has been that those types of rides have mostly been walk ons or very short waits. You tend to hit some longer waits as you head up the ride scale to the mountains and such, plus things like the PoC overlay, and slow loaders like the Speedway.
Completely agree. I, too, have spent too much party time on those rides. We’ve walked on Barnstormer again and again. Also Dumbo and Little Mermaid. So yes, there are truly low wait times on those rides.

As far as characters, though, I don’t think you’ll find any that are “walk up” unfortunately. Even those that meet during the day (like the fab 5) will command longer waits due to their party attire. If your kiddos can hang all night, you may have luck with the Storybook characters toward the end of the evening. And those queues are open so one adult could take the kids trick or treating in the area while the adult adult waits, if they get too antsy. Have fun!!!
 

dachsie

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Feb 13, 2014
I had a similar post mid-party at our party #1 in mid Sept last year. Those that followed things last year will recall “oversold” was the raging topic for weeks once the parties started. I sort of tossed all the reports aside as just people complaining, but then I found myself there on the ground that night totally bummed with how things were going. It was crowded. I zigged when everyone else did too. Everything was packed - even TOT lines. The flow just wasn’t there. Was the bloom off the MNSSHP for us? I left with more questions than answers.

Fast forward a few weeks after that and we had a great party night. It all just clicked in a way party #1 didn’t, party #1 just felt way more crowded.

So, long story to say your post reminded me of my feelings after party #1 last year. I hope your evening improves.
I feel I really lucked out last year. I went 9/23 and 9/25 and both parties were manageable. Even rode 7DMT with only 20 min wait on 25th. I focused on characters on 23rd and left early because my feet hurt so bad. Focused on rides for the 25th and did really well
 

BadgerGirl84

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Nov 8, 2007
Starting to stress that we have done so little so far. The fun of these parties are long gone. Far too crowded. We got our fast passes done. Headed to HM and a couple of magic shots. Daughter insisted on Splash. Just spent an hour there. Decided to find a spot for the parade and here we sit. Hoping this will allow some late minute fun. Decided to stick back here for the fireworks too.
Oof. That doesn’t sound like a great start...I’m sorry.

I can’t believe it took an HOUR for your daughter to ride Splash during the party!

I just checked wait times on the app and they look high to me (as a person who has never been to the party before.) 50 minutes for 7DMT, 40 for pirates...
 
  • Retroecho

    circle skirts & pixie dust
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    Dec 22, 2017
    Hi friends!
    Wanted to give anyone who wants it a tip. We wanted to be up close to fireworks specifically to see Jack. So we chilled out on the wall to the left if you are looking at the castle. As far up as we could during the parade. Then as soon as the parade was over, we stood right at the corner of the ropes that mark off the handicap section. Basically right in the middle of the castle. I stood at the metal pole that connects both the ropes surrounding the handicap area, that way no one could stand in front of me (I’m short and have had many fireworks ruined by Mickey ears 😂). This was literally perfect unless the actual fireworks are #1 for you, vs the projection show.

    Then we skidaddled over to Frontierland to watch the second parade.
     

    rowval

    Earning My Ears
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    Feb 7, 2010
    A MNSSHP party ticket will technically allow FP booking all day long - the system isn’t smart enough to know when you technically have access to the park with that ticket that day. So, up to you to book FPs for when you can actually use them based on DVC blue card park 2pm park entry.
    Thanks!! So much for this info
     
  • lynzi2004

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    Feb 3, 2016
    We’ve never done MNSSHP before and are planning to go 9/20 for DDs 8th Birthday! We usually watch FoF parade just past Casey’s on Mainstreet. We’ve also seen it from Frontierland but really prefer the magic of the castle in the background. For the first parade, how early should I anticipate getting a seat? Our party consists of DH, myself, DD8, DS6 and DS18months. I’m thinking one of us could take the big kids ToTing or on a height restricted ride, while the other relaxes and people watches. Is 7:30 early enough you think? The kids really like rides, so I would prefer to knock out the parade first so that if the youngest falls asleep we can just cruise around the rides with short lines late in the night. Thanks!
     

    MyTwoPrincesses

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    Sep 1, 2009
    I'm also starting to think that getting a spot near the Hub where you can actually see the projections without binoculars isn't doable without a paid extra event, and may as well just get a good spot behind the castle in TO get a good view the fireworks at least-
    Here now and waiting for the second parade. I didn’t have tickets to a paid event... for a great spot in the hub. 0BD39CCD-527C-44EE-8D15-82236743088F.jpeg0BD39CCD-527C-44EE-8D15-82236743088F.jpeg
     

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    MyTwoPrincesses

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    Hi friends!
    Wanted to give anyone who wants it a tip. We wanted to be up close to fireworks specifically to see Jack. So we chilled out on the wall to the left if you are looking at the castle. As far up as we could during the parade. Then as soon as the parade was over, we stood right at the corner of the ropes that mark off the handicap section. Basically right in the middle of the castle. I stood at the metal pole that connects both the ropes surrounding the handicap area, that way no one could stand in front of me (I’m short and have had many fireworks ruined by Mickey ears 😂). This was literally perfect unless the actual fireworks are #1 for you, vs the projection show.

    Then we skidaddled over to Frontierland to watch the second parade.
    We did the exact same thing. Waited by the castle wall as the last float came by of the first parade, got a spot in the hub for fireworks, then went to Frontierland, rode BTMRR and now are waiting for the parade in front of Pecos bill.
     
  • BraveLittleToaster2

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    Feb 21, 2010
    I was there tonight!! I was bing bong and I was with Peter Pan, Darla from Nemo, Razoul from Aladdin and a computer error. 😂

    I found it busy!!! We got our must do's done. But this is what we got done once the party started at 7. (We did do some rides prior to 7)

    6:20pm we waited for Jafar and were second in line.
    7:05pm did the TOT spot at jungle cruise
    7:15pm We went over to get magic shot at haunted Mansion about 20 min wait.
    7:45pm TOT and ride overlay at Monsters Inc. The overlay was cute and we stayed a little while.
    8:10pm We noticed main Street filling up with people for parade spots. So headed to frontierland to get out spot.
    8:15pm Found parade spot in frontierland (lots of spots left, I'd reccomend 40 minutes)
    9:40pm Parade ended
    9:50 we were able to cut through to get back to hub before parade ended there and we're let through to cut across between two floats. I figured we'd have to wait but it was setup very nicely.
    9:55pm headless horseman magicshot (no wait since parade was still going on)

    We decided to walk back to our resort at BLT and watch fireworks from the observation area as my kids were really tired and my legs and back hurt really bad. I liked the fireworks, the music was a little underwhelming but overall it was a good show!
     

    TioAdis78

    Earning My Ears
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    Jul 27, 2019
    My kids are 9 and 5 and we’ve been going to MNSSHP the last 5 years, so I’ve spent more party time than I should admit on rides like Barnstormer, Dumbo, Little Mermaid, and (gasp!) IASW. My initial love/how we got hooked on MNSSHP was no to low ride wait times, plus the parade and fireworks and all.

    While others may have different experiences, ours has been that those types of rides have mostly been walk ons or very short waits.
    That's a relief to hear! I'm actually a Small World fan, and might even justify it by claiming it's creepy enough for Halloween!
     

    TioAdis78

    Earning My Ears
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    Jul 27, 2019
    Completely agree. I, too, have spent too much party time on those rides. We’ve walked on Barnstormer again and again. Also Dumbo and Little Mermaid. So yes, there are truly low wait times on those rides.

    As far as characters, though, I don’t think you’ll find any that are “walk up” unfortunately. Even those that meet during the day (like the fab 5) will command longer waits due to their party attire. If your kiddos can hang all night, you may have luck with the Storybook characters toward the end of the evening. And those queues are open so one adult could take the kids trick or treating in the area while the adult adult waits, if they get too antsy. Have fun!!!
    Sounds like a doable and reasonable strategy! I'll try and see if we can make it work, thanks!
     

    McNs

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    Aug 8, 2014
    Wow some of those character lines sound crazy! I shared them with the kids today and fortunately they both said no way they would spend that much time in line! We don't really have plans, definitely want to see the overlays on some of the rides as a priority, will see how we go for parades and fireworks but once again won't stake out a spot too far in advance. If it works it works, if it doesn't it doesn't.

    This will be our second MNSSHP (previous was 2017) we have also been to the MHP in Disneyland 4 times and are heading to the Oogie Boogie Bash at DCA this year.
     


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