Little has changed since last years party, only perhaps, the way we toured the park. We queued up to meet The Princes (!!!!) at 6:30. Since the party officially starts at 7:00 this will give you somewhat of an advantage in the meeting of these characters, but let me emphasize being there by 6:30. By 7:00 the line had swelled and the wait was probably upwards of an hour for the folks behind us. Yuck.
Snow and Prince Charming...
By the time we left the prince meet and greet (checking off five new characters...) the party was in full swing. Spooky lighting on Main Street, tons of wonderful costumes, and some pretty horrible 'contemporary-ish' Halloween music. All in all the atmosphere works really well in what Disney is trying to sell. The Magic Kingdom, just a bit spookier than normal.
Next on our agenda, we would focus on trick or treating and character meet and greets until Hallowishes started at 9:30. The candy and stations were all relatively the same, though we did notice a significant jump in the lines and general attendance for the party. Several cast members mentioned that there seems to be no rhyme or reason to how many people show up for the party, and that the previous party had been super quiet. Another welcome return was the Alice In Wonderland themed candy trail between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. That path is a welcome return in general, as I've been missing it since construction started. :)
I finally got to meet Philip!!!!!!!
Tarzan, Jane, and Turk in Adventureland. Jane was new for us...
We thought this was appropriate...
Though we enjoy the random characters quite a bit, the real highlight of the evening is special entertainment. Between Hallowishes, the Villains Mix and Mingle, and the Boo To You parade...this is one of the greatest nights of my year. The attention to detail in each of these show blows the standard Disney nighttime spectaculars out of the water. Plus, I can't get the theme songs out of my head, which is a good thing.
If you follow our basic plan for the party and trick or treat early in the evening, you should be able to knock out the three shows with relative ease. Hallowishes at 9:30, Mix and Mingle at 10:05, and Boo to You at 10:30. We had no problem getting a viewing area showing up ten minutes prior to each, and knew going in that we were committed to the shows for a good hour and a half.
A note on the Mix and Mingle. If there is a specific character that you want to meet, its worth asking a cast member prior to the show starting where they will be. This way you can align yourself to be towards the front of their queue. We asked, and were second in line for the Queen of Hearts. :)
Another silly/ridiculous/fun event at Not So Scary are the two dance parties. We had the unfortunate pleasure of visiting the Tomorrowland dance party last year, which wasn't to our liking at all. This year we decided to check out the Frontierland version, seeing that we had never met Bullseye. (whom Adam adores...)
Thank god we did! First of all, it's just fun to hang out in the Diamond Horseshoe. Plus the dance party was all but deserted, giving us plenty of one on one time to DANCE with Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye. Very silly.
sorry for the bad lighting...lots of crazy lights in there.
The emphasis of Not So Scary should never be rides, until perhaps the very END of the evening after you've accomplished all of the special offerings. We went on one attraction to close out our night, that we found very appropriate.
By the end of the night we had tons of candy, and had met at least ten new characters. This is absolutely one of the highlights of my year and I can't wait to go back again. If you're even remotely on the fence about going next year, just do it.
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