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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall in the Magic

The autumn months are a fun-filled & magical time to visit the Walt Disney World parks.  I am going to miss my annual October visit to the magic this year and I'm feeling pretty bummed about it.  Especially now that I am looking over all my photos from past trips.  We had so much fun over the years.  I think our first Halloween party in WDW was in 2003....and we were hooked.

In my mind I am plotting HOW...how can I sneak something in.....it just won't work no matter how I finagle options in my head.   I can't sneak away with my Disney buddy kids or without them.  My older daughter is now a freshman in high school and involved in too many things and AP classes (good for her - bad for me!) - she can't even miss a few days and my younger daughter is in sports & busy with her school life - so... my days of quickie last minute fall trips to the magic are done.  (That's a hard pill to swallow) But I love looking at the photos of the Magic Kingdom all decorated for fall even if it makes me envious of others that are able to pick up and leave and head to the world.   There is so much to see and do and with the extras that the months of September and October bring to the parks, it just makes it all the more special a time to visit.

Autumn is in the air  in central Florida beginning in September.  It''s still summery here in Illinois, but you can tell something special is brewing as you enter the Magic Kingdom during September and October!  Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns glow along the roof tops, the buildings are draped in orange and gold, and harvest leaves and fall floral details are placed in every little nook. During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parties, from dusk to dark Main Street glows with orange, violet, and green and later in the evening ghosts drift over the shops and sidewalks as villains voices haunt the air while festive music plays and puts everybody in a trick or treat fun mood.

The Wicked Step Mother and Step Sisters hold a meet and greet

The Villains Mix and Mingle in the Castle forecourt

The lighting on Main Sreet is fantastic
The Magic Kingdom hosts the spectacular Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party on 24 evenings during September and October.  These are phenomenal parties.  The parade and fireworks alone are worth the cost of admission.  You will see characters in their Halloween costumes - and rare characters come out to join in the fun, too -  throughout the Magic Kingdom are trick or treat stations lit up with huge glowing signs and ghosts floating overhead, special  shows at the castle and in Belle's story area, dance parties where characters jam to the festive the music with the crowd, the headless horseman racing through the parade route,  the most amazing fireworks display, and more!  Beware of hitchiking ghosts -   Disney knows how to throw a party & they may want to join in the spirit of the fun.   If you are a pin collector, Disney puts out special limited edition pins available only to guests attending these parties.  I have always also seen  other party only merchandise & souvenirs out for sale - and once the party ends, the items are placed in the back until the next party night.  You'll leave the Magic Kingdom with a bag of candy weighing you down and the mega catchy "It's not so very scary - Boo to you...." parade theme song resounding in your head.   Believe me...everybody but the headless horseman will be singing that song afterwards!  We came home with the party music CD a few years ago and that has become a standard in our house from mid September to Halloween.

Party Facts and Information

The event will be held from 7pm-12am September- November, 2010*

Order tickets online now or by calling (407) WDISNEY or (407) 934-7639. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

* Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
* Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
* Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villians in special Halloween costumes.
* Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, "Not-So-Scary" and is appropriate for children of all ages.

* Tuesday, September 14, 2010
* Saturday, September 18, 2010
* Tuesday, September 21, 2010
* Thursday, September 23, 2010
* Saturday, September 25, 2010
* Tuesday, September 28, 2010
* Thursday, September 30, 2010
* Friday, October 1, 2010
* Sunday, October 3, 2010
* Thursday, October 7, 2010
* Friday, October 8, 2010
* Monday, October 11, 2010
* Tuesday, October 12, 2010
* Thursday, October 14, 2010
* Sunday, October 17, 2010
* Tuesday, October 19, 2010
* Thursday, October 21, 2010
* Friday, October 22, 2010
* Sunday, October 24, 2010
* Tuesday, October 26, 2010
* Thursday, October 28, 2010
* Friday, October 29, 2010
* Sunday, October 31, 2010
* Monday, November 1, 2010

*Advance Purchase Price not available on 10/8, 10/22, 10/28, 10/29, 10/31. All other select nights, when purchased prior to the day of the event: $53.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $47.95 + tax (Ages 3 - 9); Day-Of Event Prices: $59.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $53.95 + tax (Ages 3 - 9); Premium Pricing (10/29, 10/31 ): $64.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $58.95 + tax (Ages 3 - 9)

Standard Magic Kingdom theme park admission tickets will not allow Guests to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. 

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