In Walt Disney World, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing in the Magic Kingdom and, quite frankly, the special-ticket event is more fun than a barrel of goblins.
You get the idea things are a bit different as you walk up to the entrance of the Magic Kingdom and it’s decked out in all its Halloween finery, resplendent in pumpkins and straw.
Once inside, the familiar turn-of-the-century music that usually greets you in Town Square has been replaced by your eerily favorite Halloween tunes. Pumpkin-headed scarecrows abound in brightly colored displays.
As you stroll down Main Street, you notice all the light posts are decorated in their Halloween apointments, while twinkling jack-o-lanterns adorn terraces and windows and ghostly projections bounce off the buildings above.
There are trick-or-treat stations set up throughout the park, meet-and-greets with many costumed Disney characters, and the most popular attractions (including the Halloween-friendly Haunted Mansion) are open with little wait time.
But the highlights of the evening are Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and the spectacular Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular.
The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow fame kicks off the parade by galloping down Main Street. Once the floats begin their methodical trek down Main Street, the folks lining the curb can't seem to contain themselves. Indeed, the parade just gets better each year, with more characters (including all of your favorite villains) decked out in their Halloween finery.
The WDW pyrotechnics team ramps up the excitement during HalloWishes. It’s such an elaborate show that World Drive, which runs outside the park near Space Mountain, is closed to traffic so that extra fireworks canisters can be placed outside the park.
If you can, stay close to Cinderella Castle; the Halloween-themed projections bounced off the regal structure are pure magic.
Party dates remaining this year are: Sept. 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30; Oct. 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31; and Nov. 1.
Ticket prices range from $59.95 (10 and up) and $53.95 (ages 3-9) for all dates except Oct. 29 and 31, when prices are an additional $5.
For more information, go to www.disneyworld.com/halloween