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Hi, I'm Whitney! I am a middle of the pack runner who discovered the fun of triathlons in 2009. Join me in my adventures in life and training. I run with the Rush Running team and enjoy the fun that comes with such a supportive group of friends who understand what running means to me. I'm newly discovering road biking and the fun that it entails.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's Not So Very Scary

Last week on vacation I took part in a Disney World Halloween Party...the Mickey's Not So Very Scary Halloween Party to be exact.  It was so fun to make Halloween memories with my sister and nephew.  What perfect timing since Blogtober Fest continues today with a focus on Halloween memories.  Halloween has always been a fun holiday to me but it was never something that I went all out for.  Growing up I remember that my mom made a lot of our costumes but beyond a pink clown costume and maybe a cat or bunny costume I don't remember much more about a specific Halloween. 

When we moved to the Midwest, I was very surprised to learn that Trick or Treating didn't happen on Halloween.  Instead, they had Beggar's Night which was a designated night for trick or treating.  I'm not sure of the origin but it was just something that we got used to. 
Getting the party started!

Back to this year, it felt a little weird to be planning out Halloween so early as we got ready for our Disney trip but it was a party that we were all excited to do.  My sister ordered some shirts for her and Gavin from Etsy....her shirt was a cute Snow White shirt and Gavin's was an Iron Man shirt.  I wasn't as creative and simply combined red shorts with a polka dot shirt and mouse ears to be a Minnie Mouse type costume. 

The park was closed to non-party guests at 7PM.  We got there around 5:00 and decided to split up prior to our dinner reservations at 6:30.  This allowed Lindsey and Gavin to play a sorcerers game throughout the park and I got to ride some of the rides that I hadn't gotten to ride yet.  We met up again for dinner and when we finished it was around 7:50.  The big parade started at 8:15 so I staked out a claim for us in front of a vendor cart which meant we wouldn't have to worry about any crowds behind us.  The spot was perfect and very close to the parade start so we were able to move on to rides quickly after the finish.

My favorite part of the parade was the Haunted Mansion section which included grave diggers and the waltzing ghosts that are my favorite part of the ride attraction. 

We took part in most of the trick or treat stops and had lots of fun seeing everyone dressed up in their costumes.  Both adults and kids were dressed up and it was so much fun to see the coordinated family costumes.  One of my favorites was the soda family that was all dressed as a different flavor of soda.  Sadly, I became that Pinterest person when I asked a couple if I could take their picture since her homemade Toy Story costume was so cute that I needed to share it with my sister and Pinterest. Check out my Pinterest page to see it!

The best parts of the party included hardly any lines at most of the rides.  I think the longest wait we had for a ride was around 10 minutes.  It was awesome!!! It was also unique to experience some of the rides in the dark.  Big Thunder Mountain was fun in the dark and Space Mountain was the most lit up that I have ever experienced from the outside lighting.  You could actually see the rollercoaster inside where it is normally pitch dark.  Still lots of fun and even better since you almost walked directly onto the rides!

The fireworks display was amazing too.  We were in Fantasyland during most of the fireworks and it felt as if you were surrounded by fireworks.  The finale was so great and it truly was an awesome fireworks display.  The park was also decked out for Halloween and included green, purple, and orange lighting accents and I loved the creepy voice hosting the party over the loud speakers.  Even Big Thunder Mountain was decked out with a spooky skull on it. 

Overall, it was so worth it to stay out late in the park and participate in the Halloween Party.  If you get a chance to visit Disney World in late September or October, check the schedule to see if the Halloween Party is available.  It's only on select nights and requires an additional ticket purchase but I think you'll find it to be fun and worth the ticket price!


  1. Looks like a fun trip. I was in CA last week visiting my sister and nephews. We did Lego Land!

  2. Fun! We went to DisneyWorld for our fall break a couple of years ago. We didn't do the "Not So Scary" party because my kids all are allergic to most candy and I didn't want to torture them! Looks so fun we might have to try it soon.

  3. LOVE! We've done Halloween and the Very Merry Christmas party too. I love late night Disney. Okay, I love Disney. I won't lie to protect my tough girl rep. I'm a princess. P to the R to the IN to the CESS. Princess.

  4. Looks fun! We lived in So California when my children were smaller and Knotts Berry Farm has Knotts Scary Farm. We went when it first started and it was a bit much for the littles but I hear it has become like a huge haunted house and not for anyone prone to nightmares.

  5. This looks like so much fun!!! I'm hoping someday to get The Shoe to WDW and do something like this!!

  6. Cool! I want to go to Disney!