Sep 182013

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Q.  My husband and I are taking our 4 year old son for his first trip to the world in a few weeks and we will be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This will be the first time any of us have attended the party and we want to make sure we make the most of the party. Since this is my son’s first time to the World, I’m not sure what he is going to be most interested in, so making a good general plan for the party is hard. What tips or strategies can you suggest for first time party goers traveling with a preschooler? I know that my son will want to trick-or-treat (we are dressing up as Pongo, Perdita, and Patch) so treat trails will be a must-do for us, as well as the parade and fireworks. Thanks for all your help!  (Submitted by Janeen)

A.  Hi Janeen!

Wow!  Are you sure this is the first time you’re attending this party because it sounds like you really do have a good handle on it, which is great!

I would certainly suggest taking the early part of the day and relaxing, with a good long nap for the little guy. That way, hopefully, you can stay up and last throughout the party.  Also, I would suggest taking advantage of the fact that you can enter that park at 4 pm.  I would ride some of the attractions that the little guy would absolutely get a kick out of (like Dumbo and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and it’s a small world).

I would also suggest grabbing a quick bite, if you haven’t already done so, since most of the dining locations close when the party starts.  (Or well before it, like Columbia Harbour House.)

Once the party starts, you have the right idea with the treat trails.  There are two this year!  One is in Frontierland, near Splash Mountain.  The other is in Tomorrowland and makes it’s way back to Storybook Circus.  There are also other trick or treat locations found in Adventureland, by Pirates of the Caribbean and The Enchanted Tiki Room; Liberty Square by the Liberty Square Riverboat; Fantasyland by Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Village Haus, and Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus; and in Tomorrowland by the Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, and Stitch’s Great Escape.

Another thing to be on the lookout for are the Dance Parties.  These are so fun for little ones and there are two; one located in Tomorrowland (called the Monstrous Scream-o-ween Ball) at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, and the other in Frontierland at the Diamond Horseshoe (called Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup.)

You may also want to meet some of the Disney characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes.  It always makes for a fun photo opp.  Some of them are usually very busy, like Jack Skellington and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  However, you can always find some fun meet and greets that aren’t terribly long waits.  There are quite a few special ones that are out for the event.  (Like Tarzan and Jane).  These pics would be so cute with your family dressed as the 101 Dalmatians characters!

Finally, you have the right idea with catching the parades and the fireworks.  These are both two cannot miss pieces of the evening.

It sounds like you will have a wonderful time at the party!  Boo to You!


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  1. Thanks for answering my question! I wanted to follow up since we have now attended the party. Your advice was spot-on!!! We did sleep in that day and relax in the morning. In the late morning we headed to Downtown Disney and did a little bit of shopping and had lunch. That afternoon we all took naps and rested before heading to Magic Kingdom around 5pm. A quick dinner at Pecos Bills and several rides up until it was time for the first parade (WOW–which is amazing!) followed by the fireworks (double WOW–even more amazing!). We spent the whole party hitting every trick-or-treat station, riding rides and meeting a few characters. It turns out that our son was most interested in trick-or-treating and rides, which I can’t really blame his since EVERY ride was walk-on (never waited longer that 5 minutes for anything). We never made it to the dance parties (DS just didn’t seem interested), but we had a great time. Oh, and dressed as the Dalmatian family, we had a wonderful magical moment with Cruella De’Ville: While she was walking in the the parade, she spotted us and came over to us and started pulling on our costumes talking about how much she loved our fur and how she just wanted to rip it off. Ms. De’Ville was quite flirtatious with my hubby when she tickled him under his bearded chin and purred to him “mmmmm. I just love your scruffy fur”. My hubby still blushes when he retells the story. It was a fantastic interaction and a highlight of the trip. A memory that we still talk about weeks later and one I know we will NEVER forget! Thanks again for your help and advice.

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