The always-popular Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has developed a following for featuring much of the same festive entertainment year after year. Its staples include the Boo To You parade, Happy HalloWishes fireworks show, and plenty of opportunities to grab candy.
Each year it’s interesting to see how Disney decides (or doesn’t decide) to update the event, sometimes making only subtle tweaks while on occasion giving pieces of the party an overhaul. The last time the Not-So-Scary event received a major update was a few years ago in the addition of Dr. Facilier to the Disney Villains stage show. Now for 2013, more new characters and some fancy special effects share the spotlight to give repeat visitors something new to look forward to.
In the spirit of keeping things fresh, here we take a “closer look” at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, almost exclusively through the use of zoom lenses. With so much of the evening’s entertainment seen from afar, this photo series offers an up-close view of the entertainment that offers more than meets the naked eye.
Mickey Mouse pumpkins illuminate Main Street USA while eerie lighting and fog effects create the mood throughout much of the rest of the park, from The Haunted Mansion to Fantasyland and beyond, all accompanied by spooky music.
Jack Skellington and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” steal the show in Town Square by giving a few Halloween scares to those who pose for pictures with them. The Monsters Inc duo of Mike and Sulley turn Tomorrowland into a “Scream Party” dancing the night away while other characters meet and greet throughout the park, some rarely seen like Tarzan.
Villains Mix and Mingle Stage Show
Those looking for more character fun will find it in the Villains Mix and Mingle stage show, enhanced this year with Cinderella Castle projections. This group comes down off the stage after their performance to meet with guests.
Boo To You Parade
But the biggest display of Disney characters can be found in the Boo To You Parade, featuring everyone from pirates to ghosts to chickens and even more Disney Villains. It’s essentially the same parade each year, but it’s a fan favorite that many wouldn’t want to see touched. Standing directly opposite Cinderella Castle while watching the parade offers an interesting background for photos as the characters pass by, including the Headless Horseman.
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks
The scream-filled fireworks show of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is also worth taking a closer look, with Cinderella Castle bathed in vibrant colors and designs accompanied by bursts behind.
Food and Merchandise
Naturally the Halloween party extends into purchases, from freebies to souvenirs to sweet treats – for those who feel the pounds of candy being handed out throughout the night just aren’t enough.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has formed its own traditions, keeping much of the entertainment the same for returning guests to look forward to. But the addition of Jack and Sally along with impressive new projections on Cinderella Castle, there’s just enough new entertainment to keep visitors surprised and excited while celebrating this only slightly spooky event.
More photos from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2013: