Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world collectively skipped Halloween in 2020. For those who like to visit Orlando during the spooky time of year, seeing Universal Orlando Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort shut down both Halloween Horror Nights and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was a harsh reality pill to swallow.
This year, however, ghosts and creatures have a much better chance at giving us the creeps.
Today, Universal Orlando Resort announced that Halloween Horror Nights would return from September 3 through to October 31. The special ticketed event is extremely popular for Halloween lovers alike, and its return will likely be highly coveted considering Universal Guests missed an entire year of Horror Nights in 2020.
Universal came out with the announcement by unleashing the theme of one of their houses, which is Beetlejuice. The Beetlejuice house has been at Horror Nights in the past (including a short daytime stint last year during regular park hours) and is a fan-favorite.
If you want a preview of the house, check out Halloween Horror Nights’ (@HorrorNightsORL) Twitter account below for a spooktacular video!
— Halloween Horror Nights (@HorrorNightsORL) March 5, 2021
Universal typically does not announce all of their Halloween Horror Nights houses all at once, so Guests can start speculating on what is to come!
Just like Horror Nights, MNSSHP did not occur last year, but Disney fans are truly hoping to see the Sanderson Sisters take over the Cinderella Castle stage and have “Boo to You” stuck in their heads for weeks this year. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is also a separately ticketed event where Guests can dress up in their Halloween costumes, collect candy throughout the park, meet your favorite characters, experience new shows and parades, and some rides have a fun Halloween overlay.
Now that Horror Nights has announced its return, all eyes are on Disney to see if they will announce MNSSHP. Although the two events are incredibly different, they do have some similarities.
If we are talking differences, Horror Nights’ main attractions are the haunted houses scattered throughout the parks. To get into the houses, Guests must line up, which is something that Universal Orlando can control through social distancing. Disney World’s event, however, is much more crowd-based with parades and shows being the main event, which is tougher to spread out.
That being said, Disney can still control capacity by selling fewer tickets to try and help eliminate bunching and place markers on the floor in the highly crowded areas to try and keep people as distanced as possible. Or, Disney could even use stationary or pop-up cavalcades, as they currently have been doing in the parks throughout the day.
The rest of the event is controlled by lines which is something the park is already doing well in terms of social distancing. That being said, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’s biggest draws are the entertainment, so to charge full ticket prices, Disney would likely need to figure out a way to provide that added draw.
Hopefully, with Universal announcing Halloween Horror Nights, Disney will start to think of ways that they can also bring their Halloween spectacular event back to Guests. At the moment, Disney had not made mention of the status of the event, but Inside the Magic will continue to bring you all the updates regarding Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Do you think that Disney will bring back MNNSHP to Magic Kingdom this year?
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