Note: Spoopy is a word for fun and spooky combined. I like it.
On Tuesday 9th October I returned to the Magic Kingdom after 7 years!
As it’s Fall season there are a lot of Halloween events going on in Disney and Universal Studios and our arrival group wanted to do something in our first week to start off our program. Universal Horror Nights are like a magnified version of Thorpe Park Fright Nights and I’m not sure I’m brave enough for that just yet! We all decided to do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party instead so we could go to Magic Kingdom before our Traditions class on Thursday. I hadn’t expected to go so early on after arriving in Florida so I was so so excited to finally go back and see it decorated for Fall.
We had a couple of housing meetings during the day then Elin and I rushed home to get ready before meeting Roma and Chloe and getting the bus over to Magic Kingdom. We got off at the Contemporary Resort (the one that the monorail goes through and the one I remember most vividly as a child), but the heavens opened and it poured it down as we were getting off the bus. Usually, Floridian rain is really heavy for 5 minutes or so then the sun is back out. This rain did not want to stop. We looked around the shop inside the hotel, bought matching Halloween Minnie ears and Mickey pumpkin light-up necklaces (of course), then got the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom entrance. The rain had still not let up by this point but luckily I was prepared with my Pack-A-Mac (I promise I’m cool, really). It couldn’t ruin my excitement to see the castle for the first time!
As we walked round the corner to the bottom of Main Street USA, I grabbed Chloe and we had a little cry together. I felt so emotional at being back in my favourite place in the whole world (again, will be doing a post on this another time). The rain finally stopped, we took some photos in front of the castle and met the rest of our group at Cosmic Ray’s. We rode Haunted Mansion first while we waited for the Halloween event to start and everybody who didn’t have a ticket for the event left the park. As we queued I had a good chance to admire all the costumes people were wearing. On a normal day you aren’t allowed to dress up to enter the park but because it was a Halloween party, pretty much everyone was! People had gone to so much effort and it was really fun seeing everyone’s ideas. A lot of people did family/ group costumes like Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, etc. One little boy was dressed as Baymax from Big Hero 6 (amazing) and I couldn’t resist going up to do him to do the first-bump thing… ba la la la laaaa (YouTube it).
Cast Members were handing out Trick or Treat bags and there were stations all around the park where they would give out handfuls of candy. I mean, huge handfuls. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t have any dinner that evening, I just snacked on the free sweets!
We then rode Space Mountain. For the Halloween party, they had turned all the lights off and I cannot explain how insane it was!!! I hadn’t drunk enough water all day so my head was ready to explode when I got off… but it was amazing. After that, Elin, Roma and I queued to meet Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet. A lot of the characters were wearing special Halloween outfits for the party! A boy in front of us was dressed as Christopher Robin and I nearly cried at how sweet it was watching him hug the characters and have his photo taken. Cruella de Vil was also wandering around so we had a selfie with her, then headed to The Seven Dwarves’ Mine Train. This was being built last time I was there so I couldn’t wait to ride it! It didn’t disappoint. The mine with all the diamonds in was beautiful.
As the first parade of the evening started, the queue for Thunder Mountain was only 5 minutes so we couldn’t miss it! We rode at the back which is always the best place to sit and it was so much fun in the dark! The Pirates of the Caribbean ride also had a live actor in it especially for the Halloween party so we did that too. Hilarious.
It was time to watch the fireworks. This was one of the parts I was most looking forward to. If you’ve ever been to Disney you will know how special they are! They put on a separate show for the event and, unsurprisingly, it was superb and I cried the whole way though, even though it was a fun Halloween theme! We sat down for the Boo to You! parade which was also amazing… again it was all specially Halloween themed for the party. I recommend you YouTube the song! Actually, don’t, it will be in your head for days.
We ended the evening by watching the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show in front of the castle. As the name suggests, it was based around the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus with a special appearance from Oogie Boogie himself! So so good.
I was absolutely exhausted. I had walked over 55000 steps that day and it was a good thing I was with Emma and Elin on the bus home as I fell asleep almost as soon as I sat down! We got home at 2am… it was weird just getting in when everyone in the UK was getting up for work!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was fantastic. I’m so glad I got to go as I’ve only ever been to Disney World in the summer when there are no seasonal events on. I still feel so lucky to be here and I can’t believe that this is my life for the next year! Have I said that already??