It was Thursday night October 4, 2012 and we had tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). If you know anything about weather and when we travel, it usually means it is going to rain. The Halloween Party is a "Hard Ticket" event at Disney world so once you buy it there is no option to exchange or return it for your money back. If the forecast is for a hurricane, then suit up and deal with it.
It was half way fun to see the castle with such a ominous backdrop to see the mood for the party. It started to rain just seconds after we took this picture. We then made a mad dash to the front of the park to wait for the Princesses. They meet with their princes and the parties are the only time you meet them together.
When we arrived at Town square we got in the "not a line" and waited our turn (Disney doesn't let you stand in line until a certain time, so a "not a line" forms). One great thing about this "not a line" is that it is full of other Disney nerds like us. To the average Disney guest it does not make much sense to get into a line at 6pm for a party that doesn't even start until 7pm. (Most don't even know that your party ticket gets you in the gates at 4pm. Welcome to the select group of Disney people that now know it does.) The reason we would wait an hour to meet them is because by 7pm the wait will be over an hour. I would rather spend our non party time in line.
The kids also made friends with the kids near by. They found kids that could carry a Disney conversation with them in this line. We got lots of good comments about our costume this year. We went with a Phineas and Ferb theme. Alden was Phineas, Samantha was Isabella, Clair as Perry, Doug as Dr. Doofenshmirtz, and I was Candice.
Sometimes my kids pose good and other times they don't...
Meeting "Face" characters is a little weird in your costumes because Rapunzel and Flynn will stay in their character so they will not know who Phineas and Ferb are. Every now and then one will break character and say something like "that is the cutest Perry I have ever seen" as you approach. The kids had fun educating the Princesses and Princes about Phineas and Ferb, eventhough you could tell some of them were big fans of the show. Clair got constant comments from Cast members about how cute she was.
A big hug for Snow from Perry.
The princes are special to meet, but it also makes it take twice as long because there is twice the conversation going on. That is another reason to get in this line before the party starts if you want to meet them.
We all had to pose with Cinderella & Prince Charming.
The whole crew with Mickey and Minnie in their costumes. We jumped in their line when we were done with the royalty in hopes it would stop raining when we were done. We had hoped wrong. Doug then went and got the Halloween Party edition of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card. They do a special card for the Halloween & Christmas Parties!
The rain was still coming down hard, so we went to the dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree building. The dance parties are one of the highlights for younger kids.
Isabella, Perry, and Jessie busting a move.
The kids love dancing with different characters. Here they are all doing a line dance with Bullseye right behind them. This is the only way to meet Bullseye. Just remember at dance parties, they don't pose for pictures or sign autographs, they just dance!
The rain was letting up some so we got some trick-or-treating in and some rides. There are basically no lines during the party as everyone is focused on the special events. We did manage to see the fireworks and the parade (delayed due to rain), and we ate lots of candy waiting for them to start. The candy is name brand candy, and you get lots of it! After the parade, we went on a few rides and got a little more candy.
We finally made it to meet the people we came as. I walked up and told Phineas & Ferb they were "BUSTED" and that made Phineas scared of me.
They acted like they didn't know where perry was until Alden finally spoke up and said "where's Perry?"
It is really fun to interact with the people you are dressed as. Clair enjoyed the continued compliments from the cast members, almost all the character handlers said it was the best they had seen. We must thank Doug's mom Sandy for the great work on the costume. She made the tail and Feet for Perry, and put it all together! THANKS!
The party ended at Midnight but we got a PhotoPass picture a little after midnight. The kids love the party. I would definitly say it is a lot more fun to dress up as a family. If you are an adult not dressed up you kinda feel out of place. Just remember to be a Disney character for the party and feel free to think outside the box. We did not see another whole family of Phineas and Ferb that night but I'm sure there were many over the course of two months of parties.