Wednesday, October 12, 2016
As I mentioned in my last post I had a rainy but wonderful Disney vacation. I had planned to write about every day so I could create detailed blog posts, but I admit, I did not do that. I was usually too tired or I forgot. However, I had such a lovely time I have to share.
The first Disney event me friend Mel and I attended was on the very day our flight landed, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It requires a special ticket and is held after the park closes to those without the ticket.
We took a ferry boat over and were greeted by our captain making delightfully spooky announcements between the funeral dirges he was humming. The Magic Kingdom itself was filled with a rolling fog that led us past security and unto Main Street where pumpkins and fall leaves festooned the lampposts, shop windows and patches of grass around the main hub.
Aside from the fantastic feeling of being back after six years, it was amazing to see Main Street decked out for Halloween, hearing spooky music, and seeing all the imaginative costumes. Another awesome aspect of the party is trick or treating, and it’s not just for kids or people in costumes. If you bought a ticket and show up, cast members give you a treat bag that you can fill to the brim.
We also fund that many of the ride lines were practically nonexistent. We waited in line for maybe fifteen minutes for the newer Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Car. I loved that ride, the queue was wonderfully interactive and the ride itself was a lot of fun. I’m glad we were able to ride it that night because the wait times the rest of the week were extremely long, barring our way.
The ambiance in the park was awesome, low lights, fog, creepy music, Jack Skellington hanging around. We rode Pirates of the Caribbean and of course, The Haunted Mansion. We were excited to see the special fireworks, Hallowishes, the parade, and the Hocus Pocus Show, but we began to doubt that we’d get the chance
Why? It rained, which is normal for Florida, but this was a torrential downpour punctuated with lightning flashes and thunder. The treat stations were whisked away and the costumed characters sought shelter as the outdoors rides closed for safety. After seeking shelter in Tomorrowland, we noticed that The People Mover was still operating.
So, running through the rain we took a nice, peaceful trip on The People Mover. During the ride, it began to rain even harder, so cast members let us all take another ride. We began to wonder if we should call it quits and head back to the hotel to dry off. The storm seemed to have ended, but we assumed it was too late for any of the special Halloween events.
But we forgot one thing; we were in The Magic Kingdom and they take their parades, shows, and fireworks seriously. When we heard the music begin, we ran through the ankle deep puddles to the castle, just in time to see a condensed Hocus Pocus Show, The Boo To You Parade, and Hallowishes. All three were fantastic, so much so that we both had the parade song in our head the entire trip and I now believe that Disney fireworks may be the closest we mortals can get to Gandalf’s fireworks. (Maybe he works there?!)
So, we ended our first Disney day, tired, wet, but ecstatic to see what other adventures the trip would yield.