Florida on a Tankful: Treats of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

By Scott Fais, Feature Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:07 AM EDT

"The purples and the greens and the oranges, looks completely different from other times of the year," said Grandmother Julie McHugh just after the sunset.

Here, the Jack O'Lanterns are lit, there's selfies to get, as this annual Halloween party is a hit with those near and far.

Sienna McHugh from Tampa dressed up as a unicorn to join her grandmother, Julie, who came dressed as a walking spider web, to celebrate fall in the Magic Kingdom.

"We made the trip over, we're spending the night and we're going to stay up as late as we like!" Julie said of their evening at Walt Disney World.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park is a tradition for her family.

"Traditions are very important for families," Julie said. "I think it is very special to be able to do the same thing and sort of bring back memories of what you did the year before."

On Main Street USA, visitors line the streets, awaiting the moment when the famed Headless Horseman rides down the street to kick off Mickey's Boo To You Halloween Parade.

"He's a man riding a horse without a head," Julie explained, recalling memories of the parade from years past. "He opens the parade every year and it's just really exciting, and everyone loves to see it."

The music teacher and her family joined others to grab candy and other sweet treats.

"It's all about trick or treating, character meeting and most importantly, desert eating!" said Brogan Haynes with Walt Disney World.

Taste buds of all sizes will find a dozen new treats this year.

"It's a chocolate tart, filled with different mousse, and buttercreams," Brogan said.

Plus, there's a fresh spin on an old favorite.

"This is a pumpkin spice Mickey Waffle with vanilla ice cream whip cream, caramel sauce," Brogan said while holding a plate with a new take on the famous Mickey waffle.  The fist-sized waffles have long been an anticipated part of breakfast at resort hotels across Walt Disney World.

There’s also cupcakes with a surprise purple filling that’s so good, it's scary.

"Honestly, that may be the best thing I have ever tasted," Scott Fais said after one bite.

Rides across the park are open, along with special entertainment and fireworks are also highlights of the party after dark.

Sienna's mother, Joy, who came dressed in a fortune teller costume, offers this prediction to anyone attending the party.

"Your fortune is... you're going to have a fabulous, fabulous evening!" Joy said.

Know Before You Go:
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticked event. Get tickets here. The party is offered on select nights through Nov. 1. Find a calendar here.  The party begins at 7 p.m., but party guests often are allowed into the Magic Kingdom an hour or more earlier.

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