No sooner did I disembark the Disney Dream, I made a pit stop, put air in my tires, and headed over the Walt Disney World to play as Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom before changing into our costumes and joining in our second Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Last year! I went as “Princess Ariel in Recession” (a 50’s Diner Waitress), a last minute decision turned into a fun-filled evening. With my brain still on cruise mode, I wasn’t prepared for autumn to show up while I was in The Bahamas.
Disney Bounding: Star Wars Rebel Alliance X-Wing Pilot (“Red Leader”) achieved by pairing my orange Express mini skirt with my up-cycled “Born to Rebel” raglan, my knee-high work boots and running sunglasses. Also, Kim to the rescue with her white cardigan. Normally, I refuse to wear heels at the parks with the amount of walking and standing around involved, but my costume didn’t look right without them (plus, they helped keep my legs warm).
There is no better way to kick off MNSSH, than to hit up the Haunted Mansion. I do love the renovated graveyard, but as I usually hit this ride up during the day time, I’ve never really experienced it at night. Of course, when the sun goes down, HM has a brand new aura about it, and I love it.
As an Annual Pass Holder (APH), I’ve hit up the rides in the park plenty of times. With special events like these, I prefer to focus on the perks of attendance: free stuff (yay, for Trick or Treating), character greetings, special opportunities (wandering around in costume), and limited edition items (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom trading cards* ). My friends, Kim & Jason also enjoy this, so attending the parks with them is simple. We’re all on the same, there isn’t a large contingency of us, and we’re all easy to please.
I love the Disney parades, and the “Boo-To-You!” is a fun twist on standard character costuming and releasing the lesser seen, darker side of Disney. Catching sight of the Headless Horseman, as he rode past, truly gave me the feeling that Halloween had arrived. Florida’s distinct lack of stereotypical autumn, often makes it difficult to appreciate the season in its full glory. As long as I can remember, the Haunted Mansion’s waltzing ghosts have always been my favorite spectres in the HM, so seeing them wind their way down Main Street USA, made me smile. I disliked their occasional “Thriller” inspired movements, as I’ve always imagined them to forever be elegant. I’ll need to invest in a proper camera in the future as my iPhone cannot seem to properly capture anything in low-light/night.
As the night wound down and 1AM rapidly approached, we made our way to the main gates, where we happened up the queue for a photo with Jack & Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. As these characters are quite elusive, we dragged our tired, frozen bones into the line. Sally asked me if I was a mad scientist, and I said, “a little crazy maybe, but definitely not angry.” She smiled and wished me “a horrible day.” Jack was rather fabulous and exceptionally animated in his gestures. As I am scheduled to work on Halloween, I am glad that I could not only celebrate the holiday, but share it with friends.
*Special Edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Trading Cards: Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Bag of Tricks (2012) & The Haunted Mansion’s Happy Haunting Grounds (2013)