LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — With 20 spooktacular party nights scheduled, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a one-of-a-kind Halloween bash that immerses guests in the fantasy of Magic Kingdom — and it’s bigger than ever in 2007.
The lightly frightful fun for the whole family begins at 7 p.m. (after regular park operating hours) and continues until midnight. Separate admission is required.
Each date features trick-or-treating throughout the park and the Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular “Happy HalloWishes.” The event also showcases the newly expanded “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.” Guests, who are welcome to attend wearing Halloween costumes, can also experience some of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions.
Guests looking for ghostly tricks during the party are in for a very special treat — a newly refurbished Haunted Mansion attraction has re-opened its gates just in time for the fall season. The supernatural classic has received an “Extreme Mansion Makeover” including: new show scenes, enhanced sound and visual effects and even a few ghoulish surprises.
Guests can save $7 per ticket for all event nights except Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 18, 25, 26 and 31 by purchasing tickets in advance, by calling 407/W-DISNEY or visiting disneyworld.com/halloween. Advance tickets are $38.95 plus tax for ages 10 and above, $32.95 plus tax for ages 3-9. Children under 3 are admitted at no charge. Day-of tickets and tickets for the Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 18, 25, 26 and 31 event nights are $45.95 plus tax for ages 10 and above, and $39.95 plus tax for ages 3-9. Entertainment is subject to change without notice.
TOIL & TROUBLE: Cruella De Vil (left) the villain who coveted coats in Disney’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” and The Wicked Queen (right) the jealous temptress from Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” conjure some frightful fun in front of The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Just in time for Halloween 2007, the classic Walt Disney World attraction has been refurbished with new show scenes, enhanced sound and new visual effects. Some fun facts about Cruella and The Queen: both are on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of “Top 100 Heroes and Villains” of All-Time (Cruella comes in at #39 and the Queen is ranked #10) — and, Cruella placed #14 on the 2005 “Forbes Fictional 15″ list — the magazine’s annual, lighthearted rankings of fictional characters’ financial net worth — with a “Forbes”-estimated fortune of $1 billion. (Gene Duncan, photographer)
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU — The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is home to 999 happy haunts, several of which “reside” in the graveyard outside the eerie gothic manor in the park’s Liberty Square area. Amusing epitaphs adorn each tombstone and pay homage to the apparitions. In reality, the names featured on the tombstones are actually those of the attraction’s original designers and developers. Madame Leota is featured on the newest tombstone in the yard, and her tombstone features a little Disney magic — Leota’s haunting eyes open and close and her sculpted face slowly rises as guests file past.
HOUSE BOO-TIFUL — “Grim grinning” guests of the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion will find ghouls and ghosts of every shape and size. Rumor has it there are 999 Happy Haunts in the mansion, but there’s always room for one more. Any volunteers?