It may not seem like it, but we have less than a month to go before Halloween descends upon the Magic Kingdom and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to the park. While there's always something new to experience at Disney's annual events, it looks like substantial changes are coming to this annual favorite, some of which may be a little controversial among long-time fans of the event.
Although guests can take heart knowing signature parts of the event will still be in place (like the Boo to You parade and the essential Happy HalloWishes fireworks show), a number of new elements are being introduced this year, one of which might be more than a little disappointing for some fans. But before we get to the new additions for 2015, let's first talk about an unexpected cancellation that was just confirmed yesterday...
1. The Villains Sinister Soiree upcharge event will not return in 2015
Last year, Disney turned heads when it introduced a $99 upcharge event for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Though this premium event’s high price was quite controversial at first (especially since admission to the event was not included), guests who paid for this unique experience were treated to desserts and drinks inside Cinderella Castle (which is quite the experience all by itself), special musical entertainment from Lady Tremaine (you can check out some highlights here), personal meet and greets with other villains, reserved seating for the Boo to You parade, and a limited edition souvenir to take home. Though the price was admittedly steep, guest reviews of this experience were overwhelmingly positive, with many attendees saying this event was well worth the added cost and that they looked forward to experiencing it again in the future.
However, it looks like those hoping to hang out with Lady Tremaine inside Cinderella Castle again this year will be disappointed as it was confirmed just yesterday that this upcharge event has been cancelled for 2015. This is not only disappointing to those who had hoped to attend the event again, but also for those who missed out on the event last year (the event sold out in days, with many who missed their opportunity pinning their hopes on this 2015's event). Sadly, it looks like not only was this popular event discontinued, but it was replaced by something that is quite different (and we don't mean that in a good way...)
2. Happy HalloWishes Dessert premium package debuts
Disney has announced an all-new upcharge event for 2015’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and the good news is that this new event is much less expensive than the Villains’ Sinister Soiree. However, it also resembles a certain other event at the Magic Kingdom, which may make it a bit less of a value than the event that preceded it.
Costing $69 per adult ($39 for kids), guests who purchase the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package will be treated to reserved viewing for the Boo-To-You parade, followed by a private dessert party on the Tomorrowland Terrace, where they can enjoy Halloween-inspired sweet treats, lemonade, and coffee as they take in the the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show at 10:00 PM. They will then depart the party with a souvenir skull mug filled with candy.
If this lineup sounds vaguely familiar, it is because it is essentially the same setup as the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, which is offered most nights at the Magic Kingdom. The only difference is the parade viewing, the Halloween-themed treats, and of course the souvenir mug. While last year's Villains Sinister Soiree was more expensive, it provided a much more unique experience (when else could guests jam with Lady Tremaine inside Cinderella's Castle?), and this new event seems like quite a poor value by comparison, even though it technically costs less.