Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Disney Splurge ~ Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

This article was originally written for my Making Magical Memories column in the WDW Daily News newsletter #199 published on September 27, 2011.  I am going to use this as the kickoff to a series of posts on our experience with Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party because this article explains exactly how it all began (and was written before we attended the party)! 



One of the things I try to do when planning my trips to Disney is find plenty of places to save money, yet still be able to experience everything we want to. There is so much to do out and about in Walt Disney World that you can vacation in Disney on a budget and have an amazing experience. But for our upcoming trip, we have splurged on one thing I never thought we would. We will be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.


Over a year ago, we picked our dates for this trip and knew we would be in Walt Disney World during Halloween. When we originally talked about attending the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, a special ticketed event in the Magic Kingdom, both my husband and I agreed that it was much too expensive for us, a family of 5. Well, one night, while Pierre and I were sitting in our family room, we started discussing how big our kids are getting and how quickly they are growing up. This discussion then of course turned to Disney and what great ages the kids will be on this upcoming trip. I think at some point I probably was a little teary-eyed thinking of how great our kids are and how quickly time is passing by. Then, it was said, the one statement that always seems to push my emotional mom button - you never know when we will be able to do this with our kids again. Well, that did it. I went into number crunching mode. How could we afford Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? What if we never have the opportunity to go again at Halloween time?

In the end, after looking over our tentative itinerary, we canceled two dining reservations. So, there it is, a mom emotional about her kids growing up too quickly made an impulse purchase that cost us $287. I must admit, from what I have read online, I have not one ounce of regret and cannot wait! We will take full advantage of what Walt Disney World has to offer, because, though I do not regret our decision purchasing tickets for the party, I am pretty sure this will be a once in a lifetime event. This may turn out to be one of our best impulse purchases! Now to decide what we will dress as. Joey has suggested we all be Toy Story characters, and Hayley and Emily want us all to be Tangled characters. I’ll keep you posted on our decision as it gets closer!

What has been your best impulse purchase or splurge on a Disney vacation?

7 comments:

DebSays said...

It is such a tough decision to make! Your children will be so happy that you did! What wonderful memories you'll have!

D Marie said...

You know that Tinker Bell Dooney that I just wrote about...?  I'm usually pretty controlled on Disney trips, and my family almost NEVER buys souvenirs, but that was it!

Beth D. said...

I am so happy we went for it.  We usually are pretty reserved, other than meals, but I do not regret it at all!  My kids talk about it all the time and keep asking when we are going back to see the Boo to You Parade! :-)  Worth every penny!

Beth D. said...

That is definitely a great purchase! :-)  Loved the Tinker Bell one!

Stephanie Haefner said...

We are pretty budget conscious when we go to WDW too...just can't afford to pay tons of money. But we have done the Halloween party twice. It was such a fun time. No where else can we all dress up and ALL go trick or treating together.

JenniferLissak said...

This is a splurge we definitely hope to make one day - I'd guess we'd probably forgo a park day and just start when the park opens for the party goers, but we'll see when we get there! It looks amazing - I hope you enjoy!

Christina Mumpower said...

This is one of our favorite things to do.  This will be the first year we'll have to pay for Ashlyn, and we won't be getting a military discount anymore, so we're going to have to do some number crunching this time, too!  So worth it, though.