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Old 10-25-2010, 02:28 PM   #1876
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i enjoyed the party... but not for the halloween stuff. I felt like it was severly lacking in terms of "halloween". I typically visit horror nights, and the entire park is transformed.. you just have that feeling of "halloween". The best part was walking right onto every ride.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:36 PM   #1877
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:46 PM   #1878
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Now I'm contemplating standing in line for the dwarves. Ha!
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:41 PM   #1879
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Not so thrilled about MNSSHP

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Just back from a great great trip - but I have to say the one disappointment of the trip was the MNSSHP. Not that it was bad, but it wasn't as good as I had hoped. Here's why:

To preface this, we spent the day at MK on Tuesday the 19th, and the park was just empty! We walked on Jungle Cruise at 3 PM. There was a 20 minute wait for Dumbo mid-afternoon, and most attractions were 10-15 minutes at their absolute worst, we raked in the FP since no-one seemed to be getting them. (We rode EVERYTHING in the park but Space Mountain and Winnie the Pooh between 9 AM and 4 PM, and only missed Space Mountain because though we had FP for it, the ride broke down as I got in line, so we decided to skip it.)

So then, we go for MNSSHP on Thursday, the 21st of October, and the crowds, the crowds the crowds! (Spent the day at the hotel, no other park.) It seemed like people were EVERYWHERE. I got in line for the dwarves at 6:35, the line was HUGE, but we saw them by about 7:25 PM so that wasn't bad. We went through a few trick or treat lines and got the ghost shot at HM with a very short wait, but before we knew it, it was 8:15 PM. We had decided to follow the stragety of skipping the first parade, and went over to toontown. The wait Mickey and Minnie was not too bad, maybe 15 minutes, but the Princesses were 45 minutes, and Fairies an HOUR! We decided to try later, and did Alice's treat trail. Again, big crowds of people waiting for candy...came around to tomorrowland for the dance party (Goofy, Stich, Chip and Dale jamming it), and by now it was time for Hallowishes.

Went to the front of the castle for this - enjoyed the show, loved the ending, but overall like Wishes better. Now it was 9:30 PM and yet there were still people already staked all over for the second parade...I thought the 2nd parade was supposed to be LESS crowded! Not for us, we got a spot around the hub @ 9:40 PM to wait where we could watch the 10:05 Villians show. Poor DD fell asleep, but woke up for the 10:30 Parade. Liked the parade a lot, but now it's close to 11 PM, so we spent almost 2 hours of the party hanging around the hub to see the shows. So we decide to head back to toontown to see the Princesses. Wait is STILL 25 minutes, (40 minutes for Fairies) but we do it anyways. By the time we get out it's 20 of 12 and DD is asleep on her feet. We go through the treat trail again - and they are clearly NOT handing out big handfuls of candy. Same as earlier. Overall, we got plenty of candy though, so not really complaining, but not the 5 lbs each many claim. Left the park a few minutes before midnight, and felt exhausted and had accomplished little. Saw the dwarves, the HM coach, Mickey and Minnie, The Princesses and Princes and that's it. Rode about 3 rides, and saw the parade / castle show and Hallowishes....overall it was worth going, but I would not rush back, and I could NOT imagine going 2 or 3 times on a single trip. Yeah, sure the rides were walk on, but we walked on rides all day on Tuesday, and didn't pay $50 a piece extra to do it. (We have APs, so you can't argue back that we would've had to pay for a park day anyways.)

So, while we enjoyed the party, I can't quite rave about it the way many do. It was a fun event that we enjoyed, but I will not be planning any future trips around it, though in a few years if we were back in September I might try it again at the hopes of lower crowds.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:45 PM   #1880
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It was definitely worth waiting the 20 minutes we waited for the photo with all the Dwarfs.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:18 PM   #1881
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I was in line with skier_pete for the dwarfs


The kids and I did the party on Sunday night, and then again with family on Thursday. Thursday was definately way more crowded than Sunday. We saw so much more on Sunday, especially character lines. I felt like we spent way more time in line on Thursday. Crazy crowded.

We did the second parade on Sunday and the first parade on Thursday, and the crowds were about the same for both, so I wouldn't listen to the whole first parade being less crowded thing

We scored the most candy in front of Buzz right right before midnight. The CM said he didn't want to carry a full bucket back and was trying to empty it. He basically filled our bags
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:33 PM   #1882
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I am wondering if there is ever a time to get villan autogrpahs? I see the original post that many don't sign at the party but are they ever out other times in October?

We are going to MNSSHP next year and I am trying to learn as much as possible from this year's thread. Both DS11 and DS8 (next year) have always been into getting the characters to sign. Just wondering what is possible so I can manage some expectations ahead of time!

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Old 10-26-2010, 11:31 PM   #1883
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I looked in the first post where all the info is, but couldn't find an answer. I apologize if it's somewhere in the 100 pages of posts.... LOL

Is there a list of rides/attractions that are NOT open during MNSSHP?

We are going on Nov 1 and our full day in MK is Nov 3. I know we will spend a lot of time doing party specific things, but I'd like to knock out some of the "long wait time" items if possible.

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Old 10-27-2010, 12:49 AM   #1884
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.Just got back from attending our first MNSSHP. Met the dwarfs, the princes and princessess, the hag, cinderella's stepmom and sisters, tiana and naveen, malicifent, cruella, mad hatter, and buzz. Stopped at the dance parties but the kids didn't want to dance but we ,saw jessie and woody. And goofy, stitch, chip and dale. We caught the tail end of the first parade, sat in front of the castle for the fireworks, watched the 2nd parade from in front of the dance party building, and did the 1115 villian show
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:03 AM   #1885
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Is there a list of rides/attractions that are NOT open during MNSSHP?
I know jungle cruise was not open on atleast our 1st MNSSHP on Thursday Oct 21st. Don't know if it was a breakdown or if it was supposed to be closed.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:12 AM   #1886
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I know jungle cruise was not open on atleast our 1st MNSSHP on Thursday Oct 21st. Don't know if it was a breakdown or if it was supposed to be closed.
Wasn't open for us either since it was a candy stop.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:50 AM   #1887
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List of attractions that ARE open during MNSSHP:

Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Alladin
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Haunted Mansion
The Hall of Presidents
Peter Pan's Flight
Prince Charming Regal Carousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Snow White's Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (I think this is closed on 11/1)
Tomorrowland Speedway
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
Stitch's Great Escape
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (closes at 10:00 PM)
The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm

Have a great time. We'll be there on the first too!
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:26 PM   #1888
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I'm with you, Skier Pete- just about the same experience. It's like you need to go two times to really enjoy it, or you are just rushing from here to there! And that's a lot of money to do it twice!
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:26 PM   #1889
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List of attractions that ARE open during MNSSHP:

Swiss Family Treehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Magic Carpets of Alladin
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Haunted Mansion
The Hall of Presidents
Peter Pan's Flight
Prince Charming Regal Carousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Snow White's Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (I think this is closed on 11/1)
Tomorrowland Speedway
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
Stitch's Great Escape
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (closes at 10:00 PM)
The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm

Have a great time. We'll be there on the first too!
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:50 PM   #1890
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We were there on the 24th. Our daughter threw up during the parade and we had to leave. We barely got to do anything. We rode two rides. We didn't even get a chance to see any characters. I wish I could get my money back for that evening. It was such a waste for us. On a happy note, DD felt better the next day and we were able to have a little fun.
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