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  • TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

    Hi All... G-Fan and I attended this year's MNSSHP at the MK last sept 28th.

    As always... a great time was had by all (as much as I hate to pay extra for this event which should be offered to all guests at daytime rates). The party itself was fun, however, there was not much that was new or unexpected when compared to previous years.. We got treated to the same HalloWishes fireworks we have seen before and practically the same "Boo-To-You" parade we saw last year as well. The "Halloween Mix and Mingle" castle show was also a repeat of last year's, and basically a tribute to DLP's halloween song from their past events.
    The parade however, appeared to include one float I do not recall seeing before.. the crocodile following the Pirate ship.

    I must comment on the new decor which was very nice (still not as lavish as what we get to see in the other DL parks, especially TDL) but a very nice and upgraded effort to the previous "Walmart Crafts" assesories they placed around Main Street. I was particularly impressed by the Pluto and Donald statues in the Hub, which, for added fun, are lit up at night in color changing lights. Nice touch for the MK!

    In fact, I also noticed, and enjoyed greatly, the new lighting system they have installed for the event, which allows the MK, and especially Main Street to a nice and ever-changing light color show. Same system also lights up the train tracks behind the Toontown area and looks very nice.

    The Candy was plentiful, but not distributed uniformly. Sometimes, one CM would give out 2-3 candies at once, but the next CM would give out a handfull. I think they need to be more uniformed in this matter. This year's selection and brands were great! I got skittles!! YEAH!

    The merchandise for the event this year was blah.. basically because I am sick and tired of the Pirate motif. Even the party-exclusive Mickey plush was a "Pirate" plush, which was odd since Mickey did not appear in Pirate costume anywhere as far as I know. The tee shirt was nice, but again, shows Mickey as Sparrow on a parade float, which was not the case in the actual parade.
    As always... the parade-preshow headless horseman was a highlight, as was listening to halloween/villains related music from all other DL parks..blasting over the PA system all over the park, but I have to admit that sometimes.. the choice of music was odd and not proper for the theme of the event. Then, there were the party exclusive pins... which I noticed were sold in some locations on Main Street, making them more readily available to guests interested in them. In previous years, they forced pin traders to go to Town Square to buy the new night pin, then force them to do another line at the pin shop further down Main Street for left-over previous night pins. Having all party pins available in one location was an improvement and made it easy for guests to get their pins for the event. Kudos.

    I took these pictures and sadly, left my tripod at home. Therefore, many shots came out a bit blurry and some way too dark. The parade/pyro/castle show were particularly tough to photograph with my cheap camera, so apologies in advance.

    All in all, the halloween party continues to amuse, even if some offerings could use some revisions for next year.. I definitely advise anyone to attend this party if they happen to be at the MK during Halloween time.

    Here are the photos, with some captions to go along... enjoy!

    http://albums.photo.epson.com/
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    Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

    For myself, I would love to see them re-design the parade floats for their Halloween, and Christmas, parades. The visual aesthetic and design quality that Disney can put out now really shows how aged these parades have come in terms of the 'visual' and 'design' aspect. I would re-work choreography, and re-organize things performer wise (too many random characters jumping around all over the place...though I know people love that). Just bring it together more cohesively.
    But that's just me.
    Decor wise, they have really stepped up to the plate, I only hope they continue to build upon this as time goes on...and start updating the Christmas decor as well. If this is any indication, I think they will do well. (I do wonder how much of it though was created, or "influenced" from the design group at the DLR?)

    Otherwise, nice as usual.

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    • #3
      Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

      Holy crap! Those statues look like they're bronzed! You saw them in person. Are they metal or plastic?

      Nice pictures as usual, but I was expecting you to be geared up like one of the Japanese girls from TDL with all your TDR Halloween glow toys you meantioned. What happened? Did they make you light up to the point where you looked like walking nuclear waste? But in all seriousness, nice placement of those Mickey Ghost pins on your shirt.
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        Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

        Very nice! Thanks TDLFan! We are having to skip this party this year. As far as the crocodile in the parade, he was in the Pirate and Princess parade this year. So whether he was new for that parade and used again in the Halloween one I don't know. But I don't remember ever seeing him prior to the P&P parade.
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        • #5
          Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

          Awesome pictures! Thanks.

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            Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

            Great photos TDL! I can't wait to see it in person.

            Thanks for sharing!

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            • #7
              Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

              Thanks for the pics TDLFAN.

              The Goofy Float at the end of the parade looks new this year.

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              • #8
                Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

                Beautiful photos.
                Wish I could be there, so much.
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                  Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

                  The parade however, appeared to include one float I do not recall seeing before.. the crocodile following the Pirate ship.
                  They used that same float in the parade during the Pirate & Princess party.

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                  • #10
                    Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

                    Has anyone noticed how the Magic Kingdom is starting to copy Disneyland? Take a look at the plantings around the hub, they bare a striking resemblance to Disneyland's hub. The Halloween decorations are a spin on Anaheim's as well. Maybe it's just me.

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                    • #11
                      Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

                      I do not mind the MK copying DL or even TDL.. They need to improve the park experience to a plateau similar to the other parks, and I am all for that!

                      SirClinks! The Goofy float premiered during last year's Halloween parade, and was re-used again for the Christmas Parade, so this is it's 3rd appearance since being introduced, as far as I know...

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                      • #12
                        Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

                        Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                        I do not mind the MK copying DL or even TDL.. They need to improve the park experience to a plateau similar to the other parks, and I am all for that!
                        And given how many people talk about the MK as if it is the crown jewel of the Disney Theme Parks, they seriously need to kick it up several levels in their copying process.

                        I have a few ideas, but unfortunately, it would sink their budget, even if it was for only a three-month summer run.
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                        • #13
                          Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

                          Great pictures!!! I can not wait to experience this in a few weeks with everyone!

                          Thanks for sharing!!!
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                          • #14
                            Re: TDLFAN goes to MNSSHP 07 (photos)

                            You will have lots of fun!

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