During the day there were several rain showers and thunder storms. Thankfully it all seemed to blow over by dinner time.
|Remnants of a Florida thunderstorm|
|Great costumes: the characters from the film "Up"|
Around 9 pm, we made our way to the front of the castle for HalloWishes*. We also wanted to stake out spots for the second Boo-To-You parade. Be warned, if you're looking for a seat during the parade you might have to start looking at least an hour before. People find their spot on the sidewalk and camp out**.
There is a great spot to watch the parade in front of the castle called "three-quarters". It's the line 3/4 of the way around the circle in front of the castle (the hub). It is right by the bridge into Liberty Square. Before the parades, they put up a rope to block of the parade route. The rope is not put up until maybe 20 minutes before the parade, so people don't know about the barrier. This means there is a front row spot for the parade that few people know about. You can sit or stand on the road at that line. We often get the front row spot and sit down throughout the parade. It's a great view. When the grave diggers came by and scrapped their shovels across the ground, I was afraid I'd lose a toe if they got too close.
|Waiting for PhilharMagic to start|
We did ride a couple of rides during the party:
Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Mickey's Philharmagic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain.
It was pretty crowded in the park because that night's party was sold out. However, Disney only sells a limited number of tickets for each party. Although it was sold out, the wait for the rides was around 20 minutes or less.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a lot of fun. I would suggest going into the party with the goal of experiencing all of the special events. In my opinion, it's not worth it if you only plan to ride the rides.
*Also, you can see the fireworks from several spots in the park. You have a great view from Liberty Square and Fantasyland. Those spots will be extremely less crowded.
** It's often more crowded in front of the castle and on Main Street. If you're looking for a less crowded spot to watch the parade go to Liberty Square or Frontierland. Remember, the second parade is always less crowded. Most families watch the first parade, the fireworks and then leave.