Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 7, 2011
    Angie from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning a trip for this year, My kids are 5 & 2. Which would be a better experience, MNSSHP or MVMCP for both fun and crowd levels? And which resort has the best decorations looking at moderate or deluxe? Thanks!

    Hello Angie,

    Halloween and Christmas are my two all-time favorite holidays. So spending them at Disney is like a dream come true. But asking me to choose between Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) is like asking me to choose between dark and white chocolate. It's almost impossible!

    Because both parties require separate admission, when I have gone in the past, the parks have not been jammed packed. I felt it was easy to maneuver the Magic Kingdom with my family.

    Both have specially themed parades. But my favorite parade is the one for MNSSHP because it begins with a ride by the Headless Horseman. I always scout out a spot on the parade route just for the perfect view of him.

    Both parties also have a special fireworks show: HalloWishes and Holiday Wishes. I couldn't even begin to choose which I love more. They both are spectacular. But, I will admit, seeing Cinderella's Castle at Christmas draped in hundreds of lights is a sight to see.

    That all said, MNSSHP is the party I would recommend because not only are our favorite characters dressed up but guests are invited to come in costume too. There are even trick-or-treat stations set up. It's such a fabulous experience!

    Unfortunately, the resorts do not go all out with Halloween decorations. It's nothing compared to what Disney does to transform resorts for Christmas. The Grand Floridian Resort has a stunning gingerbread house you can literally walk into. The Contemporary Resort has a 17 foot tree made of gingerbread. And the Beach Club has a gingerbread carousel. The details at each of the hotels on property are amazing.

    Hope this helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Monina, Ohio

My family loves our Main Street in Ohio. But there's simply no comparison to Main Street U.S.A.! We don't get to Disney quite as often as I'd like, but that just means finding new ways to sprinkle Pixie Dust on our adventures! Learn More About Monina

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