It might still be the sweltering dog days of summer, but Halloween is just around the corner. Theme park fans of all ages will soon be flocking to Florida and California to partake in autumn festivities. The brave will head to Universal Studios for the terrifying Halloween Horror Nights, but what about the rest of us? If you love Halloween but hate jump scares, Walt Disney is serving up their annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The event began back in the fall of 1995 after the success of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event and has gained more followers each year since.
So what exactly does Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween include for those willing to shell out almost $100USD per ticket? First of all, Disney is nothing if not a foodie heaven. There are blogs and Instagram accounts solely dedicated to photographing Disney’s cuisine. From drinks to desserts, Disney Parks will sprinkle a heavy dose of theming over everything guests consume this Halloween. Here’s a quick guide of what’s being offered:
Haunted Mansion Chocolate Tarts
Start out with these Haunted Mansion themed treats. Each of the four chocolate tarts is available at a different location in the Magic Kingdom, making this almost a scavenger hunt. You can at least tell yourself that you’re walking off the calories as you traverse the park to complete your collection. From left to right: Storybook Treats in Fantasyland sells the chocolate tart filled with lemon curd, strawberry compote and topped with strawberry mousse, Liberty Square Market is where you’ll find the chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing, Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland has the raspberry compote and topped with white chocolate mousse tart, and Aloha Isle in Adventureland sells the tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta.
Jack Skellington Parfait & Pumpkin Mickey Waffles
Liberty Square will also have Jack Skellington parfait and Pumpkin Mickey Waffles for sale at the Sleepy Hollow quick-service restaurant. The former consists of a vanilla panna cotta, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crisp pearls, dark chocolate curls and a white chocolate while the latter comes with with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and caramel sauce.
Still More Sweets!
While in Tomorrowland getting your Haunted Mansion tart, be sure to also pick up a scoop of candy corn ice cream from Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies. There’s no half-assing Disney holiday desserts, so park your butt on a bench to recover from your sugar coma before heading over to Frontierland to grab a Worms and Dirt grave from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. It’s a classic kids desert full of gummy worms, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and Oreo crumbs.
Next, head back to Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland for a Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome, a confection of graham cracker streusel, orange white chocolate glaze, and a white chocolate Mickey.
Think your mission is complete? Think again! Make your way back to Main Street Bakery for a pumpkin-orange Mickey cupcake filled with purple marshmallow fluff and orange-vanilla buttercream. If you want to complete the dessert challenge, grab a Halloween-theme Rice Krispie treat and a brownie dipped in purple icing and coated in holiday appropriate sprinkles. Then wash it all down with a Halloween-themed cinnamon roll in the shape of Mickey’s face.
Congratulations! Now that you’re stuffed with more sugar than should be humanly possible, it’s time to burn off some energy and ride some rides! Just kidding. Sit back, wish you’d worn pants with an elastic waist band, and enjoy the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular while your stomach roils with equal parts contentment and rage.