Aight, y’all — hide your puppies, ’cause Ms. Cruella reigns supreme at a NEW event debuting this year at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
Welcome to Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way, a super-special event taking place each night of MNSSHP, where guests indulge in unlimited eats and treats as well as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, get VIP viewing for the Boo to You Parade, AND get to hob-nob with Cruella herself!
Today, we had the opportunity to check out this event for the very first time, so follow along with us to see if it’s worth spending your moolah AND your precious MNSSHP time on.
This event kicks off at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant each party night at 9:30 PM. And much like Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party — which you can read our review of here from last year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — this extra-ticket event allows guests to come and go at their leisure from 9:30 PM-12:30 AM on the designated party night, noshing and sipping when they’re not watching the Boo to You Parade from a VIP vantage point.
The exterior of Tony’s is decorated with a few pieces of fall decor as is the case with most Main Street USA edifices.
We showed off our bands before gettin’ the party started.
Tables have satin red runners and a centerpiece filled with black and white feathers.
It wasn’t too over the top, but it did evoke Cruella.
And the rooms also felt a bit more transformed and spooktacular thanks to the red uplighting.
Guests attending Cruella’s Hide-a-Way also have access to a reserved viewing area for “Mickey’s Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. This viewing kicks off at 11:15 PM (it’s for the second parade of the night) and guests are welcome to keep coming and going to and from the Hide-a-Way until 12:30 AM — 30 minutes after the party officially ends.
The event is $99 per person and reservations for Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way are available online or by calling (407) 939-3463.
Is Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Worth It?
OK, let’s recap: you’ve already paid nearly $100 for your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket. MNSSHP already offers more entertainment, events, rides, food, character meet and greets, and activities than anyone can feasibly pack into 5 hours; yet Disney’s suggesting you spend another $100 to dedicate some of your limited MNSSHP time at a cocktail party?
It doesn’t reeeeeally make sense on the surface, so let’s dig into what the rationale might be for actually doing it. If the food had been amazing, we might recommend it a little more heartily; but while the food was fresh and respectable, it wasn’t something that merited paying this much money to NOT be at the Halloween party we already paid for. Now, Cruella herself is pretty cool. But not 100 extra dollars cool. Plus her line was super long most of the night. The VIP parade viewing? Very nice. But, let’s be honest — if you’re going to wait out the crowds until the second parade at MNSSHP, it’s pretty easy to get a good view (most people — especially families with small children — watch the first parade, the fireworks, and then leave…which means great vantage points for the second parade are pretty easy to find). The extra 30 minutes to nosh and drink after the party is officially over? Also a benefit. But last call for alcohol was at 12:15, and if you’ve waited until the very end of the night to eat the buffet food…well…you know you’re getting the leftovers since cast members aren’t bringing out fresh pans of eats at midnight when most of the guests have already gone.
Soooo…we still can’t really figure out how the finances balance when it comes to booking these types of events, so your reasoning needs to be something that doesn’t have to do with making the party “worth it” in terms of cost. Maybe you love Cruella. Maybe you enjoy having a nice, air-conditioned spot to come back to throughout the evening where you can have a quick beer or glass of wine before heading back for more trick or treating. One of our reviewers remarked that she’d been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party several times in the past, and didn’t really need to do *everything.* So having the opportunity to have a meal, meet a villain, and get VIP parade viewing could be worth the money if you thought about it from that perspective. And that’s up to you to figure out — what’s right for YOU and your family. And we hope we’ve shown you enough to help you decide.
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Are you planning to have a wickedly good time at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way this year? Let us know about your spooky plans in the comments below!