“Not so Scary” Vs “Scream No More”

Hi everyone. This is my first post here at Capturing Magic so I'll tell you a little bit about me. I'm an Aussie living in Hong Kong with my husband and 11 year old son. My husband works for an airline, Cathay Pacific, which is based in Hong Kong. We lived in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2005 and I was lucky enough to be at the Grand Opening of Hong Kong Disneyland back in September 2005. We moved back to Hong Kong in January of this year. In our first week of being back, I bought Magic Access passes (the equivalent of an annual pass) for my son and myself.

Now, I've never been to “MIckey's Not so scary Halloween Party” at either WDW or Disneyland, but have heard a bit about the parties. I thought it would be fun to give you a comparison between those parties and what happened at Hong Kong Disneyland for Halloween this year. Firstly, as you might be able to tell from the party name – “Scream No More” – it's actually quite scary. The park has lots of little details added to make things more scary, like these lamp post covers … Overlay on street lamps for Halloween

Then there are the “scream points” throughout the park. There are the fun ones like the gigantic “babyhead” from Toy Story, to really scary ones, like the haunted house – “Graves Academy”. Graves Academy was so scary that I was holding onto my son the whole way through – much to his annoyance! The level of detail that Disney always goes to never ceases to amaze me, and this experience was definitely no exception. Everything, from the costumes of the Cast Members, to actual construction of new temporary attractions was just phenomenal.

In Adventureland there was a “Sideshow Carnival” and this wasn't so much scary as really interesting – again, the level of detail that Disney had gone to blew me away. There was a “Batman” and an “iceQueen” and a “TreeMan” and a fire eater. Each night of the party (Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-11pm) there were performers in the Carnival who were also there for photos.

There are a couple of big differences between this party and the ones in the US. Firstly, there is no candy. I know, shocking! But true! Also, there are no Disney characters – just the special ones for the party.

My son and I actually ended up going to the party twice, we enjoyed it that much. The first time we went with some friends who were visiting from Australia. On this trip, I just took my iPhone with me. On our second trip, with some friends from Conor's school, I took my Canon DSLR as I knew I wanted some better photos. I love my iPhone, but for night photos, my big camera is better.

At the first party, we were getting ready to leave the park when, all of a sudden, all the lights in Main Street went out … there was a werewolf howl … and across Main Street two groups of monsters came out and danced at each other. I managed to get a couple of photos with my iPhone but I'm not really happy with the quality of them (below left). So, for our second party, I took my DSLR along and positioned myself in Main Street at 10pm so I could get some better photos (below right).

Finally, there is no PhotoPass at Hong Kong Disneyland, so whether you bring a smart phone or a camera, just make sure you have something!

Photo taken with iPhone