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Old 06-21-2018, 05:48 PM   #1
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How early should we get spots for Halloween party parades/fireworks/shows?

Right now, these are my thoughts for our MNSSHP - find spots for the 9:15 parade no later than 8:45. After the parade, move to Main Street for our fireworks viewing spots (which goes off at 10:15). After that, we'll keep our spots for the 10:45 Sanderson Sisters show in front of the castle. This is our first (and most likely only) Halloween party. Is this timeline reasonable? Should we get our parade spots earlier or should we be okay? We're not planning on watching from Main Street, we're thinking more of "our" spots in Liberty Square (what is the wheelchair viewing area of the day parade - I would think it would still be wheelchair viewing at night too).

We know we can't do everything so this is what we're planning. We'll enter at 4 and have a QS dinner somewhere (and order ahead with mobile ordering), If they do the same as they did last year, we'll hit the Big Top Souvenirs for any Halloween party stuff we can buy early (if not there, whatever store it's in) and Abby wants to do Peter Pan (got a FP for it already), Small World and Philharmagic before the party starts. Before and/or during the party, we want to get the Magic Shots that are offered, we'll do some treat trails and Abby wants to take part in the dance party. Then it's the parade, the stage show and the fireworks. After all of that, we may leave or we may stay for anything else we have the energy for. Does this all seem doable? We're not going to do any of the M&G's as there just isn't enough time and the parade/show/fireworks/dance party are top priority once the party starts. For anyone that has attended, do you have any tips/tricks/advice for us?

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Old 06-21-2018, 08:57 PM   #2
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Hi, sorry to say I do not have answers for you but I echo your same questions..

This is my first MNSSHP, and I am so excited to see EVERYTHING! This will be the first vacation for my adult daughter and myself with just us. No other family!!

So I am going to follow along.
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I don't know how early you will need to get settled in for the parade with the wheelchair area. I know without the chair I would usually settle in about an hour early. Also, you are attending one of the really early parties, so maybe it won't be quite so crowded. I think the rest of your plans are perfect though.
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I certainly think your plans are doable.

I’m not sure where the wheelchair area is, but I think 30-60 minutes ahead is plenty. I’d probably plan for 45, and, just me, have a snack to enjoy while we waited.

I can tell you this. As with regular park days, a lot of people leave after the fireworks. We have found that the only areas that remain crowded are those highly popular character greetings. So, if you do have the energy, most of the attractions will have low wait times at that time of the evening. We have also found that the crowds for the monorail and ferry back to the TTC are insane just after the fireworks. One time, we just sat and waited for the crowd to disperse from the hub. Then we got a drink and wandered for a bit, until we found something we wanted to do. We walked right up to Jack Sparrow and then walked on Splash Mountain without any wait at all. Once, maybe twice, we’ve gone back to Fantasyland and done two or three more attractions. After the crowds of morning and afternoon, it seemed almost deserted after the fireworks.
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I’m not sure where the wheelchair area is,
For the day parade, it's by that big planter and we face the Hall of Presidents.
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Following! We will be there also..my question is-what are the "easiest" spots for viewing and still have a good view? I hate shoving and pushing, etc. and don't need a perfect view to be happy.
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UPDATE:

If we had waited until 8:45 for parade spots, we would have been out of luck. The first party was sold out and we had Lenny stay in "our" spots at 8:06 PM (Abby and I hit a few treat trails and joined him at 8:30). It was so busy the CM said they were going to try and squeeze in as many people as they could into the spots - which they did. What annoyed me about it was the "last minute" people who showed up 20 minutes before the parade and were unhappy when the CM said "all these people have been here waiting for almost an hour so they get to stand at the rope to watch the parade. You will have to stand behind them." The people should have been happy they got spots at all - and I could have made it difficult on the CM and refused to fold up the wheelchair and stand for the parade but I didn't. She was a sweetheart to us and I wasn't going to be mean and rude to her. One of those last minute people thous was. He blatantly ignored her when she said he couldn't sit on the rock with the plaque on it under the Liberty tree and during the parade when another CM told him not to stand on the wall, the guy was really rude to the CM. I was sitting on the ground at this point in time and couldn't hear him but Lenny said the guy was a complete Alien Swirling Saucer.

So yeah,that was our experience with the parade. I'm glad we got there when we did as we could see the parade quite well but we could have done without the jerks behind us.
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So, more than an hour ahead, that was your experience with when to arrive, right Darlene?

It’s a shame some people think that because they’ve paid extra for a party ticket that they can demand exception status to the rules. Sorry you and others had to deal with an entitled jerk.
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