While trick-or-treating, and the candy that comes with it, is included with the price of a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket, there are more add-on snacks and treats offered than ever before.
This post will cover those treats and other items exclusive to the Halloween Party, as we consider which treats go beyond Instagram fodder and approach something resembling deliciousness.
We’ll start on Main Street with Casey’s Corner and then work our way around the Park clockwise, which may help you identify the worthy treats when you’re in their vicinity.
Casey’s Halloween exclusive is the $5 “Now Begin Thy Magic Spell – Cherry Slushy, Passion Fruit Syrup, Blue Curacao Syrup, Sprite, and Lemonade garnished with a White-Chocolate dipped Apple Slice.”
As will be the case with all of the specialty beverages, this one is an incredibly small portion – perhaps six ounces at most. While the description would imply some depth of flavor, this is a sweet, one-note, artificial-tasting drink with a pucker-y cherry quality backed up by a ton of sugar.
The apple slice is kind of fun with a very thin layer of white chocolate on about half of the slice, but I’d put your money towards a Candy Apple if that’s the direction you want to take the evening. While this pre-mixed slush is an easy skip, it will also be my favorite drink of the evening, which may be evidence that things aren’t going to improve much on the liquid front.
It’s not exclusive to the Halloween Party, but we’re here and I don’t value money, so we’ll try the $4.29 “Donald Duck Brownie – Brownie topped with a Donald Duck Chocolate Piece.”
This isn’t a departure from any of Casey’s past forays into the world of the mass-produced baked chocolate dessert.
And it’s just as forgettable as any of the past iterations.
Here’s last year’s version, where it was more obvious that there was a Brownie underneath the white chocolate, and this year, some vanilla buttercream. The Donald is also virtually identical in flavor to the Baseball Brownie that Casey’s serves all year. With basic tastes, you could potentially do worse for four bucks, but I don’t see any identifiable reason to go out of your way to order a Brownie that was baked in a tiny ramekin some number of hours or days before. Worse, it’s unavailable on mobile order, so you’re going to have to deal with Casey’s long lines during most of the night if you want to order one. That makes it a pretty easy skip.
If you’re after a frozen slush, The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland is open until 10pm and serves about four times as much slushy for a dollar more. And one of those comes with a candy straw. Other locations, like Pecos Bill, also serve $6 frozen slushes in the same larger size.
This Popcorn Cart, on the right side of the Hub in front of Cinderella Castle, is home to two Cake Pops, in addition to the Party’s two main popcorn buckets.
The $7 Jack Push-Pop is “Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Buttercream, White and Dark-Chocolate Crisp Pearls, and Dark-Chocolate Curls topped with a White-Chocolate Jack Piece.” He’s up two dollars in price over last year.
Sally follows as “Gluten-Friendly Vanilla Cake, Buttercream, and Strawberry Crisps topped with a White-Chocolate Sally Piece” for the same money.
This may or may not help with sizing.
Each Cake Pop is probably about four inches tall and an inch and a half across. These get some major style points, unlike our Donald Duck Brownie. Sally’s dress adorns the plastic vessel holding up her cake, while Jack’s tux is holding up his. Above, the Sally Cake Pop is a sweet, crumbly affair with the rich buttercream flavor overpowering the subtle vanilla flavors from the gluten-free cake. The Strawberry Crisps add a little crunch, which helps break up the monotony of what is basically a Vanilla Cupcake squished into a thin tube. One issue you might run into is the fact that there isn’t necessarily anything holding the various layers together, which makes toppling likely and increases the difficulty of sharing. You can’t really take a small bite of it because the cake is going to come careening into your mouth. This may be a good excuse to eat the whole thing in one bite. Anyway, I wouldn’t get this on the quality or quantity of the dessert itself – it would only be about five bites if it was served in a cup – but it’s a very precious package overall. The Sally chocolate topper tastes exactly how you would expect a thin layer of white chocolate to taste.
Jack is a lot more chocolaty, with layers of Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Buttercream mixed with Chocolate Pearls intermixed and Dark Chocolate Curls on top. The flavor is what you would expect from a day-old slice of Chocolate Cake with soft, creamy layers of Vanilla Buttercream icing that are probably too much for the amount of cake. Again, I’d consider one if you’re after a picture, but it’s a pretty bogus value for the money considering the small quantity of straightforward cake and icing.
We’ll skip ahead slightly and head into Liberty Square for Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, where you’ll find two of the best treats offered at the Party:
The Waffle Sundae has seen a number of different flavors, styles, and looks over the years.
Last year, you would have found this “Zero Waffle Sundae – Pumpkin-flavored Waffle Sundae with Ice Cream and Caramel Drizzle.”
This year, we’ve got a “Chocolate Mickey Waffle Sundae – Two Black Chocolate Waffles topped with Pumpkin Gelato, Candy Corn, Caramel Sauce, and Sprinkles.” The Waffles don’t carry much of a chocolate flavor, which we found mildly disappointing; they certainly look the part, but there’s just a very subtle chocolaty tinge to the warm, pillow-y soft waffles that enjoy the same satisfying, crispy quality as past years. The Pumpkin Gelato is cold, refreshing, and delicious with just a little bit of pumpkin spice for a delicious taste of the season. We found that the Gelato held up a lot better than the usual ice cream. That arrives along with sweet Caramel Sauce, some crunchy ghost and pumpkin Sprinkles, a few pieces of Candy Corn, and a lot of luscious Whipped Cream. As usual, the hot and cold temperatures play together well in a dessert that’s always made fresh. You want (at least) one of these.
Sleepy Hollow adds a second unique dessert with the $6 “Headless Horseman Cheesecake – A Pumpkin Mousse layered with Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Crunchies, and Orange Glaze topped with a Headless Horseman Chocolate Piece.”
Anyone who has tried the “Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse” from Satu’li Canteen should recognize what’s going on here. “Cheesecake” is then a bit of a misnomer and anyone expecting a rich, dense cake will be disappointed, but the Mousse that’s served is soft and tasty with fall spices backed up by plenty of sweet sugar. The Chocolate Cake layers are thin, but provide contrasting flavors of cocoa, along with more of a base for you to spoon up. The light, creamy Pumpkin Spice Cream on top is what ends up stealing the show, adding cinnamon and a little nutmeg to the overall flavor profile, which is further enhanced by the thin, sweet crunchy layer of Orange Glaze. There’s also the Headless Horseman Chocolate Piece sticking out, which was poorly printed on the first night, but still did its job. It’s not an overwhelming value on size, but I’d consider adding one to your Waffle order. It’s a fun, vibrant dessert that tastes great.
The Liberty Square Popcorn Cart is where you’ll find Constance’s For Better or For Worse Wedding Cake:
It’s “Citrus-scented Cake with Raspberry Bavarian Cream, Glacage, and Buttercream Pearls, and Flowers topped with a Chocolate Axe” at a cost of $7.50. They also have the Hitchhiking Ghost Popcorn Bucket, which means lines are going to be long most of the night.
Thematically, this is an impressive creation; it “looks” like a miniature wedding cake, complete with Buttercream Flower and Pearl Accents.
While it might not look like it, the cake actually holds up really well in the Florida heat – this picture was taken over a half hour after we ordered it. The Raspberry Bavarian Cream, which is right out of a Julia Child recipe, is light, fruity, and delicious with a thick layer immediately underneath the crisp, sugary mirror glaze with two layers of “Citrus-scented Cake” underneath. There’s just a little bit of a citrus zest scent to the Cake, which is otherwise your typical vanilla. It all comes together nicely for another tasty dessert that also makes for a great picture.
The only downside is the potential wait with the popularity of the Haunted Mansion Popcorn Bucket. You might split up and have someone wait in line at the Popcorn Cart beginning around 6:45pm, while others scavenge for snacks elsewhere. There will already be a dedicated line at that time. All of these exclusive items are typically offered for the first time right at 7pm.
Here’s the Popcorn Bucket, which really holds a box of popcorn more than the popcorn itself.
Aloha Isle is home to just an exclusive drink for this year’s Halloween Party.
Last year, you could have picked up this $6 “Hitchhiking Ghost Dessert – Cream Puff filled with Cookies and Cream Frosting.” It looked great, but it was incredibly small and tasted like little more than rubber and tire.
This year, it’s the $5 “Pirate’s Horizon – Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Syrup, and Pineapple Juice garnished with a Pineapple Wedge on Pirate Hook Skewer.”
This one disappointed and I’m not even sure we came away with the Pirate Hook Skewer. The small concoction tasted like Orange Juice, made all the more thick and syrupy by the unnecessary Passion Fruit Syrup. There might have been a little Pineapple Juice involved, but four or five ounces of lukewarm juice for five dollars is highway robbery. This is an easy skip with nothing about it particularly novel.
While the Hei-Hei Cone is not currently available, you can order this “Raspberry and Pineapple Swirl Float with Pineapple Juice” for six bucks. It’s delicious and much more treat for the money than the drink, which is hopefully not on your horizon.
Golden Oak Outpost is up next. You’ll find it on the left as you head up towards Frontierland.
It features some of the only returning items from last year:
You’ll also find the $17 “Cinnamon Doughnuts in Hitchhiking Ghost,” which makes lines longer. Golden Oak is also offering Chicken Nuggets with Waffle Fries, which are actually pretty good.
The Caramel Pretzel is delicious and a steal at $4.79.
The sweet caramel flavor is made all the more irresistible by the brush of salt and the soft pretzel bread does an admirable job of keeping the thick, sweet caramel sauce inside.
Next up is the $5 Apple Cider Slushy. This is cold and refreshing with a pronounced, sweet spiced apple cider flavor and that perfect slushy consistency, where it’s easy to drink, but you can still kind of chew the ice crystals. It should help cool you down in the heat or make you feel particularly Halloween-y when/if temperatures drop below 85 degrees. Really good and a much larger portion than the other drinks, too.
Sitting next to the Slushy is this bag of six Cinnamon Donuts, which will set you back $5 when purchased a la carte. They’re plump, freshly fried, and dusted with a nice coat of cinnamon and sugar. I liked their airy, doughy quality with a nice chew, but you may be looking for something a little more crispy or a little more dense and cake-y. I don’t think I would seek them out specifically, but they’re obviously a big part of the Haunted Mansion souvenir set.
Over at Pecos Bill, you’ll find one of only a couple of Halloween Party items that aren’t based around sugar.
$12.79 buys you “Hades Nachos – Beanfields Bean Chips with ‘Fiery’ Buffalo Chicken and selection of Topping Bar items.” I thought the bowl looked a little disappointing at first glace, but there’s quite a bit of Buffalo Chicken hiding underneath the bright orange sauce and because the meat isn’t breaded, you “feel” like you’re eating a lot of chicken. The chips are satisfyingly crunchy and hold up surprisingly well underneath all of the stuff. Typically, I don’t recommend taking a lot of time to eat during the Party, but given the heat, you may appreciate sitting down with these in the air-conditioned darkness at some point later in the evening. They’re really pretty good.
Last year, Pecos offered this version of Worms & Dirt.
It was pretty small, but pretty tasty, with the Haunted Mansion theme.
This year’s version is “Billy’s Worms ‘n’ Dirt – Chocolate Pudding topped with Gluten-Friendly Cake Crumbs, Gummy Worms, and a Chocolate Piece featuring Billy from Hocus Pocus.” It follows the same idea.
Here’s a terrible picture of it.
And a worse one with the teeny, tiny dessert sitting there on a dock post. The flavor is just what you would expect from chocolate pudding underneath a thin layer of chocolate cake with a couple of gummy worms interspersed, not unlike a pudding cup you might have been lucky enough to pull out of your school lunch bag in the fifth grade. On the plus side, it’s three dollars less than the Constance Cake and $1.50 less than the Orange Cheesecake from Sleepy Hollow, but the value prospect on this one is rough and I think Billy is a little less on-point than the tombstone of yesteryear. It’s here if you want it, though.
Pecos is also home to the $16 Ezra Hitchhiking Ghost Sipper, which completes the set along with the Doughnut Holder from Golden Oak Outpost and the Popcorn Box Holder from Liberty Square Popcorn.
Somewhat surprisingly, there aren’t a whole lot of unique options in Fantasyland, perhaps because Disney isn’t trying to drive traffic that way. It’s probably not a coincidence that the three spots where the Haunted Mansion souvenir pieces are available also serve a multitude of unique treats. Fortunately, most of those items are pretty tasty, unlike what you’d find at Casey’s or Aloha Isle.
Storybook Treats is the name of the ice cream stop to the right of the entrance to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Six bucks buys you the “Maleficent Waffle Cone – Black Waffle Cone, Lime Soft-serve, and Chocolate Maleficent Horn Garnish.” On the plus side, it’s another precious dessert with the chocolate horns, green soft serve, and black waffle cone with a heavy sprinkle of sugar. On the downside, it’s comically small and begins to melt away through the bottom of the cone almost instantaneously, making it difficult to eat. The Dole Lime Soft Serve is also incredibly tart, which is not going to be to most people’s tastes.
You might consider the Peter Pan Float instead. It’s a lot easier to eat, comes with more Dole Lime, and the Sprite helps sweeten up the flavor profile. And it might even be more precious for the same money.
We’ll move on to Tomorrowland, where Cosmic Ray’s is serving up two exclusives:
The Lots-O-Burger isn’t a major departure from what we saw last year, while the Berry Blaster looks like another regrettable drink.
For sixteen dollars, you’ll come away with the Burger, which is a “Beef Patty topped with Brie Fondue, Strawberry-Bacon Jam, Onion Ring, and a Lotso Branded Bun.”
It’s actually quite good for a Disney fast food burger in an “I hate myself for liking this,” sort of way. The best Disney burgers are typically those that cover up the fact that the beef is low quality and cooked to death, and this one does an admirable job of doing just that. There was a ton of the creamy, cheesy Brie Fondue and a surprising amount of crispy bacon involved. I didn’t pick up on much strawberry, but there might have been a little bit of a gastrique quality in there to cut a little bit of the cheesiness. The Onion Ring impressed too – thick, crispy, and packed with a considerable slice of onion. The Lots’o’ branding on top is fun, too. I wouldn’t go out of my way to order one of these, but if you’re looking for a filling, hefty meal during the Party, then this is it. The Fries don’t even fit in the carton alongside it, so you’ll be served a large portion on the side.
As expected, the $5 “Berry Blaster – Cherry Syrup, Blue Curacao Syrup, and Sprite garnished with a Lemon Wheel and Raspberries” was a waste of time, with what basically amounted to Grape Soda. The inclusion of the lemon slice and raspberries is a classy touch, but it’s thick, syrupy, and incredibly small for the money. Another easy skip.
Over at Cool Ship, you’ll find the $8 “Hades Hatred – Minute Maid Lemonade, Blue Curacao Syrup, and Blueberry Boba Pearls topped with Cotton Candy.” Somebody must have had a sale on Blue Curacao Syrup because I feel like it’s in everything this year.
This is an overwhelmingly sweet concoction with sweet, viscous syrup added to sweet, artificial-tasting lemonade. There are Blueberry Boba Pearls involved, but the straw provided isn’t wide enough to suck them up along with the liquid, so you’ll be forced to find a spoon or try to hoist them up with the paper straw. The point, we think, is to push the Cotton Candy into the drink, which makes for an even more sugary experience.
I had the misfortune of trying this on two consecutive Party nights – our first foray brought a larger clump of Cotton Candy. Overall, I’d consider this if you’re looking for a lot of sweet, syrupy sugar for the money, but it’s probably a skip otherwise. You will notice that all of these treats are good for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan and the eight dollars that this costs makes it a “good” value for a snack credit. Still, only those who try Minute Maid Lemonade and think, “this could really use some thick blue syrup” will enjoy this. I know you’re out there.
That does it for this round of treats, some of which are Not-So-Tasty and others that are closer to being worth your time and money. To recap, these were our favorites:
- $6.50 Chocolate Mickey Waffle Sundae – Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
- $6 Headless Horseman Cheesecake – Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
- $7.50 Constance Wedding Cake – Liberty Square Popcorn Cart
- $4.79 Caramel Pretzel – Golden Oak Outpost
- $12.79 Hades Nachos – Pecos Bill
- $16 Lots’o Burger – Cosmic Ray’s
Hopefully this helps narrow down your options a bit, whether you’re after a pretty picture or would prefer something that might taste good too.