Last night marked the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of the 2019 season, and we were on hand to experience everything new and some old favorites. While a good part of the night consisted of experiencing new parade floats during Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade and the new Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks and projection show, we had to try some of the specialty treats and eats offered during the party.
For this review, we’re going to stick to the treats exclusively offered during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We’ve already reviewed some of the treats offered outside of the party as part of the daily offerings at Magic Kingdom. If you’re interested in our thoughts, here are the reviews for the Pumpkin Spice Milkshake and Soft Serve (REVIEW), Amuck Cupcake (REVIEW), and the Maleficent Cone from last year’s party (REVIEW).
Jack and Sally Push Cake Pops – $7 each
Cart near Cinderella Castle – With a price tag like $7 each, these better be some amazing push cake pops. The short of it is – we paid $14 plus tax so that you could pay $0 and buy something else. Here are the details.
The Jack Push-Pop is two layers of chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream in the middle, white and dark-chocolate crisp pearls in the buttercream middle, and dark-chocolate curls topped with a white-chocolate Jack figure.
The theme of both of these push-pops is how incredibly dry they were. If the cake was a moist cake, it might be worth pulling out some money, but only if it’s not too much work or will take you more than 45 seconds. Besides the fact that they are actually really well themed, there isn’t a reason to buy either of these push-pops.
The Sally Push-Pop is made up of a (dry) gluten-friendly vanilla cake, buttercream, strawberry crisps within the buttercream center, and topped with a white-chocolate Sally figure.
The takeaway here is still that the whole thing is just too dry for any sort of enjoyment in the Central Florida “fall” weather. A nice strawberry flavor does come through with this, but save your money to buy some better treats.
Pecos Bill – We haven’t stopped by Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe to enjoy these wonderful nachos this year, but we absolutely loved them from last year. With so much new stuff to get to on opening night, we’ll just recap our thoughts from last year until we get the chance to (happily) return.
We’ll start with our favorite “entree” of the evening. All black nachos sit beneath a generous helping of buffalo chicken and a nacho cheese sauce. We’re used to seeing a lot of “fiery” or “spicy” items at Walt Disney World end up barely north of neutral on the heat scale, but these are somewhere around a 7 or 8, depending on your tolerance.
Not only is the heat present, but the flavoring on the buffalo chicken is really well done. These could easily pass as a daily item and do quite well, in our opinion.
Billy’s Worms & Dirt
Pecos Bill – Another returning treat is the worms and dirt. Last year, the epitaph on the treat was themed to Master Gracey, of Haunted Mansion fame. This year, it’s themed to William ‘Billy’ Butcherson. The idea remains the same here though, so we skipped it on opening night. Here’s a look back at our review and photos from last year.
A fun dessert that delivers on taste and presentation. It’s a small portion, maybe 5 bites total. A layer of cake crumbs sits atop a chocolate pudding base that delivers all the flavors you’d expect. The cake was surprisingly rich and enjoyable. A really well executed chocolate gravestone delivers wonderful details.
Caramel Pretzel, Cinnamon Donuts, and Frozen Apple Cider
Golden Oak Outpost – Yet another offering that returns from last year. We’ll get to the new stuff in a second, I promise. Here’s a rundown of our previous thoughts.
First, let’s take a look at the Cinnamon Doughnuts. Six doughnuts greet you from inside a slightly themed bag. They vary slightly in the amount of cinnamon and sugar you’ll find on them, but the general consensus was that they earn a pass. Somehow they managed to be too doughy while remaining airy. It was an odd texture and quite overpriced for what’s delivered.
Next up was the Chilled Apple Cider. Perhaps the perfect slushy to both cool you down during what is bound to be a warm Orlando night, while retaining a distinctly “Fall” flavor as if to try and remind you that you’re at a Halloween party. The apple is really well executed here with a spiced apple flavor almost exactly like what you’d expect from an apple cider. It’s reasonably priced for a beverage of its size and the flavor hits the spot.
Finally, we arrive at the Caramel Pretzel. It’s the same pretzel as what you could previously find at The Lunching Pad over in Tomorrowland, so we’ll defer to our glowing review of it at that location. Suffice it to say that the caramel works wonderfully with the salt and is worth a taste if you didn’t already get to try it during its brief stint in Tomorrowland.
Headless Horseman Cheesecake – $5.99
Sleepy Hollow – Finally, we have arrived at something new (and maybe our favorite of the party).
The Headless Horseman Cheesecake is the perfect fall treat. A pumpkin mousse is layered with chocolate cake, chocolate crunchies, and orange glaze. It’s all topped with a Headless Horseman chocolate piece. In our second photo, you can see the layering. The pumpkin mousse is spot on, tasting like a wonderful pumpkin pie. It was an extremely light dessert too, which is appreciated in the Florida heat. It was served to us slightly cold, which, you guessed it, is a good thing. We’re glad you saved your money from the Jack and Sally push-pops, because this is where it should be spent. We can definitely recommend this treat.
Chocolate Mickey Waffle Sundae – $6.49
Sleepy Hollow – The chocolate Mickey waffle sundae is exactly as presented. Two black chocolate waffles topped with pumpkin gelato, candy corn, caramel sauce, and sprinkles.
If the Headless Horseman Cheesecake was the highlight of the party, this might be the lowlight (but still above those push-pops). I would caution any excitement over the idea of a chocolate waffle. These tasted like they received their coloration from being burnt. The pumpkin gelato was nice, but not good enough to save the dish. This earns a pass from us.
Constance’s for Better or For Worse Wedding Cake – $7.50
Liberty Square Popcorn Cart – Constance’s for Better or For Worse Wedding Cake is a citrus-scented cake with raspberry Bavarian cream, glacage, buttercream pearls, and flowers. All topped off with a chocolate axe, of course. Straight from the Haunted Mansion, this ghoulish treat is quite good, if not a bit small for the price tendered. It’s light and flavorful, with the raspberry flavor present in each bite. Wonderfully prepared, this cake deserves your attention. There are two downsides to this cake:
- It’s sold quite some distance from the Haunted Mansion, making a photo like the ones above a balancing act and a crowd maneuvering feat.
- It’s sold at the same popcorn stand that is selling the Hitchhiking Ghost popcorn bucket. This means you’ll probably wait in one of the longest treat lines of the night. There is no separate line (yet) for just the purchase of a cake.
Overall, we enjoyed this dessert and can recommend it for your Not-So-Scary evening.
Storybook Treats – Another returning treat here, but just like the Hades Nachos, this is a welcome return. Here are our thoughts from the last time we had the pleasure to try it.
It’s a wonderfully tart key lime soft serve that executes well in both presentation and taste. It does melt quite quickly, so get your photos of it fast, but its a real treat to enjoy the tart lime set against chocolate horns in some bites and waffle cone in others. If we had to say something negative about it, it might be the size. Smaller than what you might expect for a “regular” size ice cream, the Maleficent cone makes up for the size with a wonderful flavor to justify the $1-too-high price. ($5.29 in 2018)
Lots-O-Burger – $15.99
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – The Lots-O-Burger is a good example of you can’t always judge a book by its cover. When it was first passed across the shiny metal countertop at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, I thought that I had made a $15.99 mistake. The bun had Lotso’s smiling face looking up at me, but I had concerns. I could only see the flimsy looking patty at first and assumed I was in trouble.
Upon further inspection and a first bite, the patty still wasn’t anything to write home about, but the brie fondue cheese, strawberry bacon jam, and onion ring saved what was surely to be an 11:23pm disaster. While there is no way around the fact that this burger is about $3 overpriced, it’ll do in a pinch if you can’t make it over to Pecos Bill for the Hades Nachos (have we mentioned we love the nachos?).
Berry Blaster – $4.99
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – In the Berry Blaster, you’ll find cherry syrup, blue curacao syrup, and sprite. It’s all garnished with a lemon wheel and raspberries.
I have to hand it to the team that comes up with the description, a lemon wheel sounds quite fancy and I’ll have to add it to my vocabulary. That said, it doesn’t matter what you call this drink, it’s not worth $5. It basically comes out to be close to a grape powerade with carbonation. You can safely pass on this without feeling like you missed out on an essential part of your Not-So-Scary experience.
Aloha Isle – As we mentioned earlier, we were quite preoccupied with filming the new Not-So-Spooky fireworks show, which led to this treat not being consumed in the time allotted. We’ll be back for it this upcoming Tuesday though to provide photos and our thoughts. In the meantime, here’s a description:
Aaarrrrggghhh – this be a mighty fine drink! Ye ought to try it! The Pirates Horizon features orange juice, passion fruit, and pineapple juice garnished with a pineapple wedge on a pirate sword skewer.
Cool Ship – Speaking of not getting to everything on night one. We decided to pay Cool Ship a visit at about 11:16pm only to find that we missed closing time by an hour and 16 minutes. That’s right, this specialty treat isn’t offered the entire night as Cool Ship closes a full 2 hours before the end of the party that you paid for.
Not to worry though, I was able to capture a photo of the large container that the lemonade and blue curacao are premixed in, and a closer examination of the lid shows that this particular batch doesn’t expire until August 22nd. That means there’s a chance we could still consume it when we return on the 20th. We’ll report back.