There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” If the evidence that some are being presented is accurate, all kinds of evil is being stirred up for the hard-ticket event known as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. But it may not be the kind of wink and nod, Disney evil that you’re expecting.
In previous years many of Disney’s most famous villains have met with guests following the Villains Mix & Mingle held at the Castle Stage in the Magic Kingdom. This allowed guests the opportunity to meet Maleficent and the Queen from Snow White among others. Some of these villains are being promised for meet and greets including Jafar in Adventureland and the Queen of Hearts at the Mad Tea Party. Other villains like the Tremaines (who previously offered a meet and greet), Dr. Faciler, Frollo and Cruella de Vil are being moved to only a Dance Party environment at “Club Villain.” The villains will no longer meet after the Mix and Mingle and it’s now being called The Villains Mix and Mingle – Live on Stage. It’s even being reduced from 4 shows to 3! Why in the world would you keep the word Mingle in the name when they aren’t going to mingle with paying guests? Who knows.
But this is where the love of money comes into the tale. Disney World recently announced a $99 per person ‘Villains Soiree’ which promised a meet and greet with many villains including Maleficent and The Queen among others. Before the Soiree event was released, the Disney Parks Blog promised it’s readers that Maleficent and the Queen would meet with Aurora and Snow White inside Princess Fairytale Hall for any guest paying the 60 to 70 bucks per person extra to attend the party itself. Well, that promise has been withdrawn with a simple press of the delete key.
It appears that Maleficent and the Queen will not meet with regular paying guests and will only meet with guests who paid an extra $99 per person at that Villains Soiree dessert and parade/fireworks viewing event. Their blog post was edited and the comments below the post are now telling people that Cinderella and Rapunzel will meet in their regular spot instead. BAD SHOW! This means that a family of four would have to pay $636 just to meet Maleficent and the Queen and you’ll only find the exact same characters in Fairytale Hall that meet during the day and offer Fastpass+ then too!
First they promise guests that they will meet Aurora/Maleficent and The Queen/Snow White in Princess Fairytale Hall (which seemed like a really popular meet waiting to happen), then offer an upsell event that was optional to guests that already paid to enter the party, then remove your promise to meet these villains and make them exclusive to this highly upcharged event only? I have no issues with companies wishing to make money on their products, but to take away all the Princes, then promise this special meet and greet, only to remove it shortly after with a few backspaces and a couple of comments following the post is a pretty bad way to treat guests that are already paying a premium fee to enter the party. I thought we were taught to keep our promises when we were children? It appears that there could be all kinds of evil at the Halloween Party, but it’s the kind that comes from greed.