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5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

If you are anything like us, you love Fall and Halloween at the Magic Kingdom and especially Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!  These parties are extra special events where they close the Magic Kingdom to regular park guests and bring in some extra special Halloween decorations and treats that you can only experience at the Party!

Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy these parties and get the most treats with no tricks!

1.  This is a Family Friendly Event  – Like the name implies, this is a Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Unlike other Orlando Theme Parks, Walt Disney World offers a purely family-friendly environment that is suitable for children of all ages.  There are some dark areas, but if your kids loves the Haunted Mansion, that is about as dark as the entire evening gets!

2.  Wear A Costume – Children are always allowed to wear Princess Outfits or Pirate Costumes in Disney Parks, but adults do not have that luxury…except for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties!  As long as you wear a costume that does not cover your face (ie. a full head or face mask) you are welcome to enjoy the party.  Remember, it’s still pretty warm in Orlando during the Fall, so make sure that your costume is lightweight an not too heavy!

5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

3.  Trick Or Treat All Night Long – During the party, there are several locations located all around the Magic Kingdom…and you can trick-or-treat as much as you want.  You can return as much as you want and as the night progresses, many Cast Members often become more generous in their treat giving.  We suggest bringing your own bag though…the bags that Disney provides are a little small.

4.  Arrive A Little Early – Even though Mickey’s Party officially starts at 7 p.m., which is when all of the entertainment actually begins, guests can enter with their Halloween Party tickets as early as 4 p.m. This is not something Walt Disney World advertises, but it absolutely is true, and you will see plenty of other guests arriving at 4 p.m., and Cast Members in their Halloween outfits at the turnstiles.  This allows you to enjoy a full 8 hours inside the park, for 1/2 the price!

5.  Make Time to Meet Characters – Haloweentime is one of the best times to meet your favorite Disney Characters, and during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary parties, all your favorite characters are dressed in special Trick-or-treat costumes!  Past favorites are Winnie the Pooh and friends, Snow White, and all 7 dwarfs – they are all not to be missed!!

5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Parties are Hard Ticketed events, which means you have to buy a separate ticked for entrance to the party.  The parties run on select nights in September and October from 7:00 pm to Midnight.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner when you book your Walt Disney World Vacation and let them know you need tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party today!

Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

This week’s Kingdom Magic Quick Tip shows you how to enjoy Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and get the most  thrills and chills out of this not-so-spook-tacular party!

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New MagicBand Merchandise Is Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

The MagicBands are still in the testing phase at Walt Disney World, but that does not stop Disney from rolling out some bling for your MagicBand that allows you to decorate your MagicBand and make it your own.

We noticed in the Magic Kingdom a new MyMagic+ Service center next to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. This is where you can customize your magic with your MagicBand.  Below are some photos to so you can get an idea of the merchandise at the service center.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

MagicBand accessories are also being sold at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House and the Contemporary Resort. You can find them at Fantasia gifts at the Contemporary Resort and Zawadi Marketplace at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

These fun accessories allow you to customize your MagicBand in an affordable way. This is the first batch to be released – and there are already several different designs to choose from – (Tinkerbell, The Muppets, gemstone Mickeys and more).  So you can really personalize your MagicBand. These are called MagicBandits – and they are priced by item. The MagicBandits with three in a box are $6.95 , packs of four are $8.95 , and packs of three or more are $12.95.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

CoverBands are $6.95 for one and $15.95 for 3.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

MagicSliders for the bands are available in a Mickey design for $12.95 and Minnie design for $14.95.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

See the New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

What do you think of the new MagicBands Merchandise?

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar – Guest Blog Post

If you’ve followed me at allinwdw.com for any measure of time, you know that my entire family loves Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  Frankly, from our view, for the price, it is one of the best places to stay at Walt Disney World Resort.  It is clean, NOT crowded (as much as you might fear it is – given that it is a conference resort), and the people working there are top-notch.  Well, we also love their lake-side watering hole – Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

This way to paradise!

One of the things I tell people is that I fell in love with Walt Disney World many years ago because of the Cast Members.  As a young family, with one 2nd grader in tow, we were taking our very-first BIG vacation.  The staff at Coronado Springs made us feel like we were the only guests visiting Walt Disney World, and they made us want to be a PART of the magic.  What more can you ask for when you’re handing Mickey your hard-earned dollars?  Well, the bartenders at Laguna are prime examples of great service.

The Laguna Bar sits directly behind El Centro – the Southwestern U.S./Mexican-themed resort’s main (central) building.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

Only a few steps away from El Centro.

It is a small establishment, but, for us, it packs a large “punch” in the form of hours of enjoyment.  It’s our vacation, after all, and what does one do on vacation but relax?  Oh, we love the theme parks, don’t get us wrong, but sometimes we just want to sit around and chill.  Laguna Bar is an ideal spot.  A cold beverage of any variety, enjoyed by Lago Dorado (the man-made lake at the heart of the resort) takes us to a very happy place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

A comfortable, little resting place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The stools encircle the bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

Welcome to Laguna!

Dining Recon: Laguna bar

Ample seating.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

A beautiful view.

Food options at Laguna Bar are a bit limited, but Coronado’s Quick Service food court – Pepper Market – is just a short stroll away.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

If you’d like to stick around and keep your seat, however, Laguna sports a new menu.  With cuisine supplied by Cafe Rix, they have expanded their options to include nine salad and sandwich items as well as four “kids” meals and two desserts.  The former menu offered choices from amongst only two salads, three sandwiches, and two recipes of individual pizzas.  A big improvement!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

We had the Cobb Salad and the All Beef Jumbo Hot Dog.  The salad was fresh and very filling.  Accompanied by your choice of chips, the “dog” was a hearty little meal!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

You’ll love their signature cocktails. The Cancun Colada is especially tasty!

Whether you are buying a beverage or looking for a place to enjoy “take-out” from either Pepper Market or Cafe Rix, there’s plenty of seating.  For us, though, we enjoy a spot at the bar.  It is there that we can enjoy the company of Laguna’s outstanding staff of bartenders.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

No, Paola! We can’t drink that whole bottle!

If you’re looking for a surprisingly quiet, clean, moderately priced place to call home when you reach Walt Disney World, we would highly recommend Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  If you’re looking for a place to sit back, relax, and chill in the presence of friendly Cast Members and a beautiful view, then visit Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The crowd gathers!

The Three Caballeros request your presence!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

Scare Up Some Spooky Halloween Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman. Parade run at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm
  • Happy HalloWishes – a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky. Fireworks are at 9:30 pm
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.

Dates and Times for 2013

September: 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29, 2013

October: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 & 31, 2013

November: 1, 2013

Hours: 7:00 pm – midnight

What is your favorite Halloween memory from Walt Disney World?

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See What Happens on Castaway Cay When Guests Are Away

Have you ever wondered what happens at Castaway Cay when you’re not there? Disney gave us a little glimpse during a recent visit to the island earlier this month.

Disney Cruise Line guests aren’t the only ones who love to kick back, relax and have fun here! See what Mickey and the gang do on their fun-filled days at Disney’s island paradise

Disney Cruise Line guests aren’t the only ones who love to kick back, relax and have fun here! See what Mickey and the gang do on their fun-filled days at Disney’s island paradise in this video:

What’s your favorite thing to do at Castaway Cay? Leave us a comment and let us know!

A Night at Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park

If you’ve never been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park, I’m here to tell you – you’re missing out on a good time. Spooky surprises await around every corner, in addition to exclusive entertainment like “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade – which you can see below as it makes its way into Town Square.

Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

The whole park is under a Halloween spell, from “it’s a small world” …

"it's a small world" during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

… to Sleeping Beauty Castle!

Sleeping Beauty Castle during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

If you go, keep an eye out for eerie entertainers, like Mr. Key Daver performing in the Golden Horseshoe …

Mr. Key Daver performing in the Golden Horseshoe during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

… and my personal favorite, the Cadaver Dans, performing from their bewitched barge along the Rivers of America.

the Cadaver Dans, performing from their bewitched barge along the Rivers of America

But of course, no visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party is complete without a trip through a few treat trails! Any party veteran can tell you about the bag full of sweet and good-for-you treats that you’ll be going home with at the end of the night.

A Night at Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park
Have you been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park? What is your favorite thing to do or see at the party? Let us know in the comments!

Dylan McDermott Visits Disney California Adventure Park

Dylan McDermott Visits Disney California Adventure Park

Last Friday, Dylan McDermott visited Disney California Adventure park with his daughters Charlotte and Collette, to celebrate Charlotte’s seventh birthday. He made a quick stop on Buena Vista Street to check out the new Red Car Trolley, and made quite a fashion statement in his Conductor Mickey hat.

“We’ve been coming [to Disneyland Resort] for years – the girls get so excited,” he told me. “They know it’s the happiest place on Earth.”

 

VIDEO: ‘Glow with the Show’ Now Glowing at Disneyland Park

You probably noticed that Disney California Adventure park has a certain “glow” this summer. As Erin Glover showed you in July, special Mickey Ear hats that light up the night can be seen throughout the park at various spots in Cars Land, Mad T Party and “World of Color.” They’re called “Glow with the Show” ears and they use the latest, infrared trigger technology that allows guests to become part of the “Disney magic,” as their hats sync up to the colors in the shows and beat of the music.

Now these special ears glow at Disneyland park. More than 3,000 Annual Passholders recently gathered to glow with the classic guest favorite, “Fantasmic!” The sea of colorful ears was a spectacular sight. Check it out for yourself and then come to the Disneyland Resort and get your glow on!

You can get your own pair of “Glow with the Show” ears at select merchandise locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks or at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour

Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is lurking around the corner, and today you can book an experience that is unique to this spooky time of year. Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour takes you on a journey throughout the Disneyland Resort for a night of chilling tales, eerie sights and Halloween treats! Your mysterious “Ghost Host” will take you on an adventure as you track the mischievous Disney Villains, experience thrilling attractions and discover that the fate of the Disneyland Resort in your hands!

Here are some things you should know about the Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour:

  • Tour is offered each night from September 14 through October 31.
  • The tour is approximately three hours long.
  • Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
  • Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Some tour attractions have a 42-inch height requirement and physical considerations.
  • Each tour guest will receive a collectible souvenir pin and a tasty treat.

For even more Halloween fun, be sure to ask about the “Ultimate Experience”! On select nights, you can combine Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour with the trick-or-treating fun of Mickey’s Halloween Party. The “Ultimate Experience” is available on September 28 and October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31.

The Magic Behind Mickey’s 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Medal

Since we unveiled Mickey’s commemorative 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon medal two weeks ago, the response has been amazing. It is truly unlike any runDisney medal we have ever created, and runners apparently love it.

 

The creative force behind the medal is Disney art director David Brotherton, who designed the unique medal by incorporating the perfect balance between athletics and Disney. In this video, David takes us behind the scenes and shares details about the creative journey that led to this signature medal that will be the jewel of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, January 10-13.

 

There’s still time to get your hands on this or one of the other inspiring Disney medals. You can sign up for any Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend event, including the runDisney Kids’ Races, Disney Family Fun Run 5K, Half Marathon or Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge at runDisney.com.

VIDEO: Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort

There’s so much to enjoy at the Walt Disney World® Resort during the holiday season. Watch this video to see just some of what Disney has in store for this year.

And of course don’t forget about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom happening select nights in November and December.

Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort

Happy Halloween from Kingdom Magic Vacations

Cinderella Castle Halloween Walt Disney WorldFRIGHTFULLY FUN FIREWORKS: Orange-hued fireworks explode over Cinderella Castle while illuminated pumpkins are projected onto the facade during the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks show. The pyrotechnics show is part of “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” an after-hours Halloween celebration that takes place on select nights at the theme park. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns September 13 with 23 Nights of Halloween Fun in Magic Kingdom

Halloween’s happiest haunts will be reappearing for a season of “spook-tacular” fun as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to the Magic Kingdom for 23 select nights between Sept. 13 and Nov. 1, 2011.

The after-hours Magic Kingdom party will once again be immersed in the Halloween spirit, including two entertainment spectaculars created especially for the event:

 

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Parade

At the Walt Disney World Resort on 19 select evenings between November 8th and December 18th, 2011, guests can experience the enchantment of Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle plus two special entertainment extravaganzas, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the holiday-themed fireworks spectacular, “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.”

This special after-hours party in the Magic Kingdom, which requires a separate admission ticket, also features live Disney character stage shows, character greetings, cookies and cocoa, and even “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A.

Dates:

November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18

Prices:

$60.66 for adults and $55.33 for ages 3-9 with advanced purchase.  Available November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 29, 30; December 4, 6, 7, 11, 13

$67.05 for adults and $61.72 for kids on the day of event

$56.40 for adults and $51.07 for kids with Passholder & DVC Member Discounts.  Available November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 29, 30; December 4, 6:

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