Halloween at Walt Disney World

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Halloween is fast approaching and Disney World is getting ready to celebrate this spooky holiday! All of the Halloween celebrations happen at the Magic Kingdom. The other parks don’t decorate for Halloween and Epcot is having the Food and Wine Festival all the way until November. So all of the following Halloween treats are focused at Magic Kingdom. If you are considering visiting Walt Disney World this fall, you may want to book some of these things right away as they are already selling out, but some treats are part of the regular park pass.

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The main attraction at Magic Kingdom is Mickey’s Not-S0-Scary Halloween Party. This event is an additional ticket to attend and is only on select nights. Tickets began to go on sale in April and one night is already sold out. The cost of tickets vary depending on the day of the week, but they range from $68-79 per ticket. Here are the dates of the party:

September 15, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27
October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 (sold out)
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To purchase tickets, visit the Disney World website here.

All parties run from 7:00 pm until midnight, and Magic Kingdom closes at that time for regular park guests. Those who have tickets for the party will receive a special bracelet and will be allowed into the park 3 hours early. Here are some of the special happenings during the party:

Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade

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This is one of their best parades by far! Expect to see characters you never see as well as ghosts and villains. And the music is fantastic! Times are 8:35 pm and 11:15 pm each party night.

Celebrate the Villains Castle Show

This is the Castle projection show that has been turned into a villain-themed show. It begins at 9:45 pm.

Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

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This special fireworks display is amazing! It is a Halloween themed “Wishes” show that includes the villains. It follows the Celebrate the Villains Castle Show. Fireworks are at 10:00 pm.

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These are the wonderful Halloween special lighting, music and effects that come on throughout the park once the party officially begins!

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

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New this year is the Hocus Pocus show at the castle that features the Sanderson sisters from the movie “Hocus Pocus” as they cast a spell on the Magic Kingdom, along with other Disney villains. Show is at 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:40 pm and 12:00 am.

Character Meet and Greets

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Characters will be out for special meet and greets as they will be dressed in their Halloween costumes! There will also be a few special greets including Jack Skellington and Sally, the Seven Dwarves, Villains (excluding the Evil Queen and Maleficent for 2015), Princesses with their Princes, Anna & Elsa, Gaston, Lotso, and the Queen of Hearts.

Special Photo Op at the Haunted Mansion

Hitchhiking ghosts will be added into photos in front of the Haunted Mansion.

Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom Special Card

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A special Halloween card will be introduced at parties for the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game.

Select Rides Open with Shorter Lines

Party-goers can enjoy many of the Magic Kingdom rides without much of a line as there is so much to do at the party, lines are shorter. Not all rides are open during the party.

Happy HalloWishes Dessert Package

New this year is the HalloWishes Dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace that features new Halloween themed desserts. This event requires an additional ticket. Guests at this party will also receive VIP seating at the Boo to You Parade. Cost is $69 for adults and $39 for children.

Party Specialty Treats

  • Ghost Cupcakes at Gaston’s Tavern
  • Candy Corn Soft-serve cones at StoryBook Treats
  • Spider Cupcakes at Main Street Bakery
  • Monster Cupcakes at Main Street Bakery
  • Halloween cookies at Main Street Bakery
  • Halloween Ice Cream Sandwich at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

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Special Merchandise

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Some merchandise is only available at the parties, but some is available in stores throughout the fall. Some of the items we love are the commemorative pins, Halloween MagicBands and cute party shirts! There are lots more Halloween souvenirs in the parks including candy buckets, decorations and more!

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If you do not attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you will still enjoy the amazing Halloween decorations throughout the Magic Kingdom including some fantastic Jack-O-Lanterns.

You may wonder if it is worth it to go to the Halloween Party if you will be at Magic Kingdom. We do think that this party offers a lot of really fun opportunities and experiences. Here are some of our tips if you attend:

  • Rest the day before you go to the party. It will probably be a long night.
  • Don’t plan anything for the following morning because you will be tired!
  • While costumes look cute, consider having your little trick-or-treaters wear a cute Halloween shirt and be a bit more comfortable. In the Florida heat, costumes for long hours can be tough
  • Lines are very long for photo meet and greets, so pick just a couple that you really want to do, and then ride the rides!
  • Grab a special party map that shows where all the trick or treating stations are as well as character greets. Some trick or treat stations have very long lines and they are better to hit later in the evening.
  • Arrive to the party early!
  • Don’t miss the parade or the fireworks! They are the best!

If you are heading to the Magic Kingdom for Halloween time, enjoy all the fantastic and spooky fun!

Disneyland Halloween Time!

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It’s that time of year when Halloween takes over the Happiest Place on Earth! We love Halloween at both Disney parks, but we are going to give you the scoop for what is going on at Disneyland for Halloween. If you are thinking about planning a fall trip to Disneyland, now is the time to book!

Halloween Time at Disneyland includes these fun additions:

Haunted Mansion Holiday – This is our favorite! Jack Skellington and friends have taken over the Haunted Mansion and redecorated inside and out. It is one of the best themed rides we have seen! And of course, you can see Jack, Sally and Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack and Sally have meet and greets near the Haunted Mansion.

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Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – A ghost overlay is added to Space Mountain as you ride. We have mixed reviews on this one. Older kids may think it is fun but younger kids may not. I personally don’t like it myself, but the ride is still one of the best!

Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, USA – The decorations on Main Street are amazing! You enter with the largest pumpkin ever and then throughout the entire street are the best Jack-O-Lanterns! We love Main Street during Halloween!

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Dia de los Muertos in Frontierland – Frontierland has special displays for the holiday Dia de los Muertos.

Seasonal Sweet Treats–Throughout the park, there are special Halloween candy apples, cookies and cupcakes that kids will love to enjoy!

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Mickey’s Halloween Party

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This is a special event that requires an additional ticket from the regular park pass. Party tickets range from $69-$77 depending on the day of the event. Tickets increase in price on the day of the event, if there are still tickets available. The closer the date is to Halloween, the more sold out the night will be. Here are the dates that the party will be at Disneyland:

September 25, 28, 30
October 2, 5, 7, 9,12, 14,16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31

Park closes for regular guests when the party starts. Times vary for each day but most nights begin at 6:00 and end at midnight. With the tickets, you can enter Disneyland 3 hours before the start of the party. You receive a bracelet when you enter that shows you are staying for the party. Here are some of the special attractions during the Halloween Party:

  • Guests are allowed to wear Halloween costumes in the park
  • Trick or treating stations throughout the park
  • Halloween Screams fireworks show – exclusive to the Halloween Party
  • Paint the Night parade
  • Photo ops with Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes as well as special Disney villains
  • Dance party

New to the Halloween time is a new dining experience: Blue Bayou Premium Halloween Dining Experience. This special night, hosted by Dr. Facilier, the villain from The Princess and the Frog, also includes tickets for a priority viewing area for Halloween Screams fireworks. It is only offered on nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party. Price is $150 per person.

If you are interested in visiting Disneyland during Halloween time or anytime during October, check out our friends at Get Away Today for a quote for your vacation. They offer some great deals to Disneyland including neighboring hotels. Now is the time to have a fantastic fall at Disney!

Join us tomorrow for a full update on what is happening at Disney World and Magic Kingdom for Halloween!

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Frozen Invasion

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It seems like “Frozen” has invaded everything nowadays! Do you feel like that? There is a bit of a Frozen fever and it doesn’t seem to be cooling off anytime soon (pun intended). We have rounded up all the Frozen news and invasions, and frankly, we love it all.

Once Upon a Time

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Frozen recently invaded the popular ABC show “Once Upon A Time” as Anna and Elsa’s story weaved into Storybrook. If you aren’t familiar with the show, fairytale stories are brought to life as they enter our real world and try to live happily ever after. Quite a few Disney princesses have visited the show, like Rapunzel, while Snow White is a regular character. And the new season premiered with Elsa invading the town of Storybrook. Watch on Sunday 8/7 central for this continuing story!

Maelstrom at Epcot

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A big announcement last week was that Disney will be closing the ride at Epcot’s Norway, Maelstrom, to make way for construction on a new attraction. The new attraction in Norway will be a Frozen ride, taking over where Maelstrom currently resides. While Maelstrom has been a fixture of the World Showcase for many years at Epcot, a new attraction will be a welcome addition as the ride is very dated and short, and doesn’t hold much interest. The new ride is set to open in 2016.

Frozen Sequel?

Well, not sure if we can call it an official sequel, but during the airing of the ABC television special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic” Disney announced the film “Frozen Fever” which will release in spring of 2015. This animated short will feature an all new song from the same song-writing team of Frozen, as well as all the original characters. The storyline is that it is Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff want to give her the best birthday ever, but they can’t seem to get past Elsa’s frozen powers.

Frozen Sing-Along DVD

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A new version of the Frozen DVD will be released this November, just in time for the holidays! The Sing-Along edition will be in stores on November 7th. You can pre-order your copy today on Amazon.

Frozen Hollywood Studios

This summer was the Frozen invasion at Hollywood Studios with the Frozen Summer Celebration. Most of these additions will be ending at the end of September, including ice skating, frozen sing along and the frozen fireworks celebration. But Disney would like to continue the Frozen Invasion! The Premier Theater, formerly used for the American Idol attraction, has been turned into “For the First Time in Forever: A Sing-Along Celebration” so you can continue to enjoy the sing-along fun!

Frozen Meet & Greets

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Both Disneyland and Disney World have wonderful Meet & Greet opportunities for Anna & Elsa. The meet and greet for Anna & Elsa at Disneyland is in Fantasyland near Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. Unfortunately, it does not have FastPasses. The meet and greet at Disney World is at Princess Fairytale Hall. The sisters are available through FastPass which is wonderful, although those passes can be tough to come by! You can also see our favorites sisters in the parade at Magic Kingdom.

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Frozen Merchandise…Everywhere

First, I predict the most popular Halloween costumes this year will be Anna and Elsa. There may be a little Frozen mania in our house as well! There are dresses everywhere for costumes, but here are the Disney Store’s costumes for the sisters.

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Pretty cute costumes, right? But there is, of course, more. We love this adult shirt for Frozen:

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While shopping at Target, within 15 minutes we spotted Frozen in almost every department. Here are a couple:

Olaf and Sven snuggle blanket - yes please!

Olaf and Sven snuggle blanket – yes please!

Frozen sheets!

Frozen sheets!

Frozen Chicken Noodle Soup anyone? I guess if you are feeling cold, this is good.

Frozen Chicken Noodle Soup anyone? I guess if you are feeling cold, this is good.

I’m sure if I kept searching, I could find more Frozen fun. I don’t think the invasion will slow down soon, and I’m sure things will be even bigger for the holidays! Just can’t get enough of Frozen! We should just let it go and enjoy!

Halloween Events at Disney World and Disneyland

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Its that time of year again when Halloween has come to our favorite Disney parks. Both Disney World and Disneyland celebrate Halloween in an amazing way, and they both offer similar but different experiences. If you will be heading to the parks this fall and would like to know what the parks are offering for Halloween fun, we have the rundown for you. We have been to both park’s celebrations and we will share with you what is in store for Disneyland and Disney World during Halloween time.

Disney World Halloween

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If you will be visiting Disney World this fall (September through October), you will experience not only fall celebrations but Halloween as well. Most of the Halloween celebrations are done at Magic Kingdom. During September through November (9/19-11/10), Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival in full swing and that is the focus at that park. Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom do not have Halloween festivities.

The main attraction during Halloween at the Magic Kingdom is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This is a ticket event, meaning even if you already have park passes for that day, you need to purchase additional tickets for the party. The Halloween party is only on select nights, which are:

September 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30

Cost for tickets are $62.00 plus tax (ages 10+) and $57.00 plus tax (ages 3-9). The party times each night are 7:00 pm – 12:00 am, but they let guests with tickets into the park 3 hours in advance (4:00 pm). We advise you to arrive at 4:00 to get into the park and have your wristband.

Here are all the magical happenings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that are included with a ticket:

  • Mickey’s “Boo to You” Parade, twice a night. This is a wonderful parade and should not be missed!

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  • HalloWishes Fireworks, following one of the parades. This is one of their best fireworks shows.
  • Trick or treating stations throughout the park. These have long lines and can get congested. Plan on hitting just one for fun and skip the rest.
  • Villain pre-show in front of castle before fireworks

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  • Dead Cowboy Quartet in Frontierland. Similar to the Dapper Dans with their performance.
  • Unique and special character greets throughout the park, including Anna & Elsa, Cinderella & Rapunzel, classic Disney characters in Halloween costumes, villains, Pixar characters, Cinderella’s coach, Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington & Sally, Jasmine & Aladdin plus Genie & Abu, Winnie the Pooh & friends in costume, Captain Jack Sparrow and Tarzan, Jane & Terk. Character greets are subject to change.

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  • NEW Villain’s Sinister Soiree – Additional tickets required
    • Dessert party inside Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant
    • Hosted by Lady Tremaine and features other Disney villains
    • Live piano music
    • Preferred viewing area for the 8:15 Boo to You parade
    • Offered at 10:15 pm and 11:45 pm
    • Desserts and non-alcoholic specialty drinks offered
    • No Disney Dining Plan
    • Cost is $99/person plus tax (gratuity included)
    • Booking not available online – to purchase tickets, call (407) 939-5262
  • During the party, many of the park’s rides are open and the waits are short since most people are waiting in line for a photo op or enjoying other party festivities. It may be a great time to enjoy a ride or two!
  • Costumes are allowed at the park during the party. Disney has guidelines for costumes worn so visit their website for details.
  • Special party treats and merchandise that is only available during the party

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If you are visiting the park and not going to the party, you will still enjoy the amazing Halloween decorations throughout the park as well as special Halloween treats and merchandise. There are not Halloween photo ops except during the party.

A few tips on the party:

  • Arrive early to receive your wrist-band for the party. The largest crowds stay on Main Street so it is best to move past that part of the park.
  • Decide before that night what your high priority photo-ops will be and limit that list. Lines can be 30-60 minutes long for some pictures and you can’t spend your whole party time waiting to meet a character.
  • Find your spot for the parade about 30-45 minutes early (at least)
  • Make sure kids are well rested if you plan to stay late that night. And plan for a late morning the next day.

Disneyland Halloween

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Disneyland offers a special Halloween event as well called Mickey’s Halloween Party. It is only offered at Disneyland and not California Adventure. It requires an additional ticket to attend, meaning if you have a park pass for that day, you will need to purchase a ticket for the party as well or exit the park when it begins. Party runs 7:00 pm until midnight. Guests with tickets are allowed to enter the park 3 hours prior to the start of the party. Here are the select dates of the Halloween Party:

September 26, 30
October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

Here is all the magic during Mickey’s Halloween Party:

  • Monsters U Dance Party in Tomorrowland – lots of fun Pixar Monsters characters out and dancing. Not a great photo op
  • Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade – this is a small parade of characters in their Halloween costumes. Very cute and it is easy to find seats for this parade.

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  • Halloween Screams Fireworks – one of their best fireworks shows! Hosted by Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie and a special visit from Zero!
  • Trick or Treat stations throughout the park – expect long lines for candy
  • Disney villains out for greets
  • Costumes are allowed for guests – Disney has guidelines for acceptable costumes so visit their website for details
  • Most attractions open all night
  • Fun activities and treats for families
  • Character ops throughout the park including Jack Skellington & Sally, Winnie the Pooh & friends, Toy Story pals, Mickey and friends in their Halloween costumes, Disney princesses, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Smee & Jack Sparrow, Phineas & Ferb, Merida, and Star Wars Storm Troopers plus more! Characters are subject to change.

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  • Complimentary parking
  • Special treats and merchandise offered only during the party

If you will be visiting the park and not attending the Halloween party, there are actually lots of other Halloween things to enjoy and Disneyland!

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – The Haunted Mansion is taken over by Jack Skellington and his pals from A Nightmare Before Christmas. The attraction is “redecorated” and it is truly fabulous! Jack and Sally do meet and greets outside the mansion as well. Long lines for the ride during this time but it is well worth it!

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  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – Space Mountain is changed to include zombie ghosts that scare guests during their ride. We didn’t enjoy this transformation but tweens and teens will think it is a frightful fun.
  • Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland – There are Disney Villain greets as well as other classic Disney characters in Halloween costumes. Kids can enjoy Halloween crafts and lots of Halloween fun at the ranch.
  • Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Frontierland.

Disneyland vs Disney World

It may seem like both parks do about the same for Halloween but that isn’t quite true. Both parks have a ticketed Halloween party along with a parade and fireworks. Here are the difference between them if you are deciding which park you want to visit for Halloween time:

  • Disney World’s Halloween Party is much bigger than Disneylands. It attracts a larger crowd because it offers more events and appearances.
  • Disney World’s parade and fireworks are much grander by far. The Disneyland parade is less of a parade and more of the characters walking down the streets in Halloween costumes. It is still fun but much less “grand”.
  • Trick or Treating at both events have long lines for candy
  • Disneyland offers Halloween festivities and rides even if you don’t buy a ticket to the party. And you can still take Halloween photo ops with characters before the party. The characters change into different Halloween costumes for the party, but who cares?
  • Disneyland is more low-key, which is nice for families. It will still be busy and have crowds, but nothing like Disney World. We found it to be a little more fun and less stressful.
  • They both have the same guidelines for costumes – no weapons that resemble real weapons, no dragging parts, nothing inappropriate or scary, no dressing like a Disney character and signing autographs…
  • There are more unique character photo ops at Disney World, by far!
  • They both use the wristband system for ticketed guests and offer guest entrance 3 hours before the party begins.
  • There are many more dates of the Disney World Mickey’s Not-So-Scary than Disneyland’s Mickey’s Halloween Party.
  • Both parties have sold out for Halloween night or the nights closest to it.
  • Most rides stay open during the parties and the lines are pretty short, so plan some ride time!

If you are heading to one of the parties this season, here are some of our tips for young kids and families so you can enjoy the evening and not stress out!!

  • Have an easy day at the parks before the party. If you can have rest time before, even better! The parties run until midnight, and if you are planning to stay all evening, kids will need lots of rest and energy.
  • If you stay out late that night, expect a late morning the next day. Don’t schedule an early breakfast the next day. Plan on everyone being wiped out!
  • Dress comfortably. Even if you are planning to wear a costume, wear your tennis shoes. Make sure everyone is cool because costumes can get hot. I actually think kids are happier not in costumes but a cute Halloween shirt.
  • Bring glow-in-the-dark necklaces, bracelets and such, from home and give to the kids as a surprise at the party. The Disney glow in the dark toys are pricey. Something that blinks is even better!
  • Plan meals early. Many table serves close once the party begins, so either have an early dinner or plan for a fast quick-serve.
  • Limit the characters you want to meet. The lines can get pretty long and you will be very sad if you spend all that money on party tickets and spend the whole party in lines to see characters. Have a few must-see characters, split up the line waiting duty and then enjoy the night.
  • Get into character lines early in the evening so the rest of your evening can be parade, fireworks and fun!
  • Hit maybe one Trick or Treat stop and skip the rest. The lines are long there too. Your kids don’t need more candy and there are other things to do.
  • Parties closest to Halloween night sell out fast. In fast, some are already sold out now. Some nights, they will sell tickets up until the party starts.
  • Use the Photo Pass photographers. They have special “magic” pictures they take just for the Halloween party, like with the ghosts out front of Haunted Mansion. You have to ask for the magic shots if you want them.
  • It is essential at both parties to grab a map and guide for the party so you know where special events are as well as character greets.

We hope everyone has a fabulous Halloween, especially if you will be at a Disney park this season!
Boo to you!!

News in Disney Parks & Travel

It’s been awhile since I did a big collection of changes and happenings at the Disney parks and beyond, so I have brought together the most recent happenings around the Disney travel world. I am looking forward to my annual “Looking Ahead in 2014” to what we might see in the new year. It is hard to believe that 2013 is coming to a close soon!

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First, both Disneyland and Disney World have their Halloween parties in full swing now, and then they will be winding down in the next two weeks. While there are always new and exciting things at this event, this year was the debut of Jack Skellington and Sally (from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas) at the Magic Kingdom for meet and greets. They have been at Disneyland during Halloween time for a few years, but this is the first year they are greeting guests during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World. They can be found on Main Street at the Town Square Theater at the Magic Kingdom. Our family saw them last year at Disneyland during Halloween time, and it was one of my favorite meet and greets!

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Magic Bands and FastPass+ are continuing testing and roll out at different parks. But they are getting more and more used by guests at the parks now, and the buzz on the street is that the new system is pretty slick! In case you don’t know what these Magic Bands are, they are bracelets that take the place of the former “Keys To The World” cards PLUS they combine your dining reservations PLUS your Magical Express reservation PLUS schedule FastPass+ for your family (limited amount per day) so you don’t even have to get the paper FastPass tickets anymore. There have been some glitches, but overall most guests are enjoying the ease with the bands and getting to schedule fastpasses. Right now, the Magic Bands are only available at select resorts but expect that list to keep growing as the system gets going bigger and bigger. And the Magic Bands are linked with the My Disney Experience that you log into online and sync with the app (of the same name) on your iPhone or SmartPhone. Doesn’t this all sound like something from Tomorrowland? (Note: This system is only at Disney World and not Disneyland)

As we reported awhile back, the Disney Vacation Club will be building villas at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Right now, the resort is under renovations and construction, although guests are still staying at the resort. Another DVC project is wrapping up at The Grand Floridian with villas for families. Transportation by monorail to the Magic Kingdom has been interrupted during the day to some of the resorts while construction is finishing. For more information on the new DVC at the Polynesian and the construction, click here for our post. Also, very soon the new villas at the Grand Floridian will be complete and ready for families to enjoy!

At the Contemporary Resort, the amazing California Grill restaurant on the top level, was redesigned and renovated. It recently reopened on September 9th for guests to experience the wonderful cuisine as well as their awesome views of the Magic Kingdom. Reservations are highly recommended for this restaurant. On the Disney Dining Plan, this is a Signature Restaurant and uses two table-serve credits.

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Just this week, at Hollywood Studios, the Fantasmic show debuted the Glow with the Show Mickey Ears. These originated in Disneyland’s California Adventure park for the World of Color show, and then they were added to the Fantasmic show. Now they are available at Disney World for the Fantasmic show at Hollywood Studios. They are truly fun to watch during the show as they change colors to match what is going on with the show. They cost around $25 each, which for this family of 6, is a little steep. But we think the concept is wonderful and very interactive for guests. I predict we will see these being added to other nighttime shows like Illuminations and the Electrical Parade.

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New renderings and sketches were released of concepts for the Avatar-land coming to Animal Kingdom. While these are still in the concept stage, they do show some sort of ride that mimics riding a Banshee, as well as lush surroundings with the floating mountains and possibly a boat-ride attraction. This will be an interesting project to watch as it unfolds, but it is years in the making!

CaramelTreats

One of my favorite sweet spots at Disney World is at Epcot in Germany – Karamell-Kuche, the caramel bakery. They recently unveiled a few new treats at their store, and I can’t wait to try them! They include an apple tart, sea-salt fudge brownie, caramel toffee bark, and a caramel cheesecake with chocolate. Stop in and give them a try! They look delish!

Both Parks

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A new addition to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience is a Sofia the First makeover! Visit the boutique and have your little princess turned into Sofia the First! This special treat is being offered at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland at Disneyland (just past the castle), and at the World of Disney at Downtown Disney in Disney World. Right now, it is not available at the Magic Kingdom location (just past the castle)but I would expect that to change soon. As always, make sure you make advanced reservations for this special experience.

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With the new movie “Frozen” coming to theaters in November, there will be a new meet and greet at both Disneyland and Disney World for the movie. The main characters, Anna and Elsa, will have a meet and greet for their new fans. There will be a frozen, icy greeting area in Fantasyland at Disneyland, and there will be a frozen greeting area at Epcot in Norway. Keep your eyes open for these two sisters at the parks!

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The Cozy Cone in Cars Land at California Adventure, just added two new delicious breakfast cones to their menu. The two new morning choices are a Chorizo and Eggs cone, and a Southwestern Scramble cone. While you can also get a quick-serve breakfast at Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land, these breakfast cones might be a great option for a grab-n-go hot breakfast.

On Main Street in Disneyland, the famous Market House has reopened after renovations, and now serves Starbucks coffee. This is the second location at the Disneyland resort to serve Starbucks coffee to guests. The Market House has always served delicious coffee to guests but has been renovated and enlarged to serve more people. The other location for Starbucks brand coffee is at Fiddler, Fife and Practical on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure.

“The View” will be filming on location at Disneyland from November 18-22. If you are a big fan of the show, make your way to the happiest place on earth and watch filming. One of the first guests is set to be Jimmy Kimmel.

Disney CruiseLines

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On October 20th, Disney will relaunch the redesigned Magic cruise ship in Miami. Some of the new additions and changes to the ship, besides complete redesign of decor, interiors and rooms, are:

  • Three new family shows
  • Renovated Oceaneers Club including Andy’s Room, Pixie Hollow and the new Avengers Room
  • New restaurants including Carioca’s offering South American flavors
  • New adult venues including After Hours bar and a piano bar

Adventures by Disney

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With the new movie “Frozen” coming to theaters, Adventures by Disney has created a new experience for families wanting to visit Norway. The “Frozen” inspired family vacation will take your through Bergen, Flam, Geiranger and Oslo. Your family will experience storybook villages and boat rides through beautiful landscapes. All Adventure by Disney vacations are led and planned by Disney staff and guides.

Show Your Disney Side

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The newest campaign by Disney is Show Your Disney Side. They want people to share with them how they celebrate and experience Disney. The new website is Disneyside.com. Disney wants you to upload your photos, videos and vines, and show off your great Disney experiences. We all have something we could share! This is a great way to be interactive with Disney and maybe your picture will make it on their site!


 

That is the round up of all the happenings at the parks. The Halloween parties will be winding down in a couple weeks and then the Christmas decorations and parties will begin. If you will be visiting the parks in the next couple months, we hope this update will help you know what is going on all around the Disney world!

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