New Disney Parks Security Policies

Security

Disney Parks has issued new park security policies, for both Disney World and Disneyland. We have included a link below to the full policies on the Disney website, but what has really changed today is:

  • Toy weapons or objects that appear to be weapons, will not be allowed in the parks – this includes toy guns, toy blasters, squirt guns…The parks will no longer be selling toy guns
  • Metal detectors are set up and being used at bag check locations at the parks
  • Guests ages 14 and older may not wear costumes
  • Guests ages 14 and older may not wear masks, unless medically necessary. Younger guests can not wear masks that block peripheral vision

We would anticipate that these changes will slow down security checkpoints so if you are heading to parks, plan extra time for getting into the parks. The Disney World security policies are that same for Disneyland Park as well.

Disney World Park Rules and Regulations

Disney Christmas Crafts

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We’ve rounded up some fun Disney themed Christmas crafts that you could do alone or make with the kids over winter break. I think we will be make some of the cute felt Mickey & Minnie felt ornaments for our kid’s Christmas tree. Check out these cute crafts for the holidays!

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Cute DIY Mickey Ornaments at Will Cook For Smiles

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Cute and easy to make santa Mickey chair covers from We Run Disney

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Mickey-inspired ornament from Disney Fashionista

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These Jack Skellington pots would look really cute with miniature Christmas trees! Find the craft at Disney Family

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A festive Mickey wreath for the front door – originally posted on Etsy but if you are really crafty, you might be able to make it yourself!

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Simple and easy Mickey and Minnie ornaments from Confessions of a Holiday Junkie. Could be a great craft with kids!

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Love this Baymax ornament from Mom Endeavors! Full step by step on how to make them yourself.

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This is a beautiful Frozen inspired wreath from One Krieger Chick

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Festive Christmas decorations from Dolled Up Design

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Popsicle Stick Olaf that the kids can make from Craftionary

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Pixie Dust Ornament from Crafting in the Rain

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Simple ornament that you could replicate for any Disney character, from The Coupon Challenge

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Peppermint Disney plate from WDW Radio

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Olaf Sock Snowman from One Creative Mommy – this could be a great craft for little ones too!

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This would be a great craft if you used Disney Christmas pictures and your family initial – original design from DIY Ready with a whole step by step on how to make

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Popsicle Stick Snowflake ornaments that are truly Frozen inspired, from Fireflies and Mudpies

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If you are surprising kiddos with a Disney trip this Christmas, these DIY luggage tags are adorable, from Crafty Staci

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Fun kids craft to make Bell Mickey Ornaments from The Goodlaff Girl

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This Mickey Cup Cozy would be such a cute neighbor gift with cookies! From Disney Family

We hope you are full of crafting inspiration this holiday with these ideas!

Disneyland 60th Diamond Celebration Photos

We want to share with you some of our favorite Disneyland 60th Diamond Celebration photos, because sometimes it is just nice to look at lovely pictures. Disneyland was super sparkly for this birthday!

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"Partners" statue with 60th in background

“Partners” statue with 60th in background

Front entrance sign

Front entrance sign

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Diamond swag

Carthay Circle with diamonds

Carthay Circle with diamonds

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Disneyland Hotel vintage sign at waterslide

Disneyland Hotel vintage sign at waterslide

Cake at Disneyland Hotel celebrating 60 years

Cake at Disneyland Hotel celebrating 60 years

Back of castle with decorations

Back of castle with decorations

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Castle and Mountain

Diamond graphic on parade float

Diamond graphic on parade float

Paint the Night Parade - Mickey Float

Paint the Night Parade – Mickey Float

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Kids taking fun pics at photo ops for Disneyland 60th

Kids taking fun pics at photo ops for Disneyland 60th

Disneyland Pin Giveaway

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We had such an amazing time at Disneyland celebrating the 60th Diamond Celebration! We can’t wait to share all our photos and stories with everyone! It truly is amazing to think that Disneyland is 60 years old. I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of the celebration.

Disney announced earlier this year that they will be extending the Diamond Celebration into September of 2016 which means more guests can enjoy this sparkly experience. If you aren’t able to make it to California and see Disneyland turn 60, we wanted to share some of the sparkle with our readers with a fun giveaway!

We brought home a special sparkly Disneyland 60th Diamond Celebration pin that we want to giveaway! We love collecting pins on every one of our Disney trips. In fact, we have well over 100 pins in our collection. To make this giveaway even more special, we are also giving away a commemorative CarsLand pin from the year CarsLand opened in 2012!

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If you love collecting pins like us, enter the giveaway to win these beautiful Disneyland pins. Contest will end this Friday, December 11 at midnight. These pins could make some great stocking stuffers! Good luck! I hope you win!

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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)
November 1

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.

Happy Haunted Hallows

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!

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