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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Force Friday is coming…tomorrow!

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Disney has launched its big, new promotion for the upcoming new Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens” that will be in theaters this December. So September 4 has been officially renamed “Force Friday” as stores across the country unveil new Star Wars merchandise and products.

Here is a quick rundown of what you can look at tomorrow near you and also online:

Amazon

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Amazon has its own Star Wars store online and it will unveil new Star Wars merchandise starting tomorrow at midnight. Amazon will offer customers deals on new merchandise as well as other Star Wars items. Expect merchandise to sell out really fast! Amazon is also hosting a giveaway of Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda Collection Box Edition on Facebook, so make sure you follow them there.

Disney Store

Disney Store locations in New York City Times Square, Chicago and San Francisco (only 3 locations total) will participate in a midnight madness event for fans to buy toys, apparel, collectibles and more. ALL Disney Stores nationwide will open on Force Friday with a special ceremony with an “Unlocking Imagination” ritual. The first 100 guests will get a special commemorative pin and there will be a number of Star Wars activities for kids including things like R2-D2 crafts, Star Wars story time, the art of drawing R2-D2 and free vintage trading cards.

DisneyStore.com will have limited edition products as well as free shipping on all Star Wars items from September 4-6. Visit their Star Wars store on the Disney Store website.

Disney Parks

Most of the Star Wars action will take place at the World of Disney Store at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney and the Once Upon a Toy store at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Marketplace. Attendees will have first access to movie merchandise and park-exclusive merchandise including a “Force Friday” logo bag.

Target

A total of 207 Target store nationwide will open at midnight on September 4th with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens items available. Target already has a great selection of cute Star Wars shirts for boys, although I am dismayed at the selection for girls which is none. Here are some Target products that we think are pretty cute! Remember that new merchandise will unveil on 9/4.

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Toys R Us

ALL Toys R Us stores will be open at midnight on September 4 and give customers access to all-new toys and an exclusive free poster for the new movie. The Toys R Us in Times Square will have a special event including meet and greets, a Lightsaber Academy and Photo ops with characters. Visit the Toys R Us site for more details.

Walmart

Participating Walmart store will open at midnight on September 4 as well. They will also have new movie items along with some bargains including a new Topps’ trading disc game. Customers that visit the store on 9/4 will receive a free two-pack of Galactic Connexions discs. Visit the Walmart Star Wars site for more details!

We are BIG Star Wars fan so we are so excited for all the new Star Wars excitement and movie! Remember that all merchandise is yet to be seen and won’t be available until tomorrow but I will expect a lot of it to sell out.

I just wish they would have more merchandise for girls. I had to make a shirt for my girls when we went to Disney World and they wore it when they did the Jedi Training Academy. Girls love Star Wars too! (Do you hear that Disney?)

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May the force be with you!

 

 

A Summary of D23 Expo 2015

First, I am confessing that I did not attend the D23 Expo in Anaheim this year. I am a D23 member but the Expo, which is held every other year, always seems to fall at a very tough time for me to travel which is right when my kids are starting school. So we get to enjoy all the other bloggers posts from the Expo and hear all the news from our home. We wanted to bring you a quick summary of all the news that was announced and give you our thoughts.

The biggest news at the Expo is always the park news that get announced, and this year had some big stuff!

Disney Park News

Star Wars Themed Lands

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Bob Iger announced that new Star Wars themed lands would be built at both Disneyland and Disney World (14-acre lands). While this is exciting for Star Wars fans everywhere, there was no date or even time frame given as to when this will even be done. They are anticipating the new lands will be somewhere behind ToonTown at Disneyland, and in Hollywood Studios at Disney World. If your little ones aren’t Star Wars fans right now, don’t worry. By the time they actually build these lands, they will be old enough to be fans.

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Star Wars Launch Bay

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This new area will be added soon to Disneyland in Tomorrowland and in the Animation Courtyard at Hollywood Studios at Disney World. It will include interactive games for guests as well as merchandise and food. Expect to see this in the parks this year in anticipation of the new Star Wars movie coming out this December.

Soarin’ Over The World

We are pretty excited about this new addition to the parks! Soarin’ Over California will be upgraded to a new film called Soarin’ Over the World which will be in both parks in 2016. The film will have upgraded sound and picture quality since it will now be laser projection (unlike Soarin’ Over California which is 70mm format).

Toy Story Land

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Disney announced another new land coming to Hollywood Studios…sometime in the future. Toy Story Land will have a family-friendly roller coaster as well as new rides and added track to Toy Story Midway Mania. John Lassetter is part of this new project and he does an amazing job with theming (think CarsLand and Bugs Land) but he is kind of hit and miss with rides (think Luigi’s Flying Tires and Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train). We love Toy Story Midway Mania, and if the new rides live up to this caliber, it will be amazing! But rumors are they may resort to more carnival style rides, like DinoLand in Animal Kingdom, which most guests don’t like. There was no date announced on when this land would see the light of day.

Animal Kingdom Additions and Nighttime Show

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Animal Kingdom is still under construction for the new nighttime spectacular, Rivers of Life, as well as the Avatar-themed land (formerly called Pandora). The nighttime show is set to be quite an amazing show using all their tricks and thrills from Illuminations and World of Color. They also announced the new ride in Avatar-land will be “Flight of Passage” and the aim is for it to feel very real for guests. The last big change at Animal Kingdom is extending the Kilimanjaro Safaris into a perpetual dusk. Not sure how the animals feel about all the changes!

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Star Tours Addition

If you are like us and have been on Star Tours again and again to see all the different story lines, then you will be so excited that they are adding a new story line soon for the newest movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”! No word on when it will be in the parks but I would assume it will be about when the movie comes out in December.

Space Mountain Change

A temporary addition is coming to Space Mountain to promote Star Wars. Yes, more Star Wars. It will temporarily be Hyperspace Mountain and include new effects and music. This will primarily be at Disneyland.

New Frozen Ride at Epcot

Norway at Epcot is currently under construction with the closure of the ride Maelstrom that will be transformed into the new ride, Frozen Ever After. While little is still known about what this ride will be like, we did learn that the wonderful husband and wife duo that created all the music for Frozen, Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are helping put together the soundtrack for the ride. If we are lucky, we will come out singing “Let it Go”!

Disney Movie News

Along with all the park news, there was some updates for Disney movies that are coming soon.

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  • “Gigantic” is being made that is a retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale; this is a being brought to us by the same team that brought us “Tangled” and the music is being written by the “Frozen” team of Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Can’t go wrong with that, right?
  • “Jungle Book” is being remade and will be out in theaters in April 2016Moana
  • “Moana” will be a new Disney Studios digital animation movie coming November 23, 2016. It will have the first Polynesian Disney Princess.
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be the next sequel for the franchise and this movie will bring back Orlando Bloom along with Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush
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  • “Alice Through The Looking Glass” is a sequel to the quirky “Alice in Wonderland” movie starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, a role he will reprise in this sequel. It is set to be released in May of 2016
  • Pixar is releasing a series of sequels which is a little disappointing but here are some of them:
    • “Toy Story 4” – If you felt that “Toy Story 3” was a beautiful wrap up of a wonderful tale, your not alone. But for some reason, Pixar is revisiting Woody and Buzz again for another story that centers around the love story of Woody and Bo Peep. Right now it is set for June 2017.
    • “Finding Dory” – Sequel to “Finding Nemo” that centers around the character of Dory. Ellen Degeneres will reprise her role as Dory. This should be released in June of 2016.
    • “Incredibles 2” – We are actually excited about this getting a sequel as we felt the story had more to tell – Brad Bird, the original writer of the first movie is working on this project and we anticipate it will be great
    • “Cars 3” – Yes, another Cars. We kind of feel like this one has run its course, pun intended. But they are working on another Cars movie.
  • “The Good Dinosaur” is an original movie from Pixar (yes, it’s new!) and it will be released this fall (November). We are looking forward to a new story.

That is a wrap up of all the news from the D23 Expo. While a lot of exciting ideas were announced from Disney, there wasn’t really an idea of when a lot of these projects will be finished. I think there are a lot of Disney fans who would like for the construction projects to move at a faster pace. Just think that it took Walt Disney one year to build Disneyland. It took current Disney over 3 years to add an expansion on Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. So don’t get so excited about some of the building projects. It could be a long time before we see them finished.

Disney’s Polnesian Villas & Bungalows

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Disney completed its final phase of construction on the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows as of July 1st. If you have not ever stayed or visited the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World, it is a rare treat!

The Polynesian Village Resort (formerly the Polynesian Resort) is a deluxe resort along the Monorail Loop near the Magic Kingdom. The new studio villas and bungalows are an expansion as part of the Disney Vacation Club. These new accommodations are available for non-DVC members as well.

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The Polynesian Village Resort is one of the most lush and beautiful resorts on the WDW property, mimicking the feel of the Hawaiian islands. Recently, the pools, restaurants and grounds were given a renovation in order to make room for the new bungalows. The lobby of the resort is one of our favorites, with tropical plants that create a rainforest feel. The lobby was also recently renovated with new sculptures and decor.

Deluxe Studio at Polynesian

Deluxe Studio at Polynesian

The new Deluxe Studios sleep up to 5 people and feature a queen-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa and a pull-down bunk-size bed beneath the television. They also offer a kitchenette, private porch or balcony, and new upgraded decor and finishes. There is a split-design bathroom, with one bathroom area housing a walk-in shower and sink, and the other area housing a tub/shower combination, toilet and sink. The design is to allow multiple people to get ready at the same time.

Living Room in the Bora Bora Bungalow

Living Room in the Bora Bora Bungalow

Master Bedroom in Bora Bora Bungalows

Master Bedroom in Bora Bora Bungalows

Master Bathroom in Bora Bora Bungalows

Master Bathroom in Bora Bora Bungalows

The Bora Bora Bungalows sleep up to 8 people and include 2 bedrooms and 2 baths – there are only 20 units on the resort property. These newly designed and decorated bungalows have a master bedroom and master bathroom, as well as a second bedroom and bath. The second bedroom has one queen-size bed and one pull-down bunk. The living room offers a queen-size sleeper sofa, and one pull-down bunk-size bed, as well as a flat panel TV and glass doors that open to the back deck. Master bedroom windows overlook the lagoon waters. Bungalows also include a full kitchen, private deck and stacked laundry.

Living Room and Kitchen in Bora Bora Bungalows

Living Room and Kitchen in Bora Bora Bungalows

One of the things we love best about the Polynesian is the dining! Dining options offered at the resort are:

  • O’Hana – Character breakfast with Stitch and Lilo; Hawaiian style dinner feast (reservations recommended)
  • Spirit of Aloha Show – traditional Hawaiian luau with Polynesian dancing and family style feast (reservations recommended)
  • Kona Cafe – Asian and American fusion menu that also serves sushi (reservations recommended)
  • Tambu Lounge – tropical drinks and Hawaiian-inspired appetizers
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – Tiki cocktails and small plate snacks
  • Cook’s – 24-hour quick service with a great menu for families
  • Pineapple Lanai – Dole Whip location at the Polynesian
  • Kona Island – coffee and pastries in the morning, sushi and sashimi in the evening, located in the lobby
Newly redesigned lobby of Polynesian

Newly redesigned lobby of Polynesian

Other great amenities located at the Polynesian include:

  • Multiple pools including the Lava Pool and the Oasis Pool, as well as the new splash area for kids, Kiki Tiki Splash Play area
  • Seven Seas Marina that offers watercraft rental as well as private cruises and excursions
  • Campfires on the beach where they roast marshmallows
  • Fishing dockside or on excursions
  • Movies Under the Stars – movies played on an outside screen
  • Jogging trails around the beautiful lush grounds
  • Direct monorail access to take you to the Magic Kingdom or to the TTC to catch a monorail to Epcot.

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Special Deal for Polynesian Villas

The Polynesian Village Resort is a Deluxe resort at Disney World, and the Villas and Bungalows are on the pricier side. But they do offer families wonderful amenities and space while staying on property – it is such a luxury to have a kitchen and laundry while on vacation, as well as having much more space than a traditional hotel room. If you are considering staying at the Polynesian, this is a great deal that was just announced!

Disney Visa is offering an exclusive deal for the Polynesian resort and you can enjoy all these wonderful amenities and new rooms at a discount! Disney Visa Cardholders can save 35% on Deluxe Studio-Standard View rooms for most stays July 5-October 3, 2015.

You can receive this discount by calling the Disney Reservation Center and using your Disney Visa card for booking the deposit. Reservation must by booked in the cardholder’s name. The number of rooms allocated for this discount are limited! Other restrictions may apply. Don’t miss out on the awesome deal if you want to experience the amazing Polynesian resort in the new studio villas that look amazing!

If you are interested in this promotion or any other Disney deal, contact our friends at Destinations in Florida for a quote. They are truly awesome at setting up your dream Disney vacation!

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