A look at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is a wonderful addition to any fall getaway at Walt Disney World.  On party nights, the park closes early to day guests and the extra fun begins for party ticket-holders.  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event.

 

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The atmosphere in the park is amazing and brings a festive “spooky-but-not-scary” vibe to the Magic Kingdom.   As soon as you step through the entrance gates, you know that the evening is going to be full of fun!

Tip:  Although the party officially begins at 7pm, Disney has historically allowed party guests to enter the park as early as 4pm – which can be great for families who don’t want to use up a day of their park admission.  Get in early, enjoy some attractions and get ready for the party to begin. Often, you will be able to line up for the popular character meet-and-greets prior to 7pm.  This is essential to getting the most out of your evening.  Those party hours are precious!

Be sure to get a party wristband as you enter the park or from several marked locations inside the park if you have been touring during the day.  After 7pm, Cast Members will be ushering any guests without wristbands out of the park.

 

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One of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the chance to meet popular – but rarely seen Characters – in the park.  These meet and greets can get very long lines, so it is best to pick your must-do and see that Character first.  You may be able to get a second favorite in, but unless you want to spend your entire party waiting to meet Characters (which is totally fine!), wait until the end of the party to see some of the others on your list.

This year, some of the most popular and most rare Character greetings are:

Moana

Seven Dwarfs

Queen of Hearts with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Cruella DeVill

Lotso

Jack and Sally

 

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Another fun event, especially for the little ones, is the Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball.  It is so special to be able to dance with some of your favorite Characters.

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Mickey’s Boo to You! Halloween Parade at the Magic Kingdom

If you are visiting Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom during Halloween time, attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a must-do!  One of the featured events during the party is Mickey’s Boo To You! Halloween Parade and it is not-to-be-missed.

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Don’t be late to the parade – you will want to be able to see the very beginning of the parade for a glimpse of the Headless Horseman.  Unfortunately, the night we attended had been wet and rainy, so for safety’s sake, the Horeseman didn’t ride.

 

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Rainy night aside – the parade was so much fun!  Everyone was in good spirits...   and we always love seeing our favorite classic Characters.

 

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Of course, we were expecting to see some of the best Disney villains, and we were not disappointed.  First, Hook and Smee  have taken Wendy and the Lost Boys hostage…

 

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…and then we see that Captain Jack Sparrow is enjoying his Pirate spoils.

 

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Things get very spooky with these grave-digging butlers making their appearance.  They do an amazing dance and bang, clank and drag their shovels on the pavement… making sparks shoot from the ground!

 

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More Haunted Mansion love is felt as the tombstones pass and the dancing party ghosts twirl on by.

 

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After the creepy (but really beautiful) ghosts move down the street, we are treated to a more colorful harvest scene.

 

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Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without candy, so sugary treats get top billing in this parade as well.  Take a deep breath in when these floats drive by and you may smell the sweet scent of the treats.

 

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One of the great things about attending the special holiday parties is that you often have the chance to have rare Character sightings.  Ralph and Vanellope ride with the candy floats and we get to see fun villains like Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas  and the hyenas from The Lion King (and as my kids would want me to mention… the Lion Guard as well!)

 

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Mickey’s Boo To You! Halloween Parade is a great event to attend during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Usually it is performed twice during the party and if you can wait, the second parade is often less crowded.  However, you never know, you may want to watch it twice!

What is your favorite part of  Mickey’s Boo To You! Parade?

 

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Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom

I absolutely adore the evening spectaculars at each of the Disney Parks and the new Happily Ever After Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is one of my all-time favorites.  It is understandably very popular, and the best way to get a great viewing spot is by booking the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party.  You not only get a wonderful spot to see the show, but you can also indulge in some fantastic treats.

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The Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party is located at the Tomorrowland Terrace.  You can purchase a spot with seating at the Terrace, or for a few dollars less, a reserved garden viewing spot in front of the castle (no seating).  For either package, the treats are located at the Tomorrowland Terrace and you can sit at tables while you enjoy your desserts.

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The Terrace is an open-air space, so no air-conditioning, but it is still a comfortable place to relax prior to the evening’s entertainment.

On to the sweets…

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I loved how these weren’t the same old desserts that you can see at many of the Disney restaurant buffets. These were original and nicely themed to coordinate with the Fireworks show we were about to see.

Here are some of the delights that were displayed on a buffet table…

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I definitely got my money’s worth in chocolate covered strawberries alone!  I think I must have had 8 or (maybe) 10!  The Cast Members were wonderful and kept everything well stocked.  You didn’t have to worry that you wouldn’t have your fill of your favorite treat.

There was also a station with chocolate “fondue”.  It is fun to dip the different snacks into the chocolate sauce.

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Also, there was a Cast Member serving bowls of vanilla ice cream…

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… with toppings that could go on your ice cream or you could use the sprinkles to “decorate your own” cupcake.  I *might* have also poured my chocolate fondue sauce on top of my ice cream for a real sundae treat.

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For a savory snack, cheese cubes and a fruit plate was also available.

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Since this is the Magic Kingdom, there were no alcoholic beverages, but the presentation of the sparkling cider was very fancy.

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There was also coffee, tea, hot cocoa, lemonade, milk and water.

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After having as many sweets as possible, I decided it was time to take my spot on the lawn in the Garden Viewing area.  A Cast Member will escort you from the Tomorrowland Terrace down to the viewing area whenever you are ready.

I loved this spot on the lawn because it has a fantastic view of the Castle facade.  Without giving too much away, I just have to say that the projections on the front of Cinderella Castle will take your breath away.  So, having a great view of the Castle is very important for the show – it is not just about the Fireworks in the sky.  However, if chair seating is important to you, I definitely recommend the Terrace seating as well.

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The Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party is a wonderful way to cap off your day at the Magic Kingdom.  No stress about getting a great viewing spot for the show plus delicious desserts to enjoy.  You can’t go wrong if you book the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party.  What is your favorite Walt Disney World dessert party?

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The best waffles are Mickey Waffles and you can make them at home!

Mickey Waffles are a favorite breakfast treat on our family Disney vacations and I love to recreate some of the Disney magic at home.

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Mmmmm… Mickey Waffles.  An absolute “Must Eat” treat on any Disney vacation.

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Did you know that there are also different character waffles that can be found around Walt Disney World, and they taste great as well?

At the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can find cute Simba Waffles.

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And at the Art of Animation Resort food court, waffles are made into fun Finding Nemo and Cars designs (to go with your Nemo or Cars family suite!).

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But why do they taste so good?  So much better than our waffles at home?  It can’t just be the shape… can it?

This is the secret – the actual waffle mix that they use at the Disney Parks and the Disney Cruise Line!  The slightly sweet, malt flavor of Carbon’s Golden Malted mix is what makes Mickey Waffles taste so special – well, that and a little bit of Pixie Dust 🙂  I was able to purchase this on Amazon – so you don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to search for it.

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Of course, you need a Mickey Waffle Maker to make the perfectly shaped Mickey Waffles.  The ones they use in the parks are super expensive commercial grade waffle makers, but there are some affordable alternatives.  I have two different versions and I just had to make both shapes to compare!

First, make the batter.  The mix is very simple…

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Some of the best Ice Cream at Walt Disney World

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, we had to honor some of the best Ice Cream at Walt Disney World. There are so many different ways to get your ice cream fix in Walt Disney World that we had to feature some of our very favorites.

Without a doubt, our kids’ favorite Disney treat is the iconic “Mickey Bar”.  Premium vanilla ice cream dipped in rich chocolate – there is nothing not to like here.

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Just be sure to get lots of napkins!

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Another kid favorite is the “Mickey Ice Cream Cookie Sundae” found at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.  It is simple, but so cute and yummy.  A scoop of vanilla ice cream, two chocolate cookies and Mickey sprinkles make a great pick-me up.

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This next dessert isn’t really billed as ice cream, but look at that mountain of vanilla deliciousness…   The Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom is at the top of my list for ice cream desserts.

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Right up there with the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, is the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode and topped with warm Bananas Fosters Sauce.   Yum… Just, yum.

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No Walt Disney World ice cream list would be complete without featuring the famous Dole Whip.  This treat is dairy-free, so not really ice cream, but still refreshing and creamy.

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Beaches and Cream, a small ice cream shop in the Beach Club Resort, is the home of several tremendous frozen concoctions.  In addition to the enormous “Kitchen Sink”, they have the prettiest Strawberry Shortcake Sundae that I have ever seen…

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