Category Archives: Magic Kingdom

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.


Not So Scary

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.


Kingdom Planners Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pumpkin Train Station


Kingdom Planners Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ghost


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:


Seven Dwarfs

Queen of Hearts with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Cruella DeVill


Jack and Sally


Kingdom Planners Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Queen of Hearts


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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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.

Happily Ever After Dessert Party

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.


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…


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…





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.


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


… 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.


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


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


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


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.



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?

Liberty Tree Tavern – Thanksgiving at the Magic Kingdom, every day!

Liberty Tree Tavern


Have you ever craved a big, family-style Thanksgiving meal when you are months away from the actual holiday?  Time for you to visit the Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  At lunch and dinner, you can order an amazing meal full of comfort foods… even if you are dining solo – as I was!




The decor of this restaurant makes me smile.  I love the details of the individually themed rooms and it has a comfortable, homey atmosphere.




One thing that has changed since my last visit to this restaurant – adult beverages!  Some of the Table Service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom now serve alcohol, a major change from the traditionally “dry” eateries in the park.




I have to admit, on a hot summer day this Sam Adams was very refreshing – and I liked how this brand of beer fit the restaurant’s colonial theme.




At lunch, diners can choose from an a la carte menu filled with yummy entrees or go with the “Patriot’s Platter,” an “all-you-care-to-eat” menu.  At dinner time, all guests must choose the Platter.

As I had arrived in time for an early dinner, I had to order the “Patriot’s Platter” and I was not disappointed!

My meal began with soft, fluffy rolls that reminded me of the Sally Lunn buns I had enjoyed in England.




Then I “ate my vegetables” by having some of this “Declaration Salad” – fresh greens tossed with a house-made sweet dressing.  A bit too sweet for me, so I only ate a bit.  Not a problem, I knew the best was yet to come!




The main event is a platter filled with roasted turkey breast, pot roast, pork roast, corn, herb stuffing and mashed potatoes.




This is a platter for ONE person!  And my lovely server graciously asked me a few times if I wanted seconds of any portion (or all!) of it.

This meal was sooooo good.  I know it seems like I enjoy most Disney food so maybe I am not a reliable critic, but I am actually pretty discerning when it comes to my meals.  The turkey was my favorite part of the platter.  Very flavorful and juicy.  I would have been happy with just the turkey and stuffing (I am a big stuffing/dressing person).

The pot roast is a reliable classic at the Liberty Tree Tavern – with a luscious gravy and tender meat and they also got the corn and potatoes just right.

The only disappointing bite was the pork roast, which was a bit fatty.

And before I forget, there was a side of macaroni and cheese as well!  You will not leave this place hungry and the food is very accessible and enjoyable for children as well.  I know this dinner would be a hit with my picky eaters.




I REALLY wanted seconds of the turkey, but I knew that I wanted to eat my dessert more.  One of my favorite desserts on Disney property – the Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake!




This is just a warm, chewy toffee cookie/cake topped with rich vanilla ice cream, drizzled with fudge and caramel sauce and sprinkled with more toffee pieces.   This beauty is neck-and-neck with ‘Ohana’s bread pudding in the race to be my favorite restaurant dessert.

I really enjoyed my dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern and I’m sure you will too!  Do you prefer a la carte lunch items at this restaurant or would you “go for it” and get the platter?






Dining Review – Lunch at the Magic Kingdom’s Skipper Canteen


Skipper Canteen

If you are hungry for more adventurous fare while touring the Magic Kingdom, Jungle Navigation Co LTD. Skipper Canteen (whoo… that’s a mouthfull!) is the restaurant for you!  This dining experience goes way beyond the standard amusement park hamburger and fries, transporting you to the jungles of Asia, Africa and South America.

Skipper Canteen

I have to admit, I was a bit wary of dining at Skipper Canteen.  Would I like the exotic cuisine and more importantly – would our kids eat it?  However, once I entered this beautiful restaurant, I was very happy we decided to try it.



The Canteen is an air-conditioned oasis in Adventureland and the dining rooms are wonderfully themed.  I spent quite a lot of time just looking at all the fun details that Disney put into their decorating.  Like many of Disney’s dining establishments, this restaurant tells a story.  This is the “tropical headquarters” for the skippers who show you the sites on the Jungle Cruise.


The three dining rooms include the Mess Hall (pictured above), the Jungle Room (former parlor of Dr. Albert Falls) and the S.E.A. Room – a former secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (found behind a secret bookcase door!).




We were seated in the Jungle Room, and loved the bright, colorful atmosphere.  The tables had enough space between them to give everyone some breathing room and the seating was comfortable.


After exploring the restaurant a bit, we were ready to eat!  Our menu explained the origins of the restaurant.  Fun!


On to the eats!

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