Mickey’s NOT So Scary Halloween Party

I get so many people curious about this party. Stay tuned to learn more and get my honest review on Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Hey guys, long time no post. Sorry about that, I have been a busy girl; traveling, working, booking vacations for you all. But I was able to sneak away and visit Universal Orlando (stay tuned), but while I was in Orlando, I had to pop over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and enjoy one of my FAVORITE parties. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that often poses the question – is it worth it? Should I spend the $$ for this party? Read on…

Trick or Treating:

For many, this seems to be the BIG draw…trick or treating at Disney. But of course this party is SO much more…but since it’s the subject at hand…here you go. There are several stations set up to treat at. They even have amazing accommodations for Food Allergies (stay tuned). Basically you get a treat bag when you enter the event and then treat around Magic Kingdom. Heads-up…the stations are rather spaced out to accommodate crowds, you do have to wind and twist a bit at some stations. But…you are getting CANDY. Decent Candy. I would say you get about 2-3 pieces PER station.

Characters:

For many in the know…this is a HUGE draw for this party. Special, not typical, characters do come out of the shadows to greet guests at this event. I was disappointed to not see more villains, but perhaps children don’t want to meet Maleficent?? Crowds line up FAST for certain characters, aka Jack & Sally, so if this is on your list…be ready to wait. I found Jack Sparrow, Jafar, Tarzan, Jane and Turk but I know there were WAY more. This just wasn’t on my list, that particular night. They have a list of characters on the map, so you will know where to go and wait.

The SHOW, aka Hocus Pocus:

So this, this was my focus. I LOVE Hocus Pocus, I just can’t get enough of those sparky Sanderson Sisters. So after treating for a few, I sat and sat and sat for about 1 hour, front row and center…waiting for the show to start. No one entertains like Disney and this show never disappoints. Complete with iconic songs, vast and various villains and the finale with “I put a spell on you”. Getting to see Oogie Boogie was an added delight. I very much enjoyed the songs, dancing and lighting. Yep, I said lighting. The projections on the castle during the show were amazing and really help bring it all together.

Parade and Fireworks:

This party also includes one of my FAVORITE parades, Boo-To-You!! The graveyard dancers are my jam. The way they dance with shovels and drag them on the cement to welcome sparks to fly…all in the darkness, just adds to the delight of it all. I love the Haunted Mansion bride and the Grim Grinning Ghosts float. The firework spectacular is just as impressive with amazing projections dancing to the beat of spooky Disney tunes across the castle. I could watch that ALL night. Disney just doesn’t skip a beat.

The Skinny:

So as amazing as this party is and was…there are some points to consider. It was very, very crowded. I went on Friday the 13th, but I am hearing from others that this party is more crowded than previous years. Perhaps due to the discounted additional ticket locals can upgrade too, allowing them to go as much as they want? It was ALOT of walking. This isn’t an issue for locals or people just showing up for the party, but for people who have been theme parking all day…to walk and walk and treat and wait in lines…it can tire fast. Of course it rained, but that won’t happen every night??

And my single adult ticket was $90+. So think about that when getting for your entire family. It was an awesome, amazing time THAT was crowded, late night and tiring. Will I always remember it, yes. Would I do it again, yes. Would I do it again with my family (I have younger kids who get cranky in the evening, lol)…perhaps not. I really think it depends on your kids and your understanding that this isn’t a cake walk. Of course as a plus, the rides were all walk on 🙂 I personally can’t wait to do it again and can see why the locals RAVE about it.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

For those who are curious about the NEW ride at Disney, here you go. At this time, Star Wars Land has only ONE ride and WAS it worth the wait?

Hey Fans, this week has been a bit crazy. Between the opening of Galaxy’s Edge and Dorian…life at Disney has been a bit of a roller coaster. The opening week of Star Wars Land wasn’t as crowded as expected and many were able to explore the land in peace, thanks Dorian. I am a bit jelly over this. Of course the big draw to this NEW land was the Millennium Falcon ride and as someone who has ridden it 5X so far, here is what I have to say about Millennium Falcon, Smugglers Run.

Millennium Falcon!!
The Wait:

So I think the biggest worry for this ride, this experience, is the wait and is the wait, as in the line, worth it. Basically how long would you wait for this ride? Many, many people have waited hours and hours before for a ride. This is just not something I understand. Perhaps its because I have kids or have other things to experience, but not sure I could or would wait longer than about 60+ mins for any ride (especially with kids, as a mom). As far as the Falcon goes and with it being NEW…I was willing to wait about 1.5 hours. Luckily I didn’t have too, the most we waited was 60 mins and that was per the kids. They decided after riding it at Rope Drop that 45-60 mins was the most they would wait for this attraction. And I think that’s a good number, especially considering the bathrooms aren’t easy to come by.

The queue:

So to touch on my last point, bathrooms…I want it noted that once you enter the building, the front main entrance to the ride…you are kinda locked in. We didn’t see a cast member again until we were ready to see Hondo (READ On). So if anyone has to use the bathroom, you are stuck; no one to tell, no where to go and really no place to exit. And if you do exit, how will you get back into the line. GO TO THE BATHROOM FIRST, lol!! So the line goes back and forth, in and out of the ride queue, there isn’t much to see when outside, other than the backside of the falcon, which is very cool. But you are weaving in and out until you get inside. Once inside you enter a hanger like area with random droid parts, a staged table of sabacc, pilot lockers, etc. Its on theme and fun to look at. You go back and forth inside this area for a while, climbing higher and higher until you reach another doorway.

Once in this doorway, you are again seeing the backside of the Falcon, but higher up. Being able to see the Falcon so close is amazing. The details and colors will blow your mind. I once had to paint a decent sized model of the Falcon and I remember painting all those areas, those colors, those aged and distressed markings. AMAZING!! After this doorway, you are close. Soon you will finally see a Cast Member at another entrance, this is when you get filed into a room to meet Hondo. He welcomes you, explains the situation, you see Chewie and get a lowdown of the mission. Then you are filtered into another hallway before given your positions. Pilot, Gunner or Engineer. SEE VIDEO…

The Falcon:

Once you have your job and color card, you wait in the center of the Falcon, the same area where Chewie was playing his Cyber Chess Game, Same area where Luke got his first Jedi Training Lessons. Get your camera out fast for a quick pic as soon you will be flying the Falcon. Make sure to look for Luke’s Training helmet and get a pic around the “Chess” table. Position rundowns: Pilots “fly” the Falcon complete with Light Speed and trying NOT to crash. The Gunners shot everything and anything. And the Engineers fix the systems by pressing the right buttons at the right time. All 3 jobs work together to complete a favorable outcome; not to die and to collect as many bottles of coaxium as you can.

The Ride:

Once your RIDE COLOR is called, you are off. You quickly get in your seats, buckle up and you are off. Lights are going off like crazy and depending on your job, you just react and push. After riding it 5Xs, I can say that what you do or don’t do DOES matter. The ride is different, shorter or longer depending on the skills of your team. I also found that flying with pilots who crash less (aka NOT my kids), the ride was more smooth, lol. As a Gunner I was pressing buttons like crazy and as Pilots, my kids crashed often and even didn’t push the lever to Light Speed quick enough…this all mattered. In the end, we still made it make safe and got at least 1-2 containers of coaxium, which was Hondo’s goal. Being in the Falcon and flying to Lightspeed was amazing!! It was a Family HIT!

The Skinny:

Ride it, enjoy it. It’s the worth the wait. At least the 60 mins or less we rode it for. After doing it a few times, we might have waited less, but since its still so new…we weren’t being too picky. For motion…I found it was best to NOT be a pilot, to not look at the screen and just concentrate on my flashing buttons. I was very pleased that I didn’t get sick, but also knew that looking up and out would have changed that outcome. Its similar to Mission Space, but not as intense for the motion. Its almost like Star Tours was BEFORE the 3D glasses, but with buttons and levers to press. As far as the wait for the land itself, it was a FUN ride…but I am waiting to see what Rise of the Resistance is like. I do wish I was able to fly more or control more within the Falcon ride, but I get it; Disney needed to make it appropriate for littles too. After seeing my son have a hard time reaching the levers, I realized this.

How about you? What did you think? Have you ridden it yet?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Travel Day: Waking up to Day ONE of Vacation

Today is the day, the day you have been waiting for…but now what? Did you sleep? Packed and ready for the plane? Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Hey guys, Now that Galaxy’s Edge has opened and crazy opening day stress is over, I can get blogging about our trip. Like all trips, its starts with trying to sleep, trying to pack it all, trying to be ready. And then…the flight. How will you make it through? You’re thinking, just get me to Disney, just get me to my resort and I will be good. As someone who travels for a living, as someone who books travel for others, I can tell you…even the expert gets nervous. Even the expert can lose sleep. Yep, even I just want to get to my hotel room already 🙂 Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Sleep:

Like most trips, before I go to bed that night, I am PACKED. I am fully, 100% packed. Even my toiletries are packed. I set my alarm, try to go to bed at a decent hour and sleep OR do I. It seems no matter how many times I do this, I always have a hard time sleeping. So much to the point that my husband knows…to just let me be on Travel Day. I usually am SO tired when I actually have to get up that I am basically a zombie trying to check all the boxes. Shower, check. Repack toiletries, make-up, pillows, check. Stay quiet, check. Make kids snacks/lunches, check. Load car, check.

The question is, why? Why can’t I sleep, I’m not nervous for anything. I might worry I forgot to pack something but with the amount of lists I make, not likely. I think I mostly have a hard time sleeping as I am afraid we will miss the plane. Perhaps, subconsciously, I am afraid my alarm won’t work and we will be late. Of course with 2 alarms going off, this is unlikely. I know I am not alone, who else can’t sleep and wakes up like a character from the night of the living dead??

The Airport:

So, we are up, bags are packed and we drive to the airport. We unload the car, get on the shuttle and get to the airport. After checking in like 100 bags we make our way to security. This is where I get a little nervous. Remember Nina, whose bag has the tablet, whose has the laptop, whose has food?? Are all the water bottles emptied? Anyone else? At this point I have learned to put all that stuff in the same bag. But this time I got stumped as they wanted me to remove ALL food. This was new. So all our packed snacks, kids lunches, other random food needed to be removed. I had to remove items from EVERY single bag. Ugh. Ok, done. Now we have to put it all back and make our way to our gate. Easy. I got this. We all go to the bathroom, fill up on fresh water and wait.

The Plane:

Boarding time! We board early as usual and wiped down our seats; the trays, the seatbelts and basically anything that we can. Then we wait and wait. Luckily our seats had individual screens, so the kids start watching. I got this!! The pilot alerts us that we are taking off soon. So I dig for my gum, check. Get the kids something to suck on, check. Then we take off. 4.5 hours later we are there. But we made 4 bathroom trips, 1 kid felt nauseous and gave me a minor panic attack on the plane and my husband slept through it all. He is SO lucky, lol. We land and RACE to the bathroom. We grab our bags and call our car service. The sigh of relief sets in. Now to get to the resort and in our room.

The Resort:

We are in our car driving down the highway and start seeing signs for Disney, you know those advertisements for what’s ahead. Then the kids start noticing buildings that they exclaim are Disney, but aren’t lol. Finally we see it, its Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror). Oh look, Carsland (the back side of Radiator Springs). Then the car turns into our Resort Parking area. It’s like the sight of heaven. We made it. The lack of sleep, the motion sickness kid, the potty breaks, the hunger, the nervousness…all for this. All my months of planning, organizing, researching and secrets…for this moment. And it all comes back to me, I am a child again. Disney is HOME, we are home. And to make it even better, our room was ready! They upgraded us to a nicer view and our room was ready. After unpacking…we can relax. Eat, Pool, Chill and Enjoy.

How about you? I know I am not alone. Who else can’t sleep or dreads the travel part and just wants on vacation already. And for the record, traveling solo is 100% easy for me, its the addition of the kids and husband that usually get me frazzled.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!