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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Dairy-Free (Vegan) FROZEN Treats at Disney World

Headed to Disney World? Perhaps you are Vegan or Dairy-free – READ this list for YUMMY Frozen treats.

Hey fans, its seems my Vegan/Dairy-Free Blog posts are a hit, so here is another one for you. Again this list might not be the FULL list, as Disney is always adding more items. Also…make sure to ALWAYS check the lables as products and ingrediants can change. But enjoy my list of Dairy-Free FROZEN treats in Disney World.

Dole Whip:

So this is a no-brainier. If you read my last list you would know that Dole Whips are on the list. ALL the fruit flavors, NOT the Vanilla. But did you also know that the fun, festive Dole Whip Drinks are too? The Strawberry Float themed after REDD (just remove the chocolate hat) or the Lime Peter Pan Float (also remove the Chocolate Feather). But there is also a Rum infused option at Animal Kingdom too – YUM!!

Ice Cream:

You heard me, Vegan/Dairy-Free Ice Cream can be found at several locations within Disney World. FIRST, ask at your table service location, they might have a dairy-free ice cream option for you. Also many of the Ice Cream/Sweet shops…they usually have a dairy-free option in the back. So ASK! For sure at the Plaza Inn on Main Street and Beaches & Cream at Beach Club Resort. BUT I have also gotten a Vegan Milk Shake at 50’s Prime Time Cafe AND Sci-Fi Drive-In at Hollywood Studios.

Custom made Caramel Ice Cream at Crystal Palace – so YUM!!
Other Frozen Treats:

Another option are pre-package Frozen treats found at many Kiosk locations and quick service store/restaurants. I am talking about Frozen Lemonade cups by Minute Made or sometimes you will see a Strawberry Popsicle like treat. If the kiosk is selling Frozen goodies, take a peak. The Pink Lemonade is a fave.

LeFou’s Brew:

This gem is a Hidden Dairy-Free treat that is accidentally Vegan. Its a Frozen/super cold Apple Juice concoction with hit of Mango and a Marshmallow like topping. Its like the Butterbeer for Disney 😉 You can find it at Gastons Tavern, its the signature treat.

Green/Blue Milk:

This treat is COMING Soon, like VERY, very soon. The Green or Blue Milk featured at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is vegan. It’s made with a Dairy-free milk base, flavored with exotic fruit flavors. I am adding this to the list as its not quite milk, but not really a Milkshake…but its for-sure a Frozen(ish) treat. Some prefer the Blue, some the Green and some are getting creative and mixing the 2. Either way, enjoy a cool treat while in Batuu and get your Star Wars on.

Like I said, I am sure there are many more Diary-free FROZEN items to enjoy in the parks, these are just a few. Always check the labels and ask…but I have never been Vegan starving in the parks nor have I missed out on a Frozen Treat!!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Favorite Vegan Disney World Snacks

Thinking about visiting Disney, but worried about the snacks? Vegan or have Food Allergies? Read this…

Hey fans, as I sit here and book magical trips for my clients (aka you) I drool fondly over my favorite Disney snacks. Snacks I wish I could get at home and snacks I wish you all could send back home to me. Being Vegan with Food Allergies I am limited…but not as limited as you would think. My Favorite Disney World Vegan Snacks:

#1: Mickey Pretzel:

Ok – so my hands down favorite is the plain and simple pretzel. 100% vegan and dairy-free, just add mustard (or at least I do). The fact that its shaped like Mickey just makes it so much tastier. We love eating his ears, then his eyes, etc. Its like a game and treat all in one. I like mine lightly salted, so I might wipe off a few salt rocks…but this is a snack I won’t leave a park without. AND its rumored that the sugar ones are vegan too 🙂

#2: Popcorn:

Yep and I am talking about the buttered (non-dairy) popcorn that they sell all over the parks. The fresh, made daily as you are walking by, popcorn. Get it in a fancy cute character bucket or in a toss away cardboard cup…its yum!! It’s great to share or enjoy solo…either way, nothing beats this popular snack. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy. You can also find, pre-packaged, flavored popcorn as well – check the candy, snack stores.

#3: Dole Whip:

So this one isn’t usually a HUGE shock, but ALL fruit flavors are Dairy-Free. Avoid the Vanilla. You can get pineapple, lemon, lime, strawberry, mango, etc…so many flavors…it just depends on the location and what the popular treat is at the moment. Lately they have been making them character themed with decorations. If these decorations are Chocolate based, just pass on the decor and get the Frozen yumminess as is. I have been truly impressed by the lemon and the lime. And I LOVE the mix, when they mix 2 flavors – YUM!!

Dole Whip!!
#4: Candied Almonds:

Sorry no-nut families, but I LOVE this snack. And they are vegan!! Always double check the ingredients…but I love these SO much I am known to get them every-time I see the stand, using several snack credits and keeping them in our bags. They usually last a few days, with us taking a few handfuls as desired. The nut carts aren’t everywhere, so you have to score when you can. We have seen Almonds, Cashews and Pecans…but the almonds have my heart.

#5: Erin McKenna Bakery:

So this place is located in Disney Springs and the ENTIRE place is Vegan and Gluten Free. Many of the items are to-die-for…but its the donuts that get me drooling. Another item I will purchase SEVERAL of and enjoy for several days during our vacation. I will even place an order for delivery. But the HUGE perk of this place is getting to pick your own cupcake or cookie, from the case. No waiting for a special one from the back, you can order just like everyone else – and thats the TRUE treat.

Erin McKenna DONUT!!
#6: Fruit/Veggies:

Just adding this as a side note – obviously these items are vegan, but noting as you can find fruit cups and veggie sticks in the parks. Toss the Ranch and you are good to go! Sometimes you can spot hummus or Sabra Pretzels/Hummus snack packs.

I would love to hear your list. I know there are other Vegan treats in the parks, but my faves are the ones I can get almost anywhere. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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