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

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Rope Drop at Disney

Have you ever done Rope Drop at Disney. Do you even know what I am talking about? READ to learn about this Popular Time.

Hey guys, First I want to mention that if you like this blog, these posts…make sure to SUBSCRIBE. SCROLL all the way down and add your email address to get updated every-time I post. I will no longer be linking this blog to Facebook, FB just doesn’t circulate them 🙁 Ok, now back to Rope Drop. We love Rope Drop, especially for when a NEW experience is open. But for those who are scratching your head…let me explain ALL about Rope Drop at Disney.

Years Past:

Years ago, like back when I was youngish…they would let people into the parks, slightly early. You would show your ticket and wait behind an actual ROPE. They (the Cast Members and sometimes Characters) would slowly walk the rope back, allowing more and more guests to enter the park but it also allowed you to get closer and closer to your first destination. This process was known as Rope Drop. It basically meant you were first in line, first in the park and were actual there when they dropped the rope and you got to RUN (I mean walk at a proper pace) and get your first fastpass or ride your first ride of the day.

What happened:

Like all good things, someone ruined it. Actually it was a bunch of people that ruined it. As Disney got more and more popular and certain experiences came out, people would RUN, knock others over, race and trip and fall to get to the MOST Popular NEW thing. This of course became a trend and was deemed unsafe. Imagine herds and herds of people running, knocking over strollers, little kids, etc. I admit, I did this, I remember being apart of this. I, of course, did it safely as I grew up doing this “race” (quick Nina get a fastpass to Haunted Mansion, hurry). But others, not so much. So Disney stopped, for the most part, doing this.

Magic Kingdom:

Then for a while, they would do a “Rope Drop” where people went through the turnstiles and got to wait in-front of the train Station, but actually IN the park. They would welcome you into the park and you could watch them introduce the Family of the Day. Then character after character would arrive on the train. Thats right, the Walt Disney World Railroad would bring a whole celebration of amazing characters for all to see and wave at. Rope Drop became a FUN thing to witness, not just a “first in the park” event. But, of course…that ended too 🙁 They realized that as much as people loved that Welcome Show, that space between the turnstiles and Main Street just wasn’t big enough. AND people would still RUN through the entrance halls and it caused issues. People, aka guests, just can’t contain their excitement. Especially once Elsa and Anna arrived to the Magic Kingdom, lol. Something about those Frozen sisters got everyone a little crazy.

What if they DROPPED the Rope?
Rope Drop for a NEW Land/Ride:

Rope Drop for a NEW experience can often be a completely different “rope”. It could mean that they let you into the park as normal, but hold you in an area within the park to prepare you into a certain land or NEW ride cue. They might actually use a rope as the area might be smaller and easier to contain. This happened for Rope Drop of Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. We got into the park a little before opening. Then they held us at the entrance into Adventureland, which is a narrower space. We all gathered and waited. Once the rope was dropped, we all raced to the NEW land. Some ran, some walked and some looked very confused, lol. Either way, we were all going to the same location, had the same goal…but some wanted it more than others I guess. And yes, I ran. I was filming and holding my kids’ hand all at the same time. WE rode the Falcon within 10 mins and it was worth it. We loved the rush, the adrenaline flow and the excitement.

So basically, the moral of the story is this…when I say to arrive at Rope Drop, I mean arrive BEFORE the park actually opens and wait. I mean you should calmly get to your destination at a brisk pace. There may or may not be an actual rope and there may or may not be a little show, a welcome party, etc. It may just mean that you enter the park before all the other sleeping people do. Grab a coffee and a muffin and just do it.

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!!