Magic Kingdom; If I could only RIDE 3 rides.

Ever wonder to yourself, if I am headed to Magic Kingdom and can ONLY ride 3 rides, which would I chose? Read ON for my list…

Hey Guys, Perhaps this is just me, but often I am put in a situation where I am only going to a park for a few and have to narrow down my ride choices. But what if you can ride whatever you want, but can only ride 3, what would you do? Would you experience all your favorites? All the popular, hard to get rides? Would you ride rides from your childhood that perhaps make you the happiest? Here is my list of 3 Magic Kingdom rides/attractions I would do If I only got 3 at Disney World.

Haunted Mansion:

I love the Haunted Mansion, but I love it more and more being a mom. My daughter is SO amazed by this ride that it brings new joy to my life. I love the Not So Scary spookiness of it all. How it gives you a little fright at the very beginning, then leads you to your Doom Buggie through a cob-webby hallway of haunted portraits and art.. I am not sure how they managed to make a ride so eerie, yet almost happy at the same time. I especially love it knowing that parts of the ride were recreated from the famous Winchester Mystery House, which is in my home-town. Its very familiar and happy for me. Just remember to pay attention to the Grave Yard before the ride. Silly humor is my jam.

Pirates of the Caribbean:

Love, Love, Love the Pirates of the Caribbean. As I do prefer the original, before Jack Sparrow and before Redd the rum slinging pirate, I am in awe by the music; the song, the lyrics. The words chosen for the Yo, Ho, Yo Ho song are just amazing. I love “we’re devils and black sheep, really bad eggs”, “but we’re loved by our mommies and dads”. The magic and skill behind those words mixed with music made for a perfect, stuck in your head song. I would fall asleep to the park soundtrack as a kid and this was always my favorite. I also love being stopped in my boat during the burning, fire scene…the way they made those logs really look like they are burning, cracking and ready to fall still amaze me today.

We Wants the Redhead!!
People Mover:

Yep, I am one of those crazy fanatics that loves the super simple, super chill People Mover. Partly because I remember riding it as a kid with my Gramma (who is now passed) or I remember riding it with my daughter for the first time when she was 2 and just couldn’t stop smiling. We would get on, then off, then on again…riding like 3 times in a row. It has one of the best views of the castle and the park in general and it oddly whips you around corners and takes you inside Space Mountain, the ONE ride I refuse to ride. AND it never had a line, which made it even better. Of course the last few times I have been in Magic Kingdom, it did have a line. Once I waited like 35 mins for it, which is super crazy.

So…whats your list. If you could ride any 3 rides, BUT just those 3 – what would you pick?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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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

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