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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Part 3

See Part 1 and Part 2 of our MNSSHP experience.

As soon as the parade ended, we headed for Main Street to see the Princesses and their Princes meeting at Town Square Theater
On our way our of Liberty Square, though, we spotted Tiana and Naveen at their gazebo and there wasn’t anyone in line. We even asked if it was open because the first time we met Tiana, we waited 45 minutes. It was open so yay!


It was a nice little bonus that we hadn’t planned.

Next, we continued to the other princesses and princes. The parade was still going down Main Street, so we cut through the stores all the way to the front on the street. It was a good strategy – we beat the crowds and saved ourselves a seriously long wait! The sign said the wait was 50 minutes but we were in and out in 20.

The first royal couple we met at Town Square was Snow White and her Prince. (Tom asked The Prince his name. He said it was Ferdinand, but most people just call him The Prince.)


Luke decided to hide from Snow White for some reason.


At first she was upset.

Then they made up.


Snow White is just adorable!

Next, we met Cinderella and Prince Charming. I loved them! They were really lovey dovey – so cute, and authentic!



They both took a lot of time to talk to the kids. So sweet.


Our final couple was Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.


I have to say, Flynn Rider was THE BEST. He kind of stole the show from Rapunzel.

He saw us and said “Oh, pirates! Of the Neverland variety!” He also knew who Izzy was, which most of the characters did not (Jasmine pretty much insisted Scarlett was actually Boo.)

It was good times.


Tom totally bonded with Flynn. He said Flynn was like Han Solo. I think it was appreciated.


Meeting the Princes with the Princesses was so much fun. Totally made the MNSSHP admission price worth it!

That about wrapped it up. We left the park at about 11:45pm and getting back to our car wasn’t too bad. Before we left, we got a great Halloween photo on Main Street.


I wish we could go 2 or 3 more times to do some of the things we missed. Guess we’ll just have to go again next year!


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Part 2

Halfway through Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Scarlett and I met back up with Luke and Tom in Frontierland to stake out a spot for the Boo To You Halloween Parade. It wasn’t very crowded at the 10:30pm parade, so we found a good spot pretty quickly. While Tom saved our place, the kids and I went to Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup at the Diamond Horseshoe.

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My kids did not want to dance. That’s surprising for Scarlett, who dances all the time, everywhere. I guess she’s just not into hoedowns.

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After we left, Tom took them back in while I saved our spot, and supposedly she danced then so I’m happy about that.

They returned right as the headless horseman road by, and the rest of the parade wasn’t far behind!

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Minnie and the Gang

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Halloween Piglet

After a bunch of classic characters came by, it was Pirate time.

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Captain Hook
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Jack Sparrow

Haunted Mansion ghosts were pretty awesome – and actually scary!

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The Villains float was my favorite.

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Dr. Facilier

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Pluto and Goofy bring the parade to an end – with candy!

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It was a great parade, even my sometimes squirmy kids.

Next post, we finally get to meet some cool (royal) characters!


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Part I

Our fall trip to Disney World had the added bonus of falling during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, a special event at Magic Kingdom that features trick-or-treating, a special Halloween parade, costumes for kids and adults alike, rare characters, and much more!

The park was decked out for fall. Pumpkins everywhere!

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After spending the day at Animal Kingdom, we entered Magic Kingdom around 6pm. The party started at 7pm, just as we were finishing a quick (crowded) dinner at Pecos Bill’s.
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We were pretty stoked to dress up as Jake and the Neverland Pirates characters for the party. Luke was Jake, Scarlett was Izzy, I was Captain Hook and Tom was Mr. Smee. We looked GOOD.


I had high hopes of meeting all sort of awesome, rarely seen characters – The Seven Dwarfs, Tarzan and Jane, Lotso, Jack Skellington. But one time waiting for Jasmine and the Genie and we knew that wasn’t going to happen. It was hot and Luke wanted to go on RIDES, not meet people! So plans changed.

Dad took Luke to the trifecta of Mountains and other “big kid” things, while I took Scarlett to attractions for the littler set. I was sort of bummed for a minute but there was almost no wait for any rides so that was pretty fun. Scarlett was delighted to have a boat all to ourselves in It’s A Small World.

A perfect Pirate Ride

Scarlett and I did catch a glimpse of the Dwarfs on the way to Under the Sea. She was willing to meet them if we could skip the line, but we’re not that important. She didn’t care too much.

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After playing around in Fantasyland for a bit, Scarlett and I sat right outside Enchanted Tales with Belle to watch the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks Show.

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The kids still aren’t thrilled with the booms made by fireworks. Luckily,  I learned to bring

Noise Reducing Earmuffs.

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Scarlett was able to enjoy the show without freaking out (even though some of the villains’ voices in the show made her nervous.) Huge benefit!

Next post, we meet back up with Dad and Luke to watch the Boo to You Parade!


Visiting Princess Fairytale Hall

I’m going a little out of order in posting about our latest Disney trip because some things I just can’t want to talk about. The first is Princess Fairytale Hall.

Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom
Looking Beatiful  and Enticing A Few Days before Opening

I was SO excited to hear that Princess Fairytale Hall would be opening during our vacation. On our last day, we got to Magic Kingdom right at rope drop and Scarlett & I made a mad dash for Fantasyland.

Cinderella was meeting with Sleeping Beauty, Scarlett’s favorite, so we decided to see them. Bonus: there was no wait for Cinderella’s side while Rapunzel and Snow White had a much longer line already. It stayed that way throughout the day, with Rapunzel’s line getting up to 85 minutes at noon!

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Enterting Princess Fairytale Hall
Princess portraits line the walls outside the meeting rooms.

Princess Jasmine Portrait at Fairytale Hall
Princess Aurora Portrait at Fairytale Hall

Snow White and Mulan Portraits at Princess Fairytale Hall
Princess Rapunzel and Tiana Portraits at Fairytale Hall

Cinderella’s glass slipper sparkled at the entrance to her room.

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There were more pretty paintings and regal wallpaper decorating the meeting room.

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When we entered, Princess Aurora posed for us.

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Before we met, Aurora, though, we got to meet Cinderella.

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Both Princesses were great and spent a lot of time talking with their visitors.


It’s so sweet to see my little girl hug the princesses!


While we waited to meet Aurora, we checked out the decor.

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Scarlett especially liked the elegant Snow White book. She wanted me to read it, but it’s written in German!

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Finally, it was time to meet our favorite, Sleeping Beauty!


Because Scarlett was dressed as Tinker Bell, Aurora talked all about her fairies, Flora, Fauna & Merryweather. Scarlett paid very close attention, then told Aurora everything she knew about pixie dust.


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Too cute!


Meeting the Princesses was a great way to start a day at Magic Kingdom. They do have one Fastpass machine each for Cinderella and for Rapunzel right next to the Peter Pan’s Flight Fastpass machines. We thought about getting one because Scarlett wanted to meet Snow White also, but she ended up forgetting about it and we ran out of time. Still, it was fun to meet the royal ladies we met. Princess Fairytall Hall is a hit!


Perfect Princess Slumber Party

Before I get to all of our Disney Trip goodness, I have to post about our super fun Princess Slumber Party.

Sofia the First Slumber Party

Scarlett is a Sofia the First super fan, and her favorite episode is The Big Sleepover. She wanted to have a Royal Sleepover of her own. On our way back from Disney, we were stopping in South Carolina to visit Tom’s family. We recruited cousins Aris and Lila to join us for a sleepover at Grandma’s house and they were more than happy to bring all their princess gear for a fun night celebrating beauty and royalty.

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Luke doesn’t have any prince clothing, so he wore his Luke Skywalker outfit with a Jedi robe. It looked good with the girls’ pretty dresses.

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Aris wore her Snow Queen costume and appointed herself host, dreaming up lots of activities. Scarlett wore her favorite Sleeping Beauty dress and did a lot of twirling. Lila alternated between Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella. Total life of the party!

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Early on, we set up an air mattress. Immediately, all the kids (and some adults) started jumping and bouncing on it. To curb this activity and prevent a pop, we gave the kids some ice cream and put on a Sofia the First marathon. It worked for about 15 minutes.

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Next, the girls broke out Grandma’s makeup and Aris gave Scarlett a princess makeover. She did a really good job!

Once everyone looked gorgeous, Scarlett wanted to play a game from Sofia’s sleepover, Pin the Tail on the Unicorn.

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She had never played a “pin the tail” type game before, but she did really well. By the end of the game, everyone was pretty much getting their tails in the right spot. They celebrated their success with chocolate milk, just like Sofia had in her chocolate milk fountain!

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Everyone burned off the sugar with some “ballroom” dancing.

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Finally, it was time to actually sleep at the sleepover. Scarlett didn’t want to take of her princess dress, but then realized the Cinderella nightgown she brought looked like Wendy’s from Peter Pan. The she was cool with it.

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It only took the kids about 2 hours to fall asleep after that! 
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The next day, we had to leave. It was sad, but we created some great memories to hold us over until our next visit!

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Princess love!

“We’re Going to Disney World” Theme Dinner

We’re going to Disney World!

We decided on another trip to WDW this year to take advantage of the free dining promotion offered for the fall and attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.

We had a special Disney World Themed Dinner before we left. I tried to base all the food on Magic Kingdom attractions.

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Disney World Theme Dinner Menu
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Jerk Chicken
  • Space Mountain Pasta Stars
  • Pete’s Silly Side Salad
  • Splash Mountain Gushers
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Cookies
  • Mad “Sweet Tea” Party

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petes silly side salad

splash mountain gushers

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A tasty way to kick off our trip!


A Minecraft Themed Birthday Dinner

Luke loves Minecraft more than anything, so to celebrate his fifth birthday, we came up with a dinner with a Minecraft theme.

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His favorite food is pasta, so I tried to incorporate that into the meal. I got a lot of great ideas from Pinterest.

Our Minecraft Dinner Menu
  • Zombie Brains (Rotini Pasta)
  • Lava (Spaghetti Sauce)
  • Sticks (Breadsticks)
  • Carrots (Salad)
  • Diamonds and Gold (Hershey’s Kisses and Rolos)
  • Sandstone (Rice Krispie Treats)
  • Obsidian (Brownies)
  • TNT (Twizzlers)
  • Creeper Cakes (Cake with green frosting)
Everything was served on square plates in black and green, and we drank green Gatorade.
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Luke was very pleased!

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For gifts, I used some gem-print wrapping paper I got on clearance after Christmas. Then I put the gifts in a treasure chest that guests had signed at Luke’s first birthday party.

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He was thrilled to get a Minecraft LEGO set.

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He also got a Kindle Fire from Mimi – more ways to play Minecraft!


It was a fun little way to celebrate our boy’s big birthday.


Luke’s Bouncing Birthday

For Luke’s birthday, he wanted to go to one of our favorite play places – Sport Bounce of Loudoun. It’s a bit of a drive, so we don’t go as often as the kids would like. Going as a birthday treat was just what an energetic 5-year-old wanted.

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We got to open bounce a little late, but an hour ended up being enough time to get in everything they wanted to do.

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Luke got to jump, slide and even experience hurricane force winds!

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My mom is visiting so she got to play a bit, too.


It was a nice time, especially since they have added, Jumpin’ Java, a new coffee shop!

I’d love to have a full-fledged birthday party here someday. Luke wanted a Minecraft themed birthday dinner, though, so we left at the end of Open Bounce to shop for his special meal. See what we came up with in the next post!