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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 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!


Disney World Resort Hop #3 – Contemporary Resort for Fireworks

Luke and Scarlett do not like fireworks. They are just too loud. Still, the 4th of July calls for fireworks, and I was hoping we could watch Disney’s Celebrate America Concert in the Sky without too much trauma. Perhaps seeing them from across the lake, where they weren’t to close, and under the monorail, which was a nice distraction, would make the experience fun – or at least tolerable – for the kids. Disney’s Contemporary Resort seemed like a good place to try.

The Contemporary as seen from the Monorail

We fought traffic to reach the Contemporary about 20 minutes before the 9pm Fireworks show was set to begin (everyone else seemed to be headed to The Polynesian). We ended up rushing a bit to get to the fireworks viewing area on the hotel’s 4th floor and so I didn’t take any pictures. But we got there with minutes to spare and I armed the kids with glow sticks and Pop Rocks to make it more festive.


We could see Cinderella’s Castle all lit up. Beautiful! Hard to photograph, though.


Soon, the show started. The music and sounds from the show were played over speakers on the viewing deck. It was just like being at the Magic Kingdom! The colors exploded over Space Mountain. It was awesome!


Luke and Scarlett were both cool, as long as Tom held them. Both. At the same time. Super Dad!


Scarlett actually ended up really liking the show. The booms were fun when they look like stars! Luke didn’t love it, but he didn’t panic either. The monorail made it better.
Before we left the resort, we spent some time browsing at Fantasia, the hotel’s gift shop. Scarlett spent her time adoring the Princess items and Tom spent his time adoring the Star Wars items. Luke looked at every single pen and pencil (and there were a lot.) I checked out the new Magic Band merchandise.

Fun stuff!

We also took a peek at the arcade – the first of many on this trip that ended up being sort of an arcade hop as well!

The Contemporary was cool, and definitely the fanciest hotel I’ve been to that had lots of kids running up and down the stairs! It was fun to visit one of the original hotels at Walt Disney World. It was definitely a memorable Fourth of July!