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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Halloween is upon us and that means it’s time for Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not- So-Scary Halloween Party.

On this episode of The Disney Twins World Adventures, we share with you our highlights from our evenings at this exclusive extra ticketed event.

For more Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party information, check out our other videos and our blog posts: 2017 Halloween Party recap, Our 2018 Wish List when attending the party, Pixie Dust Pointers – what to do before attending and tips for attending.

Have you attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event at the Magic Kingdom? What was your favorite part?

Pixie Dust Pointers

Pixie Dust Pointers: Fast Pass Selections for the Magic Kingdom (at Walt Disney World)

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With over 25 options to pick from for your Fast Pass Selections at the Magic Kingdom, you might be a bit overwhelmed of what to fast pass or what not to fast pass. Check out our latest Pixie Dust Pointer episode on YouTube where we share with you our selections for a day at the Magic Kingdom.

What is your favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom to Fast Pass?  Or which ride do you never Fast Pass?  Tell us!

#moodMonday · Disney Fun Time

#MoodMonday : A Fall Disney Style Challenge and Halloween Reading Fun

If this time of the year hasn’t been crazy enough… we recently came upon two different fun challenges that we are just itching to participate in.

First up! Disney Style’s Instagram is hosting their 3rd round of #fallintoDisneyStyle October Photo Challenge.  Now I’ll (Arianne here) be the first to admit my Disney Style is more of a Hot Mess Disney Mom Style than anything that is considered fashionable.  But I embrace my “Hot Mess Disney Mom” self and why should I shy away from that and not enjoy the fun? Exactly!  So…

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We are already a few days in… be sure to check out all our pictures on Instagram!  Or come back here for our Challenge updates.

And… Second! Emma of A Pinch of Pixie Dust  (@bookishprincess on Instagram) has combined three of her favorite things (Disney, books, and Halloween) and is hosting a Boo To You Readathon!  How fun!  My love of reading (along with cross stitching, playing board games, and cooking/baking) often gets sidelined when life gets crazy.  So anything that will give me an excuse to say “I have to read this! By this deadline!” I will take it, and run!

Emma has created four spooky challenges to choose from…

  • Madame Leota’s Library: read a book that you think belongs in the library at the Haunted Mansion.
  • Park-Inspired Costume: read a book that inspired something in the Disney parks OR that is inspired by the Disney parks.
  • Candy Cauldron / Pumpkin Spice: read a book that’s sweet and cozy and perfect for fall.
  • Impressions de France Group Read: French mystery classic Monsieur Le Coq by Émile Gaboriau.

Now… since I am lucky to finish a book a year…  Yes. I’m still on Book 6 of Harry Potter.    I am just gonna attempt to finish one book by the end of October.  But as I was reading all of the different challenges I couldn’t help but think of which books I wanted to read.  So what the heck,  I picked 3 books.

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  • Madame Leota’s Library Challenge :  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Park-Inspired Costume :  Tales from the Haunted Mansion by Amicus Arcane
  • Impressions de France Group Read : Monsieur Le Coq by Émile Gaboriau

and… there’s also The Half-Blood Prince.

If you too are inspired to try one or both of these fun challenges, let us know by leaving a comment!  We can’t wait to hear which challenge you are taking part in.

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The Disney Twins take a spin on Toy Story Land’s Alien Swirling Saucers (Ride along/ on-ride POV)

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The Aliens have powered up their flying saucer and they are ready to take off. Join us as we take a spin on a wild ride into space on Toy Story Land’s Alien Swirling Saucers and see if we get chosen by the claw.

To check out this video head over to our YouTube Channel 

What attraction would you like Maryann and Arianne to take you on next? Let us know in the comment section.

World Adventures

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (2017 Recap)

Maryann and I find it funny that we always seem to plan our trips around the same time. Without even discussing it. So it really came as no surprise when we were talking about our upcoming weekend trips for the Halloween party and realized we were going the same night.  So of course we had to party together.  As you might already know from our previous episode  about the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Dressed at Belle and Phillepe from Beauty and the Beast and Monsters Inc. Sully, Mike and Boo (times 2).

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Even with The Collins family arriving an hour and a half late to the party (due to two accidents and rain) we managed to do a lot and have a spooktacular time.

So here is our Disney Twins Family take on The 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

7pm

Maryann and Ginny arrive. They get to see/ hear the “Start” of the party which includes the bells from Haunted Mansion and the announcer stating that the party has begun.  The entrance and Main Street are filled with fog and special effects.  After starting the party they head to Tomorrowland and ride People Mover and Buzz Lightyear.

8:30pm

Collins family arrive.  This was the first time we have ever arrived to the party after the party has started.  We are usually at some other part of the park when the party officially starts at 7pm.  It was really cool to walk down Main Street and see all the cool decorations.  These are usually turned off when we are heading out at the end of the night.

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  • Special Party Event activity #1 – Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

We stop off at the Firehouse and collect our Event – exclusive spell cards for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  This year the specialty card features some of our favorites from The Country Bear Jamboree.  We then head to Tomorrowland and meet up with Ginny and Maryann who were having a “second wind” meal at Cosmic Rays.

8:45pm

  • Special Party Event activity #2 –  Monstrous Scream-o-ween party – staring Mike, Sulley, and Boo.  They moved this event inside to Cosmic Rays due to the rain. Despite being dressed at Monsters Inc. characters, the noise and tight space, and large crowd had the girls enjoying this dance party from a far.
  • Trick or treat station #1 – Cosmic Rays

Now that we are together and with some candy in our bags we head out to party and we head back to the heart of Tomorrowland. We decided to let the girls take the lead in deciding which ride to ride. They did an awesome job of taking turns.

  • Attraction #1 (for the group) – Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

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If you have listened to our other podcasts/ episodes you would know this is a favorite for both families.  But it is a must for the party nights.  We like to ride around looking at all the Halloween festivities in the area and come up with a game plan for the next hour or so.  AND we got to mark one off the Disney experience bucket list with seeing Space Mountain with the lights on.

After our transit trip ended we headed off to collect more candy.

  • Trick or treat station #2 – Space Mountain (probably the least decorated themed lines in the entire party)
  • Trick or treat station #3 – Carousel of Progress

At this time we stopped by the popcorn stand by Space Mountain and picked up our Mickey Pumpkin Popcorn buckets and Candy Corn Cotton Candy bags.

  • Attraction #2 – Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • Trick or treat station #4 – Stitch’s Great Escape (Where you can find some pretty cool carved pumpkins.  Which included Space Mountain and one that Arianne swears looks like Skippy – the original Alien from Alien Encounters.)
  • Attraction #3 – Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

This is such a fun attraction to do during the party because the audience is dressed up and the performers use this as part of their show.  Kevin got picked because of his Mike costume and they did a bit with another guy “his brother” because he was also dressed as Mike.  Definitely a highlight during the Halloween party.

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10:15pm Head to Fantasyland.

  • Special Party Event activity #3 – Happy Hallowishes Fireworks

This took place and we were able to watch during our walk from Tomorrowland through Fantasyland.  Which is kinda a cool place to see all the 360 degree fireworks from.

  • Attraction #4 – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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  • Trick or treat station #5 – Mickey’s PhilharMagic

This is one of the stations that has multiple candy barrels.

  • *** Special Party Event activity #4 Mickey’s PhilharMagic showing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  So after you go through the Trick or Treat line you come into the Theater and they have the movie playing in the theater.  This is a really cool halloween thing and it is not listed as part of the specialty entertainment on the event guide. Maryann and I walked very slowly through the line to watch some of it and I kinda wish we had time to watch more.  But we had no idea this was even there.  Maybe next year we will be able to catch a few minutes of it.
  • Trick or treat station #6 – Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Trick or treat station #7 – Liberty Square Riverboat

11:00pm – Head to Liberty Square find spots to watch parade.  During this time Maryann took the girls to the Tangled Bathrooms.

  • Party Specialty Food #1 – Haunted Mansion Portrait Desserts.

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Arianne headed to the Liberty Square Market to get the chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion Quick Sand white chocolate portrait. But…. This location closes at 11pm. I was able to ask a manager where I could find it and was told to go to Aloha Isle and specifically ask for it. So I quickly made my way there and back before the parade started. The cast members at Aloha Isle also gave me a Dole Whip. For free.

  • Magic Shot #1  Hitchhiking Ghost shot.

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While we waited for the parade we headed over to the PhotoPass Photographer over by The Hall of Presidents.  We got our picture taken with the Hitchhiking Ghosts.

11:15pm “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade starts (got to Liberty Square by Hall of Presidents at 11:23)

  • Special Party Event activity #5  Mickey’s “Boo- To-You” Halloween Parade

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It has been a few parties since the Collins family has actually sat down and watched this parade.  It’s a cute parade. Unfortunately, due to the rain and wet ground the Headless Horseman did not ride. There were also a few new additions since the last time we watched it.  Personal favorites are the 3 Hitchhiking Ghosts float and the Fall Festival Floats.  Very cool.

11:35pm Maryann and Ginny start to head out.  Ainsley wants to ride one last ride – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  The Collins family heads to Fantasyland.

  • Magic Shot #2 Tangled Lantern

Yes, this shot is available at any time. But this was the first time we had seen a photographer here since they started doing this shot.

  • Attraction #5 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Kevin and Ainsley head off to ride right before midnight.

  • Photo Shot #3 – Ariel  (Madigan and Arianne)
  • Trick or Treat Station #8 – Pete’s Silly Sideshow

This location has 2 sides and each side has multiple treat stops.  You can go in one side and go back around and hit the other side.

Late night tip *  At the end of the night Cast Members tend to empty out their barrels in your bags so be ready to get handfuls of candy.  Hitting as many of these candy stops in the last 15 minutes of the night can result in lots of candy.

Midnight

After loading up our bags with candy Maddie and I headed to the center of Main Street.  Since Kevin and Ainsley were still in line for Seven Dwarfs, we were gonna check out the show.

  • Special Party Event activity #6 – Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
  • Specialty Merchandise – Light up Halloween Mickey Balloon
  • Magic Shots #4/5 – On Main Street and Poison Apple

On the way out we stopped at 2 different photographers on Main Street.  We got several “group” shots including 2 different versions of the Poison Apple magic shot.

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Despite the Collins Family showing up 90 minutes late we still managed to hit: 8 Trick or Treat Stations, 5 Rides, 6 Specialty Event Activities, Snag some Halloween exclusive treats, and stop for 5 Photo Pass photographers.  I would say it was a spooktacular successful night.

Tips that helped us accomplish all of these things (despite the rain and the late start) was Maryann and I had made a list of the things we wanted to do prior to arriving at the event.  We also worked our way around the park in a circle.  Completing everything we wanted to do in each land and then moving on to the next.

For more Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Tips, check out our Pixie Dust Pointers posts.

Disney Fun Time

Our Top 5 Favorite Disney Movies: The Halloween edition

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It’s the first day of October and you know what that means…. Halloween is here.  That’s right.  Pumpkins. Candy.  Costumes.  Scary movies.

Ok…  let’s be honest… if you are like us and have little ones around (or maybe you are still dealing with the trauma of watching 3 scary movies in one night when you were 10… and you are afraid to watch Stranger Things alone while your husband is still at work), watching really scary movies is not the best idea. But there are many great Family Friendly options out there.

Every year Freeform Channel (used to be ABC Family) has their 13 Nights of Halloween filled with Halloween themed movies. This year they upped it to 31 days. You can check out their 2018 line up here.

But… if you’re like us and don’t have cable… We thought we would put together our Top 5 Favorite Disney Halloween Movies that are (some what) guaranteed not to make you stay up passed your bed time worried about clowns, the upside down, or a red bouncy ball falling down the stairs.

1 – Hocus Pocus

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In 1993 Walt Disney Pictures released this fun Halloween film starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker.  As a HUGE Bette fan (thanks to movies like Beaches, Big Business, and For the Boys) I remember seeing this film in the theaters opening weekend.  Ever since it was released on VSH this movie has been a part of my Halloween celebrations.   And why not? With a movie about a villainous trio of witches, who are inadvertently resurrected by a male “virgin” teenager in modern day Salem, Massachusetts.  There’s children running amuck amuck amuck, a really adorable cat, an amazing song sung by the Divine Miss M, and Kathy Najimy riding a vacuum cleaner… What’s not to love?

2 – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

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Walt Disney Productions released The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, an animated film with two shorts based on the literary classics The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.  If you read our post #moodMonday : Our Mickeys No-So-Scary Halloween Party Wish List from 2017 you already know that one of our favorite thrilling things to see at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the procession ride of the Headless Horseman before the Boo-To-You Parade.  And as a former high school English teacher Maryann loves, LOVES the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow where a romantic rivalry with a “Gaston” type gentleman and a school teacher culminates in a terrifying ride in the night.  Disney does a fabulous job of introducing this classic short story to younger audiences.

3 – Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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Not so much a “Halloween themed” film, but this 1971 movie is a Bedknobs and Broomsticks is based upon the book How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons.  So… how can you go wrong? As a kid I loved watching this movie about an apprentice witch, three kids, and a conman as they search for the missing ingredient to a magic spell that is found to be useful to Britain during WWII.

4 – Toy Story of Terror

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I think all of the world rejoiced as the beloved Toy Story gang came back in this Halloween themed Animated Short, that aired October 16, 2013.  In this short Bonnie takes the toys with her on a road trip.  But things start to go wrong when Bonnie’s mom gets a flat tire and they find themselves spending the night at a roadside motel (very reminiscent of most scary movies).  After Mr. Potato Head vanishes while looking for the motels free amenities, the toys imaginations start to get the best of them.  But as the toys begin to disappear one by one, the gang realize they are caught up in a mysterious story.

5 – Disney’s Halloween Treat 

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Back in 1983, ABC aired this 90 minute halloween special that continued to be rebroadcasted during the halloween season for the next 10 years.  This special combined Halloween themed animated short cartoons (like “Lonesome Ghosts” starting Mickey Mouse or “Trick or Treat” with Donald Duck) or selections from Disney’s feature films such as Fantasia, The Aristocats, The Sword in the Stone, and more. It truly is the best combination of all of Disney’s Halloween themed segments.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t  aired since the 90’s and released onto DVD.  But you can find it… thanks to the internet.

So there you have it! 5 of our favorite Disney movies… Halloween edition.  And the best part? You can find 4 of these at your local store (Target) or on itunes.

What is your favorite Disney Halloween movie? Did it make our list? If not, let us know in the comments section.

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Disney After Hours

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On August 11th of 2018, Arianne and her family attended the Disney After Hours event at the Magic Kingdom. On this episode of The Disney Twins World Adventures, we share with you our evening at this exclusive extra ticketed event.

Then check out our recent blog post Disney After hours – Summer 2018 (Recap/ Review)    where we spotlight:

  • Event Details
  • Recap of our Evening
  • Our Review of the Event
  • Why we think this event is a must do!

Have you attended the Disney After Hours event at the Magic Kingdom? What was your favorite part of the event?