2 girls, 1 week in a holiday villa Orlando

Yesterday we had a Disney day.  As an annual passholder I was able to get my friend a 1 day hopper ticket for $79 plus taxes.

We started at Magic Kingdom.  You can tell it is low season as the monorail was on a real go slow and as we arrived they announced it was going out of service.

Bag check and added security and then we were in.  All themed for Halloween the first spot was Snow White with no.line!  After a photo call we headed down the Main Street and arrange some fast passes.  We took a turn on the Tomorrowland transit, had lunch and then went on Its a Small World , Pirates of the Carribean and Buzz Lightyear.  After a little retail therapy we decided to head over to Epcot.

We had just arrived at Epcot when the afternoon storm broke – we decided to sit it out in the car lot and then headed in.  This time on the way in we had a photo opportunity with Daisy Duck! We 7were visiting for the Food & Wine festival rather than the rides, howe’ve,  there were very few lines – we could even have queued to see Anna & Elsa in only 20 minutes.

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Tickets for Disney’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party which is held annually at the Magic Kingdom are now on sale.

We love going to the Halloween party as it is a separately ticketed event – so you don’t have to have a ticket for Disney – just the event.  Officially the event opens at 7pm, however, you can gain entry from 4pm and as the tickets are usually cheaper that the day ticket with entrance numbers limited it is a great way to see the park, experience the main rides, enjoy special extras like trick or treating and a special Halloween parade.

Even as you enter the park you start to see all the beautiful little extra details – pumpkins, ghosts, autumn displays – all tastefully done and fun so as not to scare the younger children.

Having said all that this year I have noticed that there has been a large uplift in prices for some of the dates – depending on which day you decide to attend, you may pay significantly more than previously.

The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 ticket prices range from to $72-$105 for adults and $67-$100 for children (ages 3-9) without tax. Children under 3 are free.  Disney have added an additional 4 dates this year with the party running on select dates from September 2nd to October 31st

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 dates are as follows:

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Advance Ticket Dates By Price

$72 adults/$67 children: September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25

$79 adults/$74 children: September 29, 30

$85 adults/$80 children: September 23

$86 adults/$81 children: October 2, 6

$91 adults/$86 children: October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27

$95 adults/$90 children: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30

$105 adults/$100 children: October 31

The cheaper the ticket, the quieter the day as a general rule with the 31st October understandably being the busy day of all.

So what can you expect and is it worth the money?  For us the answer is yes.  If you only have a few days in Orlando and want to just do one park, why not consider just doing this event – it would be cheaper and less busy?

Get there for 4pm, the entrances are divided at that time for general admission one side and Halloween party admission at the other.  You receive a wrist band on entrance and are given a bag for your trick or treating (the trick or treating does not begin though until 7pm when the event officially opens).

From 7pm all the main rides remain open, you cannot fast pass them, but as the numbers are controlled there is generally no need to.  There are 2 parades – Boo to You!  which start with a headless horseman – the parade is worth viewing and the quieter of the 2 is the 2nd one.  The Hallowishes Fireworks display is extremely good too.  When we have visited the event we have never experienced any long queues and have never queued for longer than 20 minutes for anything!

Trick or treating is available all night and the queues are a lot quieter towards the end of the evening.

The final and key thing to mention is about the wearing of costumes.  Late 2015, Disney instituted tighter security procedures for entering the parks (we have been asked to go through the metal detector on a couple of occasions now) and banned costumes for adults. The guidance for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have now been published and are as follows:

  • Disney may deny admission to anyone or remove anyone who is wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from other guests’ experiences.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite characters, but cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and not obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable.
  • Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that might strike another guest.
  • Guests who do not abide by the guidelines may be refused entry or removed unless their costumes can be modified to acceptable standards.

For guests ages 14 and up:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
  • Capes should not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are OK to wear
  • Transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn

So there you have it – more information can be found and tickets may be purchased at MNSSHP

 

Disney’s Magic Kingdom – for Adults

We love Magic Kingdom and we don’t have children – although we have visited many times with children of a variety of ages.  As a couple (in their 40’s) we still feel the magic of visiting and here are some of the things we like to do.

First stop for my husband is always the Barbers (Harmony Barber Shop) – tucked to the left hand side of the start to the Main Street – he loves to go and get a trim while we are over.  He has sometimes had a bit of sparkle added, mostly he just gets a very good cut and enjoys the experience.

We are quite happy to walk although a turn around the park on the Steam Train (Walt Disney World Railroad) is always a good break from the sun and the queues when needed – it is a slow ride and creates a gentle breeze with a bit of Disney narrative – all good fun.

To get away from the crowds you can also take a raft across to Tom Sawyer Island, find a rocker and sit for a while or take a turn on the Liberty Square Riverboat.

Another staple for my husband is a quick stop at the Main Street Bakery as this is now run by Starbucks – he likes to get an espresso to fuel him up.

Timing of our visit is also crucial – we like to arrive no earlier than 4pm.  We find that many families are starting to leave once the 3pm parade has gone through.  Traffic and parking are generally easier and the heat is starting to reduce.  You can then enjoy the sunsets over the park and pleasanter evening temperatures.

Must do rides for us are (in no particular order) the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (love to ride this in the dark, even better as the fireworks are on), Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Haunted Mansion.

I love a trip to the Aloha Isle in Adventureland for a Dole Whip soft serve ice-cream and fresh pineapple.

The Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks and Main Street Electrical Parade are a lovely end to a lovely evening.