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February 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Cinderella's Castle, Disney Travel, Magic Kingdom, Vacation, Walt Disney World Resort | Leave a comment
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January 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Cinderella's Castle, Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, Walt Disney World Resort | Leave a comment
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Top Ten Reasons to go to Walt Disney World in 2011!

January 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Italy, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, Mexico, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Resort, World Showcase | 1 Comment
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2011 will be a wonderful year to go to Walt Disney World (as if anyone REALLY needs an excuse to go to WDW)! There are so many wonderful things to do and see and experience! Here is a quick list of the top ten reasons you need to go to WDW this year!

  1. Let the Memories Begin– Disney’s new promotional campaign focuses on the memories made at the Disney parks. I know we all have them. And if we don’t, we will soon! This campaign allows us to see other’s magical memories and to share some of our own! Do you remember your 1st trip to WDW? Or what about your child’s? This campaign makes me smile simply because it is real. Those are real experiences and real reactions. And who knows? Maybe one of YOUR memories will wind up on one of Disney’s commercials or print ads. And maybe even displayed on Cinderella’s castle. For more information on this new campaign, click here.
  2. Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary– Come celebrate WDW’s 40th birthday at the Most Magical Place on Earth! Join in at all the parades, the rides, the shows… Come and see what has made Walt Disney World a must-see travel destination!
  3. Meet the Characters from Tangled– Did your little princess or prince love Rapunzel or Flynn Rider? Well, did you know you can meet them at the Magic Kingdom? That’s right! The beautiful princess and her prince now have their own Meet and Greet area in Fairytale Garden, near the castle side entrance to Fantasyland. Come to this new interactive Play and Greet!
  4. Duffy– So this may not be the MAIN reason, to go to Walt Disney World, but it’s a pretty fun thing to do while you’re here! For years, Duffy has been a popular character at Tokyo Disneyland. In October 2010, he arrived at Epcot for his own Meet and Greet! Duffy, for those of you who are wondering who I am talking about, is Mickey’s teddy bear. He’s a soft, cuddly bear with a “Hidden Mickey” on his face and paws. And of course, the Duffy merchandise abounds! You can get a seasonal Duffy bear, a HUGE Duffy bear, or a plain Duffy that you can dress anyway you want in one of the many Duffy outfits that are available.
  5. Two New Epcot Eateries– Via Napoli opened this past August in the Italy pavilion. This authentic Neapolitan pizzeria features wood-burning ovens and serves wonderful pizza, salads, sandwiches and more. La Hacienda de San Angel is an indoor-outdoor restaurant right on the lagoon that features authentic Mexican dishes. This is the first of Disney’s new concept dining establishments that acts as a quick service eatery for lunch and a table service eatery for dinner.
  6. Disney Channel Rocks– This new street show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios replaces the old High School Musical street performance. This new high energy show features songs that your tweens and teens will know all too well (and most parents will know them all too well, too). You’ll hear tunes from Hannah Montana, Sonny With a Chance, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Shake it Up!, JONAS LA, Starstruck and more.  Some guests will even be invited on stage to dance!
  7. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival– This fall-time event usually lasts from the beginning of October through the middle of November. You’ll be able to enjoy food and drinks from around the World. Besides the usual 11 pavilions, you will find food and wine kiosks from other countries as well such as Ireland, Belgium and South Korea, along with several others. You’ll also be able to enjoy regional entertainment. You can also take in the Eat to the Beat concert series, which highlights performers from years past! For more information on the Food and Wine Festival, click here.
  8. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival– This event runs from March 2, 2011 through May 15, 2011 and showcases a colorful display of flowers, gardens, topiaries, entertainment and more. During the festival, you will find special entertainers from the 1960’s and 1970’s at the America Gardens Theatre during the Flower Power Concert Series. For more information on the Flower and Garden Festival, click here.
  9. Star Tours– This full-motion flight simulator is currently closed while it is being renovated and being made into a 3D attraction. BUT it will open in 2011 with all new 3D imagery, and any Star Wars fans in your family will be thrilled! New journeys and exciting destinations await. In the meantime, guests can enjoy shopping at Tatooian Traders and can watch (and maybe participate) in Jedi Training Academy, right by the attraction.
  10. The Feeling of Being a Kid Again– Many people go to WDW for their kids. But those of us who go more often know that the fun and excitement is not just for kids. The second I walk into Magic Kingdom, I revert to a kid again. I get more excited than my kids when I see the characters, and I cry when I see the castle for the first and last time of each trip. I remember growing up at Walt Disney World and watching it change through the years. I laugh and squeal on the rides, and I am just as excited as the kids to get a Mickey Bar! Plan that Disney trip in 2011, but don’t just do it for your kids- do it for you, too!

For more information or for a free no-obligation quote, contact us at www.magicalmousecapades.com!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Review

October 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Resort | 4 Comments
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In all my years going to Walt Disney World, there was one event that I had never gotten to try- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). I was lucky enough for that to change a couple of weeks ago. I had gone to WDW to run in Mickey’s Halloween Fun Run 5K, and with my race entry fee, I received a free (?) ticket to the MNSSHP. I was so excited to try this event, and it did not let me down!

With the MNSSHP ticket, you can arrive to the park as early as 4:00, even though the party itself does not start until 7:00. You are greeted by cast members wearing special purple, orange and green costumes. They will issue you your wristband, and then it’s off into the park.

We arrived to the park at about 4:30 and headed straight to Liberty Tree Tavern for pur 5:00 reservations. There was a large group of us so we figured by the time we were done, the party would be ready to start. Once we were done, we headed to Pirates of the Caribbean. Just after we exited, we heard the official announcement that the Halloween Party was beginning! We grabbed our loot bags and headed to our 1st Trick or Treat trail at Splash Mountain, and then we went and rode Big Thunder Mountain at night (a first for me) in our costumes. After that, we decided to go and brave Haunted Mansion. The lines were not bad at all. We rocked the Stretching Room, as there was a large group of us who knew all of the words. When we came out from the ride, Carlota was sitting on her bench in front of the Haunted Mansion. She is a wonderful example of the special things that you will see during MNSSHP. As we made our way from Haunted Mansion up through Fantasyland, I was struck by a very rare sight- all SEVEN DWARVES. This may not sound like a huge deal. But for me it was. Major. The line was long at the time so it became my goal to get my picture taken with them later in the night. Off to ride Dumbo!

Many of you know that the line for Dumbo is usually insane. But tonight, the wait was less than 10 minutes, even for all 10 of us! So up in the air we went! After that it was time for more trick or treating. Throughout the Magic Kingdom, you will find Goofys Candy Spots. That is where you will find the trick or treating spots. Does it matter that you don’t have kids with you? Nope! At Disney, you can just hop on in the line and get your loot!

After Dumbo, we rode Snow White’s Scary Adventures and then met up with the evil old woman who gave Snow White the poisoned apple. She is never seen in the parks so this was a wonderful sighting! Now on to the trick or treating trail. I must say, we expected a little bit more candy than what we received, but where else can an adult go trick or treating and not get looked at strangely?

Hallowishes

Disney has a special fireworks show for the Halloween Party- Hallowishes. During the parties, the fireworks show starts at 9:30, and what an amazing show it is. It’s worth the price of admission alone. At one point, you are surrounded 180 degrees by fireworks. It is simply stunning. There is also a special parade, Boo to You, which has 2 runnings during each party. The first one is at 8:00, and the second one is at 10:30. We did the later one. The parade is started by the Headless Horseman. From there, there are all sorts of fun Halloween characters- the Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghosts, grave diggers, the dancers from the Haunted Mansion ballroom scene, the Disney villains and more!

After the parade, we were able to head back over to Fantasyland so we could try for the Seven Dwarves and success! We were the last ones in line to meet them! I was so excited. I had never seen them in anywhere in the parks.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is definitely worth the extra admission cost. It is held on select nights throughout September and October. The crowds are less, the character sightings are amazing, and the ride lines are shorter. That alone is great. But when you factor in the awesome decorations, the spectacular fireworks, and the fun parade, you more than get your money’s worth!

Wordless Wednesday

May 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Resort | 1 Comment
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