For the past several years I have been lucky enough to be at Walt Disney World in the fall when Mickey’s No- So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) was going on. This Halloween themed event takes place on select nights in September and October from 7:00 PM to Midnight. While the Magic Kingdom is decorated with fall foliage, pumpkins etc., throughout the season, on MNSSHP nights, added lighting, effects, smoke, music and characters come out to make the night just a little more festive.
This is a great people watching event as guests (both children and adults) often dress in costumes. Some of them so elaborate, that it is hard to tell if they are a cast member or guest! While I enjoy seeing all the costumes, my favorite are always those dressed like they stepped out of the Haunted Mansion. Speaking of stepping out of the Haunted Mansion, don’t be surprised to find Madam Carlotta sitting on the lawn of the Mansion starting up conversations with guests in line.
If you are headed to the Magic Kingdom, make sure to get there early to see the Welcome Show. The show takes place about 15 minutes before the rope drop. Because the show takes place above the train station, you will have a good view regardless of what side of the entrance you are on. Its starts with the Mayor (yes, the Magic Kingdom has a Mayor) giving a brief welcome, followed by the Main Street Singers performing “Good Morning”. I guarantee you will have this song stuck in your head for a good part of the day.
On 5/20/14, Tinker Bell's Magical Nook will be opening in Town Square Theater. Guests will be able to meet Tinker Bell, though her friends won't be here with her like they were in Adventureland. FastPass+ is available. Mickey Mouse is still greeting guests as well.
Last year, my friends and family surprised me with a Wishes Fireworks Cruise for my birthday. Our private charter boat picked us up at Fort Wilderness an hour and a half before Wishes was set to begin. The boat was nicely decorated and stocked with snacks and drinks.
As we set sail on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, our Captain pointed out some sights that you wouldn't normally see and gave us some history on the Magic Kingdom and area resorts. We anchored in front of the Magic Kingdom about ten minutes before the show and were able to watch the Electric Water Pageant as it passed just feet away from us. And then it was time for Wishes! From the moment it started, I felt as though it was a private viewing just for me and my guests. We had the best seats in the house for the fireworks along with the boat’s synchronized audio on board; it just couldn't get any better. While Wishes always brings a tear to my eye, that night it was even more special as I was able to sit and enjoy it with family and friends and toast to a great vacation.
Additional Info: Our group chose to be picked up at Fort Wilderness, since we were having dinner there beforehand. But, you can also arrange to be picked up at the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge. The cost for the cruise is for the boat, not the number of guests. So, you will pay the same regardless of the number of people. Our 21-foot Pontoon held eight guests. But, Disney also offers a 25-foot pontoon that holds up to ten people. Disney provides snacks and soft drinks, but you are allowed to bring your own as well.
The Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disney California Adventure in California will be hosting an all-nighter to kick off summer. From 6:00am May 23rd to 6:00am May 24th 2014, enjoy 24 hours of Disney. The Rock Your Disney Side event will feature special events and merchandise as well.
Walt Disney Imagineering has shared it first onboard video of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train scheduled to open in the New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom this Spring.
One of my favorite nighttime experiences at Walt Disney World is Wishes at the Magic Kingdom. Not only is it the biggest fireworks show in Disney history, but it also includes an appearance by Tinkerbell and special effects that illuminate Cinderella’s castle. All of this is set to a fantastic soundtrack, hosted by Jiminy Cricket. The best place to see this 12 minute show in the park is right on Main Street (my favorite place is just past Casey’s Corner). I’m not sure if it is the feeling I get on Main Street or Jiminy’s message about dreams coming true, but this show brings a tear to my eye every time I see it.
Disney announced today that their new daytime parade, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” will debut at the Magic Kingdom on Sunday, March 9. While I will miss "Celebrate a Dream Come True", I am excited to see this colorful new parade.
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