New Nighttime Show Coming to Hollywood Studios November 14th

Look out Star Wars, the holidays are arriving in the Disney Parks.  Disney’s new nighttime spectacular titled “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!” will be temporarily taking the place of the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular in Hollywood Studios and will be displayed on the Chinese Theater and includes a mission to rescue Santa.  Disney has released the following details for the show…

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The all-new  “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort on Nov. 14, 2016. Santa Claus is missing and the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

Of Course Disney has also released a special dessert party to go along with this show and it is available to being booking immediately.  The Holiday Dessert Party, includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more.  Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex glasses to use while watching the show.  The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.

This show will be available in Hollywood Studios though December 31st for all of the holiday excitement.

Watch a full video of the show below:

My name is Melissa and I am a Florida local and Disney annual passholder.  We spend most every weekend in the parks enjoying all of the new things that Disney has to offer.  As much as I would LOVE to watch this new holiday show on opening night, I have a busy schedule for the holidays & I will be bringing you news and video sometime at the start of December.  My weekend plans for November include trying the new Toothsome Chocolate Factory in Universal Studios as well as the Candlelight Processional dining package, with Steven Curtis Chapman as the narrator.  There will be so many amazing happenings around the parks for the holidays.  Stay tuned and be sure to follow me on Facebook for my personal experiences and reports.
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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – 2016 Overview

Fall is in the air at Walt Disney World and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is in full swing.  This is my personal favorite holiday event that Disney offers.  The atmosphere is ominously spooky while still be pleasantly fun without the extensive scare factor of other theme park Halloween events in the area.  Costumes optional, this party is great fun for people of all ages.
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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party occurs in the magic Kingdom on select nights and is a separately ticketed event; this means that you cannot attend the party with your normal park entry ticket.  You must purchase a Halloween Party ticket to attend.  If you are interested in attending, be sure to buy early.  The tickets for Halloween night are already sold out.  CLICK HERE for a full list of event dates.  The party officially begins and the park closes to the general public at 7:00pm.  You can get into the park with your party ticket beginning at 4:00pm.  It’s always a good idea to arrive early and have a plan in place.
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Be sure and do you research before you attend the party and decide what events are important to you.  There is no way to see and do everything at one single party (only 5 hours of fun).
This year our family was more focused on the candy & the specialty food rather than on meeting the characters and riding the attractions.

Events for 2016 are:
– Mickey’s “Boo To You” Parade: 8:30pm & 11:15pm
– Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show: 8:00pm, 9:15pm, 10:40pm, 12:00am
– Celebrate the Magic Fireworks: 10:00pm
– Happy Hallowishes Frieworks: 10:15pm
– Special Disney Character Appearances: which can include the 7 dwarfs, Jack Skellington and Sally, Captain Hook & Smee, Captain Jack Sparrow, Halloween Mickey & Minnie, Buzz Lightyear and many more.
Spoiler Alert:  CLICK HERE if you want to watch a full length video of the ‘Boo to You’ parade that we watched from the balcony of the train station.

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Some of the new additions to the 2016 “Boo to You” Parade are the Hitchhiking Ghosts (above) as well as Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope.

Specialty Food:
– Creepy Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich – Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
– Spider Cupcake & Worms & Dirt – Main Street Bakery
– Candy Corn Surprise, soft-serve ice cream – Storybook Treats $4.19 +tax
– Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake – Gaston’s Tavern  $5.19 +tax
We personally tried the Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake as well as the Candy Corn Surprise soft serve ice cream.  Both were delicious fall desserts; the topping on the cupcake was very sweet icing and I bet you can’t guess what the “surprise” is at the bottom of the candy corn ice cream.  Lines were much longer at Storybook Treats for the ice cream than for the cupcake in Gaston’s Tavern.  In Fact, Gaston’s Tavern was rather empty & peaceful.  This is a good place if you need somewhere to sit out of the crowds for a spell.


Party Merchandise:
– Emporium: Event T-shirts & MagicBand
– Box Office Gifts: MagicBand
– Mickey’s Star Traders: Event T-shirts
– Big Top Souvenirs: Event T-Shirts & Trading Pins
* while supplies last & they do sell out
At the top of my personal shopping list was the passholder pin at Big Top Souvenirs.
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Treat Locations:
– Main Street U.S.A: Town Square Theater
– Adventureland: Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean
– Frontierland: Dock to Tom Sawyer Island, Splash Mountain
– Liberty Square: Heritage House, Liberty Square Riverboat
– Fantasyland: Pinocchio Village Haus, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pete’s Silly Slideshow
– Tomorrowland: Stitch’s Great Escape, Carousel of Progress, Space Mountain, An=untie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

This year the treat bags were handed out at the treat stations rather than at the entrance to the park.  Some of the treat stations were out of courtesy bags at some times.  If you are serious about trick-or-treating at the party, I recommend bringing your own, larger bag for candy collecting as the complimentary bags are a bit on the small side.

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Our candy haul from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016

There are some new candy sponsors for the party this year; I will admit that the candy I miss most from the last few years, is the Ocean Spray Crasiens.  The new gummy Lifesavers were very popular with my kids as well as the Skittles and Dove chocolate bars.  There is no limit on the number of times that you can visit a particular treat station so if you find a favorite candy, be sure to stop in more than once.
If you have food allergies in your family, ask for the special allergy friendly bag & you can collect tokens that you can later exchange for allergy friendly candy.

My one mistake from this party is eating a meal during the party at Pecos Bills.  This took time away from participating in party events with my family.  Life this year is a little different for us since we now live in Florida.  The traffic getting to the park kept us from arriving at our planned time.  My advice is to be sure & eat a meal prior to the beginning of the party at 7:00pm.  If you do decide to eat a meal during the party, Pecos Bills does have great patio seating where you can eat while you watch the parade go by if you time your meal right.

Don’t forget to get your free, exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card.  You can get them at the firehouse where you sign up for the game. There are usually cast members standing outside & passing out the cards as they mark your MagicBand that you have received one.

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2016 Halloween Party Sorcerer Card: Clawhauser

One Major Must Do for me at every party is to get at least one, usually multiple, photos by Disney Photopass photographers.  These pictures from the party are so neat.  If you don’t feel like waiting in line for pictures during the party, wait until the party is over and get in line at the beginning of Main Street.  That particular location was my favorite photo location & will still be open even after the party ends.  There is a special Magic Shot, that you won’t want to miss, in front of the Train Station as you exit / enter the Magic Kingdom.  I won’t ruin the “Magic”  You will just have to get the photo to find out who is standing next to you in it.

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My Favorite Photopass Photo from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  There is also an amazing accompanying Animated Magic Shot that goes with this photo.  If you are curious to see it, watch my Facebook page & I will be posting it on Halloween.

If you are going to be visiting Walt Disney World in the fall, be sure not to miss Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party.

My name is Melissa, I am a Florida resident and Disney Fanatic.  I love visiting the parks almost every weekend with my family and being a part of every new thing that Disney offers up.  If you are dreaming of a Disney vacation, visit www.PixieDustAdventures.com for a free quote as well as booking and planning assistance at no extra cost to you.
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Disney World Halloween & Christmas Party tickets have been released

I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting this news & here it is….  The tickets for Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party & Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party have now been released!!!!  If you are traveling anytime from September through December, consider purchasing these tickets in advance, some of the dates will sell out early.
Hope to see you there!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns for 29 nights of spooktacular fun beginning Sept. 2, featuring encore performances of last year’s new hit show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.”

Plus, the team that brought the Sanderson Sisters back for Halloween is hard at work on another new show for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will make its debut for the 2016 holiday season. In this all-new show, Mickey and his pals invite some of their friends for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Guests can look forward to seeing Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White, and many more.

Presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, this new show features special effects, magical projections and festive holiday music.

Tickets are on sale now for 2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $72 for adults and $67 for children (3-9).
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $86 for adults and $81 for children (3-9).

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, prices by date:
Adults/Children under 10
*tickets always subject to availability
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, prices by date:
Adults/Children under 10
*tickets always subject to availability
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If you are one of my clients & you would like my assistance purchasing tickets to one of these parties, please contact me.  I will be emailing everyone that will be traveling during these dates in case you are interested.  All tickets must be paid for in full at the time of purchase, will be mailed directly to you & are non-refundable.

If you do not currently have a Disney World vacation booked, but would like to attend one of these magical holiday celebrations, please contact me for a free, no obligation quote.  I have personally attend both of these parties & they have become part of our family holiday tradition.
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2016 Fall Room Only Discount

SAVE UP TO 25% ON ROOMS AT SELECT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS
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Guests can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Aug. 26-Nov. 5, 2016 when they book by Aug. 31, 2016. Check availability for other great rates for stays most nights Aug. 1-25, 2016.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resort hotels.

Booking Window:
April 25-Aug. 31, 2016
Travel Window:
Aug. 1-Nov. 5, 2016

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Fall Free Dining has been released!

DIG IN BEFORE THIS OFFER’S GONE!

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Guests can get a FREE Dining Plan when they buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More Option for arrivals most nights Aug. 23-Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10-Dec. 21, 2016 when they book by July 8, 2016.

When you stay at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you get the Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite!

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Booking Window:
April 25-July 8, 2016
Arrival Window:
Aug. 23-Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10-21, 2016

Length of Stay Requirements:
Minimum – 3 nights
Maximum – 14 nights

Full List of Offer Exclusions:
Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15 to 21, November 26 to 28 and December 10 to 21, 2016.

Guests can get a FREE Dining Plan when they buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More Option for arrivals most nights Aug. 23-Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10-Dec. 21, 2016 when they book by July 8, 2016.

My name is Melissa and I am a travel agent with Main Street Adventures Travel Agency.  Free dining is possibly one of my favorite promotions, especially offered in the fall during the food & wine festival.  If you are interested in booking this promotions, please contact me; rooms will sell out quickly.  I can help you decide which promotion would be the best value for you.
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – 2016

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It’s never too early to begin planning for Christmas & there is no better place to celebrate than Walt Disney World.  To top off your ultimate Disney World Christmas, be sure to purchase tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party int he Magic Kingdom.  You will enjoy additional time in the park, shows, rides, parades & even a snowfall on Main Street with cookies & hot cocoa to warm your belly.  If you are a fan of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game, don’t forget to get your free Christmas party Card while you are there.

The party runs on select dates from November through December & the ticket prices will vary depending upon the date.

2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Event Dates
November: 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

Price details for the Christmas Party are below.
Adults/children under 10

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates – 2016

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For any true Disney goer, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is not to be missed.  It’s all about the rides, unique food, entertainment & especially the candy.  This party is a trick-or-treater’s dream come true.  In 2015 my kiddos left with 17 pounds of serious candy.  The good stuff, not just the cheap hard candy.  For ride junkies, enjoy shorter lines & try the coasters like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad & 7 Dwarfs Mine Train in the dark for a completely different experience.  If the rides are something that you do in between the food, don’t forget to try the pumpkin spiced waffle at Sleepy Hallow Refreshments, this is just one of the mouth watering goodies that you can only get during the Halloween party.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is run on select nights, in the Magic Kingdom, from September through October and is a separately ticketed event meaning that you will need to purchase a ticket to get in.  You may get into the Magic Kingdom with your Halloween Party ticket beginning at 4:00; the party officially begins at 7:00pm and usually lasts until 11:00pm or midnight depending on the day.

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2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Event Dates:
September: 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29 and 30
October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, and 31
Note: Be sure to check the new costume guidelines for Disney World.  Guests over the age of 14 are strongly discouraged from wearing a costume, no fake weapons are allowed or loose costumes that may conceal a weapon.

 

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My name is Melissa and I have been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the last 4 years in a row.  It has become one of our family’s favorite traditions.  Fall is a perfect time to visit Walt Disney World & also take advantage of the Food & Wine Festival in Epcot along with wonderful special offers such as free dining.  Your Fall Disney vacation all starts with a free quote.
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