Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

 

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If you haven’t had a chance to make it to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there is still time!  You will enjoy unlimited cookies, cocoa and characters during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

If this is your first time attending MVMCP here are a few tips to make your time more magical.

  • You can enter the park as early as 4pm with you MVMCP ticket. It is a hard ticketed event, which means it is separate from your daily pass to Magic Kingdom
  • Join Queen Elsa and Frozen friends for “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” Elsa lights up the Castle at 8:15pm.
  • Mickey’s Once upon a Christmastime Parade is something you definitely want to get a good seat for. The parade has classic characters and Christmas favorites. The parade takes place at 8:30pm and 11pm. Go to the second parade because it will be less crowded.
  • Holiday Wishes Fireworks takes place at 10pm. This firework show is a panoramic spectacular.
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! is on the stage between Space Mountain and the Carousel of Progress. You will see characters from Monster’s Inc. and Buzz Lightyear. Show times are 7:45pm, 8:35pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm and 11:35pm.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a magical show with all your favorite Disney characters. Show times are 7:40pm, 9:25pm, 10:30pm, and 11:55pm.
  • VoicePlay is an a cappella singing group. They perform in Tomorrowland at 8:10pm, 9:00pm, 10:20pm and 11:10pm.
  • Club Tinsel takes place in Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland

Character Meet and Greets:

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps

Captain Jack Sparrow

Peter Pan and Wendy

Aladdin with Abu, Jasmine with Genie

Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws

Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Daisy and Minnie

Santa Goofy

Tiana and Naveen

Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker and Wendell

Seven Dwarfs

Princess with their Princes

Tigger and Friends

Santa Claus

Mary Poppins, Bert and Penguin

Mickey Mouse

Tinker Bell

Merida

Gaston

Ariel

Treat locations

Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Soft Pretzel and Sno-Cone

Liberty Square Ticket Office:  Eggnog and Ginger Molasses Cookie

The Friar’s Nook: Silky Smooth DOVE Chocolate and Sparkling Cider

Pete’s Silly Sideshow: Peppermint Crunch Cookie and Nestle Nesquick

Pinocchio Village Haus: A variety of holiday favorites

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe: Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Santa Claus Cookie and Sno-Cone

Attractions 

You will be able to ride the Jingle Cruise, Pirates, Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion with no wait time. You can enjoy all the treat locations multiple times.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful and magical event at Magic Kingdom. You can get your tickets for select night now through December 22, 2017.

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Stop Everything and Go See “Thor: Ragnarok”

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It was 2008, and I was in Universal Orlando when I first saw Iron Man. It was the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, and it is not slowing down anytime soon. I remember before MCU, we were stuck with films that only produced trilogies or had way too many villains in one scene.  It’s nice to have our beloved comics actually feel like comics, and allow much needed character development.

I’ve had my top Marvel films for awhile now, but Thor: Ragnarok surpassed The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) in my world. I went into this film nervous that it was going to be like GOTG2, which I felt was over the top and the humor didn’t feel authentic.  I’ve read many reviews where fans felt the humor in Thor: Ragnarok was forced, but I was hanging off my seat dying in laughter. It’s so interesting how we all have different views, and react to humor differently.

I’m not going to give you a plot summary or any spoilers, but I will list five reasons why you should check out Thor: Ragnarok :

1) There’s no time to think about Facebook

You know when you’re watching a movie, and those boring filler moments happen. I didn’t yawn once or feel bored out of my mind.  When I thought I knew what was going to happen, the plot changed or surprised me.

2) The Hulk

The big guy is back and he has more screen time! I can’t say much without spoiling!

3) There are fun cameos

It’s no surprise that Stan Lee makes a cameo in every Marvel film, but there’s another cameo to look out for!

4) The Return of Loki

You can either love or hate him, but whenever he has screen time with Thor you never know what will happen between the two brothers.

5) Did I mention the film is great and you need to see it!

With Avengers: Infinity War coming out next year, it is important to make sure you are up to date on all Marvel knowledge as we move into the long awaited wars.

Go check it out and please feel free to share your thoughts with me!

Halloween Tag!

Halloween and fall blogger tag

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Photo By Tara Fisher

I found this idea on Simply Sinova and thought it would be a great idea to share why I love Fall/Halloween. I would also love for everyone else to join in on the tag. Please leave your comment below!

  1. What is your favorite Halloween movie?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

  1. Favorite Halloween decorations?

Skulls

  1. Favorite fall scent?

Anything from Bath and Body Works!

  1. Favorite candy?

 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  1. What is your fondest Halloween memory?

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World in 2007 and 2015

  1. Have you ever played with an Ouija Board?

No but I would love too!

  1. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

Probably about 4 years old. I watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, which led to my brother scaring me while I was in the bathroom. Freddy’s gonna get you!

  1. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

Female version of Daryl Dixon

  1. Best way to spend a rainy fall day?

Coffee, pugs and Netflix

  1. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

All of the above please!

  1. Favorite Halloween song?

This is Halloween

  1. If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?

A mermaid

  1. If you were in a horror movie, do you think you would survive?

YES I would be the final girl.

  1. Favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink?

Pumpkin flavored coffee

  1. Whats your favorite thing about fall?

 The night is dark and full of terrors.

What’s the future hold for “A Bug’s Land” at Disney’s California Adventure? 

Photo by: Tara Fisher

A few days ago, Tracy Robben reached out to me with a petition she created to save “A Bug’s Land” at Disney’s California Adventure. There are rumors circulating that a Marvel Land may take its place. Nothing has been confirmed. Tracy decided she wanted to start a petition now before anyone makes a decision. She needs 500 signatures to present to the Walt Disney World Company. If you would like to help please click the link below!

https://www.change.org/p/the-walt-disney-company-save-a-bug-s-land-at-disney-california-adventure?recruiter=358163248&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive&utm_content=nafta_email_shortlink_1%3Areal_control

Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Halloween is starting early this year at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) begins August 25 and runs through select nights until November 1, 2017. Halloween at the Magic Kingdom is my favorite time of the year, and I have all the tips you need to have a blast at the party.

Before you go:

  • Please remember MNSSHP is a separate ticket from your regular admission. Please purchase early because they will sell out!
  • Read over all the rules and regulations regarding costumes and appropriate attire for the party. I highly recommend dressing up, but remember costumes must stay family friendly.

Before the party begins:

  • You can enter Magic Kingdom beginning at 4pm. Link your tickets to your My Disney Experience App.
  • If you decided to arrive at MK early go ahead and eat, enjoy a few rides and shop for merchandise. If it is your first time going to MNSSHP party then it is important to arrive early and have a plan in place for your family.

Party Time:

  • I highly suggest if you are a fan of Jack Skellington or The Seven Dwarfs you will want to be in line by 5:00PM because the line will never stop for the rest of the party. These characters are extremely popular, and you don’t want to miss out on the rest of the party.
  • Look for the huge orange Mickey balloons, which will lead you to candy. Yes, adults get candy too!
  • Meet a few specialty characters and ride a few rides. There are typically no waits for rides during special events! Make sure you ride the Haunted Mansion during the party!
  • Try special treats throughout the park! Disney Parks Blog released all of the new treats for the party this year. Typically there are not many choices, but they are going all out this year.
  • Afterwards go ahead a secure a place in front of the castle for Happy HalloWishes, Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular and Boo-To-You Parade.
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(I would suggest finding a spot close to the castle around 9:30pm. Watch Happy HalloWishes at 10:15pm, then Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at 10:45pm and end with the Boo-Too-You Parade at 11:15pm. You will not have to worry about moving all over the park)

Time changes for this year’s party:

  • Boo –To-You Parade times 9:15pm and 11:15pm. I highly suggest attending the second parade because it will be less crowded!
  • Happy HalloWishes at 10:15pm
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular will have only three showings this year 8:15pm, 10:45pm and midnight.

Extra PhotoPass fun:

There will be magic shot locations added to the party this year

  • Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  • Town Square
  • Liberty Square
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Main Street U.S.A.

My biggest tip of all is to have fun, and enjoy being able to be a kid again in the most magical place on earth!

Disney Pets Week! 

This week my sweet Bella has to have surgery on a Mast Cell Tumor that was recently found on her chest. We are praying it will be bengin. In the meantime, she will need serious cuddles all week from her animal friends! If you would like to share a picture of your pet dressed up or in a Disney environment, she would love it! You are welcome to post in the comments below, message/share on my on social media pages or you can email me at tara@tantalizingandtangled.com.

Don’t Let FastPass+ Stress You Out!

 

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When I help clients with their Walt Disney World Vacation planning, I’m frequency asked how to choose FastPass+ attractions.  Choosing FastPass+ attractions can be stressful if it is your first visit or you are unsure about line times. I would like to share a few best practices when it comes to selecting FastPass+ for you and your family.

I narrow FastPass+ attractions down to three categories:

  • Big Thrills- These attractions are typically the most popular in the Parks. They usually consistent of sudden drops, fast pace movement and lots of screams.
  • Family Thrills – Family friendly rides that may have small thrills.
  • Tiny Thrills – These attractions are for the little ones in your family.

 

Magic Kingdom

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. Remember you can only select three, and once they are used you can select another three.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Big Thrill)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Jungle Cruise (Family Thrill)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Space Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Family Thrill) * Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*
  • Splash Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • There are several character meet and greets such as Ariel, Cinderella, Mickey, Rapunzel, Tiana and Tinkerbell (Family or Tiny thrills)

 

Epcot

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. At Epcot you can only choose from one selection first, and then you are allowed to select two more in the next section.

Section 1                 

  • Frozen Ever After (Family or Tiny Thrill) *Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*
  • Soarin’ (Family Thrill)
  • Test Track (Big Thrill)

Section 2

  • Mission: SPACE (Big Thrill)
  • Spaceship Earth (Family Thrill)
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot (Family or Tiny Thrills)

 

 Hollywood Studios

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. At Hollywood Studios you can only choose from one selection first, and then you are allowed to select two more in the next section.

Section 1

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Big Thrill)
  • Toy Story Mania! (Family Thrill) *Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*

Section 2

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Big Thrill)
  • Star Tours (Big or Family Thrill)

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. Remember you can only select three, and once they are used you can select another three.

  • Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • Kali River Rapids (Big Thrill)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Avatar Flight on Passage (Big Thrill) *Extremely popular and new. FP+ will sell out*
  • Na’vi River Journey (Family Thrill) *Extremely popular and new. FP+ will sell out*

 

These best practices will make your stay more magical. Typically from my experience the attractions that I did not list usually have a wait time of 30 minutes or less, but please remember Walt Disney World attracts more than 53,000 visitors daily!  There will be lines, but the themed queues will make your wait go by quickly.

If you are interested in having help planning your Walt Disney World Vacation, please visit my Services page for more details.