Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party


Photo by Troy Fisher

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




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


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.


Top Five Reasons to Travel to Walt Disney World this Fall 

Photo by Tara Fisher

October is one of my favorite times of the year to travel to Walt Disney World. If you’ve never been to Walt Disney World during the fall, then you’re in for a treat! 

Here’s my top five must do’s for your fall Disney trip:

1) Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This is a separate ticketed event at Magic Kingdom on select nights September-November. You have the opportunity to dress up, treat or trick, ride your favorite rides over and over again, watch HalloWishes and the Boo to You Halloween parade. There are also special character meet and greets!

2) The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is extra creepy during the month of Halloween. You may even see a few hitchhiking ghosts hanging around. Be careful because the ghosts will follow you home!

3) Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

Food. So much food! Every year, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival continues to grow with tastes from different countries. My favorites are France, Germany and the Chocolate Studio. There is also the Eat to the Beat Concert Series where you may see your favorite singer or band.

4) Halloween Merchandise

I absolutely love Disney’s Halloween merchandise. I love to look at all the coffee mugs, paintings and décor. Every year Magic Kingdom has limited edition products for Halloween.

5) The Weather

The best part is when you can sit on the hub grass and not die from a heat stroke! The weather is usually in the mid 80’s, but the humidity is low.  It makes walking around all the parks extra enjoyable!

Overall, Walt Disney World is a wonderful place to be at anytime of the year, but during Halloween it is extra magical. 

Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Photo By: Tara Fisher 

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.
Photo By Tara Fisher 

(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!

A Beginner’s Guide to runDisney

Photo By Disney 

This past weekend, I participated in my first runDisney race.  I was part of the Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side weekend at the Walt Disney World resort. Since I was a beginner, I decided to only run the 5K race. I signed up for the race in December, and immediately started training.  I didn’t want to get picked up by the Imperial Army!

The day before the race, my husband and I picked up our race bibs, shirts and other goodies at the Expo located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Photo By Troy Fisher 


Everything was going perfect until I made a few beginners’ mistakes. Here are a few tips so you will be prepared for your first runDisney race!

  • Magic Kingdom will keep you up past your bedtime, especially when wake up time is 3:45am. It is required to be on the runDisney bus by 4:30am to reach your corral on time. They will leave without you.
  • Depending on which corral you are in, you may not start for a while. Take the time to hydrate or snack. We were in the last corral, and did not start until 6:45am.
Photo By Troy Fisher 
  • If you are concerned about your time, don’t stop for pictures. They will not restart your time for you, and the picture lines are long.
  • Please be respectful to others. If you are running please stay to the left, and if you are walking please stay to the right.
  • Smile when you pass Disney photographers!
  • It feels amazing when you cross the finish line and receive a medal!
Photo By Tara Fisher 
  • Refuel with water, a banana and the amazing snack box afterwards.
  • Wear your medal in the park to receive congrats from all the cast members!
  • Take a nap!
  • Have fun in the parks!

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. It is very inspiring to hear stories from people who have had injuries or setbacks, and now they are running again. You don’t know other people’s stories. Don’t ever make fun of someone who is trying to push themselves. There are people in this world who wish they could run again.

Photo By Troy Fisher