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Magic Kingdom and the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

You wouldn’t know it from my lack of posts after Friday, but the trip turned out awesome.  Friday saw us spend the day at the Magic Kingdom and we spent the day just experiencing the park instead of rushing around.  We walked around the new FantasyLand, and I have to say it looks really good.  Still quite a bit of construction going on, so I expect it will look even better as time goes on.  We grabbed Fastpasses for the new Under the Sea ride and then headed for Pirates of the Caribbean.  The classic ride that never disappoints and always provides a nice cool ride in the middle of the day.  This led us to our lunch reservation at the Liberty Tree Tavern.  We were excited about this as this is a restaurant we had not tried before and requires reservations.  What we found was a nice place with great food and very generous portions.  I got the Pilgrims Feast (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and green beans)  and I think our waitress Conseula was stunned that I finished the whole thing, and was even more so when I finished Julie’s pasta dish (also quite yummy), followed by a piece of their ooey gooey toffee cake.  This was a preview of what we will get with the dining plan when we go back in March and I am pretty sure we are going to gain 20 pounds in the 5 days we are there.  Back to Under the Sea after lunch to use our Fastpass, which included one of the highlights of the day when one of the females working the ride snatched the full drink right out of Julie’s hand as she was getting on and said, “Thank you”.  It was hilarious.  The ride was a well done, similar to Haunted Mansion, in that you are in a clamshell moving along a fixed track.  Once done, we still had a bit more time to kill before we could pick up our wristbands for the Not-So-Scary Halloween party, so we headed for Stitch’s Great Escape, another must do on our list since Stitch is Julie’s favorite character.

Finally we were able to get our wristbands and bags for the party.  Since we had decided not to wear our costumes into the park, we looked around for ways to dress up a bit.  Julie decided on a “Nightmare Before Christmas” top hat, and I went with a rainbow colored wig with mouse ears, attached to a visor which was awesome and I ended wearing not only that night, but also to Epcot on Saturday.  Lots of double takes and compliments on it over the course of the two days.  As it started to get dark, we decided to head for the Haunted Mansion.  Part of the awesomeness of the Magic Kingdom is that even though lots of things change, some things remain constant such as the pre-show for the Haunted Mansion, with your ghost host and the classic phrases like moving to the dead center of the room. We continued to tour the classics by making our way over to Space Mountain.  The old girl is showing some signs of age but is still great and illustrates how far rides have come over the past 40 years.  After a quick turn on Buzz Lightyear (I won), we decided to go get our spot for the fireworks.  The year before we had been off to the right of the castle and decided to get a more central spot this year.  We learned that we really should have moved closer to the front along Main Street for the best view.  The show was just as awesome as the year before and is the best fireworks show Disney puts on.  At one point, the fireworks cover a full 270 degrees and it is just a bright as the middle of the day.  This left us with only 2 things to do – the parade and getting some candy from the multiple trick or treat spots.  We staked out our spot at the Liberty Square so we could see the Headless Horseman and have a good view of the floats and performers as they approached.  The highlight of the parade for me is always the gravediggers with their shovels.  We were able to get several good pictures of the parade and they are posted on the Flickr account.  This left only candy.  As soon as the parade passed we headed for the stations and we were not disappointed.  As we had read, the people handing out the candy were much more generous late in the evening and the lines were almost non existent.  We each walked out with over a bag of candy and most of it was good stuff, such as Skittles, Reeses, and Twix.

Getting to trick or treat as an adult is great and combined with all the other elements, the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a must do for any Disney fan and in particular Disney villain fans as they figure prominently into the whole evening.  Look forward to seeing you there!

The awesome Halloween trip continues at Epcot

So day two of the trip was just as great as the first.  We  decided to head to Epcot to hit the rides and have a partial sampling of the Food and Wine Festival before heading to Universal for Halloween Horror Nights 23.  The day started off slow as we were still recovering from the early start and long day getting down to Florida, so we were running a bit late getting to Epcot.  Once we got there, we also found out they are in the middle of replacing the entry machines so there was a bottleneck to get in.  As anyone who has been to Epcot in the past few years knows, you have to get there early for Soarin’ as the FastPasses run out quickly and the line quickly builds to 90 minutes or more.  So despite the fact I was at Soarin’ around 9:25, the FastPass times were already 6:45-7:45 and the line was at 50 minutes.  So we decided to head over to Test Track after a quick stop to get a Fast Pass for Mission Space.  The wait for Test Track has already built to 50 minutes as well so we went the single rider route.  This worked out awesome as we got to be in the same car.  The new test track was good and next time I will spend the time to build my custom vehicle as it puts your design in competition with other in your car.  The fun continued for me on Mission Space (Julie doesn’t ride it due to issues with tight spaces), and then it was time to go to the festival.

The Food and Wine Festival did not disappoint.  To get the whole thing started off right at 11 am, the Scotland kiosk was offering flights of scotch.  The sampling of 12, 15, and 18 year old GlenFidditch scotch was great.  We moved on to Canada for the always awesome Cheddar cheese soup and the O Canada film and followed that up with some beef sliders and key lime wine from the Florida kiosk.  This was all just an appetizer to my ultimate goal .. 22 oz of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Cherry Wheat


It was just as awesome as it always is.  We had to move pretty quickly after this to get to Halloween Horror nights so the last stop was South Korea for a kimchee dog, lettuce wrap, and a Soju fruit slush, all of which were great.  That’s all from Epcot for this time .. Onto to HHN!


Getting excited about trip for Halloween!!

Leaving Wednesday for a trip to Orlando to do both Halloween Horror Nights and the Not So Scary Halloween party and I wanted to get this started before we left.  I have several trips planned for Orlando this year as this will be my first year with both a Universal and a Disney annual pass (yay!) and I want to document these plus some recent trips that have been exciting.  Some of these trips will be more standard theme park trips and others will be ones where efficiency is the goal.  And by efficiency I mean riding as many rides as possible in the shortest amount of time.  I look forward to sharing all this!  It should be a busy week.