Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

by Kristi on August 12, 2014

Disney HalloweenWondering what you might expect to see at this year’s Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party? Here are a few of my favorite parts of spending Halloween at Magic Kingdom:

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Halloween is such a special time at Magic Kingdom! You will find that the park has transformed into a Halloween wonderland of sorts filled with pumpkins and not so spooky decorations.Halloween Items Disney (3)

There are certain items you can only get during the Halloween season.  You will find that most store windows will be decorated with Halloween items and inside, you can help but run into Halloween displays like this one as soon as you enter!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party  (3)

Young and old, dressed up or not, will get a goodie bag that can be filled at various candy stations through out the park. They give the good stuff too!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party  (33)

Mickey’s Not So Scary parade is filled with villians you might not otherwise see at the park. While there are also meet & greets, the lines can get terribly long. You will see the same characters in the nightly parade!

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You won’t want to miss the fireworks spectacular that happens nightly during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It is similar to the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks show only much spookier!Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party  (5)No Halloween at Disney is complete without a delicious ghoulish treat. They have several options of Halloween themed treats you can choose from. This ghost cupcake was yummy!

If you are on the fence about attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party this year, I hope I have convinced you that it is worth the extra admission price!

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Reebok Maleficent Sneakers

by Kristi on August 7, 2014

Maleficent SneakersIf you have a fan of Disney’s Maleficent in your house, you are going to be stoked to know that Reebok has put out a line of Maleficent sneakers for kids.  Joining the line of other Disney kicks, the Maleficent sneakers are themed after the film of the same name.

When the box came, we weren’t really sure what to expect. Upon opening, my daughter squealed with delight because they are that cute!  The high tops are black with purple accents and laces.

Maleficent SneakerThere is no denying that these scream “Maleficent.”

Maleficent Hat ShoesReebok really doesn’t miss any details. From the front, you can see the queen’s iconic hat adorns the top tongue of the shoe.

Disney Maleficent Reebok SneakerFrom behind, you can’t miss Maleficent’s evil glare.

Maleficent Reebok ShoesEven the interior of the shoe has the thorn-ladened thickets from the forest of thorns in the movie!

The shoes fit wonderfully and are very true to size.  They are very fashion forward and fun a the same time. The bottom of the shoes are black rubber, so they provide enough traction for indoor and outdoor play.  My daughter LOVES these shoes. She is picky, so this says a lot.  She said that they were so comfortable that she didn’t want to take them off!

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Disclosure: While Reebok provided me with a pair of Maleficent shoes for my daughter, the opinions stated are my own.


Re-imagineered Disney Magic

by Kristi on July 29, 2014

Disney MagicIf you haven’t checked out the Re-imagineered Disney Magic, you are missing out!  The first of Disney Cruise Line’s four ships, the Magic was in need of a make over.  Of course, Disney didn’t disappoint in all the new updates to this ship!

Here are some of our favorite spots on the Re-imagineered Disney Magic:

Re-imagined Disney Magic StateroomThe Staterooms.  The one thing lacking on both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are the number of Staterooms with balconies.  Because there are less of them, there is more of a demand and the price for those rooms  is much higher.  We stayed in an Ocean view deluxe and honestly, we didn’t feel short-changed a bit (and that says a lot because we cruised 7 nights on the Mediterranean).

AquaDunkAqua Dunk. Probably the highlight of the cruise ship for kids (and thrill-seekers) was the AquaDunk.  This 3-story body slide drops you from a platform onto a ride through a 212-foot-long translucent tube.  You won’t know it, but you actually go about 20 feet over the side of the ship!  We thought lines for this would be long, but there were so many people that wouldn’t ride because of the fear factor, that the line was pretty short all day long!

Disney Magic Twist & Shout Slide

Disney Magic Splash ZoneAqua Lab & Twist n Spout Slide. Based on the Donald Duck’s three trouble-making nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Aqua Lab splash zone is perfect place for kids to cool off.  There is a kiddie pool, geyser spitting water and lots of Squirting jets.  There is poolside seating, but it fills up quick!   Those too scared to ride the AquaDunk will be glad that there is a much more tame Twist n Spout slide.

Animator’s Palate. If you follow our blog, you know how much I LOVE Animator’s Palate. It is on every ship,but each experience is totally different. This time, you are part of the animation process. You will get a sheet of paper when you arrive. On it, you will draw a stick figure person. Then as dinner progresses, you will actually get to see your stick figure come to life. Absolutely amazing.

I just can’t say enough about how great the Disney Magic is. If you have been thinking about taking a cruise on it, but worried that it might not live up to the new ships in the Disney Cruise Line, don’t worry. You will have a wonderful time aboard the Disney Magic!

What part of the Re-imagineered Disney Magic are you most excited about checking out?


Ariel Precious Moments FigurineIf you aren’t shopping on Zulily, you are really missing out on the opportunity to buy some pretty cool Disney merchandise at a discount. Periodically Zulily will have sales on all sorts of Disney apparel, toys and accessories. Right now they are featuring Disney Princesses.  Here are some of my favorite items they have (keep in mind that they sell out fast):
snow white costumeAll little girls love dressing up like Disney Princesses. Zulily has some cute Disney Princess Dress up sets!

Disney Princess Step into Reading BooksDoes your little girl read yet? If so, you might want to check out their selection of Disney Princess Books. Even if she doesn’t read, there are plenty of picture books that would keep her interest.

disney princess backpackWhat is better than a Princess backpack featuring the princesses and their horses?

Like I said, their Disney Collections change weekly, so be sure to sign up to be on their mailing list and you’ll be notified when you favorite Disney items are back on sale!


Disney Visa Cardholder PerkDisney Visa Card Reward Members, you are able to get in on special events planned for this years International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. For two days, on Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30 from 7am-11pm EST, Disney Visa Card members have the opportunity to book special events before sales open to the general public. Get in on these fantastic events before everyone else:

  • Culinary Demonstrations
  • Mixology Seminars
  • Wine Schools
  • Cheese Seminars
  • “3D” Disney Dessert Discovery

Besides that, you can also enjoy exclusive access to the Chase Lounge at Epcot. Located in the American Adventure Pavilion on the third floor, you will find couches, cell phone charging station, free drinks and magazines. All you need to do is present your Disney Visa Card to gain access to the Lounge.

Cardmembers can visit the Chase Lounge from 11am-9pm on Sunday through Thursday and 11am-10pm on Friday and Saturday during the festival.

Don’t have a Disney Visa? What are you waiting for? Sign up today and get a free $50 credit!

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