As part of this morning’s “Limited Time Magic” announcement, Mickey and pals helped unveil a three-story castle in the heart of Times Square in New York City. The fairy-tale castle is made of 45,000 pounds of ice and will be visible for a limited time thanks to the warm Autumn weather.

So, what can you expect with “Limited Time Magic” at Disney Parks when it begins in January? Here’s an idea:

  • True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.
  • Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.
  • Long Lost Friends Week: Lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opps with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight guests. And Disney guests even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.
  • Pirate Week: Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which Disneyland and Walt Disney World become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.
  • Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: The Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
  • Unleash the Villains: Friday the 13th in September 2013 is a special day, so Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are staying open until the 13th hour (1 a.m.). Maleficent, Captain Hook, Jafar and other Disney Villains host a dance party, complete with limited-edition collectibles and other nighttime mischief.
  • Golden Horseshoe Revue: The fabled Frontierland show returns to Disneyland park for one month only, bringing back the corny jokes and enduring songs that were often enjoyed by Walt Disney himself.

There are so many fun and memorable activities to do at Walt Disney World.  But my family’s favorite of all times is the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!  It is not to be missed!

Every year, Disney continues to draw huge crowds for a little trick-or-treating, some dancing, lots of laughter, and tons of yummy candy.  Guests are greeted by Haunted Mansion organ music and creepy fog that rolls across the Train Station.  Main Street USA is  lined with Jack O’ Lanterns of all kinds.   This awesome event features a special fireworks show, a one of a kind parade, character meet-and-greets, and plenty of candy up for grabs.  This year, Phineas and Ferb joins the parade and will also have their very own meet and greet in Town Square.

My little boys just love to trick or treating around Magic Kingdom but their absolute favorite is the Headless Horseman riding down Main Street USA.

This Halloween Party has been known to sell out.  Make sure you buy your tickets in advance otherwise you will pay more at the gate.  And don’t worry about bringing your own candy bags, Disney provides them for you with the promise of you leaving with it brimming full of goodies!

Also, I would suggest eating your sit down meal for lunch that day because you may have a hard time getting your little ones to stop and eat at the party! They won’t want to miss all the fun activities going on!

Happy Halloween from Me and The Mouse Travel!

Elizabeth Hollman

Travel Specialist