Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party is back again for 2016! If you plan on attending the party this year, think about wearing a costume! It makes it a lot more fun! But before you run out and get that costume beware that Disney has rules on what is acceptable.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guidelines mnsshp-1

  • All guests may dress as their favorite character but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.
  • Costumes need to be family-friendly and cannot contain weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for a weapon.
  • Costumes may not have sharp objects or material that may strike another guest.
  • Guests 13 and under may wear costumes and some masks. The masks cannot cover the whole face and eyes need to be visible.
  • Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body.
    • Costumes may not touch or drag the ground
    • Capes may be worn but may not go below the waist
    • Headwear may be worn as long as it doesn’t cover the face
    • Masks are not allowed

If you do not adhere to these guidelines, Disney does have the right to refuse admission or you could be removed from the park unless your costume could be modified to meet these standards.

So you may be asking yourself what to wear? Remember you want to be comfortable and may need to put on a rain poncho. Something simple, inexpensive, and most importantly lightweight! Costume or not, it will still be a memorable night!


Needing some inspiration?

Check out our Disney Halloween Costume Pinterest Board!

 

Still looking to purchase ticket’s to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Contact one of our agents today to select your dates!

 

 

Lori Steinnerd

Disney Vacation Planner

‘Ohana Means “Family” and Families love ‘Ohana

One of my family’s favorite sit-down restaurants at Walt Disney World is ‘Ohana located on the second floor of the beautiful Polynesian Resort, which offers monorail service, with direct access to Magic Kingdom. Please note breakfast and dinner are offered and have a set price and menu. ‘Ohana is extremely popular and reservations are required.

Breakfast 'Ohana Restaurant Review

Breakfast at ‘Ohana with Lilo and Stitch is a great way to start your day!  Enjoy a relaxing breakfast served family style with all-you-care-to-eat offerings of island-style fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, Hawaiian pork sausage, smoked bacon, Mickey-shaped waffles and a variety of fresh fruit and breads.  Disney characters stop at your family’s table to visit, sign autographs and pose for pictures.  Each family gets to take advantage of some quality one-on-one time with their Disney friends.  Watch out for Stitch – he likes mischief!


Hidden Disney Secret:  If your children want to visit and mingle with their favorite Disney characters, character dining is for you! Instead of standing in long, hot lines at the parks, the Disney Characters come to visit your family while you dine. You will also have more time at the parks to enjoy the rides, shows, and parades.

Dinner & Dessert

Dinner at ‘Ohana is a fabulous experience served family style with all-you-care-to-enjoy Hawaiian 'Ohana Restaurant Reviewofferings.  Your dinner is cooked on a massive fire pit in the center of the restaurant. The chefs prepare long skewers of meat and shrimp.

After you are seated, your server will bring out a loaf of delicious ‘Ohana pineapple coconut bread.  It is tempting to fill up on this bread, but pace yourself throughout this meal because your server will continue to bring out amazing food!

Additional offerings brought to your table including: A large plate of noodles tossed in a teriyaki sauce with fresh vegetables and honey-coriander chicken wings (which are amazing!).  Your servers will bring out the main course on long skewers. They will be filled with grilled chicken, oak-grilled steak, and shrimp.  For dessert, you will enjoy ‘Ohana Bread Pudding served a la mode with bananas, vanilla ice cream and Carmel Sauce.  My family looks forward to this dessert every trip.  It is over-the-top delicious.

'Ohana Restaurant ReviewPlease note characters are not available during dinner. However, children have the opportunity to participate in activities such coconut races and hula hoop games. You will be given a traditional lei and experience live Hawaiian music to immerse you into the authentic Hawaiian culture. Family participation is part of the unique entertainment experience with activities such as learning to hula, celebrating special family occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries with a Hawaiian flair.

 

Make Your Meal Even More Magical!

Maximize your dining experience by making your reservation about an hour before the fireworks at Magic Kingdom or anytime during the fireworks display. Request a window table during check-in for your dinner reservation.  Large windows, spanning from floor to ceiling, provide spectacular views of the fireworks while dining. Magic Kingdom directly pipes in music to the restaurant.  This is the perfect place to relax and avoid the crowds at the park.

Menu items are current but are subject to change without notice. 'Ohana Restaurant Review

 

Tell your Me and The Mouse agent if you’d like to add ‘Ohana to your family’s dining plan!

 

Traci Perjak

Disney Vacation Planner

 

 

 

One of my personal favorite special events at Walt Disney World is Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!  Every year on select dates, Magic Kingdom transforms into a Halloween party, where children and adults can dress up as their favorite Disney characters and partake in fun family activities and trick or treat in Disney’s most interactive theme park!  This event has a separate entrance fee, and smaller crowds than other nights, as these tickets are sold in limited quantities. Take a look below at my top 10 tips for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Top 10 Tips

Tip 1:

Arrive early – Guests going to Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can arrive at 4 pm on party days, even though the party does not start until 7 pm.  Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Tip 2:

Make Fastpasses + reservations for the 4-7:00 timeframe. There will not be any FastPass+ reservations available once the party officially begins at 7:00 pm. You and your family have the ability to make FastPasses 60 days in advance.

 

Tip 3:

Purchase tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party well in advance, many nights, especially closer to Halloween, sell out quickly.

 

Tip 4:

Wear comfortable shoes!  Even in costume my family wore sneakers, and we were very glad we did!

 

Tip 5:

Go Hungry! We ate our way through the park at candy corn flavored ice cream counters and many more exclusive snacks only available on party nights!  Not to mention the 10 pounds of candy we left with!

 

Tip 6:

Learn the rules! While guests may dress up as their favorite characters, there are still some rules in place and Disney reserves the right to deny admission or remove a guest at their discretion.  Costumes should be family friendly, and not be offensive or violent.  Guests may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.  Masks for children under the age of 13 may be worn but not cover the entire face, and guests above 14 may not wear masks of any kind. For more information on rules check out our blog post: New Costume Rules for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016.

 

Tip 7: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Watch the Parade! The Boo-To-You Parade is performed twice per party, and the second parade is often less crowded. Make sure to spot the headless horseman at the beginning of the parade!

 

Tip 8:

Purchase Exclusive Merchandise!  These trading pins, T-Shirts, and MagicBands are only available on party nights and are sold in Magic Kingdoms gift shops!

 

Tip 9:

Partake in Special Photo Opportunities! Guests can have their pictures taken by PhotoPass Photographers and see special effects inserted into them, special for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights! Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Tip 10:

Add the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Package!  This special event provides VIP seating for the parade and a Halloween twist on the dessert party offered on the Tomorrowland Terrace, there is an additional cost of $69 for adults and $39 for children.

 

Be sure to contact your Me and The Mouse agent today if you’d like to purchase tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

 

Brian Nichols

Disney Vacation Planner

 

 

 

My husband and I had the privilege of having a weekend at Disney, WITHOUT our children!!!  {GASP!!!} We attended Disney’s Early Morning Magic at the Magic Kingdom.  This is a limited entry, early access event. It takes place from 7:45am-10am on select mornings, with only select attractions open in Fantasyland and an all you can eat breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus. Please keep in mind, regular theme park admission is required in addition to your reservation for this event.

Check-In Early Morning Magic at Walt Disney World

My husband and I arrived approximately 20 minutes prior to the start. We were allowed in to the park at 7:45am, sharp.  We checked in and were given a wristband and a sticker for the event!   It was an opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll down Main Street, taking in the wonder of this beautiful park.  There were several photographers along Main Street and in front of Cinderella’s Castle.

Rides, Rides, and More Rides!

Our first stop was Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  We walked in via the FastPass line and walked directly onto the ride. We proceeded to ride it 7 more times, in a row!!!! {Crazy, right?!}  We experienced the ride from the front, back and in the middle!  The back seat was our favorite!  Next up, we rode Peter Pan’s Flight, and we walked directly on to Early Morning Magic at Walt Disney Worldthe ride as there was no line. We ended up riding 2 times in a row, after a Cast Member asked us if we wanted to remain seated and ride again! {Of Course!} We then headed to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  We entered through the FastPass entrance, walked directly on to the ride and rode it 2 times in a row, without exiting the ride!  It was now about 8:45 am and we had already completed 12 rides and taken several pictures along the way and it had only been an hour!!  We realized the park would be opening soon at 9am and regular park guests would be entering!  One last time before breakfast, we decide to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine for our 13th time!

All You Can Eat at Pinocchio’s

Next up was the exclusive breakfast at Pinocchio’s Village Haus!  It was a buffet with ample selection!  We were offered a Early Morning Magic at Walt Disney Worldvariety of eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, waffles, pastries and fruits, and in addition to that, a wide array of beverages!  We were able to sit, eat and watch guests enjoying Small World.  There were Cast Members readily available and happily engaging guests in conversation.  They were more than accommodating and even went above and beyond to locate a fountain soda for us as we were leaving!

 

This was an incredible morning, and something we plan to do again! Next time, it will be with the family! If you are interested in adding this special event to your Disney vacation, contact your Me and The Mouse agent today! Admission is $69{adult} and $59{children} plus tax.  Reservations are limited.

 

And yes, we did end up using our Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass later in the day. 😉

 

Missy Zolecki

Disney Vacation Planner

Experience the Magic of Interactive Activities

 

While the parks and resorts are filled with attractions to visit, shows to watch, and bike and water rentals, there are a lot of interactive activities as well. You can solve mysteries together, find treasure, earn your different wilderness badge or even trade some pins to add to your growing collection.

Trade Pins at Walt Disney World

Pin Trading is something fun that can be done all over Walt Disney World and with every cast member! It is a fun way to collect unique, special, and fun Disney pins.  To begin pin trading, you’ll need something to put your few purchased pins on, such as a Disney lanyard or in a Disney Pin Trading book. Disney Wold Pin TradingOnce you have a few pins of your own, you can ask to trade your pin with any Disney Cast Member! A good spot for pin trading is at Magic Kingdom in the Frontierland Pin Trading Post. Be sure to check with guest relations at each park, as they have a pin book that you can use to make trades. Remember, you can make two trades with each cast member, and be on the lookout for hidden Mickey’s on the pins.  These pins can’t be bought and you can only get them by making a trade with a cast member.

Become a Wilderness Explorer!

If adventure and earning badges is more your speed, then be sure to pick up an official Wilderness Explorers (W.E.) field guide from headquarters, which is located on the bridge between Oasis and Discovery Island.  You can also grab them at the W.E. stops in Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and Dinoland U.S.A.  You’ll soon be following in the footsteps of Russell and Dug from the Disney Pixar film Up! You’ll set out on a series of fact-finding challenges and learn nature skills and animal observation, and collect badges for your W.E. field guide along the way. Collect over 30 badges and earn the right to learn the secret Wilderness Explorer call!

Fight Disney Villains as a Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom

You can also join the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom help cast Merlin’s Disney Villains magical spells through Magic Kingdom Park to defeat the dastardly Disney Villains who get in your way!  This activity sign-up is at the Firehouse at Main Street, U.S.A.  You’ll receive one map and a package of spell cards per day.  You’ll use the clues on Merlin’s map to locate 9 Magic Portals situated throughout Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and along Main Street, U.S.A.  The missions typically take 20 to 30 minutes, but sometimes may take longer depending upon their difficulty.

Walk & Talk like a Pirate with Jack Sparrow

If a Pirate’s Life is for you, then you’ll really enjoy A Pirate’s Adventure.  You’ll join Captain Jack on an interactive adventure and end up bringing home a treasure of your own!  To get started, use your MagicBand or pick up a magic talisman – a special card for this attraction – at The Crow’s Nest in Adventureland.  You can then help Captain Jack raid 5 treasures hidden throughout Adventureland. Each of the 5 missions takes approximately 20 minutes to complete without any time limit to complete all of them.

Go Undercover with Agent P

If you’re headed to Epcot for the day, try to thwart the diabolical Dr. Doofenshmirtz during a sleuth worthy hunt around the World Showcase in Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.  Your mission beings by checking in for duty at either the Odyssey Bridge or International Gateway recruitment centers.  You’ll be Agent P’s World Showcase Adventuregiven an official FONE – code for Field Operative Notification Equipment – or your own smartphone to connect with the powers that be at OWCA, aka, “The Agency.”   You’ll receive a series of clues via text that must be solved before Dr. Doofenshmirtz wreaks havoc. Each of the 7 pavilions host a different spy-centric adventure that lasts 30 to 45 minutes.

 

There are a lot of options for you and your family to choose from.  Hopefully you’ll be able to try one or all of them during your next Walt Disney World vacation.  It’s sure a way to do some family bonding and have fun creating memories that will last!

 

Leigh Crowder

Disney Travel Agent

 

Tucked away at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, next to Echo Lake, you’ll find the kitschy 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  While this restaurant is easily noticeable, there’s a little hidden gem that not too many notice while walking past.  The Tune-In Lounge is a lovely, 50s style, bar/lounge where adults can grab a drink and beat the Florida heat!

Tune in Lounge Review

 

No reservations are needed for the Tune-In Lounge. Simply belly-up to the bar, and order a beer or a cocktail – or try one of their signature drinks (which change by season).  My personal favorite is the ‘Electric Lemonade’ – not only do the ice cubes light up, but the lemonade has an adult twist!  

 

Whimsical 50s style decorations adorn the lounge, the living room area, as well as “Dad’s Den”! You can enjoy clips from nostalgic 50s sitcoms on vintage TV’s scattered throughout the room, and sitting above the bar. This lounge serves as the waiting area for 50’s Prime Time Cafe. All are welcome in the lounge, but it is 21 and up only at the bar.  Whether you are passing through for a cocktail or enjoying a before-dinner drink, be sure to tip your bartender!
Keep the Tune-In Lounge on your must-do list of adult stops while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort!

 

Amy Sowinski 

Disney Travel Agent

There is always something going on at Me and The Mouse Travel, always. Last week, we were busy at a conference in Memphis, Tennessee, and this week our agents, Janene and Julie, are in Orlando, Florida! All of our agents at Me and The Mouse are highly knowledgable in all things Disney and Universal. They visit the parks often, take online seminars, and read up on rules and regulations to be sure they can best assist you.

Janene and Julie are no exception to the crew. They love what they do, and they wanted to share their super fun experience with you! They have been able to soak in some new information, tour the parks and resorts, and experience a LOT of fun! Here’s their favorite parts of the trip so far:

Janene & Julie’s Top 5

1. Touring Halloween Horror Nights & All of Universal’s Resorts
2. Visiting Both Theme Parks
3. Riding Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringotts
4. Watching The Blue Man Group
5. Having a LOT OF FUN!

Be sure to take a look at the images below to see what the ladies have been experiencing at Universal!

Take a Look at Their Experience!


Don’t forget!

While our agents are highly trained in everything Disney, we are very well trained and knowledgable about Universal. If you’d like to plan a Universal vacation or add a Universal Day to your Disney trip, be sure to mention it to your agent or fill out one of our Free Quote Forms today!

P.S. Check out our Universal Studios Pinterest Board! We have lots of ideas, tips, and tricks to make your vacation extra special!


My family recently was able to experience the magic of staying at the Disneyland Hotel.  The Disneyland Hotel consists of 3 towers: Adventure Tower, Frontier Tower, and Fantasy Tower.

Check-In

When you first arrive you will go into the Fantasy Tower to check in.  The Fantasy Tower is named after Fantasy Land and you will see decor that commemorates the attractions within that land: Dumbo, Mad Disneyland Hotel Review- Magic Disneyland HotelHatters Tea Cups, and the Storybook Land. Minnie Mouse and Pluto greeted us while we were in the lobby checking into our room. It was so fun to watch my kids interact with the characters and we didn’t even have to wait in a line!  Also within the Fantasy Tower, you will find a couple gift shops (Fantasia Shop and Small World gift and sundries) and an entrance to the resorts convention center.  The Adventure Tower’s lobby features décor from the Jungle Book and Pirates of the Caribbean, while the Frontier Tower is decorated after Frontier Land. {Heads Up!: The Adventure Tower is located closest to Downtown Disney & the monorail.} Disneyland Hotel Review - Magic Disneyland Hotel

When we walked into our rooms, it was so exciting!  I loved seeing all the Disney touches from Mickey’s gloves as lamps, a picture of Walt walking amongst the Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and the incredible headboard! It featured a large castle with fiber optic fireworks {it even played a song}!

 

Suites & Dining

The Disneyland Hotel offers several options of rooms including:

-Standard Room

-1-3 Bedroom(s) Suites

-Adventureland, Big Thunder, Blue Sky, Fairytale, and Pirates of the Caribbean Signature Suites

-Mickey Mouse Penthouse

-Ambassador Suite

 

The Disneyland Hotel has several dining options at the resort:

–  Steakhouse 55 – Reservations are highly recommended for this fine dining experience.

– Goofy’s Kitchen – Reservation are also recommended for this character dining experience.

-Tangaroa Terrace – This quick service restaurant is located just steps from the pools.

-Trader Sams Enchanted Tiki Bar – You can head inside for an entertaining atmosphere or dine outside amongst tiki lamps.

Pool

Disneyland Hotel Review - Magic Disneyland HotelDisneyland Hotel has 3 pools the E-Ticket pool, the D-ticket pool, and the Monorail pool in addition to the Mickey and Minnie whirlpools.  My kids favored the Monorail pool as it has 2 water slides for children (and
adults) of all ages to enjoy.  We spent hours at the pools! I loved the comfortable chaise lounges and the quick poolside service for food and drinks! There are private cabanas for rent at each of the pools. They include a fridge stocked with water, 32” flat screen, telephone, safe, couch, extra towels, and 2 chaise lounges. {P.S. If you’re interesting in renting a cabana be sure to mention it to your Me and the Mouse agent!}

Proximity

Lastly, I loved how the Disneyland Hotel was close to everything: Magic Disneyland Hotel

-Downtown Disney: 2-4 minute walk

-Monorail: 3-8 Minutes

-Grand Californian: 5-10 Minutes

-Front Gates of California Adventure or Magic Kingdom: 10-15 Minutes

 

I strongly recommend staying at the Disneyland Hotel for your next Disneyland visit!  I can’t wait to take my family again!

 

Beth Rodgers

Disney Vacation Planner

 

If you are like my family, we are interested in exploring other countries but want ease in our traveling, so a Disney Cruise is our perfect solution. What could be easier than being transported to a variety of locations on one vacation and only having to unpack your bags once? Disney offers excellent excursions to meet a variety of interests and activity levels.

Disney Mediterranean Cruise – List of Ports:

Barcelona, Spain

It is beneficial to arrive a few days early to adjust to the time change, and see the beautiful city of Barcelona. Highlights of the city include La Sagrada Familia, Olympic Village area, and Las Ramblas.

Disney Cruise Line European
The Port of Villefranche

Villefranche, France – Monte Carlo, Monaco and Eze

  • The port of Villefranche is picturesque and lined with restaurants, quaint hotels and shops.
  • In Monaco, all the roads lead to the palace. The streets are lined with small shops and lovely restaurants with patios.
  • Monte Carlo is filled with massive yachts. The famous Loews curve, as seen on the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and the Casino, is only open for those 18+ years.

    Disney Cruise Line European
    Monaco

  • Eze is a medieval city that was first populated around 2000 BC.  It provides magnificent views of the Mediterranean.

Pisa and Florence

  • Pisa – This is a perfect visit for a Leaning Tower of Pisa picture opportunity.
  • Florence – If possible, take time to walk the Ponte Vecchio. It is filled with shops and is normally very busy, therefore, arrive early to avoid some of the crowds. Another key stop is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Flore, which is the main church in Florence.

    Disney Cruise Line European
    Look at that view! – Amalfi Coastline

Naples, Italy – Pompeii, Sorrento and
Positano

  • Pompeii – You’ll want to make sure you visit this historic city. In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the city in 20 feet of ash.
  • Sorrento & Positano The beautiful Amalfi coast makes these two spots a major hit! It’s stunning beauty makes it the perfect picture spot.

Rome, Italy

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The Colosseum

I recommend using a private driver or do a small group tour. We were able to see so much more than we would have on a large group tour. This allowed us to see several key locations in one day, including:

  • The Catacombs of San Sebastiano – Only a portion of the catacombs are open to the public, so it was a fairly short tour.
  • “The Secret Key Hole” – When you look through the key hole, you can see St Peter’s Basilica perfectly.
  • The Colosseum
  • The Vatican, St Peter Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
  • Trevi Fountain
  • The Pantheon
  • The Spanish Steps

Disney definitely helped to make our European vacation magical. If you’re interested in visiting Europe, consider travel with Disney Cruise Line for a little extra magic! Don’t forget, Me and the Mouse Travel will be happy to help you make wonderful family memories on your European adventure.

Janene Jaroscak

Disney Vacation Planner

Having spent nearly five years with The Walt Disney Company, I’ve had many opportunities to be part of an amazing world filled with dreams, imagination and memories. It was a world I will never forget, not only because of what I personally was able to do but because at Disney you are part of something so much bigger than yourself. Each day you are empowered to make a difference, bring smiles to people’s faces and create lifelong memories. Travel Tips from a former Disney Cast Member

 

Once I moved back to Nebraska, my friends and family noticed I was overflowing with Disney. At every opportunity, I spewed fun tidbits of knowledge that often crossed into obscure facts. I quickly became the go to person for helping plan Disney vacations. At that time, I had yet to become a member of the Me and The Mouse team but that didn’t stop me from doing everything I could to help plan the perfect vacation. At times, I was often put into situations where I needed to give two minutes’ worth of tips. That is difficult thing to do when it comes to Walt Disney World. With that said I came up with these three simple tips to make any Disney vacation great!

Ryan’s Top 3 Disney Travel Tips:

  1. Plan Ahead –

    Take time before your vacation to decide what restaurants you want to eat at, what rides you want a FastPass+ to and what parks you want to attend each day. Even if you are a family who does things on a whim, take time to familiarize yourself with your resort and the parks.

  2. Walt Disney World is HUGE – Epcot Ride - Travel Tips from a former Disney Cast Member

    Realize this before going on your vacation. As a former Cast Member even I did not go on every ride, see every show or eat at every restaurant. {However, I did come close!} Pick out what you believe will be the best for your family and do it! There is a great chance you will be back!

  3. Smile, Relax and Make Memories –

    Don’t forget this is your family vacation. I saw families having the time of their life and others who looked like they were related to Grumpy of the Seven Dwarfs. Once you realize that Disney is all about the small moments like eating a churro next to Splash Mountain, riding It’s A Small World for the first time or gazing in amazement at the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle you can’t help but smile. These are the memories no camera can capture and the ones that last forever.

 

It’s the unforgettable Disney moments that we will never forget. Everyone at Me and The Mouse share the commitment to help thousands of families create those moments. Now that I’m officially part of an authorized Disney travel agent team, I feel that once again I’m part of something bigger than myself. I’m part of making amazing lifelong memories and that is pretty incredible!

Ryan Gross

Disney Vacation Planner