Entries from A Mom and The Magic tagged with 'Magic Kingdom'

Have you seen Magic Kingdom's 2 new must-have Disney souvenirs?

If you’re going to be at the Magic Kingdom any time in the near future, you might want to check out two new unadvertised items that have visitors waiting in long lines. With a little planning, you may be...

runDisney news: Guaranteed 2018 Princess Half Marathon Weekend registration, 2017 Virtual Running Shorts Series

Participants still on a runner’s high from this past weekend’s runDisney 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend might be excited to learn about two new opportunities from runDisney. First, runners can receive guaranteed race registration for the 2018 Princess Half...

Walt Disney World rolls out The Magic Is Endless marketing campaign

Goodbye #UnforgettableHappensHere. Hello #MagicIsEndless. Disney Parks unveiled its new marketing campaign for 2017 in the fall, and the slogan already has appeared in TV ads and numerous promotional materials from The Walt Disney Co. Expect to see it highlighted...

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: Late December versus early November dates

For about a decade now, I have covered Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for AllEars.Net (and before that the Orlando Sentinel), which meant that my family and I attended one of the earliest parties in November so I could...

How to survive the Christmas and New Year's crowds at Walt Disney World

The busiest time of the entire year at Walt Disney World – the week before Christmas and the week before New Year’s Day – begins this weekend. And although being in a Disney theme park during the holidays is...

Here's where you can meet Santa Claus at Walt Disney World

Santa Claus has been listening to wish lists for about a month now at Walt Disney Springs, and if you haven’t checked if you’re on the Naughty or the Nice List, what are you waiting for? You can find...

Best bets for 2016 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

My family and I have attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World for more than a decade, witnessing the changes through the years. Here, I offer our best tips for making the most of your party...

What’s new for 2016 at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has returned to the Magic Kingdom for select nights in November and December, bringing Christmas cheer to visitors and locals alike. Deb Wills and Linda Eckwerth attended one of the parties last week, and...

Know before you go: 2016 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The first date for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is tomorrow -- Sept. 2 – one of the earliest starts for the two-month run of special events. That gives us more dates to choose from, though, right? I have made...

Create final memories of Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World

The Main Street Electrical Parade has been my favorite Disney Parks parade ever since I saw it for the first time at Walt Disney World when I was a little girl visiting from Indiana in 1979. Like many fans,...

Disney Princess Elena of Avalor to appear in welcome ceremony at Magic Kingdom, leadership guide for Girl Scouts

Save the date! On Thursday, Aug. 11, Walt Disney World will welcome Princess Elena of Avalor to the resort for the first time in a limited-time show, “The Royal Welcome of Princess Elena of Avalor.” It will take place...

Walt Disney World passholders: What not to miss before blackout starts Monday

Monday, June 6, is a not-so-magical day for many local Walt Disney World passholders. For Florida resident silver passholders, it’s the last day they can enter the theme parks until the blackout lifts on Aug. 12. So, for their...

Why Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is worth new, higher prices

On Thursday, Walt Disney World announced substantial price increases for its seasonal hard-ticket events, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and a lot of complaining followed on Twitter and other social media channels. I have...

Review: Jungle Skipper Canteen at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom’s much-anticipated, new table-service restaurant -- Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen – opened last month. As the name suggests, the theming is an extension of the classic Jungle Cruise attraction, located nearby in Adventureland. And if...

Making last-minute plans to celebrate New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World

You might think that I’ve tried everything there is to experience at Walt Disney World because I’ve lived in Orlando for more than 20 years and I write about theme parks. But that’s not the case. In fact, my...

Coping with crowds at Walt Disney World for Christmas and New Year's weeks

The busiest time of the entire year at Walt Disney World – the week before Christmas and the week before New Year’s Day -- is quickly approaching. And although being in a Disney theme park during the holidays is...

Tips for maximizing your time at 2015 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Even in Orlando, guests and residents alike can dream of a white Christmas. But the closest we may come to that impossible feat in the Sunshine State is at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World, where...

What’s new for 2015 at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has returned to the Magic Kingdom for select nights in November and December, bringing Christmas cheer to visitors and locals alike. My children and I attended the first party of the 2015 season and...

‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular' at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party just might put a spell on you

Despite the pleas and rumors from fans, a sequel has not been announced for the popular Halloween movie, Disney’s “Hocus Pocus.” However, if your broomstick can get you to Orlando, you can see the Sanderson Sisters in all their...

Last days to enter Disney World's Coolest Sleepover Ever contest for chance to win night in Cinderella Castle

Summer is all about lounging around – at the pool and in our pajamas. And Walt Disney World is giving four lucky Disney fans the “Coolest Sleepover Ever” -- inside the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom. Interested?...

Easter entertainment and dining at Walt Disney World

It's Easter weekend at Walt Disney World, which means it's quite crowded. But the upside to all the extra visitors is that additional food and entertainment options have been added for the weeks before and after the holiday. Here's...

Ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve outside the theme parks at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World's theme parks certainly know how to host splashy New Year's Eve parties. It would be difficult to top the lavish food, top-notch entertainment and spectacular fireworks. But if your family has younger kids who might not...

Be Our Guest revisited: Fantastic dining experience at Walt Disney World

Even two years after it opened, Be Our Guest still is the most difficult dining reservation to book at Walt Disney World. So, when I was able to secure a late-night table for a family celebration this past weekend,...

Don't miss this treat: 1-day Memory Maker option at Disney World Halloween parties

Trick or treat? Let me tell you, this is definitely a treat. Walt Disney World has just announced a special offer for the remaining nights of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that I certainly wish I could have taken advantage...

How to use Walt Disney World to give your kids a little more independence

It's been said that once a mother gives birth to her child, the process of letting go begins. Sure, it may start with the separation of teaching a baby to sleep in his own bed. But, in what seems...

What families need to know about Disney World's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Well, heigh ho! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens today, and it's definitely the hot new "ticket" at the Magic Kingdom. Before you rush to grab that FastPass reservation -- or decide if the new attraction is worth the...

Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster speeds to completion and opening

Arguably the most anticipated attraction in the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom -- the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster -- is speeding to its completion and opening. We don't have much longer to wait for this...

Disney World's new Festival of Fantasy Parade is a spectacle for the senses

Like just about everyone else who has seen the Magic Kingdom's new daytime parade, Festival of Fantasy, my son and I loved it. Festival of Fantasy Parade showcases many parade firsts -- from special effects and a new soundtrack...

It's time to change locations of smoking areas at Walt Disney World

It's the beginning of January, and for many of us, that means a renewed focus on our health. We vow to eat better and stick to exercise routines. Many of our Disney friends who did not veer off track...

New details about Magic Kingdom's upcoming Festival of Fantasy Parade

"What time is the 3 o'clock parade?" Cast members and Walt Disney World regulars chuckle about this supposedly common question from first-time guests to the Magic Kingdom. This year, however, the question may not be about when the parade...

Tips for making the most of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

It's been a few years since I've attended Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, so I was excited to return to the holiday festivities at the Magic Kingdom this year. My elementary-school-age children and I showed up with a short...

Review: Jingle Cruise, the holiday overlay of Jungle Cruise, at Magic Kingdom

Have you heard the latest Disney cruise news? No, not the Disney Magic retrofit. Chances are, if you've been to the Magic Kingdom any other Disney theme park with the exception of Disneyland Paris, you've ridden on the "World...

Do you have what it takes to be a Kingdom Keeper at Disney's Animal Kingdom?

Am I smarter than a fifth-grader? I guess I have to admit I'm not after my adventure last weekend with my 11-year-old son at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We set out to solve one of the new Kingdom Keepers Quests...

Glow With The Show ear hats debut at Magic Kindom

Less than a week ago, Glow With The Show ear hats debuted at Walt Disney World during a Fantasmic performance. On Saturday, the hats began working with the Celebrate the Magic castle projection show and the Wishes fireworks presentation...

Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party is a delicious way to view Wishes fireworks

My 11-year-old son has had many special experiences at Walt Disney World because we live locally and are annual passholders. But one event he hadn't been to and *really* wanted to attend was the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party. Disney...

A family touring plan for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2013

Here's a little trick that will help make Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party more of a treat: Map out a strategy for how you'll spend your time at the party so that you can avoid lines as much as possible...

Tour Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland before it opens

The newest addition to the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall, opens this week, and it truly is fit for royalty. I previewed the princess meet-and-greet with my family at a recent Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween event, and we...

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit should have a meet-and-greet at Walt Disney World

This week's Limited Time Magic Celebration at Disney California Adventure focuses on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is featuring a special Oswald-inspired ice cream sundae in a Trolley Car Cup, and stores are highlighting their Oswald...

New at Magic Kingdom: A Pirate's Adventure treasure hunt

Going on a pirate's adventure never gets old, does it, mateys? The creative forces at Disney World are banking on that with a new scavenger hunt at the Magic Kingdom called, not surprisingly, A Pirate's Adventure. Located in a...

My family's experience at Walt Disney World's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

How long could two kids and their parents last at the Magic Kingdom when the theme park was open 24 hours? We set out to find out Friday at the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. My husband and I are night...

How fans can be Kingdon Keepers for a day at Walt Disney World

This weekend, my 10-year-old son set out to be a Kingdom Keeper at the Magic Kingdom using the self-guided quest in Birnbaum Guides 2013 Walt Disney World edition. We didn't encounter any villains, but we did have fun with...

Get up close with Magic Kingdom's steam trains with behind-the-scenes tour

It's no great surprise that boys of all ages seem to like trains. So I knew that when my husband and 10-year-old son enrolled in Disney's "The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains" tour, they'd have a good time. I...

New Rapunzel-themed restrooms open at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Another new Disney Princess section has quietly opened at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom this past weekend, and it's certainly a place where a girl can let down her hair and relax. Guests who pass through the area certainly...

2013 is a crowning year for Disney princesses at Disney World and Disneyland

Some might say that 2013 is the year of the Disney princesses. After all, gorgeous new locations are being designed for the royal ladies at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and they open this year. On the West...

Review: Dinner at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland

At a recent passholder preview of New Fantasyland, my family and I were thrilled to discover Be Our Guest was open for dinner that evening. Reservations were being accepted outside the restaurant for that night only. Cast members were...

Review: Lunch at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland

Did someone say, put our service to the test? During a recent passholder preview of New Fantasyland, I was excited to find Be Our Guest open for lunch AND dinner. With Be Our Guest dinner reservations booked into March,...

Clang, Clang, Clang Goes the Trolley ... with seasonal Magic Kingdom shows

As my family and I made our way down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom a couple weeks ago, we saw the park's old-time trolley stopped and performers dancing on the pavement. There's nothing unusual about that, if...

Taping of Orlando segments of Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade expected later this month

It may just be the start of November, but the folks at Walt Disney World and Disneyland are busy planning and taping segments for this year's Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which airs -- you guessed it! -- on...

Save those Disney Dollars! New Fantasyland merchandise is in Magic Kingdom stores

For many Walt Disney World visitors, shopping for souvenirs is an integral part of the vacation experience. Who doesn't like to have a reminder of a special trip, especially to the Most Magical Place on Earth? The hunt for...

Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland serves up LeFou's Brew, pastries and even healthy snacks

After hearing so much about LeFou's Brew -- which some call Disney World's answer to Universal Orlando's uber-popular Butterbeer -- my family and I couldn't resist the opportunity to sample the drink during the recent "dress rehearsal" of New...

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid and Ariel's Grotto soft open in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland

My family and I were excited to find out that New Fantasyland was open to guests this past weekend as part of a "dress rehearsal" for its soft opening next month. Having already experienced Enchanted Tales with Belle, our...

Tips for families attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

My family has attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party every year for almost a decade, and although we have tweaked our touring plan for the evening as changes to the party come and go, it essentially remains the...

Periwinkle joins Tinker Bell in Winter Woods of Disney Fairies meet-and-greet

It's beginning to look a lot like winter in one corner of the Magic Kingdom. Tinker Bell's Magical Nook in Adventureland, home to meet-and-greets with the Disney Fairies, has taken on a sprinkling of snow and ice, along with...

Sneak peek: New Fantasyland's Enchanted Tales with Belle

Guests who were disappointed when "Storytime With Belle" in the Fairytale Garden was discontinued have a lot to look forward to when its replacement officially debuts on Dec. 6 in the Magic Kingdom. Enchanted Tales with Belle, part of...

2012 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - What's new and different!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World's Magic Kingdom will have a few new treats for guests this year. Last year, Mickey's Toon Town Fair was closed during the September and October party dates, which cut down...

Ideas for unusual family photos at Walt Disney World

For many Walt Disney World visitors, photos of their magical vacations are the best souvenirs. At the top of everyone's list, of course, is the iconic image of the family on Main Street, U.S.A., in front of Cinderella Castle...

Tips for helping your kids start pin trading at Disney World

My son and daughter have been trading pins at Walt Disney World for almost four years now and the excitement of it hasn't dulled. As a parent, I think it's a fun hobby for them, and it adds a...

Dumbo interactive queue for kids soft-opens at Disney World

As has been the recent trend at Walt Disney World, another attraction is set to reopen with an interactive queue. For parents like me, these are welcome additions to help break up the long waits for our impatient children....

Casey Jr. splash pad cool addition to Disney World's Fantasyland

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland opened Friday (June 15) to little fanfare, but families have a lot to be excited about. This new water play area in the Magic Kingdom offers...

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