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January 16, 2015

Epcot's Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Lunch Review

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Ever wonder if the Princess Character Meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is worth the $40++ it costs? Deb Koma and myself review the popular princess meal in this episode.

We tell you everything you need to know from the food, to the princesses to the uniqueness of this experience.

Please Note: The Photo package has been discontinued as of late December 2014. :(


January 1, 2015

Looking Back at 2014 and Ahead to 2015

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Last year at this time, I did a similar Look Back at 2013 and Look Ahead to 2014.

For this - Look Back at 2014 and Look Ahead to 2015, fellow AllEars colleague Deb Koma and I sat down to do some reflecting and projecting on what was and what may be............

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

December 19, 2014

Trattoria al Forno - First Look from Opening Night

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Trattoria al Forno, on Disney's BoardWalk, officially opened on December 18, 2014. Linda and I had dinner reservations to check out the new place.

Please keep in mind this review is from opening night. Items are still being tweaked, chefs and servers still learning, and the place needs to "shake out" so to speak and find its rhythm. We plan to return in a few weeks. Overall we had a very fun dining experience. Special thanks to our server, Lynne, who provided great service and answered or found the answer to all our questions!

The restaurant has made an amazing transformation in just a few months. There is much to share about the theme and story of the Trattoria, but in this blog, we will focus on the food. Speaking of food, Chef Dee is back, much to our delight!

Trattoria al forno Interior

We began by looking at the menu, 99 percent identical to the pre-opening menu that had been announced. We perused the wine list and checked out the appetizers. We were tempted to order several appetizers, but after looking at the pizza, pasta and entree offerings, thought we should start slow. Plus, we hadn't seen the dessert menu yet!

There are several designated Gluten-Free items and approximately 80 percent of the menu is or can easily be made Gluten-Free.

BREAD AND OLIVE OIL

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The bread had a crunchy crust. Be sure to use the wonderful olive oil!

ANTIPASTI (appetizers)

Thin-sliced Italian Cured Meats (serves 2)
- with house-pickled peppers, olives and caponata served with a toasted slice of house-made ciabatta $15.99

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The four meats served are sliced on the brand new, super-duper paper-thin slicer. We received Bresaola (air-dried beef); Sopressata (traditional cured meet -- think of it as a version of salami); Coppa (salted, seasoned and dry-cured cut of pork shoulder or neck); Prosciutto (dry-cured ham).

We loved the Bresaola (some of the best we've had in the US) and Sopressata. The Coppa was good but not our thing. The only disappointment was the Prosciutto. We saved that taste until last and the meat was not as thinly sliced as we expected. In fact, we've had thinner sliced at the local grocery store.

The meats are accompanied by a small bowl of house-pickled peppers and olives and caponata. Linda liked the caponata and said it had lots of tomato flavors. She also enjoyed the olives and peppers.

This was a great way to begin our meal and we would recommend you give it a try.

Grilled Treviso -- with gorgonzola dolce and pistachio gremolata $7.99

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When I read about the grilled treviso, I thought it was fish so, I'll be honest, I Googled it. Turns out to be radicchio. You can sometimes find radicchio in your local grocery -- it has the deep red leaves with white veins. You may find in it a ball or more elongated. The Treviso was grilled and topped with a mixture of gorgonzola, dolce and pistachio gremolata. It was topped by two different types of endive, also with the topping. The combination of grilling and topping took away the bitterness sometimes found in radicchio. It was OUTSTANDING. It's the hidden gem on the menu and we will certainly order it again. In addition, two people can easily share it.

WINES

Trattoria al forno Wine Quartino

Italian Wines are best enjoyed with Italian food! The Trattoria boasts an all-Italian wine menu with around 70 wines encompassing the 20 Italian wine regions; 30 wines by the glass or quartino. The quartino is a small carafe containing approximately a glass and a half of the wine. Linda and I found the quartino a great way for us both to sample several different wines.


PIZZA AL FORNO A LEGNA

There are six pizzas to choose from with an array of tastes, from a traditional Margherita (mozzarella, tomato and basil), to one with Fennel Sausage, Salame Piccante, and House-Pickled Peppers. Pizzas are prepared Neapolitan style.

We chose the Smoked Prosciutto, Potato, Rosemary and Mozzarella $16.99 (which also had tomato sauce). The pizza was a blend of flavors with the rosemary being the predominant one. The pizza was tasty, but not great. It was too doughy for me -- the Neapolitan style is more chewy. One person could have made it their appetizer. If you are sharing, two people will be happy with the size. Quite frankly, we've been spoiled by other full- service dining pizzas nearby from the likes of Via Napoli (Epcot), Il Mulino (Swan), and La Luce (Hilton Bonnet Creek).

Trattoria al forno Smoked Prosciutto, Potato, Rosemary and Mozzarella Pizza

PASTA E RISO AND CARNI E PESCI

It was difficult to choose from the Pasta e Riso and Carni e Pesci selections, so we ordered three entrees to share (we left with enough food for tonight's dinner!).


Polpetta Gigante - giant meatball with ricotta cannelloni and marinara $19.99

Trattoria al forno Polpetta Gigante

Trattoria al forno Polpetta Gigante

Indeed, as the menu describes, this is a giant meatball. What the menu doesn't tell you, however, is that it has lots of spinach and red pepper flakes, giving it a bit of heat. We were both disappointed. Too much heat and spinach for me, and Linda, who likes food with heat, said it was too much for her as well. The Ricotta Cannelloni was tender and flavorful. We both like the marinara sauce! It should also be noted the cannelloni was made with rice flour.

Semolina Tagliatelle alla Carbonara - with Guanciale $19.99

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For both of us this dish was the winner of the evening! It is made with an egg sauce, not a cream sauce, making it a lighter pasta dish. Pasta served al dente. The bits of guanciale (Italian cured meat from pork cheeks) added just enough contrast. We highly recommend this dish and will order it again.


Eggplant Rollatini - with shaved fennel-arugula salad $17.99

Trattoria al forno Eggplant Rollatini

This dish was recommended by our server and since Linda enjoys eggplant she ordered it. The eggplant was lightly grilled and Linda found it chewy and bland. When we spoke to the chef later, he said they are still tweaking the preparation. The shaved fennel-arugula salad is, however, a nice surprise. This salad needs to be an appetizer. It is served with several of the entrees.

DOLCI

Just about everything on the dessert menu sounded wonderful and again it was difficult to choose.


Tiramisu - ladyfinger-soaked espresso and layered with Italian mascarpone cream $6.99

Trattoria al forno Tiramisu

Our server told us this would be the best tiramisu we ever had. Indeed it was so delicious and is in our top three ever. The cream is so creamy, there is no filling so to speak, just the basics. Yummmm.

Signature Dessert Highlight Item - Bomboloni with dark chocolate, served with vanilla gelato $6.49

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This wasn't the signature dessert in our minds, although it is very Italian. It's basically fried dough with a tiny bit of chocolate. The gelato, however, was awesome!


Lemon Panna Cotta - with almond crunch and macerated berries (no sugar added and gluten-free) $6.49

Trattoria al forno Lemon Panna Cotta

Another great choice -- light, creamy, loved the almond crunch, although I could do without the berry foam (too sweet) on top.

COST

We used Tables in Wonderland, which gave us a 20 percent discount on food and beverages (alcohol included) and added an 18 percent gratuity.

We ordered four different wine quartinos and shared them. The cost came to $56.

Subtracting the wine from the bill, our dinner with tip and tax was $119 for two. Remember we ordered a LOT of food.

An appetizer, entree and dessert will run you about $33 each before tax/tip.

CONCLUSION and RECOMMENDATIONS

This is going to be a popular restaurant and I'm certain once word gets out it may be difficult to just walk up without a reservation. Even reservations may be hard to come by.


Our RECOMMENDATIONS:

Appetizer: Thinly Sliced Meats OR Grilled Treviso
Entree: Semolina Tagliatelle alla Carbonara
Dessert: Tiramisu OR Gelato

We will return sometime in January to see how things have evolved. We have some favorites on the menu and there are many items to try, such as: the Regional Italian Soup, Fried Calamari, Baked Lasagna, Port Chop alla Milanese, and Braised Beef Bolognese, Cannoli Pizzelle, Hazelnut Chocolate Cake.

RELATED LINKS:
Dinner Menu: http://allears.net/dining/menu/trattoria-al-forno/dinner
Child's Dinner Menu: http://allears.net/dining/menu/trattoria-al-forno/child-dinner

Review Trattoria al Forno: http://land.allears.net/reviewpost/showproduct.php?product=689


Mangia, Mangia (eat, eat).


December 2, 2014

New Epcot Holidays Around the World Entertainment

Deb's Digest Blog

Epcot's Holidays Around the World kicked off on Friday, November 28. One of my favorite holiday things to do at Walt Disney World is see all the Holiday Storytellers around World Showcase. Disney is getting away from the "Holiday Storyteller" name and now showcases it as simply Holidays Around the World.

"Share in the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase as each country's holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions."

With so many entertainment changes in Epcot over the last several months, I was a bit leery when I first heard about the changes to Holidays Around the World. Then a couple weeks ago, I was able to interview Disney Show Director Marsha Jackson-Randolph about the changes, and I became cautiously optimistic.

Over the weekend I was able to watch the three new act, and I really enjoyed them. Here are my thoughts and a video of the performance.

China - the Chinese Lion Dancers
Epcot's Holidays Around the World Chinese Lion Dancers

First, a lively performance by two talented dancers dressed as a Chinese Lion. (The lion may appear in bright yellow or red). The Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. The Lion Dance dates back to the Han Dynasty of more than 2,000 years ago. The drums not only give the Lion something to dance to but the loud noises keep away evil spirits.


Epcot's Holidays Around the World Chinese Lion Dancers

To be honest, I was a bit concerned when I found out the Monkey King (one of my favorite storytellers) was going to be replaced. I have to say, though, the Lion Dance was pretty cool.

Epcot's Holidays Around the World Chinese Lion Dancers

The six minute performance takes place on a raised stage, which makes viewing very easy. I REALLY appreciated the narration (explaining the different parts of the show) that went along with the performance. Kids and adults both seemed to enjoy the show. At the end, the Lion will pose for photographs. I look forward to seeing this again.

Morocco Holiday Entertainment
Epcot's Holidays Around the World Morocco Celebrations

Journey through the seasons of holidays in Morocco where celebrations are the spice of life in this 13-minute show. Celebrations include the Olive Festival, Rose Festival, Date Festival and even a Marriage Festival. The holy Ramadan celebration is also mentioned.

Epcot's Holidays Around the World Morocco Celebrations

I enjoyed this performance. It was nice to see the various celebrations the Moroccan people have. There were several times the audience got to participate in the show, too!

Epcot's Holidays Around the World Morocco Celebrations




Mariachis and Dancers in Mexico

Epcot's Holidays Around the World Mexico's Mariachis and Dancers


Celebrate the Fiesta de Navidad and join in the excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta. Hear about La Navidad and Las Posadas.

Epcot's Holidays Around the World Mexico's Mariachis and Dancers

Of the three new shows, this was my favorite.

Epcot's Holidays Around the World Mexico's Mariachis and Dancers

It takes the wonderful group of Mariachis and adds holiday music, stories, dancing and even a pinata (when the kids get involved) And who doesn't like to sing Feliz Navidad?!

Epcot's Holidays Around the World Mexico's Mariachis and Dancers


Have you seen any of the Epcot Holidays Around the World shows? Share your thoughts and leave your comments below!

November 13, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Over on the Picture This Photo Blog

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Hey, hey.. I've been helping Scott out over on the Disney Pic of the Week Photo Blog, so you can see me there for a while. Oh, and of course, on AllEarsNet TV!

October 24, 2014

Disney Confirms the Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is History

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The Orlando Business Journal has confirmed that Walt Disney World will be removing the iconic Sorcerer Mickey Hat in early 2015.

The Sorcerer's Hat "opened" September 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic Celebration at Walt Disney World.

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No word on what, if anything, will replace the hat.

Are you sorry to see the Sorcerer Hat go away?

September 27, 2014

Eat to the Beat Dinner Package - Info and Review

Deb's Digest Blog

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New to Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival this year are the Eat to the Beat Dinner packages. Available on select nights, for a set price you dine at a select Epcot restaurant and get a guaranteed seat in a reserved area for the concert.

THE FACTS

When you book this package, you will choose your restaurant, dining time and concert time from what is available. For your meal you will received an appetizer, entree, dessert, non-alcoholic non-specialty beverage, or a full buffet. At the conclusion of your meal you receive your "ticket" to the reserved seating area at the American Gardens theater.

For those who have done the Candlelight Processional package, it is very similar. You do NOT have to book a package to see the show. You are still able to line up for a seat, to the right of the theater as you face it.

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Dining Plans: While the Magic Your Way Quick Service package is not eligible, the other dining plans can be used as follow:

-- Magic Your Way Plus Dining: 2 Table Service entitlements
-- Magic Your Way Plus Deluxe Dining: 2 Table Service entitlements
-- Magic Your Way Premium Package
-- Magic Your Way Platinum Package

You can book either a lunch or dinner. Lunch is less expensive. The price includes tax but not gratuity.

Lunch prices for adults range from $34.99 (Biergarten) to $59.99 for Les Chefs de France, Tokyo Dining, and Teppan Edo. Children's meals are considerably less and range from $12.99 to $15.99.

Dinner prices for adults range from $49.99 at Nine Dragons and Restaurant Marakesh to $74.99 at Les Chefs de France. Again, children's meals are much less ranging for dinnerfrom $16.75 to $28.99.

We have all the prices listed on our Eat to the Beat Page.

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OUR EXPERIENCE

I'm not usually a dinner package person, but since this is it new in 2014, I wanted to give it a try. The reason I typically don't do the packages is because it is way too much food for me and so I don't feel as though they are a good buy, again, for me.

Even though I booked the package on the first day of reservations, Via Napoli was not available as a dining location for the first night of the Pointer Sisters. So, we opted for Tutto Italia.


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There was a special check-in kiosk right next to the regular check-in desk at Tutto Italia. We were told to return to the kiosk after our meal with our paid receipt and we would receive our "tickets" for the reserved seating. You get a sticker to put on your shirt to identify you for your concert time.

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The price for this location is $66.99 per person including tax but NOT gratuity.

The food was very good except for the Sole. Linda felt while the flavors were very good, the fish itself was undercooked. We both agreed the winner of the evening was the Tortino di Zucchine. In fact, we would go back just for that! Our server was very good and the manager that assisted with my food allergy went over the top. All in all a very good dining experience.


My meal came to: $55.00

Appetizer: Fiori di Latte Calda - House-made whole milk mozzarella served with warm roasted pomodorini, extra virgin olive oil and focaccia $18.00

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Entree: Pollo al Forno - Roasted chicken, rosemary, lemon, farro risotto, Pancetta $26.00

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Dessert: Mocha Tiramisu
- Mascarpone, Espresso, Savoiardi biscuits, chocolate $11.00

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Linda's meal totaled: $52.00

Appetizer: Tortino di Zucchine - Baked zucchini, pomodoro, mozzarella, Parmesan $13.00

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Entree: Filetto di Sogliola - Filet of sole, cream sauce, white asparagus, lemons, capers $30.00

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Dessert: Cannoli - Crisp pastry filled with sweet Ricotta, chocolate, candied orange $9.00

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For two persons our bill was $142.69 before gratuity. Our server was quite good so we tipped $25 bringing our total to $167.79 or $83 and change each.

The food at Tutto Italia was very good however we wouldn't have had the same items were we paying with cash. We would have never ordered dessert and probably would have just ordered one salad appetizer to share. In fact, given that it is Food and Wine time, we would have just noshed at a couple of the marketplaces for dinner. Or perhaps eaten lighter at a quick service location. It was too hot out for such a heavy meal.

The reserved seating in the American Gardens theater was REALLY nice. We were in a great location, about 5 rows back, left of center stage. We were under cover, also very nice since it had been pouring rain off and on most of the evening.

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Folks were in line for the package seating a good 45 minutes or more prior to the concert. For us, it was very nice to arrive about 20 minutes before show time, the line for reserved seating had already emptied into the theater and we still had good seats.

Also, if you are a Disney Chase Visa holder, stop by the lounge. Sometimes there are reserved concert seating tickets you can get for the day of on the weekends. Those seats are the last 2 rows of the front section.


THE BOTTOM LINE

Just like everything else, it is all about what is of value to you and what are your priorities.

Once you purchase the package you are locked in. There are no refunds. If we didn't have the package we may have skipped going to the show we did and probably would have tried the following night. As I said, it was raining, at times quite hard.

So the question is, how much are you willing to pay for a reserved seating area that is under cover.

If there is an act you have been longing to see and don't want to miss them, then this package may work for you.

If you are concerned about the weather (rain), then perhaps this package is for you.

If you don't want to wait in the standby line for a fair amount of time, then perhaps this package is for you.

However, for the first week of concerts, the standby lines have not been bad. The only thing has been the unpredictable rain storms.

Let us know what you think about the package. Worth it or not?!

September 13, 2014

Are you a Frozen Fan?

Deb's Digest Blog

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If you are a huge Frozen fan, you may be rejoicing at recent announcement by Tom Staggs to bring more of Frozen into Walt Disney World. To briefly recap:

** Epcot's Maelstrom is closing (last day of operation is October 5, 2014) and will be replaced by a new Frozen "attraction" (sometime in 2016).

** Anna and Elsa will resume meeting guests in Epcot.

** Anna and Elsa will continue to meet guests in the Magic Kingdom.

** Elsa will transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace each evening during the holiday season.

** Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will be part of “Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

** Parts of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be extended through the holiday season - the Frozen Singalong and Wandering Oaken's Funland with a larger play area for "building a snowman". Frozen Summer Fun has been hugely successful and very well done. It is a great addition to the Studios.

Most of these components have been rumored for a few months now.

From a pure business standpoint, I understand the Disney Company wanting to maximize all things Frozen in the parks. The question is, at what cost? What is the appropriate balance of integrating an animated movie into Disney's theme parks.

While everyone may not be a fan of Frozen, have you seen how folks react to Frozen in the parks?

Just last week at the Hoop Dee Doo, 2 small Frozen quotes brought several young girls sitting nearby immediately to their feet with laughter and excitement. I'm sure they were expecting a sing-a-long next.

Have you gone to the "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration Show"? It is a great show, well written and performed. Look around you during the sing along portions to watch the audience. The enthusiasm keeps growing until the huge finale of Let It Go!

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Stand on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom when songs from Frozen are part of the Castle show and fireworks. I couldn't believe how many people I saw that stopped walking, turned around and sang. And I'm not just talking about kids!

The announcement of Queen Elsa turning the Magic Kingdom Castle to the ice palace is a great idea, nice integration with the existing holiday castle "icing".

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Likewise, the Frozen characters becoming part of Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, is also a good fit. Parts of the Christmas Parade have been part of Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome Parade at the Studios.

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Doubling on the Meet and Greets (one in Magic Kingdom and one in Epcot) should finally ease the long wait times.

However, the one thing about the announcement that saddens me is the closing of Maelstrom.

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For me, World Showcase is all about learning and experiencing the individual countries, their art, architecture, and culture. It is about seeing and understanding more about countries one may never get to visit in person. Even with a movie that desperately needed and should have been updated years ago, the Norway experience in Epcot provided a glimpse into the history and culture of the people and their country. Time will tell how much of the history and culture of Norway will remain in Epcot.

Your thoughts???

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September 6, 2014

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Report

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We went to the very first party of the year on September 1, 2014. What a blessing! This party was definitely NOT crowded and was reminiscent of the old E-Ticket nights (circa 2000) with low lines and manageable crowds. The only downside, if there was one, was the heat and humidity and continual "sauna" feel the entire night.

The Cast Members were dressed in their regular party outfits. We had purchased tickets on-line and therefore had a printed ticket with bar code. When we used it to enter the event after 4pm, the Cast Member took our copy and gave us a wrist band. I didn't really think anything of it until near the end of the night, when this caused issues getting my special Halloween Sorcerers Card.

Jack and Sally's Meet and Greet was first on my list. Everyone was excited about meeting them and their line stayed long most of the evening until well after the fireworks.


After this we split up and some held spots for Mickey's Boo to You Parade and myself and others went to the Castle for the Villains Mix and Mingle show (without the Mingle) . It was cute but oh so short!!! I felt like it had just started and it ended.

TIP: See the Villains Castle show after dark! It was still light out during the first show and I missed most of the castle projections.

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After the show it was back down Main Street to wait for the 8:15pm parade. Again, I must say how nice it was not to be crammed in with people given the heat.

Here's the first ride of the Headless Horseman for the 2014 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party season:

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There were changes to this year's Mickey's Boo to You Parade. Most notably is the addition of Vanellope and Wreck-it Ralph (Wreck-it Ralph movie).

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It is one of my favorite parades in the Magic Kingdom and it is lots of fun to watch!

We decided to not wander down Main Street with everyone to see the Fireworks so we walked around the park to see who was out Meeting and Greeting. Imagine my surprise when I stopped in Adventureland to see not only Terk and Jane, but also Tarzan! Wait was about 10 minutes or so, I got in line. Unfortunately, Tarzan had to leave before it was my turn, but it was neat to see him interact with folks, especially the kids.

We continued over to the Diamond Horseshoe, known on party nights as Club Villain. From 7:00pm to midnight various villains dance with guests - mostly kids but a few adults were also dancing.

GOOD TO KNOW: Be aware it is dark and foggy with lots of neon lights in the dance party.

Soon it was Fireworks time! Standing in Liberty Square between the Liberty Bell and Liberty Tree Tavern but on the water side, was a nice place to watch. Not crowded and a decent view of everything except the Castle projections. Music was loud and clear.

TIP: There are good fireworks viewing areas in Liberty Square and New Fantasyland if you want to avoid the huge crowds on Main Street. Just remember no Castle projections.

Off to the Haunted Mansion to see if Madame Carlotta was wandering the grounds. She was and even summoned Judy Garland!

As we walked through Fantasyland, we noticed most rides had small wait times, even Peter Pan. The Seven Dwarfs were all out meeting guests and even that line was only about 30 minutes, How cool to get your photo with all 7 of them.

Checked out Tomorrowland, again barely a 10 minute wait for attractions. Just past the Buzz Lightyear entrance, Buzz and Lotso the Bear were having Meet and Greets. I wanted to see Lotso! As you'll see in the video, he indicated to me he was sorry he was such a bad guy in Toy Story 3.

By this time it was getting late and the heat and humidity were getting to us. As we got to Main Street we realized it would soon be time for the 2nd performance of Mickey's Boo to You Parade. The area near Town Square and City Hall had lots of front row room to watch the parade and so we stopped to enjoy it again.

While waiting for the Parade I went over the the Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom area to obtain my special Halloween Card. I'll spare you the long details but several Cast Members and 10+ minutes later I still didn't have my card. The main issue had to do with not having my ticket (remember they Cast Member took it when we entered the park) or my Magic Band, even though I had my party wrist band. I didn't wear my Magic Band because of the heat. Eventually I did get my card.. but it shouldn't have been so hard.

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We did not do any candy Trick or Treating but saw numerous stations set up. Check your guide map for locations.

TIP: The nice thing was there were signs to say what type of candy was being distributed at that location, like Crasins or Werthers, etc.

It was nice to see Cast Members being very diligent about making sure guests had their party Wrist Bands on before allowing them in many areas/attractions.

All in all we got our monies worth for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The huge thing for us was the low crowds.

We opted not to do the $99 Villains Soiree. While I was disappointed to not be able to see Maleficent or the Queen, I didn't feel the cost was worth it for us. Plus, since we were going to the first party we were hoping it wouldn't be too crowded. It is all about priorities and what is most important to you. I am interested to hear from those of you who have!

I am sure as it gets closer to Halloween, the party will get progressively more crowded. Keep in mind, at this time, Halloween Night is SOLD OUT.


Tell us what YOU thought about the Party!!

August 30, 2014

Halloween Has Arrived at the Magic Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

Halloween decorations, snacks and souvenirs have arrived at the Magic Kingdom. Why so early? The first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is September 1st!


The large size pumpkin scarecrows are back, with carved pumpkins and fall colors.

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Have some "Find the Pumpkin" fun on Main Street. Click on the above and below pumpkin collages for a larger size, print them out and located them on Main Street.

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Tour the Magic Kingdom's Main Street to see all the decorations and fun!

Did you know we now have a weekly video show? AllEarsNet TV brings you Disney from around the "World". Visit http://youtube.com/allearsnet and Subscribe Today. You won't want to miss an episode!

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