Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 Tips, Tricks, and Must Do’s!

Happy Fall Love Bugs,

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Ok, ok…..Fall may not be here just yet, but it is definitely around the corner, along with my favorite Walt Disney World event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which begins this week!  The Sanderson Sisters are back for their third year in a row, which makes me so happy because who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus, right?!

If you’ve never attended this hard ticket event, this is the year to check that dream off your bucket list and see why its one of the most attended events at Walt Disney World each year.  Here are 5 reasons you’ll love Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

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5. The Decor

As if Magic Kingdom isn’t whimsical enough, nothing beats the most happiest place on earth in the Fall!  The entire park is exploding with Fall and Halloween decor at every angle.  I personally love all of the photo opportunities!

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4. Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular 

 The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular is performed several times each evening at Cinderella’s castle.  Here, the Sanderson Sisters, from the beloved film, Hocus Pocus, create a spell and bring out all of their Disney villain friends for the most exciting halloween party ever.  The best part about this show is that characters that aren’t normally seen around the parks make an appearance, making it unique.  The music and fireworks are also spectacular and are sure to drop your jaw.  This show is exclusive to this event and can’t be seen during regular park hours.

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3. Trick-or-Treating

I don’t know about you, but Halloween is all about the candy and Disney World doesn’t disappoint when it comes to fulfilling kids (and adults) candy bags.  There are more than a dozen different candy stops throughout the parks where guests will receive a handful of name brand candy and chocolate for their goody bags.  Chances are, you’ll leave with a huge bag of treats that are sure to put a smile on your face.

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2. The Costumes

The best part of Halloween is dressing up and while wearing costumes isn’t the norm at Disney Parks, it’s totally normal at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Adults and kids can dress up as their favorite characters for the entire event.  I love seeing all of the costumes, especially the clever ones, all through the night.  Last year, the gang and I dressed up as various characters from Toy Story (as pictured above).  Make sure you check out the costume rules and guidelines before planning your costume!

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1. The Parades and Fireworks

The Boo To You parade and nightly firework show is also exclusive to this event.  I love that the parade brings out characters that aren’t usually seen in the daily parades at the park.  My favorite part is the headless horseman who travels along the parade route just before the parade begins.  The fireworks also sparkle in the sky as it is synchronized with some of the most beloved Disney villain tunes.  It is surely an amazing sight to see!

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Be sure to check out my article on making the most out of your visit to this event with my tips and tricks to make it the most memorable trip yet!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will run on select nights from August 25th through November 1, 2017.

What do you love the most about this event?  DO you have any questions about my tips and tricks?  Comment below!

XO, NAT

 

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

Bandstand on Broadway

Hey There Love Bug,

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Last month I had the privilege of being able to check out Bandstand on Broadway in the heart of NYC.  I have had my eye on this show for a while because I am such a fan of the 1940s era, and not to mention, our amazing veterans to whom this show is dedicated to.  Unfortunately, Bandstand is performing its last show on September 17th, so this is the chance for you to check it out before its too late!  Here are 5 reasons why you’ll love Bandstand too!

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5. The Storyline

Bandstand tells the story of a widowed wife of a WWII soldier and a group of veterans who have returned home from the war.  Suffering from PTSD and trying to fit back in their old lives prior to the war, they form a band, but not just any band, a band of 100% veterans.  They call themselves the Donny Nova Band, and they set out to compete in a national radio contest in NYC.  The struggles along the way are not easy, but their fight and determination to prove themselves is insatiable.  It is beyond inspiring and gives the audience a sense of empathy for what our soldiers did, and still do, for our country. Get ready for your heartstrings to be pulled!   There is no other show out there with this much of a relatable storyline for Americans!

4. The Music

While most broadway shows have unbelievable music, there is nothing quite like this one.  The most fascinating thing about the music in this show is that each of the actors on the stage have their own instruments and play them right on the stage for you to enjoy, which is very different from your standard orchestra at the theater.  Each actor in the ‘band’ is not only part of the play, but they are part of the ‘orchestra’ too!  Talk about talent!

3. The Talent

Speaking of talent, I was so blown away that this show wasn’t nominated for a Tony this year.  While each of the actors were incredible, Laura Osnes definitely steals the show as the leading lady of the band.  Her Tony winning voice and stage presence is infectious and beautiful to witness.  The goosebumps came out of my arms all night!  I also loved how humble she was when I met her at the stage door, too!  You’ll be blown away with the talent from every single actor on this stage.

2. The Theatre

Bandstand is currently playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.  As soon as I walked in there, I felt the intimacy between the audience and the stage because it isn’t a large theater, as most of them are.  I love how there is no bad seat in the house and the closeness felt with the audience gives for a more special experience.

1. The “Vintageness”

If you know me well, you know I love all things vintage.  The 1940s are one of the most classiest eras, so I was excited to see how this show would bring it back.  Not only were the costumes exquisite, but the hair, make-up, music, and set made me feel like I had traveled back in time.  I love how they paid such attention to detail with all of the props too.

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Run and grab your tickets for Bandstand before they end their run in NYC!

If you already saw Bandstand, what did you think?  Comment below!

XO, NAT

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.  

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