Top Five Tips For Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! #NotSoScary

Top Five Tips For Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom!

Our family loves Halloween and we love Walt Disney World! With saying that I’m sure you already figured out that we always look forward to attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.  This is how the party works. Generally Magic Kingdom closes to regular guests at 6 pm on party nights. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party goes from 7 pm to midnight, but you can pick up your party wristband at 4pm at the front gates or at locations throughout the park. This gives you two hours of park time before the party begins. Between 6-7pm cast members get busy clearing all of the non-banded guests. There are quite a few places to Trick-Or-Treat but we only stopped at a few.

By 7 pm you can be ready for some unique magical fun that only Walt Disney World could put together. Honestly it will exceed all of your expectations and it’s something that our family loves to attend over and over again. Bonus- It’s great for all ages! So, you may be wondering why someone would spend extra money to go to an after hours party? You may be wondering if it is worth it. It is, it totally IS! You cannot find any better way to celebrate Disney and Halloween if you tried.

It’s your choice if you want to dress in costume or not. Disney does have some strict guidelines including no masks but there are definitely plenty of costume choices if you want to join into the Halloween spirit! If you don’t want to be in costume that works, too. It’s all up to you. Last year we all purchased the 2017 official Halloween party tees for the family and wore them the entire night except for Emily who was decked out in her Frozen Elsa attire from head to toe. As for this year we held up to tradition and purchased the 2018 tees for the family. My oldest son dressed as Jack Skellington and Emily found an adorable Sailor Minnie Mouse from the Disney Cruise!

Now as for those Top Five Tips For Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, here goes!

1. If you already have passes and are spending the day at Magic Kingdom pick up your passes in the back of the park and start there! Wristbands are given out at 4 pm. We lined up by the Buzz Lightyear ride at about 3:15. It was worth the wait to be one of the first few people in line. By the time 4 pm rolled around the lines were pretty long but we were already on our way! By the way, even though the party does not start until 7 pm, the Trick or Treating begins at 4 pm and we found most of the specialty desserts were also available around the same time.

2.  Do not under any circumstances miss the Headless Horseman that comes down the street before the Boo To You Parade! It is one of the most amazing things you will ever see! The parade is great, too! If you can, grab a spot on Main Street. They have a pre-parade dance party with the characters from Zootopia and the kids and go out into the street to join them! It’s so much fun! Main Street is also the best back drop for the parade. There are shadow castings of ghosts and ghouls and pumpkins on the buildings and flickering Jack-O-Lanterns in the windows of the stores.

3. Map out what specialized Halloween treats you want and where to get them, including popcorn buckets. One of the kewlest things about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is that there are special dining sweets available. Be sure to check in advance where to find them so you are not wasting time after the party begins. You will SO amazed at just how fast the time will go by once it all starts. You don’t want to miss out on something special.

4. Don’t forget to get your pictures with Photo Pass! There are special magic shots available only during the hours of the party including a picture with the Headless Horseman, The Hatbox Ghost,  holding the lantern at the entrance of the Haunted Mansion, a picture with the wagon at the Haunted Mansion, and holding a poision apple over a cauldron. There are also pictures available during the parade holding Halloween signs! We absolutely love the magic shots and the regular pictures as well.


5. End your night with HalloWishes the most magical display of Halloween fireworks ever including the spookiest Disney tunes from our favorite movies. In addition you will not want to miss the Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular Stage Show in front of the castle! The three Sanderson Sisters are live and on stage. Hocus Pocus is celebrating thier 25th Anniversary! There is the most awesome cauldron mug that I purchased while I was there with the Hocus Pocus logo and a 25th Anniversary stamp. We love to see Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent up close along with many of our favorite villains. In addition, the special effects are endless!

In addition there are unique character meet and greets that you can only find during the party hours, ride effects- like riding Space Mountain the pitch black darkness and even a big dance party with the Monsters, Inc. crowd.  There is so much to do. The best part is sharing the entire night with your family and friends. Going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is something that will create memories that will last a life time. You can check out more about the event and purchase tickets here:

Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Complimentary party passes were provided for the purpose of this review. Contact Diane for collabs at or @3decades3kids across all social media networks.

Join Disney’s #DreamBigPrincess Celebration for International Day of the Girl

Join Disney’s #DreamBigPrincess Celebration for International Day of the Girl

After being a BoyMom for sixteen years before Princess Emily arrived into the Sullivan house you probably can’t even begin to imagine how much our lives have changed around here.  Thor and pirate toys slowly being replaced by Cinderella and Ariel dolls became the norm. Being a mom of both boys and girls teaches you something. It teaches you that things and expectations are not exactly the same for both. Hopefully I have taught my boys how to treat girls and my daughter how to be a strong girl. It’s not easy task being a GirlMom…or a BoyMom but we all do our best and learn more every day.

Of course Emily was born a princess and just by luck Disney came up with Dream Big Princess! I remember crying every single time I watched the clip in between shows on the Disney Channel! I remember saying to her a million times- Dream Big Princess Emily. So I was thrilled to discover the big announcement on the Disney Parks Blog, about the “Dream Big, Princess” campaign inviting Disney fans to Disney bound in outfits inspired by their favorite female Disney characters.

The best news that everyone can be a part of the action and join the movement. On October 11, United Nations’ International Day of the Girl you and your daughter can Disney bound for kids everywhere! I’m also beyond excited to say that Emily and Mommy will be at Magic Kingdom celebrating all of our favorite Disney Princesses all day long. You will have to follow along to see what we Disney Bound as that day. One clue- “This Mother Daughter team is going out on tour!”. If you know what song that comes from you may already know.

You can also stay tuned for the premiere of the #DreamBigPrincess video series this month, celebrating the inspiring stories and words of advice from female trailblazers across industries and around the world, captured by twenty one talented young women from thirteen countries. I cannot wait to watch with Emily and encourage her to follow her dreams no matter how big they are.

Now for the best news ever. From October 10 through November 20, each like or share of a public photo or video with #DreamBigPrincess on FacebookInstagram or Twitter will unlock a US $1 donation from Disney Worldwide Services to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million).

This initiative is part of Disney’s ongoing “Dream Big, Princess” campaign encouraging kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance. Is there any better reason to dress up and inspire future generations everywhere?

I’d love all of the 3decades3kids readers to join me on October 11th by posting a picture of yourself or your daughter Disney Bounding and telling why that princess stands out to you and is a great model for girls! Be sure to tag your photo #DreamBigPrincess

You can find out more about this opportunity – and “Dream Big, Princess” – by visiting the Disney Parks Blog 

Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do in any way reflect the views of the parent company represented in this post. Information provided by Disney Parks. Contact me at or @3decades3kids across all social media platforms for collabs.

Canvas Discount Takes Your Photos From Phone to Wall And Make Them Last Forever!

Canvas Discount To Take Your Precious Photos From Phone to Wall And Make Them Last Forever! (Deep discount code provided)


This is a sponsored post with Canvas Discount and BraVo Mark. All opinions are my own and honest. They do not reflect the views of the parent company represented.  (#ad).

Guilty! I am so guilty of taking picture after picture of my family and friends and never ever ever getting them printed. It seems like it’s something I put off over and over again. Recently, I was introduced to  Canvas Discount and I had to share it with you. Every once in a blue moon it does come to my attention that I have no printed pics. Maybe it’s when I look on the walls and see pictures of my oldest son and then none of the other kids because they came along much later. I think it’s time to even the score so that people who come to visit think I have more than one child!

Canvas Discount is a great way to get those photos out of your phone and printed and framed. They even have an option to put your favorite photo on a pillow. I think that is a supercute idea for the upcoming holidays! At the bottom of this post you can find a code just for 3decades3kids readers to use for a deep discount.

Now, I must admit that finding pictures to print is no easy task. Yes, you think that you will will just open your gallery and choose, but if you are like me it takes forever. Faced with the choice of what to put on my wall I took everything into account including hubby’s opinion. I was thrilled to come up with a choice for our new Framed Photo that we both loved and were able to live with forever.

Working with Canvas Discount is really a breeze. The directions are easy to understand and will have you wanting to take all of your favorite photo memories and put them into prints to enjoy again and again. You can check out all of the options by clicking on .

So start thumbing through now and finding those extra special pics you want to see come to life and onto your walls. I’m going to make is so easy for you with this promotion code that everyone can use. Feel free to share it with your friends and family as well. Just use Promo Code: 3DECADES3KIDS  and you will be able to acquire TWO 8’’x8’’ format canvas  prints for one price – only $9 USD (meaning: they buy one 8’’x8’’ for $9 USD (its regular retail price is $49 USD) and get the other one (8’’x8’’ format canvas print) completely for free). I’m thinking holiday gifting bonus with this one!! How can you go wrong?

Also, so you know up front I am also using my own code to by extra canvas prints! My son just got engaged to his long time sweetheart so I have a ton of engagement pictures that I cannot wait to get into print! I guess I will have more pics of my oldest son after all! Oh, Well!


Directions: In order to activate the discount, just go to this website: /wall-decor/photo-canvas-print s.jsf, upload your desired photos and select 8’’x8’’ format canvas prints. As soon as both images are successfully uploaded, you simply need to enter the corresponding code name in the coupon code section (Shopping Cart) and the discount will apply! Easy Peasy!
As for me, I was super late ordering (as like in yesterday) so my pictures prints did not arrive yet! When they do I will gladly share them with you across all my social media networks! I cannot wait to see them!
All promotion codes are already activated and will be valid until: 10/31/2018

This is a sponsored post with Canvas Discount and BraVo Mark. All opinions are my own and honest. They do not reflect the views of the parent company represented.  (#ad).

You Are Invited to the NYC Sneak Peek Of Instant Family! #AdvanceScreening

You Are Invited To The NYC Sneak Peek of Instant Family!

We are excited to invite you to a sneak peak of the new movie Instant Family, which was inspired by the real story of Sean and Beth Anders who adopted three siblings from foster care. The movie does not hit theaters until mid November BUT you can see an advance screening by grabbing passes below. See you at the movies. Please remember to arrive early. Screening are overbooked to ensure a full house.

The screening will be taking place on

Tuesday, October 2nd


Regal E-Walk (247 W 42nd Street NYC


Disclosure: Disclosure: Screening passes provided by Warner Paramount Pictures- Instant Family. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not represent the views of the parent company represented. Contact me at or @3decades3kids across all social media. See you at the movies!