A Disney Must Do! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

A Disney Must Do! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Walt Disney World is always a great travel destination no matter the time of year, but if you love Halloween you will not want to miss visiting during the festive Fall season! Our family is big into Halloween so going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was always on our family’s Must Do List! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed event that takes place on special nights at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Although the party begins at 7pm, with your ticket you can enter Magic Kingdom at 4pm through specially marked entrances at the Magic Kingdom gates. If you are a Disney Vacation Club member you can enter at 2pm. If you are already in the park there is no need to leave and re-enter, you can check in an grab your party bracelet and goodie bag at various locations throughout the park. But, you may want to go back to the beginning of the park and walk the entrance trail themed with Photo Pass opps  and signage for the party! 

Once inside the Magic Kingdom you will want to get your map for the party and make a plan! What’s important to you? Do you want to get to some rides that are different during the party like Pirates of the Caribbean (where live pirates will greet you along the way and inside, too), or Space Mountain where you ride completely in the DARK and Monster’s INC where you can find a themed Halloween show (a don’t miss) and of course the Mad Tea Party where the music and lights are transformed into Halloween themes.

Another thing you may want to check out is all the special characters and characters in their Halloween costumes! Our family loves to check out Winnie the Pooh and friends of the Hundred Acre Wood in their festive clothing. If you head over by Dumbo you can ride with practically no line as well as meeting Mickey, Minnie and friends in their Halloween costumes and dancing at the Disney Junior Dance Party with Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, and Doc McStuffins! There is so many choices!

Of course when it comes to Must Do’s I would say number one would be the Boo To You Parade! The parade runs twice a night and if you are like us, you probably will carve out time to watch it both times! The fireworks show follows the parade and they are definitely a magical pair. In addition you can check out the bigger than life Hocus Pocus show right on the main stage in front of the castle.

Don’t forget that everyone can come in costume! (no masks of course and you can’t be mistaken for a Disney character) Trick-Or-Treating is available throughout the park and it is for both adults and children, so bring your candy hunger and remember that you may be leaving with a heavy bag of treats. It’s up to you how much time you want to spend collecting. We were on the monorail with a family that had full bags! Check out my last post on Tips For Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party here.

Now, if you were to ask me honestly WHAT the best part of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was I could answer the parade, or the Trick-Or-Treating, or the special characters, or the fireworks, or Hocus Pocus, BUT honestly, it’s seeing the smile on my daughter’s face. It’s seeing the happiness of our family just enjoying the night. It’s just being surrounded with other people that are all enjoying themselves. This picture of Emm in the Magic Carpet Ride of Aladdin sums up the night, it sums up the magic that only Disney Parks can deliver. Thank you for the happy Disney! Thank you for letting our minds rest from reality for this special night and just enjoy and be happy and eat candy! To learn everything about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and to get some tickets of your own click here. 

Disclosure: This blog post is written by Diane Sullivan. All opinions are hers and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Media Family Night invite was provided in order to facilitate this post. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks. Thank you, Disney Parks.

Our Day Aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic- Now Sailing From #DCLNewYork

Our Day Aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic- Now Sailing From NYC!disneymagicmickeymouseThe New York City shoreline just got a little more magical with the view of Disney Cruise Line’s gorgeous Disney Magic adorning the dock of Pier 88! Recently I had the chance to spend the day on board the Disney Magic. What a amazing day! Our morning began with a guided tour of the enormous ship that holds over two thousand guests. Passing by the grand entrance was breathtaking, especially decked out for Halloween with an interactive Jack-0-lantern tree. The buzz of guests exiting the ship gave me goose bumps at the thought of the pixie dusted memories their families just had the chance to create together. Children passing by with Captain Mickey and Elsa stuffies, little girls in Cinderella gowns and moms, dads and grandparents wearing their finest Disney ears. The sight of it all just warmed my heart.

disneymagicdeck10disneymagictopOur first stop was the Oceaneer Youth Club, a club designed for children ages 3-12, where they can stay and play for as little or long as they would like while their parents take advantage of time alone or at one of the finer dining experiences on the ship. With saying that, if I were I a child I but you would never get me out of the place! It was truly amazing with a bigger than life version of Toy Story Andy’s room complete with his bed on the top and a slide down through Slink! There was also a dance and game floor, Pixie Hollow, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  My favorite part of the room was the The Marvel Avengers Academy where you can virtually suit up into the top-secret command post of S.H.I.E.L.D. and prepare to complete your battle. You will even get an official card upon completion!  You can also find the weaponry of some of your favorite Avengers including Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s armor. There are even computer games and arts and crafts. During our visit there was a surprise visit by Captain America himself! This completely put me in the mood for the upcoming Marvel Day at Sea coming in 2017! My kids were super jealous but I did make them proud by fighting like the superhero they trained me to be! Let’s not forget, I was a boymom for sixteen years before my little princess arrived!disneymagic1disneymagiccapAs we toured decks 9 and 11 I could just envision the families splashing in the pools, dancing to the music that played non stop and just cherishing the precious moments only a Disney cruise could deliver. We were shown many pool areas, some for families and also adult only. Disney cruise is not just for children, it’s also great for adults with many adult options in every venue. One example is the Mixology Class at Keys we were treated to, where we were able to test out our bar-tending skills. We learned tips and tricks to making a perfect cocktail, mojito, and even a layered triple shot! Wooza! Did I mention you can sample of fully enjoy each of the five drinks you create firsthand. This is something I highly recommend if you do cruise with Disney! disneymagicmixologydisneymagiccheersOur group was treated to an amazing treat! Playing now on the Disney Magic is one of my favorite stories, Tangled! With original music from the incredible Alen Menken. The audience was outfitted with overflowing buckets of hot popped popcorn and drinks of choice and it was not long before this musical feast began. The live show does not exactly follow the Disney movie, Tangled but does take its own life in this original version. We loved it and judging by the thunderous applause coming from the onlookers I would have to say that this show would definitely be on the top of my list if I were heading to the Disney Magic again. Tangled The Musical is a must do!

Of course before the show started we did have privi to some top secret information!! In 2017 for the first time ever Disney cruises will host Marvel Day at Sea! We were treated to a sneak peek mini show with superheroes Captain America, Spider-Man entering via webbing and Thor with hammer in hand! If that was a preview, I can’t even begin to imagine how amazing the real thing is going to be.    There will many Marvel themed activities for both children and adults during the event. There will even be Marvel themed food and drinks. A Marvel movie marathon will take place leading up to the latest blockbuster that premieres in November 2017. Marvel characters will be on hand for photo memories and an up close to the characters experience. There will also be a Marvel themed dance party and FX fireworks that will include heroes and villains. Count me in!disneymagictangledsigndisneymagicpopcornLunch was served at the Animator’s Palate, one of the many restaurants to choose from on board of the Disney Magic. There is something so amazing about this restaurant that captivated both adults and children during our time spent there. After being seated the waited directed each one of us at the table to our placemat. He gave us some directions to draw a character using the marker provided. No one really knew what to expect but we all spent the next few minutes creating a rendition of ourselves. My character had glasses and of course a Mickey Tee! We handed in the placemat and continued onto our delicious appetizer dish which consisted of a sampling of a few different mini appetizers. disneymagicapp

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My entrée choice was penne with garlic shrimp, which was absolutely incredible. As we chatted and dined the many screened that surrounded the dining area kept us entertained with clips and songs from Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp and more. Suddenly everyone noticed that the characters we had created before the dining began were actually coming to life on the screens. Each of the  screens highlighted the guests seats in their immediate area. Everyone loved the experience watching themselves march across the screen, dance and interact with Mickey Mouse and his friends. It was such a treat. Speaking of treats, the dessert sampler was mouthwatering. Bravo, Animator’s Palate staff, you are top rate!You can check out our fun day aboard the Disney Magic sailing from NYC Pier 88.

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So if you family or your friends or just you (because going alone may be the best decision ever), are looking for a magical experience on the high seas look no farther than right in our own backyard on 12th Ave, Pier 88! The Disney Cruise- Disney Magic is waiting for you, it’s waiting for your family. Memories will be made that will last forever. As you sail away from the hustle of NYC you will be leaving your stress on the street and trading it for an unplugged (if you choose) experience where you can spend time with the kids, friends, family or alone. On that note, there are some SPA experiences that will drift you into paradise…..Why did I have to disembark?? My heart was filled with happiness as I exited the Disney Magic listening to the families being welcomed one by one onto the ship. I could not help but think of the magic that was about to take place for those lucky people……

There is nothing in the world that can compare to a magical Disney experience. Check out more about Disney Cruise Line Here. disneymagicdianeDisclosure: Diane Sullivan/ 3decades3kids is a Disney Partner Blog and Disney Social Media Mom. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinion of the parent company represented. A media invitation was extended for a day visit on the Disney Cruise- Disney Magic while in port. No compensation was provided for this post. We love Disney and always enjoy sharing information with our readers that provide a first hand account of our experience.

Disney Magical World 2 Release Party- Nintendo Store NY #Nintendo #NintendoKidReviewers

Disney Magical World 2 Release Party -Nintendo Store NYdisneymw1Disney has been a part of our family forever. Everyone needs a little magic in their life and Disney is right there to help us out. Recently our family was invited to a pre-release party at Nintendo World New York for the newest Disney game- Disney Magical World 2, available on Nintendo 3DS as of October 14th. The magic was flowing as we were introduced to the newest Disney game. The children on hand, including my own were treated to a morning of testing out the game, delicious foods, glitz and glamour, and hair styling. There was even a costume nook where the children were able to choose their favorite Disney Princess or Prince costume which included Belle, Ariel, Alice, Rapunzel, Anna, Elsa and more. What more could anyone ask for to be put in the mood to play Disney Magical World 2!?

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The guests were also treated to an into to the game by Disney XD and singing star, Olivia Holt. She was available to chat about the game and help the children choose their favorite costume. What a doll! As for the game- we give it a definite thumbs up! It’s definitely like a handheld trip to Disney! There are six different magical worlds to explore that include worlds of The Little Mermaid where you can become a mermaid yourself and swim along with Ariel, Snow White’s world where you can mine for gems along side of the Seven Dwarfs, Lilo & Stitch’s World where you can hula and surf, Alice In Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh and of course Frozen where you can help Anna, Elsa and Olaf with your own magical wand!

disneymw2hdisneymw2fAs for characters there are more than one hundred available for you to meet and interact with throughout the game. In Castleton you can show off your creativity by showing your fashion and decorating your house. Also be sure to check the store often for seasonal items! You can even snap and share your photos! You can check out everything about Disney Magical World 2 right here. So, if you were wondering what we thought of the game, we loved it! There is enough variety to keep every single Disney fan occupied for hours. It’s great for both boys and girls of all ages. As for adults, we saw quite a few that were actively engaged testing out all of the Disney Magic, myself included. This is going to be one of those games that the kids put down and the parents pick up. It’s just an easy going, easy to operate , fun game. We have also solved a question I have had forever- Do Disney Princesses play video games? Of course they do! Look at Belle going to town on the Nintendo 3DS! Belle gown on, hair curled and primped, makeup applied, gems, cupcake in hand and gaming- What a magical day for all!

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disneymw2dYou definitely do not want to miss out on our video from our day at Nintendo Store NY and all the Disney Magical World 2 fun! Enjoy!

Disney Magical World 2 is available now for preorder and launces on October 14th! It’s great for an Disney fan. I personally cannot wait to get my hands on my own copy! In addition this will make any girl or boy happy on their birthday, report card or holiday! Enjoy your time in Disney Magical World 2. You may never want to leave……  http://disneymagicalworld2.nintendo.com/buy/disneymw2a

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Nintendo Partner. Emily and Adam Sullivan are Official Nintendo Kid Reviewers. No compensation was given for this post. Sample products are sent throughout the year for the purpose of review…and fun!  Follow our gaming series for all of the latest on everything Nintendo. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids everywhere else across the social media platform. 3decades3kids.net Snap us at : ThreeDecades

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales NEW TEASER TRAILER! #APiratesDeathForMe #PiratesOfTheCaribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales New Teaser Trailer! pirates

Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life For Me….. This boy mom seriously cannot wait for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales! I know right where I will be on May 26th, 2017!

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Elena Of Avalor Disney’s First Latina Princess! #PressJunket #ElenaOfAvalor

Elena of Avalor Makes Her Royal Debut Friday July 22nd on Disney Channel and Disney Junior (7:00-8:00 p.m., EDT)elenaofavalorposterOur family is pretty much obsessed with everything Disney! Recently during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference I was thrilled to be in the presence of Nancy Kanter, executive vp original programming and general manager at Disney Junior Worldwide. She introduced the attendees to Disney’s first Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor. It was love at first sight for me. I immediately had a connection to her. I personally am not Latina, but have taught in the inner city for the past twenty years. I knew deep in my heart exactly what this would mean to every little girl I had taught along the way. It was like a dream come true to me and to the world.

 Little did I know that within a few weeks I would be invited to the  Elena of Avalor NYC  Press Junket and get to meet Aimee Carrero who Stars as the Voice of Princess Elena. It was so special to me to sit just a row in front of her as she watched with an very intimate group Elena of Avalor for the very first time. Of course, I cannot lie, by the time the screening arrived, my daughter had played the Disney Channel you tube previews and opening song so many times that I could sing along word for word. It was also a perk that my family was able to accompany me to the screening. We each had our own ideas on exactly what that very first episode would be like and many speculations on the amulet. So, the music played and the screening began and quite honestly it was nothing like I expected. It was so much better.

Let me explain, I was a boymom for sixteen years before Emily was born. I never thought twice about how boys vs girls were presented in programming until Emily was born. By becoming a girlmom it made me take a second and very hard look at exactly how things are presented to little boys and little girls. Now that Emily is nine I am very concerned about the inner strength she will need to take on the upcoming years that are approaching rapidly. I am on a constant hunt for women that are role models for her to connect with. The entire “Dream Big Princess” brought tears to my eyes the first hundred times it played on our tv and each and every time I would find the courage without crying to grab my little girl and give her a squeeze and whisper, Dream Big Princess.

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Elena is a perfect role models for girls. She is someone who believes in herself and is not on a quest to find Prince Charming. She finds what she needs within herself and her family. Can there be any better lesson to teach our own daughters? Elena is also geared for girls up to age eleven. Thank you, Disney! Thank you for not making this a preschool show because my daughter is nine and still wants to hang onto Princess Sofia. Princess Elena is all about empowerment, adventure and family. She is a hero and an adventurer!

You will not want to miss the premiere of Elena of Avalor. Gather the family. Both girls and boys will enjoy this show. There is something for everyone and lessons to be learned. There are many many conversation starters within the episodes that you can chat about with your family within the days following up. That is what I love the most. The fact that Disney helps me to be a better parent. Princess Elena will help me to bring up issues my own daughter may be having in her life. There is nothing more I could ask for than being able to talk to my children about whatever may be going on.

During the first episode Princess Elena is preparing for her birthday party when an evil sorceress appears and threatens the entire family. Elena saves her kingdom but is cast into an amulet where she can find safety. Her grandparents and younger sister are put into a magical painting where the four survive for forty one years until the spell is broken. Elena, her grandparents and her sister Isabelreappear to continue the celebration that was to take place many years ago in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor. Although Elena feels she is ready to be crowned queen, she quickly realizes it takes a little more learning before that can actually happen. Elena’s journey will help her to find the traits she needs to become as great a leader as the many who have been queen before her. The episode also introduces Zuzo, Elena’s spirit guide in the animal world, based on the belief of a Mayan tribe in southern Mexico. Our family loved him!

The stories incorporate influences from diverse Latin and Hispanic cultures through architecture, traditions, food and customs. Magic, mythology, folklore and music also play an important role, with each episode featuring original songs spanning an array of Latin musical styles including Mariachi, Latin Pop, Salsa, Banda and Chilean Hip Hop.

Our site had the pleasure of interviewing Aimee Carrero, the voice of Elena of Avalor. Please enjoy:

Princess Elena of Avalor will make her royal debut in the highly anticipated animated series “Elena of Avalor,” with a one-hour premiere event Friday July 22 (7:00-8:00 p.m., EDT), on Disney Channel. The theme song is performed by Gaby Moreno, Latin Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist, and Elena’s anthem “My Time” is performed by Aimee Carrero. In addition, this fall, Disney Channel will air a special TV movie titled “Elena and the Secret of Avalor,” which explains how Elena was imprisoned for decades in her magical amulet and eventually set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia. I need to know the date, so I do not make ANY plans!

“Elena of Avalor” stars Aimee Carrero as the voice of Elena; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as the jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar respectively; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando.

 The recurring guest voice cast includes: Constance Marie as Doña Paloma, Magister of the Traders Guild; Lou Diamond Phillips as Victor Delgado, a debonair villain who uses his charisma to deceive the people around him; Justina Machado and Jaime Camil as siblings Carmen and Julio, who run a restaurant in Avalor; Rich Sommer as Captain Daniel Turner, Naomi’s father and harbormaster; Tyler Posey as Prince Alonso, a charming prince from the Argentine-inspired Kingdom of Cordoba; Lucas Grabeel as Jiku, the leader of the Noblins; and Echo Kellum as King Joaquín, a monarch from the Caribbean-inspired Kingdom of Cariza, who is a trusted and close friend of Elena.

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 The guest voice cast for season one includes: Tituss Burgess as Charoca, a magical volcano creature based on a Chilean myth; Ana Ortiz as Rafa, Mateo’s mother; Ivonne Coll as Doña Angelica, an absent-minded and overly dramatic ghost; Hector Elizondo as Fiero, a wicked wizard; Odette Annable as Señorita Marisol, Isabel’s enthusiastic young teacher; Danny Trejo as Antonio Agama, a popular Avaloran hero; Anthony Mendez as King Juan Ramón, a monarch from the Argentine-inspired Kingdom of Cordoba; Eden Espinosa as Orizaba, an evil moth fairy banished to the spirit world; Marsai Martin as Cat, a budding scientist and adventurer; Aasif Mandvi as King Raja, a monarch from the Indian-inspired Kingdom of Napurna; and George Takei as King Toshi, a monarch from the Japanese-inspired Kingdom of Satu.

 Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno performs the series’ theme song and will also voice a guest role. Born in Guatemala, Moreno performs her music, which ranges from blues to jazz to soul to R&B, in both English and Spanish. In addition to winning the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2013, Moreno was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2010 for co-writing the theme song to “Parks and Recreation.”

 “Elena of Avalor” was created by Emmy Award winner Craig Gerber, who also serves as executive producer. Silvia Cardenas Olivas is the story editor, and Elliot M. Bour is the supervising director. The series’ cultural advisors are Marcela Davison Avilés, founder of The Chapultepec Group, co-founder of the international Latino arts initiative Camino Arts, and Director of Humanities Programs at the FDR Foundation at Harvard University; and Diane Rodriguez, Associate Artistic Director of Centre Theatre Group and co-founder of the theatre ensemble Latins Anonymous, who was recently appointed by President Obama to be a member of the National Council on the Arts.

Our site also had the pure pleasure of interviewing Craig Gerber and Silvia Cardenas. Please enjoy.

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Disney Channel Partner Blog. No compensation was given for this post. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect upon the opinions of the parent company represented. Diane Sullivan was invited to the NYC Press Junket for Elena of Avalor and to a media premiere screening. Please contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net, @3decades3kids across all social media platforms and on snapchat: ThreeDecades