Weddings are so exciting. Disney is magical. Smash the two together and you have an incredible experience!
No, I did not get married at Disney. It actually did not even cross my mind. My wedding was a classic, über traditional church ceremony followed by a fabulous, country club reception.
Both of my sisters got married in 2014. One eloped (smart girl, saved herself lots of stress and headaches). The other chose Disney as her venue. You may or may not know this, but we are Disney people. (I hope you know that.)
So, why am I writing this more than two years later?
I don't know.
Honestly, I am surprised that I have never previously written about that weekend. I am shocked that I didn't share anything from it on the site. Sure, I wrote about the Resort. We stayed at the Grand Floridian. And it definitely lives up to its name.
Better late than never?
It has been a few years since our last Not So Scary party. My mom decided she wanted to take her grandkids to Mickey's Halloween Party this year. Halloween is a BIG deal in our family.
After talking and planning for a bit, we narrowed it down to Grammie, me, the monsters, Jackie and Meghan. I spent a while on the phone with Disney to find a few nights available at the Fort Wilderness Cabins that corresponded with a party night. We booked for a Sunday-Tuesday. The Halloween party was Sunday night. Perfecto.
We had some time to kill before our cabin was ready. So, we drove over to Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf to knock some balls around.
I like this mini golf place. It's in the parking lot of Blizzard Beach. The theme is all about Santa, his elves and how they kill time in their off-season. Winter Summerland offers golfers two course options: winter or summer. We played winter.
Disney is magical any day of the year. But there is something extra exciting about it when you combine the Happiest Place on Earth with a holiday. September always kicks off the start to my holiday season, at least that's how I feel when I walk into a store and get overloaded with Halloween stuff. And Walt Disney World transforms in late August/early September into a fall paradise (it's still 90+, but it's pretty).
If my memory serves me correctly, we have spent every single holiday at Disney at least once. The only exception to that is Easter. I can't recall ever searching for eggs at Disney.
Let me give you the low-down on a few of our past experiences. For the sake of your time, I'll post one at a time.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
As you know, we LOVE staying in the cabins at Fort Wilderness. This Disney Resort has so many incredible things to offer families.
Don't fret if you forget to pack something. There is an Outpost store on the Resort Property. You can ride your golf cart or a bus to pick up any essentials. Or, you can get in your vehicle and drive off Disney property... there are several Publixes within a few miles.
You're on vacation, and you do not want to cook? No problem. There is no shortage of eateries at this Resort.
Mickey's Backyard BBQ is the BEST character dining experience at Disney. Yes, you can quote me on that. Yes, there are other great places to go and get up close and personal with the characters, but nothing like this.
This BBQ is held outside, under a large pavilion. The dinner is served buffet-style (same food as the above spots). The food is so yummy. The tables are incredibly long picnic tables, and families are seated by Disney staff upon arrival. There is a stage and a few "dance spots." Once everyone has had a bit of time, the characters come out. You'll find Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale. They don't make the rounds as they do elsewhere. Here, they dance. And kids are encouraged to go dance with the characters. The characters are out for long periods of time and, trust me, you will have plenty of interaction with them. It's awesome.
The Backyard BBQ is not available every night. They only run Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from now (Sept) through December. Then they drop down to Thursdays and Saturdays. This is a seasonal restaurant, the weather effects its dates of availability. Remember, I told you this was outside. You can always call Disney to ask questions, or to book (up to 180 in advance).
You will NOT be disappointed.
For dining reservations and questions, call (407)WDW-DINE.
In one of our previous posts, I shared my opinions about bringing little ones to Walt Disney World.
I was not quite finished, but I felt like that entry was getting a bit long-winded. So, let me continue it here. And this post has been updated to reflect a few technology updates Disney now has available.
I have to say, this is my FAVORITE place to stay on Disney property. We stay at the cabins for all sorts of reasons.
1. They are adorable!
I mean seriously, look at how cute these things are!
Sure, they are just your basic trailer with a fun, log-wood facade. But still. They look adorably rustic from the outside! Each has its own little "driveway" - essentially, it is a parking spot. You can park one (we usually squeeze two) car here. AND there's an outlet to plug in your golf cart.
It's a simple drive from Ft Wilderness to Hollywood Studios. Buddy wanted to ride a bus, and we could have done that. But I didn't want to have to wait for a bus after the Park. It was going to be much easier to just get it in the car and drive home. After 3 days in the Disney Parks, Mommy is more interested in efficiency than making dreams come true.
Plus, we had already ridden a Disney bus on Friday. Twice. Dream came true then. I'm not a heartless animal (despite what you may have heard).
This weekend Rea's Girl Scout troop went on their camping trip. But, in true Palm Beach fashion, the girls didn't rough it. They opted to go to Disney and stay in the cabins at Ft Wilderness.
I like Rea's group. And her Group Leaders are AMAZING women. And the other parents are wonderful too. So I wasn't worried about her being there.
But let's be real, I have a tendency to helicopter parent.
Our Disney Sides
We are fortunate enough to live a short drive away from the Happiest Place on Earth! And we take full advantage of it!