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.
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.
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.
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.
Last time I told you about our eventful attempt to make it out of the driveway. And our eventual arrival to the cabins at Ft Wilderness. Today, I want to share our crazy Friday with you.
Friday was a bit more chaotic than it was planned to be. We had planned to spend the day at the Animal Kingdom. But in the morning, on our way to hop on a Disney bus, Genie and I decided to check on our friends' cabins.
Several other families would be arriving over the next 24 hours, and we wanted to make sure their cabins would be on our loop. We had all linked the reservations when we booked, so it should be a no-brainer, right? Wrong. This happens every time! I don't understand why Disney has not mastered "linking." I mean, come on, we all want to stay together.
I know. Shocker. We were recently at Disney.
This trip was, like all the trips before, AWESOME!
We went to celebrate a sweet friend's 5th birthday.
So there we were, on a beautiful sunny morning. The weather was perfect... I don't think the temperature could have been more perfect. We were packing up. The suitcases were full. Rea's had been packed for a night or two. Rea is a bit of a control-freak (wonder where she gets that from), so she loves being able to pack her own stuff. And I don't mind. One less person to worry about. It's not like she lets me have any say in her outfit choices anyway. Pick your parental battles.
We kept Rea home from school for the day. My Crew spent the morning packing up the trailer. Stu loaded the golf carts, and I finished packing the coolers. Rea and Buddy were counting down the minutes until we left.
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!