Easter 2020 Events at the Magic Kingdom

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BREAKING NEWS:  Disney World will stay closed until at least April 18th now!

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March 27, 2020: Disney World will stay closed until at least April 18th now.

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Look who’ll be wearing their Easter costumes! ❤

Easter Sunday is on April 12th this year.

There’s a lot going on at the Magic Kingdom during the month between Spring Break and Easter Week.

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March 12, 2020 announcement:  Disney World will be close March 16 – 31, 2020!

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March 16, 2020 Update: Disney announced that all Disney Stores in North America are closing March 17, 2020.

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom.

Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at the Magic Kingdom

From April 1 –  April 12th (Easter Sunday), you can meet and have your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square.

Note that the character line closes in the mid-afternoon because they are in the Easter Parade.  Use the My Disney Experience app to check their appearance times.

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Bunny Lane Garden, Opens in April

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Their garden is surrounded by pretty flowers!

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Some Easter Sunday Photos:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom, April 2019

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The parade weather was gorgeous! Sunny and 73 degrees!

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The Easter Parade with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.

Easter Parade Down Main Street USA

April 1 – April 12th (Easter Sunday), the special Easter Parade will lead off the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the front of the parade, being driven down the parade route in an old timey car.

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The Easter Parade

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The Azalea Trail Maids are lead by Daisy.

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Mr. Easter Bunny looking very cheerful.

Following them are Daisy and the Azalea Trail Maids.

The Azalea Trail Maids are 50 seniors in high school from Mobile, Alabama.

Daisy received her own Azalea Trail Maid costume in a lovely shade of deep lilac in 2014.

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Daisy in her lilac costume.

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The Azalea Trail Maids in light purple.

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Special Easter characters in the parade.

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March 20, 2019: First Day of Spring. Daisy in her Azalea Trail Maid costume greeting guests.

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Minnie in her Azalea Trail Maid costume.

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Special Easter cupcakes will be available from the Main Street bakery. $5

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Minnie’s Bunny Cupcake.  I love Disney’s buttercream frosting!!!  ❤

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Super cute chocolate (of course) Bunny Cupcake!

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Mickey and Minnie in their Spring outfits over at the Boardwalk.

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Meeting Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at DAK.

And they sometimes make appearances over at the other Parks too, but usually just on Easter Sunday!

We got to see them a few years ago at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.

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Mrs. Easter Bunny.

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Thumper & Ms. Bunny were out at DAK too!

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April 1, 2019: Look who was at DAK this morning!  She’s a rare character!

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Hi Minnie!  🙂

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Easter Now and Then:  26 Years Apart

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Elly’s Easter Party in Louisville, Colorado. April 2019

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#Throwback Thursday: Meeting the Easter Bunny. April 1993

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Easter Crowd Forecast

Rapunzel: ‘When Will My Life Begin’ from Tangled

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In these trying and stressful times, it’s easy to get overwhelmed!
We won’t be inside forever, just a few weeks.
But, it’s so easy to be bored!

Watch Rapunzels’ song:  When Will My Life Begin?

Here’s some ideas from Rapunzel to keep you busy:

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13 great ideas for keeping busy!

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March 21, 2020: Current daily schedule  😉

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Caroline meeting at Rapunzel at her meet and greet.

We’ve met both Rapunzel and Flynn at the Magic Kingdom.
Tangled is one of our favorite Disney movies!

Flynn on Tangled float.

Flynn isn’t at Rapunzel’s meet and greet very often…but he’s swinging on the Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade every day at 3pm!

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The Floating Lanterns of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom.  So pretty at sunset when they come on!

Our favorite scene from Disney’s Tangled is when they sing the “At Last I See the Light” song!

Full song:  At Last I See The Light video

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Mitch and Caroline. April 2019

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Making a wish.

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A wish sealed with a kiss.

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We happened to be there at 7pm when the lights all popped on. Magical! 🙂

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8pm. We don’t care that these are the restrooms!!  Beautiful!

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Rapunzel’s Tower at twilight.

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Our favorite scene!  So beautiful with all the floating lanterns!

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Flynn was also at Rapunzel’s meet and greet the day we were there.

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You can meet Rapunzel at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Cinderella Castle most mornings.

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The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom

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The Hidden Gardens of Tangled at the Magic Kingdom.  I took this photo in November.

Pascal, a color-changing chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s ‘Tangled’ movie.

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At the waterfall of Rapunzel’s Tower.

Pascal and his friends can be found hiding in the pretty Hidden Gardens of Tangled in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

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My newest Disney pin!!!! I traded for him in Fantasyland! ❤

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The gardens are directly across from Rapunzel’s Tower.  So pretty at sunset!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Free charging station!

Free charging station!

Located just past the tables and chairs in the phone charging area, you will find a beautiful garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream.

Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings.  You’ll need to look very closely to see them all!

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find six chameleons hiding in the garden. Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal and his friends.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Yellow Pascal hidden under the eaves.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

Green Pascal blending into the moss.

This one was the hardest one to find!

This one was the hardest one to find!

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Brown Pascal next to rock.

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So fierce looking, tucked up against the creek rock!

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We traded for these pins!

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Maximus hoof print in Fantasyland by Tangled area.

Bonus photo!  Try and find Maximus’s hoof print in Fantasyland by the Tangled area.

Disney Fun Fact:  Pascal is actually based on a real chameleon, owned by one of the movie’s cast members. The day the directors were trying to find a name for the character, the CM said she named her chameleon Pascal, so they took that name.

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Pascal, Rapunzel’s friend.

Pascal serves a similar role as being a friend and protective sidekick to Rapunzel as Flit the hummingbird did for Pocahontas.

Disney Bounding as Pascal.

Ideas for Disney Bounding as Pascal.

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal (he’s so tiny!!)

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work

Want to Disney Bound as one of the characters from ‘Tangled’?

Caroline’s done it several times now!  Disney Bounding at Work as Tangled Characters

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Rapunzel outfit ideas

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Flynn Rider

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Don’t forget the tiara!

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel.

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This meme is so funny!

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I want this Tangled birthday cake!  ❤

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Having fun with skillets!

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Rapunzel and her trusty skillet. 😉

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Rapunzel with her short brown hair.

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Cheers!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Wish fulfilled.

Easter Week 2020 Crowd Forecast

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Easter Sunday crowd on Main Street USA

The four worst weeks to go to Disney World are:

Easter Week (especially Easter Sunday!)

4th of July Week

Thanksgiving Week (Thanksgiving Day)

Christmas Week – New Years Day  (12/25, 12/31, 01/01)

The crowds are miserable, just wall-to-wall guests, especially at the Magic Kingdom.

Those are also the weeks you’re most likely to encounter Park Capacity Phase Closures, especially at the Magic Kingdom.

Peak guest loads per park are:

Magic Kingdom:  100,000 guests

Epcot: 95,000 guests

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  75,000 guests

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:  60,000 guests

It really is a struggle to enjoy doing anything at the Magic Kingdom alongside 100,000 people!!!  That’s why we like going in January best!

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Mickey Easter

Look who’ll be wearing their Easter costumes! ❤

Easter Sunday is on April 12th this year.

But, if you’re feeling game, there’s a lot going on at the Magic Kingdom during the month between Spring Break and Easter Week:

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom.

Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at the Magic Kingdom

From April 1 –  April 12th (Easter Sunday), you can meet and have your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square.

Note that the character line closes in the mid-afternoon because they are in the Easter Parade.  Use the My Disney Experience app to check their appearance times.

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Bunny Lane Garden, Opens in April 

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Their garden is surrounded by pretty flowers!

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Some Easter Sunday Photos:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom, April 2019

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The parade weather was gorgeous! Sunny and 73 degrees!

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Easter Parade Down Main Street USA

April 1 – April 12th (Easter Sunday), the special Easter Parade will lead off the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the front of the parade, being driven down the parade route in an old timey car.

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The Easter Parade

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The Azalea Trail Maids are lead by Daisy.

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Mr. Easter Bunny looking very cheerful.

Following them are Daisy and the Azalea Trail Maids.

The Azalea Trail Maids are 50 seniors in high school from Mobile, Alabama.

Daisy received her own Azalea Trail Maid costume in a lovely shade of deep lilac in 2014.

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Daisy in her lilac costume.

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The Azalea Trail Maids in light purple.

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Special Easter characters in the parade.

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March 20, 2019: First Day of Spring. Daisy in her Azalea Trail Maid costume greeting guests.

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Minnie in her Azalea Trail Maid costume.

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Special Easter cupcakes will be available from the Main Street bakery. $5

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Minnie’s Bunny Cupcake.  I love Disney’s buttercream frosting!!!  ❤

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Meeting Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at DAK.

And they sometimes make appearances over at the other Parks too, but usually just on Easter Sunday!

We got to see them a few years ago at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.

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Mrs. Easter Bunny.

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Thumper & Ms. Bunny were out at DAK too!

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April 1, 2019: Look who was at DAK this morning!  She’s a rare character!

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Hi Minnie!  🙂

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Easter Now and Then:  26 Years Apart

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Elly’s Easter Party in Louisville, Colorado. April 2019

Easter 1993

#Throwback Thursday: Meeting the Easter Bunny. April 1993

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Easter Crowd Forecast

2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Nights

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The 2020 Fall Fun at Disney World begins August 13th this year!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket, after-hours event being held on 36 evenings, spanning over four months this fall!

The 2020 MNSSHP event will take place on the following nights:

  • August 13, 18, 21, 25, 28
  • September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31*
  • November 1

Tickets, which are on sale now, start at $85 depending on the party night.  Tickets for party nights are cheaper in August and September, and more expensive in October.

*Halloween Night (Oct. 31st) always sells out first! Tickets for that night are $135, the most expensive party night of the season, with no discount for pre-purchase.

Special Entertainment and Inclusions:
•Trick-or-Treating – unlimited free candy! – at 13 designated spots throughout the Magic Kingdom
•Guest-only access to Magic Kingdom attractions
•Castle Stage Show: Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
•Fireworks Show
•Parade: Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
•Photo opportunities with Disney characters in their Halloween costumes
•Party-exclusive free snacks, some at additional cost

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Free candy! Take as much as you like!! Fill up your bag!!!  🙂

Disney provides the treating candy bags for free. There are 13 – a lucky number! – trick-or-treating candy stations at the Magic Kingdom…unlimited candy!

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13 Trick-or-Treating Stations are marked with orange pumpkins on map.

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The first candy station is right as you enter the park, just after the turnstiles.

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The calendar might still say August and it might be 95 degrees in the shade, but it will be full on ‘Fall at the Magic Kingdom’!

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Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

The Magic Kingdom will be fully decorated for Fall/Halloween by Monday, August 10th. in time for the first party night on Thursday, August 13th.

Returning are popular party favorites, such as “Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You!” parade down Main Street, and Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show!!

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The perfect party hat!

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♪♫♪This is Halloween, this is Halloween….Boo to you, and boo to you…♪♫♪

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Yum! You’ll need some serious caffeine to keep going until midnight!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party starts three days earlier this year….on August 13th this year!

Cast members can buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for most party nights in August and September.  $59.00/ticket.

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Cast member dates and ticket pricing

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Minnie looks so pretty in her Halloween costume!

The Cast Member discounted ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in August and September – and expect some dates in early October to be added later on this summer –  which is wonderful as the August dates are the least crowded nights.

Look for special sweet treats only available on party nights:

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Special treats on party nights!  Halloween Cinnamon Roll

Mickey Waffle Halloween

Try a Spooky Midnight Mickey Waffle Sundae! During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can get a Midnight Mickey Waffle Sundae made with black chocolate Mickey Waffles and pumpkin gelato, all topped off with whipped cream and candy corn sprinkles! 🙂

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Halloween sugar cookies

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Chocolate dipped cookies.

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Devils Food Chocolate Cupcake

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And special party merchandise and pins too.  Candy Corn Minnie Ears for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Having fun at the MNSSHP party:

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Star Wars: At the MNSSHP party with our hubbies.  🙂

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Caroline going as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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Boo!

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Be sure to stay and watch the Halloween fireworks show at 10pm!

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Main Street USA on MNSSHP party nights.  Cool lighting and special effects on the entire street from the train station to the Cinderella Castle!!!

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Spooky!

MNSSHP party details:

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

2 Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm (the earlier one is much more crowded)

Special Halloween Fireworks Show: at 10:15 pm

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Mickey and Minnie in the Boo To You Parade.

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Special illuminated party balloons!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)

DVC members can get in extra early at 12pm noon!

Come early and plan on staying until midnight!

Plan on being at MK all day:  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street before the crowds arrive at 7pm!

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7pm: Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

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Look who’ll be wearing their Halloween costumes!

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Special MNSSHP party lighting on Main Street USA.

Watch out for the headless horseman who leads the Boo To You Parade each evening!!

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The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.

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Pickup a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party button (free!) at guest services!

After dark fun!

Having fun wearing our costumes!

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special Halloween costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Special characters:  We got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Cinderella Castle in Halloween colors with “fog” rolling in.  (This is our favorite castle color at night!)

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Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

12AM -Midnight – Park Closing Time:  Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on party nights.  We were soooo tired!

Have a magical time!

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Minnie Mouse & Princess Ariel

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Hope you can make it this Halloween!

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(NOT OUR PHOTO!) Look at all the candy a family of 4 got at the MNSSHP party! A whole suitcase full to bring home!!!!

 

Jungle Cruise Boat Slowly Sinks with Guests Onboard

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This boat is one of two wheelchair accessible boats and the lift gate may have not been closed properly.

A Jungle Cruise boat with a full load of guests onboard slowly sank in 4 feet of water as it approached the disembarking dock in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.

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Luckily, “De Nile River” is only about 4 feet deep.

The boat, the Bomokandi Bertha, sank at approximately 12:30pm, causing the ride to be shut down. The incident caused a 101 ride interruption of almost two hours.

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Guests being rescued off the boat.

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A guest in the boat behind it took this photo.

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The cruise boat sitting on the bottom of the river.

Guests were rumored to have been given a free complimentary 1-day park pass along with a clothing voucher and three Fast Passes for the day.

There were no reported injuries and the attraction re-opened a little after 2pm.

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This is one of our favorite rides in Adventureland.

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“only once….”

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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It’s the backside of water! 🙂

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The guests got to see both the front and the backside of water!

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The skipper was rumored to have bravely gone down with his boat. 😉

 

Cinderella Castle to Receive Royal Makeover This Spring

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It will be all trimmed in gold!

The Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is getting a royal makeover!

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Beginning next month, the Castle walk-through into Fantasyland will be closed for 3 months.

The stunning golden castle enhancements will begin in early March 2020 and continue for about 3 months into early summer.

It’s being repainted the same light pink shade used last year at Sleeping Beauty Castle, with royal blue turrets and lots of gold trim.

The castle’s tarps and barriers should go up around March 1st.

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The pretty mosaic murals in the Castle walk through.

You won’t be able to walk through the Cinderella Castle Walk-Through during renovations.

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It’s pretty golden inside the walk through already.

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The Cinderella stained glass mural.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the release of the Cinderella movie today.

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Cinderella greeting her Royal Table guests at every meal.

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Cinderella opened to glowing reviews on February 15, 1950.

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This follows the golden enhancements given to Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle last year:

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is More Beautiful Than Ever!

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May 24, 2019: Grand Re-Opening of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The $300,000 refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is complete and the Castle’s walk-through has re-opened for guests.

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle now features vibrant new colors, a new roof, and other pixie dust enhancements.

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May 24, 2019: Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new, much bluer paint job.

“What’s interesting is that we used an ages-old painting technique called ‘atmospheric perspective’ to visually heighten the castle,” said Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. “We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.”

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Golden accents and a pixie dust sprinkled roof.

The same technique was used for the new roof, now in gorgeous cobalt blue hues. Each of the 18 original turrets was digitally scanned to create the same roofline and sparkly pixie dust was sprinkled on the center roof.

“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine.

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The walk-through has brand new LED lighting.

Colorful banners, pennants and landscaping were also included in the refurbishment and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through received new paint and interior lighting.

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We think it’s beautiful!

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The beloved Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand.

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Princess Aurora looking over her refurbished castle.  ❤

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Christian admiring the Sleeping Beauty Castle too.

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But, this is what guests have to look forward to this spring at the Cinderella Castle:  Tarps and Barriers.

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April 17, 2019: Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle has been tarped now for almost 2 months! 😦

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March 24, 2019: Renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.  The tarps are so ugly!  You can’t walk through the Castle into Fantasyland.

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January 2020:  Seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle with it’s new golden look.  We love it!  ❤

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Cheers to the new year!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!  Can’t wait to see all the improvements later on this year!

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Now, that’s PINK!!!

People are complaining already about this new light pink color ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next year, but we remember when the Cinderella Castle was REALLY PINK for the 25th anniversary celebration!!!

Secrets of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom

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The queue line in front of the Haunted Mansion.  The ride is NOT in this building!

Think you know a lot about the Haunted Mansion at Disney World?

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The ride is in the part that guests can’t see from in front of the mansion.

Think on this: The mansion you see out front is not where you ride on the attraction at all!

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This attraction is huge!

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The path the Doom Buggies take on the ride.

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The Haunted Mansion ride just might be Caroline’s favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom!

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We walked right on….2x!

HM Tip:  You’ll never see the Haunted Mansion standby time set at 5 minutes like other rides in the Magic Kingdom. When the HM standby time is set to 13 minutes, it means it’s walk on!!!

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Taking a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Haunted Mansion

One of my favorite rides at MK!

One of my favorite rides at MK!

When I was a cast member at Disney World, I got to go on a behind-the-scenes, aka “backstage”, tour of one of my favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom – The Haunted Mansion!!

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My HM backstage pass.

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Always room for one more….;)

So, if you know me at all, you know that I am not an early riser.  When I first saw that the meeting time for the tour was at 6:40am…..ugh, no thank you!  But, it is one of my all time favorite rides, so I HAD to do it!

We were running late and I got a text from another CP in the group which said, “If you can catch up to us in the Utilidors, then you can be in the tour.  If not, then you can just go home.”  WHAT??!!!  Not very nice, and very stressful to read!

Sara and I parked and ran through the Utilidors and kept getting stopped by other cast members because we looked so lost and were wearing our street clothes.  But we did it!!! We found the group and made it on the tour!!

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

The old woman who did our tour was perfect for her role.  She has the highest seniority at the Haunted Mansion and has worked there for 17 years.  17 YEARS!!!!  She was extremely intimidating and unfriendly to say the least.

She began her tour by telling us that if we couldn’t keep the chatter down, then she’d end the tour early.   Hilarious, as the average age of our group was around 35.  She acted like we were a school tour of 2nd graders.

Note:  She said that we could take as many photos as we wanted AND use flash photography if we needed to!!!

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Portrait of the ‘Master of the Mansion’

We started out by doing a walking tour of the entire ride with the lights on.  We got to stay in each room as she pointed out interesting details and facts of the room.

Something I had heard before was that during the 2007 renovation, seven hidden Jack Skellingtons were added to the HM ride.  The first one is in this photo in the first HM room.  Jack can be found in the wrinkles above the left eyebrow.

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Same portrait as above, but with lights on.

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So creepy looking!

Here is a photo of our entire DAK group.  They told us to make a scared/frightened face!    I think mine is the best.   😉

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Boo!

After we watched the first scene in the stretching room, we all got to lay down and watch as the room slowly folded in on itself!  So scary!  And weird.  I bet no one has ever seen this room so empty!

There are 160 black “Doom Buggies” that move through the 10 minutes of the spookiest rooms in all of the Magic Kingdom!

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The long hallway of the Portrait Gallery….this is the first floor of the HM.

I love this scene!  It is so cool how the eyes all watch you as you move along.  We actually got to go up and touch the heads!  The trick is that the faces are actually concave into the other side of the wall.  It’s just a trick your eyes play on you as you move across the room.

There are two Jack Skellingtons in this room.  They are near the chair.  One is a picture of Jack on a book cover and the other is just Jack’s head on the spine of a book.

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The piano

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This chair has a creepy face!

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The Library with watching busts and 1 crow.

Next time you’re in this scene, check out how creepy the coffin is!  There are hidden skulls around it.

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The Glass Conservatory with coffin.

Also, we got to pet the scarecrow!  It was surprisingly soft.  The original concept of the HM ride was to have the crow follow along with you and narrate the ride.  That plan was scraped, but you can still see the crow in every scene.

I LOVE this part of the ride!  Especially when the evil hand shadow crosses it!

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Tick, tock…The 13th hour clock…the Witching Hour.  See the eyes watching you???

Several people have tried to jump out of their Doom buggies to steal the ball every year. Apparently the going rate online for it is $500,000.  However, what you can’t see is that between the railing and the table is actually nothing!  It drops down to the floor below.

There was a guy who jumped over to the table, but missed.  He fell and broke his arm and kept screaming “Help! I can’t get out!” which, if you know Haunted Mansion, is exactly what the guy in the coffin is saying!  He wasn’t discovered until the end of the night when the music was finally turned off and the lights turned on for cleaning. Ouch!

There are now grates to over the open area, but a few years ago, a high schooler on graduation night tried to jump across and landed on the grates.  Except he landed between two of the bars, broke through, and got stuck.  Because he was bigger, they had to pull him all the way through to get him out.  He ended up getting  about 70 stitches around his stomach.  Ouch!

Note the railing....

Note the railing in the circular Seance Room….

Sorry this is such a bad photo!  But I love this scene!  I love when the ride breaks down in this room because there is always so many interesting things to look at!

We got to see the dancers!!!

We got to see the ghost dancers!!!

The BEST part about our backstage tour was the guide gave us a special opportunity to actually go into the ballroom!  We got to walk around the table and look at all the actual ghosts which are being reflected through a series of mirrors into the ballroom.  We got to dance with the ghosts!  And to touch the plates and silverware on the table, and see the Hidden Mickey!  This was my coolest and most amazing WDW experience!!!!

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The Ghost Bride

Our tour guide said that so far this year there have been 14 instances of people throwing human ashes during the HM ride, especially during the ballroom scene.  Each time it happens, it closes the ride for about four hours while custodial is called in to vacuum the ashes up!  Code HEPA….

The attic

The attic room with the lights on.

The protrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride.

The portrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride in the corner.

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic!), and onto the graveyard...

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic room!), and onto the graveyard…

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The singing ghosts.

Hidden Mickey!!  This is right before the fat lady sings (so you know the ride is over!).

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Can you see the Hidden Mickey?

Sara and me in our Doom Buggy.  I was glad to have her as ‘my partner in crime’!

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Me and Sara

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Sunrise at the Haunted Mansion.  So early in the morning!

Sara and me in front of the carriage after the tour.  Still no Park guests!  It was only 8am.

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In front of the black carriage hearse led by an invisible horse.

First stop after the backstage tour – Starbucks on Main Street!  Yum!  I got an iced coffee with caramel.  So good!

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Drinking our Starbucks drinks on Main Street USA. Yum!

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Back at the Haunted Mansion later on that afternoon.

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Interested in bringing home a few mementos from the Haunted Mansion?

Then, Memento Mori is the place for you!

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Memento Mori Gift Shop

Memento Mori is the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom.

The all seeing eye over the door.

The all-seeing eye over the door. “Relics From Regions Beyond”

Memento Mori is Latin for ‘remember you will die’.

As the Haunted Mansion attraction is one of Caroline’s favorite rides at MK, we had to stop in and look at all the cool HM merchandise!

Your Ghostly Host, Caroline

Your Ghostly Host, Caroline

We loved the Haunted Mansion Cast Member t-shirt!

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Haunted Mansion spirit shirts. Had to say yes to this!

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.  Note the doorknocker handles.

Damask mugs.  (Wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion pattern)

Damask mugs. (The Haunted Mansion wallpaper pattern.)

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Ghost hitchhiker mugs

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Handbags and shoes.

Ghostly treats in greens & purples.

Ghostly Haunted Mansion treats in greens & purples.

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Cookies

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful - and everchanging - portrait.

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful – and everchanging – portrait.

Madame Leota’s beautiful portrait is rumored to have been created during the time she lived in the area. (It changes its look every 60 seconds. Wait for it…..)

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Spooky….

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

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Each piece of dinnerwear features a floor plan of the HM!  How cool is that???!!!

Something I never knew:  Each piece of HM dinnerwear features a floor plan of the Haunted Mansion!  The dinner plate has the 1st Floor, the salad plate has the 2nd Floor, the dessert plate has the 3rd Floor.  That is sooo cool!

Thinking about the ride, you start out on the first floor, then move through the gallery on the second floor, finally exiting the mansion on the 3rd floor.  (You can even see the roof shingles when you exit the house!)

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The complete dinner plate set.

I really had no idea that the ride was supposedly taking place in a 3 story mansion!!!

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Haunted Mansion D&B bag, $128

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Ghost Host hats.

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Another Ghostly Host.  🙂

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Our HM costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

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Caroline as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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At the 2018 MNSSHP party with Jedi’s.

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Spooky!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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October 2019:  Caroline outside the Haunted Mansion.

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Caroline Disney Bounding as the girl in the Stretching Room inside the Haunted Mansion!

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Halloween balloons at night all lit up.