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Things to do at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
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5 Things To Do At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party



We had such a fun time attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year! Because we are Annual Passholders, we don’t always love to spend extra money to get into the parks. However, we haven’t been to Not So Scary in several years and thought we should check it out again. It did not disappoint! It was so festive getting to see Magic Kingdom all spooky. One of the best parts is the people watching and seeing what costumes other guests are wearing. Some of you are so creative! There is a lot to see and do at Not So Scary. Here are some of our favorite things to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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2018 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival
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Guide To The 2018 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

Our favorite festival is back! We always look forward to going to EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This year we actually got to go on opening day, which was exciting. Food and Wine Festival is such a great way to try different foods from around the world and unique drinks. We love that Disney showcases so many local craft brewers from Florida as well. We plan on visiting a few more times, so we will update this when we try more great food and drinks. The festival runs from August 30-November 12. Here are is our guide to the 2018 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival.

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Review: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

We’ve been Disney Vacation Club members for a while, and one resort we never really cared about was Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. We’re not really into the whole camping theme and rustic decor. However, the first time we actually stayed at the Wilderness Lodge we realized what were missing out on! While we are not personally into the theme at Wilderness Lodge, it is a stunning hotel to stay at. You really feel secluded and like you are, well, in the wilderness. Except you are only a quick boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom!



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Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios officially opened on June 30, 2018! We were able to go when we were at Disney over Fourth of July weekend. We were so excited to go so close to opening that we decided not to read any posts or look at any photos of this new land so that it would be brand new. Of course with the internet and every news outlet heading over to Toy Story Land it was hard to avoid, but we think we did a pretty good job!

We were able to get a Fastpass for Slinky Dog Dash. We decided to skip the Alien Swirling Saucers because we don’t love spinning rides. The Slinky Dog Dash was definitely worth it, though! We were expecting a Barnstormer-type kiddie coaster, but this was a lot more fun and a longer roller coaster. It’s still great for kids, but it’s not what we would call a kiddie coaster. There were a lot of fun surprises throughout! You also get a pretty great view of the progress they are making on Star Wars Land.

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Review: Disney’s Saratoga Springs

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a Disney Vacation Club resorted located right next to Disney Springs. It is inspired by the real Saratoga Springs in New York, which is known for horse racing. There are plenty of nods to horse racing, including periodically playing the horse call to race outside of the lobby. This hotel used to be one of our least favorite to stay at, but it has actually become one of our favorites now since Disney Springs has been redone. This is considered a deluxe villa resort, and it has two feature pools, one sit down restaurant, three quick service options, and plenty of golfing. There is also a Senses Spa and great fitness center here. Last time we stayed here they were offering free yoga classes on certain days, which we hope they continue doing! There is also the option to stay in one of the Treehouse Villas, which we have never done but have heard great things about.

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Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Travel to Pandora: The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom

Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Alpha Centauri Expeditions and Animal Kingdom have brought deep space travel to Disney World! Okay, not really, but they did create an amazing new world to explore called Pandora: The World of Avatar. The tagline is “a world beyond belief,” and they are not wrong about this. It really is an incredibly immersive area.

Full disclosure: We have never actually seen the movie Avatar. When Disney announced that they would be doing an Avatar-themed land, we were excited for something new but didn’t really care that it was about Avatar. It took Disney about 10 years to actually build Pandora, but it just opened this past May 2017 and we were lucky to be able to go on the official opening weekend. We were unprepared for how amazing it would actually be.

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Caring for Giants - Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Review: Caring for Giants Elephant Experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Caring for Giants - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is perhaps Disney’s most underrated theme park. It is amazing to walk around and see all the details that went into the different themed areas. The best part about Animal Kingdom, though, is the animals of course! Kilimanjaro Safaris is definitely a must do. There are also two wonderful walking trails where you can see some of the animals a little closer, Maharajah Jungle Trek and Pangani Forest Exploration. If you take the Wildlife Express, you will see Rafiki’s Planet Watch where there is a petting zoo. Throughout the park keep your eyes open because you never know what animals you might see! Animal Kingdom is actually accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, so the cast members who work with the animals are very knowledgeable and love to answer your questions. Disney’s Animal Kingdom also offers special experiences where you can get closer to the animals and learn more about them. We did Caring for Giants (because Ashley loves elephants) and thought it was a great experience where we learned a lot.

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EPCOT: 4 Parks in 1 Day - The Traveling Gals
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Date Night at Disney World

Date Night at Disney World

While Disney World is mostly known as a family destination, there are actually some wonderful date night locations throughout. These are great ideas if you live in the area, or if you are on vacation and want to do have a nice night out together. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or you can spend a ton of money. Disney World has a variety of restaurant and entertainment options that will make your date night at Disney magical. Even just taking a stroll and enjoying one of the fireworks shows can make for a wonderful night out. Check out some of these favorite date night ideas.

[Related Post: Disney World 4 Parks in 1 Day Challenge]

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Lava Lounge - Best Places To Grab A Drink At Disney World
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Best Places to Grab a Drink at Disney World

Disney World is not just for the kids! While EPCOT is known for drinking around the world, there are plenty of other great spots to grab a drink at Disney World. With all the renovation at Disney Springs, they have really upped their game with offering really neat bars and restaurants for both vacationers and locals to enjoy. There area also some fun places to grab a drink inside the parks.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark

The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark

When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for!  All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK!  In the first phase of the massive expansion happening at Animal Kingdom, the park is now open until 11 p.m. with a spectacular nighttime transformation.  It is always so exciting to see everything you have read about come alive Disney style!

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Our first stop was the evening safari on Kilimanjaro Safaris.  We were able to get Fastpasses so our wait time was only about 5 minutes.  We had a very entertaining safari guide so the trek started out just right.  Being on the savannah in the dark is such a different experience than during the day.  It was not quite dark when we arrived, but just after sunset so there was a beautiful, dusky glow.  Disney added very unobtrusive lighting that allowed for great viewing.  The animals were so incredibly active after sunset.  It was like an entirely different safari than the daytime (which we also love!).  Some of the hippos were out of the water walking around, the baby rhino was actually running with its mother.  The cheetahs were awake and alert, the lion and lionesses were wide awake and actually walking around!  It was such a thrilling sight.  For us gals who go on the safari regularly, this was almost like going on a new safari encounter all together.

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