Review: Toy Story Land Early Morning Magic at Disney Hollywood Studios

Today, we head to Disney Hollywood Studios bright and early on a Monday morning for Toy Story Land Early Morning Magic. We previously took a look at the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland version of the event which you can check out here! The Hollywood Studios version is going to give us the same benefits, allowing us to knock out the most high demand attractions before official … Continue reading Review: Toy Story Land Early Morning Magic at Disney Hollywood Studios

Review: Fantasyland Early Morning Magic at Magic Kingdom

Today, we are going to take a look at one of Walt Disney Land’s more popular upcharge options. Fantasyland Early Morning Magic is offered 2 days a week (typically Sundays and Tuesdays), and allows paying guests to enter Fantasyland 75 mintues earlier than regular day guests. Originally, only 3 attractions were offered during Early Morning Magic. Those attractions were Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s … Continue reading Review: Fantasyland Early Morning Magic at Magic Kingdom

A Walk Around Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2019

Today, we head over to Epcot for a walk around the 2019 Flower and Garden Festival. The festival runs from early March through the end of May so you still have a time to check it out if you are visiting WDW in the next few weeks. This post is going to be primarily photo based, with limited commentary on my part. I did not … Continue reading A Walk Around Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2019

Wild Africa Trek: Recap and Review

Today, we are going to take a look at one of Walt Disney World’s signature vip tour options. Wild Africa Trek is offered several times daily at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. The tour is 3 – 3-1/2 hour experience through several exclusive areas of both Kilimanjaro Safaris and Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails. There is also a thrilling surprise about an hour into the tour! It … Continue reading Wild Africa Trek: Recap and Review

Let’s Take a Look at Animal Kingdom’s After Hours Event

Today we are going to take a look at our recent experience at Animal Kingdom’s After Hours Event. We have previously attended the Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom After Hours events and had wonderful times at both. Sadly, this was not the case at Animal Kingdom this particular evening. I’ll start off by saying that on the night of our event it was a pretty … Continue reading Let’s Take a Look at Animal Kingdom’s After Hours Event

Hollywood Studios After Hours Event

Starting in December, Disney has added Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios to its After Hours Event line up. We attended the Hollywood Studios version on its opening night and are going to be taking a look at that here. We previously reviewed the original Magic Kingdom version of the event here.  It that post, we came to this conclusion: If you have the disposable income, … Continue reading Hollywood Studios After Hours Event

MNSSHP 2018: The Boo To You Parade (Viewed from Main Street USA)

In our last post, we took a look at the first showing of the Boo to You Parade, as viewed from the hub area here. For the second showing of the parade I figured I would, as usual, grab my favorite viewing location looking straight up Main Street from the Town Square area (see where the blue arrow is pointing below). Unfortunately, this area was … Continue reading MNSSHP 2018: The Boo To You Parade (Viewed from Main Street USA)

MNSSHP 2018: The Boo To You Parade (Viewed From The Hub)

In this post, we will continue with our coverage of the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. Previously, we looked at The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular here. While we absolutely love that show, the real main event of Halloween party for us is the Boo To You Parade. In our Why You Should Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party post, we had this to … Continue reading MNSSHP 2018: The Boo To You Parade (Viewed From The Hub)

Why You Should Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Oh No! Not Another Upcharge Event!

One of the more controversial elements of the Disney parks over the past couple years has been the increase in upcharge events / experiences offered. The general hubbub when it comes to these upcharges is that it takes magic away from the common visitor in order to create a better experience for those who can afford to pay for it. This creates a form of class warfare in many’s eyes. While I suppose this is true to an extent, I think the impacts these experiences have on the common guest are way overblown. Most of these experiences are unobtrusive to the guest experience, and wouldn’t even be noticed by someone visiting who was unaware they existed.

The exceptions to that however, are the seasonal party events which close the park early (figure 6 or 7 pm) to all regular guests not attending the hard ticketed event. This seriously upsets a lot of people when they are planning their trips and can only find 2 or 3 nights of the week that Magic Kingdom is open past 7 pm. No in park dining reservations after 5:30, no fastpass after 6:00, no fireworks. I get why it gets folks upset. I am here to tell you its not all bad though. With a little proper planning its entirely possible to turn what looks to be a negative into a huge positive. This is my case as to why you should attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Continue reading “Why You Should Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”