Our Disney vacation has come to an end and while I am glad to be home, I miss the magical world already. I am a huge Disney fan and just being there for 5 days was not enough! Partly because we took a break every day for a few hours at the hotel, I just feel like we didn’t have enough time. But also because the lines were super long (120+ minutes) for the popular rides and the FastPasses were all taken. Who wants to wait in line for 2 hours or more with 2 kids?!?! Not this girl! Especially when you can’t take strollers into the queue and the younger kids want to be held the entire time.
We stayed at the Contemporary Resort, which is where I have stayed twice previously when taken as a child/teenager. I love it there. The monorail drives straight through it, Chef Mickey’s character buffet is inside, and it’s a 10 minute walk to Magic Kingdom. Super convenient for us since we went back to MK every night after our afternoon break.
As soon as you walk to the front gate before even going in you can see fall decorations EVERYWHERE! It’s gorgeous! Once you get inside, it doesn’t stop. Every building, light post, column, etc. has decorations. Decorations are all around you and it is so amazing!
Friday we spent the entire day at MK. We had breakfast at Crystal Palace and met the Pooh characters, then went straight to the Seven Dwarves Mine Train since our reservation time was before the park opened and we could never get a FP for that ride. By the time we got there the park had opened and a good many people beat us to the line, but we only waited about 30 minutes. If we had not done that we wouldn’t have ridden that ride because I never saw the wait time under 60 minutes! We were able to use our 3 FastPasses and were still able to wait stand-by for some of the other rides with lines in the 10-20 minute range.
That night we went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party where you can’t book FastPasses. So we had to wait in line if we wanted to ride anything. We ended up only riding the Astro Blaster and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and we waited in line 30 minutes for each of them. My kids wanted to trick-or-treat through MK, so we did 3 or 4 trick-or-treat stations, then we had to meet at the flag pole to have our reserved seating for the Boo To You Halloween Parade we booked through our Hallowishes Dessert Party. After the parade they escorted us to the private dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace where we had an all you can eat dessert buffet and prime viewing for the Hallowishes fireworks show. The one and ONLY thing my youngest asked for was to meet Jack Skellington. Jack & Sally only come out for the MNSSHP nights, so it was our only chance. The first time we checked, their line was 90 minutes long and we had to meet for the parade. I hoped Cohen would forget but it was all he talked about through the parade and dessert party, so we went back and ended up waiting in line close to an hour. They were very interactive with us, played with his Jack doll, and are the ONLY characters who talked. The look on his face was completely worth it!
I highly, highly recommend the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It was so much fun, my kids had a blast, and the costumes, decorations, etc. are so worth seeing. They bring out snacks and merchandise around 6pm that you can only get on party nights as well. The Boo To You Halloween Parade was by far the best parade I’ve seen and I even stopped to watch part of the second one on our way out. My only advice would be to choose a party date during the week if possible and the earlier in October, the better. We went on Friday night and with it being Columbus Day weekend the party was sold out and SUPER crowded. I have been reading a lot of blogs about how the party night is a good time to be in the park with less crowds and shorter lines. That was NOT true for us and I even feel like there were more people there for MNSSHP than there were earlier in the day and the other nights we went.