Our youngest daughter, Jerie, worked at Disney World as a cast member, through the Disney College Program. During her term, we were able to go with her to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. These parties are held during the fall, with admission to the park after 4:00pm. They include…Trick-or-Treat locations throughout the park, a special Halloween parade and fireworks, Halloween themed food, numerous character Meet and Greets, and of course you can still go on the rides. We had a great time at the party and decided that we needed to bring our two grandchildren before they got too old and couldn’t miss school. We decided to take them on a No Parents Allowed vacation. We arranged a week, reserved our time share in Orlando, bought the Halloween Party tickets, and planned 3 days at Universal Studios. Since our grand kids live 1300 miles away, we surprised Whitney and Wyatt with the news a few days before. Whitney was a bit nervous about missing school but Wyatt was excited. When we told him he would need to pack, he ran out of the room and came back with a small backpack. He said, “I am ready to go. I have my toothbrush and my underwear”.
We flew into Des Moines, spent the night and then flew out the following morning, leaving Mom and Dad behind. We opted to go the week of Labor Day., as the Halloween party tickets were 30% less and Universal Studios is less crowded during that time.
Whitney and Wyatt were made Jr. TSA Officers at the airport.
We were on our way to Orlando. We played games, made funny faces, and ate during layovers. Wyatt was especially impressed by the airport food.
In Orlando we rode the train, collected our luggage and headed for the time share.
We stayed at Marriott’s Harbor Lakes, which is our home resort, however, this was our first time there. It was very nice and kid friendly.
The next morning, we slept in and then got on our Disney Halloween shirts. We had thought about wearing costumes but didn’t know if the weather would be hot or perhaps raining, so opted for shirts instead.
We could enter the Magic Kingdom at 4:00pm, so we scheduled our first fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. There are no fast passes issued past 6:00pm, which is when the party starts. All guests without a wristband are asked to leave. We had a brief rain shower, but then enjoyed a pleasant evening.
We had time until our second fast pass so we went to the Haunted House and stopped for a picture in front of the castle. Wyatt and Whitney weren’t so sure about the Haunted House.
Next we rode Space Mountain, which was Wyatt’s first time, as he was finally tall enough. Then it was on to Buzz Lightyear, always a favorite.
Edna “E” Mode drove past us in Tomorrowland, and she waved which was pretty cool.
We had fun on the Dumbo ride.
Most people come to the Halloween party for the character Meet and Greets, but Whitney and Wyatt just wanted to ride the rides. We did Seven Dwarfs, the Tea cups, and Splash Mountain.
During the party there are numerous Treat Stations and we collected lots of candy, which we brought a stroller to carry it in. We learned this when we attended with Jerie. Besides candy, they also handed out applesauce. This was awesome, as we could give the kids something to snack on besides candy.
The Happy Hallowishes fireworks were awesome. The music and special effects, created a fun spooky atmosphere.
We found a great place to watch the Boo-To-You parade in Frontierland. All the characters were there including the villains.
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular took place in front of the castle. This was the least favorite thing Whitney and Wyatt did all night. It was hard for them to see and they had never heard of the movie Hocus Pocus…they are too young and we are obviously old.
We rode a few more rides in Fantasyland but before we left the park we grabbed some yummy treats. Whintey and Wyatt’s Great Aunt had sent them Disney gift cards so we used them in the Disney Store on Main Street.
It was a great night in the Magic Kingdom for Whitney and Wyatt. We were able to get on most rides within a matter of minutes, we collected lots of candy, and we made great memories.
We rode the monorail back and were one of the last cars in the parking lot.
We knew that we would have a late night (we got to sleep at 2:30am) so we had scheduled a resort day for Tuesday. So our breakfast was actually Poppy’s Special Mac and Cheese at 2 in the afternoon. When you are on a No Parents Allowed Vacation, the rules are different!!!
Harbor Lakes has two splash parks for guests to use. We played all afternoon at the pirate ship.
That evening we went to the on-site minature golf course. As this was our home resort, we were able to play for free.
While the kids played on the toys, Cindy admired the Birds of Paradise.
The resort also has foosball, arcade games, and numerous sports courts. This is truly a kids paradise.
We headed to bed with 3 awesome days behind us and Universal Studios just ahead!!!