2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates Announced

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
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Disney has confirmed the dates for the 2016 Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. There will be a total of 29 parties. Pricing and the date tickets go on sale has not yet been published.

  • September 2016 – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
  • October 2016 – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Since Disney banned guests over 14 from wearing costumes last December, they have clarified the adult costume guidelines for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: 

According to the Disney Parks Blog: “New this year, we have revised our costuming guidelines for special events in our theme parks. While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.”

Guests trick-or-treat throughout the park, discovering all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows…that includes seeing many favorite Disney Characters dressed in their very own Halloween costumes. Guests also enjoy special entertainment including a spook-tastic parade and eerie extravaganza of fireworks. Returning Guest favorites includeMickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,”Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” and “Happy HalloWishesfireworks.




New Hard Ticket Extra Coming to the Magic Kingdom

Hard Ticket Extra Magic Kingdom

Disney has announced a new paid, hard ticketed, after hours event called “Disney After Hours.” Tickets will go on sale April 6, 2016 for select dates in April and May ONLY.

The exact dates are: April 14, 21 and 28 and May 5, 8, 12 and 19. Tickets will cost $149 plus tax for both adults and children.

“Disney After Hours will give guests access to the Magic Kingdom for three hours after park closing and will include select attractions and meet and greets.




2 of the Best Family Beach Resorts in South Carolina

Family Beach Resorts South Carolina

The South Carolina coast can offer your family some of the best vacations around ~ whether you want to visit the hustle and bustle of the Myrtle Beach area or are looking for something a bit more laid-back and relaxing ~ you’ll be able to find just what you are looking for.

The coast line of South Carolina offers hundreds of resorts, both family-friendly as well as those that cater to adult vacations. There are small seaside towns that offer excellent dining in restaurants that offer local fish caught that day on their menu, surfing, golfing, water parks, kayaking, jet-skiing and fishing. The list of outdoor activities for a families seems endless. Visiting during the cooler weather is just as busy with live theater shows that rival entertainment you will find in much bigger locals, museums and ghost tours ~ the South Carolina coast offers something for everyone.

Two of best resorts, in totally different areas of the coast, have made the list for top family vacations!

Family Beach Resorts South Carolina

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, SC

While Myrtle Beach has a reputation for hosting rowdy college kids each spring break, the oceanfront Marriott is definitely above the ruckus and family friendly thanks to its private strip of sand and 405 luxurious suites. All guests get access to several golf clubs, a beachfront pool, and a European spa. The seasonal kids’ club coordinates on-site arts projects and scavenger hunts as well as visits to area attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium.

Family Beach Resorts South Carolina

Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC

The Sanctuary combines the beauty of a beachfront location with an elegant mansion–like architecture. Beyond the golf courses, spa, and three pools, it caters to families with a large and comprehensive kids’ program that includes glass making, tie-dying, fly-fishing, and archery. The resort offers many adventures by bike or hike into the maritime forests and marshes that surround the area.




6 of the Best Family Beach Resorts in Hawaii

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If you are planning to head to Hawaii soon and will be taking the kids along for the ride, here are some of the best family beach resorts Hawaii has to offer. What I really like about this list is the fact that they are all trusted, well-known resorts.

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Kapolei, HI

Hawaii is a favorite family destination, and nobody does family vacation better then Disney, so it’s no surprise that Aulani knows just how to delight kids of all ages. Located on Oahu’s western shore, the resort occupies a crescent stretch of pristine Ko Olina beach. Families can gather for sand-sculpting contests, treasure hunts, and sunset celebrations. With a long list of water sports for your family to choose from, a trip to Aulani will be one of those vacations the kids talk about for a long time. 

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Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai, HI

White sand and luxurious villas on the Big Island, the resort lies along a surf-protected ocean pool carved from coastal lava rock—providing a sheltered swimming spot that is perfect for kids. The resort is known for their baby -proofed rooms and teens’ lounge. On-property “ocean ambassadors,” known as the Alaka’i Nalu, lead authentically Polynesian aquatic excursions by 28-foot Ribcraft and outrigger canoe on the crystal-clear waters.

Four Seasons
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Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea, HI

Almost every suite has an ocean view and even the standard rooms are larger than most. Four Seasons Maui offers free yoga, and snorkel and scuba lessons. Whale sightings are not uncommon, and the resort offers a luxury sailing catamaran that will take your family in search of humpbacks.

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Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, HI

Keep your eyes peeled while snorkeling among the lava rock formations off the resort’s beach on the southwest coast of Maui, you’ll be amazed by what you see! Masks and flipper rentals are available at the beach shack. The Grand Wailea offers a 2,000-foot lazy-river pool, a sizable spa, and a club for kids and teens.

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, HI

Each of the 602 rooms at the Grand Hyatt comes with a private lanai, many of which overlook the ocean. You can float along a saltwater lagoon, take a dip in a freshwater pool, or barrel down a 150-foot-long waterslide. The resort offers several camp activities for the kids. 

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Hilton Waikoloa Village, HI

This 62-acre resort features a saltwater lagoon filled with tropical fish and sea turtles. This ocean-fed feature is ideal for snorkeling amateurs or those looking for a tranquil kayak outing. On the beach, personal cabanas with concierge service are available, as well as ocean sports equipment rentals.




Mickey’s Barbeque – a Hidden Gem in Hot Springs, AK

Mickey's Barbeque Hot Springs

It’s only fitting, that I, lover of Mickey Mouse, would fall for a barbecue joint in Hot Springs with my favorite mouse’s namesake. If you know me or know my writings, then you know my affinity for Mickey Mouse and Disney in general, I digress. I drove by “Mickey’s” for years before ever stopping. Guess #1 – I was never in the mood for Barbecue whilst driving by. #2 – Maybe I thought it didn’t have the upscale appeal that I’m accustomed to, or #3 – Mickey Mouse wasn’t outside signing autographs. One thing is for sure, it did not lack charm, that’s why I’ve nicknamed it Hot Spring’s Hidden Gem.

The quaint appearance of this restaurant is unique, almost cavernous as it sits on the outskirts of town and at the foot of Hot Springs Mountain. Every time I passed by, I could not help but notice the amount of cars in the parking lot and often wondered how so many people could fit in that tiny building. One day it DAWNED on me; yes I said dawned, ~ this place must be amazing! The space was definitely cozy, but what it lacked in size it gave tenfold in extraordinary customer service and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, what to my wondering eyes should appear, No, not eight tiny reindeer, better yet – vintage Mickey Mouse as decoration, oh dear. They had me at the name and now they have my heart, but will my taste buds love them as much as the rest of me that was the question. (Insert creepy organ music here)

I’m ecstatic to tell you, the food was exceptional. I was like a vulture voraciously eating its prey and I’m positive I looked quite repulsive, as do vultures. They had all the usual fixings you would expect of a Barbecue place: Potato Salad, Pork, Beef, Cole Slaw and Beans, you name it, I devoured it. This place had character in every possible way and we know from this blog post alone, I love character/s!

When you find yourself in Hot Springs National Park, which by the way is the oldest unit in the national park system, 40 years older than Yellowstone National Park, stop by Mickey’s Barbeque. An important lesson was also learned; never judge a book by its cover or you’ll be the one missing out or in this case, five lb.’s lighter, but worth every delectable pound.

Mickey’s CMB Barbecue

Phone: (501) 624 1247

Website: http://mickeysbbq.net/

1622 Park Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901