Halloween Party News and Other Happenings This Week at Walt Disney World

Halloween Party

There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida like additions to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Mouse.” This week’s Walt Disney World news update features: additions to Mickey’s No- So-Scary Halloween Party, live entertainment changes at Epcot, a new Magic Kingdom parade and much more!

Walt Disney World Theme Parks

New! Mayhem at the Mansion App Added to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: A new augmented reality app called Mayhem at the Mansion has been released for free via the iTunes store for use during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The app can be used to “capture” the three Hitchhiking Ghosts in the Magic Kingdom during the Halloween party by finding them with the help of an event map, and then “capturing” them using an iPhone’s camera. Then, guests are to “return” them to the Haunted Mansion. You can learn more at http://disneymansionmayhem.com as well as watch a demo video. Our agency owners are actually the talent you see in the video!

New! More Villains Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: This year, the Disney villains are stepping out like never before during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, featuring new and enhanced experiences. The popular “Villains Mix & Mingle – Live on Stage” returns to the Castle Forecourt Stage several times each night, with an unforgettable performance by beloved baddies from Disney films. Throughout the evening, guests interested in meeting their favorite Disney villains will now encounter them at locations around the park. Look for Jafar in Adventureland and the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland, while Lotso lurks near Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland. Another all-new feature of this year’s event, Club Villain, takes over The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square with a wicked atmosphere, lively music, glowing décor, and appearances by Cruella De Vil, Dr. Facilier, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine, and more! They are also introducing enhancements to Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, including the expansion of the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew pre-parade interactive experience to more of the parade route and the first-ever appearance of Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope in the parade.

New! Villains’ Sinister Soiree Event Added to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Reservations are now open for this fun new event at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Villain’s Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle. For $99 per person (Age 3 and up), you will enjoy preferred viewing for Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and the HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. Then you will head to Cinderella’s Royal Table for devilish desserts and wicked entertainment in celebration of the villains’ favorite time of year. Lady Tremaine takes over Cinderella’s Royal Table after everyone has gone to bed, and she’s invited some of the most evil friends and special guests for a decadent dessert party (maybe you’ll see the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil or Dr. Facilier?). Tickets for the soiree are limited and reservations recommended! Call 407-939-5262 – no online reservations.

New “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party Coming to Magic Kingdom Park: This fall, “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party at Magic Kingdom Park is getting a fresh, contemporary look and sound – plus a brand new name – when it becomes the “Move it! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party. This new procession will feature new music, new characters, refreshed floats with new video elements, and new opportunities for Guests to become part of the show. The fun begins on Main Street, U.S.A., as a high-energy party anthem heralds the arrival of favorite Disney characters – including new additions Stitch and Phineas & Ferb – who parade toward Cinderella Castle as the emcee, stilt walkers, and the rest of our party peeps encourage everyone to join in. Things heat up in the Central Plaza when hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy appear atop giant gift boxes, leading everyone in a medley of remixed classic party songs. Once Guests have moved it, shaken it, and danced it, they decide what comes next, by voting for one of three current hits during the “Play It!” part of the show. The “Move it! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party will be presented several times daily, starting this fall. In the meantime, Guests can still enjoy the “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party each day at Magic Kingdom Park.

New! Entertainment Changes Coming to World Showcase at Epcot:  Beginning this fall, Epcot will be refreshing the atmosphere entertainment around World Showcase with the addition of new acts and enhancements to some existing performances. New experiences debuting over the next several months will contribute to the rich mix of entertainment at Epcot, and provide fresh experiences for our guests. In the near future, you can look forward to enjoying a traditional Berber music and dance troupe in Morocco, a corps of dynamic flag-waving performers in Italy, a thrilling lumberjack-inspired show in Canada, a Celtic folk music ensemble at the United Kingdom, and more. We will all bid a fond farewell to Mo’Rockin’, Off Kilter, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps and World Showcase Players over the next few weeks.

New! Meet Paul Briggs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: On Friday, Aug. 29, meet Paul Briggs, Head of Story for Disney’s “Frozen” as well as the voice of Marshmallow. Paul’s other recent works include “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled” and “Mulan”. Paul will be on hand to sign “Frozen” inspired merchandise from 4 – 5 p.m. at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Limit two (2) items signed per Guest per Artist. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed.

Reminder! Night of Joy Returns to Magic Kingdom: Ride, rock and rejoice as Night of Joy returns to Magic Kingdom Park on Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Christian contemporary music celebration combines high-energy sound with spiritual worship for two enjoyable nights. Guests can enjoy performances from well-known Christian artists at three stages in Magic Kingdom Park: the Castle Stage, Galaxy Stage and Rockettower Plaza Stage. Featured headliners for this year’s event include:

  • Hillsong United
  • Chris Tomlin
  • MercyMe
  • Skillet
  • We As Human
  • Matthew West
  • Mandisa

New! MEAC/SWAC Challenge Marching Band Showcase at Magic Kingdom: On Saturday, Aug. 30, a marching band showcase featuring the “Blue and Gold Marching Machine” from North Carolina A&T State University and the “Marching Maroon and White” from Alabama A&M University will take place at Magic Kingdom Park. This pre-parade steps off at 2:35 p.m., prior to “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at 3 p.m. The bands represent the two schools participating in the 10th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented By Disney, a college football season kickoff between teams from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The game airs Sunday, Aug. 31 at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN.

Reminder! Some Performances of Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Cancelled: Due to upcoming concrete work on Main Street, U.S.A., there will not be morning performances of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party on the following dates: Aug 29, Sept 10, 11, 15, 17. The parade will only perform at 5:40 and 7 p.m. on these dates.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Reminder! Capt. Cooks at Polynesian Village Reopened: On Wednesday, August 13 the newly refurbished quick-service dining location reopened to Guests. Capt. Cook’s once again operates 24 hours each day, and is located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Dole Whip is not available at Capt. Cook’s, but it will be served in a new location at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Pineapple Lanai, which is opening soon. The new menu includes a classic lobster roll served on a buttered bun. They’ve added blackened fish tacos, a noodle bowl (beef or shrimp) and delectable coconut curry meatballs. A new gourmet hot dog is slathered with garlic ketchup and mango relish. And crispy fried chicken and waffles, a hearty breakfast favorite that stays on the menu all day. The favorite hot beef ‘n blue sandwich stays as well as the pizzas, grilled chicken sandwich and house-made sushi, delivered from Kona Island upstairs. The breakfast favorite Tonga Toast is still on the menu, along with a new breakfast burrito with egg, bacon, potatoes and Cheddar cheese.

Reminder! Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Silver Creek Springs Pool to Close for Refurbishment: The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Sept. 3 through Nov. 27. During this time, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will remain open. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit either the Main Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Complimentary transportation will be provided to both of these neighboring resorts.

Reminder! Disney Food Truck Serving Breakfast at Disney’s All Star Music Resort: Breakfast options are available at the Disney Food Truck every day from 7-11:30 a.m. The food truck is parked near the Singing Spirits Pool Bar at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Menu includes: Egg, bacon and cheese breakfast croissant; Kielbasa and caramelized onion biscuit sliders with sausage gravy; Strawberry-covered waffles with fresh whipped cream; donut holes and more.

Reminder! Wine Pairings at Martha’s Vineyard at Disney’s Beach Club Resort: New late-afternoon wine pairings combine food and wine with a little enlightenment, with wine experts on hand to talk about what you’re sipping at Martha’s Vineyard at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Upcoming dates are 4-5:15 p.m. September 4, September 25, October 2 and October 30. Wineries aren’t yet announced (the last one was France’s Louis Jadot), but the Disney chefs are having fun with pairing delicious food with whatever is poured. It’s an intimate setting – no more than 18 guests, and the conversation flows with the wine. Cost varies, but is in the $20-30 range for three wines paired with three small plates, and price depends on what’s being poured. For reservations, call 407-934-3833.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Monorail Operating Hours Adjustments beginning Sept. 1: With several special evening events planned at Magic Kingdom and Epcot this fall, we are adjusting monorail service hours to accommodate our Guests. Beginning Sept. 1 through Sept. 26, monorail service will run from:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. (midnight on special event nights) on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 1 hour after Magic Kingdom fireworks on the Magic Kingdom Express beam.
  • 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. on the Epcot beam.

On Sept. 5 and 6, the Magic Kingdom Resort and Express beams will close at 2.a.m during Night of Joy. Watercraft and additional buses will be available to transport Guests to their destinations.

New! Downtown Disney Water Taxi Service Expanding Operating Hours Aug. 31: Beginning Aug. 31, the Downtown Disney internal boat transportation service (water taxi) will expand operating hours until 2 a.m., with the last Guest pick–up at 1:30 a.m. As a reminder, this water taxi service provides transportation between Downtown Disney West Side, Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney Marketplace.

New! The Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road: The third annual Great Irish Hooley returns to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney over Labor Day weekend, promising days of Irish fun! The “hooley” is a traditional Irish social festival and Raglan Road will celebrate theirs with live music, traditional dancing and delicious Irish fare. Live music begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 and at Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1, continuing each day and night. Looking to stretch your legs and put your dancing shoes to good use? Free workshops, “From Our Roots to Riverdance,” will be available Saturday-Monday, led by renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast. The Raglan Road dancers will also be on hand to give traditional “ceili” (kay-lee) dancing entertainment and tips. Join in on the fun Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and visit www.thegreatirishhooley.com for more information.

Reminder! Dining Reservations Can Now be Made 20 Minutes in Advance: Dining reservations can now be made for available seatings up to 20 minutes in advance by using the My Disney Experience website or via the My Disney Experience mobile app on iOS devices. Future enhancements are planned to include the same booking feature for the My Disney Experience mobile app for Android devices. Previously, reservations could only be made for two hours in advance.

Reminder! Festival of the Masters Cancelled in 2014: Downtown Disney, which normally hosts the Festival of the Masters, is undergoing the largest expansion in its history. As they prepare for Disney Springs, much of the area that traditionally houses the Festival of the Masters is unavailable due to expansion work and unfortunately they will not be able to host the event this year.

Merchandise Events

  • August 29: Be sure to pick up a copy of Tinker Bell: An Evolution, a full biography about everyone’s favorite fiery fairy by author Mindy Johnson. Mindy will appear at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace from 3 – 4 p.m., alongside special guest and Disney Legend, Alice Davis. Tip: Also being released during the event is Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man.

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Disney World Halloween Fun with a FREE New App

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Are you ready for some Disney World Halloween fun?  Disney just released a brand new app called Mayhem at the Mansion.  Our family has been anxiously awaiting this app for months.  We were actually the talent that is in the new video, so we got to try out this new app months ago.  I think my kids have been asking me daily when the new app comes out!  It is finally here, so get ready to download it and start the Disney World Halloween fun now.  You do not even have to wait until you get to Disney World for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  You can play today!

What is the New Disney App for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

The new app is called Mayhem at the Mansion and can uploaded to any smart phone.  The story behind the games is some ghosts have disappeared from the Haunted Mansion.  You are on the lookout for these ghosts.  There are several spots throughout Magic Kingdom Park that you can stop and use your smart phone with the new app to look for the ghosts.  You will hold your phone up in the designated spot and a ghost will pop up on your phone.  It is amazing!  You can then get a picture with just the ghosts or the whole family can hop into the picture!  Here is a quick video about how to use the Mayhem at the Mansion app on your smart phone.

How Can I Use the App Today?  

If you are coming to Disney World in a few weeks for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or if you want a fun activity for the kids, go ahead and download this app to your smart phone or tablet.  Then go to the website.  Select download the brochure now at the bottom of this page.  You then hold up your smart phone or tablet to the computer and you will see a surprise!  My kids loved it.  Here is a video about how to use a smart phone or tablet to see this secret message.

What do you like to do at Disney World for Halloween?  Leave a comment with your favorite activities for Halloween.

Written By Allison Jones:  Allison has either worked or played at Disney World for the past 35 years.  She was a past Cast Member at Typhoon Lagoon and Tower of Terror.  She continued her love of Disney by starting Destinations in Florida Travel.  With over 60 agents, Destinations in Florida is considered the premier travel agency by guests, media, and the destinations themselves.  Contact Allison at allison@destinationsinflorida.com if you would like her or her team to book your upcoming Disney & Orlando vacation.

Recap of Couponing Deals and Disney Posts 8.29.14

A Note from Kristin

Hope you are having a great day! We went to Walmart today at 3:30. Not the best idea! I think everyone and their brother was there. I should have waited to shop tomorrow during the Alabama football game. Nobody and I mean NOBODY will be in the store.

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Here is a round up of the deals and advice that I posted on CouponingtoDisney.com within the past 24 hours. Remember the best way to read the blog is to visit it directly throughout the day as I post over 20 times a day! You can also follow Couponing to Disney on Facebook (although only 1-2% of everyone that likes my page sees my posts), Twitter and Pinterest (my new favorite!).

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Get $10 Back When You Spend $10 at Kmart or Sears

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Walgreens 8/31 – 9/6 (15 under $1, 2 are FREE)

CVS 8/31 – 9/6 (3 under $1)

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Amazon: Albums Priced at $1.99 Including Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan

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Amazon has over 147,000 MP3 albums priced at $1.99. Some of the best deals I see:

My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean
Hunter Hayes (Encore)
Spring Break…Here to Party by Luke Bryan

Go here to browse the complete list.

Be sure to check out all the current Amazon.com deals. Plus learn how to use Amazon to “Coupon to Disney”.

Amazon prices may vary and can change in price without notice. If the above item is not available at the listed price, the deal is dead.

(Thanks SwagGrabber!)

Walmart Under $1 Updated Deals

These are the newest under $1 deals. They have been added to the master list here. It is over 100 deals that are under $1. You can also find it conveniently located on the far right side of the blog under Most Popular Posts. Remember prices vary by location.

(Thanks I Heart The Mart!)

Disney Planes Action Shifters Chugs Fill N Fly Playset $7.50

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Amazon has the Disney Planes Action Shifters Chugs Fill N Fly Playset on sale for $7.50 (was $14.99). This would be an excellent Christmas or Birthday gift!

  • Lets kids re-create their favorite movie scenes
  • A variety of play spaces enable endless adventure
  • Multiple connection points for Disney’s Planes 1:55 scale die-cast vehicles
  • The Fill n Fly Station is where planes stop to refuel before continuing exciting adventures!

Be sure to check out all the current Amazon.com deals. Plus learn how to use Amazon to “Coupon to Disney”.

Amazon prices may vary and can change in price without notice. If the above item is not available at the listed price, the deal is dead.

Target Under $1 Updated Deals

These are the newest deals under $1. They have already been added to my master list here. Be sure check it out as it has over 100 deals that are under $1!

Be sure to visit Totally Target for an extensive match up of all the sale items this week plus additions to the sales ad and more great bargain finds throughout the week!

(Thanks Totally Target!)

Six Flags Season Pass Sale | Best Deal You’ll Find

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If you are considering purchasing 2015 season passes to Six Flags, now is the time to do it! They are having a Flash Sale and the offer is amazing!

  • Free visits for the rest of 2014 when you buy your 2015 Pass now
  • Unlimited admission to ALL Six Flags theme parks
  • Special days when you can bring a friend free
  • Significant discounts on park tickets for friends
  • Hundreds of dollars worth of in-park savings
  • Exclusive ride time events
  • Unlimited admission to Six Flags White Water
  • Season Parking at every other Six Flags theme park
  • Season Parking for each Gold Pass Holder on your account
  • Extra Bring-A-Friend Free ticket on select days
  • Season Parking at Six Flags White Water
  • VIP early entry to Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Over Georgia

To find this deal for your local Six Flags, head over to SixFlags.com and select your park. You should see the banner pop up on the right side of the screen.

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Listen to SiriusXM Radio For FREE

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Do you have a SirusXM radio in your car? If you don’t currently have service, you can listen for FREE starting now through September 8th! No strings attached! Go here to see the full channel line up.

My favorite SirusXM channel is 63 – The Message.