Author: Angie Harris

Attacking adventures, searching for amazing food, and finding new friends.  Home in Branson, MO, or exploring Disney, I am searching for deals, finding new experiences, and sharing stories along the way.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Tickets are on sale for Disney’s biggest bash of the year, Mickeys Not-So-scary Halloween party! From August 17– October 31st, 2018 the entire park, and cast are transformed into a Halloween boo-nanza. The party begins after the park closes at 7:00 p.m. and lasts until midnight most nights. This is a special ticketed event and the following is included in the ticket:

Trick or Treating

Regardless of age, everyone gets a bag at the gate of Magic Kingdom and goes Trick or Treating! Cast members are placed at stations throughout the park with fifty-five gallons drums filled with candy. No, not just dumb dumbs or tootsie rolls, but yummy chocolate! On our trip, the cast members were giving ‘two hand scoops’ full of candy which quickly filled our bags. The lines were not long but it would not have mattered because, after two stations, our bags were full of yumminess.

 

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Costumes

People young and old dress up for the party and the creativity of the family-themed costumes is amazing. Our favorite costumes were a couple in their fifties dressed up as Mary Poppins and Burt going to the county fair, and their costumes looked like they were taken directly from the movie. The rest of their family, adults down to babies in strollers, were dressed as the dancing penguins and they were adorable! Disney has specific costume guidelines which can only be worn during the ticketed party and not during regular park hours. Check the rules and start planning your extravagant Halloween costuming!

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Happy Hallo-Wishes

Cinderella’s castle turns into a ghost house while scary villains like Ursula the sea witch, Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella De Vil, and Oogie Boogie try and take over the haunting fireworks presentation. Eerie sounds from several Disney classics, including the Haunted Mansion soundtrack, play as you watch the nighttime extravaganza.  Although it is a Halloween theme, the entertainment is not really scary and presented in such a way that the kids laugh, not cry!

 

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Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular

Live performances at the stage show in front of Cinderella’s castle are a tradition at the Magic Kingdom. The three mischievous Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus, along with other Disney villains and dancers, take control of the stage for a special Halloween performance. Go early in order to acquire seating with a good view.

 

 

Halloween Dance Parties

Dance parties are held all year in Tomorrowland and somehow, my crew always finds extra energy to dance in the street with the Disney characters. During the Halloween party, of course, characters like Cruella De Vil and the wicked stepmother and the two awful stepsisters must make an appearance and they are hilarious. There are two locations for the dance parties during the event; one in Tomorrowland by the People Mover and the other in Frontierland by the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon. The parties provide wonderful photo opportunities that you will not want to miss!

 

 

Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

The Headless Horseman leads the parade down Main Street, starring the cast of the Haunted Mansion. We were waiting by the train station for the parade to start when Madame Tremaine and her two selfish daughters came out to play. They danced in the street with us for twenty minutes and then stood by and watched the parade. Well, actually, they hid behind us and yelled and teased the characters marching by, who then returned the taunts. The Halloween parade is action-packed and draws the guests into the excitement!

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Fall colors and decorations adorn the park, pumpkin and apple scents from the food vendors fill the air, and villain merchandise is available in the stores. It must be time for the Halloween party! Tickets are limited and sell out quickly on certain days, so make your reservations early. During the ticketed celebration there are smaller crowds in the park, shorter waiting times for the rides, and more opportunity to meet your favorite characters.

 

Mickeys Not-So-scary Halloween party is NOT scary. It’s fun and interactive.  If you can say relaxed in the same sentence with Disney I would say it is a more relaxed version of a Disney vacation and an incredible way to celebrate fall!

Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar

The World of Pandora was first discovered in the highest-grossing movie of all time, James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’.  Disney Imagineers have re-created the most beautiful region of the city, the Valley of Mo’ara, in a private setting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar has proven to be as much of a success for the park as the movie is for James Cameron. 

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Guests are surrounded by the Hallelujah Mountains, the legendary floating mountains of Pandora, as well as stunning waterfalls, exotic bioluminescent plants, and enticing dining opportunities with food options not found anywhere else in the parks.

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“This is our land.”

Jake Sully, Avatar

Pandora is a designated area inside the park similar to the Kilimanjaro Safari and is included in the price of admission to the Animal Kingdom. To get there, cross the bridge, turn left at the Tree of Life, and follow the signs!

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“You are not in Kansas anymore.” 

Jake Sully, Avatar

The elaborate details within Pandora are breathtaking and the mountains, vines, trees, and even the stones that are walked on seem to come to life! A Na’vi-built drum circle provides the sounds that completely transport guests to Pandora in this amazing and immersive experience.

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“Nothing’s over while I’m breathing!”

Col. Miles Quaritch, Avatar

Two captivating rides are offered in Pandora; Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. I would not suggest attempting to walk onto either of these rides as long wait times are expected (sometimes up to three hours). Fast pass is the only option for me and well worth any extra effort!

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Satu’li Canteen

Dining in Pandora is an enjoyable experience and healthier than most Disney food. Satu’li Canteen has an international feel and flavor and is high on my list of dining options. Guests can choose their own grain, vegetable, and protein bowls that are full of flavor and very filling. Of course, Disney style food is also offered such as hamburgers, etc.

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Pongu Pongu

Pongu Pongu is an exotic drink station offering several options for ‘fancy’ drinks in fun cups. The drinks are either served frozen, with Boba Balls, or a combination of both. My family purchased an extremely sweet and colorful apple, pear, and limeade drink combined with passion fruit.

 

Boba Balls

Boba Balls were not my favorite but I seemed to be in the minority as plenty of guests seemed to be enjoying their drinks!  

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You do not have to be a fan of the Avatar movie to enjoy Pandora because it is a masterpiece that stands on its own. If you are a big fan, you will absolutely love it! Avatar 2 is set to premiere Christmas 2020 but don’t hold your breath, this movie has been delayed several times!

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“All I ever wanted was a single thing worth fighting for.”

Jake Sully, Avatar

Top 5 Branson Campgrounds!

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Welcome to Ozark Mountain Country camping! There are many options for camping and spending time in the great outdoors in this beautiful area. Here is a list of our five top picks in the Branson area. Please verify times as the seasons vary. Branson Campgrounds give you the options of playing in town or spending a low key day at camp.
 

America’s Best Campground

 
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America’s Best Campground is conveniently located off MO-248 (Shepherd of the Hills Highway) with easy access to shows and attractions. The campground offers RV/tent sites as well as cabin rentals. Amenities include free Wi-Fi at all sites, pull-throughs, full hookups with 50amp or 100amp electric, free satellite TV, concrete patios, BBQ grills and picnic tables at each site, pool and spa, convenience store & gift shop, car/RV wash, group services, playground, horseshoes, basketball, game room, concierge service, and laundry facility. Pets are welcome! 
 

Compton Ridge Campground & Lodge

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Compton Ridge Campground & Lodge is located a mile from Silver Dollar City and local to Table Rock Lake and Branson shows. The campground offers a variety of RV/tent sites from full-service gravel 30 AMP to full service 50 AMP concrete with water, sewer, electric, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. Facilities include a concierge desk, two outdoor and one indoor swimming pool, basketball court, six restroom/shower buildings, three laundry facilities, recycle center, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Wings, and group accommodations. Motel/lodge rooms and cabins are also available. 
 

Wilderness Cabins and Campground

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Silver Dollar City’s Wilderness Campground is located near Table Rock Lake and Branson’s top attractions and outdoor activities. The campground features campsites, RV sites, trailer rentals, and hand-crafted rustic log cabins. Amenities include 50amp, pull-through sites, picnic tables, campfire pits with firewood (open fires are allowed), grills, swimming pool (May 26 to Sept. 3), complimentary shuttle service to Silver Dollar City, game room & TV lounge, General Store, laundromat, handicap facilities, and sparkling clean restrooms with large mirrors and private showers. 
 

Musicland Kampground

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RV/tent sites and cabins are available at Musicland Kampground, located at 116 Gretna Road. Many of Branson’s music shows, restaurants, and attractions are within a short walk and features include full hookup sites (30/50 amp), large pull-through sites, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and dump stations, gated entrance, swimming pool and patio, propane fill station, paved streets, recreation room, water/electric & electric-only sites, picnic tables, and 24 hour laundromat. Big rigs and groups welcome! 
 

Table Rock State Park

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Table Rock State Park has two campgrounds located among oak and hickory trees. The RV/tent campsites wind along the shoreline of the lake and offer basic, electric, and sewer/electric/water. Family campsites and platform tent sites are also available. Guests have easy access to hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and the State Park Marina. For a unique experience, stay in the premium Yurt!
 

Think Branson Campgrounds

When it comes time to plan your next trip to Branson remember Branson campgrounds as a fun and cost-effective way to stay near the excitement of town while enjoying the beauty of nature.