Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween, Magic Kingdom Style

In addition to gorgeous weather, October proved to be a fun time to visit Disney because of a special event at the Magic Kingdom: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We had received word from multiple friends before us that this was a worthwhile event, and Donna and Larry were kind enough to buy the tickets. The kids packed their costumes, and after a day at Epcot (and a good nap for Danny, Daddy, and Mommy), we trekked over for an evening of festive fun.

Disney may not be the least expensive place in the world, but I really do think you get your money's worth. The decorations were excellent, the crowd control was awesome (as a ticketed, after-hours event, we were able to nearly walk onto several rides), the parade and fireworks fabulous. Best of all, there were trick-or-treat stations scattered throughout the park!

Getting ready to brave the Haunted Mansion ride. They did really well!

I think Clare and Danny really enjoyed wearing their costumes around the park, too. Danny met up with more than a few other Star Wars characters, but I'm fairly certain Clare was the only Laura Ingalls Wilder on campus - which was just fine with her!

This was a special event that really capped off a magical vacation. It was our second-to-last night at Disney. On our last day, while Donna and Larry headed home, the four of us hit Typhoon Lagoon, one of the two Disney water parks. We were pretty sure we'd love it, and we were absolutely right. However, it being a water park means no photographic evidence. But I'm fairly certain that the Storm Slides have made their mark on Clare's memory, while Danny loved the Ketchakiddee Creek's shooting water guns and raft ride.

If Tyhpoon Lagoon hadn't closed at 5, I don't know how we would have gotten them out of there. We were a wiped out bunch as we headed back to the hotel, but we also needed some dinner. Tim decided to see if we could get a reservation at the Wilderness Lodge's upscale restaurant, Artist's Point. I had read that they featured a kids menu, so we figured it was worth a shot. Tim gave the kids (mostly Danny) a little speech about how it was important to be on their best behavior in this particular restaurant. It was late, they were exhausted...it could have been a disaster. Instead, they were marvelous. They politely colored, chatted, kept each other amused, and we ALL enjoyed a truly delicious dinner. A wonderful end to a vacation none of us will ever forget, and a reminder of how blessed we are in our children and our family.

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