Join Me at Disney World for the Magic of #DisneyHaunt
A couple of years ago we eagerly jumped aboard the Walt Disney World express; magic came alive, pixie dust fell wherever we walked and our littles imaginations exploded throughout our travels. Disney has become a huge part of our travel destinations; it never ceases to amaze me how all ages in our family discover something new and exciting at Disney each and every time we visit.
The first time we walked into the park was at night; I remember fondly watching the little faces of my children light up, eyes wide as saucers and mouths gaping at all the scenery….and then, SMACK, a head met a post. Squeakers was gawking when she should have been walking; poor thing had a huge goose egg on her forehead. I guess you could say, the magic almost knocked her off her feet. Beyond a few joyously shed tears, all she could could talk about was meeting her favourite characters and she did; she still talks about her experience 2 years later.
Tomorrow we’ll be making our way to the magic world of Walt Disney World with a stay at the The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Lodge , unfortunately the older kids won’t be able to attend this time around but we’ll make it up to them. A couple weeks ago I was surprised with an exciting invitation for my family from Disney Canada to Walt Disney World to experience this fabulous resort, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party and the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. First of all Disney at the best time of year, Halloween, food and wine….enough said!
Nestled on 750 acres of pine and cypress forest, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground evokes the timeless beauty of the American frontier. Teeming with such wildlife as deer, ducks, armadillos and rabbits, the Resort welcomes you to delight in scenic woodland trails, a white-sand beach, exciting pool areas, rootin’ tootin’ entertainment and hearty country eats.
Last time we were at Disney World, we didn’t get the chance to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party and the kids were super disappointed. I’m kicking myself for not thinking ahead with costumes and tickets. This is one experience I know my toddler will be talking about months after we’re home. Admittedly I’m a big kid when it comes to Halloween; I love dressing up, decorating the house and yard for the holidays…and scaring the trick or treaters. Ha! Baby Girl will be all decked out in Princess Ariel’s costume, although she really wanted to be a fire-breathing dragon because she has a big scary roar.
From Sept. 10 through Nov. 1, the after-hours special ticket event will immerse guests in the Halloween spirit. The bewitching “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular will illuminate the sky in bursts of orange and green fireworks. In “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” the Headless Horseman parades a gang of ghostly characters down Main Street, U.S.A. for a haunted, but happy, Halloween season.
As a foodie, attending Epcot during the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has me drooling. Thank goodness I am not dieting or it would be all for not; I mean seriously, there is a Discovery of Chocolate event! As you may have read, Hubs is a bit of an amateur chef and is most excited about the events at Epcot to wet his palette.
The 46-day festival, celebrated for its inspired food-and-beverage marketplaces, high-energy concerts and premium dining events, debuts a Scotland Marketplace and adds fresh flavor to the Brazil Marketplace, returning by popular demand. Griddled lobster tail with garlic butter sizzles at the Hops & Barley Marketplace by American Adventure, and the aromas of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces — Africa, France, South Korea and Florida Local included — waft across the World Showcase Promenade. Guests can have their own complimentary “passport” stamped at each location for a fun festival souvenir.
I am sad to say that my older kids won’t be able to join me this trip but my toddler has not stopped shouting at the rooftops, hands waving about her face to anyone who’ll listen, cashier at the store, grandma, she’s not picky. I’ll be Tweeting, Instagraming and Facebooking my adventure and I’d love if you would follow us along at the #DisneyHaunt hashtag.
Disclosure: Disney Canada is sponsoring my trip. The opinions on This Lil Piglet are my own.