Yep, it’s that time again! The Frog Family is gearing up for a hop-hop-hop over to Orlando so we can experience some of fall’s fantastic events. Tad and Lily are especially excited about all of the trick or treating they’ll be doing while they’re at the park, and yes, we’ve had to do a little extra packing, since we’re bringing our costumes along with us.
I am a little worried that I am going to need an extra suitcase just to bring back all of their candy — or worse, that Tad and Lily will have eaten all of it before we even leave Orlando! All that said, I am still packing our own trick-or-treat bags . While you don’t have to, you’re likely to get a bigger haul if you do, especially at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with kids, but it’s also a good idea for SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular and LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick-or-Treat!
I wanted to give you a quick rundown on a few of the destinations we are most looking forward to. As always, we invite you to send us any questions you have about any of the places we’ll be — or anything else for that matter!
- You all know how much I love Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, so I am so very excited to be making the trip just as the festival is getting started. (It runs every day through Nov. 11.) My first stop in World Showcase will be Scotland, which is making its festival debut, for the Scottish Banoffee Tart with Bananas, Scottish Whisky Toffee, Walkers Shortbread Crumbles and Sweet Cream. As you recall, it was my no. 1 must-try festival dish, and when at Disney, I always like to start with dessert!
- Tad and Lily are very, very excited about the Halloween activities, and especially at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. After Theme Park Foodie’s post last year about her candy haul, they are hoping to make out like bandits!
- The whole family is looking forward to experiencing Antarctica again. A visit to the penguins in the freezing temps is an amazing experience, and we love watching them waddling around in the snow. It’s equally fun to visit the underwater viewing areas and watch the speed penguins and alternatively those who just like to chill.
- In spite of my trepidation, Leap and I are heading over to Halloween Horror Nights for a night out with the walkers — yep, all of this year’s street experiences are based on different scenes from the Walking Dead. While I was truly terrified last year by the terrors roaming the streets, it was also kind of thrilling, sort of like the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach on the first drop of Universal’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, only much more disturbing!
- In between visits to the houses, Leap is looking forward to having a Krusty Burger and Duff Beer over in Springfield U.S.A.
Blue Man Group
- We’re pretty excited about getting to experience this live show that brings together music, comedy and art at Universal Orlando. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that we’re selling tickets to the show for $17 off of the gate price!
- This is one of Tad’s most anticipated destinations, mostly because he wants to hunt for the scary mini-figs inside Miniland USA for his chance to win a LEGO prize pack as part of Brick-or-Treat!
- Lily can’t wait to hit the Brick-or-Treat trail, of course, but she is also hoping to win this year’s costume contest. I just know she is going to be the cutest little witch in the park! If you’re thinking of taking the kids for Brick-or-Treat, which is held on weekends in October, here are some great tips.
- The whole Frog Family is getting dressed up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party — since seeing all the families in costume is one of my favorite parts of the event! I snatched up a black beaded and green silk gown from the thrift store a few weeks ago that complements my green skin. With my fairy wings and feathered mask, I am going to be the perfect dark fairy.
- Since Princess Fairytale Hall has only been open for a couple of weeks, Lily has her heart set on meeting Rapunzel there. Leap is hoping to catch Jack Skellington and Sally, who are greeting at Magic Kingdom for the first time, although we know lines will be long!
Are you heading to the theme parks in October? We recommend looking at our monthly lookahead, which lists the best days to visit. If you’re just starting to plan a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort or the other Orlando theme parks, we recommend you start with our planning pages.
– Mommy Frog