Kona Cafe is a restaurant at the Polynesian Village Resort that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is located on the upper level and overlooks the lobby's resident Tiki-man, one of my favorite Walt Disney World icons.
Besides the food, the best things about Kona Cafe is that because the Polynesian is on the monorail line and the exit out to board the monorail is right next to the restaurant, it is a very good early breakfast option for a Magic Kingdom or Epcot day. The restaurant usually opens at 7:30 AM, so if you can manage to get an early reservation, you could potentially eat and still make it to Magic Kingdom in time for a 9 AM opening. On the reverse side, you could start your day rope-droping Magic Kingdom then make it to Kona in time for a late breakfast, which is served until 11:15 AM.
This post was updated 5/10/17 due to ticket price announcement.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticket event that takes place in the Magic Kingdom select nights the end of August through the beginning of November. "Hard-ticket" is a term that means it is an event that has a limited number of tickets sold, and only those holding this special ticket may partake in the event. You do NOT need a park ticket for the party in addition to the party ticket, so if you have a 4-day ticket and you want to attend a party on your 5th day, you may, although you will only be allowed to enter Magic Kingdom starting at 4 PM. Upon entering the park after 4 PM, you will receive a special wrists band to show you "belong" there. If you are already in the park prior to 4 PM, you can get a wristband at various locations throughout the park. When the party officially begins at 7 PM, those without wristbands are no longer allowed to enter ride lines and are otherwise directed out of the park.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on the following dates in 2017:
Tickets are now an sale as of 5/10/17. The prices are as follows:
August 25, 29
Adult: $74 + tax, Child: $69 + tax
September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24
Adult: $74 + tax, Child: $69 + tax
September 19, 26
Adult: $79 + tax, Child: $74 + tax
September 15, 22, 29
Adult: $88 + tax, Child: $83 + tax
Adult: $88 + tax, Child: $83 + tax
October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
Adult: $94 + tax, Child: $89 + tax
October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29
Adult: $99 + tax, Child: $94 + tax
Adult: $115 + tax, Child: $110 + tax
Passholders can purchase up to four tickets.
Annual Passholder Blackout Dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 4, 10-31
DVC Members can purchase up to six tickets.
DVC Blackout Dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 23-31
Active duty, retired, and disabled members of the military can purchase up to six tickets.
Military Blackout Dates: Sept. 23, Oct. 2-31
I'm in the midst planning my first solo trip to Walt Disney World, and it's got me thinking about what things I consider MUST-do's on any trip. Like, the things I wake up in the morning wishing I was doing instead of blow-drying my hair and trying to find something I can eat for breakfast in the car without making a mess. I limited myself to 10 things, which, honestly, was really hard. But you've gotta stop somewhere, I guess.
If you're taking a quick trip or are looking to add some "can't-miss" things to your itinerary, here's what I recommend.
In a somewhat surprising move, Disney announced on February 9th that Wishes! Nighttime Spectacular will be replaced with a new show starting May 12th, 2017. The new show, Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular, will feature Disney characters' adventures in Zootopia, Brave, The Princess & The Frog, Moana, and more. It will include new fireworks technology and more use of projections similar to those used in the Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show that can usually be seen 30 minutes before the start of the fireworks. Happily Ever After will feature original animation as well as an original score, which will have a lot to live up to.
If you're prepping for a trip to Walt Disney World, there's some extra things to pack that you might not consider for a normal vacation. Before you head off, hit up Amazon for these essentials!
If you plan on meeting any characters on your trip, you'll need something for them to sign. If you want to go the classic route, check out this Disney autograph book. It's similar to a photo album, just with paper pages instead of picture slots. If you're looking for something a little more "usable" in the future, we recommend this encyclopedia of Disney characters. Each character has his or her own detailed page, which you can have the character sign. We think this is a much more practical use for character signatures, as an autograph book may not be looked at much later on, but the encyclopedia could facilitate a trip down memory lane each bedtime!
Fumbling with lids to dangerous permanent markers is not a think you want to do. Winnie the Pooh will thank you.
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We stayed at the Beach Club for the first time during a portion of our Honeymoon in September of 2016, and it was everything we hoped it would be. There are a lot of things this resort has going for it, which we outline below, but like any resort, the theming and amenities will appeal to certain people more than others. If you're considering a stay at Beach Club, this review should help you make your decision.
Collecting something specific on each trip to Walt Disney World is a great way to remember your visits as the years go by. One of the best parts of collecting things is that when you come across something that will add to your collection, you don't have to figure out a way to justify the purchase. At least...I don't. We try to limit our collections to things that are somewhat practical, our at least particularly sentimental, which makes them even easier to justify. If you're looking to start a Disney collection you can add to each trip, here are some of our suggestions.
There are a lot of things to buy at Walt Disney World. If you're not careful, you may find yourself at the end of your trip with a suitcase full of souvenir trinkets that will only be looked at once and then thrown in a drawer or closet, never to be thought of again. There are few things that annoy me more than wasted money, but Walt Disney World is one place where it is quite easy to commit that sin. If you're looking for souvenirs that you'll treasure instead of regret, you'll need to look for things that are unique and useful, with just the right amount of nostalgia.
I love anything Disney that doesn't SCREAM Disney. These adorable prints are attraction-themed but have a vintage quality that make them cute home decor without being too gaudy. There are quite a few to choose from, so you're likely to find many of your favorite rides. They'd be a perfect addition to a nursery! These prints can be found at the Market Place Co-Op at Disney Springs for $39.99 each.