Welcome to the Magical Blogorail!

Welcome to the Magical Blogorail!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re talking about Fall in Walt Disney World.

We visited Walt Disney World in early September, the week before the Fall decorations were put up. We chose this week purposely, partly because we didn’t want the special decor and events to overshadow Walt Disney World itself. We wanted to experience the classic Disney vacation.

Had I known about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, that might have changed – or it might not. Our first trip was classic, hot and wonderful. By the end of that week, we had started to accumulate a list of reasons to go back. Since I don’t have pictures and personal stories of all the wonderful Fall-themed events at Walt Disney World, I’d like to a few of those “Reasons to Return” instead.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: I have always hated Halloween. Even when I was a kid. The stress of coming up with a costume, wondering if anyone else would know what I dressed up as (“What are you supposed to be?” has got to be one of the more gut-wrenching sentences in the English language!), and then of course the obligatory Trick or Treat stop at our elderly neighbor’s house, who loved seeing me but always scared me a little bit. It all added up to Halloween Stress. Then I married a guy who LOVES the holiday. A guy who watched horror movies at an age I was still being traumatized by Dumbo and Bambi! Opposites attract, I guess. Halloween has grown on me over the years, especially when I figured out that it was a great excuse to make a crazy cake, throw a party, and sew amazing costumes. But I’m also the one who hangs out in the well-lit toddler section of the Halloween stores with Patrick, who is only this year starting to really grasp that electronic zombies are just robots. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party would be a great balance for all of us – enough Halloween for Bill and Alex (who is SO his father’s son!), but warm and fuzzy enough for me, Will, Patrick, and Beth. And it would give Beth a reason to wear her princess dress all day (like she needs a reason!).

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: Most people wouldn’t consider this necessarily a family event, but we’re not most people. I’ve got the kids who won’t touch mac and cheese, but happily devour lemon-steamed halibut. Last summer, we spent several weeks studying the food and cultures of the world, and got a little distracted in West Africa, where it’s polite to eat with your fingers! We’re a family of foodies, and I’d love to go geek out and share great international food with my favorite people.

Fall Decor: I’m still not sure about this one. It would be interesting to see Walt Disney World decked out in Fall colors, but I’ve spent nearly half my life in the Midwest, where we actually get Fall colors. I think it would seem odd to see the artificial version in a place that’s still hot enough to warrant shorts and t-shirts. But then again, Walt Disney World has a way of helping you overlook little things like that!

What are your favorite Fall events at Walt Disney World – I’d love to add them to my list of reasons to return!

Thank you for joining me today. I have the honor of introducing you to the newest member of the Magical Blogorail Yellow Loop! Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magik Mouse. Stop by and say hi!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney Go To Girl
2nd Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
4th Stop ~ Return to Disney <– You are here!
Final Stop ~ Magik Mouse