After our exhausting tour of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it was nice to sleep in a little on our last day. We woke up to our glorious view for the last time, which I will document here in not one but THREE photos…
Actually, that was just breakfast dessert. My sensible first course was French toast sticks and ham from the Beach Club Marketplace.
Somehow we managed to squish all our stuff into 2 suitcases and a box to ship (which the Yacht & Beach Club’s Ikon business center charged us $47 for – ouch!!!). Then we checked our bags at the airline desk and went into Epcot so that Patrick could trade pins at Walt Disney World’s only remaining official pin-trading station (now that Disney has rousted the pin sharks at Downtown Disney Marketplace).
Here, let me save you some money on purchasing the official biography of Duffy The Disney Bear ™.
Poor Duffy was hanging out in his character meet-and-greet pavilion all alone, so we took pity on him and pretended we wanted a photo op.
We had some time to kill before our Via Napoli lunch reservation, so we wandered around taking exactly two photos. Looks like we were going for some kind of “Where in the World Are We?” contest with these!
I am not particularly interested in pizza but wanted to try this new restaurant just for YOU, dear reader. I was surprised at how bland the interior décor was—it was more the way I thought La Hacienda de San Angel would be but wasn’t. Via Napoli’s kinda just a big box. I did like how light it was in there, I just miss the level of detail you see in other World Showcase restaurants.
I had a hard time deciding what to get to best be able to rate the food. I ended up getting the Lasagna Al Forno, which was nice and hot and cheesy but not worth $20. Patrick got the $16 Quattro Stagioni personal pizza, which he really liked, and a Strawberry Aqua Fresca.
We liked our meal but it was WAY overpriced. I can’t believe the Patina Group charges the same prices at their Florida restaurants as their California restaurants. Even Disney doesn’t do that. There was nothing particularly appealing on the dessert menu, so we decided to save some dough and get gelato at the cart out front instead.
Then we hopped on a boat to Mexico to pick up Donald piñatas for Patrick’s cousin and my pal Wazzo.
I guess I also wanted photos of the seating area for Cantina de San Angel, so… here ya go!
And that appears to be the final shot from our trip…
Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!
Originally I was going to do a separate post about our first-ever Halloween party at Disneyland, comparing and contrasting it with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. However, our experience was so disappointing, I never had the heart to write it up. We dutifully dressed up as Constance and Harrison Hightower, but without the Roots to shadow us, we ended up with only a handful of horrible PhotoPass shots, none of which I wanted to buy.
The candy situation was pretty terrible—all the stations had super-long lines, and there weren’t as many of them (I see a correlation here!). But the worst part of the party was the CROWDS. Disneyland is very much an Annual Passholder’s park, and they turn out in droves for the Halloween party. The night we went was miserable: hot and more crowded than a weekend day at the park. What’s the point of paying extra if crowds are going to be worse than on the days you get in for “free” with your AP?
Overall, the experience really soured us on hard-ticket events at Disneyland and prevented me from ever properly wrapping up this report. So…. here it is! The not-so-thrilling conclusion of “Trick or Tweet! Halloween at Disney World & Disneyland“!