The second Annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Mega Fam is now underway with the 19 lucky participants being blown away by the sheer size and scope of the 100 square kilometres that make up the entire Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The group departed Australia on the Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines alliance on October 25 and have hit the ground running since arriving at Walt Disney World.
The first day of their adventure saw the group head straight to the first of four Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Here the group enjoyed all the signature experiences of this phenomenal Park including setting off on their own wildlife viewing tour on Kilimanjaro Safari, braved the perils of Nepal’s ferocious Yeti on Expedition Everest, and were dazzled by the circus inspired stage theatrical production – Festival of the Lion King.
But it was the expedition to Pandora – The World of Avatar, Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s latest addition, which truly left the group awestruck. The lucky Agents were some of the first Australian and New Zealand guests to visit this phenomenal new land since it opened in May. Here the group linked with their own banshee on a daring flight over the spectacular Pandora landscape on the thrilling Avatar – Flight of Passage Attraction. They then took a gentle boat ride through the bioluminescent forest on the Nav’i River Journey Attraction before seeing the entire land light up as the sun set and the plants, ground and horizon started to glow.
Flight Centre Baulkham Hills agent, Alfina Maugeri, who was fortunate enough to win her spot on the Famil for the second year running said: “I was surprised by just how much I loved Disney’s Animal Kingdom last year, but Pandora took this to a whole new level.”
“This land is just incredible and if literally felt like I was on another planet!”
A sentiment echoed by Stephanie Jefferys from iTravel who said: “Avatar – Flight of Passage is without question the best ride I’ve ever been on. I did it twice the first day and I intend to go back and do it again and again in my free time later in the week.”
And that’s just day one.
The Agents on started day two of their Walt Disney World adventure at Magic Kingdom Park. Mickey Mouse himself was quick to greet the agents as they passed under the historic Walt Disney World Resort Railroad and got their first glimpse of the sparkling Cinderella Castle in the distance.
Mickey wasn’t letting the group venture too far without saying a big hello and thank you to the group for travelling all the way from Australia and New Zealand to visit.
Once the group had received all the tips and tricks for the day ahead from the main Mouse himself, it was time to explore the Magic Kingdom.
Highlights of the day for many were the Parks numerous mountain inspired roller-coasters: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train. While others felt it was the spectacular two course dinner at Be Our Guest – Walt Disney World’s most popular restaurant – that really made them feel like they had stepped into a fairy tale as they dined in the ballroom from Beauty and the Beast.
But the Magic didn’t end there.
After a quick dash back to their Resort to change, the group re-entered Magic Kingdom dressed as their favourite characters for a night of costumed Trick or Treat fun at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Here the group re-visited some of their favourite Attractions again, this time at night, and caught special Halloween inspired shows including the spooky Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade and the thrilling Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular.
Most of the group continued celebrating well into the late hours of the evening with the Party eventually drawing to a close a little after midnight. And whilst some may have drifted off to sleep on the bus trip back to the Resort, others including Travelcentre Bendigo’s Leanne Reilly and Qantas/Viva Holidays agent Bek Carland couldn’t hide their excitement over the day and evening that had just been.
“The Halloween fireworks were truly magical. I’ve never seen anything like them”, they both agreed.
Most people know Walt Disney World Resort has 4 incredible Theme Parks, but it may just be the Resort’s two Water Parks – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach that are the Resort’s best kept secrets – as the winning Agents discovered on day three.
The day started as the group splashed into Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon for some water park fun. They took on some of the Parks best attractions including the new Miss Adventure Falls white water waterslide and the ever popular Crush ‘n’ Gusher Water Roller Coaster.
With still 2/3 of the Water Park left unexplored due to their busy schedule, there was just enough time for a quick dash back to the Hotel to change before the agents arrived at the third Walt Disney World Theme Park – Disney’s Hollywood Studios for an evening of blockbuster thrills.
Those brave enough to blast off on Rock’n’Roller Coaster featuring Aersosmith felt the wind in their hair as they launched from 0 to 90km per hour in less than 3 seconds in pitch black darkness before defying gravity on a series of loop the loops and corkscrews. “I think I’m becoming a roller coaster convert after how much I enjoyed that ride. It was so much fun,” Infinity Holidays Casey Gordes commented after the attraction.
After venturing off to a Galaxy Far, Far Away on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, and a quick pit stop to check out the progress on the Parks new development, Toy Story Land – debuting in mid-2018 – the group settled in to watch two of the parks three current night-time spectaculars: the laser, projection and fireworks extravaganza Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, and the perennial favourite – Fantasmic! “The Star Wars fireworks were wicked. What a way to end a night!” Infinity Holidays agent Michael Hines commented.
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