Tony’s Town Square & the “Boo to You” Parade

I’m so excited to talk about this experience. While Tony’s Town Square Restaurant‘s Italian fare is far from 5-star cuisine, the memories you can make there — if you’re savvy and just a little bit lucky — are second to none.

Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Atmosphere
The restaurant is located in the Exposition Hall right next to Disney World’s Train Station. You’ll remember from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp the restaurant upon which Tony’s is styled — in the alley behind it was where Lady and the Tramp shared their famous spaghetti dinner! And you’ll find several Lady and the Tramp references throughout the restaurant. (Check out this post from SamLand’s Disney Adventures for one very special tie-in!)

Lady and the Tramp Appear on Windows...

Lady and the Tramp Appear on Windows...

...And in Statues

...And in Statues

They Even Appear on TV in the Lobby

They Even Appear on TV in the Lobby

The restaurant includes a plush lobby and three main dining areas: an indoor room with booths and tables, a “sunroom” that floods with light during the day, and [Read more…]

A Candy-Lover’s Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party entrance sign

As you saw with the pumpkins on main street, Disney World hasn’t left the foodies out of the Halloween plans. There’s plenty more where that came from, and I can’t wait to share with you more Halloween food items at Disney World.

But today I want to focus on the real reason why we spend all that money on tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP): the candy.

MNSSHP Trick or Treat bag

MNSSHP Trick or Treat bag

The Basics
For those who haven’t yet attended, this year’s party is much like those of past years. Simply request your Trick or Treat bag from the CMs at the front of the park, get your MNSSHP brochure with the candy spots marked, and you’re off. Look for the Goofy’s Candy Company balloons throughout the park and follow the lines to the candy.

MNSSHP Brochure With Map and Showtimes Inside

MNSSHP Brochure With Map and Showtimes Inside

These Balloons Will Mark Candy Spots

These Balloons Will Mark Candy Spots

Once you see the balloons, just find the entrance sign for the candy line and follow the crowd.

Trick or Treat Spot Entrance Sign

Trick or Treat Spot Entrance Sign

The actual candy tub will look like this, once you approach. The line will usually split into two lines, each going to one of the two CMs manning candy tubs at each location. Note: Occasionally you’ll see a third candy tub behind the initial two. This one has only raisins, so choose accordingly.

Candy Tub and CMs

Candy Tub and CMs

The candy haul is pretty good this year — Buttefingers, Dots, Twizzlers, Mike and Ike, Snickers, Now and Later, Sugar Babies, and other name brands are mixed in with the smarties and suckers — and if you’re diligent, you can really fill that bag up! Granted, for the amount you’re paying for the Party tickets you could probably buy a whole shelf of candy at the Walgreen’s, but the experience has always been worth the money for us, even when we go without kids.

Also, this year there are more “indoor” candy spots than in prior years. Be sure to head over to Pirates of the Caribbean — there’s a Trick or Treat location in the Pirates’ League. Of course, the CMs handing out candy are pirates, so be on guard!

Tip to Maximize Your Haul
As has been the case for the last few years, the highest concentration of candy goodness is in Mickey’s Toontown Fair and the subsequent Alice and Mad Hatter’s Treat Party, which is located on the path between Toontown and Tomorrowland.

Toontown Fair

Toontown Fair

MNSSHP Alice and Mad Hatter Treat Party

Decorated with images from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (the animated version — not the upcoming Depp-ified, Burton-ified version due in March), this little walkway is rarely crowded, and happens to hold about 3 or 4 trick or treat spots in close proximity. This is also where you might catch a glimpse of the White Rabbit during the evening!

CM Manning the Treat Party

CM Manning the Treat Party

Speaking of characters, in between your Trick or Treating, keep your eyes open for some rarely seen characters at MNSSHP. Lots of Villains abound, and you might catch a glimpse of Tarzan and Jane, or even Snow White, accompanied by ALL SEVEN of her dwarf friends.

Snow White and the Seven (ALL Seven!) Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven (ALL Seven!) Dwarfs

And be sure to catch one of the two showings of the Halloween Boo to You Parade, which is by far one of the best parades on Disney property. Of course, it highlights Goofy and his famous Candy Company!

Goofy's Candy Company Parade Float

Goofy's Candy Company Parade Float

MNSSHP has always been one of my favorite Fall activities at Disney World. Trick or Treating is done by ALL, not just the kiddos, so get out there shamelessly with your bag, my friends! And costumes are optional; you’ll blend in with one or without one. The only rule? Have fun!

Still don’t have your tickets to MNSSHP? There are plenty more dates available (even though Halloween is now sold out). Just call 407-WDisney to purchase tickets, or visit DisneyWorld.com’s MNSSHP page!