Archive for October, 2010

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

October 29, 2010



Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is Perfect for the Youngsters

[Guest Blog Post–Number One Daughter is only 15 years old. Mrs. LanceAround and I are navigating through the treacherous waters of watching our “baby” as she experiences her first serious relationship. Using two free tickets provided to us by Disney, she invited her new beau to Mickey’s Halloween Party. While there are many Halloween venues in Orlando that attempt to outdo each other in fright, Mickey’s is a playful romp geared towards a younger, less thrill-seeking audience. It’s also one of the few that allow you to wear a costume. Here is Number One Daughter’s review–LanceAround]

By Number One Daughter

Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend went to Magic Kingdom on Friday from 7 pm to 12 am for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This event is held every September through early November for children of all ages to come in costume and enjoy everything from trick-or-treating to character encounters. Most rides are also open and some have added features specifically for this party.

#1 Daughter & #1 Boyfriend

As the young couple walked into the park, they noticed the lighting and fog machines turning Disney’s Magic Kingdom into a mysterious and spooky place. The added effects were a wonderful change from the repetitious way Disney stays during the normal months of the year. As Number One Daughter got closer to the park, she heard beautifully haunting music interchanged between silly Halloween songs in a surprisingly cheerful mix of childishly-dark entertainment.

During this affair many people – of all ages – dress to impress for Halloween; from little princesses and Power Rangers to movie characters such as Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Joker and many more. It is a choice to come in costume. Number One Daughter was delighted to see that many of the guests had dressed up for the occasion as she had also come to the party dressed as a Japanese School Girl with a Vampire Escort.

Luckily for all teenagers in the world, the rides were still available to the public. Though Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend only rode the Haunted Mansion, it was obvious that this was the most popular ride judging by the wait lines on other rides. However, the rides were obviously not used to being ridden after regular Disney hours because of the constant rate they broke down. Though that kept the lines waiting for a bit, there was some extra help in passing the time. Disney had hired help to keep the lines entertained. For example, there was a woman dressed as a ghost telling witty jokes and interacting with the visitors waiting. She helped make the time pass much more quickly.

The costumes and rides were not the only great things about Mickey’s little Halloween party. The kids can go through mazes, play games and enjoy other tasks to receive candy. Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend did not ask to see if adults are excluded as the treating tasks were definitely geared towards the little ones. There are many places where youngsters may trick-or-treat, throughout the park. There was also a parade filled with all of Disney’s favorite characters from Winnie the Pooh to Captain Jack Sparrow.

Every few hours during this spectacular event fireworks would spontaneously go off, filling the dark sky with brilliant explosions of color and sound and leaving the night magical and wondrous.

Number One Daughter and Number One Boyfriend can honestly say that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party deserves 6 stars out of 5.

New Baby Killer Whale at Sea World

October 13, 2010

Sea World Welcomes a New Member to the Family

This weekend Katina at Sea World welcomed a new baby. 

At seven feet long and 350 pounds, this is no ordinary baby. It is the 16th killer whale calf born at Sea World, Orlando and the 27th one at all of Sea World’s parks.

Katina’s trainer says Katina is an experienced mom and appears to be bonding quickly with her baby.  She calls the baby “a miniature replica of Shamu.”

The baby’s name has not been announced.

Here’s a video:

Flea Market Near Disney World

October 7, 2010

Grandpa Could Never Drive Past A Place Like This

Grandpa LanceAround, my father,  has passed on. I miss him very much. Today would have been his 79th birthday.

On Saturday, I thought about Grandpa a lot. We were shopping for some old items to create a Harry Potter room in one of our vacation rental homes.  We discovered the 192 Flea Market on Hwy. 192 less than five miles from Disney World. My father would have loved this place.

A Huge Garage Sale Every Weekend

Grandpa could never drive past a flea market or a garage sale. When I was 12, Grammy & Grandpa bought a house in the middle of Souderton, PA. I suspect they chose this particular home because in the back was a huge, old barn. The home was constructed in 1913 and the barn was originally used by the Dorn family who were blacksmiths. But Grandpa LanceAround would use it to store his ever growing catalogue of things he purchased at every yard sale or flea market he could never drive past.

Although undiagnosed, I know that Grandpa had OCD. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone from your family is like him.

Everything Under The Sun

Now, you can find reality TV shows that specialize in showing how OCD can affect families.  For us, it was just a natural part of our lives knowing that every nook and cranny in our home and barn would quickly fill up with unknown treasures, no matter how many times we tried to clean them out.

These were the thoughts that ran through my mind as I walked past the 400 dealer booths at the 192 Flea Market. The booths were filled with everything you would expect to find at a huge flea market. In addition, there were things indiginous to our corner of the world–like Disney souvenirs, Florida T-shirts, luggage and so forth.

I did not know that when Grandpa would come to visit the LanceAround family in Florida, he would take the children to this Flea Market. Number One Son told me about it as we visited the flea market this Saturday.

We bought some uniquely shaped small “potion” bottles for a couple of quarters from a young girl who was manning the booth for her parents. I gave her a dollar tip as I reminisced about the time when I was young and I had to sit at my father’s booth at a flea market while dad tried to supplement his income. It didn’t work out too well because dad would often buy more from the other flea market vendors then he would sell!

I used to really hate being dragged to that flea market every weekend when I was younger. Now, tears come to my eyes and there’s a lump in my throat as I realize that I would give anything, ANYTHING, to be able to sit with my father at a flea market for just one more day.

I love you dad!

192 Flea Market Prices
4301 W. Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34746