Our 5 Favorite Disney Halloween Movies!

We've already been celebrating the season, as you already know, but one of the best parts about Halloween is something we haven't even covered yet: Movies! While there are scary movies and thrillers all over the place, our favorite Halloween flicks are still the classics by Disney! Today, we'll cover our Top 5 favorites!

5. Haunted Mansion - Okay, so it wasn't exactly a hit with the critics (Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score is 13%...), but this movie was not made for the critics! It was made for the kids. And families. And darnit, if we don't just love it so much! It's a visually captivating set, thanks to Oscar-winner John Myhre, and honestly, we love Eddie Murphy. If you haven't seen it before, watch it with your kiddos this Halloween! *WARNING* This is a PG Rated film for frightening images and some language that may not be appropriate for small children.

4. Maleficent - While not exactly a Halloween movie, at all, it is still a movie about one of the most iconic Villains in Disney history. Since Halloween is pretty much Christmas for Villains, we felt it fit on this list. Especially since we like to watch it on Halloween! Watch Angelina Jolie star in the backstory behind the classic Disney treasure: Sleeping Beauty and you'll be sure to enjoy! *WARNING* This is a PG Rated film for frightening images that may not be appropriate for small children.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas - The pinnacle of stop-motion animation, The Nightmare Before Christmas is such a magical, visually-stunning, masterpiece that it has officially become one of the only movies that fits into two Holiday categories! Jack and the rest of the Holloweentown residents make for such a great script, and Danny Elfman absolutely nailed the score and song lyrics. With a unanimously positive response from audience members and critics alike, you'd be missing out if you don't watch The Nightmare Before Christmas in the upcoming holiday season!

2. Hocus Pocus - Here's the deal, while critics don't seem to like it, we would like to respectfully disagree. A lot. This movie is so much fun. Honestly, I don't know one Disney fan that isn't a fan of the Sanderson sisters and their ridiculous antics! This fun twist on an old story is the perfect movie to watch on the spooky Holiday, and Disney agrees! You'll find it playing on multiple different Disney-owned networks every-single Halloween!

1. Coco - Surprised? Maybe. It isn't a Halloween movie, after all. However, this Dia de los Muertos-themed animated movie is another instant-classic from Pixar. If you haven't seen it, stop what you're doing and watch it. If you have seen it, however, stop what you're doing and watch it again! I cried A LOT while watching this movie, mostly because I'm just a sucker for heartfelt movies, but seriously, this movie hits ya right in the feels every single time. I think, if I had to choose a movie to watch every day for the rest of my life, Coco would be in the discussion. Watch it this Halloween for a great family-bonding moment. You'll be so happy you did!

That's it for our list! Did we miss any? Did you think we got one wrong? Let us know in the comments! Until next week, Stay Magical! We'll see you soon!

How to Set Up Fast Passes

Fast Pass Guide

So, you've got a Disney Vacation on the calendar? Yay! You're going to have a Magical time! That is, as long as you're prepared! Rather than sit in the long lines in the hot sun all day long, avoid the lines and make the most out of your Disney experience with Fast Passes+! In today's blog, we'll cover exactly how to get the best out of your Fast Passes+ and make your vacation the most Magical one you've ever taken!

Starting with Fast Passes+ is easy to do - all you need to do is use the My Disney Experience App or Disney's website to plan the rides you'll be taking throughout the day! You are able to sign up for a Fast Pass+ at up to three rides at a time, so after you've redeemed one Fast Pass+, you can just get signed up for another one! Making sure you stay on top of your Fast Passes+ can help you to maximize the amount of time you actually spend on the rides, and you can use the time in-between passes to explore the Park, eat delicious snacks, and take pictures with your favorite Characters! One really important thing about Fast Passes+ is the Tier system. While Disney doesn't display this information readily available on their website, once you start signing up for Fast Passes+ you'll see that certain rides are only eligible for signup one-at-a-time, and others have unlimited availability. Before we go any further, we'll go over the Tier system for each of the 4 Parks at Disney World, so you have that information at your disposal before you get started.

Epcot has five Tier 1 attractions that you can sign up for a Fast Pass+ for. As with all of the other Parks, you are allowed to sign up for one Tier 1 attraction at a time, so make sure to make your selections and be prepared to sign up for another Tier 1 Fast Pass+ as soon as you've redeemed the first!

If you'd like to see a written list, you can read all of the Tiers for each of the Parks below. 

Here is a list of the Tier 1 attractions at Epcot:
  1. Frozen Ever After
  2. Test Track
  3. Soarin'
  4. Illuminations: Reflection of Earth
  5. Epcot Character Greeting

While you're reserving a Pass for the Tier 1 attractions, you can reserve two of the Tier 2 attractions at a time (or three if you don't reserve a Tier 1 attraction), as is the case with the other Parks as well. Here's a list of the Tier 2 attractions at Epcot:
  1. Mission: SPACE
  2. Spaceship Earth
  3. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  4. Living with the Land
  5. Pixar Short Film Festival
  6. Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  7. Turtle Talk with Crush
  8. Animal Kingdom
  9. Hollywood Studios
  10. Magic Kingdom
Here are the lists for the remaining Parks:

Hollywood Studios
Tier 1:
  1. Slinky Dog Dash
  2. Alien Swirling Saucers
  3. Toy Story Mania!
Tier 2:
  1. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  2. Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  3. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  4. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  5. Disney Junior Live on Stage
  6. Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  7. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  8. Muppet Vision 3D
  9. Fantasmic!
  10. Beauty and the Beast
Animal Kingdom
Tier 1:
  1. Avatar Flight of Passage
  2. Na'vi River Journey
Tier 2: 
  1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  2. Expedition Everest
  4. Kali River Rapids
  5. Primeval Whirl
  6. Rivers of Light
  7. It's Tough to Be A Bug
  8. Festival of the Lion King
  9. Finding Nemo Musical
  10. Adventurers Outpost Character Greeting
Magic Kingdom actually doesn't have Tiers for the attractions, so you are able to sign up for three Fast Passes+ at a time in Magic Kingdom at the specific attractions that have been made available to reserve passes for. Here is the list of Magic Kingdom attractions:
  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  3. Barnstormer
  4. Dumbo
  5. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  6. Haunted Mansion
  7. "it's a small world"
  8. Jungle Cruise
  9. Mad Tea Party
  10. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  11. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  12. Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  13. Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  14. Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  15. Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  16. Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  17. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  18. Peter Pan's Flight
  19. Mickey's PhilharMagic
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean
  21. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  22. Space Mountain
  23. Splash Mountain
  24. Tomorrowland Speedway
  25. Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
There ya have it! Make sure you keep these lists handy for your upcoming Disney Vacation, and you'll be sure to have an absolutely fantastic time! One more thing to remember: if you can't get signed up for a Fast Pass+ for an attraction that you absolutely need to go on, that's fine, too! Sign up for Passes+ for the attractions you know you'll be able to get on, and hop in line for the must-go ride. By the time you're out of the line and off the ride, you'll be able to pick up right where you left-off with the rest of the Park!

Until next week, we wish you the best, and Stay Magical!

5 Dazzling DIY Disney Princess Costumes!

With only a few weeks to spare for planning, it's about time you started choosing your Halloween costume! If you haven't already got one in mind, we've got some amazing DIY costume ideas for you! Try any of these ideas and you're sure to be the the most dazzling Princess at the ball! (or party, or wherever you're going!) Browse our list of the Top 5 Disney Princess costumes as created by some of Pinterest's most creative users!

1. Snow White - ColorMeCourtney

Brought to us by a true veteran of Disney get-up, ColorMeCourtney has the perfect DIY style for Snow White. From the bright yellow skirt to the red bow on top, she has absolutely nailed it! All you'll need for this costume is a blue short-sleeved top, yellow skirt, white collared shirt with short sleeves (or sleeveless), a red bow, red heels, and, of course, an apple! 


2. Mulan - WorldCosplay

This next costume comes to us from WorldCosplay and is a wonderful recreation of Mulan in her training uniform! It's super easy to make, fits the character, and best of all, it's actually comfortable! All you'll need is some grey leggings, long knee-high white socks, black flats, a mint-green robe, some darker green fabric (for the belt and holding up your bun), and finally, a wooden walking stick, which you can purchase at a hardware store, or honestly, take from a rake in your garage!

3. Ariel - Instagram @Fiona2906

While a full-blown Ariel as a mermaid costume would most certainly steal the show, it would also probably make you colder than you're comfortable with in late October. Unless you're somewhere warm enough, you can always opt for the walking version of Ariel! This adorable rendition from @Fiona2906 on Instagram is just about perfect! Simply find a long-sleeved body suit in either white or light blue and pair it with a black tube top or vest. From there, add the finishing touch of the aqua skirt, and a big blue bow for your hair and you're all set! 

4. Cinderella - Brit + Co.

Rather than spend the time, and money, on creating a blue ball gown and shimmering heels, you can always choose to go with the outfit Cinderella wears throughout the rest of the movie! After all, it's warmer, more comfortable, and costs a lot less! All you'll need for this outfit is a light blue long-sleeved shirt, a black tank top for over top of that, a long brown skirt, and a white apron for clothing. For accessories, black flats and a broom are all you'll need! Bippity Boppity Boo!

5. Belle - Merrick's Art

As with other costumes before this one, we're going the easy-and-inexpensive route with this Belle costume! Created by the folks over at Merrick's Art, this Belle costume absolutely nails the fine details! All you'll need for this is a blue dress, some blue ribbon for the elbows, a white collared shirt, a blue bow, black heels, a white half-apron, and a few books!

There you have it! 5 Dazzling DIY Disney Princess costume ideas to get you ready for Halloween! Enjoy the celebration, be safe, and most of all, stay Magical!