Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Book Review

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Book Review

Missing the holidays at the Disney Parks this year? Check out George’s review of Holiday Magic at Disney Parks, the new book by Graham Allen, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price. The new Disney book celebrating Christmas and Halloween at the Disney Parks features over 1,900 photos!

Disney Publishing sent a review copy and I couldn’t wait to make a preview video for you.

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Video Review

If you won’t be able to visit this parks this year, is this book a good substitute?

This large-format coffee table-sized book will enchant you with photos from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and more. It’s hard to imagine that Disney could capture all of the magical details of their celebrations worldwide. They cover the twelve parks, cruise ships, resorts, and shopping districts. There is something for every fan of the parks, including a rich look at the history of the holidays starting at Disneyland.

The price tag seems hefty at first, until you crack it open and leaf through the pages. You’ll notice that there are four to five pictures per page. And at 384 pages, that’s almost as many photos as I take each visit!


Along with the Disney Monorail book, you have two fantastic reads for this holiday season. Are you going to get both? As a general rule, Disney books have small print runs and go out-of-print fairly quickly. If you wait too long, the price will skyrocket.

Are you going to order the holiday book for yourself or as a gift?

FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the company for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Halloween Decor at the Emporium at the Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decor at the Emporium at the Magic Kingdom

It’s that time of year again! The fall and Halloween decorations are up at the Magic Kingdom and it seems as is every night is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

During my last trip to the Magic Kingdom, I stopped at the Emporium to get some photos of the decorations and merchandise. I was enthralled with some of the decorations that were new to me!

Black Cat Elixir, Love Potion #9 and Soothsaying Sanctuary and Spa.

All of the decorations, or set pieces, are in the new-ish area of the Emporium, that used to be West Center Street. It’s a bright, airy space that is dedicated to children’s clothing. There are all on the shelves above the merchandise, so you might not see them at first glance.

The boxes and bottles reminded me of props and pieces that you might see over at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. What do you think?

This is a great design and echoes what physicians actually wore during the Bubonic Plague!
I do think that I need to spend some time doing some parkeology to decipher if there are some hidden references.

Book your next vacation with my friends Sarah and Shad to make it the nerdiest ever!

Have you seen these decorations before?

Which one is your favorite?

The Count’s Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The Count’s Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is offering some kid-friendly activities and events through October!

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (Sept. 20, 2017) – Come celebrate silly, not-too-spooky, family fun this fall at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg.

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Every weekend in October, children 9 and younger are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costume to enjoy Halloween shows, dancing and playing with their favorite Sesame Street® friends at The Count’s Spooktacular. This can’t-miss event includes an all-new show, Count’s Countdown to Halloween, dance parties and parading with friendly, furry monsters through the park to end the day for families before the serious haunts and scares of Howl-O-Scream begin in the evening.

Kid-friendly rides, family activities and trick-or-treating will be offered around the park for our littlest guests to celebrate the fall season. Halloween decorations will be set up during the day, but the scare squad, dim lighting and fog will not start until 6 p.m.

Parents, if your child’s costume has a mask or prop, we ask for you to kindly leave those at home. Smiling faces always look better in family photos. We offer plenty of options to jazz up your child’s costume with face paint, glow items, and more at the park. Guests can visit one of our face-painting booths to transform into a favorite Halloween character.

The daytime event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 7 through Oct. 29, and is included in park admission. Save 50% with a special kids’ ticket available to use in October. For more information, visit .

Busch Gardens Tampa Halloween Safari of Fun!

Busch Gardens Tampa (one of my favorite parks to visit) is expanding their Sesame Street Halloween event. Check out the details on the press release.


Family-Friendly Halloween Event Features Popular Sesame Street Friends, Crafts and Fun Fall Activities Every Saturday and Sunday from October 7 – 29

TAMPA, Fla. (August 31, 2017) – Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay welcomes back Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends this October, with an extended four weeks of Halloween fun each Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Beloved Sesame Street characters, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, and other popular faces will make appearances and will be dressed in their own special Halloween costumes!

Each fun-filled weekend will feature trick-or-treating and fall festival activities including a hay bale maze, dance parties, games and character parades throughout the day as well as very special surprises for each theme including:

Monsters & Fairies – Oct. 7 & 8

Crafts that transform kids into a magical fairy like Abby Cadabby or a loveable monster like Elmo.

Super Grover – Oct. 14 & 15

Unique superhero-inspired crafts and character parades led by Super Grover himself.

Spooky Safari – Oct. 21 & 22

A scavenger hunt with Bert and Ernie, animal ambassadors and safari-inspired Halloween crafts.

Rosita’s Halloween Fiesta – Oct. 28 & 29

Fiesta-inspired Halloween crafts and character parades led by Rosita throughout the Safari of Fun area.

Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes and every weekend is jam-packed with brand-new events and activities, including:

NEW! Fall Festival Activities

Located at Gwazi Field, visitors can participate in a wide variety of fall-inspired activities. Families can enjoy games and events every weekend including a hay-bale maze, pumpkin ring toss and so much more. Show off your family costumes and join us for parades and dance parties with our favorite Sesame Street pals.  No reservations are necessary.

NEW! Paint With Me

Every Saturday morning, starting on October 14th, from 10 – 11:30 a.m., parents and kids are invited to an exclusive painting session during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends. The experience kicks off with a meet-and-greets with one of your favorite Sesame Street friends followed by a 45-minute kid-friendly painting session led by an instructor. Reservations are required, space is limited. Book here.


NEW! Sesame Street Character Dining

Make lunch more than just delicious by sharing it with Elmo and friends. Everyone in the family will find something to savor in our delicious Sesame Street Character Dining lunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday of the Halloween weekends. Enjoy hugs and high fives during a Halloween-themed lunch and enjoy character story time, sing-a-longs, dance parties, and special photo opportunities. Reservations are required, space is limited.  Book here.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on social media by liking the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and following @buschgardens on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds

Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds

Check out my video on the Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds:

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds is every Saturday and Sunday through October 29. It’s a perfect event for young children and their families. Most of the activities happen between 11:00am to 5:00pm.

What to do at the Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds

The first area you run into, near Harmony Hall, is the Winner Every Time Games section. You purchase tokens at the booth, which are 2 games for $6 and 4 games for $10. The games include a duck pluck, wicked wheel, football toss and more.

As you head into Planet Snoopy, there are activities, events and shows. One of the first things you run into is a truck with bubbles. And an occasional character meet and greet! Of course, the Peanuts characters are dressed in their halloween costumes. There’s also Sally Brown’s Creepy Crafts and Coloring. Your artwork will be featured on the coloring wall!

The Peanuts Showplace features quite a few shows, including Halloween Hullabaloo; Monster’s Lip Sync Madness; The Monsters Are Coming Charlie Brown; and the Friday Cat Puppet Show. Linus’ Great Pumpkin Patch is near the showplace and children 12 and under are invited to stop in and pick out a free pumpkin.

Peppermint Patty’s Hay Bale Maze is next to the Carousel. It’s a cute maze that offers quite a few dead ends. Pig Pen’s Foam Zone is sure to be a hit with the kids under 36 inches tall.

Heading over to the Carolina Boardwalk area is the Sleeping Giant. Try not to wake up this 12 foot tall giant…

Back by the Dodgems and Plants VS Zombies is the petting zoo. During my visit it was presented by Darby Acres Farms and they had quite a few different types of animals.

Don’t forget that there are other events. There’s a costume contest, a dance party, a costume parade, and trick or treating at various stations throughout the Great Pumpkin Fest from 3-5.

And parents, the set decorations for Scarowinds are up during the daytime. A lot of the displays were extremely gruesome and inappropriate for children. And me. Just keep that in mind as you walk through different areas of the park.

Are you going to visit the Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds?

Holiday World Halloween: Trick or Treat?

Holiday World Halloween

The Holiday World Halloween section is a pretty spectacular area for people that love Halloween and themed environments. The Halloween area isn’t like a traditional themed area, but it’s more of a theme of a theme. A good theme park takes you out of the real world. Undoubtedly, the best themed places in theme parks are New Orleans Square at Disneyland, the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot Center and the Diagon Alley area of Universal Studios (in Florida). These places force you to forget that you are inside a theme park.

Even the images on the sign for the entrance to the Halloween section are classic representations of the holiday.

Holiday World Halloween – For People That Love Halloween!

In the case of Holiday World Halloween, the theme is based on the ideals of a classic Halloween from years past. Iconic images of classic monsters and an amazingly abundant use of orange, black and purple creates a Halloween theme that is nostalgic and charming.

You never forget that you’re inside a theme park, but you do think of how it’s possible to make everything related to Halloween in some way.

The image of the Scarecrow Scrambler shows off the use of orange and purple against the overtly brown that represents fall and the changing of the leaves.

The Hallow Swings is just a great overlay for a typical swing ride. Did you notice the bats?

Added in 1995, The Raven is a great wooden coaster that takes cues from the poem by Edgar Allen Poe.

The building displays a New England-style replete with a widow’s walk and a steep angle on the roof. The design for station of The Raven is much more sophisticated than the building for The Legend rollercoaster, but there’s a good reason for that.

The Legend is the second coaster for the park and is based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

Edgar Allen Poe published The Raven in 1845. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was published in 1820 and reflects an earlier time period in American history. You can see that reflected in the building for The Legend with its simpler lines and color scheme.

Holiday World Halloween Themed Bathrooms!

Who doesn’t love themed bathrooms?

Actually, the interiors of the bathrooms aren’t themed, just the building. The Merlin’s Castle building houses the bathrooms, which is spread out over two wings. The front of the building offers a few games of chance to play, as well.

But check out the fantastic icons for the men’s and women’s restrooms!

Goblin Burgers! What a fantastic name for a Halloween-related food service. It’s a play on words, get it?

Plus, the building looks like a witch’s house and sort of like a witch’s hat.

Holiday World Halloween: Definitely More Treat Than Trick!

Even just a quick stroll through the Halloween section of Holiday World shows how much fun that the theme park has with the buildings and the attractions, especially with the names. It’s still a theme of a theme, which makes sense if you think about the idea of Halloween from the standpoint of the 1950s and 1960s. The Halloween section is not frightening and it’s not meant to be scary at all; it’s a charming section of the park meant to invoke Halloweens of the past.

When you’re inside the environs, you don’t feel as if you’re transported somewhere else. That’s not even the point of Holiday World. The theme invokes the charm of a family holiday with a little something for everyone.

And a lot of orange.

Have you visited Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari? What do you think about the Holiday World Halloween?