Walt Disney World Trip Report – Halloween & 40th Anniversary

This Walt Disney World trip report features over 800 Disney photos, and thoughts from our visit during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Magic Kingdom’s 40th Anniversary, and Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. We had a ton of fun at these events, and thought this would be a great trip to cover in a report–and would be helpful for others planning Walt Disney World trips during these events in the future (well, besides the 40th anniversary…that is sorta a ‘one and done’ type of thing!).

Informally, we’re referring to this as the “Brickers’ F’n Walt Disney World Trip Report.” Not because it’s filled to the brim with vulgarity (it’s not, although that would be a great way for us to reach the coveted 18-34 male demographic), but because it combines the “Big Fs” at Walt Disney World in October 2011: Food & Wine Festival and the Fortieth Anniversary. Too bad we didn’t stay at Fort Wilderness to complete the trifecta! This was a really fun trip for us. In addition to the highly anticipated 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, we attended Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, participated in the Disney Parks Blog’s Trick or Meet-Up event, and dined at some delicious restaurants, among other things!

We hope you join us on this exciting and terrific* trip report! Bookmark this page as it will be where we organize the updates in one convenient location. Links will become active as the Parts are posted.

Part 1 – To Spaceship Earth and Beyond!: I’d rather soil myself than miss these photos!
Part 2 – Morning Madness!: Trouble for Tom, and a visit to the Magic Kingdom!
Part 3 – Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival: Mmm…Food, Mmm…Beer–err…Wine!
Part 4 – Disney Parks Blog’s Trick or Meet-Up Event
Part 5 – Another Day of Food & Wine: What time does the Champagne kiosk open?!
Part 6 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Blue Hour, Brown Derby
Part 7 – Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary: The First Half of #WDW40
Part 8 – Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary: The Second Half of #WDW40
Part 9 – A Morning of Meets: Meeting People at Meets
Part 10 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Christmas In October?!
Part 11 – See Ya Real Soon!


*Okay, maybe we’re playing fast and loose with the term “terrific.” Worth noting is that this report will ultimately span many, many pages of text. Ever read War and Peace? Expect a similarly sized Russian novel here. Because I’m more concerned with creating content than proof-reading what I’ve written, and due to my schedule, much of the report was written very hastily. I hope that it’s somewhat coherent and not rife with grammatical errors, stylistic faults, and misspelled words, but such may be the case.

Alright, enough with the disclaimers, warnings, and other miscellaneous legal rights you’ve waived by reading this trip report (that’s what fine print disclaimers are for, right?!). If you’re still choosing to read on despite these disclaimers and warnings, starting reading this Walt Disney World trip report!

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7 Responses to “Walt Disney World Trip Report – Halloween & 40th Anniversary”

  1. Circumlocution Office says:

    Reading your fine print first thing in the morning has engendered various random thoughts, not the least of which is eager anticipation of your upcoming multi- multi- multi-part trip report, though perhaps Dickens might be better for purposes of comparison, writing in the form of multi-part series as he did and affecting, as he did, a lighter tone than Tolstoy. Another random thought in response to your fine-print warnings and disclaimers: speaking as a consummate and accomplished swearer, a bit of salty language might spice up the Disney blogosphere a bit and might also attract, in addition to the youthful male crowd, British naval officers; it’s worth thinking about! Yet another random thought: haste does, indeed, make for poor grammar (as my several comments on various blogs prove), but I think we can all be confident that your (mostly) correct efforts in this area will continue (mostly) undiminished and that your breezy style will remain intact; I am sure I speak for many in expressing this hope. My final random thought: having been duly and ominously warned and now settled in with my box of popcorn, I await the show. Bring it on!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I like the comparison to Dickens. Definitely more apt.

      You know, even though I don’t know your real name, I can always tell by the listed name when I receive a notification that “mossino” must be the author!

    • Circumlocution Office says:

      Awwwwwwww . . . I thought you recognized me by my witty repartee.

  2. Tank says:

    I gotta tell ya, Tom, your “less than stellar” shot more than match up with the pics most of us take!

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  4. Jimmy says:

    Hi Tom, thanks for great report. Every time I read one of your Disney World TR’s, it makes me want to jump on a plane for my first ever visit. It will happen, someday. Actually, I’m just now starting to plan a big trip in 2016 (that’s when the kids will be old enough to actually enjoy most of the offerings available).

    Anyways, two things stood out to me and I feel the need to comment, both food related.

    1: You’ve never had a Disney churro? What the? Is it because you want to be able to say “I’ve never had a churro”, or do you fear them because they look like a light saber and eating a light saber would be dangerous? Seriously, I need to know.

    2: You don’t like quinoa? Come on, it’s delicious and very nutritious. Are you eating it plain, or do you guys jazz it up? Maybe favorite way to make it is to add some delicious stuff to it. Saute some onions, asparagus, garlic, tomatoes. Add that to the quinoa along with a generous amount of feta cheese. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. It’s seriously good, and good for you.

    Thanks again for the good read. Always entertaining, and of course some great photos.


    • Tom Bricker says:

      I have since had a Disneyland churro. You can read all about it in the next installment of our trip report… :)

      I have had quinoa, and it sucks. Really sucks.

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