Not only are the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party dates officially out, but I got our tickets today as well! As per usual, they are outrageously priced, and I had to get two sets of two, so don't even ask the cost, but it's worth every single penny (or at least I'll think that when we're there!).
We decided to go to the first party the night before we officially arrive, so I went ahead and booked a value resort for one night only...yes, you heard that correctly...I booked a value resort! It will be my first time, and I'm hoping since it's the new Art of Animation resort, it won't be so bad! We're gonna stay in the Little Mermaid section (my second to last choice...Cars being the last), but it's the only one that doesn't have family suites (which we don't need for one night). I just figured if we stayed on property, it will make things a lot easier...we can use the bus transport (and don't make me rant about non-resort guests using the bus service - there is barely enough room for resort guests and I admit I get a kick out of it when a non-resort guest gets asked for their Key To The World card before entering (even though I've only seen it happen 3 times) and they end up getting refused because they don't have one! And it's really hilarious when they start trying to fight with the bus driver!). Then we can transfer easily to Wilderness Lodge the next morning (even though the room won't be ready, but we can get our passes, they'll hold the bags, and we can go straight to the parks until the room gets ready!).
I still have to work out the departing night details! We've got ressies at Le Cellier (yea!) at 5:30, so do we stay at Epcot, go to Downtown for one final shopping spree and then get a room off property for the night, or do we drive home that night. Or do we do another night at a value? If we drive home, what about all our purchases? We can't leave them in the vehicle while we're in the park...one of the main points of driving is so we don't have to box things up, but it's looking like that's what we'll have to do if we leave the bags at baggage services. If we do get another room, we can transfer bags and stuff there first, but that's gonna take up a good 2-3 hours of the day. Trying to figure out this part of the drip is really doing my head in!