Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Very Dapper Girls Getaway {Overview}

In just three weeks, I will be at Walt Disney World for another amazing girls trip with Amanda! I thought it was about time I started blogging about our plans. 

We debated for a while about when we should go. The end of 2015 was sort of a given because of our other travel plans for the year, but do we go early September to take advantage of the super low crowds, or go in November or December once Christmas celebrations are in full swing at Disney? Our decision was made quickly for us when we realized that Dapper Day is October 3! What is Dapper Day? I'll get to that in a little bit, but it is something Amanda and I have been wanting to go to since pretty much the day we met 9 years ago. We could not pass up the opportunity to finally go. So we decided on September 29 - October 4!

After deciding on dates we had to choose a resort. For our last trip we stayed at a moderate resort - Port Orleans Riverside - so after discussing our options we decided this time we were going Deluxe. We thought about the Contemporary because it is on both of our Disney bucket lists but since the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival will be going on we quickly knew we were going to stay at The Boardwalk. It just happens to be both of our favorite resort! 

Once our reservation was made, we immediately started planning. We knew we were going to do three very awesome events while were are there so that was the starting point of our planning process. 

Dapper Day

Started in February 2011, DAPPER DAY® Events organizes fashionable outings to Disney Parks twice a year (spring and fall) in LA, Orlando, and Paris. These events include a "DAPPER DAY at the Parks" with informal in-park meetups, plus other happenings outside the parks such as our DAPPER DAY Expo (in the Disneyland Hotel® Exhibit Hall), DAPPER DAY Car Show, and our official after party FOLLY in Downtown Disney Anaheim. We sometimes organize other non-Disney-related events at various other locations throughout the year.

DAPPER DAY Events celebrates the tradition of "stepping out in style" and are meant to showcase you at your best. We do not aim to recreate a specific period. All sophisticated attire is encouraged from vintage-inspired classics to chic contemporary looks. Active and retired military are encouraged to wear your dress blues or service uniforms if you like. (Please note costumes or cosplay are better suited for other events.)

For much more info on what Dapper Day is as well as upcoming dates visit Sounds like fun, right?? It's a super fun reason to get all dressed up and head to the parks. Though the event this year is mainly at Hollywood Studios, we will be spending the second half of our day at Magic Kingdom. We have our dresses all ready to go and can't wait to get all dolled up! 

EPCOT Food & Wine Festival 

The EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is an annual event inside the World Showcase at EPCOT. Over 25 special kiosks are set up throughout the park with food and drink from various countries. There are also a number of special events, food and drink demonstrations, celebrity chefs and the "Eat to the Beat" concert series! We have 2 days planned at EPCOT, so we can sample as much food and drinks as possible. Last year I went with family and I think we went to EPCOT about 4 times over 9 days and we still felt like there was so much we wanted to try and didn't have time for. I am so glad to see my favorite drink on the menu again for this year - La Passion Martini Slush from the France booth! 

Since this year is the 20th anniversary of the festival, Disney has some special add-ons available including one that we are taking advantage of our second day at EPCOT - the Tasting Sampler Package. For just $59 we get the following: 

  • Custom credential with 8 entitlement tabs for food or beverage items of your choice at over 30 Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplaces (some exclusions may apply and will be listed on the credential)
  • Priority seating at the 6:45 pm Eat to the Beat concert at America Gardens Theater on the day of package purchase
  • Limited-release 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival trading pin

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticket event held at the Magic Kingdom. On select nights the park closes at 7pm to only guests with party tickets and then let the trick-or-treating, yummy cupcake eating, character meet-and-greets, parade and fireworks begin! I am super excited about this one. Neither of us have been to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party before so it will be fun to experience it together for the first time! I am especially excited to see the new Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular! This is a new show held on the stage in front of the castle featuring the Sanderson sisters - Winifred, Mary and Sarah! There will have to be at least one viewing of Hocus Pocus before the party. We are not ready to reveal what our costumes will be but stay tuned! 

So that is an overview of our Very Dapper Girls Getaway. Over the next couple weeks I will be blogging about our itinerary plans, dining choices, halloween costumes (in good time), etc. Plus, once we are at Disney you can follow my Facebook and Instagram pages (links to the right) for live posts! 

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