What is ASMR?

You know that relaxed feeling you get during a haircut? Or when you let the people in Sephora do your makeup? If you feel super relaxed during this process to the point when you want to fall asleep, you probably experience ASMR. Or maybe you feel a slight tingly sensation starting at your scalp and moving down your spine, giving you goosebumps. That’s also ASMR.

So what is ASMR? It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. As The Washington Post describes it, “it’s a pleasurable tingling that begins in the head and scalp, shimmies down the spine and relaxes the entire body.” Wikipedia even compares it to “to a mild electrical current”.

ASMR is a self-treatment that can be used for insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc. And there’s also a variety of triggers that can cause this sensation.ASMR University provides an indepth analysis on the responses and stimuli. Basically, it can be caused by tactile/touch (massage, hair combing, etc), visual (slow hand movements) or audio stimuli (whispering, fire crackling, ocean waves, wind blowing etc). The response can either be physical (slight tingly feeling) or psychological (peacefulness, restfulness, contentment).

ASMRtists, experts who can produce this effect, usually spend a great amount of time on YouTube perfecting their craft. They spend ample amounts of money on equipment such as cameras, lights and especially microphones. Some spend thousands of dollars in order to buy microphones that can create binaural sounds. Binaural sounds are noises that can be heard from ear to ear, and they are best heard while wearing headphones.

My favorite ASMRtist is Olivia Kissper. She usually includes both visual and auditory stimuli in her videos. She also gets exceptionally creative in delivering her videos by creating role plays and inspirational dialogue. In addition, she labels most of her videos by what they’re intended to treat. They range from help with insomnia and anxiety, to fun role plays that will relax you. If you’re new to ASMR, I suggest playing the videos just before you go to bed and have an open mind to the benefits of it.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Review

I’m an avid lover of all things Disney. Halloween is also my favorite time of the year. Combine those two things, and what do you get? Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! This has been my second year going to this specially ticketed event so I’ll give you a few pointers if you’re planning on going with friends or family.

First off, the event technically starts at 7 pm. However, you’re allowed early admission at 4 pm. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. I paid $55 for a cast member ticket (tickets normally range from $72-95) For any amount, you’re getting about 8 hours in the park for less than a value day ticket in Magic Kingdom. You’re also getting all the special shows, fireworks, events and candy that come with your MNSSHP ticket.

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The entertainment is certainly one of a kind of Walt Disney World, but it’s got nothing compared to the special events during MNSSHP. There’s constantly a show happening around Cinderella’s Castle throughout the night. The festivities begin at 8 pm with Mickey’s Boo to You Parade. During this parade, the Headless Horseman rides out to begin the procession followed by your favorite Disney characters in their Halloween costumes. You’ll see characters that aren’t normally in the parade such as Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz (Vanellope even has a special float that fills the park with sweet candy scents!). Among these characters are some truly spooky ones such as the Haunted Mansion’s gravediggers and many more!

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Following the parade is the Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular! The Sanderson sisters from the hit 1993 movie “Hocus Pocus” take the stage and band together with the Disney villians to run amuck in Magic Kingdom. This show is filled with lights, music and scary good fun!

Lastly, don’t forget the Hallowishes fireworks show! It’s similar to the regular Wishes show, but with a creepy twist.

Special tidbits to know before you go!

  • This is the ONE time of the year that Jack and Sally are available for pictures and autographs. They are located across from Sleepy Hallow. Be sure to get there early. The line can become well over an hour!
  • Other character photo ops such as Cinderella and Aurora can be as little as a 5 min  wait! Ride times are also shortened! (Expect Haunted Mansion to be a little more crowded because of the Halloween theme. But the other rides only had a wait time of 10-20 min. Even the new Seven Dwarves Mine Train was only a 20 min wait!)
  • Be sure to bring extra money for exclusive merchandise and snacks that can only be purchased at the event.

     

  • If you’re not up to spending extra money on specialty sweets, check out the 13 Trick or Treat stations located throughout the park! They give you your own trick or treat bags, and cast members will literally fill the bags to the top.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to dress up and have fun! This is the one time of the year when adults can dress up in the parks. Take advantage of it and dress up as your favorite Disney character. (Or dress up as whoever you want to!)

About Me

My name is Chelsea Fleming. I am an English Language Arts major at the University of Central Florida.

I moved to Florida about three years ago from Buffalo, NY where I had spent my entire life. I went to West Seneca East High School and from there I went to Erie Community College. I had many teachers that influenced my love of reading and writing. In high school, my teachers nourished my love of writing, and in college, it flourished when I produced my first published short story.

My favorite kind of stories are fantasies and mysteries. I also love reading comic books (and Japanese manga).

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Reading an anthology of Batman comics (1930s-70s) with my cat.