We had the luxury of spending Halloween at Disney World in the Animal Kingdom Villas a couple of years ago. Unfortunately we were traveling with a sick child so we did not get to experience everything but we did get a sense of what they offered.
Halloween itself isn’t much different than any other day at Walt Disney World and most of the experiences are offered all year long. But there are a couple of things that ONLY occur on Halloween Day.
Let me show you what you should expect.
Fall Decorations in the Magic Kingdom
available September and October
Before you even enter the Magic Kingdom park you are going to be welcomed with the sights (and smells) of fall. It might be 90 degrees and you are walking around in shorts but you will still have that sense of a brisk fall day.
Once on Main Street you are going to want to stop and take it all in. This is where the majority of the decorations are and they are full of whimsical Disney details.
And do not forget that family photo here! There are quite a few photopass photographers wandering the areas. So you can get photos with the castle in the background or with one of the many cute scarecrows.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
available September 2 thru October 31
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is probably the most well known event at Disney World and even Disneyland during the Halloween season.
It is held on selected nights in October (and September) each year and runs 7:00 pm to midnight.
It does cost extra to attend this party but it includes tons of pleasantly spooky atmosphere, rare Villain meet and greets, and trick or treating.
Must sees: Hallowishes fireworks spectacular (largest fire works display on property all year long) and the Boo to You Parade.
For more, check out this Blogorail Chat about this party (and remember to subscribe).
only on October 30 and 31
On the day of Halloween the resorts will have activities planned for guests. On our trip the Animal Kingdom Lodge staff hosted a trick or treat scavenger hunt.
There were 20+ locations throughout the resort to find. Once at your location you got a stamp on your ‘passport’ and a piece of candy. If you got all of the stamps you won a small prize.
As you can see there will be a lot of activities all day long to keep you occupied. From crafts to dance parties to spooky-ish movies under the stars. You will get that Halloween feel at the resort.
A highlight is the Cast Members Jack-O-Lantern carving contest where the guests can vote for the best. Let me warn you, these Cast Member are very talented. Your job will not be easy.
Disney Springs Festivities
available all October
During the month of October Disney Springs has that fall and Halloween flair. The most noticeable will be the photo backdrops that are perfect for those Halloween photos.
In addition you may luck upon some interesting entertainment. Like a zombie drum corp or a strolling piano.
And of course you can find some yummy treats that you can only get this time of year.
Disney Springs Festivities
only on October 31
Of course on the night of Halloween there will be some more ‘adult only’ options available at Disney Springs.
With many restaurants and lounges to choose from there should be no lack of entertainment that night.
Note: there is no trick or treating at Disney Spring, only at select resorts
one example of this is:
Don’t want to deal with crazy Downtown Orlando parking? And if you are on property, why drive at all?
Catch a Disney bus and head to Disney Springs as STK Orlando hosts “Yelloween,” its first Halloween bash on October 31.
This is a ticketed event. For $50 guests will enjoy a two hour open bar, lite bites, drinks specials, live DJ and more! To purchase tickets visit Yelloween at STK.
I you are not familar with STK, it is an upscale steakhouse located in The Landing at Disney Springs. The restaurant serves innovative cuisine and has a beautiful outdoor patio. For more information on STK Orlando, visit togrp.com.
Overall spending Halloween at Disney was enjoyable but I will tell you that other than Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and activities at your resort you are not going to get the full Halloween feeling.
In fact the evening we were there we went to Epcot for Food and Wine Festival and you would never have know it was Halloween. People were not dressed up and there were no festivities.
So if you are taking your family there for Halloween I recommend getting tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and/or search out the planned activities at your resort and Disney Springs.