Ilana Robinson | @disneymom2.0
Halloween season is in full swing at Walt Disney World, and the amount of special seasonal offerings may have your head spinning. Here is our recommended dose of spooky fun that we suggest you explore while visiting the parks. If you do nothing else, here are our top 5 ways to celebrate Halloween at Disney World!
Try all of the Halloween Snacks!
All of the parks, and some of the Disney resorts, are offering Halloween treats for you to satisfy your sweet tooth! While some snacks are exclusive to the Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, many snacks are available for daily guests. For example, here are a few of the current Halloween treat offerings:
- The Sweet Corn and Vanilla Soft-Serve Swirl at Auntie Gravities in Tomorrowland (Magic Kingdom) for $5.49 (it’s corn!).
- Spellbinding Fried Pie at Golden Oak Outpost in Adventureland (Magic Kingdom) for $9.99 (unless you have a problem ingesting food with eyes).
- Resort Halloween Treats - can’t make it to a park? Don’t fret! There are plenty of Halloween cupcakes, cookies, character inspired Marshmallow wands and caramel apples at the resorts that you can choose from to try, too!
Shop the Disney Halloween Merchandise!
Halloween merchandise bought at the Disney Parks just hits differently, doesn’t it? From fluffy Mickey pumpkin pillows, to Oogie Boogie Spirit Jerseys, and all of the spooky items in between - I just love to shop at Halloween time, especially at the Emporium on Main Street USA!
Don’t forget if you attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom (a special ticketed event), you can shop exclusive merchandise ONLY SOLD AT THE PARTIES.
And while much of the regular Halloween merchandise is also found on Shop Disney’s website, there are sometimes items in the parks or resorts that simply do not make it online, or sell out. Plus, right now (until the end of the month) if you shop in stores at Walt Disney World, and you happen to be an Annual Passholder, you will receive a 30% off discount!
Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
Attending a Disney Halloween Party is a sure fire way to launch yourself into full blown Halloween vibes mode. A few weeks ago Disney Parks was reporting that the remaining party dates for the 2022 season were sold out, but the website is still showing availability for some of the dates. You may still be in luck if you haven’t purchased tickets yet to the party, but would like to attend!
From the party exclusive treats, to all of the Disney costumed character meet and greets, the Halloween treat trails, the Hocus Pocus stage show, the Halloween fireworks, Cadaver Dans, and zombies dance party, there are a million reasons to say yes to a MNSSHP date!
Pose in front of your favorite Disney Halloween Decor!
There is an ongoing debate right now at Magic Kingdom about which Halloween pumpkins are the best - the traditional Mickey Pumpkins or the Cinderella Carriage Pumpkins that are special decor for the 50th Anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World. You can find the pumpkins sitting atop the light posts on Main Street USA and in the hub area by Cinderella Castle. We don’t care which pumpkin you choose, but it’s important to note that they do both light up and flicker at night. So if you do stop for a photograph in front of one, be sure to also take one at night when the pumpkins are aglow!
Ride the Spooky Rides!
Walt Disney World differs from Disneyland at Halloween time because in WDW, there are no rides that receive a spooky overlay for the entire Halloween season. There are three rides that do have a Halloween overlay at WDW, but the overlays are only active during the ticketed Halloween party - The Teacups, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean (they have live actors inside for this one!).
And while there is no specific holiday theming added to Haunted Mansion on the East coast, it is still a great ride to experience at Halloween time to “get into the spooky mindset.” As the sign says out front, “Board a ‘Doom Buggy’ to tour the happy haunt of 999 ghouls and ghosts who are ‘dying’ to meet you!” Haunted Mansion is by far the spookiest ride that WDW has to offer, so always be sure to ride it this time of year.
However you plan to celebrate Halloween in the month of October, know that there are many different holiday offerings at Walt Disney World to satisfy even the spookiest vibes.
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