Magic Kingdom is now dressed up in its not-so-scary décor, ready to celebrate Walt Disney World Resort’s extended Halloween period. Main Street, U.S.A. is particularly colorful, filled with its pumpkin-headed scarecrows and clever jack-o-lanterns.
Yet these elaborate decorations, photogenic as they are, cover (pun intended) just a small part of the Halloween fun available at Walt Disney World (WDW). Disney guests in a Halloween mood can include these activities in their WDW touring plan.
Celebrate the Magic fireworks at Magic Kingdom: “Celebrate the Magic,” the nightly projection show that takes place on Cinderella Castle, adds an appropriately seasonal touch for Halloween as the the Disney villains get starring roles. Among the Disney characters to storm the castle in this short segment are sea witch Ursula, “Fantasia’s” fantastic demon Chernabog, and the malevolent Maleficent in both her famous forms. The Disney Villains sequence of “Celebrate the Magic “will run through Nov. 1, 2013.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: An after-hours hard-ticket event held at Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a family friendly Halloween party that includes the Boo-To-You Parade and HalloWishes fireworks, the Villains Dance Mix & Mingle, dance parties, character meet-and-greets, and – of course – trick-or-treating around the park.
In 2013, MNSSHP includes some new elements. Jack Skellington and Sally from “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas” are one of the headliner meet-and-greets; Phineas and Ferb return to the party and are part of this year’s Creeper Crowd; and “Monsters, Inc.” stars Mike and Sulley host a Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance in Tomorrowland.
Tour Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: Many Disney guests who stay at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, especially RVers, decorate their campsites. The fun starts about a month before Halloween, with lights and jack-o-lanterns and imaginative displays of all types. Take the walking tour or the resort– note you can’t drive your own car around Fort Wilderness – when it’s dusk-to-dark and plan to make Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-long part of the visit.
Fort Wilderness is also home to a number of Halloween-themed activities for resort and campground guests. These include pet-costume, pumpkin-decorating and site-decorating contests, a golf-cart parade, trick-or-treat, and numerous kid-friendly activities.
Indulge in Disney’s Halloween treats: Halloween brings out Disney’s flair for creating memorable, edible treats and seasonal merchandise. The assortment of treats – everything from specialty apples and cupcakes to bags of candy – is enough to create a tummy ache just from browsing. And the Halloween merchandise offers iconic, Disneyfied versions of things for the holiday, as with the Mickey Mouse as jack-o-lantern image, and limited-edition merchandise such as Vinylmation figures and pins.
Guests can locate these seasonal treats throughout WDW; in many cases, the items will be similar across various retail locations, including the World of Disney at Downtown Disney at the WDW Resorts.