August 25 – November 1, 2017
There’s just so much to do at Walt Disney World during the Fall and Halloween season. In addition to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom.
Throughout the fall season, there’s also special Halloween character dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Speaking of food, you also won’t want to miss the special Halloween-themed treats that you can find throughout the resort. There’s lots to do on Halloween day at the various Disney resorts, too.
Take a look at some of the great spooktacular fun.
The Magic Kingdom park will be decked out for Halloween beginning late August/early September with decorations on Main Street U.S.A. and in Liberty Square. Be sure to check out are the pumpkin citizens—scarecrow-like creations found in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A. You’ll find a fun pumpkin photo opportunity in Town Square, too.
Next, as you pass through Main Street, look around you at all of the beautiful fall foliage, as well as the carved pumpkins found in the upper story windows. You’ll also find some holiday-themed statues of your favorite Disney characters in costume in the Main Street USA cut through area located near the Town Square.
Catch HalloWishes Outside of the Magic Kingdom
With a Disney Villain theme, HalloWishes is quite possibly the best firework show offered at the Walt Disney World Resort. The show only takes place in the Magic Kingdom only during Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween parties. Unlike Magic Kingdom’s standard fireworks that are fired directly over the castle only, the party fireworks are 360 degrees around the Magic Kingdom perimeter as well.
Those wishing to view HalloWishes fireworks from outside the parks during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights can do so from the observation deck on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort, from the beaches of the Polynesian Resort (with piped in music), from the marina dock at the Grand Floridian Resort (with piped in music) and from Transportation and Ticket Center along the walkway to ferry loading area (breathtaking free views with piped in music). Guests may also view the spectacular at a few select restaurants, such as California Grill and Narcoossee’s.
Guests may also consider taking part in one of the private Magic Kingdom firework cruises. New for 2015 are the Ferrytale Wishes: Fireworks Dessert Cruise. Via this cruise Guests can experience an exclusive dessert party and unique fireworks viewing experience on Seven Seas Lagoon where guests will enjoy decadent desserts, specialty beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a one-of-a-kind perspective of HalloWishes.
Gardens of the World Tour – Fall Edition
During this tour, guests receive an in depth look at the Food and Wine Festival throughout the Epcot. While enjoying the tour, Guests can immerse their senses in the world of edible trees, shrubs and flowers! This fascinating tour allows Guests the chance to study the various gardens of World Showcase with a Disney Horticulture expert while examining the various edibles indigenous to each country. Not only will you learn during the tour, but you’ll be invited to delight in their unique food and drink and learn different ways you can adapt growing techniques in your own garden!
Days & Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Duration: 3 hours
Price Range: $85 per person, plus tax
Park Admission: Required but not included
Restrictions: Ages 12 and up
Discounts: Disney Visa (20%), DVC (15%)
To Reserve: Call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Things get spooky at Hollywood & Vine‘s lunch and dinner character meal called Minnie’s Halloween Dine which takes place form beginning September 4 through November 5. During this dining experience, Minnie and her pals will gather for a frightfully festive Halloween feast. Guests can pose for photos with some of their favorite Disney Characters dressed in Halloween costumes and participate in fun table activities.
Minnie’s Halloween Dine costs $46.99 per adult and $27.99 per child, plus tax and gratuity. Some dining plans are accepted.
Reservations for Minnie’s Halloween Dine can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Halloween Decorations & Activities
In the past, park guests have been treated to Halloween themed arts and crafts and other Halloween activities at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Looking for some great fall fun? Look no further than Disney Springs. Guests are encouraged to stop at one of the four different Halloween-themed photo locations. Guests should also keep an eye out for PhotoPass photographers who will be roaming property with fun fall-themed props.
In the evening, Guests will be able to experience special entertainment offerings. Halloween music haunts the Disney Springs promenade with a nightly family-friendly DJ Dance Party near Once Upon a Toy. Also, from October 20-31, Guests will be able to see spirited stilt walkers.
Of course, treats are important. Be on the lookout for great seasonal indulgences including:
- Paddlefish: Pumpkin at Midnight Cocktail with smoked rum and pumpkin liqueur
- Sprinkles: Caramel Apple, Black Velvet and Pumpkin Cupcakes
- AristoCrepes: Apple Cinnamon Crepes
- Starbucks: Limited-Time Drinks including the “Frankenfrap”
- Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop: Pumpkin Spice Caramel Squares
- Dockside Margaritas: Southern Tier Pumpking Ale
- Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co.: Halloween-themed treats and specialty apples
- Raglan Road: Dry Ice Spiced Caramel Apple Martini
- The Ganachery: Chocolate Caramel Skulls and Seasonal Ganache Flavors
- Amorette’s Patisserie: Pumpkin Crème Brûlée, Pumpkin Mickey Character Dome Cake, Fall Petit Cake
- D-Luxe Burger: Pumpkin Milk Shake
- STK Orlando: Halloween-themed specialty cocktails
- Wetzel’s Pretzels: Pumpkin Spice Bitz
Events at Select Disney Resorts
Return to Sleepy Hollow Experience
At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, you can have an experience with the Headless Horseman during the Return to Sleepy Hollow opportunity. During this event, Guests will view the 1949 Disney animated classic film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow inside the resort’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables, but you will also get an up close encounter with the Headless Horseman. The Return to Sleepy Hollow experience will take place at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on:
- September 29-October 2
- October 5-9
- October 12-16
- October 19-23
- October 26-31
This offering costs $22 per person, however there is also a premium seating option for $38 per person, which includes a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag. Guests age 3 and older, will receive an exclusive limited edition pin. Guests age 2 and younger will receive complimentary admission with their families, but they are asked to sit in a parent’s lap. The Return to Sleepy Hollow experience can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.
Most Disney resorts will have some special complimentary Halloween activities for guests on Halloween day that include a costume contest, spooky arts and crafts, special showings of Halloween movies at the resort pool or beach areas and possibly even trick-or-treating. Things really get jumping at Fort Wilderness Cabins and Campground. Highlights take place October 30 and 31, with a decorated Halloween Golf Cart Parade and a Camp Site & Cabin Decorating Contest. It’s well worth the visit to Fort Wilderness sometime mid-October or later to see some of the elaborate decorations campers have on display.
All Disney resorts should be showing Halloween themed-movies the weekend of Halloween. Movies take place nightly at resort beach and pool areas. To see a schedule of movies playing for the current month at your resort, visit our Movies Under the Stars page and click on the “Activities” link for your resort.
Disney Resort Halloween In-Room Celebrations
If you’ll be staying at the Walt Disney World Resort this fall, Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker offering for Halloween. Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration features a one-of-a-kind Halloween banner that lights up that will be hung on your resort room door to greet you when you return from the parks. Then, upon entering your resort room, you’ll discover creepy hidden surprises, cobwebs, candy and more, prepared by Mickey and Minnie. There’s also a special message from Mickey and a “ghostly” activity waiting just for you. After you’ve discovered special Halloween haunts lurking in the room, little ones can snuggle up with their new Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush, and rest on their personalized Mickey Mouse pillowcase! To learn more about Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort, call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker 407-WDW-GIFT or visit Disneyflorist.com.
Halloween time at Walt Disney World resort brings with it a host of seasonal-themed treats. Here are just a few that are typically available:
- Stop in the Main Street Bakery (Starbucks) for a bright orange Mickey Halloween Cupcake with chocolate cake filled with purple marshmallow fluff topped with orange vanilla buttercream, sprinkles and a white chocolate scarecrow Mickey. Also, there will be a Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll takes on a spooky twist with orange icing and a chocolate spider web. At Plaza Ice Cream Parlor enjoy pumpkin-flavored ice cream.
- Baked Goods & Confections: Pumpkin Fudge, Ghost Marshmallows; Mickey Pumpkin and Jack Skellington Cookies; Minnie Witch, Jack Skellington and Monster Caramel Apples; Candy Corn and Mummy Cupcakes and other assorted Halloween-themed Cupcakes and Cookies can be found at Main Street Confectionery or Bakery and at Big Top Treats in the Magic Kingdom or at Sweet Spells at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Company in Disney Springs.
- Skull Apple: Can be found at various confectioneries throughout the resort.
- Halloween Popcorn Containers: Can be found at popcorn stands at all of the parks!
In recent years, the Halloween assortment of merchandise at Walt Disney World has grown to include a variety of items including home and decorative goods, plush, pins, souvenirs, apparel and more.
If you are headed to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, be sure to look for select merchandise created especially for this annual event.