Fall and Halloween Activities and Events at Walt Disney World
August – November 1, 2018
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 there are special decorations, treats, and events throughout the parks and resorts. 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 fireworks 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 several locations. The observation deck on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort, the beaches of the Polynesian Resort (with piped in music), the marina dock at the Grand Floridian Resort (with piped in music) and the Transportation and Ticket Center along the walkway to ferry loading area (breathtaking free views with piped in music) are among the most popular viewing locations. 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. 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: Select days 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 3 through November 8. 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 $50 per adult and $30 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 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, guests may come across other entertainment offerings like stilt-walkers.
Of course, treats are important. Be on the lookout for great seasonal indulgences 2017 treats included:
- 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. New for 2018 is a dessert party at 9:00 before or after the film depending on which showtime you are viewing. The Return to Sleepy Hollow experience will take place at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on:
- September 28-30
- October 3-7
- October 10-14
- October 17-21
- October 24-31
There are 3 ticketing options for this event:
- General : $22
- Premium: $38
- Ultimate: $60
The General admission includes a special pin, the headless horseman meet and greet, and the movie screening. The Premium admission includes a special treat bag and cup to take home. The Ultimate admission includes the new dessert party.
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 has unique offerings for Halloween. There are a couple of different options available, currently a villians package and ghouls and ghosts night package. To learn more 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 have been available in the past few years:
- 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 was a Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll with 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 and refilled!
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. A money saving tip is to check the Disney Outlet Stores for seasonal merchandise at the end of the season.