Halloween is a festival that is right up there with Christmas in terms of its popularity and marketability. It is, therefore, no wonder that Halloween in Disney World is one of its most popular events to anticipate.
A few of the most exciting things about celebrating Halloween in Disney World are Halloween after-parties, tasty treats, spooky décor, haunted horror houses, and Disney Halloween costume parties.
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It is also fascinating to note how Disney’s incorporation of Halloween as a marketed and targeted festival has helped in the iconic commercialization of the festival across all boards.
Halloween costumes are a big part of that tradition. People get dressed in various designs and iteration of popular Disney characters or characters from animated movies or cartoons.
So, we will see now what all kinds of things you can expect to experience when you travel to Florida for a truly spectacular and magical ride to Disney World.
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A short guide to everything Disney Halloween
Halloween in Disney World is one of the most celebrated and long-lasting of all occasions. It usually begins at the start of August and lasts well into October, sometimes even beyond that.
This year, Halloween at Disney is going to last till the end of October. This blog post right here will guide you through the itinerary that Halloween in Disney world has for you in the year 2021!
You also have Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom to resorts, merch, and food events; we have you all covered! We will guide you through everything you require to spend a spooky-good time here during Halloween at Disneyland 2021.
Disney Halloween decorations begin from roughly the last of August and even in early September. Magic Kingdom, however, starts from much sooner. The kind of crowd you will encounter during Halloween at Disneyland 2021 will vary depending on the new rules and protocols under the Covid situation and travel restrictions. But usually, vacations and weekends are very busy here.
Most likely, September is the best time to go to Disney World to celebrate Halloween in Disney World. October this year around will be a very busy year as this marks the 50th-anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World.
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Halloween in Disney World 2021
Top attractions this year on Halloween at Disney World:
The Halloween party: After Hours Boo Bash, the liveliest Halloween party you’ll ever attend! This party is held in Magic Kingdom between particular nights till October 31st. This event is a relatively new event for Halloween in Disney world and attracts relatively lesser crowds, and the queue time is relatively shorter.
The main attraction of this event is, of course, the ‘less crowd’ part. Halloween costumes are a special attraction. There are also special Halloween entertainments and characters dressed according to the themes.
You can have the exclusive Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies’ Prince John Sucker. Other tasty exclusive delights include Mocha chocolate Chip, Five Dozen Egg Slush, Apple Ginger Dale, Storybook Treats, Maleficent Churro, and Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake.
The price of the tickets is a bit steep. For every individual, the ticket to Boo Bash begins at $120. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was its predecessor. Hocus Pocus and the very popular parade have been canceled for the year 2021.
2. Fun at Disney Hollywood Studios
Disney Halloween is celebrated at full throttle in Hollywood & Vine in the very popular Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here Minnie’s Seasonal Dining is a top-rated attraction.
Through the first week of November, you can dine at Minnie’s Halloween Dine. The food cooked here is seasonal and thematic. A ‘monster feast’ beckons you at the table. There is no buffet style of food-serving here.
Characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the group will appear during meal times. The décor and the music and the food everything is Halloween-themed. During these appearances, usual character interactions aren’t allowed. Though sometimes, the characters would stop or pose from afar for photographs and selfies.
3. Halloween decorations at Disney Magic Kingdom
Mickey Head Pumpkin Wreaths are one of the most iconic decorations for Halloween in Disney world, decorated on lamp-posts. They are found throughout Main Street as well as Central Plaza, located near the Cinderella Castle.
Pumpkins line the second story of the shops on Main Street. The decorations on every pumpkin reflect the particular businesses that the shops run. Autumnal light settings, wreaths, and more autumnal and Halloween decorations decorate the location, the shops, and the streets.
4. The Cinderella Effect
Throughout the place, Cinderella’s themes are interwoven. Halloween in Disney World takes special care to create a magical surrounding by making special coaches of pumpkins. These magical coaches were installed at the park in late September.
Due to the current situation, not every item on the Halloween decorations list could make it up to the forefront. For example, the ‘Pumpkin People’ and the ‘Scarecrow Citizens’ of the Town Square and Main Street haven’t been installed.
5. Fall at Disney Springs
Through the Halloween months, ‘Fall at Springs’ is a feature that many enjoy, where the entire location gets dressed up according to the seasonal decorations.
People can take photos at convenient backgrounds and have an assortment of treats and entertainment. You feel more Halloween-y at Disney Spring than anywhere else.
6. Buying spooky merchandise
The range of themed Halloween merchandise and Disney Halloween costumes at different shops and resorts at Disney Springs will attract everyone.
You can find things for Halloween at Disneyland 2021 range from Pumpkin Mickey Ear Band, Pumpkin Mickey, and many more. Though the range offered is a little bit scaled back this year.
Popcorn buckets are very much popular on Halloween in Disney World merchandise. Various attractive styles feature characters from the famous Haunted Mansion in the Disneyland Magic Kingdom like Madame Leota, Hitchhiking Ghosts, and Candy Cauldron. Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington are also very popular. They will release a Mickey Mummy-style popcorn bucket soon.
7. Follow the headless horseman to sleepy hollow
Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, the very fun and exciting event takes place. They show The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) in the evening inside the resort.
Guests get to see and meet ghosts on horseback and experience the thrill of meeting the creepy Headless Horseman. There are also Halloween-themed desserts and other food items. However, whether this event would be held this year as well is not yet clear. It might come back in 2022.
8. 2021 Wine festival and EPCOT international food festival
These two are happening all year round, but they have certain pumpkin-themed snacks, desserts to enjoy during Halloween!
9. Orlando’s popular Halloween event
Halloween Horror Nights, an event in Universal Studios of Florida very popular for adults. The scary mazes based partially on famous slasher or horror classics like Beetlejuice and Texas Chainsaw Massacre are particularly famous. Special attractions here are Horror stage shows, scary outdoor locations, and Halloween-themed dressed actors.
This year, Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld is a fun, thrilling, and scary adventure where guests have to hide and sneak and escape a house filled with horrors. There is also the feature of a haunting song that may or may not be calling people to their watery doom. This event will presumably be an experience of 27 days.
10. Halloween treats at Disney World
Halloween in Disney world is very much known for the great variety of tasty food. The food ranges from simple and intricate desserts to delicious spooky treats. There are different places to eat. You will find a good variety of food everywhere. The vast varieties of food are one of the many selling points as to why you can spend Halloween here at Disney World in Magic Kingdom.
11. The mentionable
The names of some of the resorts selling tasty Halloween-themed food are: Animal Kingdom Lodge has the Sanaa and Sanaa Lounge, then the Gasparilla Island Grill at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
You have the Contempo Café at Mini Halloween Cake, Disney’s Old Key West Resort’s Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks, Good’s Food to Go, and Conch Flatts General Store.
You also have the Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits as well as Olivia’s Café. Geyser Point at Disney’s Lodge is also very popular. At the Wilderness Lodge, Roaring Fork is also a good option.
12. Resorts at Disney Spring
In Animal Kingdom, you can find Feeding Ground, Trek Snacks and Mahindi, Flame Tree Barbecue, Restaurantosaurus, and Creature Comforts. Then you have Boardwalk Bakery, The Artist’s Palette, Amorette’s Patisserie, The Ganachery, Value Resort Food courts, Dockside Margarita, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. You also have Outdoor Kiosks in Disney Springs.
13. At Hollywood Studios and EPCOT
At Hollywood Studios, you will find Backlot Express, Trolley Car Café, ABC Commissary, Fairfax Fare, and Hollywood Scoops. Hollywood Derby Lounge, Rosie’s All-American Café, and Oasis Canteen are also famous dining places here.
Sunshine Day Bar, Outdoor Carts, and Animation Bar are quite popular too. Woody’s Lunch Box and PizzeRizzo are also very famous places to dine. At Epcot, you will have the Canada Popcorn Cart and Block & Hans.
14. Delicious treats for everyone
Some famous foods that you can enjoy with your family and friends here include but are not at all limited to are the Sea Witch’s Brew, Hocus Pocus Amuck Cakes, Mini Halloween Cake, Be-Witching Minnie Mouse Cupcake, Jack Skellington Pumpkin Pie Pop, Poisoned Delight.
You also have the Harvester Refresher, Black Magic Margarita, Poison Apple, Mummy Cupcake. Vampire Mickey Brownie, Macaroon Pumpkin Pop, Haunted Mansion Cake, Jack O’Lantern are fan favorites.
You also have Caramel Skulls, Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow, Witch Way, and Scar Cupcake. Some of the bests are Carmel Apple Tart, Spooky Ghost Cupcake, and Frozen Apple Cider. Pumpkin Spice Cookie, Sweet Poison, Pumpkin Cannoli, Halloween Lunch Box Tart are also very famous.
Be a part of the memorable experience
Walt Disney World during Christmas is indeed a sight to behold, but during the Halloween season, the Disney world comes alive as if in preparation for the Christmas fun time.
So, Halloween in Disney World is an exciting and fun adventure if you can make it to Florida in time. The exciting features of the Pandora World of Avatar, the Star Tunnel, or Pirates queue soundtrack will make the entire stay at Orlando even more magical and worthwhile.
Halloween in Disney world is a time of colors of the fall, seasonal food, and bright lights and decorations. The big variety of food that one can find in Disney world is truly staggering, and the resorts and cafes have tastes and flavors that would suit all kinds of people across all ages.
The food here really is the selling point of the Halloween season in Disney world and the exciting special attractions and experiences already mentioned above.
Nonetheless, you can still have a truly wonderful and magical experience here at Disney world. So much thrill and fun adventure await you here. As Halloween is a special occasion and the big event and breaks before thanksgiving and Hanukah and Christmas, it only stands to reason that you all will be interested in spending this time with your family and friends here.
So, this is where the guide to spending Halloween in Disney world. Disney Halloween is celebrated in Florida with much fanfare. But that is either because of the anniversary year or because of the current situation with the pandemic.
We hope you will have found this guide comprehensive and useful if you plan a lovely trip to Walt Disney World this October. The Christmas season at Disney World is a grander event; the Halloween season lasts for a month longer than the comparatively two-month window.
For celebrating Halloween in Disney World, you will get access to Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs along with some other places.