Friday, October 28, 2011

Magical Blogorail Green: Halloween at WDW


Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Green. Enjoy the ride as we share with you Halloween Festivities in Disney Parks.

When I think of Halloween at Walt Disney World, the first thing that comes to mind is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)!  This is a special event ticket for a Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom on select nights.  I had the privilege of attending this party earlier this fall and have lots to share, but I'm going to let some of my other "Blogorail Green" family share that with you!  You can check here for a post about my MNSSHP experience.

Today, I'm going to share alternatives to celebrating Halloween at Walt Disney World that don't cost as much money!  In the past, Downtown Disney has provided a free Trick or Treat option for families on Halloween night called "Happy  Hauntings."  But, when I started doing some research for this post, I learned that this is not an option for 2011.  Instead, Downtown Disney will offer Halloween decorations, entertainment and fall menu items in some of the restaurants.  I was a bit disappointed in this, but that's how it goes.

Another alternative to going to MNSSHP or Downtown Disney is to spend time at select resorts!  Many of the resorts will be having fun activities, great decorations and special events on Halloween, at least they did in 2010~
  • At the Wilderness Lodge, there were crafts in the lobby, haunted duck races, a costume parade, trick or treating and the evening will close with a movie on the beach.
  • At Saratoga Springs, there were Halloween themed activities throughout the day with crafts, guessing games, cupcake decorating, a costume contest, trick or treating and a movie under the stars.
  • At Port Orleans, there was a pool party, games, dancing, trivia and an outdoor movie.
  • At Old Key West, there was pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, a pool party, a costume contest, trick or treating and a movie. 

The best activities will be held at Fort Wilderness!  On October 30, 2010, there were mummy games, crafts, pumpkin carving contests, a decorated golf cart parade, the sing-a-long with Chip N' Dale and a movie at Meadow Trading Post.  On Halloween, there were just as many fun things offered!  You could help judge the cast member's pumpkins, see a pet costume parade, tie dye a tshirt, trick or treat at the camp ground and end the night again at Meadow Trading Post for the sing-a-long and movie.  In addition to doing the planned activities that Disney has in store for you, I would suggest spending time looking at the Halloween decorations at the camp sites!  Most people look at lights and decorations at Christmas time, but at Fort Wilderness, you need to do this on Halloween too!  There is a great article about the Fort Wilderness events, complete with incredible photographs at allears.net.

If you are going to be at Walt Disney World during October, but not on Halloween, there are still other options for you at Fort Wilderness to help you get that Halloween feeling!  You can take a half hour "Haunted Halloween Carriage Ride" through the trails by Bay Lake while the driver tells the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow for $60 a carriage.  I've been told the headless horseman may even make an appearance! ;)  You do need to make plans in advance and secure a reservation if you want to do the Haunted Carriage Ride.  You can do this 180 days out.  Another option is a nightly 45 minute horse drawn wagon ride that tours the campground.  With this ride you will be able to see some of the Halloween decorations at the campsites!  This is a first come, first served activity.  The cost is $8 adults and $5 kids ages 3-9.

What are some other fun Halloween activities you have experienced at Walt Disney World?  I'd love to hear about them!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Walt Disney World Not Just For Kids!

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7 comments:

  1. We were at Animal Kingdom Lodge for Halloween and loved the trick or treat scavenger hunt!

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  2. very cool. I didn't find that info in my searching! :) I'm sure there are more events at the deluxe resorts.

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  3. I didn't know about any of those activities! I really want to go during October!

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  4. What a great time to be in WDW! So much to see and do!!

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  5. I think the Haunted Carriage ride sounds like so much fun. I guess I need to add that to my list. :)

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  6. Those are some great ideas!  I definitely want to check out the Sleepy Hollow carriage ride!

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  7. We went trick of treating at the Polynesian. There were also other activities for the kids at the pool with lots of Halloween music.

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