First Halloween at Disney World

First Halloween at Disney World

Halloween at Disney World is like no other. From spooky decor to delicious food and unique merchandise, there’s a lot to do and see during this much-loved holiday. Many special events take place that are both family-friendly and incredibly entertaining, but if you’re not prepared, you may miss a few. If this is your first Disney World Halloween, use our guide.

Disney World Decoration

Disney World on Halloween is decorated from head to toe. Being the biggest of the 4 parks, Magic Kingdom has the best spooky decorations, including fall leaf wreaths, Mickey Jack-O-Lanterns, and the fully renovated Dapper Dans. The shopping and dining district feature rustic decorations, most of which you can buy in-store, like flowers and pumpkins.

Disney World Halloween tickets sell early, so if you can’t make it this year or don’t want to travel with bought flowers, these Halloween flowers can make your home as spooky as the park!

Disney World Events

There’s a wide variety of spooky events happening at Disney World during Halloween. The park encourages children to wear costumes, collect candies, and talk to villains throughout the Kingdom. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an all-night event that includes:

  • Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular: A light show featuring fireworks and lasers.
  • Boo-to-You Halloween Parade: A Masquerade including Haunted Mansion. 
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular: Event by the Sanderson Sisters of Hocus Pocus.
  • Trick-or-Treat Throughout the Park: Trick-or-Treating throughout the park.
  • See Favorite Characters All Dressed Up: See Disney Characters in costume!
  • Come in Costume for the Occasion: Come in your own, family-friendly costume.
  • Minnie’s Halloween Dine: Minnie takes over Hollywood & Vine.

Unfortunately, many of these events may be closed due to the pandemic. Fortunately, Disney created the After Hours Boo Bash to keep the Halloween spirit alive for park-goers.

After Hours Boo Bash

Starting in 2021, Walt Disney World Resort is offering an After Hours event to provide a magical experience to guests while navigating the pandemic. Instead of the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests are asked to go to a special three-hour event before the park closes, including unique food offerings, spooktacular entertainment, and tasty Halloween candy.

Adult-Only Events

Although Halloween at Disney is geared towards children, it doesn’t mean adults can’t get in on the fun! Unfortunately, none of them will be Halloween-themed. If you enjoy wine, check out EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival happening during Fall every year. Adults can also enjoy fine dining, play golf, have a spa day, and hang out at a Dueling Piano Bar.

Disney World Rides

Disney World is filled with several attractions that operate year-round, but some of them are specifically Halloween-themed, like Haunted Mansion. If you want to experience rides that have a unique overlay during the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, check out Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, and Pirates of the Caribbean. 

Disney World Food

Disney sells food all over the property, but some are only available in certain parks. Below is a list of Disney foods that are only sold during Halloween and where they’re located:

  • Magic Kingdom
    • Constance’s For Better or For Worse Wedding Cake (Liberty Square Market)
    • Mickey Cinnamon Roll (Main Street Bakery)
    • Orange and Black Sugar Churros (Churro Carts, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café)
    • Mickey Monster Mash Burger (Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café)
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • Poison Candied Apple (Trolley Car Café)
    • Frozen Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider (PizzeRizzo, Rosie’s All-American Café)
  • EPCOT
    • Liquid Nitro Cake Pop (EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival)
    • Halloween Sugar Cookie (Garden Grill, Traveler’s Café)
  • Animal Kingdom
    • Spooky Apple Punch Beverage (Isle of Java, Flame Tree Barbecue)

All major quick and table service restaurants serve vegan and vegetarian options if you are currently on a plant-based diet. Pirates Horizon, Berry Blaster, Maleficent Cone, and The Headless Horseman Rides Again are all vegan, and many restaurants will accommodate vegan diets, even if the recipe isn’t typically made vegan. Ask your server for more information.

Disney World Merchandise

At Disney World, you can take home many Halloween keepsakes that charge every year. Guests can typically find souvenirs, like coffee mugs, candy bowls, candle holders, wreaths, pajamas, Minnie Mouse ears, and more that offer a spooky theme. Keep a lookout for Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise because a lot of merchandise features its characters.

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