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Disney at Halloween
If you haven’t visited Orlando at Halloween, then you have missed a great treat. All the parks provide special spooky delights, and these range from the really tame to the rather horrific, so you can take your choice. Most of the special events start in September, and carry on until the last day of October or November 1st.
Of course the one which most people know about is Disney’s ‘Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, ’ which is held at Magic Kingdom, starting at the beginning of September and finishing on November 1st. As its name indicates, this one is quite suitable for young children as there is not a vampire or werewolf to be seen. Normal admission tickets do not allow you to enter the park for this event, so you will need to purchase a separate ticket which gives you after-hours entry to the park. When these evenings are held the park closes early in anticipation of the arrival of the ‘Not so Scary’ guests, so if you choose to visit Magic Kingdom on one of these days be prepared to be escorted off the premises early if you have not purchased a ticket for the evening’s events. The fun begins at 7. 00 pm although entry is usually from 6. 00 pm, and it finishes around midnight.
The whole park is dressed for Halloween, with pumpkins, spooks and witches. The Disney characters dress up in Halloween costumes, too. There is a special Halloween parade, called ‘Mickey’s Boo to You’ at 8. 15 pm or 10. 30 pm, with the second parade being less busy. A Halloween firework display can be seen at 9. 30 pm, and this is called ‘Happy Hallowishes. ’ The stunning visual effects are set to spooky music from Disney attractions and movies. There is trick or treating around the park, and when you arrive you are given a bag to collect sweets in. This is a very family friendly event, so no blood or gore. Many people dress up for the occasion – often as Disney characters, but no extreme costumes are allowed.
Tickets for these evening sell out quickly so if you are contemplating a visit then do book in advance. Some evenings are particularly popular, including, of course, October 31st.
If you don’t want to pay out for a special ticket, then Downtown Disney hosts a free evening from 5. 00 pm – 9. 00 pm on October 30th and 31st. Last year children could dress up and collect sweets from several shops, and there was storytelling, plus a magician and comedian, who performed several times during the evening. Throughout the night a DJ played tunes for a dance party at the Fountain Stage. There were also skeletons on stilts walking around.
Both of these events are family friendly. If you want to be scared out of your wits then Disney is not the place to go! For that you will need to visit Universal or Busch Gardens.
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