Disney World is getting into the Halloween spirit with a time lapse video showing all the work that goes into decorating the park for the season. The aim of Disney's Halloween celebration, called Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween, is to delight, not frighten guests with fun themed food and events for the whole family. This is unlike Universal's Halloween Horror Nights or Six Flag's Fright Fest, which are both aimed at older audiences wanting a good scare.
Both Disney World and Disneyland offer a number of fun events to celebrate the fall holiday. There's the Headless Horseman who leads the Frightfully Fun Parade down Mainstreet and a Halloween themed fireworks spectacular. Kids can even dress in costume and trick-or-treat around the park. And Disney villains like Cruella deVille, Maleficent, and the Evil Queen from Snow White, finally get their chance to shine with their own meet and greets.
The Disney Twitter account shared the video showing how Disney World prepares for all these celebrations. Set to "This Is Halloween" from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, the video shows lampposts being adorned with Mickey pumpkin wreaths, shop windows on Main Street USA being transformed, and garlands of leaves going everywhere. The hundreds of jack-o-lanterns displayed are all unique and carved by hand. It's fun to see the familiar Florida location get a little taste of fall and goes to show just how much work it takes to transform the park for about a month.
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On the other coast, Disneyland has some special Halloween events of its own. The new Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission Breakout! ride has added a Halloween twist that also ties into the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Called Monsters After Dark, the ride picks up where the previous one left off - with the Guardians escaping, but then realizing they left Baby Groot behind. Riders get to go back inside the Collector's Fortress at night and face Surtur’s Fire Dragon - who is set to appear in the new Thor film. It's a great way to continue the Disney theme of #ItsAllConnected while also giving diehard fans an extra incentive to come to the park during the holiday season.
Both Disney World and Disneyland really give park goers an immersive holiday experience. The whole park changes to celebrate Halloween - and later Christmas - from decorations to the look of the castles to the costumes on characters like Mickey, Minnie, and the gang. And of course there is themed food. Disney (like everywhere else) has pumpkin everything from fudge to cheesecake to Mickey shaped waffles. There are also Ghost-ly Pepper Nachos, Bat Wing Raspberry Sundaes, Green Apple lemonade, and Sea Witch themed cocktails for the older crowd. If you get a chance you should definitely check out the spooky fun the Disney Parks offer - if you dare.
Source: Disney Parks