One of the reasons the Disney Parks are such popular tourist destinations is because there is always something going on. There are events year-round. Disney is constantly introducing new attractions, shows, festivals, and more. But one of the most popular times of the year for people to visit is during October when all the Halloween activities are in full swing.
If you've never been to a Disney Park for Halloween, you should add it to your bucket list. But there are some significant changes made to the parks during that time. We're giving you a rundown of 10 noticeable changes at all the Disney Parks during Halloween season.
10 The Magic Kingdom is totally transformed
Given the Magic Kingdom is the heart of Florida's Disney World, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that it typically receives the most dramatic transformation during the holidays. Micky's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is hosted at the Magic Kingdom.
Since the party is a staple of the park and one of the most significant annual events, the Magic Kingdom is wholly covered in new fall and Halloween decorations. The entire park is, but the most dramatic and noticeable changes take place in the Magic Kingdom, particularly at Cinderella's Castle.
9 Extra magic hours are limited in the parks
If you pay to stay at one of the many Disney Parks resorts or hotels, you are given the perk of having extra magic hours. These hours allow guests to stay later at one of the parks, or arrive earlier, than guests who stay off-site. However, during Halloween time, the extra magic hours available are limited.
The reason being is because the Magic Kingdom's epic Micky's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party doesn't start until the evening hours. The time for extra magic hours will vary based on the park you're at, events going on, and time of year. Ensure you check with the parks' schedules ahead of time to plan accordingly.
8 The snack offerings change
During the Halloween season, Disney doesn't hold back whatsoever in breaking out the most savory themed snacks and all the sweet treats you could ever want. From brownies, candied apples, cinnamon rolls, milkshakes, to burgers, nachos, pizza, and more, there is a wide variety off food offerings that will be explicitly themed to Halloween.
Try Hades Nachos, Pumpkin Spice Milkshakes, Pumpkin Spice Soft Serve Sundae with candy corn, a Maleficent Ice Cream Cone, Headless Horseman Cheesecake, Caramel Pretzels, and much, much more! If you're a cupcake fan, they have decadent cupcake designs with every character you can imagine. Make sure you brush your teeth extra hard!
7 Halloween in Hong Kong Disneyland is actually terrifying
Disney Parks is known for being family-friendly and geared towards kids. Even during the Halloween season, you won't typically see anything too frightening, except at Disneyland in Hong Kong. Some of their Halloween events, such as the Graves Academy, are aimed more at young adults then they are at kids.
You will probably want to leave the kids at home if you're planning to go into the many haunted houses and walking attractions. In regards to costumes, it's not uncommon to see adults walking around in terrifying get-up that you wouldn't at Disney World.
6 The costume rules are more inclusive for all ages
Typically, Disney Parks has a rule that only guests under the age of 14 are allowed to wear costumes while roaming around the parks. This makes sense since, regularly, children are the ones who would primarily want to wear their Elsa dresses or make-believe they're Buzz or Woody. It can be dangerous to start allowing adults to wear costumes, especially if they're inappropriate.
But during Halloween season, these rules are laxer. At Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party, everyone is allowed to come in costume. There are still distinct rules to follow. You still can't bring weapons or pose for autographs if they come as a Disney character, but they don't want to ruin anyone's Halloween costume fun!
5 The villains come out to play more
Many people are major fans of the Disney villains. Some of the most popular villains in the Disney lexicon include the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus, Ursula, Jafar, and Maleficent. To celebrate their wickedness, the villains are given the spotlight during Halloween.
You can't miss the Sanderson sisters' epic villain show during Micky's Halloween Party. It's a must-see. Some of the parks also host a special villain parade. They even change their nightly fireworks shows to include the villains among the stars. If you go to Micky's Halloween Party, you're likely to get a chance to mingle with the villainous costumed characters!
4 Hollywood Land is fully immersed in the Halloween spirit
Hollywood Land is part of the Disneyland resort and park in California. You'll find that it gets special treatment, as with the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. At Hollywood Land, you'll find the Guardians of the Galaxy ride gets a spooky makeover.
They also sponsor Mickey's Trick-or-Treat show which is an interactive stage show for the kids! They won't get scared and they get candy, everyone wins! For fans of Disney's Descendants, you can also join in on the DescenDANCE Party! The villainous kids from the Disney Channel films will join at an epic party for all ages.
3 Many of the rides get a spooky makeover
During Halloween, Space Mountain is turned into Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy. The new version of the ride includes different lighting, spooky projections, and eerie music that plays over the duration of your ride.
Additionally, the popular Haunted Mansion attraction gets a makeover that integrates the characters and story from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Fans will be able to see Jack Skellington and other popular characters in all their glory! As mentioned previously, in the past, the Guardians of the Galaxy ride in California was turned into Monsters in the Dark.
2 More rare characters are present at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
If you haven't picked up on the trend yet, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a big deal. The tickets grow in price every year, as does the popularity. It's one of the biggest events Disney World hosts on an annual basis.
Due to its popularity, this event gives guests the opportunity to get photos and interact with some of the parks' rarer characters. The Grave Diggers are a special group you may only see at this event. You definitely won't run into them on an average day at the park. You can also meet Jack and Sally and many other special characters here.
1 The parks are covered head to toe in amazing decorations
We've already briefly mentioned many of the special attractions, changes, decorations, treats, and more that are changed at Disney Parks during the annual Halloween season, but overall, the biggest and most immediate change you'll see when you arrive are the decorations.
Disney holds nothing back when they start doing any kind of holiday decoration. All Disney Parks and resorts undergo stunning transformations to look like the perfect little Halloween town. You'll notice fall foliage, pumpkins on every corner, stunning light shows and firework shows, and more, everywhere you turn.