Everything you need to know about Halloween at Disney World in 2022


The bewitching hour has arrived! Walt Disney World invites all ghouls and goblins to savor their longest season: Halloween. The festivities begin in early August and continue until the big night, October 31. That’s right. While much of the country is still enjoying the last moments of summer, the most magical place on Earth is rolling out the red (or orange) carpet for oversized pumpkins and ghostly sights.

Disney World Halloween is unlike any other time of year. The enchanting magic of the year-round resort is amplified with breathtaking decor, delicious bites and spooky surprises. Visitors can enjoy an abundance of limited-time themed goodies and sold-out merchandise or snag a spot at ticketed festivities that will rival any theme park event. Yes, Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party is back!

Here are all the tricks and treats waiting for you at Walt Disney World this Halloween.

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The Magic Kingdom park is transformed with a festive decor.

Without a doubt, the most spectacular place to enjoy all of Halloween is Magic Kingdom park. Seasonal transformation kicks into high gear at the theme park where gorgeous Mickey-headed pumpkins line Main Street, USA alongside stunning fall wreaths. Don’t forget to look up – expertly carved pumpkins line the second-story windows of the iconic street.

Fall at Disney Springs brings seasonal decorations, photo backdrops and entertainment that further enhance the atmosphere. Disney resorts get in on the action with Halloween activities and terrifically fun movies.

The limited-time food and drink options alone are worth a visit.

The Disney World Food and Beverage team shines with the addition of dozens of tempting limited-time food and beverage offers found throughout the resort, including cocktails, cakes, cupcakes and whoopie pies – Oh my God! These tasty deviations from the usual theme park norms act as mini works of art that are both delicious and Instagram-worthy. For those without a sweet tooth, Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is happening simultaneously, offering a cornucopia of savory fall-inspired delights.

Specialty meals are also in the spotlight, including the return of Minnie’s Halloween Dine. Taking Hollywood & Vine to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this Monster of a Feast is an all-you-can-eat dining experience where you can catch Mickey, Minnie and their friends in their Halloween costumes.

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Halloween is when you can find the best merchandise.

Disney World is going all out for Halloween merchandise, as many ghoulish holiday-themed apparel, homewares, plush characters and more can be found at theme parks, hotels and various Disney Springs stores. From must-haves like Mickey pumpkin ear headbands to “Hocus Pocus” themed spirit jerseys, it’s the season to shop till you drop.

A highlight every year are the limited edition popcorn buckets and premium sippers that have become a staple of the Disney fandom. The Halloween season sees some of the best designs in these must-haves, from Madame Leota to Oogie Boogie.

Mickey’s popular not-so-scary Halloween party is back!

Disney’s hugely popular Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party makes its triumphant return this season to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park. The prix-fixe event is complete with rare Disney Character sightings and themed entertainment you won’t find anywhere else. Unlike other theme park events that rely on thrills and thrills, this is totally family friendly. Plus, you can see all your favorites, including Mickey and Minnie, in their holiday best.

If you’ve ever dreamed of tricking or dealing through Magic Kingdom, now is your chance. This is the only opportunity for guests of all ages to don costumes, but it’s important to review theme park policies beforehand.

Beloved attractions – including Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor – get a Halloween makeover in the form of spooky lightning bolts and haunting music. The event is only open to ticketed guests, which means you can enjoy the benefit of shorter wait times for attractions.

During party hours, you can also get your hands on some wildly creative food and drink created exclusively for the event. Not-so-scary memories can be captured with special PhotoPass opportunities, including Magic Shots featuring the eerie, smiling ghosts of the Haunted Mansion.

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Exclusive entertainment is the cornerstone of the party.

Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade is a park procession like no other, starting with an appearance from the Headless Horseman. Presenting twice a night, the cavalcade features beloved characters alongside villains and icons from your favorite attractions and movies. The Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular stage show features the Sanderson sisters as they display their token mischievous ways alongside classic Disney villains including Maleficent and Oogie Boogie in a thrilling performance. The captivating Dapper Dans also shine when they transform into the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet, dazzling guests with their spellbinding harmonies.

For the grand finale, the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks display is an eerily beautiful spectacle combining state-of-the-art projection effects with lasers and lights. Hosted by Jack Skellington, the nightcap features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and some naughty surprises in the stunning setting of Cinderella’s Castle.

Enjoy new party elements for the 50th anniversary celebration.

The party sees new additions this year to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. Partygoers can enjoy new 3D photo backgrounds, a reusable treat bag with a design inspired by both Halloween and birthday, and a special commemorative printed photo.

The party is offered on select nights from August 12 to October 31. Tickets for the five-hour event, start early at $109 for adults and $99 for kids ages three to nine and top out at $199 on Halloween night. Discounts are available to Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. All ticket holders can enter the park three hours before the party.

Celebrate Halloween on land and at sea.

Guests visiting Walt Disney World for the Halloween season can combine a spooky-inspired trip to the high seas with their vacation at the park. Select ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will depart from Florida as part of a special “Halloween on the High Seas” event. These unique experiences for the whole family include elaborate décor, themed food and drink, a Mickey Mouse querade and candy on board.

For the very first time this year, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow will appear on the ship as everyone’s favorite Halloween trio, the Sanderson sisters from “Hocus Pocus”. A large pumpkin tree fills the atrium of each ship, and the Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Wish Disney, will launch a brand new version.


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