Walt Disney World (WDW) gets into the fun-filled spirit of Halloween, decorating the resort for a family-friendly celebration of the fall holiday. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Magic Kingdom, the home of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and some detailed Halloween decorations.
While MNSSHP, the Halloween event at WDW, requires a separate ticket, Disney guests can enjoy the annual holiday decorations at Magic Kingdom for free.
While there are details throughout the theme park, which take about five days to install, most of the decorates may be enjoyed in Main Street, U.S.A., the hub area near Cinderella Castle and Liberty Square.
Highlights of the Halloween decorations include the more than 180 jack-o-lanterns that are hand-carved. Some of these pumpkins offer traditional designs, such as ghosts, while others feature Disney characters.
It’s a bit of a tradition for Disney guests, like myself, who travel to WDW for the fall season, to pick out old favorites and new designs.
See photos of Halloween decorations at Magic Kingdom or see more Disney Halloween decorations on video.
Some Disney jack-o’-lanterns to look for:
- The Dalmatians pumpkin at the fire station, including one of a puppy and a white one with just the “spots.”
- The Main Street restaurants feature carved pumpkins reflecting their treats, whether hot dogs at Casey’s or ice cream at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.
- Similarly, the stores and attractions will show off their offerings, including a diamond ring at Uptown Jewelers or the film-strip pumpkin at the Main Street Cinema.
- There is a restroom jack-o’-lantern on Main Street, with an arrow pointing to the nearest bathrooms.
Also a favorite sight for Magic Kingdom’s Halloween decorations are the Main Street pumpkin scarecrows. Placed around the plaza, these figures represent figures regularly found in Magic Kingdom Main Street and represent small-town American life: the Mayor and suffragettes, the Main Street Band, even a baseball player and Emporium shopgirl.
Then, travel down to the hub in front of Cinderella Castle to see the Halloween statues decorating the planters that surround “Partners,” the Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue.
Such Halloween decorations are one of the many holiday happenings at Walt Disney World Resort. See my hub on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which includes 2011 information about MNSSHP and photos of the party’s highlights. Or view the 2010 Magic Kingdom Halloween decorations article.
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