Walt Disney World has begun its phased reopening after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Along with a modified version of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the Orlando resort has announced that Halloween celebrations will return starting September 15 through October 31. While there will not be any sort of Halloween after-hours party as in years past, Disney will still have specialty treats, character experiences, decorations, and more.
The main celebrations will occur at Magic Kingdom Park, where Main Street, U.S.A. will have the iconic Mickey pumpkins lining the main corridor into heart of the park. Main Street, U.S.A will also have colorful banners, carved pumpkins, and seasonal window decor around The Emporium and The Confectionary.
If seeing characters is a priority, then you’re going to want to watch for themed character cavalcades. These mini-parades travel around the park on the traditional parade route from Frontierland to Main Street, U.S.A. For the Halloween season Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and more will be donning their Halloween costumes. Over in Frontierland you can spot Chip ’n’ Dale in their festive best. Other character appearances will happen throughout the day on the horse drawn trolley down Main Street, U.S.A.
Wearing a costume is such a big part of the Halloween experience for many people. For the first time ever, visitors of all ages can wear costumes to Magic Kingdom during regular operating hours. Disney’s regular costume rules still apply, where guests 14 or older cannot wear a costume mask. Even though guests are encouraged to dress up, they will still be required to wear a face covering that meets Disney’s health and safety standards while at the park.
At all four Walt Disney World theme parks, there will be seasonal food items including pumpkin Mickey waffles, spiced apple cupcakes that look like Snow White’s poison apple, and fun novelty popcorn buckets. These eats and treats will be available starting September 8, except for Epcot’s food offerings, which are only available on Halloween day.
Halloween-themed merchandise has already arrived at Walt Disney World’s theme parks, hotels, and Disney Springs. There are quite a few new collections to look over and decide what to buy. New Mickey Ears can be found in a variety of styles, inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloween candy, and witch Minnie Mouse.
Tips for Visiting
- Walt Disney World is set to reduce hours at all four parks starting September 8. Magic Kingdom’s new hours will be 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. This will shorten the amount of time you get to spend inside Magic Kingdom celebrating Halloween, so plan out what you want to do before you get to the park.
- If you choose to wear a costume, be sure to bring one that is easy and safe to wear while riding various attractions. Don’t overcomplicate a costume with a lot of props or headgear.
- Halloween novelty popcorn buckets and sippers typically sell out quickly. If you plan on getting one of the new novelty items like the Jack Skellington sipper or Hitchhiking Ghost popcorn bucket, try to get to Magic Kingdom as early in the day as possible for the best chance of purchasing.
- When you see Halloween merchandise that you like, buy it. Some items are only available at select stores. You may not see that item again at another store at the park or Disney Springs.