Family-friendly tricks, treats, and surprises await guests this Halloween season at Walt Disney World Resort. The ever popular Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom will get you in the "spirit." The special-ticket party lasts from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on 29 very special evenings! The party will include the newly-expanded "Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade" down Main Street, U.S.A.
and the bewitching "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks spectacular. Also included is Halloween storytelling, live shows and unique merchandise. Kids of all ages can trick-or-treat throughout the park, get their faces painted and fortunes told and show off their costumes in special kid-friendly "Mous-Ka-Rade" parties. In addition, as noted by these party secrets, families can enjoy a unlimited use of popular attractions.
Tickets should be purchased in advance because many nights sell out months ahead. Dates for 2016 are: September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29-30 and October 2, 4, 6-7, 10-11, 13-14, 16, 18, 20-21, 23, 25, 27-28 & 30-31, 2016. For more details and to purchase advance tickets, call 407-W-DISNEY or visit www.disneyworld.com/halloween. Ticket prices for 2016 begin at $72.00, plus tax, with prices varying depending on the event date.
Here are other ways Disney guests can get into the Halloween "spirit" at Disney World's theme parks:
- Go batty.Imagine being face to (upside-down) face with giant fruit bats with six-foot wingspans. Enter... carefully... the rustic, open-air lair of bats on the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
- Going (heh, heh) down? Drop-ins are welcome at the Hollywood Tower Hotel; leaving with your sanity is the hard part. Legend holds that lightning struck the hotel on Halloween night in 1939. Disney's Hollywood Studios guests enter this frozen-in-time world of cobwebbed lobby furnishings and a dank, dusty boiler room. What awaits in the rusted service elevator is, well, a pulse-racing trip to the Twilight Zone. Hold on... and wonder what fate befell hotel guests who vanished that stormy Halloween in 1939.
- S-s-s-shark! Typhoon Lagoon water park guests don free snorkel gear and slip into Shark Reef where a sunken tanker is home to tropical fish and cruising nurse, leopard and bonnethead sharks. Landlubbing disbelievers can watch through portholes.
- Creepy crawlers. Tarantulas, spiders and roaches are the stars of "It's Tough to be a Bug!" an animated 3-D adventure with special effects inside The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The hilarious – and sometimes terrifying – film gives guests a bug's-eye view of the trials and tribulations of insects.
- Dinosaur! Talk about chase scenes... picture 65 million years ago and YOU are being stalked by a rampaging carnotaurus with dinner on his mind. That's just one of the dizzying thrills of DINOSAUR at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Guests in lurching, out-of-control time-travel vehicles dodge meteors as they come face-to-face with fierce, gigantic dinosaurs.
- House boo-tiful. "Grim grinning" guests of the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion will find ghouls and ghosts of every shape and size. Rumor has it there are 999 Happy Haunts in the mansion, but there's always room for one more. Any volunteers?
- Halloween hayride. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow inspires hayride thrills at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Rides depart every 30 minutes across from Pioneer Hall. Be regaled by a storyteller and hold on for surprises aboard these 20-minute nighttime rides along Swamp Trail.
Now all THAT'S scary!