Happy Halloween! Today’s post is, not surprisingly, about things to do in Walt Disney World if this is your favorite holiday. Now, if you’re lucky enough to be in Disney World in September or October, there is an event specifically designed for you: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. But what if your trip is at another time of year? If that’s the case, I wanted to give you some Halloween-inspired activities that you can do whenever you visit.
So, here are seven spooky things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Halloween:
1. Make Friends with Ghosts in The Haunted Mansion
There’s no Disney attraction more associated with Halloween than The Haunted Mansion. If you haven’t visited in a while, be sure to take your time seeing the new crypts and tombstones in the now interactive queue. I appreciate all the puns and wordplay on the epitaphs.
2. Count the Skeletons in Pirates of the Caribbean
Before this attraction shows the rollicking fun that comes with pillaging, it gives a preview of the likely end of these merry escapades: sudden death, and a bird building a nest in your hat.
3. Escape a Witch in Snow White’s Scary Adventures
This attraction will be going away as part of the Fantasyland expansion, so experience it while you can. In the original version, Snow White did not appear in the attraction; you, the guest, were Snow White. People didn’t get it, so they added her in. But the witch is still after you too…
4. Explore Ominous, Bat-Infested Caves on Tom Sawyer Island
OK, maybe they’re not bat-infested, but there are bat sound effects, and it is dark in there. Take some time to explore this under-appreciated area.
5. Be Threatened by Trolls on Maelstrom
Maybe trolls aren’t a classic Halloween creature, but they’re fairy tale villains, so I think it’s close enough. One random question about this attraction: does the “disappear, disappear” line make anyone else think of Animal from The Muppets?
6. Become an Honorary Creepy-Crawly in It’s Tough to be a Bug!
This attraction is not for small children. Seriously. Even the toughest of my nephews was practically in tears by the end of this one. Unless your child is particularly into bugs, OK with the dark, and can handle scary surprises, I’d stay away until late elementary school. That said, an attraction filled with bugs—some friendly and some not so friendly—definitely fits today’s theme.
7. Experience a Dark and Stormy Night in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
No matter the time of day, it’s always evening in the Tower of Terror. (Although it is particularly fun to ride when it actually is dark outside.) This is one of my favorite attractions. I’m almost always the only one in the photo with my arms in the air. Want proof?
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To do all of today’s activities in one spooktacular day, you’ll have to hit all four parks. I’d start in Magic Kingdom, since four of the activities are there. Then take the monorail over to Epcot to ride Maelstrom. Next, I’d head over to Animal Kingdom for It’s Tough to Be a Bug! because Animal Kingdom is usually the first park to close, and as I said, Tower of Terror is most fun when it’s dark. So, after you turn in your bug eyes, take the bus over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and cross over to… The Twilight Zone. [Sound of thunder crashing]
Which one of these is your favorite terror-ific activity at Walt Disney World?