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When hinges creak, in doorless
chambers. And strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls.
Whenever candlelights flicker, where the air is deathly still, that is
the time that a Spoooktacular edition of the INTERCOT Insider has
arrived in your inbox. As we dive into the preverbal leaf pile of
Autumn, Halloween is fast approaching. Ghoulish delights are already in
full spooky swing at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland
Resort. In this edition we cover tips for attending Mickey's
Not-So-Scary Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom, find out what Treat
the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin has in-store for Halloween
vacationers, run-down the Halloween Happenings at Disneyland, and find
out how to have a spooky time at Disney's Fort Wilderness during the
Halloween season. Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's
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On select Autumn nights, the Magic
Kingdom transforms into a realm of ghoulish delight. Mickey's
Not-So-Scary Halloween party offers two special entertainment
events--Happy HallowWishes! and Mickey's Boo-to-You Parade. Much like
the regular nightly entertainment, these offerings are viewable from a
number of locations around the Magic Kingdom. Here's some INTERCOTee's
recent thoughts on the best places to view these two spooky
"We usually try to watch Hallowishes
from in front of the Castle, but really you can see them from anywhere
in the park. As for the parade, we have watched it on Main Street and
in Frontierland. I really enjoyed it last year when we saw it in
"Our favorite spot to watch the
parade is over at Liberty Square where the parade makes the turn. You
get to see it coming straight at you plus a side view when it
"I think the best place to watch the
fireworks is between the Carrousel and Pinocchio Village Haus."--droopy
"We were just there and found the
best spot to be for the parade is near the Hall of President - right
across from the Liberty Tree. We got there about 20 minutes before the
second parade and had great seats!"--CardsFan81
"We watched the Hallowishes fireworks
from the area right next to the Tea Cups. We could see everything
without having to turnaround in circles. It was wonderful and there was
not a soul in sight. Very relaxing!"--KAT1811
"We try to watch the fireworks in
front of the central garden with the statue of Walt and Mickey. A good
spot is where the rail line splits. It's especially important to be here
with this fireworks show since it covers a 180 degree arc of the sky.
As for the parade, Liberty Square is great. This past trip we stood
across from Pecos Bill's. A great place except for the spotlight shining
in my eyes and camera from above Pecos Bill's."--garymacd
"We watched Hallowishes right in
front of the old "Fantasyland Skyway" entrance. Seemed to be almost
under the action."--kemps@wdw
"We like to watch the parade in Frontierland in front of the shooting gallery. As for the fireworks, we
were able to get seats on the second floor of the train station at the
end of Main Street USA and had an awesome view!"--epceddie
The Walt Disney World Resort has
released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for
January 2010. For guests visiting during this time, you will want to
visit the Park Hours and Events pages to aid in planning your trip.
Remember, all times and schedules are subject to change, so check back
Current Park Hours
<<A Frightfully Fun
Magic Hours Schedule and Info
Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules
Halloween fun isn't restricted to the
Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort. Guests can also get into
the "spirit" of the season at Disney's Fort Wilderness resort. Guests
can traverse the woods of Fort Wilderness on a 25-minute Haunted
Carriage Ride while listening to the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Each
carriage can accommodate 4 adults or 2 adults with 3 children ages 9 and
under. Haunted Carriage Rides are $60 per carriage and available at
multiple times through-out the evening now through October 31, 2009.
Guests should call 1-407-WDW-PLAY to make a reservation.
The park that Walt built gets into
the spooky swing of the season with its annual Halloween Time event.
Spooky new fireworks and a new ghoulishly fun way to experience Space
Mountain are among the new treats in store for Guests at this year's
event. Here's a rundown of all of the spirited happenings at
-Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in
Tomorrowland. The scary new experience will begin as a typical Space
Mountain adventure, but will suddenly launch voyagers into an uncharted
and haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry
darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to
grab guests as they speed through space.
-Halloween Screams - A Villainous
Surprise in the Skies.” The new fireworks spectacular will haunt the
nighttime sky throughout the Halloween season. To start the show,
“Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington appears in a flash of fire
above Sleeping Beauty Castle. Thanks to Jack’s ghoulish charm, haunting
melodies fill the air and a Halloween pyrotechnics extravaganza explodes
into the night. Such classic Disney villains as Maleficent, Ursula the
Sea Witch, and Oogie Boogie join in the “spirit” of the celebration, and
even Zero, Jack’s faithful ghost dog, will make an appearance.
-Jack Skellington also returns to
take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday to
New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Transformed to a mix of Halloween
spookiness and Christmas tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired
by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”
-Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is
again transformed for the Pumpkin Festival, where more than 300
“non-identical” pumpkins will be on display in shop windows.
-Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in
Frontierland will sometimes find the ranch animals dressed in costume
for a seasonal Halloween Roundup, with pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor
and activities for youngsters, all presided over by Sheriff Woody.
-Meeting favorite Disney characters
will be easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween
mischief in “it’s a small world” Mall in Disneyland, while other
characters in seasonal costumes greet guests in Town Square, Main
-Special Halloween Time gifts are
offered in Disneyland shops. Gifts include jack-o-lantern mouse ears
and collectable pins depicting Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their
friends in Halloween costumes.
The ghoulishly good times don't stop
at Disneyland. Disney's California Adventure also has some creepy
offerings for Guests looking to part take in some frightfully fun
activities. Here's what the park has to offer:
-Sunshine Plaza becomes Candy Corn
Acres, with Mickey’s pal Goofy up to his tricks again – attempting to
wow the world with his unusual candy corn treats. Candy corn carrots,
candy corn pumpkins and candy corn grapes are just a few of the candy
corn items Goofy is harvesting.
-Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party, a
one-of-a-kind celebration that returns to Disney’s California Adventure
for 12 nights in October. Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party lets adults and
children alike dress up and trick-or-treat in the ultimate Disney
This edition has come to a end,
but Halloween fun is still going on at the Walt Disney World Resort and
the Disneyland Resort. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party continues
on select nights at the Magic Kingdom through October 31, 2009.
Halloween Time continues at the Disneyland Resort through November 1,
2009. There's more fun to be had in the Fall at a Disney park, and
we'll be back in a few weeks to share tips and info to help you do so.
See ya real soon!
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