You don’t have to pay extra – or purchase a separate event ticket – to enjoy these extra-special Halloween attractions, entertainment options, and more around Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park!
Think you have to purchase a special event ticket to one of Magic Kingdom’s Halloween parties to fully enjoy all that’s available during spooky season? Think again! While Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party often gets a lot of attention during the fall (it is filled with spooky extra-special experiences, after all!), it’s not the only way to get access to all of the festive Halloween happenings throughout the Magic Kingdom.
In fact, there are actually plenty of exciting Halloween- and fall-themed things included with your standard theme park ticket. You don’t have to pay extra – and we’re sharing the Halloween activities, entertainment opportunities, and attractions you won’t want to skip during your next visit.
Peruse the Pumpkin Decor on Main Street, U.S.A.
One of the best Halloween-inspired details you’ll find inside Magic Kingdom? It’s all of the pumpkins and the autumnal decor! You don’t need a separate event ticket to see the theme park decked out in shades of brown, orange, yellow, and red, with details like pumpkin Mickeys, leaf-covered wreaths hung all down Main Street. If you want to get in a festive fall mood, there’s no better way to do so than to take your time wandering down Magic Kingdom’s main thoroughfare!
While you’re on Main Street, make sure to look for decorations like the Pumpkin People, scarecrows, and stacks of towering jack-o-lanterns. You’ll also spot Mickey and Cinderella carriage pumpkin wreaths hanging from the lampposts lining the street. Don’t forget to check out the shop windows, too; you’ll spot handcrafted Halloween chocolate and baked treats displays, as well as plenty of Halloween merch you’ll want to pop in and see up close!
Stop by Seasonal PhotoPass Locations
While Magic Kingdom doesn’t have a giant Mickey pumpkin like Disneyland in California, it does have its own fall-inspired photo opp in Main Street, U.S.A.’s town square. As you enter the park and start to head down Main Street, make sure to stop by the carved jack-o-lanterns so you can snap a fun seasonal photo. The towering pumpkins, hay bales, and glittering Cinderella Castle in the background make for the perfect spooky season spin on the classic Main Street castle shot.
Plus, you’ll find PhotoPass Magic Shots themed just for Halloween and fall at spots throughout the park. From a leafy autumnal Tinker Bell shot to Halloween balloons to the Hitchhiking Ghosts outside the Haunted Mansion, you can jazz up your usual PhotoPass photos with some fun seasonal twists. Just note that if you want to download any, you will need to pay (but if you’ve already purchased Memory Maker, then you’re good to go!).
Don’t want to spring for the added cost of PhotoPass downloads? Disney World’s PhotoPass photographers are more than happy to snap some pictures on your phone for free.
Ride the Haunted Mansion
One of the best ways to celebrate Halloween at Magic Kingdom – or Walt Disney World at large! – is to head to the most ghoulish and ghostly attraction in the park, and that’s the Haunted Mansion. This beloved ride will get you in the spirit of the season with its happy haunts, frightful rooms filled with absolutely spooky ghouls, and even a murder mystery in need of solving.
For an extra spooky ride experience, we highly suggest riding this attraction at night during the Halloween season!
Watch the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks
Okay, technically this isn’t something that’s included with a Magic Kingdom theme park ticket! In fact, you’ll have to be outside of the park – unless you did purchase a separate ticket for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – to catch this awesome nighttime spectacular.
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests are treated to a special fireworks show: Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular. While the show does include projections that can only be seen from inside the park, you can easily see the fireworks from outside its gates.
To catch Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular’s fireworks, you can do so from locations like:
- The observation deck at the Contemporary Resort
- The beaches of the Polynesian Resort (which includes piped-in music)
- The marina dock of the Grand Floridian Resort (where you’ll also find music)
- The Transportation and Ticket Center, right along the ferry loading area walkway
- California Grill
If you time your visit to these places just right, you can easily see the entire fireworks display without stepping inside Magic Kingdom!
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