LAST YEAR we spent Halloween at Walt Disney World in Florida. I thought it might be interesting and useful for guests that will be there this year, to look back with me on 2014.
We travelled direct to Orlando on Virgin Atlantic, from Manchester. The Upper Class lounge and offering here is not of the same standard that they have in London Heathrow. If you are travelling from Manchester, I would reconsider either travelling from London, or saving yourself some money by travelling in Premium Economy.
The first truly Halloween experience for us was Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. We did this on the Sunday before Halloween, and the crowds were very heavy. Personally I considered them too heavy, and I felt the event was "oversold". I can live with big crowds, I mean, what did I expect? It was a Sunday! What aggravated the big crowds was the nature of the crowd. There was a lot of alcohol being consumed, and some questionable behaviour. I appreciate this is not an event aimed at children, but, I felt uncomfortable. The lines for many of the "houses" were exceptionally long, and overall, for the $90-ish price tag per ticket, I would not return, nor recommend this event.
|The Hag from Snow White|
Mickey's Party is clearly more family orientated, however, I feel this event was better than Universal's for a few more reasons. The event was clearly more organised, with a lot of Cast Members around. There was more entertainment on offer. The lines / queues were no way near as long. The crowds did not feel as heavy.
|Knight Donald loving life on parade!|
There are a whole bunch of unique character meet and greet offerings, including Tarzan with Jane and Terk, Aladdin with Abu, VIPs in special costumes, the Seven Dwarfs and the wicked strawberry bear Lotso. Again, our friends Dan and Jon at Character Central told us to line up for the dwarfs early on, so we wouldn't waste the party time in line - we did that and within minutes of the party starting we had our beloved family photo with everyone's favourite little men!
|A wall at Club Villain dedicated to Ursula.|
There is special merchandise, including pins and t-shirts. I picked them up for friends, and only kept the cool Donald Halloween pin for myself. I do regret not getting a t-shirt for myself, because we had have such a lovely evening, I would have liked a memento to wear that would remind me of the fantastic experiences.
The next Halloween inspired entertainment I enjoyed, was the special character meet and greets at the Disney resort hotels. Again, big thanks to my friend Dan from Character Central for telling me that this even happened; thanks to Dan's information I was able to meet a range of characters in special costumes. These included Pirate Goofy at Beach Club, Panchito Pistoles and Mexican Donald at All Star Music, football Goofy at All Star Sports, Scarecrow Mickey and Davy Crockett Donald at Boardwalk. There were lots of others on offer, and a full list of 2014's characters is available on the Character Central forum.
This year I will be in Paris for Halloween, and I look forward to writing my thoughts on this blog when I'm back home, perhaps as a trip report.
Any questions, I am happy to answer in the comments section below.
Happy Halloween, "sistahs"!