Fall has arrived at the Magic Kingdom overnight!!
I think we all got used to Disney World decorating for Fall when it was still summer, weeks before Labor Day.
As they kept backing up the first night of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party earlier and earlier into mid-August, that meant that the Magic Kingdom had to be “harvest” decorated at least 2 -3 days before the first party night.
Last year, the first party night was on August 16th and the Magic Kingdom was fully decorated for fall by August 13th.
This year, the first party night was planned for the earliest ever – August 13th – which meant the Magic Kingdom would be all decked out with miles of orange leaf garlands by August 10th.
But, then MNSSHP got canceled in June due to the pandemic.
The left pumpkin is 120 inches tall (10 feet!) and 43 inches wide!And the Holiday Services team that provides decor for over 100 locations across Walt Disney World property all got furloughed March 2020.
The team consists of about 41 full time cast members who work year-round and an additional 90 people who seasonally help with all of the decorations between Halloween and Christmas, generally working from August through early January.
So, no Halloween party and no people to do the decorating.
Guests wondered if fall would even come to Disney World this year??
But, then, an announcement this month from Disney Parks: Fall would arrive at Disney World on September 15th!
Fall Fun at Magic Kingdom Park
From Sept. 15th to Oct. 31st, you are sure to “fall” in love with Magic Kingdom Park all over again. You’ll soak in the aura of autumn with Main Street, U.S.A. dressed in fall décor and other seasonal offerings.
Of course, Halloween is THE fall holiday, and there will be some bewitching surprises this year, including a special Halloween-themed cavalcade with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and pals wearing their favorite Halloween costumes. You may even spot those rascally chipmunks, Chip ‘n’ Dale, in costume over in Frontierland, and look for other Disney character friends dressed up and riding the horse-drawn trolley down Main Street, U.S.A.
And speaking of costumes, get yours ready!
To bring some Halloween party fun into the park this year, for the first time guests of all ages can wear your funniest, Disney-ist, most creative costumes during Magic Kingdom Park regular operating hours from Sept. 15th to Oct. 31st.
As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; only children younger than 14 years old are permitted to wear costume masks. In addition, all guests are required to wear approved face coverings at all times during their visit.
You read that right: Adult guests CAN wear costumes to the Magic Kingdom during the day starting September 15th! Whoo-hoo!!!! First time ever!
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Have a magical day!
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