Visiting every Disney Park in the world was a dream come true, visiting most of them during their Halloween celebrations? Well, that really is the icing on the Mickey-shaped cake! I’ve visited Disney parks more times then I care to count and at various times of the year including Christmas, food and wine festival, Easter and loads more. However, of all the celebrations, I think the Halloween ones are my absolute favourites. Disneyland Paris has some really cool offerings for Halloween and Autumn and attending my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World really blew me away. Disneyland Hong Kong reminds me a lot of the Magic Kingdom of old, with its minimal fast passes and laid back atmosphere, however, it’s Halloween celebrations are really something else, and it’s something the other parks sure could take some ideas from. Here’s a rundown of just what makes Halloween at Disneyland Hong Kong just so magical:
Unique character meets and your favourite characters in their most spooky outfits
Meeting Mickey, Minnie, Duffy and their friends in their Halloween finery is a real treat and makes the meet and greets extra special and creates some unique photos. However, it’s Pooh and the gang that really take the cuteness awards with their adorable trick or treat outfits when you meet them in the Fantasy Garden. There are some characters such as certain villains and the Nightmare Before Christmas cast that you can only meet at this time of year. Oogie Boogie was a particular highlight for me, he gives the best hugs!
Trick or treat booths
While not on the same scale as the frankly over the top amount of candy given at Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party you can still expect to find various trick or treat booths around Fantasy Gardens where you can grab a trick or treat bag and your share of Halloween candys. Unlike at Walt Disney World, these are unbranded candies with Disney characters on but it really makes for a cool edition, make sure you grab some on your way to meet Pooh and friends.
Plenty of Decor
The whole park is decked up in pumpkins, bats and autumn leaves. It makes for some really unique views of the park and really helps park guests get into the spooky spirit.
Mickey’s Halloween Town Street Party
Part parade, part dance carnival, Mickey’s Halloween Town Street Party is a definite highlight of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Halloween celebrations. It begins with the floats and performers heading up Main Street, U.S.A in the usual parade-style, before stopping along the route to let the dance fun begin! Mickey and friends will be leading the festivities that is so joyous it’s impossible not to get involved, no matter what age you are. Damn Disney know how to create a catchy tune!
Journey to Halloween Town
This is the main highlight for me of the Halloween celebrations and is actually one of my favourite Halloween additions at any Disney Parks I’ve visited. Journey to Halloween Town is an interactive walkthrough show where you meet your favourite characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas as they take you from immersive set to immersive set with amazing practical effects as you are part of the story. Walking through in small groups the sets are incredible and the whole cast are in full creepy character throughout so it’s not recommended for small children. This is performed entirely in Cantonese apart from Sally who spoke English during our visit. This means that if you are not familiar with the story it might be confusing, but even so, this is still really enjoyable and something I’d love to see Disney do more of.
You might have heard that the Asian parks aren’t as big on pin trading but they do have sticker collecting! These stickers are given out my cast members for any reason or maybe just none at all and you can try and collect all the different designs. For instance, I got a mummy mickey sticker for riding Big Grizzly Mountain Railway twice in a row, and a zombie Minnie because a cast member liked my hair. I ended the day with a whole bunch!
Limited edition Halloween food and gifts
Disney knows that limited edition offerings are a sure way to get Disney fans hooked, and I am certainly not immune! The really cool merch is hard to pass up and the food is so adorable I couldn’t pass it up! Oh and the treats are always as tasty as they are cute.
Let’s get Wicked Theatre show
Inside the Wild Theatre’s Let’s get Wicked is another chance to see your favourite villains up close as they try and unleash their evil with some killer dance moves.
Jack Skellington’s Villainous Gathering
A great excuse to get all the villains together in one show, Jack Skellington’s Villainous Gathering is a short show with amazing firework finale that happens in front of the castle. Because this is at the end of Main Street, U.S.A this can be hard to see but its inclusion of some really cool and often unseen villainous characters makes up for it.
I adored Haloween at Hong Kong Disneyland and there’s just three Disney Parks I now haven’t visited at Halloween, Disneyland Anaheim, Disneyland Tokyo and Tokyo Disney Sea (we decided to visit the Japanese parks just after Halloween to avoid the crowds) so maybe this should be my next goal!
Have you ever visited a Disney Park at Halloween? What do you love about it?