In 2015, Orlando attracted more tourists than any other city in the U.S.—even more than the Big Apple. This central Florida city, and the surrounding area, offers travelers fun, adventure and a setting for discovery, making it a popular destination in every season. In fact, there will be more than 130 Halloween-specific events and festivities. Today’s Club Traveler highlights three family-friendly outings and one spectacularly terrifying event.
Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World
Gather the kids and the costumes for this bash at the Magic Kingdom, where your favorite Disney characters mix it up in their Halloween best. The ticketed event boasts a number of exciting experiences, including Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show (featured above) and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show.
Partygoers will also get a chance to dance with Mike and Sulley from Disney-Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University at the Scream-o-Ween Dance Party, trick-or-treat throughout the park and get a thrill on favorite Magic Kingdom rides like Splash Mountain. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights through October 31.
Love a good scare? Venture just 15 minutes north of Orlando and into A Petrified Forest where you’re sure to get one. You and your fellow thrill-seekers will navigate two dark forest trails and witness shadows and demons come to life. It’s filled with monsters, creatures and scenes from the scariest childhood tales. Visit A Petrified Forest for a scare, live music, food and more on select nights through October 29. It is not recommended for children younger than 12.
Take off to LEGOLAND, where you can build your own Halloween adventure with the park’s Brick or Treat event. The family-friendly event includes a Brick or Treat candy trail, scavenger hunt, creepy, crawler costume parade, vampire build and more. Take a photo with larger-than-life LEGO models, including the world’s largest LEGO jack-o’-lantern and a Halloween-themed fireworks show in Pirates’ Cove. Visit LEGOLAND, located less than an hour outside Orlando in Winter Haven, for Brick or Treat’s finale weekend October 29–30 or on Halloween. (Note: no fireworks show on Halloween.)
SeaWorld is filled with colorful sea creatures during the park's annual Halloween Spooktakular. Photo courtesy of Britt Reintz, Flickr.
SeaWorld Orlando takes October 31 to the next level by dressing the park up as an underwater “fantasea” during its Halloween Spooktacular. Costumed guests will be entertained with spooky and silly live shows, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, colorful creatures and more. The party starts at noon and ends at park closing every day through October 30.
Want More Autumn Activities in Orlando Area?
Club Traveler magazine’s three-day fall itinerary includes hiking at the Black Hammock Wilderness Area, munching at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and even exploring one more Halloween-themed event during Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights.
Where to Stay
Club Members can stay at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld, Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Tuscany Village or Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Beginning in early January 2017, Club Members can stay at Orlando’s new Club resort, Las Palmeras, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club.
*The photo featured at the top of this article is of the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show at Micky's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Photo courtesy of Don Sullivan, Flickr.