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Thrills and Chills at Walt Disney World

FTC Mass Comm student Amy Guthlein traveled to Orlando, Florida to bring some Disney Halloween spirit to campus.

(Photo credit: Amy Guthlein)

By Amy Guthlein

It’s the most spooktacular time of the year at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Magic Kingdom is decorated with oversized pumpkins, and the Disney villains have been unleashed as guests get a little trick with a lot of treats while they celebrate Halloween at the theme park. Although this season typically calls for some good old-fashioned scaring and horrors, Disney is upfront with the fact that this party is family-friendly with a frightfully fun twist. After all, the annual event is called Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests of all ages are invited to dress up as their favorite characters while filling up on Halloween sweets and enjoying the exclusive frightfully festive-themed parades and spell-tacular nighttime fireworks show.

While guests over the age of 14 are not typically permitted to wear costumes in the parks, this rule is lifted for the Halloween party, and everyone is encouraged to dress up and let their creativity shine as their favorite characters. Ashlee Curless from Kansas City, Missouri used her creativity as a way to save a little money on her vacation. “I’m spending so much money on the ticket, the hotel, and the flight, so I decided to make my own costume,” said Curless.