Unique Halloween Photo Ops at Walt Disney World

My favorite holiday time at Walt Disney World is Christmas. But, even I have to admit, Halloween celebrations there are very unique and totally family oriented.

Starting with the resorts where you may find the Cast Members trying to out do each other in a Pumpkin Decorating Contest like the one I found at Disney’s Port Orleans-Riverside Resort back in 2013.

CM Pumpkin Contest
Cast Member Halloween Pumpkin contest entry of WALLE in Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D700/24-85mm, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 320, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

With a big window behind the WALLE pumpkin, I bounced the flash off the ceiling to avoid a flash back.

Keep your eye out for special Meet and Greet opportunities with your family as many of the characters will be dressed up in costume. My daughter, who loves Eeyore, thought his Mummy outfit was, well, fitting for him.

Mummy Eeyore
During Halloween celebrations at Walt Disney World, you can find popular characters dressed up for Trick and Treating. Here is Mummy Eeyore at a Meet and Greet in Disney’s Animal Kingdom from a few years ago. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 500, EV 0, 78mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Notice here I used bounce flash again. That kept the light nice and even on both my daughter and Eeyore and avoided redeye.

The center of Walt Disney World’s Halloween celebration is found in the Magic Kingdom. Main Street USA gets all decked out in full Halloween glory.

Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Decoration
Mickey Mouse pumpkin decoration on a lamp post in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 105mm Focal Length.

From August until Halloween Night, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event not to be missed. Kids can Trick-n-Treat at several locations throughout the park, attractions get spooky lighting and sounds effects, Halloween live shows are performed and the Boo-to-You Parade meanders through the park twice for each party.

Headless Horseman in MNSSHP Parade
The Headless Horseman riding in the Boo to You Parade during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D700/50mm, 1/40s, f/1.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

I first located a lighted area on the parade route (this one was in Frontierland) and used a slow shutter speed for a panning attempt of the Headless Horseman who leads off the parade.

What is your favorite Walt Disney World Halloween Treat?

For more information on Halloween festivities, visit the All Ears’ Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Disney World.

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Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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