Orlando’s theme parks not only offer world class entertainment for all ages, they also host seasonal holiday events that everyone should experience at least one time! With the holidays approaching faster than light speed, planning your seasonal getaway means choosing the best events in which to indulge whether you’re experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World, delighting in Universal’s thrilling attractions or even immersing yourself in SeaWorld’s animal experiences. With Halloween fast approaching, we want to show you some of the top Halloween experiences and what you can expect at Orlando’s theme parks.
Halloween Horror Nights
As the nation’s premier Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights pretty much defines what it means to be scared! As the sun sets, the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive with hordes of terrifying monsters, mutants and maniacs as they chase you through the park in an immersive and nightmarish experience. Traverse the haunted houses that bring your favorite horror films and franchises to life; this year the houses include The Walking Dead, The Exorcist, American Horror Story, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Krampus, and three completely original stories. These original stories include Tomb of the Ancients, Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning Gulch, and Lunatics Playground 3D: You Won’t Stand a Chance. If you’re headed to Universal Orlando to experience Halloween Horror Nights, keep in mind that no costumes or masks are allowed to be worn inside the park!
Dates: On Select Nights from September 16th – October 21st 2016
Park: Universal Studios Florida® at Universal Orlando® Resort
Ages: This event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween
Taking place at the most magical place on earth, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a family-friendly event where guests can dress up as their favorite characters, explore the Magic Kingdom, and collect all kinds of candies, treats and sweets. A stark contrast compared to Halloween Horror Nights, Mickey’s Halloween Party is great for children of all ages. If you plan on dressing up, costumes must be family-friendly in nature and may not be obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable. For guests under the age of 13, some masks may be worn as long as they don’t cover the entire face and eyes are visible. Enjoy a finale where your favorite Disney villains gather to celebrate Halloween and where fireworks light up the sky in a spectacular conclusion. You can also catch Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween parade as Mickey and friends don their favorite costumes and walk through Main Street U.S.A.; you’ll even catch a glimpse of the Headless Horseman!
Dates: On Select Nights from September 2nd – October 31st 2016
Park: Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World
Ages: All ages are welcome!
Price: Tickets start at $72 for the event only and vary depending on the date. General park admission outside of the event hours is not included.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
Running on weekends throughout October, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is a family-friendly event that immerses families in a splashing good time where kids can trick-or-treat throughout the park while coming face-to-face with a variety of marine animals. As Halloween meets the sea, the spooktacular event takes place throughout the day with highlights that singing and dancing along Seasame Street’s Countdown to Halloween song-filled stage show, enjoying the Spooktacular Dance Party, craft opportunities and a live DJ at Penelope’s Party Zone located on SeaWorld’s Bayside Pathway, and even Spectacular add-ons. For an additional price, you can also Dine with Shamu for brunch, or even decorate your own sweet treats at cookie decorating stations! The best part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is that it’s included with any general admission to SeaWorld Orlando.
Dates: On Weekends from October 1st – 31st 2016
Park: SeaWorld Orlando
Ages: All ages are welcome!
Price: Included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando. Discount SeaWorld tickets start at $89 on Tickets2You.com
For 21 select nights between September 23rd and October 30th, Busch Gardens Tampa brings you a terrifying experience that will having you looking around every corner. Howl-O-Scream unleashes seven horrifying haunted houses, several scare zones and inescapable roaming hordes similar to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Six houses have been announced thus far, and each are themed after stories that feature zombies, Voodoo queens, vengeful demons, circuses, deserted motels and pirates marking you for death. When you’re not trying to get away from the monsters and maniacs roaming the streets, Howl-O-Scream also hosts live entertainment at the “Fiends” show where captivating creatures of the night infect you with dance fever! While this event is intended for adults only, children will be admitted to the event. Guests in costumes will not be permitted.
Dates: On Select Nights from September 23rd – October 30th 2016
Park: Busch Gardens Tampa
Ages: Intended for adults, but children may be admitted.
Price: Tickets start at $35.99 a person if you travel with 4+ guests, $45.99 a person for single-night tickets, and $99.99 for Busch Gardens & Howl-O-Scream Combo tickets.
An alternative family-friendly Halloween event to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick-or-Treat. This spooky all-ages event features trick-or-treating along the Brick-or-Treat trail, the largest LEGO jack-o-lantern in the world, LEGO building activities, a haunted scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A., Halloween-themed entertainment and even an all-kids costume contest! On select dates in October, kids and adults alike can enjoy festive activities throughout the Halloween-decorated yet still family-friendly park! LEGO characters will even be dressed up in their favorite costumes, perfect for photo opportunities. The nights will also end with a spectacular fireworks show in celebration of Brick-or-Treat.
Dates: On Weekends from October 1st – 30th and October 31st 2016
Park: LEGOLAND Florida
Ages: Great for all ages, especially young kids
Price: The event is included with any LEGOLAND Florida tickets starting at $69 at Tickets2You.com
Experience your favorite Orlando theme parks in a whole new way by attending one of these popular Halloween events taking place throughout the fall season. While some event tickets may be sold separately, you can still shop discount Halloween Horror Nights tickets at Tickets2You.com as well as, discount Disney tickets, Universal Orlando tickets, SeaWorld tickets, Busch Gardens Tampa tickets, and LEGOLAND Florida tickets!