Dateline Disney World is back to bring you a disney dose of photos and news from Walt Disney World.  This week, Halloween begins to arrive (in August) to the Magic Kingdom. Pumpkins and garland lace nearly every awning on Main Street U.S.A. and despite the oppressive humidity, fall seems to be in the air.  There are also a few minor projects we catch up on throughout the resort including expansion at the Polynesian and remaining work inside Fantasyland.

On the way to the park, you can see the progress at the Poly DVC. These new units will have beautiful views.

We invite you to join us for a very special MiceChat trip to Walt Disney World this October. WDW Gumball Rally, Food and Wine Festival Sip and Nibble, Halloween Events, Meets, Entertainment and much more. Don’t miss the MiceChat WDW Invasion!


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As you can see, all the yellow and orange Halloween bunting is already up.


It’s Halloween in August folks!
The always popular Mickey pumpkins are also back.
This is the time of year the Roy and Minnie statue gets shifted over by City Hall.

Always a fun time of year. Advertising has already started for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which starts in early September. In addition to the $62-$71 hard ticket event, there is also a villain themed dessert party that costs an additional $99 that is also available. A hard ticket event inside of a hard ticket event. I know that I’m not the target for this (can’t afford it at all), but it just seems like this is another money grab. I can understand from a business perspective why this is great for Disney (because there is a market of people who will pay these high fees for some fancy cupcakes and drinks), but as a fan, it just seems like another thing that excludes me from participating. First it was pay for special parade and fireworks, and now it’s pay to get into the park, and then pay more for the better view of the parade and fireworks. Also, for that money ($170 on the most expensive night), you can come pretty close to getting the entry level non-Florida resident Universal Orlando annual pass. That $170 special event ticket only counts for five hours of entertainment. Is any theme park worth $170 for just five hours? Obviously a lot of guests think so, or Disney wouldn’t be charging these crazy prices.

The work in the Hub continues, with some concrete going in.

Heading into Tomorrowland, we can see the Astro Orbitor starting to make its return, and many walls down near the Lunching Pad.

At rope drop, Mine Train is the clear attraction most guests are running to.

Walls still up here.

All the reason you need to arrive early, right here. This is the time of day to ride the attractions without a wait (especially if you are willing to skip the crowds flocking to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train).

I wonder how long this sign will last with the new Haunted Mansion themed shop coming.

In Liberty Square, fall decorations have arrived.

That’s it for this week!

Are you excited for Halloween or is it too soon to start thinking about it? How do you feel about multiple hard ticketed events for Halloween (and the event within an event)? Let us know your thoughts, including the max you are willing to spend for these hard ticketed events, in the comments!

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