Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Trick or Treating at Disney's Polynesian Resort

This article was originally written for my Making Magical Memories column for the WDW Daily News Newsletter.  It was published January 24th in Newsletter #215.

For our most recent trip, we spent Halloween in Walt Disney World.  Prior to leaving, I had searched high and low for information about where we could go trick or treating.  It certainly wasn’t a priority, but with a 6, 5 and 3 year old, this was something they had been asking about.  I discovered many of the resorts had “Candy Stops” in the shops, eateries and pools.  I was happy to find a flyer at Disney’s Polynesian Resort when we checked in that listed all the spots where we could go trick or treating.   At the Polynesian, this included 9 stops.

My kids were very excited to show off their costumes throughout the Polynesian!  Cast members, as well as guests, were not shy about telling them how great they looked and making a big deal about their Toy Story themed costumes.  My children are normally shy, but in this atmosphere, they gave big smiles and hugs to just about everyone.  Even better, out at the pool area, they were playing Halloween themed music and had hosted a Halloween themed pool party that afternoon.

Emily had worn her Jessie wig and hat almost everyday for weeks before leaving for Disney.
In Disney, she didn't wear them even once.

We did not bring our own trick or treat bags, but that was not a problem.  At our first stop in BouTiki, the cast member gave my children Disney themed treat bags.  Since it was their first stop, she gave them each at least three handfuls of candy “to get them started,” as she said.  Let’s just say that made my kids’ night without even having to stop anywhere else!  We made stops at all 9 candy spots, and the kids have more than enough candy to last them until the next Halloween!

The Candy Stop at 'Ohana ~ My mom was having as much fun as the kids!

This was a great, safe way for the kids to enjoy Halloween in Walt Disney World.  We knew we wouldn’t be going into the parks that night, so being able to have so much Halloween fun right at our own resort was great!  We ended the night by watching Hallowishes right from the beach, which had the music piped in from the Magic Kingdom.  So, if you are in the planning stages for a Halloween trip to Walt Disney World, know that this is a family fun way to celebrate the holiday.  Even better, it is free!  There were plenty of Halloween activities going on at the Polynesian throughout the day.  So if you decide you do not want to splurge on tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, know that there are plenty of other options to help you enjoy the holiday!

How do you celebrate Halloween in Disney?


Capturing Magical Memories said...

We've done trick or treating at the #Disney animal kingdom lodge.  Lots of fun! They set it up as a scavenger hunt. 

Beth D. said...

How fun! What a great way to help guests celebrate Halloween!