As an avid admirer of all-things-autumn, one who waits all year for his first fix of fall festivities, the never-ending Florida summer can almost be too much to bear. Add to that my deep desire to celebrate Halloween every day of the year, and it seems as though most of the calendar is just a waiting game. Luckily for me, there is one place in my home state that has already caught on to the harvest season holiday, and once again added their own unique charm to All Hallows' Eve: the Magic Kingdom.
Just under 24-hours-away from the first night of 2017's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Magic Kingdom has raised its autumn adornments and fall fixtures, with the necessary Halloween twists, of course. Just as you enter the park you will be welcomed in by two smiling Jack o' Lanterns.
As you pass by the pumpkin patch entrance and head out onto Main Street U.S.A., you will notice that although a trip to guest services might not be anyone's favorite part of the Magic Kingdom experience, they certainly do their utmost to make the process festive and inviting.
Take a look in Town Square and you'll see an odd assortment of spooky scarecrows representing Main Street:
First, we've got a Main Street drummer who doesn't know his own strength,
and his friend, ready to lead the band.
Next we've got an Emporium themed-scarecrow,
and a baseball player scarecrow, representing an incredibly popular baseball-themed eatery, perhaps?
Lastly, Halloween is a perfect time to remind you of some amazing sweets found on Main Street in the Confectionery. Please don't think these scarecrows are just useless decoration; I can't remember seeing a single crow on my visit today.
I personally think a little bit of orange adds quite a bit to the view from the Train Station.
The Emporium looks very impressive in its fall regalia; just wait till you see what's inside.
Some shade under the Confectionery awning was needed to protect against the scorching autumn sun...
This gentleman Jack o' Lantern above the Arcade sign on the right easily has my favorite expression of the group.
Ice cream may be a traditional summer treat, but the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is obviously embracing the season to come.
I think it's safe to say that the Magic Kingdom did a phenomenal job stoking the fires of my autumnal anticipations and Halloween hankerings. My favorite time of year is here, and things are only gonna get better at Walt Disney World.