Walt Disney World

We just got back from our first family vacation down to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and what a time it was! It seems like only yesterday that we were wrapping up Halloween, and now we were already hopping into the car to go celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Mickey and friends.

And while everything there was already set up for Christmas, I was still able to find a few spooky-themed elements amongst it all (this IS a Halloween blog after all, and I was still in full Halloween mode!)...

We ended up camping at Fort Wilderness Resort and the first thing I noticed was all the wonderfully eerie trees draped with long strands of creepy Spanish Moss. I could have collected a metric ton of this stuff and brought it back to use in next year's haunt display. No one else seemed to notice, but I was constantly looking up into the trees...

Cinderella's Castle was lit with various holiday colors, but at certain angles and certain color combinations and shadows, it gave off a slightly less cheerful vibe.

Squawking blackbirds were perched all around the Fort Wilderness marina...

And an incredible animated steampunk dragon made its way to one of the Main Street parades.

We took a day to visit Epcot Center as well. No visit would be complete without a stop at the Mexico village, complete with a full collection of Dia De Los Muertos sugar skulls and figurines.


And finally, yes OF COURSE we visited the Haunted Mansion! It was the highlight of the entire trip, especially for a haunter like myself. I couldn't wait to experience it with my 4-year-old-son for the first time. 

Once inside, he was a bit frightened by the darkness and creepiness of all the ghosts, but he didn't cry and made it through the ride with flying colors! I was so proud of him!! I shot some of the incredible tombstones around the house before the ride itself, but wasn't able to shoot much inside, as I was making sure to keep an eye on the little guy...


When hinges creak in doorless chambers
and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls,
Whenever candle lights flicker,
Where the air is deathly still.
That is the time when ghosts are present,
practicing their terror with ghoulish delight...

And if you happen to make it to the Haunted Mansion yourself, why not visit Memento Mori, the gift shop just outside the Mansion's exit and get yourself some cool shirts and the official soundtrack CD like we did! And while you are paying at the main register, why not stop and check out the last page on the guest registry booklet at the counter for a good laugh...

Yes, I am a dork.



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