Foto Friday – Spooktacular Disney World Halloween Photos!

by on October 28, 2011 20 Comments

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Since changing my unpopular weekly “Foto Fridays” blog entries to the equally unpopular entries I affectionately refer to as “Tom goes on various diatribes about random things,” a lot of you have contacted me, requesting–nay, begging and pleading–that I bring back Foto Fridays. (Editor’s note: according to our records, Tom has been contacted about this once, and by a dubious individual purportedly named “Bom Tricker.”) So, by popular demand, and in the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d bring back the hit-sensation, Foto Fridays, for a special Halloween installment!

Without further adieu, here are some of Halloween photos, direct from the TouringPlans archive, in redacted, South America!

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

Our first photo is a look back at the Magic Kingdom’s Train Station in the simpler days, back when fall decorations were allowed to exist by themselves, without visually-clashing messages about letting people begin to remember things. This 2009 photo showcases the first hint of fall in the Magic Kingdom most Guests are likely to see, and is a precursor of what’s to come.

As we head deeper into this kingdom of magic, the place begins to transform. The leaves change colors and this musketeer appears to tell us of the evil magic spell that has been cast upon this kingdom. He then rides off into the sunset, letting loose foreboding quacks that echo as he vanishes over the horizon.

Balloon Lady

Once night descends upon the Magic Kingdom, the nocturnal creatures come out for a spooktacular celebration. That’s right, bats! As one author once remarked, we can’t stop here, this is bat country. Well, unless of course we need to stop to purchase a balloon!

With such scary creatures in the Magic Kingdom, perhaps it’s time to head elsewhere. Let’s blast off to Disney’s Hyperion Resort on Space Mountain. Wait…it appears spiders have wrapped this popular attraction in their twisted web!

As our plan to blast off proves unsuccessful, we head back to Main Street, where we encounter a ship of undead pirates. Uh-oh, who are you going to call in this terrifying situation? Perhaps the Ghostbusters…

Brilliant idea! To chase off these undead demons, we enlist the assistance of this Ghostbuster and his four-legged friend. Presumably ghosts are fearful of lanterns and this pooch eats bats, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies. These heroes should keep us safe in this magic (presumably, the dark kind) kingdom for a while!

The ghouls and creepy-crawlies are back, and there are no dogs around to save the day (except Pluto and Goofy, but they seem content dancing to pop beats over in Tomorrowland–lazy dogs). Well, if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right. Let’s rid the place of frights with some carefully timed explosions. That should scare them away!

As the clock strikes midnight, it’s time for us to head down the haunted corridor of Main Street, U.S.A., Ghouls and goblins have transformed this normally cheerful street into an eerie and ominous vision of a street straight out of Amityville!

Finally, as you exit the haunted corridors of this “magic” kingdom, bid farewell to these kind pumpkins. They expect to ‘see ya real soon.’ Perhaps there’s a single vacancy of which we’re unaware somewhere in this haunted kingdom?!

But wait! On your way out, as a special gift for Halloween (Halloween is a traditional American gift-giving holiday, right?), we present the above image as a downloadable computer wallpaper, in the four most popular monitor resolutions, as determined by our expert statisticians…or as guessed by me, for your personal consumption. Guaranteed to contain fewer calories than most popular Halloween candy!

If you’ve read that entire story, my apologies. Hope you enjoyed a glimpse at Halloween in the Magic Kingdom. For more of my Halloween Disney photos, click here.

What’s your favorite thing to do for Halloween in Walt Disney World? Do you want to see more TouringPlans desktop wallpapers released? Do you have other random comments you’d like to share? Let us know, and give us your feedback, in the comments!

Posted on October 28, 2011

20 Responses to “Foto Friday – Spooktacular Disney World Halloween Photos!”

  • “Our first photo is a look back at the Magic Kingdom’s Train Station in the simpler days, back when fall decorations were allowed to exist by themselves, without visually-clashing messages about letting people begin to remember things.”

    Hahaha!! How true! Beautiful pictures! I would love to have the castle fireworks one available as a download, too. By the time I get there, things will be switched over for Christmas, so I always enjoy looking at the Halloween photos.

  • LOVE these pictures! Especially the balloon one and thanks for the wallpaper–immediately downloaded as my 1st Disney wallpaper:)

    • Glad to hear you like the wallpaper. If you have any feedback as to what you’d like featured on (potential) future wallpapers, please let me know!

      • For christmas, I’d love to see either that beautiful look down Main St towards the castle or the Osborne Lights:) I know, not very original but oh so beautiful. Or even something original like your awesome balloon shot:)

  • I am so happy you did a Foto Friday, Tom! They were one of my favorite features on the blog and I have missed them so much. I hope to see more of these in the future. Thank you!

  • by Isabelle Boivin on October 28, 2011, at 9:01 am EST

    Thanks a lot for the wallpaper 🙂 Love it

    • Glad you like it–let us know what you’d like to see featured in the future!

      • by Isabelle Boivin on October 31, 2011, at 12:51 pm EST

        I like changing my wallpaper a lot with the season: Christmas, winter, Valentine, Easter, Flower and Garden festival, etc. and since I barely go to Disney once a year, I ran out of shots quickly ! 🙂 Anyway just an idea. Thanks for your time.

  • If we’re ever going to get out of here alive, we’re going to need some golf shoes.

    • You’re probably the one person who got my reference, and I’m probably the one person who got yours. I imagine Hunter S. Thompson isn’t too popular amongst the Disney crowd!

  • Beautiful photos Bom, er, I mean TOM, yeah that’s it. Especially love the fireworks, just what I needed today.

  • I have always enjoyed Foto Fridays and love the idea of downloads. Keep it coming.

  • Thank you for another great article! Yes, I would LOVE to see more Touring Plans wallpapers available, preferably seasonal photos of the parks (but all of your pictures are great, so it would be hard for me to choose….).