Disney Cruise – Halloween on the High Seas
Overview of the Halloween Celebration Onboard the Disney Dream
During the months of September and October, the Disney Cruise Line decorates its fleet with Halloween décor and their activities shift to have a Halloween flavor. We recently went on the Disney Dream’s Halloween on the High Seas and had a really great time! Here is my review:
Disney Dream Halloween Decorations
The cruise ship is tastefully decorated with jack-o-lanterns and fall leaves throughout the lobby of the ship. Some of the decorations were so tasteful, that you really had to consider if it was a spider web or elaborate iron work!
My favorite of the decorations was the Pumpkin Tree located in the lobby. When we first boarded the cruise, the tree was bare, but on day 2, jack-o-lanterns had “grown” on the tree.
I also really enjoyed the jack-o-lantern decals on many of the windows. I took several pictures of these throughout the cruise! They just made me happy!!
Disney Dream Halloween Activities and Entertainment
As usual, being on a Disney cruise we had more activities and entertainment options than we could possible do. Having options allows for everyone to find something they enjoy and the activities aren’t overcrowded. These highlighted activities and entertainment offerings were specifically Halloween themed, which were primarily on the “Halloween” day of the cruise:
The Pumpkin Tree
The Pumpkin Tree is the location of fun Halloween stories told by the Caretaker. The tree lights up during story time and it is quite stunning! The kids LOVED sitting around the tree for story time!
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream
For years, our daughter’s favorite movie was “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, so naturally, we were excited to take her to this show. Then, as it goes in parenting world, our daughter decided she’d rather go to the kid’s club’s Halloween party (she had a blast and Pluto came for a visit). We understand that the highlight of this movie was a special meet and greet with Jack and Sally! Super bummed that we missed this!
Disney Characters in Costume
The highlight for our daughter was seeing all of her Disney friends dressed-up in their Halloween costumes! We ran around like crazy people to ensure she managed to get a picture with all of them! Our favorite costume of the Mickey & Friends gang was Donald Duck’s Super Hero costume!
Trick-or-Treating and Mickey’s Halloween Party
Outside on the pool deck, the kids were given trick-or-treat bags and 7 different candy stations. Mickey & Friends put on a Halloween show before the kids got candy. We only made it to two candy stations and had plenty of candy to last the entire cruise (and longer)! If you plan on hitting up all 7 stations, bring a ziplock bag to take all the candy home with you!!
Other Halloween Activities
Outside of the above activities, the Disney cruise offered lots of other Halloween activities – such as Halloween crafting classes, kid’s club activities, and masquerade parties.
We loved seeing the Disney Dream decorated for Halloween and absolutely loved the opportunity to see Mickey & Friends in their Halloween costumes. Almost everyone got into costume for Halloween night. We saw tons of very cleverly themed family costumes. Our daughter went as Belle and my husband and I “bounded” as the Beast and Gaston.
Would I recommend this cruise to other families? Yes! Would we go back on a Halloween themed cruise? Not intentionally. We loved it, don’t get me wrong – but, for us, the Halloween theme wasn’t compelling enough to seek out another Halloween on the High Seas cruise.
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