Walt Disney World has dropped the free Happy Haunting trick-or-treating event at Downtown Disney for Halloween 2011, blaming overwhelming crowds at last year's event.
The Orlando Sentinel quotes a Disney spokesperson as stating that the event will not take place this year. It has previously been held annually on October 30 and 31, but Disney claims that it has become too popular to offer a good guest experience.
Downtown Disney will still feature seasonal decorations for the Halloween period, but the main focus at Walt Disney World is on the Mickey's No-So-Scary Halloween Party events at the Magic Kingdom. Disney targets the celebrations at younger guests, with activities including trick-or-treating with Disney characters and special parades and fireworks shows.
The Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party celebrations began on September 13, with further events planned for September 23, 27 and 30, October 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31 and November 1. The separately-ticketed events take place from 7pm to 12am. Prices vary depending on the precise date, ranging from $47.95 - $63.95 for kids aged 3-9 and $53.95 - $67.95 for those aged 10 and over.