Didn’t get your fill of Halloween fun this year? Fret not, friends! Because we’ve got one more treat for you from the season of tricks…
On October 30th and 31st, Disney Resort Cast Members at resorts around the World competed in pumpkin decorating contests. I got to check out the displays at the Contemporary Resort and Port Orleans — Riverside, and wanted to share some of the fun with you today!
At the Contemporary Resort, individual Cast Members showed off their pumpkin carving skills. The display was huge, including well over twenty pumpkins!
Guests at the Contemporary placed their votes for pumpkins across a few categories. A member of the Security Team won “Best Overall” for this awesome carving of a scared Mickey Mouse.
A Bakery Team member won “Best Disney Theme” with this gorgeous “Believe” pumpkin, created to look like Cinderella’s carriage (with pumpkin wheels, of course!).
A duo from the Banquets Team crafted the “Most Creative” Pirate Ship pumpkin.
I think the “Spookiest” pumpkin was relocated during my visit (to Chef Mickey’s, I presume?), because I didn’t see it on the display, but a Chef Mickey’s Cast Member took the prize for this one (here’s a picture of a picture!).
I wanted to share a few more that I loved, like this Beauty and the Beast silhouette, topped with Lumiere.
Check out this huge Mickey “Candy Apple”!
It’s also cool to see the monorail coming into the Contemporary on this carving, next to everyone’s best buddy, Olaf.
Over at Port Orleans — Riverside, the carving contest had a different take (I understand that French Quarter had pumpkins on display as well). Teams rather than individuals took part, decorating plastic pumpkins. Before we show you those, however, real pumpkins were carved in a more traditional manner as well. They were on display outside by the Sassagoula River, and they were nothing to sneeze at either!
Meanwhile, back inside…
How great is this intricate display by the Engineering Team?
The Merchandise Team created their very own Festival of Fantasy Parade float!
The Front Office got in on the fun…
The Training Team helped the Wicked Queen-turned-Witch cast her spell…
Boo says “BOO!” on behalf of the Administration Team 🙂 .
Recreation Cast Members switched out Olaf’s head for a jack-o’-lantern.
And what’s Remy cooking up in this pot created by the Food and Beverage Team?
On second thought… maybe you don’t want to know 😉 .
A huge round of applause and THANKS to all the Cast Members who make every season so special at Disney World!
So with that, we say goodbye to Halloween 2014. Because ready or not, it’s a matter of days around here until the World start to change from pumpkin to gingerbread, from candy corn to peppermint, and from Not-So-Scary to Very Merry… and we can’t wait to take you along for the ride!
Do you have a favorite among the pumpkin displays? Please let us know with a comment!