PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 9/20/20 (The Cadaver Dans Return, Halloween Rainy Day Cavalcades, New Haunted Mansion & Christmas Merchandise, and More)
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Happy Halloween (sort of) from the Magic Kingdom! We’re here for the first weekend with decorations, entertainment, and a majority of the holiday offerings that will be in place through October. Unfortunately, we had to battle “Tropical Disturbance #2” throughout the day, but it gave us some unique looks at the character offerings.
Adjacent to the Main Street Train Station, City Hall is still wrapped in scrim, watering down the holiday spirit just a bit. Hopefully the building will return, complete with a few decorations, before Halloween rolls around.
Shortly after our arrival, the big debut for today —The Cadaver Dans — made their 2020 return. This was special not just for the seasonal addition, but it’s the first we’ve seen of the Dapper Dans since the parks reopened.
All four members of the crew were dressed in their finest, albeit dirty, costumes. We call it ‘burial chic’.
It wouldn’t be long before the rain would move in, as part of Tropical Disturbance #2 that we mentioned earlier. These tropical systems like Isaias and Sally seem to enjoy the weekends at Walt Disney World as much as the guests do.
Two of our favorite characters, Anastasia and Drizella (also known as the Evil Stepsisters), would take cover at the entrance of Princess Fairytale Hall, which in some ways is an upgrade from being perched upon Cinderella Castle. With the interactivity and wit that these two bring, the close (but not too close) quarters enhance the experience.
Today wasn’t a particularly eventful day in Frontierland, but riding Splash Mountain is always an event unto itself.
We headed back to Main Street for some of the last sunlight we’d have for most of the afternoon, as the rain began to move back in.
However, with the rain moving in comes a somewhat rare treat…
That’s right, it’s Rainy Day Cavalcade time! Today’s are a first for the season as they featured they characters in their Halloween costumes. We’ll be catching a second (and third) cavalcade later, though.
As a result of the rain, the line for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin became incredibly long, snaking around a good chunk of Tomorrowland.
The Haunted Mansion would see a similarly-long line, stretching well past the riverboat station.
The Emporium would become a bit of a mess as guests tried to find somewhere remotely dry to escape the hours and hours of rain.
Even The Confectionary had an indoor queue solely for access to the bakery cases for which it is known.
As promised earlier, we’d catch yet another Rainy Day Cavalcade to round out our day. While the rain wasn’t particularly fun today, these cavalcades always are and bring a different energy to the park.