Re: No more free trick-or-treating at Downtown Disney
I believe the official statement is true however it is also very abbreviated.
Downtown Disney is now in a quirky area. When built, it was on the edge of the property yes. It was intended to be "the marketplace" for the homes and apartments that were initially planned for that area. Unfortunately for many reasons that could not happen. Now, in some directions, just off property is some pretty dicey areas. Pick up the Orlando Sentinel any morning and you will see all that happens.
Disney was having this problem with Pleasure Island. The real world was making its way into the World. We attended Trick or Treats for multiple years and it was fun, by the end it was getting a tad intimidating and overwhelming. It wasn't the place for guests to be. Now there are two hard ticket events that have trick or treating, one at the MK and the other at Ft. Wilderness.
What convienced me that my family would not be there again was muggers dressing up in Halloween Costumes that mugged unsuspecting guests that believed they were in a safe enviroment. Being dressed in masks it was next to impossible for guests to give the Sheriff any good leads and nobody else would notice someone in costume on Halloween.
So while I agree it was intially a nice gesture, that gesture had worn out its welcome.
Some people are like Slinkies.
They aren't really good for anything,
but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.
Friends are Gods way of apologizing to us for our families.