Cast Member Pumpkin Decorating Contest Begins at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa


Halloween is fast approaching… for real this time! And Cast Members get into the spooky season spirit with a delicious pumpkin decorating contest at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa! Naturally, we stopped by to take a look and share their hard work.

With 1900 Park Fare being one of the few restaurants at Walt Disney World still closed due to the pandemic, the pumpkin decorating contest was held in its still unused vestibule in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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There are thirteen delicious pumpkins all decorated and carved by the resort’s Cast Members.

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Number one clearly comes from the Grand Floridian Spa team. It depicts Te Fiti with his iconic heart in the center. Flowers adorn it on the sides and Moana’s boat is in the lower left. It won’t be far off the mark, as a 16-foot-tall Te Fiti figure is set to be installed at the “Moana”-inspired Journey of Water once it opens late next year at EPCOT!

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Number two is a stylized representation of Madame Leota from The Haunted Mansion. Bells and other instruments from his session surround him.

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At number three we see a very carefully drawn silhouette of Emily Blunt’s rendition of Mary Poppins from “Mary Poppins Returns”. There is no carving on this one.

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Tinker Bell has taken up temporary residence at Pumpkin Number Four, where it has been completely repainted to represent a charming home in Pixie Hollow. Fake shrubs grow over and around it, and a small door opens to her pumpkin house.

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There’s a more traditional decorator here at Pumpkin Five, with a not-so-scary pumpkin face wrapped up like a mummy.

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The recreation team proudly tagged their Obi-Wan Kenobi-inspired pumpkin, carved to look like Darth Vader from the climactic Disney+ series finale released over the summer.

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The mansion comes to life again in number seven, where we see the ghosts of Hitchhiking and Constance Hatchaway depicted on this all-black pumpkin.

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With number eight, we can let our imaginations run wild with this clever touch – an ordinary pumpkin, full of creative potential!

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Cheshire Cat is at home at number nine, with its wacky face sculpted in the center. Flowers, Mickey symbols and other icons of wacky confusion are scrawled.

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Number ten also follows the journey of Mary Poppins, instead drawing inspiration from the original 1964 film. Chimney sweeps are seen dancing on rooftops while Mary floats in the center.

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True to the beloved film, number 11 features a pumpkin transformed into a carriage for Cinderella! Faux pumpkins with blue jewels make up the wagon wheels, the seams are lined with sparkling (plastic) diamonds, and Cindy is even inside with her pretty ballgown.

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This tall, skinny pumpkin features Donald, Goofy and the gang in their Halloween attire. At the top it says “stepping through the projection area”, likely a reference to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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And finally, the merchandise team channeled their inner wonder (and maybe some personal experiences) with a full paint job of Groot working as a cast member, complete with badge! An unseen guest asks “Do you have the Grand Floridian Loungefly?” And he of course replies “I am Groot”.

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You can scan the QR code and choose your three favorite pumpkins via the QR code on the panel above, and the winners of the pumpkin decorating contest will be announced on Halloween! And feel free to shout out your favorites in the comments below too!

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