We just had the pleasure of attending Disneyland for the first time EVER during Halloween Time. And, it probably comes as no surprise to hear that we loved it! In fact, we enjoyed it so much (especially Mickey’s Halloween Party) that I’m hoping to make a family tradition! So, if you’ve never been to Disneyland at Halloween Time either, here’s a list of 10 reasons to add it to your vacation list… 1. Festive Decór & Ambiance
I always love the ambiance at Disneyland. But, this time of year was especially fun. Between all the special Fall & Halloween decorations, the pumpkins, the special items, costumes, etc – Disneyland was even more fun than usual!
2. Pumpkin Festival – Main Street U.S.A
We couldn’t believe the number of pumpkins – from the front entrance of Disneyland all the way down Main Street U.S.A to the castle! You’ll find the Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, with hundreds of pumpkins on display, no two of them the same! The largest of which is the very large Mickey head pumpkin, perfect for a Halloween Time photo opp (be prepared for a line though)! Be sure to look for fun character carvings and watch many of them light up at night! 3. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
Tomorrowland gets a little extra spooktacular with Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. The unique Halloween-themed experience may seem like a typical Space Mountain adventure at first, but it’s actually haunted! You’ll be chased around the galaxy by a (rather creepy/scary) ghost, complete with some creepy sound effects and haunting music. Big Brother (7) did okay with it, but keep in mind that this may be a little too scary for some kids!
4. Haunted Mansion Holiday
The other ride that gets a holiday makeover is the Haunted Mansion. And this is a truly amazing makeover!! Every year at this time, Jack Skellington returns to Disneyland to take over the Haunted Mansion and brings Haunted Mansion Holiday back to New Orleans Square. The ride gets completely transformed with with a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas cheer, inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” This is an absolutely incredible transformation!!! The attention to detail is inane with something new to notice each time you ride! And, it changes every year! This is the 14th original gingerbread design since Haunted Mansion Holiday debuted in 2001. Amazing! Because of the “merrier” feel to the ride, we took the boys for the first time on Haunted Mansion! The lines can get long for this one (especially at night), but it’s definitely a must experience!
5. Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch
Big Thunder Ranch is one of our favorite places to meet characters and Halloween Time is no different. The Halloween Carnival there is great for families and young kids! In addition to the awesome decorations and character sightings, there’s a new magic show! There’s also crafts and activities for young kids. So, we loved this space!
6. Fun Fall Treats
Special treats at Disneyland are always a must. But, at Halloween Time you can find some extra-special treats liked Halloween-themed caramel apples, cupcakes, krispies treats and more! We got a special look at a good variety of the treats the parks have to offer and they are all so fun! Stay tuned for a DIY version here on the blog! But, in the meantime, here’s a peek at some favorites: 7. Special Park Merchandise
Along with fun treats, you’ll find a whole bunch of unique Halloween-themed merchandise! There’s even a little ghostly makeover to one of the stores! I especially love the fun Halloween Mickey ears, candle holder, and light-up poison apple drink cubes! The next 3 special Halloween Time ideas do require a special ticket/reservation, but all sound so fun (and we can attest that Mickey’s Halloween Party is AWESOME)!!
8. Pirates League
Arrrr, mateys! Your little pirate fans (ages 3 and up) will LOVE this experience! A part of the Halloween Carnival, The Pirates League offers a variety of pirate transformation options: Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Captain Hook, Ghosted Pirate, Black Beard, Black Eyed Jack, and Empress, created especially for pirate princesses. For The Pirates League reservations call 714-781-STYLE / 714-781-7895
9. Halloween Happiest Haunts Tour
On the Happiest Haunts Tour, you’ll join a Disneyland Tour Guide and “Ghost Host” for a night of happy haunts and spooky sightings at Disneyland Park! I haven’t take this tour, so I can’t speak to it directly. But, if it’s anything like the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour then you are sure to have an amazing time! Click the link above for more info. 10. Mickey’s Halloween Party
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate-ticket event and SO.MUCH.FUN!!! Here’s 10 reasons to consider attending the Halloween party! Suffice it to say that I highly recommend it if you’re looking for some extra Disney magic and a special Halloween time! I’m hoping to make it a family tradition of sorts. We canNOT wait to go back! For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com/Halloween.
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What is/would be YOUR favorite thing about Halloween Time at Disneyland?
Disclosure: My family attended a special Mickey’s Halloween Party press event. We were provided with complimentary admission, as well as other Disney fun surprises. However, all opinions & love of Disneyland are entirely our own! Top Pumpkin Festival Main Street U.S.A. photo above used with permission from Disney. All other photos are my own.