Isn’t it crazy that Halloween has become a season? I think it starts on September 1st, because summer is over and everyone needs something to look forward to, and it ends with Christmas season, meaning November 1st. But take joy in this fact! The fun of Halloween is no longer constrained to one night, but 61! And there’s no better place to celebrate this fact than Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Connor and I visited recently and would love to share with you some of the awesome things Disney does to make fall extra spooky and extra fun.
Note: Of course Mickey’s Halloween Party is the main attraction when it comes to Disneyland in fall, but as tickets were sold out before we even got there, we didn’t end up making it. But there is so much to do during the day! Keep an eye out for the Halloween Party though, it will change the park hours.
5. The Decorations!
Disneyland is not known for its subtlety when it comes to seasonal decorations, and Halloween time definitely rivals the winter holiday decorations! Wander around DLand, Cali Adventure, even the hotels and Downtown Disney, and check out how many different ways Disney can carve a pumpkin – there are a lot.
Also don’t forget to check out the Dia de los Muertos decorations inspired by Coco, you can find them in both parks!
4. The Food!
Another thing Disney does right? The fooooood! Check out this Disney Parks blog article that lists every special seasonal food for fall. Our favorites? Always the desserts – specifically, the pumpkin spice churro with cream cheese frosting dipping sauce, and the bat wing sundae served at Clarabelle’s.
3. The Photo Ops!
If you’re visiting Disneyland, I would highly recommend investing in adding the MaxPass. But why, you ask, add on even more money to your DLand ticket? Because it will save you so much time and you get all of your pictures fo free! Basically MaxPass means you can book a FastPass every 90 minutes through your phone on the Disneyland app! That’s right, you don’t have to run around the park, sticking everyone’s tickets into the FastPass machine and hoping everyone gets the same time! You can just pull open the app, choose who wants to get on this FastPass train, pick a ride, and boom, you got a FP. But it’s also totally cool to be able to get every photo taken of you by an official photographer in the park for free, and Halloween Time has some of the most fun photo ops because of decor and characters in costumes! Check some of ’em out:
2. The Rides!
While the Nightmare Haunted Mansion of course takes the cake, don’t miss out on the other rides that got a fun makeover for spooky time! These additions range from small changes, such as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree switching to a Graveyard Jamboree with some fun new tunes; to projections, such as Space Mountain becoming Ghost Galaxy with all of the new screens being utilized for spooky visuals throughout the ride; to the super-cool (first ever?) sequel within a ride, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout: Monsters After Dark! I don’t want to spoil anything, but definitely check it out – keep in mind though that it’s the same ride as before until about sunset, and then it switches over. So if you’re looking for a FastPass, try and get one later in the evening!
1. Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion, OF COURSE!
If you’ve ever been to Disneyland between the months of September and January, you know what I’m talkin bout! If you haven’t, oh man, next chance you get, check out the Haunted Mansion – Nightmare Before Christmas takeover! This gets the number one slot because first of all, it’s a classic, but second of all, fall is definitely the best time to come, because once you hit the holiday season, oh boy, it’s a traffic jam. Especially if you can make it on a weekday in September, you’ll be able to walk right through the line and hop onto one of these fun Doom Buggie/Sleighs and check out the fun Nightmare-themed extravaganza.
With only 2 weeks left until Halloween, make sure you get to catch all the fun at Disneyland! And then before ya know it, it’s Christmas season! Just take all my money Disney, amiright?