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September is here, the kids are back in school, and pumpkin spice has made it’s seasonal come back. Which means only one thing…It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland!! Move over Diamond Days, the Villains are taking over the park once again in traditional Disney style.
From September 11th through November 1st, Disneyland Resort guests can experience a family-friendly Halloween experience. Including, spooky upgrades to rides and attractions, themed decor throughout the parks, yummy treats, and LOADS of Halloween merchandise. Guests can also purchase tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party, where they can dress up in costume and trick or treat the night away!
Halloween is in the air which means Jack Skellington and his friends have taken over the Haunted Mansion for the return of everyones favorite Haunted Mansion Holiday. If you’re heading to the parks this season and have never experienced this attraction during the holidays, it’s an absolute must! Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas” move into the mansion and create a ghoulishly festive scene. Now, don’t worry parents with small children, I actually think it’s a much more fun and kid friendly attraction this time of year. The Hatbox Ghost will also be sticking around for the party so keep an eye out for him.
Space Mountain also turns into it’s creepy alter ego, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Guests are taken on a thrilling ride through an eerie ghost galaxy where interstellar spirits pop out in the darkness. This is probably the scariest thing in the parks for Halloween so if you have smaller kids just beware.
As sad as I am to see the beautiful Diamond Celebration decor leave Main Street USA, there really is no place like Disneyland during the holiday season. With orange and yellow banners draping the shops and lamp posts along Main Street, you really are surrounded by holiday spirit. Not a single pumpkin is spared during Halloween Time at Disneyland. There are literally hundreds, maybe even thousands of pumpkins, from the moment you hand your ticket over at the main entrance to the time you ride the tram back to the parking lot. And you can’t miss the giant Mickey jack’o’ lantern in the middle of Town Square. Don’t worry, Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Carthay Circle Theatre will still be decked out in their 60th best so the Diamond Celebration isn’t over yet!
Don’t forget to pass by one of the shops along Main Street to grab a spooky caramel apple or a ghoulishly adorable pair of Halloween Mickey Ears.
Our family’s absolute favorite part of Halloween Time at Disneyland is Mickey’s (not so scary) Halloween Party. It has become an annual family tradition and we look forward to it each year. MHP requires a separate ticket for one of the 17 nights it is scheduled during the season and is really worth every penny. This is a super fun after-hours party that allows guests to trick-or-treat in costume (yes even you grown ups!), experience the “Halloween Scream” firework show, the “Monsters U Dance Party” in Tomorrowland, and everyones favorite “Villains Square” on Main Street USA.
Bring extra candy bags and suitcases because you will get TONS of candy! We went home last year with 13 pounds of it! Yes we weighed it all. There are trick or treat locations through the entire park that are specially themed and always have some sort of character/entertainment with them.You will receive a special park map with all of the trick-or-treat locations marked on it. also have healthy snacks for your little ones to choose, like apples slices and carrot sticks. If you go on a busier night the lines can get long, but don’t get discouraged, they move really quickly.
The “Halloween Screams” firework show is always a treat. Hosted by the one and only Jack Skellington, it is presented exclusively for MHP guests to enjoy.
One of the most popular attractions at MPH is the “Villains Square”. At certain times throughout the night on Main Streets town square, the Disney Villains arrive (via spooky horse drawn carriage) to crash Mickey’s Halloween Party. They put on a great show and then stick around for photos and autographs with their guests who are invited to “party like a villain”. This is one of the few times that all of the Disney Villains entertain in the parks so lines for photos and autographs can get long. Be sure to plan ahead if there is a special villain you or your little one want to meet.
The entertainment placed throughout the trick-or-treat trail is just so much fun. From talking scarecrows, to the “Cadaver Dans”, there is something fun and spooky at every turn. The Cadaver Dans are the best! They float along the Rivers of America and put a nice Halloween twist on some of your favorite Disney classics. I could sit and listen to them sing all night!
Disney really pulls out all the stops with Halloween Time and MHP. We always have a great time and are really impressed by the details they put into it. We can’t wait to visit the parks this holiday season and attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Follow our social media pages to see more of our holiday experiences this year at the Disneyland Resort.
(All photos were courtesy of the Disney Parks)