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Have you and your family had the chance to enjoy Halloween time at Disneyland? No? Well, there’s still time!
In addition to your family favorites that Disney always has to offer, you can find plenty of new Halloween-themed goodies. Why not try a Pumpkin Churro? This spin on the popular food item can most easily be found at the Churro cart at the end of Main Street just off to the right of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. And of course, there’s always the “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme at the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain’s thrilling “Ghost Galaxy” feature.
But, Disney has done one better this year. The festivities have now crept into Disney’s California Adventure for the first time, so you can now completely immerse yourself and your little ghouls in Halloween no matter which park you decide to haunt!
And you’ll find that California Adventure is well into the spirit of things. The moment you walk in, you’ll see Mickey and his friends have donned their own costumes. Buena Vista Street is draped in purple and the shop windows display an impressive collection of Halloween goodies. Give your ghouls a little challenge and see if they can find a haunting statue of the Headless Horsemen.
From here, head on back to Paradise Pier and taste the Mexican food menu at the Plaza de la Familia. Disney has set up a beautiful interactive photo location that displays the Tree of life (Arbol De La Vida) and an exhibit for their guests to get to know the characters from the upcoming film, Coco. Enjoy a live performance by Mariachi Espectacular, and a dance performance featuring music from the new film. A favorite here for our family was the Tres Leches Parfait, a sweet caramel cream with vanilla cake and dark rum that satisfied our sweet tooth.
But the one absolute can’t miss is Radiator Screams- the Cars Land makeover that will have your family shrieking in delight. It’s a chance to see Mater dressed up in his Van-pire costume while Lightning McQueen revs up his costume game as a super hero.
After the sun goes down, Cars Land really casts a spell on you. It comes alive in brand new way, piping in a fiendishly fun playlist to get all the restless spirits into the Haul-O-Ween spirit. The play list includes songs like Elvis’ “Devil in Disguise” and “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide” by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. Of course, no Halloween play list would be complete without Bobby Picket’s “The Monster Mash.” The whole land feels alive and festive. Not one corner or store remained untouched. From the clever puns and the holiday-inspired treats and drinks, Radiator Screams will have you and your ghouls feeling possessed with Halloween spirit!
While Cars Land was a delightful cauldron of ghastly fun, there’s one place you can find a more chilling thrill. You’ll want to check out the frightful version of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT! At 5 p.m. each day, the ride features a new story line, transforming the attraction into “Monsters after Dark.” Here, you can help Rocket rescue his little buddy Groot from danger in the Collector’s Fortress. This is a different ride than the daily Gaurdians feature, and is only available during the Halloween season. If you crave some blood-curdling screams, this ride delivers. We highly recommend getting in line for the fast pass for this thrill ride’s nighttime makeover. Fast Passes for Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark are available at 3 p.m. We witnessed how long this line can get, so get there early! Or if you have Disney MaxPass downloaded to your mobile device, be sure to be ready at 3 p.m. to add it to your queue.
The attraction itself is a raucous ride of frightening monsters, stomach-dropping falls, and blaring music. While it was wildly entertaining, it might not be a good place for your more cautious little goblins, so be sure to arrange a place for them to wait with an older member of your ghostly group. We suggest grabbing a Mickey Mouse shaped pretzel and taking it to the store to the left of the ride, as that’s where the exit is for those daring enough to take the plunge. You can also take advantage of the rider switch feature, which allows parents to trade off who rides the attraction and who stays with the kids. Ask a ride attendant at the entrance for details.
We ended our night at the Cove Bar, the popular family-friendly drink spot overlooking the World of Color water area. Here, we enjoyed the delicious Ghost-ly Pepper Nachos. This spicy treat features green tortilla chips and ghost-pepper marinated flank steak, smothered with black beans and avocado-tomatillo salsa. Drool, drool. For you grown ghouls, try their blue Glow-tini, which is SKYY Infusion citrus vodka mixed with Peach Schnapps, pineapple juice and a Disney glow cube. Of course, there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks for your mini-monsters here, such as Cotton Candy Lemonade.
Better hurry, these Halloween features will Rest in Peace on October 31st!
This post is written by Anastacia, a Disney loving mom with a little Jedi-Mouse of her own.