If there’s a visit to Disneyland in your near future and your dates are flexible, definitely consider paying a visit to the Mouse during the Autumn months as the spooky celebrations found at Disneyland are something to behold. This year’s Halloween Festivities will kick-off on September 9, 2016 and run through until October 31, 2016. Here are just a few ways that you can celebrate the Halloween season Disney-style.
- Mickey’s Halloween Party – If you’re familiar with Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, then this nightime event is similar. On select evenings starting September 23rd and running through October 31st, Disneyland Park gets in the ghostly spirit with this exclusive hard-ticketed event. Guests will be treated to a range of activities including trick-or-treating, Halloween themed attractions (more about this in a minute), special character greetings with some of your favorite Disney villains and to top it all of the eerie Halloween Screams fireworks display. There will also be a very special headless guest making his ride down Main Street, U.S.A. Tickets for the event range in price from $79.00 – $99.00 and can be booked online at Disneyland.com.
- Haunted Mansion Holiday – If there’s one thing about Disneyland that makes this East Coast Disney gal insanely jealous, it’s the fantastic Halloween takeover that happens with some of Disneyland’s key attractions. Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is a prime example of this. Each Autumn this eerie residence undergoes a Tim Burton-esque makeover featuring the characters and music from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now I’m not talking just a decoration or two but a complete overlay making this Disneyland classic seem like a completely different ride. Keep up with Jack and Zero’s in-house shenanigans. Watch as Oogie Boogie conjures up a few hitchhiking surprises and revel in a graveyard completely covered in snow. Make this attraction one of your first stops during the Halloween Season. You won’t be disappointed. Oh! and look for the Gingerbread House on the dining room table! (It’s a bit of a tradition).
- Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – Speaking of Halloween-themed overlays, thrill ride fans will not want to miss Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Keeping space scary since 2009, this is the same Space Mountain that you know and love but during the Autumn months guests are launched into a haunted section of the galaxy where phantasms eagerly await to pluck unsuspecting riders from their seats. Each dip and twist is amplified by the blood-curdling Halloween-themed soundtrack.
- Mickey and Friends Get Dressed Up for Halloween- For those looking for unique character meet and greet experiences, September and October is a great time to catch Mickey, Minnie and friends in their Halloween finery. Make sure you set aside some time to share hugs, nab autographs or snap some photos. And for those lucky enough to be attending Mickey’s Halloween Party, be on the lookout for the likes of Jack Skellington, Sally, the Wicked Queeen, Cruella de Vil, Malificent and the Queen of Hearts. Oh and here’s hoping the talking Scarecrow makes a comeback!
- Disneyland’s Happiest Haunts Tour- For those wanting a big dose of Halloween Disney-style, look no further than Disneyland’s Happy Haunts Tour. This 2 1/2 hour walking tour takes guests on chilling journey around Disneyland complete with ghost stories, creepy sights, a good dose of trick-or-treating, some insider secrets from The Haunted Mansion and if you’re lucky perhaps even a visit from your “Ghost Host”. The tour costs $85 per person and valid park admission is required. Though the full schedule isn’t up for September- October just yet, it looks like the tours will happen at least twice daily at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Advanced booking is highly recommended and can be booked by calling 714.781.8687.
- Disneyland’s Halloween Makeover- Even if you’re not big on things that go bump in the night, you won’t want to miss Disneyland’s beautiful Autumnal transformation. Take a walk down a Main Street U.S.A revamped to look like a Pumpkin Festival with countless hand-carved pumpkins. See if you can find two that are the same. Pay a visit to Zocalo Park in Frontierland to view the richly detailed Dia de los Muertos skeleton display before stopping by Candy Kitchen to pick up your Day of the Dead-themed candy apples. Also, be sure to pay a visit to The Halloween Tree taken from the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Its orange glowing lights and multitude of Jack-o-Lanterns cast an eerie glow across the park.
When it comes to Halloween at Disneyland, there is something spooky lurking around every corner. So whether you are a Disneyland veteran or planning your first visit, make the Halloween Season at Disneyland part of your Fall plans and enjoy a unique Disney experience available only once a year.
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