Halloween is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s a look at the decorations and special character meet and greets at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
One of my favorite things to do while visiting the Disney parks is to walk around and take in the ambiance once the Halloween decor magically appears from night to morning. At The Disneyland Resort, just as you are walking up to the turnstiles to enter the parks, at Disneyland you are greeted by the “Fab 5” pumpkins just above your head. If you turn around and face the other way, Oogie Boogie’s frightfully ghostly tree like figure greets you from Disney’s California Adventure.
I always know it’s Halloween time at Disneyland because you are greeted by the enormous Mickey pumpkin on Main Street.
Another indicator is seeing the many different special character costumes that are around Town Square during the day such a Cruella DeVil, Maleficent and the Queen of Hearts, Pluto and Chip!
Over in Toon Town if you venture over to Goofy’s Playhouse kids can climb inside of a jack-o-lantern which is available year round as well as the Goofy scarecrow but it surely adds a certain flair during the Halloween season!
One can not visit Disneyland during the Halloween season without visiting Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” holiday overlay of the Haunted Mansion. My tip is once you enter the parks to head over to get a Fastpass as they lines for the ride have been quite long throughout the day.
One of my favorite sights to see during Halloween time at Disneyland is The Halloween Tree that welcomes you into Frontierland under The Golden Horseshoe Saloon. It is an oak tree that is decorated with orange lights complete with jack-o-lanterns in the tree itself. The tree was is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1972 fantasy novel “The Halloween Tree,” and was dedicated to the author on Halloween night in 2007.
It looks even more beautiful in the evening when the lights adorn this beautiful old oak tree, but it is equally as beautiful during the day.
Next door to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, is the Pioneer Mercantile store that adorns the entrance of the store with its beautiful fall harvest displays on both sides. It truly makes you feel like you are about to enter a pumpkin filled patch!
Directly across the way, from September 6-November 3rd one can find themselves in the middle of Mexico fully immersed in a one of a kind Dia de Los Muertos display.
Now switching gears over to Disney’s California Adventure Park, Halloween shows itself around Carthay Circle with the Fab 5 showing off their Halloween costumes while on Buena Vista Street one will find the Headless Horsemen.
Talk about an Instagramer’s dream come true with photographic images all around you at once!
A couple of years back, Disney California Adventure had announced that Car’s Land would receive the ultimate Halloween overlay within the land and boy did they ever deliver! If you are a Halloween AND a Car’s Land aficionado, then you have been called to visit your mother-ship because you are in for quite the treat! You will be immersed 360 degrees all around! Your favorite cars in Radiator Springs are also ready for their close up with you dressed in their finest Halloween gear!
If decor wasn’t enough for this overlay DCA surprised us with the announcement of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween. Get it! Aahhh! Disney continues to install that slap on the knee response of how clever and witty their design creative team is in creating pretty much everything to do!
This past weekend my daughter’s and I were able to ride Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and by the likes of the squeals and laughter this is truly a fun ride to enjoy Halloween time or not! Although I have to add, that I’m loving the Halloween music that Mater sings throughout the ride! This ride never gets old!
Don’t you just want to take him home with you! My goodness, just look how cute he is?!?!
What is your favorite part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort? Will you be visiting this season?
by: Marisol White
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