Halloween Season Has Come To Disneyland
By: Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer
Disneyland is the hub for huge crowds during seasonal celebrations almost all year round. Starting off with fall, the Disneyland Resort undergoes the transformation into a Halloween Wonderland great for all ages alike.
Starting in early September, and running till Oct. 31, both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are covered with fall decor and Halloween themed tricks and treats for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
In DCA, the entrance gates are completely overrun by Oogie Boogie, from “Nightmare Before Christmas,” who tells guests that they are in for some spooky delights.
The seasonal overlay in both parks includes an endless assortments of decorations, “Dia de Los Muertos” theming, and ride retheming in addition to all the extra merchandising as well.
California Adventure has upped its game during Disney’s Halloween Time to include the Headless Horseman, Cars Land, and “Coco’s Corner.”
The Headless Horseman lights up at night and makes noise based on the time of night! It makes for a great photo opportunity during the day and night.
Cars Land is beloved for its Christmas theming, but the Halloween changeover is second to none. This includes the name change for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree) and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. The quirky decorations are endless all over Cars Land.
In recent years, the Disneyland Resort has expanded its Dia De Los Muertos theming and decor to both Disneyland and DCA. DCA is themed after the movie “Coco” while Disneyland has its own Zocalo Park, next to Big Thunder Mountain.
One can’t forget the seasonal food and drink offerings during Halloween time! Pumpkin-spiced “anything” is once again the hit commodity everywhere! That includes the churro stands around both parks. Each churro stand has a specialty churro in addition to a regular churro. The pumpkin spice churro was actually pretty good!
Extra Halloween specific merchandising is seen everywhere! The balloons sold in the parks have the faces of notable Disney villains and another popular item is the light up pumpkin necklace.
While a couple attractions were given a name change, three of the most popular rides were given huge Halloween transformations and seasonal overlays.
The newest of the Halloween themed rides includes Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout changing into “Monsters After Dark” which includes a new ride sequence and light packages all over the tower during nighttime. The regular ride theme (Mission Breakout) runs from park opening until around 5 p.m. when the “monsters” take over as the ride shifts into a new experience during the evening.
One fan favorite is Space Mountain turning into Ghost Galaxy, a scarier twist on the rider's journey into space. Once again, Ghost Galaxy is a hit with a few added surprises this time around, but it is always a must ride during Halloween Time. There’s also a single rider line at the ride’s exit, still in its infancy for Space Mountain, for riders to fill in the empty seats in the car rather than waiting at least an hour to get on the ride.
At last, the most popular attraction the last four months of the year is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington is back to wreak havoc on Haunted Mansion along with the sweet aroma of this year’s gingerbread house. Grab a fastpass early in the day for this ride because it always runs out by mid-day.
Overall, Disneyland hits the mark with Halloween Time once again, so be sure to visit or enjoy Mickey’s Halloween Party (if you have tickets).