It’s that time of year again. Anyone who has walked into Disneyland during the last couple of weeks has undoubtedly noticed the orange bunting and Jack o’ Lanterns that adorn Main Street, USA. †Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg of what goes on at Disneyland during the†Halloween†season. Here are a few things that we at DAPs Magic think you won’t want to miss during this most haunted season at the Disneyland Resort.
Main Street, USA
As you enter Main Street, USA it is impossible not to notice a giant Mickey Mouse Jack o’ Lantern sitting at the point of Town Square. This is an obvious place to take a quick family/group photo. As you continue to look around Town Square you will also notice that Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, & Dale frequently walking around in various Halloween costumes. If you are there at the right time of day you may notice that Dapper Dans will be dressed in their Halloween best singing spooky renditions of their barbershop quartet songs. Continue up Main Street and you will see most of the shops are adorned with more Halloween decorations, bunting, and Jack o’ Lanterns. One shop that seems to have gone all out is Fortuosity where the shop has gone to the birds…literally. Walk inside and see how it has been overtaken by Ravens…”Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.‘” Continue up the street and in the Hub you’ll find the Partners Statue surrounded by more Jack o’ Lanterns.
Traditionally Fantasyland hasn’t really celebrated Halloween that much. However, last year this changed with the installation of Villain’s Lair in what is sometime the overflow queue for It’s a Small World. Stop by during the day for a photo with one of the classic Disney villains.
Make your way into Frontierland where Halloween is a big celebration. As you walk over the entry bridge and into Frontierland look in front of you and to the left and see the Halloween Tree dedicated to author Ray Bradbury. On the right in front of Big Thunder Mountain and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante is Disneyland’s celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Continue on past Big Thunder Mountain and find lots of Halloween things going on at Big Thunder Ranch. First off, pumpkin carving is going on. Here you will find some of the best carved pumpkins anywhere, and you can watch them being carved! There are also cast members with coloring sheets and crayons for the kids. They could also be joined by Jessie or another character friend. Johnny, the magician, could be there doing some incredible tricks. There are also is the petting zoo that is loaded with a bunch of furry friends. Just a few feet away, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ is all decked out for Halloween. Couple that with the entertainment there and it is the perfect place for a festive meal.
New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square is another fantastic place to experience Halloween. Every year starting with Halloween Time, Jack Skelington takes over the Haunted Mansion with his friends for the Haunted Mansion Holiday layover. Not only does Jack appear inside the Haunted Mansion; but he and Sally can also be found out in the courtyard daily taking photos with guests.
In Tomorrowland Ghost Galaxy has taken over Space Mountain. Ghost Galaxy is a bit intense so this might be best to keep the little ones away from. During the day Ghost Galaxy only takes over the inside of Space Mountain. However, at night this all changes. Every night the exterior of Space Mountain shows signs of Ghost Galaxy as it gets attacked damaged, repels the attack, and creates an incredible night show to watch from anywhere with a good view of Space Mountain.
Mickey’s Halloween Party
For those that just can’t get enough of Disney or Halloween, there is also Mickey’s Halloween Party. This takes place every Tuesday and Friday throughout October and also on Halloween night itself. Formerly Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party at Disney California Adventure, it has been moved to Disneyland for the first time this year. This is the one place where Halloween Screams, the Halloween firework show, will be presented this year. Disney characters will also be stationed throughout the park in costume. Halloween treats will be available for trick or treaters young and old. There will be crafts, there will be music, and there will be lots of fun. It should also be mentioned that most of Disneyland’s attractions, including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy, will be open. Generally a Halloween cavalcade of Disney characters and dancers also make its way down the parade route as well.
Party times for Tuesday nights are 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Party attendees can enter before the party at 3:00 PM for the Tuesday night parties. On Friday nights, Mickey’s Halloween Party begins at 7:00 PM and concludes at 12:00 AM. Attendees can enter the park before the party at 4:00 PM.
Prices for Mickey’s Halloween Party are as follows:
$49 – Advanced Ticket Purchase for October 1, 12, 19, and 26
$54 – Day of Purchase for October 1, 5, 8, 12, 19, 22, and 26
$59 – Day of Purchase for October 29 and 31
Guests are allowed, and encouraged, to wear costumes for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Disney has listed several guidelines for costumes and they can be found here.
That should give you a good start on your Halloween planning for the Disneyland Resort! If you haven’t experienced Disneyland during Halloween, it really is something you should try to do!
Make it a GREAT day!