Disneyland is a premier destination for Halloween — if you know what you’re getting into. Here are 5 things to know about Disneyland at Halloween include ride changes, decor and special events like Mickey’s Halloween party!
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Disneyland’s Fall Decorations
If you love fall decor, Disney has that COVERED. We’ve actually never gone in the fall or any other “season” before. I love all the imagination they show.
There are pumpkins and fun additions everywhere you look. It is seriously SO cute and magical!
I heard they’re doing more effects over at California Adventure in CarsLand — looks VERY fun!
Disneyland Halloween Special Events
They do have special events. There are more villains, and sometimes free face painting. So, keep your eyes open for special Halloween-Only events!
Disneyland Halloween Ride Changes
When they say overlay — that means the whole ride changes. And often that is VERY fun. I had prepped my 5-year-old, who isn’t prone to love scary things all about the Haunted Mansion. We have the Disneyland parks soundtrack and we’d listened to the Haunted Mansion soundtrack.
Turns out the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay changes the music, and basically the entire thing.
It is not like the regular Haunted mansion at all.
They are incorporating overlays more into California Great Adventure as well. Radiator Springs will become Radiator Screams, for example. Sure, it’s just “over” what is normally there — but it’s totally different. FYI. VERY cool, but totally different (which also makes it more popular).
Disneyland Space Mountain Halloween Overlay — Ghost Galaxy
Sometimes the overlay isn’t great — Ghost Galaxy overlay of Space Mountain was NOT appreciated by our family. I get they’re trying to make a more grown-up attraction, but my 5-year-old was horrified and kept her hands over her eyes the whole time. That Ghostly figure you see there was pictured time and time again on the ride. It swipes at you, makes horrible sounds.
No one liked it, but I liked it even less because I ignored the signs that it might be frightening. It is (it’s hard to know since they also say Snow White is frightening). I wish I hadn’t taken her.
She wouldn’t go on the ride again and was super scared to do it, even at age 8 when it wasn’t Ghost Galaxy.
FYI, the music is totally different, and the projections and light effects are also altered. I went once without Paige and I liked it more than I did the first time, but I still missed the old Space Mountain.
I have a whole post about the scary rides at Disneyland, but just be aware that some of the rides change over the holidays. You can also get my printable list of the rides and what “scare triggers” they have.
Disneyland Halloween Party
They have Mickey’s Halloween party on select nights and you should plan for it to be CROWDED. The party is full of events, parades and fireworks that are only available to special event ticket holders. We decided not to pay the extra 300 for that night so my kids could get a lot of candy, but the events sound really fun. The park will have the normal people there, but at 3 or 4 the extra ticketed crowds come in and it gets ludicrous.
Looking to avoid crowds — check out my post on the best times of the year to visit Disneyland.
Wearing Halloween Costumes at Disneyland
with Disneyland’s Halloween party, a lot of people dress up.
BUT, who knew that costumes meant skanky. Not always, there were a lot of really imaginative ones that I LOVED — but one bad apple spoils the whole bunch, sometimes. To quote Jimmy Fallon, “ew.”
I think Disneyland is working to make costumes more family-friendly. Hopefully, they’ll make some headway there. 🙂
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We had a great time, I’m so glad we went at Halloween. There’s so much to see. It’s almost ENTIRELY family friendly (our bloody ghost friend from Space Mountain is an exception) which I love. There isn’t a bunch of bloody demons. It’s still Disney. We love Halloween in our family, and Disney does our kind of Halloween!
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