Boo! The scariest thing of all is how close we are to the fall season already! School is back and while we might not be quite ready to say goodbye to summer, but how can we not get a little bit excited when we think about a Disneyland Halloween? To ease you into transitioning to Fall, we’ve brought together all there is to know about the very best party of the Halloween season. You guessed it, here’s the Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Halloween 2021.
Whether you are heading to the Oogie Boogie bash or just heading to the parks for all the fun spooks and snacks, and all there is to do at the not so scary Disney celebration. The parks undergo their Autumn transformation from September 3rd to October 31st this year, giving you almost two months to experience the magic.
California Adventure Halloween:
As you know Disneyland Resort has two amazing parks and for the Halloween festivities, both parks are in full Halloween mode. In fact, many of my favorite Halloween activities are at California Adventure. Inside California Adventure there are two areas that scream Halloween (pun intended).
Cars Land Halloween –
Over in Cars land, the entire land is transformed into a “Haul-o-ween” Extravaganza. Everything is completely transformed from the tires on the road to the stores, it is definitely worth seeing. Here are some of the amazing ghoulish fun you can have in Cars Land
- Take pictures with Mater and Lightning Mcqueen as they are dressed up in their best Halloween outfits.
- Ride Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween – guest will spin around on the roadsters that dance to some fun Halloween Music
- Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree – While tractor-trailer dance partners swirl Guests around the graveyard, Mater becomes the life of the party by crooning creepy country tunes with a Haul-O-Ween twist—including “Welcome to Radiator Screams,”
Pro Tip * Definitely take time to enjoy all the decorations at Cars Land and allow time for picture taking as it is one of the best decorated areas in the park. I absolutely love it.
Plaza De La Familia
If you love mariachi bands, delicious Mexican food and beautiful displays then definitely stop by Plaza de la Familia. Plaza de la familia is located at the back of California Adventure next to Goofy’s Sky School. There you will find
Main Entrance & Hollywood Land
When you enter California Adventure there are two great places to take a picture. The first is the entrance as Oogie Boogie lurks over the California Adventure sign. The second is with the Headless Horsemen Statue. Then veer left and head over to Hollywood Land for some great entertainment including:
Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark –
One of my kids favorite rides in the park is the newly transformed Guardians of the Galaxy Ride at California Adventure (formerly Tower of Terror) – During Haloweentime, the ride is transformed once again to Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters after Dark, where the mission changes and this time you have to rescue Groot.
**Pro Tip*** This ride is not available until 3pm. The ride shuts down from 2pm to 3 pm, so get in line at about 2:45 pm and you will have a very quick wait.
California Adventure Delicious Halloween Food & Treats
A Disneyland Halloween is not complete without some amazingly ghoulish treats. California Adventure does not disappoint. They have expanded their dining with so many incredible Halloween themed meals, snacks and treats. Check out some of these delicious items, plus since California Adventure serves alcohol you can grab some pumpkin spiced beverages.
In California Adventure our favorite items were the Cookies & Candy Sundae (pictured above), the Mickey Vampire Sourdough Bread and the Oogie Boogie Macaron. There are literally at least 50 Halloween themed food items just in California Adventure alone. You can check them all out here on the Disney Parks Blog
Disneyland Halloween Time
Disneyland Halloween Time is something everyone should do once. The entire park will be decorated with what they have claimed to be even more decorations than the previous years! Which is not a surprise as every year we go there seems to be more and more decorations.
Iconic Mickey Pumpkin on Main St.
Of course a must stop is the iconic giant pumpkin on Main St is a must stop. The giant Mickey pumpkin makes a fun Halloween photo op. Photopass photographers will be there to take your pictures, they will even take pictures with your camera or phone. You can get all your Photopass pictures for one day for only $19.99
**Pro Tip – The lines to take a picture in front of the Mickey Pumpkin can get long. So, if you see a short line jump at the opportunity, (or you can take the picture at an angle like this one) Typically the Middle of the day around 12pm & 3-4pm are the sweet spot.
Must See Disneyland Halloween Attractions
Haunted Mansion Holiday
On top of the park decorations, the biggest attraction by far is Haunted Mansion Holiday where Jack Skellington transforms the Haunted Mansion into the Nightmare before Christmas. This year is it’s 20th year at Disneyland, (I honestly don’t know why they don’t transform the Disney World Haunted Mansion as it is such a big hit) Wait times can get long for this ride, we were at the park on a pretty quiet day and only waited 20 minutes but be prepared for a wait.
If you haven’t been on it, it is a pretty spectacular transformation as you enjoy gingerbread smells, an incredible real gingerbread house and so many more fun Nightmare Before Christmas decorations and animatronics.
Characters Dressed in their Halloween Best
One of my kids’ favorite things to do was to see what costumes the Disney characters would be wearing. This year the characters are socially distanced so you can see the characters from a distance. To be honest, it did not take away from the experience and made it great for Olivia as she was able to see all the characters without a long line.
Disneyland Halloween Souvenirs
You can find just about anything orange, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice flavored on the lists below. We’ve included some of the yummiest treats and snacks that Disney has announced they will be selling this Halloween season. The only downside is trying to choose just one! Plus, if that is not enough fun there are quite a plethora of super cute souvenirs to enjoy as you visit the Theme Park’s stores. Check out the Disney Parks Blog for all the newest Disneyland Halloween gear.
Disneyland Halloween Food & Treats
Just like California Adventure, Disneyland has a plethora of Holiday themed food and treats. We focused mainly on the delicious treats side gobbling up some caramel apples and mummy macarons. Again, check out the disney parks blog for the complete list of Halloween items’
Souvenir Popcorn Bucket – This year the Halloween Bucket is an adorable Mickey Mummy Souvenir Popcorn bucket. When we went to the parks they were sold out so if you see it, grab it.
Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure – Additional Fee
The Oogie Boogie Bash is a separate paid event where everyone can put on their best costumes and enjoy an amazing party in California Adventure. While, normally kids can always dress up as their favorite Disney character, at this event kids of all ages can dress up and join in on the fun. You can check out my full review of the Oogie Boogie Bash Here.
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Have you been to Disneyland Halloween Time? What is your favorite thing to do?
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Is Halloween Time an Additional Fee
No, Disneyland’s Halloween time is included with general admission. The Oogie Boogie Bash is an additional charge
Is Disneyland busy at Halloween time
Yes, it used to be one of the parks slow times of year, but with the new additional of Halloween attractions it is now one of the busiest times.
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