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Disneyland® Resort Halloween Fun Guide

Disneyland® Resort Halloween
Halloween is one of the best times of the year to visit Disneyland® Resort. With the stunning spooky décor, creepy-costumed characters, and Halloween-themed rides, Disneyland® Resort is the place to be for family-friendly seasonal fun. To help you make the most of your trip to Disneyland® Resort, here is our complete Halloween fun guide.

When Is Disneyland® Park Halloween?

Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort runs from early September through the first weekend in November. Most attractions are available throughout the Halloween period; however, some celebrations are only available on select days, and entertainment such as fireworks displays are dependent on the weather.

Ticket Prices and Packages

September and early October are usually less crowded than at other times of the year, but as Halloween night approaches the parks become busier. If you are planning a trip from the middle to the end of October, buying your tickets online can help you to beat the Halloween crowds.

At aRes Travel, we have a range of discounted offers on Disneyland® Resort tickets to suit your travel needs. There is so much to see and do at Disneyland® Resort that you would be hard-pressed to enjoy all the attractions in a single day. We recommend a 2-5 day ticket for the best experience and offer a variety of discounted promotions to help you save money and stay within budget. We have a variety of Park Hopper® and 1-Park Per Day tickets available.

Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Tickets

Park Hopper® tickets are a great option for guests who are either limited on time or want the flexibility to design their own Disneyland® Resort experience.

One of the notable benefits to Disneyland® Resort is that the two parks are just 400 feet away from each other, making traveling between them a breeze. There is also the Disneyland® monorail that departs from Tomorrowland and travels to Downtown Disney so you can get the best view of the creepy Halloween decorations across the entire resort.

Park Hopper® tickets allow guests to jump between parks whenever they want on the same day. If you want to visit Halloween celebrations in both parks in a single visit, this is the ticket for you.

Disneyland® 1 Park Per Day Tickets

For guests who prefer a slower pace, 1-Park Per Day tickets allow access to a single park for the full day so you can take your time and visit every attraction before moving on to the next park another day. We offer 1-Park Per Day passes from 2 – 5 days, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy Disneyland® Resort’s Halloween festivities.

Disney® MAXPASS

It is well worth upgrading your tickets to include Disney® MAXPASS. With the MAXPASS, you can download unlimited snaps with the stunning Halloween-themed backdrops and costumed characters. You can also book your FASTPASS reservations directly from your phone.

Halloween Attractions

Throughout the Halloween period, many of the rides at Disneyland® Resort get a complete Halloween makeover, and the park plays host to a whole new collection of spooky, seasonal characters and attractions. There’s plenty of Halloween fun you can’t miss during your visit.

Oogie Boogie Bash

Looming over Disneyland® California Adventure Park is the spine-tingling shadow of Oogie Boogie waiting for guests to arrive at this year’s Oogie Boogie Bash. The Oogie Boogie Bash replaces previous years’ Mickey’s Halloween Party and is an after-hours party that runs on select nights from mid-September until October 31st. The Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed event, and tickets go quickly for this popular party.

Halloween Attractions
The Oogie Boogie Bash is the place to hang out with your favorite Disney villains that you love to hate. You can go trick-or-treating along any of the five regular or five immersive trails. There is also the new DescenDANCE party where you can boogie down with the crew from the Island of the Lost to all the hits from The Descendants films.

For the youngest members of your family, the not-so-spooky Mickey’s Trick-and-Treat Show is a great way to celebrate Halloween without getting too scared. Finally, the unmissable Villainous! Live Show is a Halloween-themed take on the World of Color show. It’s the perfect end to the best Halloween party in Southern California.

Disney® Villains Dance Party

One of the new attractions for 2019 is the Disney® Villains Dance Party at Tomorrowland on select weekend nights. The party kicks off at 7 pm and ends at 11 pm. The party features Disney® villains singing and dancing to Disney® tunes and other hit songs all night long. Get ready to show off your best dance moves when the villainous characters join you on the dance floor.

Halloween Screams

Halloween Screams

Hosted by the “Master of Scare-monies” Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, this fireworks and special effects spectacular features lights and projections of many of Disney’s most infamous villains. Watch as they soar over the park to the tune of one classic Halloween song after another, with a dazzling grand finale of light and sound.

Halloween Screams is available to all guests; however, fireworks are on select nights only. You can still enjoy nightly pyrotechnics displays at a World of Color or Fantasmic! if Halloween Screams with fireworks isn’t available during your visit.

Main Street Pumpkin Festival

Main Street USA is transformed into a dazzling fall-inspired orange and yellow extravaganza perfect for adding some Halloween spirit to your Instagram feed or family photo album. Check out the giant sculpted Mickey Mouse pumpkin as you enter, and hundreds of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns that are lit at night for a dazzling display that makes the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities with your favorite costumed characters.

Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour

For anyone who loves spine-tingling ghost stories, this immersive walking tour of the park is sure to thrill. Wander the two parks with your guide who will entertain you with stories of some of the parks’ most famous ghosts and ghouls and their creator. Prepare for some close encounters with the Haunted Mansion’s most infamous residents.

The Happiest Haunts Tour is a separately ticketed event, and tour groups fill up quickly so book your place early.

Dia de los Muertos

Over at Frontierland and the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park, celebrate all things Dia de los Muertos with a cast of puppet characters from Coco as well as folklorico dancers, an award-winning mariachi band, and traveling storytellers. Don’t forget to check out the stunning Dia de los Muertos skulls and decorations and sample some traditional festive Mexican food.

Craft Stations

Located in select areas of the parks, you can find Halloween-themed craft stations, ideal for hands-on entertainment while waiting for FASTPASS reservations, live shows, or if you simply love crafting. Create a scary Halloween mask, or snap a family memory at the Tree of Life to add to the fun photo wall.

Costumed Characters

Even the Disney characters have gotten into the Halloween spirit and donned spooky Halloween costumes for their guests. A selfie with your beloved Disney characters in Halloween costumes is an unforgettable experience. Head on down to Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure® Park to catch all the classic Disney characters but watch out for sneaky Disney villains lurking around other areas of the resort. You’ll find Maleficent sneaking around Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, while Cruella de Vil and the Queen of Hearts can often be seen on Main Street.

Spooky Rides

Even some of the classic Disneyland® Resort rides get a creepy Halloween makeover to add extra thrills and chills during your visit.

Radiator Screams

At Disney California Adventure® Park, the crew at Radiator Springs celebrate Halloween with a complete transformation, including spooky car costumes, themed establishments such as Fillmore’s Jack-Oil Lanterns and Witchy Miss Lizzie’s shop, and frightfully fun rides.

Some of the rides to try this Halloween include Mater’s Graveyard Jam-BOO-ree, where guests are spun and twirled along with dancing tractor trailers to original Halloween tunes sung with gusto by everyone’s favorite tow truck.

Another unmissable ride at Radiator Screams is Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween. Join in with Luigi and Guido as they celebrate their favorite holiday with a song and dance extravaganza and become part of the fun on the dance floor.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark

Every evening as the park gets dark, the Guardians of the Galaxy – MISSION: Breakout! ride is transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. The ride picks up where the story of the original ride leaves off and takes guests on a fright-filled thrill ride to save Groot.

Team up with Rocket the Racoon and make your way through the Collector’s fortress which is overrun with all manner of ghastly ghouls and beasts. Complete with a heart-thumping soundtrack and a little signature Guardians of the Galaxy comic relief thrown in for good measure, this thrill ride is not for the faint-hearted.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Celebrating its 50th year since it opened, the Haunted Mansion becomes even spookier for Halloween, transforming into Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with a little help from the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, himself.

Jump in your Doom Buggy and take a ride deep into the Haunted Mansion which is filled with an extra two dozen animated figures in addition the Mansion’s permanent residents. Watch out for vampire teddy bears, ghosts, and man-eating wreaths who have all come to join the festivities.

The crowning achievement of the Haunted Mansion Holiday ride is the 10-foot gingerbread house complete with 15 spooky gingerbread ghosts.

Remember to head over to New Orleans Square after your Doom Buggy ride to snap a pic and wish “Happy Halloween” to Jack Skellington and Sally.

Halloween Food and Drinks

The food and drinks are one of the best reasons to visit Disneyland® Resort during the fall. You can’t miss the fantastic Halloween treats, which are only available for a limited time. Sweet treats and savory snacks are available throughout the two parks.

Be sure not to miss Oogie Boogie’s funnel cake, complete with green cream cheese frosting and gooey gummy worms. You also need to try the Vampire Mickey ice cream bar with shortbread cookie bat wings. Crunch on a Maleficent Candy Apple with edible horns, or Darth by Chocolate Parfait garnished with a mini lightsaber and Darth Vader helmet.

If you don’t have a sweet tooth, or just indulged in too much Halloween candy from the Oogie Boogie Bash, there are plenty of savory items to tingle your taste buds like the Hades Hot Dog at Refreshment Corner or the Snake Eyes Sludge at Sonoma Terrace.

Tips for Visiting Disneyland® Resort for Halloween

As Halloween tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for the resort, there are a few tips you should follow when planning your trip to Disneyland® Resort to make the most of the Halloween season.

Download the FASTPASS app

Trying to figure out the FASTPASS reservations for some of the Halloween-themed rides can be a little confusing for some people. Downloading the FASTPASS app allows you to keep track of your reservations so you can enjoy the rest of the spooky offerings available while you wait for your turn to ride.

Prepare for Warm Weather

Fall in Southern California is still pleasantly warm. Be prepared with warm weather clothes or consider bringing your swimsuit to enjoy wet rides like Splash Mountain.

Final Thoughts

Halloween is a magical time of the year at Disneyland® Resort that has plenty of spooky thrills for the whole family. Make sure to buy your tickets online early for this stunning seasonal event at the Happiest Place on Earth and try some of our simple tips and recommendations to make the most of your visit.

For Disneyland® Resort special offers, amazing savings on packages and hotels, and some of the lowest prices on travel call 1 (800) 434-7894-to speak with an aRes Travel planning expert seven days a week, or book online now.

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