What’s New at Halloween Time at Disneyland 2017
Halloween Time at Disneyland is increasingly popular. This year it is going to be bigger and better than ever. Here is a quick guide on what to expect during Halloween Time at Disneyland in 2017, plus some tips on how you can save.
The Pumpkin Festival on Main Street U.S.A. is the most classic of all the Halloween decorations. You’re greeted by pumpkin versions of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy before you even enter the front gates. Once you enter Main Street U.S.A., you’ll see hundreds of hand carved pumpkins. Don’t forget to stop by the perfect Halloween Time photo op, a giant Mickey Jack-o-Lantern.
You’ll find added Halloween decorations and photo backdrops in both Frontierland and New Orleans Square. They’re spooktacularly cute!
You will also find Halloween décor in Disney California Adventure Park this year. This is so exciting since this is the first year that Halloween décor has appeared there! Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas will hover over the main park entrance. Once you get into Buena Vista Street, you’ll immediately notice the Headless Horseman statue, bubbling green fountains and bats circling Carthay Circle Theatre.
Halloween Themed Rides
Disneyland is bringing back its two classic Halloween overlays. Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday with a Nightmare Before Christmas takeover while Space Mountain transforms into Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy. As a word of warning, Ghost Galaxy is in fact a little scary. If your kids are easily spooked, you may want to skip this one.
Over in Disney California Adventure, Cars Land is getting a Halloween makeover. The town of Radiator Springs becomes Radiator Screams and two attractions are getting overhauled for the occasion. Mater’s Graveyard Jam-Boo-Ree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-ween will each feature Halloween trappings and music. You may even get to see Lightning McQueen and Mater cruising around in their Halloween costumes.
There are always some seasonal treats available during Halloween Time at Disneyland. One of my favorites is the Mickey beignets. Last year they offered a butterscotch version during fall and they were exceptional. You can get the Mickey beignets at Café Orleans or the Mint Julep Bar. I recommend getting them at the Mint Julep Bar so you don’t have to have the expense of table service at Café Orleans. The Jolly Holiday Bakery is another great spot to find Halloween themed treats. This quick service restaurant features a plethora of pumpkin treats and other seasonal eats.
Mickey’s Halloween Party
It’s impossible to talk about Halloween Time at Disneyland and not mention Mickey’s Halloween Party. The party is a private event and requires a separate ticket. It’s held on select nights inside Disneyland, so if you don’t have a ticket, you’ll have to leave Disneyland a little earlier than normal. If you have a Park Hopper, you can head right over to Disney California Adventure Park. It also would be a good night to do dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen or any of the fun restaurants in Downtown Disney.
Ticket prices for Mickey’s Halloween Party are anywhere from $95 – $120 per person depending on the date you choose. There is no discount for kids, but children ages 2 and under don’t need a ticket. Party nights begin on September and continue through Halloween. In September, the party is held on Wednesday, Friday and Monday nights. In October, they are only held on Tuesday and Friday nights. The party includes three major exclusives; trick-or-treating, the Frightfully Fun Parade and Halloween Screams fireworks. You’ll also have Disney villain meet-n-greets and be able to ride the attractions with minimal waits. The party is really fun, but it’s definitely not necessary to have a good Halloween Time experience. If it’s not in your budget, don’t feel bad about skipping it.
Saving Tips for Halloween Time at Disneyland
Even though it’s the most popular time of year to visit, there are still some ways to save. Visit in September to get a head start on the crowds and take advantage of more hotel specials. You can get Adults at Kids’ Prices on 3-day and longer Disneyland Park Hopper tickets for travel in September with Get Away Today.
They also have a lot of hotels with 3rd, 4th or 5th night free hotel specials. Some of their hotels have free breakfast and either free or reduced parking. Free nights are available through September and October, but the best deals will go first. If you’re thinking of buying a ticket for Mickey’s Halloween Party, you’ll save the most by going on weekdays vs. the Friday night dates. Additionally, September has lower prices than October parties.
When you’re ready to book your Halloween Time vacation, be sure to book with Get Away Today. Use promo code: 2Bloom to save an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Disneyland vacation package. Book at getawaytoday.com or call 855-GET-AWAY. Either way, be sure to let them know that Learning2Bloom sent you!