Hi everyone, it’s Lexi with Get Away Today, here to talk to you about the Disneyland Resort. I think it’s safe to say that summer is officially winding down, which means that the most spooktacular time of year is here! From now until October 31, 2018, you can experience all of the magic, thrills and frights during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. If you’re not sure what’s happening for the celebration, don’t fret. Below, I’ll go over everything happening during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort in 2018.
If you haven’t planned your Halloween Time vacation yet, there is still time! At Get Away Today, we still have discount tickets and hotel specials available for the most boo-tiful time of year. Of course, don’t forget that you can also get $10 off your vacation package when you use promo code Highlights. With so much to see and do, you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun. Fall tends to have lower crowds, tasty treats, cooler weather, and adorable decor so it is the perfect time to visit!
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort 2018
If you’ve never visited the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time, they transform a few attractions to make them even more frightfully fun. Luckily, you can experience the spooky overlays in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure when you visit the resort in 2018.
In Disneyland, you can experience ride overlays at both Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion. In Tomorrowland, guests can experience the galaxy like never before on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. This ride overlay takes a terrifying turn as you venture into the darkest reaches of outer space. Here, you’ll be haunted by shadowy realms, wicked wormholes and menacing meteors around every corner. Since this ride overlay is spookier than others, I would recommend riding it first to see if your little space cadets can handle it. Although it’s slightly scary, this attraction is so fun that you’ll only be screaming with joy!
In New Orleans Square, you’ll be able to see Haunted Mansion transformed into Haunted Mansion Holiday. Based on the beloved Halloween movie, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, Jack Skellington and his creepy crew have taken over this classic attraction. With spooktacular Halloween and Christmas décor, new characters and mystical music, this is a ride that every boy and ghoul will enjoy. Luckily, guests can experience this ride overlay during Halloween Time and Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.
Disney California Adventure:
Not only does the town of Radiator Springs get a frightful makeover, but the attractions do too! Both Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree have been transformed into enchanting rides, just in time for the holiday season. Guests who visit during Halloween Time will be able to experience Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard Jam-BOO-Ree. At both attractions, you’ll be able to enjoy new music, décor and seasonal theming. Both of these ride overlays are perfect for both kids, adults and goblins of every kind.
Last, but certainly not least, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! gets its own Halloween Time adventure. If you’ve ever ridden Guardians of the Galaxy before, you know that you help Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Rocket escape from the Collector’s Fortress. However, Groot accidentally was left behind and now you need to go back and rescue him again. Unfortunately, ghouls and monsters of every kind roam around the fortress at night. So, if you’re brave, I would recommend heading over to this spooktacular ride-overlay. While it’s dark and a little creepy, this ride overlay always brings a smile to my face.
While Disneyland is always magical, there is something about the Halloween Time décor that makes it truly boo-tiful. In both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, guests can enjoy seasonal bunting, festive photo spots and characters dressed up in Halloween time garb. Below, I’ve placed my favorite spots to check-out and snag a photo while you’re there for the chilling celebration:
- Entrance to Disneyland Park
- Main Street U.S.A.
- Pumpkin Festival on Main Street U.S.A.
- Dia de los Muertos – Frontierland
Disney California Adventure:
- Entrance to Disney California Adventure Park
- Headless Horseman Statue – Buena Vista Street
- Carthay Circle Bats – Buena Vista Street
- Radiator Screams – Cars Land
Limited-time Treats & Merchandise:
What would a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth be if you didn’t try all of the scrumptious treats? Luckily, Disneyland provided more sweets and eats during Halloween Time than ever before. Here, you can try things like Candy Corn Cotton Candy, Bat Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Churros, Evil Queen Caramel Apples, Pumpkin Fudge, Pumpkin Spice Mickey Beignets, Crab & Corn Chowder, Haunted Firehouse Chicken Sandwich, Slow Burnin’ Mac and Cheese Cone and MORE! With so many options to choose from, you’ll want to prepare your taste buds for all of the deliciousness.
In addition to the seasonal snacks, you can also snag limited-time merchandise in the parks. Some of my favorite items I’ve seen have been the Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket, Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket, Poison Apple Glow Cube, Green Poison Apple Stein and the Headless Horseman Straw Clip. However, there are also a ton of exclusive Halloween Time plushes, shirts, ears and pins to splurge on too.
This Halloween, fans of the Disney Junior show “Vampirina” will be able to meet Vee right outside of The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in Paradise Gardens Park. However, on September 21st, she’ll be right outside of the Sunset Showcase Theater on Hollywood Blvd. and even make appearances at the Disney Junior Dance Party. Since she has been so popular, Disneyland has stopped placing the time that she’ll be available for meet and greets in the Disneyland app. Because of this, I’d recommend asking a Cast Member daily if they know when she’ll be out and about.
Also, do NOT miss the Coco themed festivities for Dia de Los Muertos!
From Sept. 7-Nov. 4, 2018, guests at the Disneyland Resort will enjoy special seasonal experiences inspired by Día de los Muertos at both Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park. These festivities and displays are inspired by the tradition of Día de los Muertos, which celebrates loved ones who have passed and also honors familial bonds that last forever. New this year: Miguel from Disney•Pixar’s hit film “Coco” joins the fun!
At Disney California Adventure
Plaza de la Familia, a limited-time festivity at the Paradise Gardens area of the park, celebrates Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning film “Coco” and the everlasting bonds of family. Guests visiting Plaza de la Familia will enjoy an immersive celebration that includes live entertainment with storytelling, folklórico dancers and mariachi musicians, delicious Mexican fare and interactive experiences such as the new craft where guests make colorful masks like the ones seen in the “Coco” film.
A Musical Celebration of Coco: A festive show by the entertaining Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia celebrates the popular songs from the film “Coco,” including the Oscar®-winning Best Original Song “Remember Me.” As the lead storyteller Mateo recounts Miguel’s fantastical journey into the Land of the Dead, guests are immersed in the story of “Coco.” New this year, Miguel appears as a whimsical, hand-animated dimensional figure, joining a musical gathering that brings together a lively troupe of singers and Folklórico dancers dressed in beautiful costumes accompanied by the Grammy® Award-winning Mariachi Divas. A Musical Celebration of Coco is performed several times daily.
The World of Coco: The World of Coco, an evocative art exhibit, allows guests to rediscover their favorite characters and settings from the film “Coco.” The immersive exhibition features framed imagery that showcases the depth of imagination that went into creating the Land of the Living and Land of the Dead. Guests also will encounter a three-dimensional “ofrenda” inspired by the remembrance altar seen in “Coco.” In the film, Miguel, the 12-year-old lead character, builds an “ofrenda” in honor of his idol, the legendary late musician Ernesto de la Cruz. “Ofrendas” traditionally are created by friends and family members to honor relatives or loved ones who have passed away.
Fun Activities: Guests are invited to take commemorative photos in front of the iconic Mexican “Árbol de la Vida,” or Tree of Life. The Tree of Life at Plaza de la Familia celebrates the everlasting bonds of family and friends. Guests will be able to add a remembrance note on the Memory Wall to honor the many loved ones who have been − and will forever be − part of their lives. Additionally, guests visiting Plaza de la Familia can design their own paper “alebrije” (spirit guide) mask as part of a new craft activity.
Mexican Food Menu: The Mexican menu at Paradise Garden Grill features delicious offerings such as the traditional Día de los Muertos Pan de Muerto, Mole Verde con Pollo, a scrumptious Pan Dulce Conchita and a special “Coco” cake.
All of these seasonal activities are in addition to all that we love at the Disneyland Resort year round! Make sure to also take advantage of the amazing Disneyland deals below. Grab a FREE Chatbook to show off your trip, get kid’s price tickets for the adults in your party, and of course take advantage of our Highlights discount code! I highly suggest Get Away Today (please read why they are the only vendor for Disney tickets that I endorse here). Save time and money by having your tickets already before you get to the gate. I will never understand why someone spends even one minute of their vacation standing in line at a ticket window!
Did you know that with every ticket or hotel package you book now until November, Get Away Today will give you a free Chatbook? This way, you can save all of your magical vacation memories in one spot. The best part? Everything is 100% free. You don’t have to worry about shipping, handling or any additional fees.
Adults at Kids’ Prices:
Right now, Get Away Today is offering Adults at Kids’ Prices on all 3-Day and longer Park Hopper tickets throughout the month of September. This special can save you up to $19 per ticket! Plus, September is the perfect time to travel to avoid the October crowds.
5th Day FREE:
In addition to our Adults at Kids’ Prices offer, you can stay and save when you book our 5th Day Free ticket special. With this ticket, you can purchase a 5-Day Park Hopper Ticket for the price of a 4-Day ticket. This means you’ll get an extra day FREE to enjoy all of the ride overlays, décor and character meet and greets. If you combine this ticket with one of our free-night hotel specials, you’ll be able to save the most on your spooktacular vacation.
MaxPass is a HUGE timesaver no matter when you travel to the Disneyland Resort, but it will be your best friend during Halloween Time. This feature is only $10 per person/day and allows you to reserve FastPasses directly from your mobile device. Plus, it also includes PhotoPass, so you can bring home your petrifyingly cute photos. MaxPass is so good it’s scary. Many theme parks offer an efficiency pass like the MaxPass but Disney’s option is absolutely the best value.
Nothing is better than being able to grab food without waiting in a long line. Fortunately, Mobile Ordering does just that. With Mobile Ordering, you can order food from 18 different restaurants in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure directly from your phone. Once you head to the restaurant, you just need to let them know you’re there and they’ll prepare your food in just minutes. Plus, it’s completely free to use! Mobile Ordering is almost as magical as the park itself.
As you can see, the Disneyland Resort is filled with fun for everyone during Halloween Time. To book your Halloween Time vacation, visit our website at getawaytoday.com or call one of our travel experts at 855-GET-AWAY. Don’t forget to mention promo code Highlights to save an additional $10 off your vacation package. Let them know that Highlights Along the Way sent you!
*All photos are by Disney and used with permission.*