I totally nerd out for theme parks. Like, full on geek on them. Disneyland is literally my happiest place on earth. (I’m even getting excited just writing about.) When the hubs and I decided to try for our first and only
at least for now baby we decided to have our babymoon at Disneyland! We wanted to experience the park together before we had kids. Let’s be real, we are just two gigantic children really. We planned it on Halloween. I was a little bummed because Halloween is my favorite and I didn’t want to miss all the festivities at home. Well, turns out, the only thing better than Disneyland is Halloween at Disneyland! Disney just never gets it wrong. If you happen to find yourself there on Halloween here are a few things you can expect.
- Decorate all the things! : Disney always goes all out and Halloween is no exception. The decorations are incredible. Along with all things pumpkins such as the huge Mickey pumpkin in the middle of town, the whole park is transformed for Halloween including the characters. You’ll spot them in their very own Halloween costumes. You may stumble across a Donald Pumpkin or perhaps a Minnie Witch!
- An Unusual Cast: Speaking of the characters, Halloween is when the villains get to come out and play! This was one of my favorite things about Disney at Halloween. We ran into characters I’ve never met before. Cruella, Jack Skellington and Sally (Geek Out!!), Queen of Hearts and Jafar just to name a few. I was ridiculously excited to meet Jack and Sally. I kind of feel bad for pushing those kids out of the way….okay I don’t feel THAT bad.
- Mickey’s Halloween Party: On select nights Mickey hosts his Halloween Party. We chose not to pay the extra $70 per person to attend this but even if you don’t go, make sure to know the dates. The park closes early for the party (or at least it did the year we went) and it gets pretty crowded shortly before it starts. If you do choose to go, note that the ticket to the party will also get you park access 3 hours before the party starts (hence the crowd).
- Some of your favorite rides may look a little different: Some of us don’t handle change all that well, but this was change I could get on board with.
- Haunted Mansion: Gets a Tim Burton make over and you are transported to Halloween Town. We are huge Nightmare Before Christmas fans (note previous Geek out) so we loved every bit of this revamp. (In fact, we went as Jack Skellington and Sally that year.) This is where we also spotted the Dead Quartet!
- Space Mountain: One of my favorite rides at Disneyland, gets a ghastly makeover and is transformed into Ghost Galaxy. This seasonal thrill was a bit on the dark side so you may want to prepare any kiddos that get creeped out by that sort of thing.
- Dress UP: They allow costumes (with some restrictions) so you’ll see lots of costumes, mostly the kids, but don’t count the adults out! Some really get into it too. Check out Disney’s FAQ page for costume restrictions. We were more concerned with being comfortable and not worrying about how our costumes would work on rides so we didn’t really dress up. Though I did sport some whiskers and a Minnie nose and ears.
Oh, I do hope you find yourself at Disneyland some Halloween. It really is quite the experience!