Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort has returned with frightfully fun experiences for guests of all ages through Oct. 31, 2021. From transformed Halloween-themed attractions Haunted Mansion Holiday and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, to sightings of favorite Disney characters and villains, beloved seasonal décor including the Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and delightfully delicious treats, there is family-friendly fun for every ghoul or goblin to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort.

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Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

At Disneyland Park

Guests encounter favorite Disney characters throughout Disneyland. On Main Street, U.S.A., Mickey and friends show off their Halloween finest with Minnie as a witch, Donald dressed as a pumpkin and the rest of their pals adding to the Halloween family-friendly fun. Other characters found throughout the park include dastardly Disney villains who have come out to cause some mischief.

Guests find festive seasonal décor and pumpkins galore to add to the Halloween magic. The Main Street Pumpkin Festival transforms Main Street, U.S.A., with whimsical pumpkins displayed in store fronts. Guests of all ages will enjoy taking photographs with the iconic giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern. As guests journey into the park, they find pumpkin statues representing Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Critter Country and Frontierland surrounding the Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Befitting the supernatural season, Haunted Mansion Holidayfeatures a merry makeover of the beloved eerie estate. Jack Skellington is behind the mayhem, decorating the mansion with the frightfully festive touches inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Dedicated fans of the holiday house look forward to spotting the annual bespoke gingerbread house on its precarious perch on the ballroom table, making its 20th appearance for this collision of two holidays. Other favorite sights await, including Sally, Zero and other characters from the movie.

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Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

And every night from Sept. 3 – Oct. 31, in Walt Disney’s original park, guests enjoy a dreadfully delightful treat in the form of “Halloween Screams”, a supernatural projection and special effects show. On weekend nights, “Halloween Screams” also takes to the skies to enhance the mischief with fireworks. Guests can view the spectacular from several different locations throughout the park, including Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle and near “it’s a small world.”

In Frontierland, guests may commemorate the celebration of the Day of the Dead with a colorful Día de los Muertos tribute featuring a trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items. Guests will also enjoy musical entertainment in this area.

Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

At Disney California Adventure Park

Oogie Boogie, from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” looms over guests at the entrance to Disney California Adventure as he uses his magic to create a forever Halloween for everyone to enjoy. Under his spell, favorite attractions are transformed for the Halloween season.

Guests will mosey on over to Cars Land as Radiator Springs becomes Radiator Screams, where residents decorate their homes with frights and are ready to greet guests in their “car-stumes” before they race off to go “trunk-or-treating.” Guests can continue the family-friendly fun by taking a spin on popular Cars Land attractions that rev up with Halloween spirit: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree croons spooky songs to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rolickin’ Roadsters takes guests on a wicked whirl as it becomes Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

The façade of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! sparks a state of total emergency as dusk approaches and the attraction is transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, offering an exciting Halloween adventure filled with creepy creatures and thrilling drops. While the Guardians of the Galaxy have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, Groot was accidentally left behind. Guests can successfully complete their rescue mission to save Groot by helping Rocket distract creatures from around the galaxy that have gotten loose. By teaming up with the Guardians, every guest can find their inner hero this Halloween season.

Seasonal décor adds to the Halloween ambiance on Buena Vista Street. At night, the façade of Carthay Circle Restaurant oozes with Halloween magic as bats swarm, energy pulses from within and projections light up the iconic tower structure with a spellbinding display. Guests can also commemorate the Halloween magic with a photo in front of the 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman holding his jack-o’-lantern head to the sky.

Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

Plaza de la Familia

Plaza de la Familia returns to Paradise Gardens for a limited time, from Sept. 3-Nov. 2, 2021. This immersive cultural experience celebrates the everlasting bonds of family along with Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning film“Coco.” The celebration features live entertainment, festive foods, crafts and interactive experiences. A must-do activity is “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” an entertaining show that brings to life songs from the “Coco” film through performances by the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia, singer/storyteller Mateo, a folklórico dance ensemble, and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Mariachi Divas.

The entrance to Plaza de la Familia welcomes guests through an arch filled with brilliant marigolds. Guests at this seasonal event will have the chance to get a photo with a hand-animated dimensional figure of Miguel from “Coco” and they’ll discover Miguel’s Memory Box. No visit to this celebration is complete without a visit to the iconic Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) and Plaza de la Familia Memory Wall.

Halloween Returns to the Disneyland Resort

At Downtown Disney

In Downtown Disney District beginning Sept. 9, guests will find décor evoking the spooky season as well as themed offerings in the shops and restaurants. Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit, new this year, is a family friendly activity to enjoy while exploring the shopping mecca.  To play, guests purchase a game and stickers at select merchandise locations and look for hidden decorative pumpkins themed to Disney characters. Game boards can then be redeemed for a spooky surprise!

Will you be celebrating Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort? There’s still time to plan your trip. Contact me today for a free vacation quote!

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Sara is a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, a Disney Earmarked agency. She lives in Alaska with her husband and 3 kids. Due to her extreme dislike of winter, she travels often to warmer destinations during the colder months. She visits the Disney parks and resorts frequently with her family and loves helping other families plan magical vacations. Contact her here for help with your vacation!
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