So it’s September, I’m not quite sure how the year (and Summer!) has gone so fast but that means the end of those warm rainy British summertime nights and the beginning of Autumn – pumpkin flavoured everything, leaves falling from trees, cozy jumpers and HALLOWEEN! I do admit that I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween. Christmas I am all over but Halloween doesn’t fill me with joy, mostly because I am a big ol’ scaredy cat who won’t watch Horror movies, but I did change my opinion last year when I visited Disneyland Resort in California in October. Visiting a Disney Park during Halloween is the best!
Here are some reasons to convince you to spend some of the Halloween season at a Disney park:
Disney know how to do things and do things well. If you’ve ever been to a Disney park, you know that already, it’s one slick operation. And Halloween is no different. I absolutely love visiting Disney Parks during Halloween season because of the decorations. Some of my favourite things at Disneyland Resort last year were the oversized pumpkin on Main Street (but not the huge queue for a photo in front of it), all the character jack-o-laterns near the castle, the spooky decorations above and on the shop fronts down Main Street and the tree covered with lights and jack-o-lanterns in Frontierland.
Unfortunately I don’t think Halloween themed rides are a thing in Disneyland Paris, my nearest Disney park, but they totally are in Disneyland Resort. Space Mountain gets revamped to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, flying through the air as ghosts come screaming towards you is a great spooky Halloween take on this popular ride. My absolute favourite ride that gets revamped for Halloween, however, is Haunted Mansion Holiday. If you are ever in Disneyland Resort during Halloween season, you HAVE to go on this! Haunted Mansion gets a seasonal overlay courtesy of Jack Skellington, or rather, Sandy Claws, from The Nightmare Before Christmas with his creepy, kooky version of Christmas complete with spooky presents and snow in the graveyard – even Sally makes an appearance, but the best bit is the ballroom with the dancing ghosts and a giant gingerbread house, which is different every year (as requested by Tim Burton) and because they are actual real gingerbread houses, designed by the quite frankly magical culinary Disneyland Resort team, YOU CAN SMELL THE GINGERBREAD. I love gingerbread and this section of the ride smells amazing! A variation of Haunted Mansion Holiday also existed in Tokyo Disneyland, alas without the gingerbread house.
Who doesn’t want more villainy goodness in their lives? I am mostly a ‘goody two shoes, cause a little mischief, Princess’ kinda girl and not the skin some puppies to make a coat kinda girl but I can appreciate a good villain from time to time, especially as there aren’t that many villains about in the parks on a normal day. During Halloween season, you have an increased chance of meeting the likes of Maleficent, the Evil Queen from Snow White so practice your meanest pose and get ready for that evil selfie.
CHARACTERS IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
I walked into Disneyland Resort and the first thing we saw was Mickey, Minnie and Goofy in Halloween costumes. I was so excited I may have jumped up and down a few times but c’mon Goofy dressed as a skeleton? You would lose it too. I love seeing Disney characters dressed up in different costumes. It makes for a great photo variation too if you are a regular visitor to the Parks.
PARADES AND PARTIES
I’m gutted I couldn’t get a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Resort last year. The Frightfully Fun parade, exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party last year started with the headless horseman carrying a jack-o-lantern and riding down the parade route followed by spooktacular floats featuring everyone’s favourite Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, ghosts from Haunted Mansion, Dr Facilier from The Princess and The Frog, Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother, Hades, Cruella Deville, Snow White’s Evil Queen and Jafar. It looked creepy, mysterious, ghoulish and quite frankly absolutely incredible (exactly what you’d expect from a Disney Park during Halloween).
I didn’t make it to Disneyland Paris during Halloween season last year but their parade looked equally stunning. And this year they have an all new, never before seen parade titled ‘Mickey’s Halloween Tricycle Gang’ and replacing the normal 25th Anniversary ‘Stars on Parade’ parade and featuring, yep you guessed it, more villains plus everyone’s favourite Disney characters on tricycles. Unlike Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort who hold multiple ‘Halloween Parties’ – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Halloween Party respectively, Disneyland Paris only holds one Halloween party on Halloween itself, 31st October that runs til 1am. In some Disney parks, the Halloween parties include trick or treat but it’s mostly a time to dress up and get your Halloween on, meet some famous villains that you may not have seen before and see some Halloween themed exclusive parades, shows and fireworks. If you are looking for a way to get into the spirit of Halloween in the days prior or for a truly creep-tastic way to celebrate October 31st itself, this is it!
IMPORTANT BITS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR VISITING A DISNEY PARK DURING HALLOWEEN
If you are attending the Halloween parties, you can dress up whatever your age but each park has different rules so make sure you check them so you don’t have to go home and change your costume. At all other times, adults are not allowed to dress up in the parks.
If you have a ticket to a Halloween Party in any park, it will only allow you admission from a certain time in the evening, it does not include a 1 day park ticket so plan accordingly.
Halloween party tickets sell out so be quick once you know you want to attend.
DISNEY HALLOWEEN DATES
Disneyland Paris – 1st October – 5th November 2017
Walt Disney World, Florida – August 25 – November 01, 2017
Disneyland Resort, California – September 15 – October 31, 2017
Tokyo Disney – Sep. 8 to Oct. 31, 2017
Hong Kong Disneyland – September 14 – October 31
Hopefully this post has got you booking your Disney visit for October or at the very least got you into the Halloween spirit! Have you visited a Disney Park during Halloween season? What was your favourite part of your visit? Let me know in the comments!
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