Halloween 2019 – Disneyland StyleCategory: Activities, Performances, & Events
Halloween isn’t just for kids. It’s a fun time for everyone and, as in the past, Disneyland Resort has the holiday locked up! With plenty to see and do, not to mention eat, Halloween Time at Disneyland is more fun than ever.
A giant Mickey pumpkin greets guests at the foot of Main Street USA. This is the most popular spot in the park for photos this time of year. And throughout the park pumpkins of all kinds can be seen in various locations – some are recognizable and others are just plain fun. Can you spot the Elvis pumpkin? There is also one of Abraham Lincoln. Keep your eyes open for these and others as you wander through the park. Look up, down, sideways, and all around. There are pumpkins galore.
The characters are all decked out in their Halloween costumes. Chip and Dale wear skeleton costumes, Mickey greets fans in his rather dapper vampire costume, and Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto are also dressed up for the holiday. And there are plenty of villains around including The Queen of Hearts, Curella de Vil, Jafar, and Maleficent.
Believe it or not, this marks the 50thanniversary of The Haunted Mansion and visiting this attraction is a must – especially this year. This year’s gingerbread house at the mansion also pays tribute to the attraction’s anniversary, which has transformed from the original ride to “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” complete with Jack Skellington.
In Disney California Adventure the fun continues. Cars Land has converted Radiator Springs into “Radiator Screams,” and Mater is decked out in his adorable vampire costume. The Halloween Car-stumes can also be seen on Lightning McQueen, Cruz, and Red. Magter’s Junkyard Jamboree is now Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree for the holiday with new Halloween songs to accompany the tractors as they slip and slide around the rink.
The Plaza de la Familia is a tribute to “Coco” with plenty of great interactivities and some fun music and dancing from the film with “A Musical Celebration of Coco.” A memory wall allows guests to put up messages to their departed loved ones, and there are other artistic things to do and see here. Plus, a marionette of Miguel is available for meet and greets, which is new this year. He is absolutely adorable!
Night at Disneyland is filled with the Halloween Screams fireworks show. And a separate admission is required for the new Oogie Boogie Bash, a party that replaces Mickey’s Halloween Party. It’s full of music and fun for everyone. Plus Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout transforms after dark into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. This is where guests must help find and rescue Groot who was accidentally left behind and is in danger.
Whatever you do and wherever you go in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, make sure you keep your eyes on all the intricate details. The folks there have outdone themselves with the decorations.
And, my favorite part of any holiday at Disneyland, is their food for the holidays. There are so many great options, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Make sure you pick up a Food Guide to check out all the latest and greatest created just for Halloween.
Whether you’re an Oogie Boogie fan, a fan of Mater, Coco, Mickey, or just the holiday of Halloween, Disneyland is the place to go. This celebration runs through the end of October, and the Plaza de la Familia does not go away until November 3. After that, everything gets transformed again for the next holiday!
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Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. She also writes about products and travel. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books, is the entertainment correspondent for Good Day Orange County, and has her own TV show, Beyond the Red Carpet, on Village Television in Orange County. Follow her on Twitter.