There is never a better time to visit Disneyland Resort, but for some, Halloween is the best time. At Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, there's plenty of themed entertainment, attractions, and food events to enjoy.
If you have never experienced a Halloween season at Disneyland Resort, there is a lot you should do so soon. There are shows and attractions that aren't available at other seasons of the year, and some attractions receive a makeover and become almost entirely new experiences.
Disneyland Has A Lot Going On For Halloween
The Haunted Mansion is one of Disneyland's most popular attractions at any time of year, but once the Halloween season begins, and runs through Christmas, the ride becomes the Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion Holiday.
The other major ride change over at Disney California Adventure is the same one that opened when the park closed, but at 3 p.m. until the park closes, the ride becomes Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark. This version of the ride is essentially the sequel to the main ride, which sees some of the Collectors' most dangerous items escape and go after the guests.
Radiator Springs transforms into Radiator Screams, with solid Halloween decorations, and the two smaller attractions in the area, Maters Junkyard Jamboree and Luigis Rolickin Roadsters, receive Halloween overlays with new theme music.
There are several events dedicated to Dia de los Muertos that run alongside the Halloween-themed events. At Disney California Adventure, youll see a musical celebration of Coco, and in Disneyland Frontierland youll see a small display near where you can get photos with Encantos Mirabel celebrating the Mexican holiday.
The Nighttime Magic Show at Disneyland is hosted by Jack Skellington and features projection mapping effects on Sleeping Beauty Castle and throughout Main Street U.S.A.
Regular Disneyland Visitors Have Seen (Almost) Everything Before
If youre visiting Disneyland Resort for the first time during Halloween, or at least for the first time in a long time, there's a lot to enjoy here. However, for the regular guest, almost all of this has shown its face in previous years. If you prefer the seasonal elements, you'll like this year's only thing; you've seen it.
The majority of the really new stuff, like unique personalities like Ernesto de la Cruz or Mother Gothel, who we don't see often, is only available during the Oogie Boogie Bash. If you didn't get tickets months ago, you're in luck, as the entire event is sold out.
Many of the new Halloween-themed elements are new enough that they don't feel nostalgic, but they're old enough to no longer make them feel new.
In 2022, what will be new at Disneyland Resort?
That's not to say that nothing new is happening at Disneyland's Halloween Time. There are a few things to be noted that you've never seen before. First and foremost, your favorite Disney characters, like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, are all dressed for the occasion in brand-new Halloween costumes. They're also fantastic looking outfits, so if you're the photo-taking type, you'll want to see them.
The other significant change to Halloween Time this year, particularly for those who like Disneyland nighttime spectacles but don't like crowds, is that there will be a Halloween Screams show that takes place during the week, not only on weekends, as has been the case in previous years. There won't be any fireworks in the performances during the week, just the projection mapping and music, but that's still the majority of the show, and perhaps the greatest parts.
The Haunted Mansion Holiday features a brand-new gingerbread house, which is another impressive creation. For food you can eat, there are plenty of new choices available to guests, as well as some old favorites. You can sample a different churro at every cart if you wish.
I enjoyed going around the parks as a person who likes Halloween, but doesn't go all in on it the way some people do. Especially at night when Disney California Adventure has Oogie Boogie-inspired projection effects at the front of Carthay Circle, or when Radiator Screams comes to life after the sun goes down, but I was also looking for more that I hadn't seen before.
At the start of the Halloween season, I enjoyed my time at Disneyland. I hope that next year the resort will add a little more to the festivities and give visitors a reason not to miss Halloween Time.