Halloween at Disneyland | What You Need to Know (2018 Edition)

Sorry to break the news folks, but summer is almost over and we are starting to see more and more Halloween products in stores. It seems like a good time to give a little rundown on what you can expect this Halloween at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Here is everything you need to know…

halloween disneylandDisneyland Halloween Celebration Dates:

Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be celebrating Halloween this year from September 7th – October 31st.

Halloween at Disneyland Park:

Two popular Halloween overlays return to Disneyland rides as Haunted Mansion becomes The Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain transforms into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. These overlays are super-popular with park visitors as they  add amazing new visuals and sound effects to these two classic Disney rides.

In Frontierland, visitors can experience the Dia de los Muertos tribute which commemorates the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. This special exhibit will feature musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

Of course, the centerpiece of Disneyland’s Halloween celebration is the popular Mickey’s Halloween Party. This special-ticket event is an after-hours trick-or-treat party featuring special entertainment, character encounters and PhotoPass opportunities. The event also features the special Halloween Screams fireworks show and the Frightfully Fun Parade, which is kicked off every night by the infamous Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

Dates for Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018 are as follows: Sept. 19, Sept. 21, Sept. 24, Sept. 26, Sept. 28, Oct. 2, Oct. 5, Oct. 9, Oct. 12, Oct. 16, Oct. 19, Oct. 23, Oct. 26, Oct. 29, Oct. 31

Halloween at Disney California Adventure:

The first thing visitors to Disney California Adventure will notice this Halloween is a giant Oogie Boogie silhouette greeting them as they enter the park, once inside, they will enjoy special holiday decor and an enormous, 10-foot status of the Headless Horseman in Carthay Circle.

Cars Land will be getting its Haul-O-Ween overlay again this year. This will include a number of special meet and greets with Cars characters in their costumes, along with a Mater’s Graveyard overlay for the Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree ride and a Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween theme for the Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters ride.

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! ride will be transformed for the holiday into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark with a special spooky story line throughout the ride experience.

One of the more exciting additions this year will be a Vampirina meet and greet. The star of the popular animated Disney Junior show will be greeting visitors at the park and will also be participating in the Frightfully Fun Parade in Disneyland Park.

Of course, no good holiday party at a Disney park would be complete without special treats and merchandise. There will be plenty of special items to be found at both parks throughout the celebration. I will be adding more here about that as items are rolled out.

Do I Need Tickets?

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park is a special ticket event. Tickets are currently starting at $105 per person (aged 3 and up) and can be purchased online at Disneyland.com/party (until the day before the event), at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400.


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