UPDATE FOR 2018:
Check out what's new for 2018 on these blogs:
Disney Tourist Blog: https://www.disneytouristblog.com/halloween-disneyland-guide/
- Check out what they say about Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark
Check out what they did for 2017:
The Disneyland Resort has really upped their game this year with the Halloween decorations. Not only is Disneyland all decked out for the harvest, but Downtown Disney and California Adventure are getting in the spirit too.
You can enjoy the spookiness from September 15th through October 31st, 2017.
What started out as a "Mickey's not so Scary Halloween" at Disneyland with pumpkins here and there, has added more of a scary element to California Adventure with headless horsemen and ghoulish echoing laughs. I think it could be a little scarier to compete with Six Flags and Universal Studios, but maybe they need a few more years.
Also, don't forget to check out the Halloween decor at Disneyland Paris.
SO MANY PUMPKINS! Downtown Disney's planters were filled with perfect pumpkins!
Now, California Adventure has been getting into the spirit of themes and celebrations, such as when the Guardians of the Galaxy ride opened with their Super Hero promotion #heroup. Also, I love their annual Food and Wine festival and this year has been the best yet with new food options and adding a beer garden! ANYWAY, I am thrilled they have added more decorations for Halloween along with some delectable treats you cannot miss! Let's start with the main entrance during the day and lit up at night...
After entering the gates, Buena Vista Street had lots of bats and purple banners, which I liked because it differentiated from Main Street at Disneyland that is filled with pumpkins and orange harvest decor.
I loved also the bats coming out of the top tier of Carthay Circle and the green and purple lights at night!
New this year, the Headless Horseman greets you before you enter Hollywood. He laughs about it too. Muahahahhaa... Might be too scary for Disneyland, but perfect for California Adventure.
The next area haunted was Cars Land. It was the entire street and they covered every inch of it.
I LOVE these posters! They literally made me LOL, especially Hocus Spokus because Hocus Pocus is the best Halloween movie out there.
So I started to think that I hadn't paid enough attention to detail without the halloween decorations, because have they always had these tire planters? So clever!:
I loved how they lit everything at night with green and purple lighting. I'm really glad I took a picture of this because I did not spend nearly enough time absorbing everything that was happening on this building.
Trick-or-treat! Speaking of, let's talk treats. In the Cozy Cone Motel, according to the Disney Parks Blog there were new Halloween food options at most of the cones:
- Slow Burnin’ Mac & Cheese Cone – Fresh-cooked pasta with spicy red pepper cheese sauce topped with crushed chile-cheese puffs, served in a Black Cauldron Cone
- Spoke-y Cone Macaron filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn
- Junkyard JamBOOree Mix – Choice of flavored popcorn with optional “nuts and bolts” (e.g., green M&M’s, candy corn, chocolate-covered pretzels, Boston baked beans, etc.)
We had to try the Slow Burnin’ Mac & Cheese Cone and got lemonades with pomegranate limeade on top! Review: Mac & Cheese = good, edible cone = bad. It definitely had a nice spice to it but for $8 I was expecting more both palate wise and by size. The crushed chile-cheese puffs were a nice touch.
Even the walk between Cars Land and A Bug's Land had some candy corn!
The ferris wheel colors would change from Orange to green and purple. Not the typical rainbow spectrum.
At the end of Buena Vista Street, Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream had a treat that I HAD to try! The Bat Wing Raspberry Sundae which had white chocolate-raspberry swirl ice cream with raspberry splatter, blood-red sprinkles, whipped cream and Bat Wing cookie.
They also offered a Spider Silk Ice Cream Sandwich, a black macaron with charcoal-tart cherry spun ice cream topped with popping candy and raspberry sauce, but we'll have to try that next time!
Disneyland had their typical decor and my favorite, the Haunted Mansion is decorated with a Nightmare Before Christmas motif!
As we were walking around before the fireworks started, we walked right by the Walt and Mickey statue that had carved pumpkins that were carved from the front and back (they weren't real, but they looked like they were)!
Haunted Mansion Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Holiday
I loved Nightmare Before Christmas as a kid and love that they decorate the Haunted Mansion every year for the holidays.
What a great day! I can't wait to go back! Hurry baaacccckkkk, hurrry baaaaaaaaaccccckkkk!
Reference: For more info on the special Halloween treats served at Disneyland and California Adventure, check out the Disney Parks Blog.
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