- Holidays and Celebrations
Halloween Time At Disneyland 2014
It is my favorite time of year again which means two things: pumpkin everything and lots of trips to my favorite place, Disneyland! If you haven't had a chance yet to see the park during this time of year have a look at my Hub Halloween Time At Disneyland for a closer look at all the magic. Since I have already shared with you what to expect at Disneyland this time of year I wanted to do something a little different this year. I thought that it would be fun to share with you all a typical day for me inside the park during Halloween Time. I promise you this will not be boring for the park really does comes to life and I like to do things a little differently this time of year (it's not a typical Disney day). So I hope you will enjoy this journey with me and perhaps even get a few ideas on what to do during your trip to Disneyland this Fall!
Are you going to Disneyland during Halloween Time?
Every trip at Disneyland for me (unless it is very crowded) starts with a Tram ride. When it's crowded the parking structure is normally full and they make you park in the Toy Story parking lot (which I really don't like doing). During Halloween Time it is not a "typical" Tram ride. Along the way There are super adorable set ups of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy! This is actually one of my favorite things that is changed for the season. It really puts you in the mood for some Halloween fun and definitely puts a smile on my face every time. I just think it is so cute and it really does make the ride so much fun.
Upon entering the park you will notice giant pumpkin Disney carvings. I love these this time of year! They are so cute and just adds to the mood of the whole experience of the park during this season. Plus, if it's crowded, it makes standing in line more bearable!
Once inside the park I always have to get a picture in front of the pumpkin on Main Street! This year I was especially excited to do so because I purchased a pair of Halloween ears. I have been wanting to buy some for a few years now and I finally got around to doing so.
The next thing that is always on my agenda when I get in the park is to take a leisurely stroll down Main Street and admire all the carved pumpkins. There are literally hundreds of them! I love that each one has a different personality and face. You will never see the same one twice. As I walk around I usually sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks (so ecstatic that there is one on Main Street now). I know that people usually like to get some seasonal treats right about now but I personally love to get them on the way out. I do this because I like to take some home with me to munch on later.
When I get to the end of Main Street I usually go to the left so I can check out ride times on the board. If you have never utilized this in-park feature you have been missing out! The board shows popular rides and their wait times. Usually in the Fall there are no waits but I feel that it is always good to check. I also utilize a mobile app that tells me the wait times as well but sometimes they are not accurate. Also, if a ride is marked closed on the board you can always ask a cast member if it will re-open that day.
First up for me in the ride lineup is always Ghost Galaxy (formerly Space Mountain). This ride, even when the park isn't crowded, usually has at least a 20 minute wait. My rule of thumb is always to go to the ride that will most likely have the longest line later on first. This is one of the best transformations during this time of year and it is always such a thrill! I love being chased by the ghost and hearing the scary music. Plus, you can't pass up a ride that takes your picture at the end.
After my heart rate slows down from Ghost Galaxy I head over to the Haunted Mansion. This ride is Halloween appropriate all year round but it is especially so when Jack Skellington takes it over! Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my all-time favorite movies so I get overly excited to ride this ride and plan on riding it as many times as I can before the Christmas rush. Even if there is a long line I don't mind waiting in it because there is so much to look at such as the pumpkin hill on the side and all the little details which can be easy to miss. When there is no line I secretly wish there is a line so I can look around, take pictures, and enjoy all the changes.
Since the lines were very short this morning we decided to go straight over to Big Thunder Mountain. I love all the new effects they did to this ride. It has always been one of my favorites since I was little and the effects just make it that much more amazing! If you haven't checked it out yet I highly recommend it. We practically walked right on to the ride which is rare since it has re-opened. It was really exciting because my mom hasn't been on it yet with the new effects. It was really fun seeing her reaction.
After our ride on the wildest ride in the wilderness we decided to go look at all the festive things in Frontierland. Now there is a lot to look at in Frontierland. There are leaves and little Halloween setups in the shops including the two main things: the Halloween Tree and the Dia de los Muertos display. I always have to go look at the Halloween Tree so we did that first. I love all the little painted pumpkins on it. During the day you can really see all the details of the faces and the quantity of pumpkins. There are even some different colored pumpkins on the tree such as white, yellow, and black. It is also very cool to look at the tree at night but it tends to be more crowded. I recommend that you check it out both in the day and at night!
We then headed to look at the Dia de los Meurtos display. This is also a highlight and a must for me during Halloween Time. We loved all the colors and the set up this year. It was a little different than last year so it was a nice change! I especially loved all the mums. They are my favorite flowers and it always puts a mile on my face when I see them in the park.
Big Thunder Ranch is my ultimate favorite section of Disneyland during the Halloween Time season. There is so much to do and look at there and it is all so adorable! The way that this section is decorated and set up is amazing! I find it fascinating to watch the pumpkin carvers do their magic. The carvers will carve pumpkins all the way up to Halloween so there are dozens of carvings by the end of October. The art that they create is just incredible! There is also live music, games, and shows. Plus, you can't beat all the characters walking around in their Halloween costumes. This area is definitely a must to go visit during the day!
One of the great things about Halloween Time is all the fun treats that are in the park. This year there are some new additions which include candy corn cotton candy and candy corn ice cream! There are still other favorites like the Mickey Black and White Bat Cookie, Pumpkin Fudge, and the Pumpkin Holiday Muffin! If you would like to know how to make these recipes check out my hubs: Disneyland's Pumpkin Holiday Muffin and Disneyland's Pumpkin Fudge.
Well that pretty much sums up my day at Disneyland during Halloween Time with my mom! As I am sure you can tell this was a short day for us because of work schedules (a plus of having a pass) but we still managed to get everything done that we wanted to. I hope you enjoyed coming along with me and keep your eyes out for my Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Hub soon!
What is your favorite thing during Halloween Time?
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