You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream at Disneyland! And at Disneyland the frozen treats will have you yelling and squealing for joy!
From Mickey Mouse ice cream bars to the iconic Dole Whip, the Disneyland Resort has an abundance of icy desserts for guests of all ages.
Below we have compiled the best Disneyland ice cream spread throughout the resort.
Ice Cream in Disneyland Park
The Magic Kingdom is rich in tradition, memories and magic- after all, it is the original. So let’s start here to dive into the best ice cream options at Disneyland.
Of all the ice cream options in Disneyland, there is no treat more synonymous with Disneyland than the iconic Dole Whip found at the Adventureland Tiki Juice Bar.
This pineapple frozen treasure is available as a soft-serve dish or in a pineapple juice float. (Note that now Dole Whip is offered at Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel with a rum addition option!)
Another nostalgic ice cream location is Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street. Choose from classic flavors of hand-scooped vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or a seasonal favorite in a cup or waffle cone. Or, sample one of the signature sundaes including the Firehouse Dalmatian mint sundae or enjoy a refreshing root beer float.
Next door, Carnation Café lists frozen options on its menu such as the banana hot fudge ice cream sundae, various malts and milkshakes. Yum!
Frontierland’s Golden Horseshoe also has dessert round-ups featuring a house-made chocolate chunk cookie sundae complete with caramel and chocolate sauces. The menu also boasts root beer floats and chocolate Coca-Cola cherry floats. And, occasionally, the ice cream nachos (scoops of ice cream served with broken waffle cones) are available on the “hidden” menu. Be sure to check with the cast member if the dessert is available.
The portable frozen treats are available throughout both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Outdoor ice cream carts carry the Mickey-themed options, chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, the frozen banana, and of course the classic Mickey Mouse ice cream head. Most restaurant and quick service locations accept annual passport discounts. Outdoor vendors do not.
Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure
The ice cream anchor in Disney California Adventure resides in Pacific Wharf- Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.
This is one of my favorites! The earthquake with cookie pieces and brownies.
In the spirit of California’s San Francisco area- home of the original Ghirardelli’s- guests can sample California-themed sundaes including the Golden Gate banana split, or Ocean Beach sea salt caramel sundae along with traditional ice cream cones and milkshakes. You can also get a free chocolate sample when you walk in the door.
Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream on Buena Vista Street is another location serving scrumptious frozen sweets. A fun portable treat is the hand-dipped ice cream bar covered with your choice of chocolate and candies. If you have an appetite, order the souvenir “kitchen sink” sundae served in a Mickey Mouse themed bowl shaped like a sink. Waffle cones and floats are also available at Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream.
For the best milkshake available anywhere in Disneyland Resort, drive on over to Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land. These monster-truck sized frozen drinks are available with or without a souvenir glass and come in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry or if you can’t decide, go for the Neapolitan flavor. And each drink is topped with “road gravel”- a little bit of chocolate crunch fun.
If simple is your ice cream choice, both Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company and Cozy Cone Café in Cars Land offer up soft-serve cones- vanilla, chocolate, or the always-popular swirl combination. Or, if you need a rest while savoring an icy dessert, Carthay Circle Lounge located on Buena Vista Street lists a trio of ice cream French macaroon sandwiches- salted caramel, pistachio, and raspberry. These little bites are a delight!
Ice Cream in the Disneyland Resort Hotels
All three of the resort’s hotels- Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa- carry at least one variety of ice cream. You can find the classic hand-held novelties at small world Gift & Sundries inside Disneyland Hotel, and at White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Choose from the Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich, or Mickey ice cream bar to name a few. For a fun adult twist, Surfside Lounge in Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel offers boozy milkshakes featuring Bailey’s or Kahlua. Be right there!
Downtown Disney Ice Cream Spots
When mentioning ice cream and Downtown Disney District, the first place to come to mind is the familiar Haagen-Dazs. The menu boasts a variety of confections including cones, shakes, and the signature dazzle menu item- a layered ice cream parfait with sticky sauces, crunchy candy or sweet fruit.
The Rainforest Café is also a must visit for ice cream (though this location will close with the addition of the brand new Disneyland hotel). The location’s iconic ice cream dessert is the Sparkling Volcano- a mountain of vanilla ice cream covered with huge brownie chunks all soaked in caramel and fudge toppings. Oh, and a big ball of whipped cream holds the glowing sparklers.
For more decadent selections, Uva Bar highlights a s’mores root beer float made with toasted marshmallow ice cream topped with a gooey s’more and a pile of whipped cream. Uva Bar also offers homemade milkshakes including the old-fashioned orange 50/50.
So no matter where you are at any given time while visiting Disneyland Resort, ice cream options are available nearby. Now we can all scream together!
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Now, without further ado our complete Disneyland Holidays Christmas must-see list that will be open from November 10, 2017 until January 7, 2018.
1. A Festive Disneyland Christmas Cars Land
All of Car’s Land is dressed up for the holidays with fantastic Christmas decorations that could only be dreamed up in a world inhabited by cars. Both Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters will be given a Christmas makeover, becoming Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl.
With new holiday soundtracks and holly jolly decor, you won’t want to miss your chance to catch these winter attractions. Don’t forget to grab some Cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa and a red churro at the Cozy Cone. Yum!
2. Haunted Mansion Holiday
Jack Skellington and his friends from The Nightmare Before Christmas are back in this popular spooky overlay of the classic Haunted Mansion ride in New Orleans square. Don’t forget to look for the gingerbread house, which is created specifically for each new year and smells oh-so-sweet. It took 200 pounds of gingerbread, 1/3 pound of glitter, 50 pounds of fondant, and 200 hours to create this year’s Oogie Boogie culinary masterpiece.
3. “it’s a small world” Holiday
It’s a Small World is a family favorite all year around, but nothing compares to the glittering spectacle of “it’s a small world” Holiday. Almost 30,000 lights as well as Christmas songs and festive animatronics have been added to this attraction for the holidays. If it’s one you usually skip, we promise you won’t regret paying a visit this time of year – and we recommend you stop by at night to get the full effect of the breath-taking lights.
This attraction offers MaxPass and FastPass during the Holidays at Disneyland this year so that you don’t have to wait in line for this Christmas classic.
4. Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
Of course, you can’t talk about Disneyland without mentioning the central hub of it all: Sleeping Beauty Castle. From November to January, the castle is transformed by 80,000 LED lights and snow-capped turrets. There is also a lighting ceremony 4-5 times a night which includes gingerbread-scented snow that you won’t want to miss.
5. “World of Color – Season of Light”
You may think that you’ve seen World of Color, but you’ve never seen it like this. World of Color – Season of Light is a special holiday version of the light and water spectacular you already love, with an updated holiday score and classic moments from your favorite Disney films. It’s technically just water and lights, but something about it is so awe-inspiring that you’ll want to watch again and again.
6. The awesome “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade!
In this Main Street parade, you’ll see many of your favorite Disney characters getting ready for Christmas. You’ll even be treated with a visit from the jolly man himself, Old Saint Nick. Arrive early, because curb space surrounding Main Street fills up fast for this seasonal favorite.
7. Tasty Disneyland Holiday Treats
Disneyland is known for it’s delectable confections all year around, but it gets extra sweet this time of year. Don’t miss out on gingerbread cookies, Christmas cupcakes, snowmen shortbread, and of course, the legendary hand made candy canes.
These are only made on a handful of select dates and they sell incredibly quickly, so if you’d like to snag one for yourself and have questions about how to do so, checkout our complete Disneyland Christmas guide for the dates.
This spectacular features festive Disney music and glittering fireworks. The show lasts just over 13 minutes and costs Disney almost $20,000 per showing, so you can bet it will be memorable. And it may just be your only chance to see snow in sunny California!
9. ¡Viva Navidad! Street Parade
For a celebration of the seasons from all over the world, hop on over to Disney California Adventure. Back in Paradise Gardens you will find the ¡Viva Navidad! street party, a colorful parade of musicians, dancers, and puppets led by The Three Caballeros. This is one of my favorite Disneyland Christmas shows as it features incredible music and dancers that bring an incredible energy to the show.
Checkout a video from ¡Viva Navidad! at Disneyland Christmas:
10. Disneyland Christmas Festival of Holidays
Festival of the Holidays celebrates unique cultures during Disneyland Christmas by offering tasty bites at 12 different marketplace kiosks. Each kiosk offers delectable bites of food ranging from exotic to homestyle. Some of my favorite foods are the Turkey Thanksgiving Slide, the Pear Tart, Braised Pork Belly Adobo, and the Peppermint Mousse Cup. Wow! My mouth is watering again thinking about them.
Throughout the festival you can also find fantastic entertainment offerings all day and into the night. Bands from all different cultures come together to celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali, and of course Christmas. Be sure to listen to the smooth stylings of the Phat Cat Swingers and Mariachi Divas. They both play evening sets to end the Festival of the Holidays for the night.
11. Stunning Christmas Trees and Decorations
There are so many fantastic Disneyland Christmas decorations scattered throughout the Disneyland Resort. In both parks and the resort hotels you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of the various decorations.
You’ll find several gorgeous Christmas trees towering over Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. My personal favorite is the classic Main Street tree, which stands at a whopping 60 feet tall and is covered in almost 2,000 ornaments. You’ll find other picture-perfect trees on Buena Vista street, in Cars Land, in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and more.
The Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Christmas tree is one of my favorites as it features ornaments inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture featured throughout the hotel.
12. Santa Claus and Elves at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in in Disney’s California Adventure is getting in the holiday mood. Until December 24th you can meet Santa Claus in his special holiday setup in Disney California Adventure.
For the final few weeks at Christmas in Disneyland after December 24th Santa Goofy will take this place for photos and autographs. Santa’s elves will also be in Redwood Creek with seasonal games and activities. This area is very cute and an awesome place for you to get that Christmas photo with Santa Claus.
You can also meet Santa Claus in his other location back in Pooh Corner where he is hanging out with Winnie the Pooh and the gang.
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This is our complete list of mistakes that you don’t want to make during your Disneyland vacation.
Let me be clear about something:
There are a couple of Disneyland rookie mistakes that will turn your vacation from unforgettable to unfortunate!
That’s why I’ve put together a guide of the typical Disneyland rookie mistakes that we hope you never make. We want to ensure that your Disneyland vacation is one that will create memories to last a lifetime.
Let’s dive right in!
1. Waiting to purchase your Disneyland tickets
There are so many reasons you shouldn’t wait to purchase your Disneyland tickets until you arrive.
You will have to stand in a huge line at the ticket booth which is frustrating and hot in the sun.
You will waste precious time before your visit to the park!
All the pro Disneyland goers will point and laugh mischeviously at you as they walk by into the park with their tickets already in hand…ok this last one might not happen, but don’t wait to buy your tickets!
Many choose to drive to the park to save money but are disappointed to find out that parking costs $20 a day in the official Disneyland parking structure. On top of the expense, parking and taking the tram to the park entrance is a long process. If you’re staying in aGood Neighbor Hotel, there will often be free or inexpensive shuttles you can take instead and many of our recommended hotels exclusively offer our readers free parking. Uber is another great option. If you’re lodging within a few miles of Disneyland, one-way fare will cost about $5 and drivers can take you closer to the entrance than some hotel shuttles. (You can see my discount code for $20 off your first Uber ride here.)
Staying in Anaheim? You also have the option of taking theART Shuttle which provides service every day of the week. You can purchase discount ART shuttle tickets in advance via our travel reseller partner. Prices start at $5 a day for an adult pass, but the price decreases with multi-day passes.
3. Waiting to make dining reservations
Reservations for sit down dining in the park fill up quickly, especially if you have a specific experience or time in mind. You can always try to get in last minute, but this inevitably can lead to a lot of unnecessary waiting and hunger.
Instead, take some time online before you go to make plans by visiting Disney’sreservation siteor opening the Disneyland mobile app. You can make as many reservations as you want, but don’t forget to cancel if your plans change. The card you provide to make your reservation will still get charged $10 per person for a missed reservation. For reviews of all the restaurant and dining options inside the park, check out our list here.
4. Prioritizing fashion over function
Many guests come to Disneyland with the perfect photo opportunities in mind. While these can be some of the best (and most affordable!) souvenirs, prioritizing fashion over function is one of the biggest indicators that your day could turn sour. On average, guests reportwalking around 10 miles a day or more, so you’ll want sturdy walking shoes with good arch support. Rather than purchasing a brand new pair of shoes for the trip, make sure they’re worn in to avoid blisters. If you’re a fan of water rides, consider bringing a spare pair of flip flops that you can quickly change into so you don’t have to walk around in soggy socks.
Visits in January, February, and March usually have the biggest chance for rain, so if your trip falls in these months, I would definitely suggest throwing a couple of cheap rain ponchos in your bag just in case (the ponchos at Disneyland are about $9 a piece). And don’t forget your Mickey Ears!
5. Not drinking enough water and paying for drinks at Disneyland
It’s easy to forget to drink enough when you’re busy having fun, so make sure you’re mindful about water throughout the day. There are various carts and shops around the park that sell water bottles at just under $3 each. To save money, use the drinking fountains placed throughout the park and inside some line queues or take advantage of the water faucet located on the backside of the French Market in New Orleans Square to refill cups or water bottles. Plus, you can always request a free large ice water at any counter-service restaurant inside the park, like Red Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland or the Bengal Barbeque in Adventureland.
6. Feeling helpless because of crowds and long lines at Disneyland
It seems to be one of the biggest factors guests use to indicate if they’ve had a good experience or not on their trip: whether the lines were long or short. Needless to say, avoid lines and crowds if you can. Disneyland typically has the smallest crowds from Labor Day through Thanksgiving except weekends, late January through February, and late April, while avoiding Easter.
Check out our pagehere for more information on the best times to visit. However, if your schedule only allows for travel during busy times, don’t panic. To avoid spending all day in lines, utilize the FastPass system and the new MaxPass service Disneyland offers. Check out our resource guidehere for everything you need to know about both.
Many of the more popular rides like Radiator Springs Racers and The Matterhorn offer single rider lines, allowing you to get onto the ride more quickly. If you have young ones with you but don’t want to skip out on your own favorite rides, take advantage of baby swapping, allowing you to wait in line and then take turns riding while someone stays with the baby. It’s also helpful to remember that if you don’t care as much about park entertainment, wait times are often shorter during fireworks and similar events.
7. Forgetting to research and download the best Disneyland apps
Phone apps are an invaluable resource in helping you make the most of your Disney Day. TheDisneyland Mobile App shows wait times and ride closures, maps, daily schedules including when and where characters and entertainment will be, and manages yourPhotoPass pictures and dining reservations. It’s all updated in real time and it’s completely free.
We also recommend theTouring Plans app, which makes you a personalized plan for your trip while maximizing the time you have. There are countless other apps out there, so before your vacation you’ll want to find your favorite and download it so you’re ready to go.
8. Preparing too little for your Disneyland vacation
There is so much to do inside Disneyland that without some sort of a plan, it is difficult to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you. While everyone has a different planning style, it can be helpful to research beforehand and decide what your priorities will be. What rides are you most excited about? Are there any characters you’d like to meet? Are you planning on watching fireworks or other park entertainment at night? If you don’t make a tentative schedule or plan, you could miss experiences that would make your vacation even more memorable.
Prior to your trip, make sure to spend some time looking at the calendar of events for that time of year and the daily scheduleof what entertainment will be available during your stay, when the parks will be opening and closing, any special events you’ll get to take part in, and if any rides will be closed for refurbishment. You’ll also want to make sure you’re well prepared and bring a bag with the essentials for your day, like sunscreen, hand sanitizer, snacks, band-aids for any potential blisters, or a jacket.
9. Preparing too much for your Disneyland trip
While planning can help you make the most of your trip, it can also lead to disappointment without some measure of flexibility. Sometimes your day won’t go according to plan: it rains and the firework show gets canceled, your favorite ride breaks down, or you get a headache. Luckily, sometimes the unscheduled can be the most memorable. There are plenty of musical acts that you shouldn’t plan your day around, but are completely worth stopping and listening too. Feel free to deviate from your plan if you see something you’d rather do, and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers – figuratively, and sometimes literally if you’re visiting in the Spring.
There are so many fun details spread throughout the parks that you’ll need to slow down a little to catch, like the hidden secrets of Disneyland. Check out an awesome book by Gavin Doyle called Disneyland secrets for fascinating stories and secrets.
Plus, if you try to pack in too much you can easily exhaust yourself. So relax, eat a Mickey ice cream bar on a park bench, and commit to enjoying the experience no matter what twists and turns you encounter.
10. Dieting during your Disneyland vacation
This brings us to our last tip, and my personal favorite. To truly make the most of your Disney trip, you may want to reconsider any strict diets you’re on for a few days. Disneyland does offer healthy meals and snacks including salads at the Jolly Holiday Bakery and fruit carts around the park, but you just won’t get the full experience without enjoying a crisp, sweet-smelling churro or biting into a tasty corndog.
Take a look at our other articles and guides about your Disneyland vacation so that you can avoid making any other Disneyland rookie mistakes. You will find information on discounts and ways to experience more!
Disneyland officials have announced a fourth hotel at the Disneyland Resort. This will be the first new four diamond hotel opened at the resort in almost two decades. The hotel is slated to begin construction in 2018 and open in 2021–just a few years after the much awaited Star Wars Land opens in 2019.
The new hotel will sit in between what is now the Disneyland Monorail Downtown Disney stop and the Disneyland Hotel. The new Disneyland hotel promises to transform the location and to become the gateway for the entire resort.
The new Disneyland hotel will include 700 new bedrooms and multiple floors of landscaped area to create a relaxing oasis. Guest rooms will offer sprawling views of Downtown Disney and a new restaurant and lounge with views of the iconic Disneyland fireworks.
The bottom floor of the hotel will remain a part of the Downtown Disney district with shops and restaurants surrounding a new landscaped area with beautiful water features. The other goal with this new hotel is to connect all four of the main Disneyland Resort hotels as this location sits right in the middle of all of them.
There has not yet been any theme or name announced for the hotel. We will have to wait and see if they choose to give the hotel an overall theme or if different sections will be themed to different themes in the same way that the different towers of the Disneyland Hotel are themed to different lands from Disneyland Park.
Also just announced is a new 6,500 car parking structure that will be located next to the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure and 6 additional lanes for traffic to be able to get into the parking structures. A 2,00 car parking structure will also be built specifically for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests.
The new hotel seems to sit in the location of the Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone, AMC Theaters, Starbucks, and Earl of Sandwich. There is a possibility that some of these retailers will move into the hotel once it opens.
Last update October 6th 2017 Disneyland Halloween is already in full swing at the Disneyland Resort. The special Halloween in Disneyland celebration runs daily through October 31. You don’t want to miss this amazing time of year at Disneyland!
Below I have shared what I believe are the top thirteen things you can’t miss during your Disneyland Halloween trip. I didn’t include any information on the separate ticket Disneyland Mickey’s Halloween Party events.
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1. Disneyland Halloween decorations in Cars Land at night
Disneyland has decorated Cars Land in incredible fashion for Halloween this year. The decorations are oozing from everywhere in this special celebration they are calling Haul-O-Ween. The setup is something that could only be created in a world inhabited by cars.
Both Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters received Halloween overlays as well to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. They both received special Disneyland Halloween soundtracks and decorations.
Make sure that you walk through the land after dark so that you can see all of the fantastic decorations with their lighting effects.
2. Special Halloween Food in Cars Land
Throughout Cars Land there are special Halloween treats on the menu. Checkout the Cozy Cone Inn for a variety of options like the Slow Burnin’ Mac and Cheese Cone served in a black cauldron cone or the Spoke-y Cone Macaron with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. Also take a look at Flo’s V-8 Café for their Car-achnid Pot Pie with dried cranberries and butter-crust spider or Mini Candy Cone Pie with vanilla, butterscotch, and white chocolate pudding. There are tons of great Halloween food options throughout Disneyland shared here.
3. Photos with characters in Cars Land
The character meet and greets are stellar for Cars Land during the Halloween season. Each car is wearing their own Halloween costume and looks fantastic.
4. Buena Vista Street Halloween Decorations at Night
You don’t want to miss the Halloween decorations they added in Buena Vista Street. The are especially worth seeing after dark. There are beautiful purple lights in all of the trees and the Headless Horseman statue is covered in a blanket of eerie fog.
5. Photos of Disney characters on both Main Street USA and Buena Vista Street
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip, Dale, and Pluto all regularly make rounds on both Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure and Main Street USA in Disneyland. The Halloween costume for each character is different in each park. The characters on Buena Vista Street have a more homemade 20s style costume and the characters on Main Street USA are wearing more classic Halloween costumes.
6. Photo with Giant Pumpkin on Main Street USA
The Disneyland Giant Pumpkin is truly the icon of the Disneyland Halloween season. The lines are sometimes long for photos at the beginning and end of the day when the majority of the people are coming into and leaving the park. If you are on Main Street anytime in the middle of the day, grab your photo with this Halloween icon as the lines are typically shorter.
7. Count the pumpkins on Main Street. I dare you.
There are hundreds of pumpkins on Main Street USA with unique designs spread throughout stuck into each little crack and crevice. There are no two pumpkins that are the same. They call this section of Disneyland Halloween decorations the Main Street Pumpkin Festival.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy- Monsters After Dark Halloween Overlay
Disney has transformed the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout! attraction into a special Halloween experience that features a new storyline that picks up at the end of the storyline from the regular Guardians attraction. Baby Groot is missing inside the tower and Rocket needs your help to distract the monsters that are roaming free from attacking him. The attraction features a monster from the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie. This is a totally fun thrilling drop ride!
9. Haunted Mansion Holiday themed to Nightmare Before Christmas
For both the Halloween and Disneyland Christmas season (see our Disneyland Christmas guide here) Disney transforms the Haunted Mansion in the Haunted Mansion Holiday with characters from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas film. They add decorations throughout the entire mansion and change the storyline.
10. Don’t miss the gingerbread house inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday
Every year the Disneyland Culinary team creates a custom gingerbread house to serve as the centerpiece for the ballroom of the Haunted Mansion. These gingerbread houses are gargantuan and highly detailed with fantastic designs and moving elements.
The massive Disneyland Halloween gingerbread house takes over 200 hours of work from the culinary team, 200 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of powdered sugar, and over 50 pounds of fondant. The design varies every year and only seems to be get better every time.
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled when you are riding the Haunted Mansion Holiday so that you don’t miss this awesome addition.
11. Space Mountain becomes Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy
The regular Space Mountain becomes inhabited by ghosts and ghouls as the attraction become Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy. The ride features awesome projection effects and eerie music throughout.
While I enjoy the classic Space Mountain score, you really do have to check out this awesome overlay addition to Disneyland Halloween.
12. Disneyland Halloween has Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree
There is an oak tree in Frontierland that is decorated during Disneyland Halloween to be themed to Ray Bradbury’s 1972 Halloween Tree novel. Bradbury was a longtime personal friend of Walt Disney’s and contributor to the theme parks–most notably for the creation of Epcot in Walt Disney World. I actually quoted him in the introduction to my best selling Disneyland Secrets book. The tree was dedicated in Bradbury on Halloween night in 2007, the 35th anniversary of the release of the book.
On the night of the dedication Bradbury shared: “I belong here in Disneyland, ever since I came here 50 years ago. I’m glad I’m going to be a permanent part of the spirit of Halloween at Disneyland.” Be sure to check out this cool piece of Disneyland history.
13. Coco Plaza de La Familia
Jumping back to Disney California Adventure, there was a brand new area launched this year as part of the promotion for the upcoming film Coco. The new Plaza de La Familia is a fantastic tribute to the new film and the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos.
The highlight of the new area is the fantastic “A Musical Celebration of Coco” show that performs throughout the day featuring the fantastic Mariachi Divas and music from the new film. You can see video of the show in the Facebook post embedded above.
More Disneyland Halloween Planning Tips
There are so many more good reasons to visit Disneyland during Halloween Time. Above I just included details on the offerings that are available during any regular visit to Disneyland during Halloween and didn’t include any of the awesome offerings for the separate ticketed event of Mickey’s Halloween Party.
You can find out more about planning your Disneyland Halloween trip at these links:
Last update October 3rd 2017 In 2017, the Disneyland Resort launched Halloween in Disney California Adventure adding tons of new decorations to both Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. They also added a special Halloween overlay for the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout! attraction. These brand new additions to Disneyland Halloween expand the offerings of the Halloween season and give you even more of a reason to get out to the resort this year to see it all!
Disneyland Halloween runs from September 15-October 31. In addition to all of the incredible decorations that can be seen by purchasing a Disneyland ticket, there are special event nights throughout the Halloween season called Mickey’s Halloween party. That special party takes place inside Disneyland Park meaning that park closes to regular guests at 6 pm or 7 pm on party nights and Disney California Adventure stays open. Now with these awesome new Halloween decorations in Disney California Adventure you can stay in the Halloween spirit even if you don’t purchase a ticket to the special event.
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Buena Vista Street Halloween Decorations
The new decorations are kicked off immediately right before you enter the park with a huge Oogie Boogie character…
This was nearly impossible to photograph well, so I had to borrow a photo. (Photo Drew A. Kelley, OC Register)
All of Buena Vista Street has been decorated with purple bunting and bat cutouts.
The desserts during the Halloween season are fantastic as well. They have very fun Jack Skellington chocolate cake pops and lots of other great options that can be purchased in the Trolley Treats shop or over in Disneyland at the Candy Palace.
The Carthay Circle Theater has awesome lighting effects at night that make the bats coming out of the parapet look incredible. In fact, the entire Buena Vista Street area looks 10x better with all of the Halloween decorations. All of the trees have bright purple lights in them and the Headless Horseman statue is lit up eerily. The music in the area is spooky and the voice of Oogie Boogie echoes from all corners of the area.
The Headless Horseman looks good during the day and even better during the evening hours of Disneyland Halloween.
You can see a full nighttime walk through of the Buena Vista Street Disneyland Halloween decorations in my video below:
Pro Tip: The decorations in Disney California Adventure look good during the day, but truly come to life in an incredible way once the sunsets. The lighting effects make these decorations look incredible. If you are going to look closely at the decorations in Cars Land and Buena Vista Street once, make sure that it is at night time.
Disneyland Cars Land Haul-O-Ween Decorations
The other part of Disney California Adventure decorated for Halloween is Cars Land. They are calling this area Haul-O-Ween. This land themed to the Disney-Pixar film Cars looks incredible as practically every inch has been decked out with Halloween decorations. This is already the must see area of Disney California Adventure, and the decorations only make it better.
Both Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree have been decorated for Halloween with new decorations and Halloween soundtracks.
The Junkyard Jamboree became Mater’s Graveyard Jamboree which features my favorite new song, the “Monster Truck Smash” as sung by Mater.
They decorated the car outside the attraction with Mummy Gauze–another fantastic Haul-O-Ween photo spot.
Ramone’s Body Art shop has been decorated on the outside in preparation for Dia de Los Muertos. Even the car hoods in the windows have been changed out and decorated for Halloween.
The Radiator Springs Curio shop is also decked out in cobwebs.
There’s a spider car in the middle of Flo’s V8 Cafe sitting area. This car appears to be an old Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride attraction vehicle.
There are special Halloween themed snacks in the cones of the Cozy Cone Inn.
All of the cars characters in Cars Land received special Halloween costumes. Here are Lightning McQueen and Mater in their Disneyland Halloween costumes.
There were fun posters spoofing classic Halloween films with Cars Land Haul-o-Ween car versions. “Hocus Spokus” will be a classic for years to come.
Coco: Celebration of Family
There is also a nice addition in the Paradise Gardens area of the park featuring Dia de Los Muertos and the new Disney-Pixar film Coco. The area includes exhibits sharing details about the new film and a very fun live show with music by the Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas.
You can see video of the show and a tour of the new area here.
Guardians of the Galaxy-Monsters After Dark
Finally, there is a special Halloween version of the Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout! attraction that is open daily from 6 pm until closing. This new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy-Monsters After Dark, picks up where the story of the day time attraction leaves off. The Guardians have lost Groot and need our help to distract the monsters that have been released so they can find him. The experience also features the monster from the new Thor movie.
This attraction is a fun high speed thrilling drop attraction that is much more similar to the Tower of Terror in tone than to the daytime version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of the randomized drops in the more intense environment. The entire ride experience is transformed with different lighting throughout the queue and special new intro. Even the Cast Members get new costumes during the nighttime Halloween experience.
There is a really fun intro to the attraction (with a Stan Lee cameo) that we shared.
The Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout! attraction closes down daily at 5 pm to transform into the nighttime Monsters After Dark experience which begins nightly at 6 pm. You can get a FastPass for the new experience starting at 3 pm in person or by using the Disneyland MaxPass app. If you plan on getting a FastPass in person I suggest getting in line by 2:30 pm so that they don’t run out. There was a huge line the first couple of days, but this may die down later into the Halloween season.
Plan Your Disneyland Halloween Vacation
Well, that’s my look at the new Halloween decorations in Disney California Adventure. All these decorations are just a small addition to the already awesome Disneyland Halloween decorations! See our full guide to Disneyland Halloween for more information on all of the offerings and special discounts for your experience.
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