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NEWS: The 2021 Fall Season Kicks Off at Disneyland Resort

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns Sept. 3 with frightfully fun experiences for guests of all ages through Oct. 31, 2021, with Halloween magic throughout Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. From transformed Halloween-themed attractions Haunted Mansion Holiday and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, to sightings of favorite Disney characters and villains, beloved seasonal décor including the Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and delightfully delicious treats, there is family-friendly fun for every ghoul or goblin to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort. Downtown Disney District gets in the spirit as well, from Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, with delightful décor, seasonal treats and an all-new Halloween-themed pumpkin hunt, Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit. Learn more below.





 

At Disneyland Park

Guests encounter favorite Disney characters throughout Disneyland. On Main Street, U.S.A., Mickey and friends show off their Halloween finest with Minnie as a witch, Donald dressed as a pumpkin and the rest of their pals adding to the Halloween family-friendly fun. Other characters found throughout the park include dastardly Disney villains who have come out to cause some mischief.

Guests find festive seasonal décor and pumpkins galore to add to the Halloween magic. The Main Street Pumpkin Festival transforms Main Street, U.S.A., with whimsical pumpkins displayed in store fronts. Guests of all ages will enjoy taking photographs with the iconic giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern. As guests journey into the park, they find pumpkin statues representing Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Critter Country and Frontierland surrounding the Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Befitting the supernatural season, Haunted Mansion Holiday features a merry makeover of the beloved eerie estate. Jack Skellington is behind the mayhem, decorating the mansion with frightfully festive touches inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Dedicated fans of the holiday house look forward to spotting the annual bespoke gingerbread house on its precarious perch on the ballroom table, making its 20th appearance for this collision of two holidays. Other favorite sights await, including Sally, Zero and other characters from the movie.

Credit: Disneyland Resort

And every night from Sept. 3 – Oct. 31, in Walt Disney’s original park, guests enjoy a dreadfully delightful treat in the form of “Halloween Screams”, a supernatural projection and special effects show. On weekend nights, “Halloween Screams” also takes to the skies to enhance the mischief with fireworks.*** Guests can view the spectacular from several different locations throughout the park, including Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle and near “it’s a small world.”

In Frontierland, guests may commemorate the celebration of the Day of the Dead with a colorful Día de los Muertos tribute featuring a trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items. Guests will also enjoy musical entertainment in this area.


 

At Disney California Adventure Park

Oogie Boogie, from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” looms over guests at the entrance to Disney California Adventure as he uses his magic to create a forever Halloween for everyone to enjoy. Under his spell, favorite attractions are transformed for the Halloween season. Guests will mosey on over to Cars Land as Radiator Springs becomes Radiator Screams, where residents decorate their homes with frights and are ready to greet guests in their “car-stumes” before they race off to go “trunk-or-treating.” Guests can continue the family-friendly fun by taking a spin on popular Cars Land attractions that rev up with Halloween spirit: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree croons spooky songs to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rolickin’ Roadsters takes guests on a wicked whirl as it becomes Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

Cars Land Haul-O-Ween. Credit: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

The façade of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! sparks a state of total emergency as dusk approaches and the attraction is transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, offering an exciting Halloween adventure filled with creepy creatures and thrilling drops. While the Guardians of the Galaxy have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, Groot was accidentally left behind. Guests can successfully complete their rescue mission to save Groot by helping Rocket distract creatures from around the galaxy that have gotten loose. By teaming up with the Guardians, every guest can find their inner hero this Halloween season.

Credit: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Over on Buena Vista Street, Mickey Mouse and friends will be throwing it back with old-fashioned Halloween costumes. Guests of all ages can enjoy seeing fortune teller Minnie Mouse or taking a photo of Daisy for a be-witch-ing family keepsake. Donald is also looking devilishly handsome and Goofy has a ghostly grin that is ready for any picture.

Seasonal décor adds to the Halloween ambiance on Buena Vista Street. At night, the façade of Carthay Circle Restaurant oozes with Halloween magic as bats swarm, energy pulses from within and projections light up the iconic tower structure with a spellbinding display. Guests can also commemorate the Halloween magic with a photo in front of the 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman holding his jack-o’-lantern head to the sky.


 

Plaza de la Familia

Plaza de la Familia returns to Paradise Gardens for a limited time, from Sept. 3-Nov. 2, 2021. This immersive cultural experience celebrates the everlasting bonds of family along with Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning film“Coco.” The celebration features live entertainment, festive foods, crafts and interactive experiences. A must-do activity is “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” an entertaining show that brings to life songs from the “Coco” film through performances by the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia, singer/storyteller Mateo, a folklórico dance ensemble, and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Mariachi Divas.

Miguel joins the cast of A Musical Celebration of Coco at Disney California Adventure Park. Credit: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resorr

The entrance to Plaza de la Familia welcomes guests through an arch filled with brilliant marigolds. Guests at this seasonal event will have the chance to get a photo with a hand-animated dimensional figure of Miguel from “Coco” and they’ll discover Miguel’s Memory Box. No visit to this celebration is complete without a visit to the iconic Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) and Plaza de la Familia Memory Wall.

More Halloween Fun

Retail locations throughout both parks offer seasonal merchandise. Among the many new items this year is a collection of Mickey and Minnie Pumpkin Spirit Jerseys, mini Loungefly backpacks in seasonally spooky patterns and a festive Minnie Mouse ear headband. Guests may add to their wicked wardrobes with apparel and accessories, and find novelty items such as pins, plush and decorative items to cast their own Halloween spell at home. There’s even a “Coco” collection, found at Paradise Pier.

For guests looking to add a sweet treat to their day of tricks, locations in both parks offer Halloween-themed food and beverages. Some of the wonderfully wicked items to sample are Halloween Grey Stuff at Red Rose Taverne, Halloween Cake at Plaza Inn, Cozy Cone Macaron at Cozy Cone Motel, and Oogie Boogie Macaron at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café.  Guests in search of a savory treat can soon pick up the oh-so-cute Mickey Mummy Popcorn bucket.

In Downtown Disney District beginning Sept. 9, guests will find décor evoking the spooky season as well as themed offerings in the shops and restaurants.  Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit**, new this year, is a family friendly activity to enjoy while exploring the shopping mecca.  To play, guests purchase a game and stickers at select merchandise locations and look for hidden decorative pumpkins themed to Disney characters.  Game boards can then be redeemed for a spooky surprise!


 

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party

Guests holding tickets to the after-park hours event Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will experience special entertainment, character sightings, food and beverage and more. Kids and guests of all ages may enjoy donning their favorite Halloween costumes while taking in all the spook-tacular sights and trick-or-treating experiences.

Guests attending Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party also will be able to explore Disney California Adventure, including Avengers Campus, the new land where guests may encounter Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In fact, most areas inside the theme park will remain open during Oogie Boogie Bash, giving friends and families a chance to enjoy the park’s seasonal attractions and more during the party.

Highlights of Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party include:

  • Entry to Disney California Adventure Park before the party. The party begins at 6 p.m. PT and guests have the opportunity to play in Disney California Adventure three hours before the party starts.
  • Wonderfully wicked, immersive treat trails appear throughout Disney California Adventure, offering kids and guests of all ages to don costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating – with an assortment of candy provided by Mars Wrigley confectionery products – under the watchful eyes of favorite characters, some familiar – some new!
  • The “Frightfully Fun Parade” is led by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, who arrives on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade carrying his flickering jack-o’-lantern. A cavalcade of Disney characters and mischievous villains follow, ready to stir up a little trouble!
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail becomes Villains Grove, a wondrous and ethereal world of imagery inspired by Disney villains. Redwood Creek is transformed with lighting, projections, sounds and special effects, creating a dreamlike environment. This experience unfolds in a series of scenes, each creating a hauntingly beautiful space of color, sound, light and shadow, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world.
  • Character sightings feature beloved Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck– plus villains, too. Guests may be surprised at who they discover at this Halloween party, ready for photos and waves.
  • Halloween magic also appears on the facade of Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street. Carthay Circle is enchanted throughout the night as bats swarm, green energy pulses from within, and spellbinding moments transform the iconic tower structure.
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the night are included with admission to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. With the help of Disney Photo Pass photographers located throughout the party, it’s easier than ever to capture spooktacular memories – with the whole family in the photo.

Guests planning to experience Oogie Boogie Bash and Halloween Time can extend the magic by staying at one of three Disneyland Resort hotel properties, just a short walk away from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks and the Downtown Disney District. Guests may find the latest offers and vacation packages online at Disneyland.com/offers.

For a limited time, California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for as low as $83 per person, per day with a special 3-day ticket offer. These 3-day, 1-park per day tickets start at $249 and eligible guests may purchase a park hopper option for an additional $55. The limited-time tickets are available for purchase now, and California residents may redeem their tickets on any three separate days through September 30, 2021, subject to park reservation availability.* These special tickets may be purchased at Disneyland.com, through a travel agent, or by calling call (866) 572-7321. Valid admission and park reservation for the same park on same date are required for park entry.****

*Note: While Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party tickets have sold out, guests will still be able to experience lots of Halloween Time fun all around the resort from Sep. 3 – Oct. 31, 2021.

**Pluto Pumpkin Pursuit is subject to cancellation or change without notice including—without limitation—dates, surprises and prices. Game boards available while supplies last. Purchase limits apply. One surprise per game board. Game board valid for redemption through November 7, 2021 or while surprise supplies last.  Limit 5 game board purchases per Guest.

*** Performances are subject to change or cancellation, including due to weather.

**** Offer valid only for California residents within ZIP codes 90000-96199 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of eligible residency, including valid government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Tickets expire 9/30/2021 and are limited in availability.  Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.  May purchase up to five tickets per eligible person per day with valid ID.  Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced.  Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Ticket may not be upgraded. Offer subject to restrictions, change and cancellation without notice.

For a no obligation, FREE Quote on a Disney vacation package, please contact our travel partner Magical Vacation Planner at 407-442-0227 (407-442-0215 for Spanish). You can also request a FREE quote online by Clicking HERE.



 

Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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