Just returned from three park days at Disneyland and WOW – the Halloween stuff was incredible. This was just the “regular” stuff that everyone can experience - we went too early in the month to take in the party.
Just a few highlights -
-There are decorations all over both parks, and beautiful Day of the Dead displays, too
-Every restaurant had special food, drink or souvenirs (cups, straws, buckets). All the things we tried were awesome (get the pumpkin beignets!).
-Carsland is totally transformed, from tree lighting to ride signs to costumed cars and giant “spiders” made out of car parts. Everywhere you look there’s another detail, including on both the Luigi and Mater rides.
-Lots of treats in the candy stores and even the bread from the Boudin Bakery are ‘spooky’ - The Mickey bread is a vampire!
-Haunted Mansion Holiday is super cool - in my opinion the outside even outdoes the inside.
-Didn’t love Space Mountain - Ghost Galaxy; mostly just Halloween sound effects and ghost projections, but the ride is still great and I appreciate the effort to make it different.
-Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark was SO COOL. The cast members were super into it, including wearing safety vests over their usual costumes that had unique ‘blood smears’ on them. The effects and new storyline went from the lobby to the ride and even afterward! Not to give too much away, but when we got off the elevator, a CM jumped out of the corner with a cage to show us that he had caught the “creature.” It was like a whole new experience.
If you love Halloween (and probably even if you don’t) you will enjoy the parks for sure! Go if you can!