Halloween is one of the most exciting times of year at the parks, and this year it’s even MORE exciting because California Adventure has gone all out with decorations after a few years of no decorations (anyone remember Candy Corn Acres?!)!
We have been loving every single detail that Disney has so perfectly put together at California Adventure this year, and we wanted to make sure that if any of you are heading to the parks between now and October 31, you don’t miss any of the newness!
The new entrance to the park features Oogie Boogie high in the sky, welcoming guests as they enter! About every few minutes, he will say something, so be sure to keep an ear open because it’s lots of fun!
Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street is fully decorated with bats! They did a great job at making the decorations fit the 1920’s theme of Buena Vista Street.
The characters of Buena Vista Street including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy, are in the cutest costumes! We shared this on Instagram last night, but for anyone who missed it, we were informed by a Cast Member that their simple costumes are a nod to a nostalgic time in the 1920’s when people created their family’s costumes themselves, with things they found around the house! How sweet is that?! We just love it.
You’ll find Mickey dressed as a bat (above photo), Minnie as a fortune teller, Goofy as some sort of ghost (we think that’s what he is ha – see below!), Donald as a devil and Daisy as a witch.
Another really fun thing that we love so much is the addition of the Headless Horseman statue on Buena Vista Street! We grew up watching the 1940’s cartoon, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with Ichabod Crane, so we think the statue fits perfectly with the old timey feel of Buena Vista Street.
If you stop by the Headless Horseman statue at sunset, you’ll notice the music of Buena Vista Street has changed to spooky tunes (complete with a cackle from the Headless Horseman every few minutes! Yikes!) and the statue actually blows smoke out of the nose of the horse and the pumpkin every couple of minutes (pictured above). It’s pretty neat!
There are tons of new Halloween-themed treats to try at both parks, including the classics that return each year seen above in display cases at Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street, but if you missed our post about all the new food offerings, click here!
Haul-O-Ween in Radiator Screams
Cars Land is one of the best, most detailed Halloween overlays, or we should say “Haul-O-Ween” overlays! We have spent so much time strolling “Radiator Screams” the past few days, looking at each and every decoration – everything is so clever!
There are also new Haul-O-Ween overlays at Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters (Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween) and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree), so be sure to stop by and ride these fun (definitely not scary for kids!) versions of these attractions (must be 32 inches to ride)! See below for some more photos and details.
See the witch hat cone on top of the telephone pole?! How perfect is that!?
The Cozy Cone Motel has some really delicious and fun menu items for Haul-O-Ween! Be sure to stop by and check it all out!
You can meet Cars characters in costume – Mater is a vampire, Lightning McQueen is a super hero, Cruz is a pirate and Red is a cute clown! Be sure to download the official Disneyland app to check character appearance times.
Lightning McQueen the super hero!
Red the clown – cutest clown ever!
New welcome sign!
A witch car at the welcome sign for guests to snap photos with – look at all the details – shredded tires for hair!
Be sure to stop by Ramone’s House of Body Art to check out the tribute he has for Doc Hudson – it’s pretty amazing!
Vampire Mater bread available for around $8.50 at Fillmore’s Taste-In!
Horn-O-Plenty in front of Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters or we should say Luigi’s “Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween” – so cute!
New overlay at Luigi’s! So fun featuring new Halloween tunes as your car takes you for a dance!
New flag colors above the cars!
Every night, about 2 minutes after sunset (just google when the sunset will be happening on the day you’re there), the lights come on in Cars Land to “Life Could Be a Dream,” just like in the movie! For Haul-O-Ween, the lights still come on, and the song “Life Could Be a Dream” starts, but then is quickly interrupted by spookiness! Eyes appear in the windows of the fire house and from there, after a voice is heard talking about Haul-O-Ween, the lights come on – lots of fun! We kinda wish they had featured a more classic Halloween tune (if you experience this, you’ll see what we mean), but either way, it’s always fun to experience the lights come on.
Eyes in the window of the fire house!
DJ’s Dance ‘n Drive is one of our favorite things to see/do, especially to get our kids’ wiggles out (all kids are invited out to dance)! During Haul-O-Ween, DJ has a new rocker look and he has a new intro to his dance party! Be sure to check the Disneyland app for showtimes – it happens a few times daily.
Plaza de la Familia
Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens on Paradise Pier is simply AMAZING! We have also spent a lot of time hanging around this location checking out all the details.
Plaza de la Familia is inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” (coming to theaters November 22, 2017) and features exciting entertainment, a new traditional Mexican menu at Paradise Garden Grill, a “Coco” food cart with classic Mexican treats, a station for FREE “Coco” inspired face paint (yes, FREE!) and more! This fun overlay will be at California Adventure until November 2.
The “Coco” display in the Paradise Garden Grill gazebo – a must-see!
Every day at 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM, a musical celebration of “Coco” happens in front of Goofy’s Sky School and the Paradise Gardens entrance – it’s really special and entertaining! This 15-minute long show doesn’t appear on the Disneyland app, so we wanted to be sure to share the show times so no one misses it!
You will notice that there is tape set up in a big square around this area – we suggest getting a spot behind the tape, facing the entrance to Plaza de la Familia about 10-15 minutes before show time. It doesn’t usually get too crowded, but just to be safe (especially if you want to be in the front row), we recommend arriving a few minutes early.
Some of the new menu items from Paradise Garden Grill! So good! Pictured here is Yucatan-inspired Vaporeitos – chicken tamales steamed in banana leaves in ranchero salsa, golden rice and black beans ($11.99), Ensalata de Frutas made with jicama, watermelon, cucumber, pineapple and mango, then topped with chile-lime salt and chamoy ($5.99), and lastly, an Agua de Jamaica Slush – Hibiscus-flavored drink ($5.49).
Pictured above is the Ensalata de Frutas again (a favorite!), Tortitas de Papa Con Queso – crispy potato cakes with Oaxaca cheese, ranchero salsa, golden rice and pickled onion salad ($11.99) from Paradise Garden Grill. Also, a Pineapple Aqua Fresca ($5.00) and Elote ($5.50) from the Coco cart!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark!
The last thing you must experience this Halloween season at California Adventure is Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark! This fun and spooky new overlay happens at sunset (although we’ve been seeing it transition earlier than sunset), so be sure to stop by the attraction later in the day for this temporary overlay! You’ll also notice new projections on the Collector’s Fortress at night. Must be 40 inches to ride this attraction – the monsters version can definitely be scary for some kiddos, so just be aware!