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Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

Disneyland Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween PartyOur frog family loves going to Halloween Time at Disneyland. It's one of the best times of the year to visit! Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are outfitted with decorations, banners, lighting, characters in Halloween costumes and other treats. Disneyland Halloween Time generally runs mid-September through Halloween every year. For 2019, Disneyland Halloween Time runs Sept. 6 through Oct. 31. And there are changes afoot! Mickey's Halloween Party has been replaced by the Oogie Boogie Bash. The new party, a separately ticketed event that runs on select nights during Disneyland Halloween Time, will be hoppening over in Disney California Adventure. We've got a separate post with the Oogie Boogie Bash details, but this one focuses on all of the Halloween fun to be found in both parks!

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Overview of Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

The Disneyland Halloween fun will run from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31, 2019. September and October are generally better times of the year to visit Disneyland, but Halloween Time brings visitors, especially on weekends. Visit early in September and on a weekday if you can. The earlier you go in the season, the lighter the crowds seem to be. Expect the weekend preceding Columbus Day and the following week to be the most crowded. So, what can you expect?

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Main Street USA

Disneyland is exploding with Halloween decorations. Fall colors of yellow and orange abound, with pumpkins aplenty, especially on Main Street. As you stroll down Main Street, you will find hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale will be greeting guests in their Halloween costumes.

In Frontierland, you will find a traditional Dia de los Muertos skeleton display and an homage to Disney fan and author Ray Bradbury in the Halloween Tree. The tree, near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, was inspired by Bradbury's novel "The Halloween Tree" and features orange glowing lights and jack-o-lanterns hanging from its branches. It's especially beautiful at night.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Dia de los Muertos Display

You can see decorated skeletons for Dia de los Muertos in front of the Rancho del Zocalo Mexican restaurant in Frontierland, one of the our favorite quick-service restaurants. As you move toward New Orleans Square, you can meet Jack Skellington and Sally before moving to the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a ride overlay that runs through both Halloween and the holiday season.

The be-witching Disneyland Halloween time treats  and food accessories available during Disneyland Halloween Time will have you drooling like a ghoul. You can dig in to festive caramel apples, special churros and themed treats like cookies and cupcakes and cake pops. Carry your food in style with premium popcorn buckets, poison apple steins and glow cubes. There are special savory snacks on the restaurant menus too. OK, is anyone else’s mouth watering?

Halloween at Disney California Adventure

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Vampirina at Disney California AdventureDisney California Adventure offers a few grim grinning ghouls and ghosts of its own. Oogie Boogie’s oversized shadow haunts the Main Entrance of Disney California Adventure. Head over to the Headless Horseman Statue on Buena Vista Street. Beware of the bats swarming around the Carthay Circle Bell Tower! Boo-tiful purple lights are aglow, and Hollywood Land has Halloween projections on the buildings. Last year, Disney Junior star Vampirina greeted guests during Halloween Time in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. We hope she'll be back — we promise she won’t bite! She is now a regular part of the Disney Jr. Dance Party, so you can enjoy “Vee” year-round!

Prepare for Cars Land to roll into the Halloween spirit with holiday decor, music and characters dressed in fun “car-tumes.” Muffle your screams on Luigi’s Rollickin' Roadsters and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree as they put a new spin on Halloween Time. Be sure to visit “Radiator Screams” at night to take in the "gourd-geous" Halloween scenery, special lighting and backdrop of hills in bewitching Halloween colors. It’s quite a treat!

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure

Any "Coco" fans out there? You won't want to miss visiting the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Tree of Life at Disney California Adventure

Do activities like free crafts, color a mask or record a family memory. Other fun things to do include trying out the special angel wing photo walls and Tree of Life photo location. Learn about Dia de los Muertos, enjoy mariachi music, sample Mexican food or catch a showing of A Musical Celebration of Coco — Miguel even makes an appearance with his guitar. You can also get your face painted, for a fee. The Plaza de la Familia may be open for a few days into November.

Get ready to #SaveGroot at Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. The Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction gets into the Halloween spirit during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. Each evening, the attraction transforms into a new experience that continues the story of the daytime ride, but now guests need to help Rocket Raccoon save Groot. It’s a lot scarier than the daytime ride with a heavy metal soundtrack, so consider that if you have tadpoles who are just tall enough to ride the daytime version. They might find Monsters After Dark to be too much.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark Wait Times

This is a very popular ride!

It’s tricky to figure out how to get a FASTPASS. It requires vigilantly checking return times being distributed for the daytime. Once the return window reaches 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., it will automatically skip to a window that is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. That’s because the ride shuts down at 4 p.m. for a while before the switch, and reopens at 5 p.m. The FASTPASS will still say Guardians of the Galaxy, but if it is for after 5 p.m., it's for the Monsters after Dark version. Return times disappear as if being chased by a monster, so keep your eye on this by checking the Disneyland app to see distribution times. You can acquire a paper FASTPASS or use MaxPass to reserve.

Characters at Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits in both parks. Jack and Sally have the same location as the past few years in New Orleans Square near the Royal Street Veranda. The best time to arrive is in the morning before they start greeting.

Jack is awesome — really engaging and a great personality — definitely a must-do if you can time it right!

You might spot other villains around Adventureland, Fantasyland and Main Street U.S.A, especially as the season progresses, but they definitely make appearances during the Halloween parties. The characters tend to make more appearances as Halloween gets closer. Cruella de Vil sometimes stomps around near the entrance to the park and Main Street. For the most villain sightings, visit the new Halloween party at Disney California Adventure, the Oogie Boogie Bash.

Rides at Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

There are special changes to certain rides during Disney Halloween Time. We already mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark at Disney California Adventure. One of the most popular rides is Haunted Mansion, which is converted to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Wait times for Haunted Mansion Holiday are significantly longer than at other times of the year, so we recommend you make this one of your priorities before 10 a.m. or get a FASTPASS.

Tad finds Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy especially thrilling. Space Mountain always sees higher waits, but especially so during Halloween Time, so you'll want to make this one a first stop in the park. Or better yet, use FASTPASS. Will Ghost Galaxy return for 2019? It has not been announced with the other Halloween ride layovers, so keep hoppin’ back for updates.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Cars Land

In “Radiator Screams,” Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters are parading as Luigi’s Honkin’ Halloween. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree has been transformed into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree. Both rides have several Halloween-themed songs and decorations throughout the Halloween season.

Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party

There is so much to look forward to during Disneyland Halloween 2019, with the biggest trick (or treat) being the change of Mickey’s Halloween Party moving to the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. Hop over to our Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland Halloween Party post for the full scoop and all the scary details.

This after-hours party runs on select nights Sept. 17 to Oct. 31 and requires a separate ticket. The party is one of the rare times guests 14 and up can wear costumes to Disneyland. Guests of all ages can go trick-or-treating and enjoy special entertainment, dance parties and unique character meet and greets with classic Disney characters in costumes and many Disney villains. The ride wait times tend to be shorter during the Disneyland Halloween Parties — what a treat!

There's so much to do and see during Disneyland Halloween Time! It's really one of our favorite times to visit! Have a question about Halloween Time or the Oogie Boogie Bash? Let us know in comments below! 

Related: Best Time to Visit Disneyland

Related: Guide to Oogie Boogie Bash

Related: Guide to Planning for Holidays at Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jul 23, 2015 at 8:47 p.m. Elsa Says...

Do a lot of rides close during party days? We'd like to take advantage going 3 hours prior to the event. Thanks so much!

Aug 14, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elsa,

Most of the rides will be open during Mickey's Halloween Party!

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

Jul 23, 2015 at 1:20 a.m. Joshuaj12 Says...

So I have the Disney Reward Visa card and it is not letting me get the Halloween tickets today. It's stated above that the Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards can get it on the 22nd. Or do I have to wait until the 29th? I don't want to miss out this opportunity and I worry about tickets running out. Thank you!

Jul 23, 2015 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joshua,

You should be able to get tickets already. I would reach out to Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 22, 2015 at 10:14 p.m. ML Says...

What does it mean "regular ticket holders were escorted out of the park to let the party-goers come in"? I'm planning to book a vacation package (hotel + park tickets), does it mean I won't be allowed in the park during the Mickey's Halloween Party?

Jul 23, 2015 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi ML,

Unless you specifically purchase a Halloween Party Ticket, you will not be allowed to stay in the park once the party begins.

Mommy Frog

Jul 21, 2015 at 8:37 p.m. Helen Says...

There still seems to be some confusion on the Halloween Parties in Disneyland. We went one year and the "regular" ticket holders were escorted out of the park to let the party-goers come in. I believe they had wristbands or something to make sure only those with "party tickets" could attend. I assume that will be the case in 2015 also, correct? Are they pretty strict about making sure nobody is left in the park without a wristband? PS -- I absolutely the park at Halloween, even better than Christmas!! So excited to go this year in October!

Jul 22, 2015 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

Yes, we expect this will be the same way they handle party guests vs. regular park-goers again this year.

Mommy Frog

Jul 18, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. Holly Says...

Hello, do you know what time on July 29th the tickets will go on sale? We already booked our hotel and flights and I'm worried about the tickets selling out quickly. Thank you!

Jul 12, 2015 at 11:11 p.m. Lois Says...

I noticed that there are not any Saturday dates for the Halloween Party in Disney World. Will there be any Saturday dates for the party in Disneyland?

Jul 16, 2015 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lois,

Historically, there have not been, and we would not expect this to change this year. Hope this helps!

Mommy Frog

Jul 11, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. Kom Says...

Trying to plan and buget for this event. In tha past what were the prices, I know prices may go up

Jul 17, 2015 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kom,

Advance ticket prices start at $69 and go to $84. Day of event prices range from $77-$84.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 11, 2015 at 2:49 a.m. Josh Says...

Only unclear part is whether a regular park ticket for that day entitles you to entry or whether you need the extra pass for the event? Given it allows park entry several hours early I assume they don't kick everybody out of the park when it starts. Also, your park pass booked as part of a Disney vacation package should include this right?

Aug 4, 2015 at 7:18 p.m. Jack Says...

Hi Josh, hope this helps...

FYI: The following was copied straight from the Disneyland Park Mickey's Halloween Party event page: "Event ticket provides admission to Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time." What that means is that, if your "event start time" is 7:00pm, then you can enter the park at 4:00pm. At which time, a plastic wristband will be placed on a certain-sided wrist, this was true for all ticketed, Mickey's Halloween Party event attendees. (I think it was your right-side wrist last year.) That was what the system last year, and I felt that it worked because a hour or two later, the park felt like it was almost empty in some parts.

The cast members will start to check for wristbands starting a minute or two before the event start time.

Hope this helps.

Jul 16, 2015 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josh,

You need a party ticket to enter for the event. A regular ticket booked as part of a package would not be included unless it is specifically for the party.

Hope this helps.

Mommy Frog

Jun 15, 2015 at 11:16 p.m. Courtney Says...

I'm confused as I bought tickets at the end of April for this event? Aren't tickets already sale with the dates already been announced?

Jun 22, 2015 at 6:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

This post is about Halloween Time at Disneyland. The Disneyland parties have not gone on sale yet. You bought tickets for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World.

Mommy Frog

Jun 11, 2015 at 7:11 p.m. Tammy Says...

Great article! This is my first year as a pass holder and I am looking forward to going to the Halloween party for the first time ever! How do we buy the tickets and how do we know when they are available?

Jun 11, 2015 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

We will announce it here when tickets go one sale. They have typically gone on sale in July, and you purchase directly through Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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