Heading to the Happiest Place on Earth? Check out the Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Halloween 2018 for must sees, must rides, and must eats!
Thank you to Disneyland for hosting our visit.
It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland! If you follow me on INSTAGRAM, then you know Disneyland Halloween 2018 is here AND that our family got to visit Disneyland for a special Disneyland Halloween 2018 Preschooler Event. We checked out all the Disneyland Halloween 2018 fun for families, and trust there’s a TON to do! From now until to October 31st, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be looking a little spookier than usual. If you love holidays at the Happiest Place on Earth, then be sure to set aside a date on your calendar to Disneybound……because Halloween at the park is better than ever!
I got the scoop on Disney Halloween Food, the special Halloween Decor, and the fun Halloween additions to some of your favorite rides (there are even great options for little ones).
Disneyland Halloween 2018: Our Favorite Family Activities
Who to Meet:
One of the most fun things about Disneyland Halloween 2018 is the special character experiences. From now until October 31st, our favorite Disney character are decked out in their Halloween Costumes and it’s adorable!
Vampirina: Lydia is obsessed with Vampirina. OBSESSED. So meeting her was at the TOP of our to do list. Trust me, she was even better in person than we imagined. If you’ve got a Disney Junior fan, then this meet and greet is a must. Vampirina is currently doing meet and greets in Disney California Adventure (be sure to check the Disneyland App for exact times each day) and rumor has it that she’s also in the Halloween parade!
Mickey and Minnie in Costume: Mickey and Minnie in their Halloween Costumes might be my absolute favorite thing during the fall. You can spot them in different locations around Disneyland Park (our favorite spot to find them is on Main Street near the giant Mickey Pumpkin, and early in the morning….there tends to be a short wait)!
Jack and Sally: I know, I know…..we talk about Nightmare Before Christmas a lot. It’s our favorite movie. And this is the TIME of year to celebrate it big time. This year Jack and Sally are doing meet and greets near the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square (check the app to see when they’re available).
Cars in Costume: Carsland is literally preschooler heaven during Disneyland Halloween 2018. Besides the amazing decor, you get to see your favorite Cars characters decked out in their very own Halloween costumes, trust it’s ADORABLE!
What to Eat:
Orange Sugar Skull Pot de Crème (Rancho de Zocalo, Disneyland): This might have been my favorite dessert item, and Lydia loved it too. It has an amazing orange flavor to compliment the chocolate……and the cutest sugar skull accent.
Mickey Bread with Fangs (Pacific Wharf Cafe, Disney California Adventure): The Mickey Bread is a total classic, tastes delish……and is the perfect size to split as a non-sweet family snack.
Spicy Pepper Jack Dog (Corn Dog Castle, Disney California Adventure): THIS IS THE BEST CORN DOG I’ve ever had. It’s garnished with blueberry sauce and a small jalapeno pepper. It’s a little spicy for kids, but the grown ups will go nuts for it!
Candy Cone Pie (Flo’s V8 Café, Disney California Adventure): Did you see Lydia and I taste testing the Flo’s Cafe treats on our Instagram stories? This small pie is AMAZING, it has a caramel center and is the perfect amount of sweet.
Pumpkin Spice Shake (Flo’s V8 Café, Disney California Adventure): I know, I know. Pumpkin spice everything. But this shake? Pumpkin amazingness, laced with caramel and topped with whip cream, graham crackers and spices. TRUST, it’s delish.
Mickey Mummy Macaroon (Jolly Holiday, Disneyland): Disneyland macaroons are the best, right? This adorable mickey shaped macaroon contains a cookies and cream center, it’s also perfect for photos (gotta love those Disney food pictures)!
What to Buy:
Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket: I couldn’t resist. The Oogie Boogie Popcorn bucket is a MUST purchase. Yes, it goes quickly. While we were there, we did see it available at popcorn stands in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Minnie and Minnie Stuffed Animals: The seasonal Mickey and Minnie stuffed animals are always adorable. And this year’s? Decked out in the same Halloween Costumes you’ll see them wearing on Main Street. Lydia was so excited. We even saw a family who brought a fabric pen and was having all the characters SIGN their stuffed animal!
Halloween Ears: Anyone else OBSESSED with holiday ears? This year there are ADORABLE sequin Halloween ears with a polka dot bow, and we totally snagged a pair!
Storytellers Cafe Breakfast:Whether it’s Disneyland Halloween 2018 or any other time of year, the Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet is ADORABLE and seriously perfect for preschoolers. This trip was our first time experiencing it and Lydia is already begging to go again. The characters were SO friendly and they even lead the kids in an adorable parade around the whole buffet!
Carsland Decor: The decor is Carsland is a MUST visit. Every year, it’s my favorite spot in the park…..and it has HUGE preschooler and family appeal. From the cars characters in their costumes to the amazing details ALL over the place it’s adorable. There are signs, decorations, amazing lights…….it’s magical. And those mini Cars fans? They’ll be in heaven (be sure that you catch Lightening McQueen in his costume)!
Haunted Mansion: If you’ve got a Nightmare Before Christmas obsessed kiddo like we do…….the Haunted Mansion at Halloween Time is a requirement. From the custom gingerbread house in the dance hall, to spotting Zero the dog…….it’s Lydia’s favorite!
Fantasmic: This Halloween Time trip was our FIRST TIME seeing Fantasmic, can you believe that? I have no idea why we never watched it before, and now it’s one of our favorite shows. From the amazing lights to the projection mapping to see ALLLLLLL the characters, Lydia loved it and so did we!
Are you headed to Disneyland Halloween 2018? What are you most excited about?