While going thru my backlog, I came across pictures of Husband and I when we were at Disneyland last year for Halloween Time celebrating our wedding anniversary. Since we’ll be dealing with a one-month old by the time October rolls around again, we probably won’t be going this year (SAD!!!) but I figure I’d share the fun to entice you to go in our stead. ;) The whole park is decorated, some of the rides get Halloween-ified, and there are some seasonal treats like Mickey Mouse Jack-o-lantern candy apples as well as the regular eats that I recommend you splurge on.
We never tried the corn dogs at Disneyland until this trip. Lots of people raved about them so I had to see if the hype was worth it. It was. SOOOO GOOD! We stopped at the Little Red Wagon on Main Street USA both days we were there.
We’ve been to Disneyland a lot but rarely ever went over to Tom Sawyer Island. I guess at some point it was redone to be all Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s a cool area to run around in if you’re a kid and into Pirates.
I think my most favorite thing about Halloween Time at Disneyland is the fact that they re-do The Haunted Mansion in a The Nightmare Before Christmas theme. My favorite ride combined with one of my favorite movies….
Along with The Haunted Mansion, the New Orleans Square section houses Cafe Orleans, a sit-down restaurant serving some Creole classics. We stopped in for a lunch. Pommes Frites (this version ended up being garlic Parmesan fries), a Monte Cristo, and a chicken Gumbo crepe did not leave us any room for the Mickey Mouse beignets. Next time, I guess!
In the back area of Big Thunder Mountain Ranch, there were some awesome carved pumpkins.
Over at California Adventure, they have a water and lights show called World of Color which you have to rush to get fast passes for the day’s two showings. After a little bit of research, we found out for $39.99/pp, we could get a dinner dining package which would get us a 3-course meal at Ariel’s Grotto or Wine Country Trattoria and tickets for the Preferred Viewing area. Since it was our anniversary, we opted to do that and chose Wine Country Trattoria. We had dined here before and thought the food pretty good. Plus, they serve booze! It’s definitely one of the best “bang for your buck” eateries in the park, I think. We were served a salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts as well as some delicious seasoned focaccia bread as starters. For our mains, I went with the lamb shank and Husband chose the spaghetti. Dessert was a little tray of 4 different pastries.
As for the Preferred Viewing area, it’s definitely better than other spots and you are centered, but it’s all standing so if you are vertically challenged, you won’t catch everything. It’s a pretty spectacular show though.
The weekend we were there was also opening weekend for ElecTRONica, a night time event at California Adventure themed after the movie, Tron: Legacy. The Hollywood Backlot area gets lit up with neon and they have a DJ spinning, face painting and Flynn’s Arcade where you can play vintage arcade games, Wii and the Tron game featured in the original movie. Alcohol is served from various carts and people hang out and dance. A big outdoor club, I guess, you could call it.
Yup, I heart Disneyland, especially Halloween Time. The park isn’t as crowded and the weather is cooler which are added bonuses. I can’t wait till my kiddo is old enough for us to take him!
Disneyland Halloween Time runs Sept 16th to Oct 31st.