It’s #HalloweenTime at Disneyland and I believe it’s the best time of year at the park. My boys love it because they get to Trick-or-Treat at Mickey’s Halloween Party and I love it because the park is dressed up for my favorite holiday.
Halloween Time at Disneyland started Sept. 12 and goes through Oct. 31, 2014. Some new events this year include a a magic show at the Halloween Carnival at Disneyland Park. The carnival is super cute. There’s a fortune teller, pumpkin carving, and crafts for kids.
The area I love the most is the Dia de los Muertos display in Zocalo Park in Frontierland.
There’s also a parade for Halloween Time that this year includes a Frozen float. Plus Mickey Mouse, of course.
The rides also get a Halloween makeover. Space Mountain becomes Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and the Haunted Mansion is transformed into The Nightmare Before Christmas. The outside of the mansion is almost as good as the inside.
We were a the park for Mickey’s Halloween party, a special event that requires a separate ticket and only happens on 14 nights during the season. If you’re interested in going, get your tickets now. Some nights are already sold out. It starts at 4 p.m. and ends when the park closes at midnight. The party includes an exclusive Halloween fireworks show.
During the party, guests can trick-or-treat for candy and, at some places, healthy snacks. I’m doing the Whole30 this month so I trick-or-treated for bags of apples. Speaking of the Whole30, I was able to find the perfect meal for my paleo-esque plan at the River Belle Terrace in Frontierland (I didn’t eat the beans). It was perfect, especially the sautéed mushrooms that were offered on the side.
I saved the best part of the evening for last. I was with a large group of bloggers who were there to review Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party. As part of the event, we got a tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite! The Dream Suite, located above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, was originally designed to be the place where Walt Disney would host his most important guests. He died before the suite was completed and construction was put on hold.
The space was used as a gallery in the 80s, but in 2007 the space was remodeled to become the Dream Suite. We were not allowed to take pictures of the Dream Suite (although many photos can be found on google), which is now used occasionally for contest winners and very special events. We were, however, allowed to take pictures on the terrace of the view overlooking the park.
After our tour of the suite, we were treated to some of the desserts that are new this year for Halloween Time.
They included the Maleficent Apple that has rice crispy treats for ears and is covered in chocolate. It all looked amazing. You can also find pumpkin beignets and pumpkin fritters.
Disclosure: I received 4 tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party plus food vouchers for review purposes. All opinions are my own.