If you’ve been following me for some time, you know that I am a fan of Disney properties and mini vacations. Last week, the kids had fall break and Hubs had Monday off so we took off for SoCal and went to see Disneyland decorated for Halloween. I’ve been wanting to see Disneyworld for a while but being on the west coast means Disneyland for Halloween. We got a 3 day park hopper ticket using the military discount and stayed off-property in a Holiday Inn. We have rewards with them and can get a suite for much cheaper than a Disney hotel. It was just around the corner so we didn’t even have to pay for parking!
I made us all shirts with Halloween Mickey or Minnie on them for the first day. When we first got there, the differences between Disneyworld and Disneyland became apparent. The map said we were 0.2 miles from “Disneyland.” I was worried it would be like in Orlando where we would just be at the parking lot in 0.2 miles but no, we really were RIGHT THERE. There is 1 security checkpoint and then you can access Disney Springs, California Adventure, and Disneyland. We got our military tickets turned into real tickets and they took our picture, there is no fingerprint system here. I knew I wanted to see the Haunted Mansion all done up with The Nightmare Before Christmas so we got FastPasses for that and then explored the park.
The big kids road a roller coaster with me but I couldn’t convince anyone to do any of the others. Oh well, maybe when they’re bigger. I was happy to see Disneyland still had ToonTown because that park of Disneyworld is gone now. We did Tarzan’s tree house, which used to be Swiss Family Robinson, and of course Dumbo. It was interesting to see which parts of the property had not been updated and which had been. Hubs did the Mark Twain river boat which included animatronics of “white men” fighting “Indians.” Yikes! We left the park around 4 and got dinner to go from Disney Springs. The big kids walked the entire day so we needed some down time (plus Doctor Who was on).
Overall, it was a great first day. The next day we went to California Adventure to see Cars Town and the new Pixar Pier so stay tuned for that!
Have you ever gone to a Disney property for Halloween? When is your favorite time to visit?