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What's New at Disneyland's Annual Halloween Celebration

These fantastic foods and exciting experiences are worth the trip

Published on: September 22, 2023

Celebrate Halloween in Disneyland this year

Although the secret is out on Halloween season at Disneyland, families still flock to the "happiest place on Earth" to indulge in the eerie delights every year. Why? From now until October 31, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park are fully decked out in Halloween splendor, with a few new additions worth noting. If you visit, plan on a plethora of festive costumes, immersive rides and delectable seasonal treats to enjoy.

Within the enchanting confines of Disneyland Park, you'll encounter your beloved characters donning their spookiest Halloween attire. Mickey and friends exude an otherworldly charm with new outfits featuring luminescent fabrics and bat-themed accents.

Jack Skellington and his cohorts from Tim Burton's “The Nightmare Before Christmas" once again infuse frightful fun into the Haunted Mansion Holiday, offering a thrilling doom buggy ride suitable for the whole family.

Holiday gingerbread at the Haunted Mansion. Photo: courtesy Disneyland

As the sun sets, Disneyland comes alive with a captivating display of eerie illuminations, ghostly projections soaring through the night sky, spine-tingling Halloween melodies and a dazzling fireworks spectacle if you time your visit just right.

At Disney California Adventure Park, you'll witness captivating Halloween-themed transformations of some of your favorite rides. Mater's Junkyard Jamboree in Cars Land adopts a gleefully hair-raising soundtrack, becoming Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree. And an array of new merchandise and delectable treats will be scattered throughout the resort. Some standout offerings include the Poison Apple Macaron, Pumpkin Cheesecake Cold Brew, Curry Royale, Poison Apple Funnel Cake Fries, Apple Strudel Hard Float and Candy Corn Churros. 

New treats are a highlight of the Halloween season at Disneyland. Photo: courtesy Disneyland

For Plaza de la Familia, Paradise Garden Grill unveils a limited-time menu that invites families to partake in a cherished Mexican cultural tradition. Menu highlights include chile verde chicken flautas, carnitas burritos, a plant-based chorizo quesadilla and a scrumptious vanilla layer cake.

If you're planning a fall visit, brace yourself for thrilling additions to both parks, including the grand opening of Tiana's Palace in New Orleans Square. This quick-service restaurant, inspired by "The Princess and the Frog," serves up an enticing menu featuring New Orleans-inspired delights like gumbo, cajun spiced half chicken with baked macaroni and cheese, muffuletta sandwiches, Po'boys, and shrimp and grits. Although not a character dining experience, you might be fortunate enough to spot Tiana strolling through New Orleans Square during the day.

Find Coco at the Plaza de la Familia. Photo: courtesy Disneyland

Across the way at Disney California Adventure Park, another new dining experience awaits as you pass through the iconic San Fransokyo Gate Bridge. San Fransokyo Square, inspired by "Big Hero 6," seamlessly blends elements of San Francisco and Tokyo, offering a diverse array of culinary delights. From Boudin sourdough bread bowls to a festive beer garden featuring Karl Strauss beers, soba noodle salad, street corn, margaritas (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), birria tacos, Ghirardelli desserts and more.

This district also boasts an array of delightful shopping options, including the San Fransokyo Maker's Market, Collectible Medallions and Pan Pacific Pin Traders. And, to top it all off, both kids and adults can revel in the joy of meeting Baymax and Hiro, beloved characters from "Big Hero 6."

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