Disneyland is known for its larger-than-life holiday celebrations, and this year’s autumnal festivities are no exception. From a colorful courtyard honoring the Dia de Los Muertos traditions depicted in Pixar’s “Coco” to the 20th anniversary of Haunted Mansion Holiday at New Orleans Square, there is plenty of fall fun to be had. Whether you just got your Magic Key pass or are park-hopping for the day, here are some things you’ll want to add to your must-do list.
20 Years of Haunted Mansion Holiday
The fan-favorite Haunted Mansion has been getting decked for the holidays since 2001. From now through January 9, the antebellum-era mansion gets a makeover with characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Keep an eye out during the ballroom scene for the special Gingerbread Franken-House, which takes elements from every house designed within the past 20 years.
Pumpkins and Characters and Snacks, Oh My!
Photo opportunities abound with a festival of pumpkins on Main Street anchored by the oversize Mickey jack-o-lantern located in the heart of Town Square. Snap a socially distanced selfie with your favorite villains and characters donning Halloween costumes. From Snow White’s poisoned candy apple to a cookies and cream Mickey Mouse mummy macaron, there is a long list of picture-perfect eats to try.
Halloween Screams is a short and sweet 10-minute fireworks and projections show hosted by Jack Skellington. You can view it in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, on Main Street, along the Rivers of America, and in front of Small World. You’ll be treated to a pyrotechnic display set to a medley of some of Disney’s most iconic villain songs.
Starting at 3 p.m. daily, the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction transforms into Monsters After Dark. Your mission? Rescuing Groot from menacing, alien creatures running rampant in the Collector’s fortress. When the sun sets, you don’t want to miss the enchanting purple lights in the trees lining Buena Vista Street. From glowing jack-o-lanterns and eerie candles, there are so many decorations that come to life at night.
Día de Los Muertos
There are cultural displays celebrating the Mexican holiday at both parks: Frontierland at Disneyland and Plaza de Familia at Disney California Adventure. The latter is much grander and inspired by the Academy Award-winning “Coco.” In addition to a musical performance inspired by the film throughout the day, you can enjoy complimentary arts and crafts, an interactive Memory Wall to remember and honor loved ones, and photo-worthy murals. You might even spot Miguel!
Plan Your Visit
California residents can take advantage of a 3-day, one park per day ticket at $83 per day along with a Magic Key Pass for Southern California residents. disneyland.com/tickets