9 Must Do Reason to Visit Disneyland During the Fall

What is your favorite time to visit Disneyland? As Disney theme park fans, we have done our share of visits to Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. However, we love the little things about Disneyland that make it our favorite of the parks. Having seen Disneyland during the regular season and Christmas season, we recently visited the park to experience Halloween and the Mickey’s Not So Scary party for the first time, and boy were we glad we did, as we quickly learned 9 must do reason to visit Disneyland during the fall.

1) Decorations

Not only does the park have family friendly, non-gory decorations throughout the park, but they also have decorations that are put out just on nights of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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2) Creative Treats

As foodies, our family really enjoys the food experience at Disney parks, and get excited to see special menu options available only during the fall season.

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3) Exclusive Rides

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Our favorite reason for visiting Disneyland in the fall/winter is because of the Haunted Mansion overlay with a Nightmare Before Christmas. The Haunted Mansion is already some of our favorite dark ride; however, the whole experience is reinvented during the holidays with the AMAZING Nightmare overlay. It is so well done, it is well worth a second, or third ride.

You also will not find this overlay experience at Disney World, making it a must do fall event at Disneyland.

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4) Exclusive Merchandise

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Disney does a lot of things right, and they also create amazing merchandising that makes you want to spend more money. We picked up this exclusive poison apple drink cup, which goes perfect at home on our scary fireplace mantel.

5) The Unexpected

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Down the road at Knott’s Berry Farm, they are famous for their Haunt event featuring the fog. We were quite happy to see Disneyland creatively uses fog throughout Rivers of America to create an immersive environment.

6) Halloween Overlays

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At first thought, the idea of projection mapping onto buildings sounds like a cheap way of decorating. However, like many things at Disney Parks, they did a good job overlaying the Sleeping Beauty Castle, It’s a Small World exterior, and even Main Street with Halloween scenes that were tied to music and helped bring an additional level of impressiveness to the event.

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7) Halloween Parade

In the everyday world, we are not ones to always enjoy a parade. However, at Disney Parks, it is always a must do! The floats, the music, the cast members are always so well done. Plus, that moment a character takes a second out of their day to look your child in the eye, smile, and wave, it is a magical experience.

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8) Special Characters

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Speaking of Characters doing terrific things, the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great time to meet some of the rarer characters from the Disney playbook. We even ran into a great scarecrow that loved interacting with guests.

9) Candy

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What is Halloween without some trick-or-treating? Disney does candy like your wildest imagination. Throughout the parks are TONS of snack stops. Everyone, including parents, can fill their bags to the limit with great candy, chips, and healthy snacks like baby carrots and sliced apples.

Summary of 9 Must Do Reason to Visit Disneyland During the Fall

We can not say enough how much we enjoy Disneyland during the fall. It was great seeing not only characters, but also guests dress up in their favorite costumes. It was great seeing all the decorations and getting to see some of our favorite rides. It was great trying some of the exciting Halloween treats and being in a fun, family friendly Halloween environment.

We would absolutely return again in the future.

Discounted Downtown Disney Aerophile Tickets

DISCOUNTED DOWNTOWN DISNEY AEROPHILE TICKETS – Back again by popular demand, guests to the Walt Disney World area may want to consider boarding a hot air balloon to soar 400 feet above Downtown Disney. The Aerophile balloon filled with 210,000 cubic feet of helium, hand-decorated with Disney characters, and carrying a 19′ diameter basket takes up to 29 riders on a 8-10 minute flight into the Disney inspired skyline.

Disney Aerophile 2014 Groupon

Groupon is currently offering guests the chance to experience the Disney Hot Air Balloon ride (affiliate link) for as low as $11 per person or $20 for two people.

Must be redeemed within 90 days of purchase.

The current offer looks just like that offered in 2013 and 2014 for Disney Character Themed Hot Air Balloon Rides.

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What Do You Get for the Money at Disney?

It is no denying that a trip to Disney costs a lot of money. Expensive rooms, high priced food, transportation to get there and home, and tickets add to one heck of a bill. However, what do you really get for the money?

With tickets costing roughly $100 per person just to walk through the gates of the iconic Disneyland or Disney World, the price quickly adds up for a family, but that money goes a long way.

A trip to Disney is all about the experience, whether it be letting your inner kid shine, or seeing the parks magic through the eyes of your children. Sure there are rides, and attractions, and parades that all factor into your day, but it all would not be possible without the help from people.

Disney castmembers are what lead to making memorable moments. So lets dissect what that $100 per person gets you.

Just think of how many people it takes to make your Disney experience memorable. From the ticket people to the parade entertainers. Your money goes to pay a LOT of people.

On our visit on Thanksgiving to Disneyland, our oldest son LOVED the Star Wars/Star Tours ride. None of us had ever rode Star Tours prior, nor had our sons seen any of the movies. So it was quite mesmerizing to see how our oldest fell in love with the characters and theme.

In addition to wanting to keep riding the attraction, since it was a different experience each time, he wanted to bring home as a souvenir the Star Wars figures.

So towards the end of our day, we proceeded to purchase our figures, and the gentleman who waited on us, in his early 20s, started up a conversation with our son about Star Wars. The conversation eventually turned to if our son wanted a bag to place the figures in, and he asked if they had a Star Wars bag.

Without skipping a beat, the castmember went out of his way and said, I can make you a Star Wars bag. He then proceeded to take over 5 minutes of his time and draw several of the Star Wars vehicles onto the Disney bag. It was quite remarkable by not only his talents, he was an art major, but also that he took so much time out of his day, and the Thanksgiving holiday, to make the moment special for our son.

To the castmember who made this little boys dreams come true, thank you! He still carries all the figures around in the bag. When we returned home, we pitched several other Disney bags, and our son freaked out thinking we had thrown away his Star Wars bag.

So the next time you think about what do you get for your money at Disney, remember, that money goes to pay a lot of people who’s job it is to make sure you have the best day possible. For that, we are thankful!

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