At the beginning of the month I flew to Anaheim by myself for a two-day trip to the Disneyland Resort. The trip was planned last minute because I had a three day weekend and flights were cheap. Taking this trip was really important to me and I loved the freedom of going alone.
The entire reason I wanted to make this trip is because both parks were decked out in Halloween decor and it’s the only season I haven’t seen at the DLR. I’ve been in late November when Christmas was already up as well as January and May when the parks are normal. With Halloween being my favorite holiday, I had to take the opportunity to go.
Every time I go to Disneyland, I come back to Florida with a little extra Pixie Dust. There’s just something really special about the Anaheim parks that Orlando doesn’t have for me anymore. I wouldn’t trade my life here to become a West Coaster, but going to Walt’s Original is definitely a spiritual experience for a Disney fan like me. Being able to visit the parks and feel the more relaxed vibe is incredibly refreshing, especially since working in the busiest attraction in Walt Disney World. It was nice to walk around and take it all in, even if it wasn’t my first time.
Okay. Let’s talk about Halloween now. Or, more importantly, Haul-O-Ween at Radiator Springs. To be honest, this was the entire reason I planned this trip. I’m not a huge fan of the Cars franchise (the first one is the only one I acknowledge anyway), but Cars Land at Disney California Adventure is my favorite area after Paradise Pier. When I saw pictures of it decked out in Halloween decorations and was being marketed as Haul-O-Ween, I had to go. The entire area is re-themed and it’s the most perfect overlay I’ve ever experienced. Even the rides have been re-themed to Mater’s Junkyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, complete with songs like “Monster Truck Smash.”
Haunted Mansion Holiday was perfect, as usual. It was the first Fastpass I got (God bless the Maxpass system!) and I had forgotten how wonderful it is. It’s been almost two years since I last experienced the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, and it didn’t disappoint.
The only holiday overlay I was disappointed with was Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Personally, I think Hyperspace Mountain (The Star Wars overlay) is way better and expected more from this one.
Last, but most certainly not least, but the characters themselves were dressed up in their best costumes. Namely Mater, but everyone else was cute, too.
In addition to seeing the resort decked out in Halloween goodness, I also finally got to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! and Monsters After Dark (the nighttime Halloween overlay). I was a little skeptical of the Tower of Terror re-theme, but was so impressed by how it turned out. Sorry to say it, but it’s way better than the old Tower.
Disneyland is always going to be my favorite, because their food is just plain better than ours. Not only is it better, but we get our discount on almost all of it. In my day and a half there, I got the most out of my eating experience.
I’m planning a real Disneyland trip in May with Skylar, and I’m excited to be able to have a few extra days to not rush around the parks as much as I did this trip. It was lovely being there alone and being able to stop when I wanted and enjoy the parks in a different way for a short time, but I am ready to go back for longer and with friends to enjoy it together. I’m still trying to convince my boyfriend to go with us this next time. But I’m so happy I was able to spend a day and a half in the happiest place on earth and enjoy the holiday a few weeks early.