Disneyland Resort Holidays
  • On May 1, 2022
    Heather from ID Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does Disneyland move from Halloween theme/celebration directly into holiday/Christmas on November 1, or is there a regular Disneyland experience between Halloween and Thanksgiving? Trying to time our trip based on the theming we most want to experience.

    Hi Heather!

    Welcome to planDisney! We're so glad that you're hEAR. Thank you so much for sending this fantastic Disneyland Resort vacation planning question our way!

    This is a great question. One of the things that Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is known for is that one park, usually Disney's Hollywood Studios or parts of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, transforms magically, overnight, from Halloween to Christmas, in the wee hours of November 1. It's like Santa's elves stay up all night binging trick-or-treat candy to get the work done.

    Things move a little slower at Mickey's West Coast home. If you visit the first week of November you will indeed see the last little bits of fall start to blend with the first flurries of winter as the holidays fade into one another. You might still find spooky-themed candy apples or pumpkins on Main Street U.S.A. while you'll also start to see snow on the rooftop of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Little by little more holiday decorations go up in both Disneyland Park as well as Disney California Adventure Park. And then it's like a Fairy Godmother waving her magic wand and 'poof', the Holiday music and winterwear costumes come out. It's Bibbidi Bobbidi beautiful!

    We don't yet have the dates of when the Holidays are to return to Disneyland Resort. However, it's usually the week before Thanksgiving. Haunted Mansion Holiday, which sees the classic park attraction receive a 'Nightmare Before Christmas' overlay, usually runs sometime in mid-to-late September all the way through January. So you'll at least see something that combines both holidays. But if you're wanting to experience the winter wonderland of "it's a small world holiday", try the treats and hear the beats of the Disney Festival of the Holidays, and have snow much fun, your best bet is to plan to visit closer to Thanksgiving than to Halloween.

    Pro Tip: To keep your ear to the ground on all Holiday news, be sure to follow the Disney Parks Blog across all of your social media channels.

    I hope that this helped to better plan your upcoming Disney days, Heather! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Instagram account where we're sharing all kinds of hot tips and cool tricks. We'll probably even help announce when we know more about the Holiday schedule! And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions - We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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