Halloween is one of the most significant events in the calendar of Europe's most famous theme park. So much so that it goes beyond the night of October 31st and marks a whole season that starts on October 1st and ends on November 7th. If you are travelling to Paris on these dates, buying Disney tickets is highly recommended.
During this period we can enjoy a wide variety of Halloween-related activities that can only be enjoyed on these dates. The villains from the films invade the park, the streets are decorated with terrifying decorations and there are special events. If you want to find out what are the particularities of this event and what we can do in Disneyland Paris on Halloween, you just have to keep reading.
1. Enter the haunted mansion of Phantom Manor
Of course, being an amusement park, the best way to get into the Halloween spirit is to visit the scariest attractions. The haunted mansion at Phantom Manor is the park's most popular horror attraction. It is located in the Frontierland area of Disneyland Park and recreates a wooden mansion from the Wild West.
Inside, ghosts and other surprises await and will try to give visitors more than a scare. The special effects and holograms are very successful and manage to immerse us in a terrifying but fun atmosphere. The children can enter perfectly well, although there are many dark areas that the more frightened visitors might not enjoy so much.
2. The scariest side of Hollywood. Tower of Terror
In the second park of the Disney complex, the Walt Disney Studios, there is also room for terror. This park is set in the world of cinema and television and everything behind the screens. If you want to experience a horror movie-like experience, The Hollywood Tower is the attraction for you.
In the Production Courtyard area and in the midst of the typical glamour of Los Angeles is this tower that in the golden age of Hollywood was a hotel and has now fallen into disrepair and its only tenants are spirits and evil spirits. The peculiarity of this attraction is that there is no single route and it changes randomly. So each visitor has a different experience but always with the horror present.
3. Halloween in its purest form. The Halloween Soirée
The central event of the festival is the Halloween Soirée. It takes place on 31 October and is paid for separately from the park entrance fee. It starts at 20:00 until 2:00 in the morning and is exclusively for those who have obtained a ticket. Some of the attractions are kept open while unique events are held that night such as:
- A final show starring some of Disney's most famous villains such as Maleficent, Captain Hook and Jafar.
- A skeleton party hosted by none other than Goofy and his son Max.
- If you want to become a pirate, Captain Hook will teach you in an interactive show called "Captain Hook's Pirate Academy".
- If you like dancing, there are dance floors in different areas of the park with different styles where you can dance with some of the Disney characters.
- Another highlight of the party is a special ride called "Mickey's Halloween Surprise".
Tickets for this special event usually cost around 89 euros. If you want to go to this party you should hurry and get your tickets well in advance as they are always sold out.
4. Meet the Disney villains
The Halloween festival is a unique opportunity to meet the most famous villains of the Disney world. At this time of the year, they are the stars of the park and it is more common to see them in the park. But don't worry, off-screen they are friendlier and you will be able to have your photo taken with them without any problem. Jafar, Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook are some of the villains you can meet.
The symbol of Disneyland Paris, Sleeping Beauty's castle, changes radically during the festival and it's because of Maleficent. The wicked witch will cast a spell that will transform the castle and will guard it with the help of other villains.
Collect selfies with your favourite characters
Another of the things we can do at Disney on these dates is to collect selfies with the most famous villains and characters. To do this, the main characters of the films will randomly come to the Studio Theater under Sleeping Beauty's castle so that we can take pictures with them. There are no fixed times, so stay tuned.
5. Disney characters in special costumes
All year round we get to meet Mickey, Donald, Goofy and co. but only on Halloween can we see them in their special costumes. Taking advantage of the festival, all the Disney characters will be wearing unique Halloween-themed costumes. The villains have more of the limelight but they share it with Mickey and his friends - who doesn't want to see Mickey dressed as a witch or Goofy as a pumpkin?
In the fantasyland area there is still the "Meet Mickey" show where you can meet Goofy, Donald, Minnie and many more. All of them in their Halloween costumes.
6. A unique atmosphere thanks to the park's decorations
One of the main attractions of Disney's Halloween festival is its decorations. All the streets and attractions show the typical decorative elements such as pumpkins or cobwebs but taken to the next level. The level of detail of the Halloween decorations is overwhelming. For this reason alone, a visit to Disney during the Halloween festival is highly recommended.
In addition to the typical pumpkins and spider webs, there are special areas such as Frontierland, which is inspired by the Pixar film Coco, which talks about the Day of the Dead.
7. Experience the special Halloween parade
Almost every day Disney celebrates its traditional parade with spectacular floats and dances accompanied by its most famous characters. On Halloween, the floats are transformed, they become more terrifying and their protagonists dress up according to the occasion.
The main novelty is the Sleeping Beauty dragon who comes out of his cave to take part in the parade and delights the audience by spitting flames out of his mouth.
8. Special food at the restaurants
Every element of the park is transformed to contribute to the Halloween atmosphere and the food in the restaurants is no exception.
Special menus are made in which drinks are replaced by potions and the usual dishes give way to traditional Halloween cakes and sweets. The restaurants at Disneyland Paris are also decorated with elements in keeping with the festival. The premises in the Disney Village area, a separate leisure area with restaurants and shops, are also adapted to the atmosphere of the rest of the park.
9. Buy Halloween souvenirs
To make sure your experience doesn't just stay in your memory, the park's shops also sell special Halloween souvenirs. From costumes to sweets to cuddly toys and figures of your favourite characters in Halloween costumes.
The best shops to pick up your Halloween souvenirs are Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building in Frontierland, and Tower Hotel Gifts in Walt Disney Studios.
10. Dress up as your favourite characters
During the rest of the year, children can dress up as their favourite Disney characters, but not adults, as the park forbids it. But on Halloween, an exception is made and adults who want to dress up in costume are allowed to enter.
It is a good opportunity to wear a good and terrifying costume as a family. If you are short of ideas or don't have a costume, there are many options in the park's shops to dress up as the Disney character of your choice. Don't waste the opportunity.
Disney's Halloween crowds
Despite the low season in Paris, the Halloween festival makes Disneyland's visits to Disneyland increase. As October 31st approaches, the number of visitors and queues at Disneyland' s best attractions increases, as Halloween itself is one of the busiest days of the year. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere without the crowds, it is best to go at the beginning or middle of the month and during the week.
And if you want to go to the party on the 31st, you should know that there is a lot of demand and all available tickets are always sold out. On the days around this date, bearing in mind that 1 November is a public holiday in France, there is a greater influx of visitors.
Disney Halloween prices
As the dates are in high demand, prices at Disney are somewhat higher. Especially on the days closest to Halloween, hotels fill up and getting a room is more complicated and somewhat more expensive. Tickets for the park maintain their standard price except for the ticket for the party on the 31st, which is sold separately and starts at 89€.
What to pack for your Halloween Disney visit
In late October and early November the cold starts to arrive in Paris so warm clothes are a must. Keep in mind that the park is mostly outdoors. You'll have to walk a lot to get around the park, so wear comfortable shoes. An umbrella in your backpack is also a good idea.
And new for Halloween, adults are exceptionally allowed to dress up in costume. So don't forget to pack your Halloween costume. I hope these tips will help you to have a scary and fun experience at Disneyland Paris.