Fall Comes to Disneyland

Here’s one of our favorite shots from our most recent trip to Disneyland. We love Main Street during the autumn- all those jack o’lanterns & pumpkin muffins, hello! In fact, we think the fall might just be one of the best times to visit. Because we were just at the park we won’t get to celebrate Mickey’s Halloween Party. But next year, it is on! Happy first day of fall everyone!

Halloween Time at Disneyland!

Trip Report: October 2013

Halloween Time @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

As many of you already know, we are big fans of visiting Disneyland during October and this year was no exception. It’s become an annual tradition for us to celebrate our mom’s birthday at the park & this October we really wanted to go all out because it was her 60th! Warning this post will contain  a ridiculous number of pumpkins…

Disneyland Crystal Arcade at Halloween by 2 Miss Mouses

We love walking down Main Street and seeing all the pumpkins that line the buildings. Our favorite was this “Elvis” a top the Music Company.

Elvis Pumpkin on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses

Don’t you love the music that plays on Main Street? When we heard “Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City,” we almost (ok we totally) started skipping.

Walking on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses

The only downside to visiting in October is that there does tend to be a lot of construction. This trip the Carousel, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the Teacups were all shut down 😦 But, you you have to give Disney props- even their tarps are themed.

Main Street Disneyland U.S.A. by 2 Miss Mouses

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere!

Pumpkins & Walt & Mickey by 2 Miss Mouses

Being ridiculous outside the Golden Horseshoe…hey, when in Disneyland!

Golden Horseshoe by 2 Miss Mouses

Can you believe this is the 13th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion Holiday? They’ve made some new changes to the opening…we were dying to check them out.

Haunted Mansion Holiday by 2 Miss Mouses

Welcome to autumn in Frontierland!

Halloween Time in Frontierland by 2 Miss Mouses

The park was pretty packed, so we went on our short line standard The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. You just can’t argue with a 2 minute wait.

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

There was a beautiful Dia de los Muertes display in front of Rancho del Zocalo.

Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

Then off to It’s a Small World!

2 Miss Mouses Plus Mom by 2 Miss Mouses

And then a quick stop by Toon Town…

Gag Factory Toon Town by 2 Miss Mouses

Toon Town Postal Service by 2 Miss Mouses

Before eating dinner at Plaza Inn on Main Street we stopped by the Mad Hatter and picked Mom up her birthday badge. Tip: You can always pick up pins at Town Hall on Main Street, but you can also ask for pins at numerous shops throughout the park.

Grab a Birthday Pin by 2 Miss Mouses

We were so excited to get to see not just one fireworks show this trip, but two. This night it was “Remember, Dreams Come True” (our personal favorite)- cue the Julie Andrews intro 🙂

Remember, Dreams Come True by 2 Miss Mouses

The next morning, we tried to make an early start of it, but some of us (ahem, Hayley) decided to sleep in, so we ended up getting fast passes for Radiator Spring Racers. Tip: this attraction tends to “sell out” on fast passes…well, fast. But if you can grab one, it’s a huge time saver or if you don’t mind riding separately, you can always try the single rider line.

Radiator Springs Racers Fast Pass by 2 Miss Mouses

Continuing our short wait time attraction theme, can we talk about Ariel’s Undersea Adventure? We weren’t sold on this attraction when it opened, but it’s near constant 5-minute wait time makes the heart grow fonder. To use some of our old SAT analogy prep work: Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’s is to Disneyland what Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is to Disney California Adventure

Under the Sea at Disney California by 2 Miss Mouses

Then we went to the Disney Animation Academy to learn how to draw Piglet. Hayley’s turned out the best…typical 🙂

Disney Animation Academy by 2 Miss Mouses

As we mentioned in a previous post, we ate at Big Thunder Ranch for the first time and not only was it “all-you-care-to-eat,” it was also delicious! Plus, they went all out for the Halloween season. Check out the pumpkin masks of tragedy and comedy that were above the performance stage.

Tragedy Comedy Pumpkins by 2 Miss Mouses

Frontierland also had a pumpkin carving area where the masterful pumpkin carvers show off their artistry.

Pumpkin Carving at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

We told you there would be pumpkins…and that includes “Sassy Saloon Pumpkin.”

Pumpkin Lady by 2 Miss Mouses

After lunch, we ran back over to DCA to use our Radiator Spring Racers fast passes, but on the way we decided to try Luigi’s Flying Tires for the first time.

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This ride is bizarre and hysterical. You basically float around on a giant tire. Mom had trouble controlling hers.

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Radiator Springs Racers!

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After the ride, Mom was complaining about how her hair was going everywhere. Yeah, Mom, your perfect blonde chignon is out of control…

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Monday night meant Mickey’s Halloween Party!!! We made a quick stop back at the hotel to get into our costumes.

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Here we are! The three good fairies- Flora, Fauna, & Merryweather about to go on Indiana Jones.

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The party was amazing! We loved it all: the candy, the Cadaver Dans, the costumes. But, one of the biggest highlights had to be the special Halloween fireworks show- “Halloween Screams”…even Sleeping Beauty’s Castle got in on the Halloween spirit.

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So, that’s our October 2013 trip! It was filled with fairy wings, bbq & a very special birthday. We can hardly wait for next year. Happy Halloween Time everybody!

Counting Down to October!

We’ve mentioned this before (Visit in October), but good news bears repeating. Our next Disneyland trip is right around the corner and the countdown is ON! (Thank goodness) It’s been almost 5 months since our last trip and we’re starting to go into serious D-land withdrawals. You know the kind where you see Mickey ears everywhere: pancakes, plates, tires… No, just us? Ok. We figured since Halloween time has officially started at the park that we would share some of our photos from our 2012 October trip. This was actually the trip that inspired us to start this blog, but we never did a full out trip report so here it is now, released from the vault.  Enjoy!

We always recommend grabbing one of these handy park guides at the front gates. Not only are they super helpful, but they also make for a great memento 🙂

Your Key to the Magic Disneyland Brochure by 2 Miss Mouses

We love Main Street all year round, but there’s just something about this Halloween flare!

Mainstreet USA in October by 2 Miss Mouses

It's Always Time for Halloween Time by 2 Miss Mouses

We actually rode Thunder Mountain Railroad right before it closed for refurbishment. We lucked out big time because it’s one of our absolute favorites. Plus check out Hayley’s well timed/placed photo bomb. A classic.

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If you get a chance, head over to Frontierland. Personally, we think they have the perfect October-esque decorations…plus who doesn’t love a pumpkin-scarecrow-hillbilly?

Yo Ho! A Pumpkin's Life for Me by 2 Miss Mouses

Last year, the park really outdid itself with these pumpkins. Make sure and check out the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. You will not be disappointed. Voila Mickey Mouse pumpkin.

Mickey Mouse Pumpkin by 2 Miss Mouses

And our particular favorite “Sparky” from Frankenweenie (it came out last year, remember?)

Sparky Pumpkin at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

OK this is so dweebie that even we are a little bit embarrassed. We had quite the celebrity citing on this trip. We were finally trying Flo’s V-8 Cafe when Hayley looked out the window and said, “Is that Vanna White?”

Is that Vanna White by 2 Miss Mouses

Turns out, it totally was!

Vanna White at Disneyland by 2 Miss MousesWheel of Fortune was filming at Disney California that week! PS it was super windy that day, but Vanna’s hair did not move at all because Vanna is perfect. So there’s a snippet of last year’s Disney October fun. We can’t wait to share our pictures after this upcoming trip (only 3 weeks left!) Heads up, there will be pumpkins 🙂