You all know I LOVE Disney! I mean seriously hearts and flowers love Disney so when the email announcing the Thor Ragnarok event came in and it included a trip to Disneyland to celebrate the release of Cars 3 and Halloween Time I might have squealed in excitement. I have to confess something…It has somehow been almost 15 years since I visited Disneyland. Gasp! How is that even possible. I was so excited to get back in the park and soak it all in.
Disney being Disney they made the trip even more amazing by inviting us to tour the parks with a Plaid Guide! EEK! This was a total bucket list life moment for me and I had to contain myself from not happy dancing. If you haven’t seen a Plaid Guide before they are the super cool guides that take celebrities and well-known visitors around the park. They have the ability to skip the lines and take you in different entrances so you get the most of your time at Disneyland. I have seen Plaid Guides in celebrity magazines and heard of them for years but this was my first time experiencing how amazing they are.
A Nightly Transformation Reveals Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark and this was the first ride we experienced when we got to the park. Oh my goodness! This was my first time experiencing the Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disneyland. I have ridden the Tower of Terror in Walt Disney World many times in years past but it has been a while.
We heard that there was barely a line for the Guardians Ride so we swiftly walked over to the ride which thankfully did not give me much time to think about what was about to happen. You know how sometimes you strap yourself in for a ride and then it starts moving and you have this moment of OH S*** that is exactly the moment I had. As the ride started all I could think was what did I just do to myself. AND Then we were plummeting to earth and I was a giggling crazy woman. You see I learned something about myself during this trip to Disneyland. When other people are squealing or screaming in terror I am the crazy woman with her mouth open laughing like a freak. It seems that I release my fear with giggles and laughter…no clue why but it made for a fun ride. Everyone screaming around me and I am howling with laughter.
Once we survived the Guardians ride and my brain was back even in my head we headed to Cars Land for the Haul-O-Ween celebration! This is the first time, Cars Land Celebrates ‘Haul-O-Ween’ and it is amazing! I could have spent hours taking pics in this part of the park.
I am hoping that these pics help inspire you to celebrate Haul-O-Ween at home with your family! This is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween and Cars 3 coming out on digital release TODAY!!!! The Cars 3 Blu-ray hits the stands on November 7th!
Celebrations take place at Disney California Adventure, as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, from Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, 2017.
Oogie Boogie Welcomes You – A spell will be cast the moment you enter Disney California Adventure park, with new Halloween decor inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Oogie Boogie’s oversized silhouette beckons guests through the main entrance as a swarm of bats encircle Carthay Circle Theatre.
Headless Horseman Statue at Buena Vista Street – A new 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, holding his jack-o’-lantern head up to the sky, haunts Carthay Circle throughout the season.
Each evening the attraction transforms from Mission: BREAKOUT! to Monsters After Dark. The Collector’s Fortress goes dark, alarms sound and all-new lighting on the exterior of the Fortress alerts guests that something inside has gone awry.
Keep an eye out for the original Yeti from the Matterhorn ride inside the Guardians of the Galaxy Ride!
Oh goodness me….I know what is about to happen as this picture was taken. EEK!
Radiator Springs has turned into a Haul-O-Ween celebration. Trunk-or-Treating Tunes – The background music in Cars Land features a new lineup of kooky Halloween-inspired songs.
Sarge’s Pump–kin Patch – Sarge is growing a patch of seasonal pump-kins. He plans on gifting these gas cans on a vine to his neighbor, Fillmore, to make some “organic fuel.”
Frightfully fun food and beverage – A tempting menu of Halloween food and beverage is available throughout Cars Land, including Car-achnid Pot Pie, Grape “Ghoul”-ant Shake and Mini Candy Cone Pie (Flo’s V8 Cafe); Vampire Mater Bread (Fillmore’s Taste-In); and Slow Burnin’ Mac & Cheese Cone and a Spoke-y Cone Macaron filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn (Cozy Cone Motel). Cozy Cone Motel also serves Junkyard JamBOOree Mix – flavored popcorn with optional “nuts and bolts” (green M&M’s, candy corn, chocolate-covered pretzels, Boston baked beans and more).
Ramone’s House of Body Art– While not part of Haul-O-Ween, Ramone is celebrating Day of the Dead at his detailing shop. Newly painted hoods, marigolds and a sugar car (named Sugar) decorate the outside. Inside, Ramone has built an ofrenda to celebrate the life of the town’s good friend, Doc Hudson. Items celebrating the life and career of the old racecar are on display.
Brake’s Motel – Sally seasonally creates a themed miniature model of the Cozy Cone Motel out of seasonal candy displayed for all to see. It is on display in the lobby of the Cozy Cone Motel.
Mater’s Junkyard JamBOOree’s New Tunes – The tractors are spinning to new versions of beloved Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree songs as well as Haul-O-Ween-inspired parodies of Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (Monster Truck Smash) and Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley (Purple Fender Bender).
Disorder in the Court – Strange things are brewin’ over at the old courthouse. A mad scientist has hooked up jumper cables, giving the old building new life (with moving eyes in the window).
This was my first time riding Radiator Springs and it was amazing!!!
Luigi’s Favorite Holiday – Luigi and Guido never celebrated Haul-O-Ween before moving to Radiator Springs. Now it’s their favorite holiday, and they’re inviting the cousins to come celebrate for the first time. Their “Terror-antella” tells the story of Luigi and Guido building the town’s beloved Scare-Car, Scary.
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters becomes Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, an all-new spooktacular dance celebration where Luigi and Guido entertain the cugini (cousins) with Halloween twists to traditional Italian festival songs like the “Terror-antella,” “The Chop Top of Carsoli” and more. It’s hair-raising fun … for a limited time!
Cars wear their favorite “car-stumes” for Haul-O-Ween – Mater dresses up as a “van-pire,” Lightning is a super hero, Cruz Ramirez is a pirate, Red the Fire Truck is a clown and DJ is a punk rocker.
A trip to Disneyland would not be complete without a visit to the Magic Kingdom! Though it is Halloween Time so we had to head for the “Scary” rides.
There I am giggling like a crazy girl again. LOL!
While it may not be possible for everyone to have the benefit of a plaid guide you can enjoy Disney MaxPass which offers some incredible benefits! Disney MaxPass includes unlimited Photopass downloads for the day! This includes magic shots, attraction photos, and select Character dining photos. So cool! You can let go of the stress of getting all of the photos and then not being in any of them by letting Disney get the shots! You can make your next Disney FASTPASS reservation even quicker with Disney MaxPass! As soon as your mobile Disney FASTPASS barcode has been scanned at an attraction, you can immediately reserve another attraction.
Have you seen Cars 3 yet?
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers led by arrogant hotshot Jackson Storm, the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is suddenly sidelined and pushed from the sport he loves. To get back on track, he’ll need the help of eager young racing technician Cruz Ramirez, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected twists and turns of fate. ‘Cause when the rubber finally hits the road, proving that #95 is still in the game will test the courage of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Bring home the high-octane hit that’s fully loaded with unforgettable characters, spectacular animation, and turbocharged bonus extras!
Make sure and pre-order your Cars 3 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray™ + Digital experience now! Check out all of these Special Features:
- 4K Resolution
- High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Immersive Audio
- Includes Bonus Content
- Let’s. Get. Crazy.
- Ready for the Race
- Cars to Die(Cast) For
- Generations: The Story of Cars 3
- My First Car
- World’s Fastest Billboard
- Cars D’oeuvres
- Cars 3 Trailers
- Cars 3 Car Reveals
- Cars 3 Set Fly-Throughs
I have to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Disney for providing me this amazing experience. It was truly a bucket list life moment that I will not forget!