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Visiting Disneyland in October 2024: Plaza de la Familia, Halloween, and more!


Cooler temperatures, Halloween festivities, and fall breaks make Disneyland in October a very popular time to visit for vacationers and locals alike. In fact, this month often rivals December in terms of popularity and crowds. That being said, the Disneyland Resort goes all out for Halloween with attraction overlays, festive decor, themed dining, ticketed events, and more. So if you’re a fan of Disney and Halloween, October can be a great time to visit the parks!


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon, the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and more!


October At-a-Glance

  • Halloween begins in early September at the Disneyland Resort and will continue through October 31st. The Disneyland Resort goes all out for this holiday making the parks quite busy. But if you love Halloween, you will love all that Disney has to offer parkgoers during this season.
  • October will bring with it cooler fall temperatures. It will still be warm, but it definitely won’t feel as hot as in the summer months. Layers will be important as you plan your days in the parks, especially if staying in the evening for Halloween events and festivities.
  • Halloween crowds often rival Christmas crowds. Disney is known for being busy during the holiday season in December, so many are surprised to find that October can be similarly busy. Halloween is very popular, and week-long fall breaks from school make it a great time for many to visit the parks.


October Events

Cozy Cone Motel at Night |

Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park will be taking place August 23-November 2. Experience a celebration of family and Mexican traditions during Día de los Muertos with the enchanting storytelling and captivating music of Pixar’s “Coco.” Immerse yourself in this cultural event that pays homage to the enduring bonds of family.

Halloween arrives August 23 at the Disneyland Resort and continues through October 31. During the autumn season, the entire resort at Disneyland undergoes a delightful transformation. Guests are treated to an array of Halloween-themed attractions and decor, along with characters adorned in spooky costumes. Notable highlights at Disneyland include the Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween Screams nighttime spectacular, the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, and a variety of festive snacks.

The Oogie Boogie Bash will be returning once again to California Adventure as part of the Halloween festivities. This ticketed event will take place after the park closes on select nights throughout the season, and ticket prices will range from $134 to $189. The event dates for 2024 are:

  • August: 25, 27, 29
  • September: 3, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
  • October: 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31


October Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for October 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Disneyland Park

  • Splash Mountain closed on March 31, 2023, for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Space Mountain will close on September 18, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • The Haunted Mansion will be closed beginning January 22, 2024. An opening date is still unknown (likely Fall 2024).
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln closed on April 16, 2024. An opening date is still unknown.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will close for a quick refurbishment from April 29 through May 2, 2024.
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will close on May 1, 2024. An opening date is unknown (likely Fall 2024).
  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular will return to the park for Pixar Fest from April 26 through August 24, 2024.
  • Fantasmic! will return on May 24, 2024.

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California Adventure Park

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closed on March 4, 2024. An opening date is still unknown.
  • Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration! Parade will debut on April 26, 2024 for Pixar Fest.
  • Club Pixar will also debut on April 26, 2024.


October Weather

Overall, Disneyland in October will see cooler temperatures. The average high is 76 degrees and the low is typically around 63 degrees. Layers will be important as you plan your days in the parks, especially if staying in the evening for Halloween events and festivities.


October Disneyland Crowds

The Matterhorn in Disneyland |

Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, that they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. Unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

Many are surprised to discover that October can be very busy. Halloween in Disneyland is very popular. Also, many schools in California, Utah, and Nevada have week-long fall breaks spread out throughout the month. That being said, prepare for holiday crowds as you enjoy the Halloween festivities!


Ready to Start Planning Your Visit to Disneyland in October?

Here are some resources to help you get started!


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