After years and years of heading to Disneyland Paris for their magical Christmas celebrations, last year I went at my favourite time of year- Halloween and boy was I in for a treat. I’ve figured I’m either super late, or super early in writing this; but I really wanted to recommend their spooky spectacular- it’s too magical to miss!!
I’m going to be giving you some info on the fabulous decor, the best accommodation, where to grab a bite to eat and a note on the rides, so if you’re looking to book now for the autumn, I have the lowdown.
I’ve been heading to Disneyland for over 20 years now, so I know when they have a theme, they know how to run with it. But NOTHING prepared me for how amazing and colourful the decorations were. From leaf garlands to Mickey carved pumpkins and ghosts galore, the park kept it creepy, yet cute.
There was a distinct focus on villains too, with thorns around the castle; reminiscent of that iconic scene in Sleeping Beauty- I’m a big fan of Maleficent so couldn’t get enough. The daily parade also featured all your favourite Disney villians, with an overall harvest theme intertwined.
If you’re staying in one of the Disney hotels, I recommend the half board, or half board plus options that you can choose as an add-on when booking your trip. It’s much better value in the long run, and there is so much food on offer! Definitely a better choice than simply grabbing a hot dog in the park. Our first night saw us at Annette’s Diner in the Disney Village and yes, this burger is chicken and beef, with bacon, onion rings and pineapple.. and what?!
Eating in the parks is also possible; this time around we only got the half board option (my mistake, woops!) which is slightly cheaper and there is less choice of places to eat, but you can always go into whichever restaurant you want and simply pay the difference. The second day we decided to eat at Chez Remy in Disney Studios, the Ratatouille-themed restaurant.
The attention to detail is amazing, and we thoroughly enjoyed looking around the restaurant at all the decor! We also ate at the Steakhouse in Frontierland which was equally as nice; with both times ordering steak. The portions are large and with two or three courses, you’re definitely set for the rest of the day.
I hate to say anything negative about Disneyland because well, I love it; but I have to say that an element that’s looking pretty tired are the hotels. I stayed with my family at the Newport Bay hotel in January 2016 and that was amazing, it had been newly refurbished to a beautiful standard. However when I went in October we were on a budget so chose Hotel Cheyenne, a 2 star hotel just off the main lake.
After being put in a really old, dark room, we complained and were immediately transferred to their newer, nicer rooms which were good. Tea is pretty much our life blood, so Kayle and I like to have a kettle in our room- they can be requested at reception, but they may try and charge you up to 15 euros for a bundle of coffee and tea- skip that and pocket the teabags they supply at breakfast; it’s much more feasible.
Although Cheyenne is good for anyone on a budget, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Newport and I’ve stayed in Sequoia Lodge too, which was fab. I was lucky enough to have a couple of nights in the Disney Hotel too (which is ridic expensive!!) and I’ve also stayed in some of the hotels just outside the park- let me know if you need any recommendations on those, there are so many!
One thing to note about the season is that it’s off peak, so you will be getting a slightly reduced price at this time because there are a number of rides potentially closed. In October rides like , Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Star Tours and Pinocchio were all shut; so check out their temporary closures here. If you’ve been before like me, this might not make too much difference!
The last thing I want to talk about is the weather; which I feel is pretty important (and because I’m British so I automatically have to be obsessed with talking about it). In months I’ve been previously (December, January and February) it’s been bitterly cold with many things iced over. This period in October (we went around 10th) was slightly chilly but the sun was shining and there wasn’t any need for woolly bits.
Look at that pure joy! Let me know all about your Disneyland trips below, have you been for Halloween? Or are you thinking of going and need some advice? I got you!
Here are my vlogs from the trip for a more extensive view of what everything looked like, let me know what you’re favourite time of the year to go is!