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Thinking of heading to Disneyland in October? Then check out this guide to help you plan your vacation. From October crowd levels at Disneyland, to the weather, celebrations, and beyond, we are breaking down what to expect at Disneyland in October 2022. Plus – special travel deals for Disneyland vacations.
If you are wanting to plan a fall trip to The Happiest Place On Earth, October is likely a month you are looking at visiting. Maybe your kids are lucky enough to have a fall break, or you just really want to go during Halloween time at Disneyland. Whatever your reason, this guide will help you know what to expect as you head to the parks.
Disneyland in October – Annual Trends
I always like to start off my monthly guides with the annual trends. That way, if you are planning a trip to Disneyland for this year, or a year in the future, you can get a feel for if this is the time of year you would like to visit.
Once we cover annual trends, we will then move on to specifics for October 2022 at Disneyland Resort.
Crowds at Disneyland in October
2022 is the first Halloween season that is back to “near normal” so I will use previous years (pre-pandemic) to give an idea of what to expect. Remember that the need for Theme Park Reservations may change the crowd levels.
The crowds in October tend to be tolerable the first week, but then, as fall breaks begin, you will see a steep increase in crowds, especially during the week, through the end of October.
Fall break Crowds
For many of the surrounding states, and some areas of California, fall breaks tend to fall in the middle of the month, often surrounding Columbus/Indigenous People Day. I expect that crowds from October 7 – 23, 2021 will be fairly high.
Weather at Disneyland in October
Disneyland in October can be a mixed bag as far as weather. While you may see a few days down in the 70’s, you could also have a heat wave sending you over 100 degrees. I once went in October and had an entire week be over 100.
Heat wave during your visit? Read my tips for staying cool at Disneyland article.
Definitely check the forecast in the days leading up to your visit and pack accordingly.
Even if the day temps are hot, definitely bring some warmer outfits if you plan to stay in the parks late. Once the sun goes down, and if there is a breeze, the temperature can drop and feel quite cool.
I suggest a hoodie and at least a pair of pants for the kiddos.
Annual October Events at Disneyland – Halloween and more!
Disneyland in October means Halloween Time. During this time you will see the parks decked out with fall colors, pumpkins, and more.
Disneyland Resort hosts an annual Halloween Party, Oogie Boogie Bash, which is a separately ticketed event. It is currently sold out for 2022. On those days, California Adventure Park will close early to regular guests, which means you will see Disneyland Park much more crowded at night.
In fact, the one time I left the park without using a Fastpass for a ride was a night when I was in the non-party park on a party night. It was just so crowded we couldn’t stand it.
Attraction & Entertainment in October at Disneyland
Attractions and entertainment have returned to the parks at Disneyland Resort. While we still are missing Frozen, or another option, in the Hyperian, Fantasmic, and World of Color have returned.
World of Color takes place nightly (excluding party nights) and Fantasmic takes place on the weekends during this time.
Attraction Overlays in October:
During Halloween Time and the Fall Fun at Disneyland, several attractions receive overlays.
Of course, there is one attraction that is the star of the show in October:
Haunted Mansion Holiday – Jack and his friends have decked the halls at the Haunted Mansion.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark! – is an evening ride overlay for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! This is a continuation of the storyline and includes an original song.
Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree gets a mini-overlay on the signage and a change in music.
Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween – Similar to Mater’s, this overlay is mostly a change in music.
While some may not consider characters to fall under entertainment, I felt this was the correct place to put them. During October at Disneyland you will see Characters dressed in Halloween Costumes and you will see more Villains throughout the parks.
A Musical Celebration of Coco
I love that this show is back. A Musical Celebration of Coco is my favorite show at Disneyland Resort. That is saying a lot because I do love some of these shows.
You will get to hear storyteller Mateo, accompanied by the world-renowned Mariachi Divas, tell the story of Miguel and his journey to find love for his family and music.
You can also meet Miguel and his puppeteer in Plaza de la Familia.
Halloween Screams is a seasonal show hosted by Jack Skellington where the Villains take over the projections and entertainment at night. The show includes fireworks on the weekends.
Previously only available to Halloween Party guests, in 2019, this entertainment option was opened to all park guests when Oogie Boogie Bash premiered.
My favorite viewing area is near “it’s a small world”.
Disneyland in October 2022 – What to know this year
If you are heading to Disneyland in October 2022, here is information specific to this year. Be sure to bookmark this page as I will come back and update it as needed.
Halloween Time 2022
Halloween Time at Disneyland is a great time to visit if you love fall. From the decorations, to ride overlays.
You will get to see more Villains, many appearing at the Train Station overlooking Town Square on Main Street. Others will show up near “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland.
You will also find plenty of Halloween Sweets and offerings food-wise. My friend Britni has put together a great article after trying every Halloween offering… she is a trooper doing that for us non-foodies. Check out her must-try Disneyland Halloween Treats list.
Disneyland Park Hours in October 2022
Here are the current park hours for Disneyland Resort in October.
A reminder that on Oogie Boogie Bash nights, California Adventure closes at 6:00 PM
|DISNEYLAND PARK||8:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE||8:00 AM||10:00 PM||6:00 PM|
|DOWNTOWN DISNEY||8:00 AM||1:00 AM|
Ride closures and Refurbishments in October 2022
These are the ride closures that we are currently aware of for October 2022:
Matterhorn Bobsleds – Reopens October 14, 2022
“it’s a small world” – Closes October 24th. Reopens November 11th as “it’s a small world holiday”
Tarzan’s Treehouse – TBD
Mickey’s Toontown – Closed for re-imagineering – will reopen in Spring 2023.
What To Look Forward to in October 2021 at Disneyland
Wondering what to look forward to in October at Disneyland? Here are my favorite things to experience around the park.
- Fall fun includes ride overlays, Halloween Screams, and more.
- Plaza de la Familia (which runs until November 2, 2022) and A Musical Celebration of Coco.
- Cars Land becoming Radiator Screams and celebrating Haul-O-Ween
- Specialty foods abound!
- Cooler temps will start to make more appearances
- Special Travel Deals (See below)
Disneyland in October – Travel Deals
One of the things I am most excited about this October is the amazing travel deals.
You can always purchase discount tickets through my partners at Get Away Today, but if you are visiting through October, I have even more special deals for you.
LIMITED TIME DEAL – get an extra day and night free!
Come see why Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort is one of our favorite times to visit! Get Away Today has partnered with Visit Anaheim to sweeten the deal to give you an extra day AND night free! The longer you stay, the less you pay per day. We don’t know how much longer this deal will be offered, so hurry and book.
Be sure to CLICK HERE to get this deal and follow the booking instructions. You have to buy the 5th day free tickets FIRST, and then add hotel.