Let’s start with the huge new gingerbread mansion at Haunted Mansion Holiday, which stands nearly 10-feet-tall, and is made of approximately 30 pounds of gingerbread, three gallons of egg whites, 120 pounds of frosting and icing, 75 pounds of confectioner’s sugar and 140 pounds of fondant. This year is the 20th anniversary of Haunted Mansion Holiday, so this year's gingerbread mansion design contains small callbacks to the previous 19 years of mansions. Can you spot them all?
Also new this year is Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit in Downtown Disney. You can purchase a game board and stickers at select Disney merchandise locations, then hunt for hidden decorative pumpkins and stick their corresponding stickers on the game board. When you're finished, return your game board (filled out or not) to a redemption location at World of Disney or Disney’s Pin Trader for a spooky surprise (while supplies last).
My personal favorite place in the parks during the fall season is the Plaza de la Familia at California Adventure, which honors the immortal bonds of family and celebrates the spirit of Día de los Muertos from now until Nov. 2, with decor and entertainment inspired by the film ‘Coco’. Color a mask in the craft area, leave a tribute note to a loved one on the Memory Wall, and gather in the Plaza to hear stories and live Mariachi music, as well as dance performances from the folklórico dancers. This is a beautiful spot to sit down, relax for a bit, and take in all the festivities.
Another exciting fall addition is all the themed food! Grab some popcorn on the go in a stylish Jack Skellinton bucket, or in a Mickey Mummy bucket. Snack on a Poison Skull Apple, Oogie Boogie Crispy, or Cozy Cone Macron (filled with peanut butter cream and pretzels) and dozens of other spooky treats all over the parks!
Disney and California Adventure are offering up a very festive fall season, and after a very quarantined last Halloween these fall favorites are quite exciting and welcome treats to return to. The parks have outdone themselves this year, and there is much fun, food, and festivities to be had all around.
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