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Are you visiting Disneyland in September? There are so many great things happening at Disneyland in September. I’ve got all the information you need to make it a great trip! September is one of my favorite times to visit Disneyland Park. Halloween time is just getting started and there’s lots of fun to be had! There are so many fun things going on during this month, it might just become your favorite time to visit too.
Halloween Time at Disneyland begins in September. Disneyland goes all out for Halloween! I’m always so impressed by the decorations, food, events, and attention to detail during Halloween Time at Disneyland. Because of the Halloween holiday, September is an incredibly popular month to visit Disneyland. There’s so much to see and do at Disneyland in September, It’s probably my favorite time of year to visit. In this post, I’ll talk about crowds, what to expect, Halloween time at Disneyland, the Oogie Boogie Bash, weather, and more!
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September is a great time to find deals on Disneyland vacations. Hotels are anxious to fill rooms, so they often offer lower prices, especially if you travel mid-week. I have a bunch of hotel reviews that might be helpful for you if you’re still trying to decide where you’d like to stay. I prefer to stay at a hotel within walking distance of the Disney parks. This is a great option for our family because I love being able to just walk over to the parks and walk back to the hotel when the day is over.
Crowds At Disneyland In September
September is a great time to visit because crowd levels tend to be a bit lower than in October. Especially if you’re avoiding weekends and the Labor Day weekend holiday. Of course, there are always crowds at Disneyland, but the month of September can be a bit less crowded on certain days. You’ll find the lowest crowds on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week. Don’t let crowds scare you though! You can still have a great time at Disneyland, even when it’s crowded. You can find more info about handling crowds at Disneyland with lots of tips and info here.
The park will be more crowded on days when the Oogie Boogie Bash(more on this in the special events section) is being held. Guests without tickets to Oogie Boogie Bash will need to leave Disney California Adventure Park when the party starts or hop on over to Disneyland. So, avoid Oogie Boogie Bash days for lower crowd levels. If you are going to be visiting on a party day, make sure you have a park hopper or are at Disneyland all day so you don’t miss out on valuable park time!
To really get a jump on crowds, I recommend rope-dropping. Rope dropping is my favorite way to beat the crowds at Disneyland because you literally beat them to the park and then enjoy as many rides as possible before it gets busy! I’ve got a full guide to rope dropping at Disneyland that will be helpful for you if you’re new to rope dropping.
Weather At Disneyland In September
The weather is still quite hot at Disneyland in September. It’s usually just as hot as the summer months! The average temperature high is around 84 degrees Fahrenheit and 63 degrees for the average low.
You’ll want to be prepared for the heat. Leave your sweaters, scarves, and fall boots at home. You’re not going to need them! You can find my guide for beating the heat at Disneyland here. Make sure you keep an eye on the weather leading up to your trip, so you can be prepared for whatever comes your way.
I have a full guide about what to wear to Disneyland in September that will be helpful for you. Even though it’ll be warm, you might want a jacket or sweatshirt. Southern California evenings can often be a bit chilly.
Events At Disneyland In September
There are a lot of fun things going on at Disneyland in September!
Halloween Time at Disneyland
Halloween time at Disneyland begins early September, and runs through October 31, 2022. Disneyland in September is full of festive Halloween events! There’s really no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than a visit to Disneyland in September. Disneyland goes all out for the Halloween holiday which makes it the best time to visit!
There will be special Halloween-themed food(I’ll have a foodie guide on my Halloween at Disneyland post) and amazing festive decor. Radiator Springs in Cars Land is transformed into Radiator Screams at Halloween time. It’s pretty impressive and might be my favorite area of the parks during September at Disneyland. There are plenty of great photo opportunities in this area! You must get a picture by the iconic giant Mickey Mouse pumpkin at the entrance to Disneyland. He’s pretty adorable.
Your favorite Disney characters will be wearing their Halloween costumes! What could be more fun than a picture with Mickey Mouse dressed as a vampire? Make sure you bring your autograph books if you’d like to get your favorite characters’ signatures.
You’ll be able to enjoy a few Halloween-themed attractions during the Halloween season. The Haunted Mansion will be transformed into the Haunted Mansion Holiday hosted by Jack Skellington. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turns into Mater’s Graveyard Jambooree. Guardians of the Galaxy has a special Halloween overlay called Monsters After Dark, that only takes place in the evening.
There is so much to see and do during Halloween time at Disneyland! Don’t miss the Halloween Screams projection show with fireworks. It’s so much fun!
Many people wonder if Disneyland during Halloween time will be too scary for their kids. Disneyland works really hard to be family-friendly and that’s true during Halloween time too! All of the Halloween festivities and decorations are just fun and family-friendly. There’s nothing gory about Halloween Time at Disneyland. You won’t find any horror type of Halloween-theming. I think most kids won’t find Halloween time at Disneyland scary at all. You can feel really confident taking kids of any age to Disneyland during Halloween time.
I’ve got a full guide to Halloween time in the parks here. Make sure you check it out to find all the current info, printable foodie guides, and more for your visit to Disneyland in September.
Oogie Boogie Bash
The Oogie Boogie Bash is a separate after-hours Halloween party held at Disney California Adventure Park on select nights during September and October. It’s hosted by Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton. This Disney Halloween Party is incredibly popular. Tickets usually go on sale for this event in July.
You can find more information about this spook-tacular celebration including a foodie guide, event guide, and a recommended touring plan here. It’s a really fun addition to Halloween time and my favorite after-hours event!
Gay Days is a fan-created event held at Disneyland. This event draws large crowds of people. Disneyland usually has rainbow-themed merchandise and specialty foods throughout the park to add to the celebration.
What to Expect At Disneyland In September
Most rides will be up and running as this is a popular time of year. I’ve created this graphic to help you navigate the parks during your visit to Disneyland in September.
The most popular attraction at Disneyland in September is the Haunted Mansion Holiday which has a Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday overlay. I talk all about the transformation of the Haunted Mansion attractions in this episode of my podcast. Because this attraction is so popular, it will have long lines, especially as the day goes on. I suggest getting there early in the day for shorter wait times or using Genie Plus to ride it without a long wait. You can find important information about Genie Plus here.
September is a good time to visit, but it will be crowded. Having a basic plan for your day will help you navigate the parks and avoid waiting in extremely long lines. I have a free Disneyland Touring plan that I update each month with a free printable that might be helpful for you. You can find it here.
What To Pack For Disneyland In September
Be prepared for heat and pack for your vacation accordingly. Don’t forget the sunscreen! You can find my full list of what I bring to in my park bag here. You don’t want to be unprepared! I also buy lots of things on Amazon beforehand so I can save time and money. Disney will sell you anything you need, but it will cost more. You can find my Amazon list here.
You might want to consider bringing Halloween costumes for your kids. Especially if you’re going to the Oogie Boogie bash. Dressing up in costume for kids and adults at the Oogie Boogie Bash is not only allowed but it’s also encouraged! There are some pretty incredible costumes at the party!
Disneyland Planning Help
I’ve got bunches of information on planning a Disneyland trip that will be so helpful for you! Start with my complete guide to visiting Disneyland. It’s a step-by-step guide for planning your vacation that will be helpful. Check out my top 10 Disneyland tips and my guide to when to visit Disneyland to help you pick the best time for your vacation! I’ve also got a post on rope dropping at Disneyland that’s very helpful.
Make sure you check out my downloadable touring plans if you’d like a step-by-step guide to the parks!
I also have touring plans with Genie Plus! These will help you avoid the long lines and I know you’ll love them.
I have a planning phone call that’s super popular! In this phone call, I can answer all of your Disneyland vacation questions and give you lots of tips and info tailored just to you and your group!
I hope my guide to visiting Disneyland in September has been helpful for you! Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth and visiting during Halloween time is the best! There’s something so special about Halloween time at Disneyland. I just know you’re going to have such a great time on your vacation! Please let me know if you have any questions about visiting Disneyland in September. I’m here to help!
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