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Behind the Scenes: Colorful Candy-Inspired Pumpkin Patches Spreading Throughout Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Valerie Lee

by , Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Two of my forever-favorite things about Halloween are pumpkins and candy! So, what a treat it was to go behind the scenes to meet the artisans who created the colorful new candy-themed pumpkin displays to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort Enhancement and Horticulture teams began collaborating in April to “push the envelope” on the design elements for this landscape art in the Downtown Disney District. You may have seen earlier this summer, the teams installed the anamorphic art of a few of our favorite Disney friends. With the Halloween season, they have layered candy-themed pumpkins in these planters making them even more colorful and incredibly creative!

What’s your favorite candy? Strolling through the Downtown Disney District, you’ll see candy corn pumpkins in the Mickey Mouse planter, citrus candy pumpkins painted with glitter by Minnie Mouse, lollipop gourds near Daisy, jelly bean and jaw breaker pumpkins by Donald, striped candy pumpkins beside Goofy, and a big dog bowl of candy-coated chocolate pumpkins near Pluto!  In all, there are 1,100 pumpkins made of foam, which took more than two months to hand paint.

And the real pumpkins are just as impressive. More than 2,500 pumpkins and 1,900 gourds from local growers can be seen in the surrounding planters that are unique in their colors, shapes and sizes. And the names are just as innovative: Pink Banana Squash, White Baby Boo, Cinderella Rouge, Speckled Hound, Warty Goblin, Warty Red Thing and Fairytale.

During Halloween Time at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, you and your family can enjoy all of the “spooktacular” decor, themed treats and attractions, now through October 31. As the gateway to both parks, the Downtown Disney District is a great stop for shopping, dining options and entertainment, including a sighting of the SCAREolers, an a cappella group singing your Halloween favorites.

Be sure to come see this pumpkin outdoor art gallery in the Downtown Disney District – it’s gourd-geous!


  • Is there any place I can go to find out what they plant in the parks?

  • Very well done this year. With the new footpath to DTD. More people will get to enjoy these.

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