If there are two seasons I love going to Disneyland, they would be Christmas and Halloween.
The last two years we have been fortunate to attend Disneyland’s, Mickey’s Halloween Party and this year I’m so excited to attend for the first time Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween at Walt Disney World. I.CAN.NOT.WAIT!!!!
I wanted to focus this week’s blog post on tips and tricks regarding Disneyland’s Halloween party!
For this year, you can attend these awesome parties on certain nights between: September 19 to October 31, 2018 although Halloween season officially begins on September 7, 2018.
Your party ticket allows you to enjoy both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park for up to 3 hours before Mickey’s Halloween Party begins. Once the party begins, you’ll be able to partake in Halloween-themed attractions, Character Greetings, fireworks, the Headless Horseman Rides Again (pre-parade), amazing Halloween inspired treats and so much more!!
Once you have received your bracelet, which shows that you are attending the party, you will also receive your trick or treat bag which you can fill to the brim with candy!
Here are some tips that we employ while at the parks:
-Take an additional bag where you can dump your filled candy bag so that you are able to collect more candy throughout the night if you are on the hunt for tons of candy!
-Trick or treat later in the evening during the party as Cast Members tend to give fewer candies earlier in the night than later at night when they give you fist fulls of candy!
-Take advantage of riding rides as the lines are short because the majority of people are either trick or treating or standing in line to take pictures with rare characters.
-Do watch the Headless Horseman who arrives a little bit before the parade begins.
-Definitely watch the Frightfully Fun Parade! It is such a wonderful parade and fun to sing along with! The parade plays twice during the parade. Check your map and/or Disney Experience app on your phone for parade times.
-Do watch the Halloween inspired firework show that only plays once during the party.
-Make sure that you try the yummy Halloween inspired treats that are sold throughout the night.
-If you are a popcorn bucket collector, there are tons of great ones that are for Halloween season. Last year we purchased the poison apple mug and went on a tireless hunt for the Oogie Boogie bucket. (I did not have it in me to stand in line for an hour and a half!) This year, I’m on the hunt for the cauldron popcorn bucket!
-The Pixar Pals Dance Party in Tomorrowland is a must for little ones especially as the characters come out to dance and play. They do not sign autographs or stop to pose for pictures, but you surely can get down and boogie with them!
-Do go into California Adventures to partake in the Halloween theme decorations and holiday ride overlays that can be found in Cars Land, such as Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honken Haul-o-Ween. You will also run into some pretty famous cars who are dressed up to celebrate Halloween at their home known as Radiator Screams!
-I’ve never done it myself… but during this fun season and during the parties, you can ride Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters after Dark in COMPLETE darkness…. as for me… I shall pass!
-Ride the Halloween overlay of Space Mountain… better known as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy ride!
-…and of course, my personal holiday overlay is Tim Burton’s, Nightmare Before Christmas which takes over the Haunted Mansion during Halloween and Christmas seasons!
-Speaking of characters… one of the reasons the Halloween parties are so much fun is because of the abundance of characters that come out during the party! Jack and Sally are certainly one of the favorites and lines tend to be about a 2 to 3 hour wait to see them earlier during the festivities! My trick and tip… go more towards the end of the night around 10:00 pm as it only took me twenty minutes to meet them!
Another tip and trick, well it wasn’t one we had pre-planned as we stumbled upon it two years ago… was being in Frontierland just outside of Splash Mountain and having Pooh and his friends come out around 6:15 pm and taking our girl’s by the hand and walking them over to a trick or treat Halloween station where they received a fistfull of candy! Mind you, the Halloween party did not begin until 7pm, but always be prepared for different areas that begin to distribute candy beforehand. Pooh was not in his bumblebee costume yet, but it surely was a fun and unexpected experience!
If you are wanting to meet a couple of characters in their Halloween costume before the party begins so that you are not standing in line losing precious time from riding rides, I’d highly recommend the Toontown Pre-Party that begins an hour before the party begins.
Therefore, if your party night is at 7, the pre-party begins at 6. If your party begins at 6, then pre-party begins at 5 pm. I shall warn you though… make sure to give yourself an hour of standing in line before the pre-party begins as the lines are horrendously long! Last year, we got in line at 5:15 pm! It was truly worth it as within half an hour the kids and I were able to trick or treat around Toon Town and take pictures with Donald and Minnie Mouse, both of who were decked out in their Halloween costumes!
This way, with character meet and greets out of the way, we had time to ride on a ton of rides, eat some snacks, watch the parade and the amazing firework show, ride some more rides, visit a couple more characters before heading out of the parks a little before midnight.
…so, what’s my most favorite part of Mickey’s Halloween Party???DRESSING UP as a family in Halloween costumes!!!
Last year my husband dressed up as Kristoff from Frozen, my youngest was Mal from Descendents and my oldest dressed up as Sailor Donald, where I dressed up as Belle in her village dress. We were quite the eclectic looking group!
I’m not going to lie… but for the duration of the party dressed up, I truly felt what it was like to be the actual Belle at Disneyland as many little girls would call my name out and say hello! Oh my goodness…. my heart melted and I felt like an actual princess! (Even Gaston wouldn’t leave me alone…)
This year’s Halloween costume will be more cohesive as we are going with a theme… well, except for the little one who has decided to be Moana… you can’t win them all… well.. she also wanted Dad to dress as Maui….and if you do a quick Google search you’ll quickly see why my husband vetoed that idea pretty fast…
If you have the chance to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party I would strongly recommend it! I know that the price can at times defer people from attending, but where else are you able to rides so many rides with short lines, while being able to dress up at the parks and go trick or treating. Personally, I’m curious at the differences I will see at Disney World’s party!
Curious as to how much candy we came home with! See for yourself! Not to shabby considering we ate some during the party and on the drive home the next day!