Did you know Disneyland throws a special limited entry Halloween party called Mickey’s Halloween Party? I have been going for the past 4 years and every year I leave the park thinking its how long until next year’s party. This special event does require a separate ticket from the general theme park admission but it is worth that extra cost plus if you go towards the beginning dates the prices are cheaper. Here are my top 11 reasons why I go to Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort every year.
Top 11 Reason to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort
11. All the halloween decoration. As you approach the Main Entrance you will notice Pumpkins atop the entry gate to resemble mickey and friends all twined together. Every where you look in the park there is decorations to be seen, the park goes all out. As you walk into Main Street you are greeted by the giant 16 ft Mickey shaped jack-o-lantern smiling at you. The park just screams Halloween everywhere you look even the Rivers of America turn into a foggy bay adding more eeriness to the park. Don’t forget to visit the talking Scarecrows located in the planters near Tomorrowland and Plaza Inn.
10. The Dance Parties. There are always fun to be had at the dance parties as the live DJ’s spin dance tunes and some of the character mingling throughout the party and guest. Each year there are different parties and this year will feature Monster U’s Mike & Sully.
9. All your Favorite Characters in their Halloween Costumes. Who will you see? Donald Duck as a Pumpkin, or the rascally duo Chip & Dale as a Police Officer & Prisoner. Don’t forget Skeleton Goofy, or Vampire Mickey and Minnie Witch.
8. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Ghosts are haunting the galaxy in Space Mountain as you soar through the galaxy watch out for the ghost trying to reach yet. Space Mountain is available during Halloween time at the Disneyland Park.
7. Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade. This parade runs twice a night during the party and has all your favorite characters in costumes and more as they celebrate the fun of dressing up on Halloween.
6. The Dapper Dans the acapella group who performs daily on Main Street turns in to the ghoulish group The Cadaver Dans who perform some of your favorite Halloween songs on a floating graveyard themed raft on the Rivers of America. There acapella rendition of “This is Halloween” is amazing.
5. Pick an awesome Costume to wear. You can dress up your little ones and even the adult can have some to as they can come dress in costume too. As long as you have a ticket to the Mickey Halloween Party for that day, you can come dressed as your favorite hero, villain, attraction or anything that is family friendly but there are some rules to costumes.
4. The Villains and Rare Characters. See the rare villainous characters such as Maleficent, Jafar, the Evil Queen or the rarer version of the Evil Queen as the Old Hag and many more favorite Villains. Besides the villains, you have a chance at seeing Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox, The Country Bears, Jack Sparrow, Stormtroopers and the Neverland Gang – Hook, Smee, Peter, and Wendy.
3. Haunted Mansion Holiday. Nightmare Before Christmas takes over the Haunted Mansion. For Halloween time the Haunted Mansion turns in to Halloweentown as all the residents of this spooky town prepare for Christmas. Then after finishing the ride head over and meet the characters Jack and Sally.
2. The trick or treating. Every year there are numerous trick or treating trail stations set up throughout the park which Adults and Children can trick or treat at. These stations include various candies and chocolates along with more healthier options such as baby carrots and craisins. The lines seem to be long but at each stop in the trail, a cast member puts a handful of candy or a healthy treat in your bag. At the end of the night last year, my party of 4 had over 75 pounds worth of candy and healthy treats.
1. Halloween SCREAMS firework display. This is the one of the main reason I love the Halloween party, this firework display is unlike any of the other displays and it is my favorite fireworks to watch. Join Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas as he takes over as host of a spooktacular Halloween firework display. He is joined by a couple of special villainous surprise guests and keep an eye out for a visit from Jack’s favorite dog, Zero. This is a don’t miss firework show.
Tips, Tricks and a little extra Treat
1. When thinking about going to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party, the most common question is the party worth the money?
In short answer, YES! I have gone for the past 4 years and every year I leave the park looking forward to the next Halloween time. Not only for the candy but for the Disney Halloween experience you leave with.
A perk to attending the Halloween Party is you are allowed to enter the park up to 3 hours before the Halloween party starts. So if you are down in the Disneyland area and want to go to Disneyland but not pay full price, the party might be an affordable way to enjoy the park including all the rides and characters you like to see and don’t forget you get to enjoy Halloween time at the park.
2. What is the dates and times for Mickey’s Halloween Party? How much are the tickets?
|2013 Mickey’s Halloween Party|
|Dates & Times||Advance Ticket Price|
(Ages 3 & up)
|Ticket Price on Event Date|
(Ages 3 & up)
|Friday, September 27, 20137:00 p.m. to midnight||$59.00||$67.00|
|Tuesday, October 1, 20136:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$59.00||$67.00|
|Friday, October 4, 20137:00 p.m. to midnight||$59.00||$67.00|
|Tuesday, October 8, 20136:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$59.00||$67.00|
|Friday, October 11, 20137:00 p.m. to midnight||$67.00||$67.00|
|Tuesday, October 15, 20136:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$59.00||$67.00|
|Friday, October 18, 20137:00 p.m. to midnight||$67.00||$67.00|
|Monday, October 21, 20136:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$59.00||$67.00|
|Wednesday, October 23, 20136:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$59.00||$67.00|
|Friday, October 25, 20137:00 p.m. to midnight||$67.00||$67.00|
|Monday, October 28, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$59.00||$67.00|
|Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$74.00||$74.00|
|Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||$74.00||$74.00|
3. How do I order tickets? Are there discounts available?
You can buy your tickets online and print them at home up until the day before the event or until it sells out. Day of the event tickets must be purchased at the park entrance ticket booths.
Or call the Disneyland Resort’s Tickets & Reservations line at (714) 781-4400. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.
4. Will the event sell out? Do the ticket prices increase?
Typically the events do sell out and some dates sell out relatively quickly. Last year dates were sold out a month in advance and others didn’t sell out until a week before or the day of. Advance Purchase is highly recommend as you are guaranteed entrance for that day and you don’t have to pay the increase fee the day of the event.
5. What else besides trick or treating is there do?
All the rides are open during the party so if trick or treating isn’t you thing, you can ride all the rides, just remember Fantasyland does close areas off during the firework show.
Tip – Arrive at the park early up to 3 hours prior to your party date’s start time and start enjoying the rides sooner.
Take in the special Halloween themed parade Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade happening 2 times during the event. Also be on the look out for several special Halloween photo locations where you will be able to meet and take photos with some special characters throughout the park. Did I forget to mention the two awesome Halloween dance parties going on in the park during the event. There is the Party at Rancho del Zocalo or join in the celebration with Mike & Sully at the Monsters U Dance Party in Tomorrowland Terrace. Both parties are going to be rockin’.
6. Anyone can wear a Costume to the Halloween Party? Are there restrictions for the costume?
Yes, anyone can wear a costume to the Halloween Party as long as they have a ticket for that day’s Halloween Party. There are a couple restrictions to costumes in which the costume should be child friendly and should not drag. Mask can be worn as long as your eyes are visible at all times. No weapons that can be mistaken as a real weapon and no sharp or pointed objects or material that may hit another guest. However, if you chose to come as your favorite Disney/Pixar character, you are not permitted to take photos or sign autographs as that character. You can find all the restrictions at to Disneyland.com/halloweentime
Tip #1 – Choose a costume that is lightweight and easy to move in especially if you are planning on riding rides during the party. Also make sure to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Take a change of clothes with you incase you want to get out out of the costume.
Tip #2 – Adults wear a costume and join in on the fun. This is your only chance to wear a costume to Disneyland unless you are under the age of 9.