Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland
Disneyland is magical any time of the year, but my favorite time is Halloween. Disneyland transforms into a pumpkin paradise with fall decorations, holiday-themed rides and treats, and the best part, Mickey’s Halloween Party. Here are tips for attending Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland.
Disneyland Halloween Party Tickets
Purchase tickets early! Most years the event sells out, so purchase tickets well in advance to ensure entry. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate ticket from regular admission. Tickets usually go on sale in late July. Discounts are available for annual pass holders or Disney Visa cardholders. Tickets include free parking for the event and entry into the park three hours before the party starts.
Editor’s note: The Disneyland Halloween party is sold out for 2015, but park visitors can still enjoy all of the spirited Halloween decorations at the Disneyland this time of year.
What to Bring to the Disneyland Halloween Party
Disneyland staff give all guests trick-or-treat bags. I suggest bringing a backpack to carry all of the candy. Disneyland cast members are extremely generous with the candy, and kids will get tired of carrying it around the park all evening. A backpack is also handy to carry around parts of costumes when the kids or adults get tired of wearing them.
Wear a costume, but make it easy and comfortable. Walking all over the park for hours plus getting on and off rides can make complicated costumes uncomfortable. Pinterest has hundreds of ideas to make Disney costumes out of everyday clothes, or disneystore.com sells Halloween shirts to make an easy costume.
And even though the event, Mickey’s Halloween Party, is sold out, Halloween time at Disneyland is still a party! Many park goers are wearing their favorite family-friendly costumes during this time of year so feel free to dress up whenever you visit the park this month.
What to see at the Disneyland Halloween Party
Don’t miss the holiday transformation of Disneyland’s most popular rides. Space Mountain becomes Ghost Galaxy. Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday with Jack Skellington. Disney villains and characters dressed in Halloween costumes are available for meet and greets. The fireworks show, Halloween Screams and the parade, Paint the Night plus dance parties are the nightly entertainment for the party. Special Halloween merchandise as well as treats are also available.
How to Make the Most of Your Night
Disney sells a limited amount of party tickets, so most rides have a very short wait. Fastpasses are not available during the party. Don’t forget that the Fantasyland rides close during the fireworks. Haunted Mansion Holiday usually always has a line, so we waited in line for that ride when we entered the park early before the party started.
If the kids want to meet characters, be prepared to wait in line. My kids chose to walk by the lines and see the characters, but to skip waiting to get an up-close meeting. The trick-or-treat trails to collect candy are everywhere! Some stations may have longer lines, but the line moves quickly. All trick-or-treat stations have non-candy options as well. We collected carrot packs, apple slices, and cracker packs as well as candy.
Where to Stay
Stay at Hilton Anaheim located just one block from the park. I suggest utilizing the Toy Story parking lot across the street from Hilton Anaheim. Shuttle buses for this parking lot are plentiful and usually not as crowded as the Mickey and Friends garage.
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Tricia lives in Phoenix with her husband, 14 year-old daughter and 12 year-old son. She is a special education teacher for elementary students. Her family’s favorite memories…