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I’m sure you’ve noticed that we love all things Disney over here at J&H! Add Halloween to that and we’re really excited!! So of course, I just had to get my family tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party. We’ve gone for the last three years and will keep coming back because we love it!
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate event ticket so even if you have a park ticket or annual pass valid for that day, you’ll still need an additional ticket for the Halloween party. Good news is, they only sell a limited number of tickets so the park is typically less busy than usual. And the later in the evening of the party, the less crowds there are! (People get tired and leave. But not us. We stay until the park closes!) You also are allowed entrance up to three hours before party time so you can start enjoying Disneyland early! Annual passholders also get a discount on some party nights.
I’m going to outline some of the awesome perks we found at Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Also, if you book through Get Away Today you can get a $10 discount by mentioning Jolly and Happy. I know that doesn’t sound like much but Disney doesn’t do discounts on tickets. Just think of it as a free $10. Get Away Today is great because they know everything Disney and can help you plan the very vacation you need and want without extra fees.
Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the party. We like a family theme for our Halloween costumes. This year, we settled on the five emotions from Inside Out. Here are Anger, Fear, Disgust, Joy and Sadness.
My hubby and I are the volcanos from the “Lava” short Pixar film. Seriously, this guy MUST “lava” me a lot to do some of the stuff I ask him to do.
If you’re attending a party AND you’re an annual pass holder, be sure to check out the lobby where Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is! There’s a special pass holder perk where we got a drawstring bag and a treat. They also had the cute Mickey and the dancing skeletons cartoon playing in the theater to watch if you wanted.
They made the lobby look abandoned and haunted!
It’s still a bit crowded and chaotic for the first hour of the party as the Disney employees are gently herding the non-partygoers out of the park. As long as you’ve got your trusty wristband on, you’re good to go!
The Haunted Mansion ride gets the Jack Skellington treatment as the Nightmare Before Christmas takes over! If you love the movie, you’ll love the ride!!
Each year, the Imagineers and the food service staff collaborate to make a unique gingerbread house for the dining room scene of the ride and it’s made of REAL gingerbread! My kids can’t wait to see the theme each year. This year, it was a leaning house of playing cards, tilting back and forth as we rode by with the smell of fresh gingerbread lingering in the air!
I love how Disneyland has special food options during specific times of the year! Halloweentime always proves to have some yummy treats. For dinner, we went to Carnation Cafe and my hubby got this seasonal spicy chicken sandwich. It was SO yummy! (Yes, I took a bite. Good thing he doesn’t mind sharing.) We also shared this ice cream from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Shop. The mug it came in will be a great addition to our Halloween decor at home and will remind us of our fun trip.
Here are some of the Halloween treats you can find at the Disneyland Resort. Crispy treats, cake pops, and marshmallow treats. My favorite has to be the Dia de Los Muertos crispy treat with the flower in her hair. So cute and colorful!!
It’s a Small World ride gets a fun exterior makeover for the party!
And what we’ve all been waiting for… Trick or Treating!! Here is my “Disgust” at one of the MANY treat stations throughout the park. Most have candy AND a snack option. All but one of the cast members was happy to give us both. I love that I came home with a ton of lunch snacks along with the candy!!
Mike and Sully host a dance party in Tomorrowland. I tried to get an action shot but my kids reminded me how un-cool that would be so I settled for this picture. 🙂
Space Mountain gets a haunted makeover each year but what I love best is, during the party, our wait in line was around 15 minutes!!
The castle’s Halloween makeover!!
Here’s a video to get an idea of the amazing firework show just for the Halloween party.
That old train tunnel looks like it might have a ghostly inhabitant!
While waiting in one of the treat lines in Frontierland, they had scarecrow comedians to help pass the time. This guy was pretty funny. He saw a lady walk by with a birthday button on: “Oh! Happy birthday, ma’am! I know its rude to ask how old you are so…. How much do you weigh??” Haha!
A scary site at the Golden Horseshoe.
The Rivers of America looking quite spooky!
Every hour the Dapper Dans, renamed the Cadaver Dans for Halloween time, make the rounds on the river for a haunting performance!
Here’s a little video.
Main Street looks especially festive!
They had special pins just for the Halloween party for those of you who collect! And even special annual passholder pins! We ended up buying the Goofy skeleton pin. Isn’t it cute?!
At the end of the evening, the villains come out to sing you a goodbye song. In true villain fashion, they basically tell you that they are done partying and to get out! So funny!
So here was our haul! The red Ikea flea market cart totally came in handy and is full of candy. (I so didn’t mean to rhyme!!) And our cool annual pass holder bags are full of the snacks. I recommend something on wheels to carry it all because it gets heavy.
All in all, I think Mickey’s Halloween Party is worth the extra ticket! The only thing I didn’t get a good picture of, was the special photo opportunities with Disney Villains and Mickey and Minnie dressed in their Halloween gear. Between that, the shorter ride lines, trick or treat candy and the special entertainment, our family had a blast!! We are already brainstorming costume ideas for next year!
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