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Mickey's "Not So Scary" Halloween Party
Are you ready for Mickey's Halloween Party? Do you have your costume selected already? If not, don't worry! There is still plenty of time! Not sure what the party is or how to attend? That's alright! In this Hub I will break everything down Aand explain what you'll need to know. The Halloween Party is available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World but I have never been to the one in Florida This Hub will be coco sued solely on Disneyland but I can't imagine it is drastically different between the two parks. Check out the cool video that shows you a little bit of what it's all about!
How To Attend
To attend this event you must purchase a ticket. Mickey's Halloween Party is only held on certain days at certain times and I highly recommend that you buy your tickets as early as possible! This is a very popular event and it sells out fast! If you are an annual passholder than you get a special discounted price and a chance to buy your tickets earlier than the general public. If you are a last minute person that's alright too! You can buy your tickets the day of (if it is not sold out) but they will be slightly more expensive! The really cool thing about this event is that you can enter the park up to three hours before the party actually starts! This is great because it gives you a chance to get on the more popular rides earlier so when the party has started you can focus on all the special events that are happening. Also the ticket price includes parking for one vehicle. I highly recommend that if you are going with a group (and you are not pass holders with parking passes) to carpool.
As a cast member scans your ticket to get into the park you will be given a wristband to wear for the night. I can't stress enough to not take it off! These bands tell cast members that you are there for the event. If you do not have it on or loose it you will be asked to leave the park. Once the party starts cast members go around the park and look for the wristbands. Anyone who does not have one is escorted to the gates where they are to exit. There is also an announcement telling guests that they need to exit the park as well. You will also need to show your band for rides and trick-or-treating.
So we all know that Disneyland transforms the park for Halloweentime but what most of us don't know is that they put up some special decorations just for the Halloween Party! Every night that a party is going to be held the park adds special decorations such as giant Mickey pumpkins and ghost lights as well as special lighting to the castle. This was a really nice surprise for me walking into the park because it was a special event and I would hope that there would be some special things in store! There are also dance party areas that are set up so you can dance with some of your favorite characters.
Have Fun And Dress Up!
Who doesn't love to dress up for Halloween? Okay so not everybody does but it is half the fun when it comes to Mickey's Halloween Party! You don't have to dress up as a Disney character (even though you will have better photos for all you photographers out there!). Walking around last year and looking at costumes were half the fun! It was so interesting to see what people dressed up as. Some were very creative and others were more of a competition to see who had the best version of the popular costumes. I saw everything from famous dead people to a lego family, from characters from Disney movies to things you find in the rides (such as the portraits in the Haunted Mansion). Yes of course you have the typical superheroes and occupational costumes but it is the creative ones that stick with you!
-Must be child-friendly
-Not obstructive, offensive, or violent
-Must not drag on the floor
-Must not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may hit another guest
-Must not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon
-Masks may be worn but must not obstruct vision (eyes must be seen at all times)
Halloween Screams Firework Show
There is a Halloween themed firework show that happens during the party. There is only one so get there early to get a good spot! Unfortunately sometimes it gets canceled because of weather. Here in SoCal we are subject to strong winds which are a hazard when it comes to a large firework show. Last year when I attended this did happen and I was unable to see the firework show.
Trick Or Treat?
No matter how old you are you can go trick-or-treating! Disneyland cast members hand out handfuls of candy and/or healthy snacks inside the designated trick-or-treat zones. You can go to all the stations as many times as you like; there is no limit. Stations are located all over the park and are easy to find especially with the help of a map! Pick one up on your way into the park to see where they all are! They will be marked with an orange Mickey head. Disneyland will hand you a bag as you walk in the gates for trick-or-treating; they are small so I suggest bring your own bag! It can be a reusable tote or one of those plastic pumpkin buckets, whatever you want to bring! Trust me you can easily fill them up!
As I was waiting in line to go trick-or-treating along the Rivers of America (the water near New Orleans Square) an amazing thing happened. All of a sudden a river raft floated on by with a ghoul quartet singing Halloween songs including songs from A Nightmare Before Christmas. It was spooktacular! It really was one of the highlights to me because I had no idea that there were performances too! They performed every half hour and sang for about five minutes. I recommend you go check it out, you won't be disappointed!
Character Meet And Greet
There will be characters walking around in their Halloween costumes as well! You can also find certain characters at their own meet and greet station. Here you can talk to them, take pictures, and get autographs! Word to the wise: check what time they will be making their appearance and get there early! A line will form and you won't want to be standing in an hour long line! There are also some dance party stations set up hosted by characters throughout the park!
Villains Parade "Boo To You!"
Halloween is the Villains holiday at Disneyland and they are not afraid to take over! They even get their very own parade! Watch your favorite villains come out at the bewitching hour and put on a show! If you wait until after the show is over you can meet them, take pictures, and get autographs. The parade takes place in Main Street and ends at the Main Street Train Station.
Who Is Your Favorite Disney Villain?
- 0% Captain Hook
- 0% Cinderella's Stepsisters and Stepmother
- 13% Ursula
- 0% Cruella da Vil
- 25% The Evil Queen (Snow White)
- 50% Maleficent
- 0% Gaston
- 0% Jafar
- 0% Doctor Facilier
- 0% Mother Gothel
- 0% Queen of Hearts
- 13% Scar
This poll is now closed to voting.
So it's no secret that I love Halloween! I especially love Disneyland in the Fall/Halloween season. The park does such a good job at transforming, decorating, and creating awesome events like the Halloween party. They also have a great way of advertising it too. Check out this commercial disney released for the party. It's one of my favorites and it's sure to make heads turn!
Just A Few Tips To Keep In Mind!
- Carpool if going with a group!
- Take advantage of getting there early!
- Bring your own Trick-or-Treat bag!
- Do not take off your wristband!
- Dress up!
- Pick up a park map on the way in!
- Check times for characters and shows!
- Have fun and take lots of pictures!
© 2013 Lyndsay Gamber