Updated: What to Expect from 2015 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

DSC07067Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special extra-ticket event held select nights at at Disneyland during the Halloween season. The party includes a special fireworks show featuring a fly-by of Zero (instead of Tinker Bell), an exclusive performance of Paint the Night parade,  trick-or-treating, dance parties, and more.

Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place in Disneyland on select nights in the fall, typically running from late-September until Halloween. In 2015, the party dates are September 25, 28, 30, October 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31.

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party are now on sale.

What time is the Party?

Officially the Party runs from 6 pm on some nights and 7 pm on others. The party runs until 11 pm or 12 am, depending on the night. Guests with valid Halloween party tickets may enter the park up to three hours prior to the event’s start time.

Will I need a special ticket to get into the Party?

Yes. Admission requires buying a separate ticket just for this event. It’s not included in any regular theme park tickets or annual passports.

How much do the Party tickets cost?

There’s a range of pricing, including discounts for buying in advance. The official Disney website lists the following prices:

Event Dates Advanced Purchase Price per Person Advanced Purchase Price for Annual Passholders Day of Event Purchase Price
Friday, September 25, 2015 — 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Monday, September 28, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. $69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Friday, October 2, 2015 — 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Monday, October 5, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Friday, October 9, 2015 — 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.$77.00 Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Monday, October 12, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Friday, October 16, 2015 — 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Monday, October 19, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Thursday, October 22, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Friday, October 23, 2015 — 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Sunday, October 25, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. $77.00 $77.00 $77.00
Thursday, October 29, 2015 — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. $84.00 $84.00 $84.00
Saturday, October 31, 2015 — 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out

I don’t have a Park Hopper, can I still buy a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket?

Yes. Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are totally separate from regular park admission media. If you have a one day, one park ticket, you’re welcome to visit DCA in the morning and then Mickey’s Halloween Party in the evening using a Party ticket. This would not count as a “Park Hop.”

I see that there’s a discount for early ticket purchase, but do I need to purchase tickets early if I’m not sure about attending the party?

Same-day tickets may be available for some parties on the day of the event, but you should absolutely buy your tickets in advance if you’d like to attend. A limited number of tickets is available for each party. The event does typically sell out on October weekends. In past years tickets have also sold out for dates near to Halloween. We expect that tickets won’t last long for the October 25, 27, and 29 parties. Halloween night is already sold out.

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Entrance to the park is done through turnstiles labeled with ‘Special Event Ticket’

Depending on what time you arrive at Disneyland, some or all of the entrance turnstiles will be dedicated to Party admission. Look for the signs indicating where to go. When you enter the park with a Halloween Party ticket, a cast member will place a plastic wristband on your arm and hand you a plastic candy collection bag. Also be sure to grab a map/schedule on the way in.

I’m not going to Mickey’s Halloween Party, but I will be in Disneyland during a day when the Party is held. Will they kick me out of the park when the Party starts?

No one will forcibly remove you from the park, but beginning at around 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm (depending on when the party starts) cast members will set up checkpoints for wristbands. If you’re not wearing a wristband, then you’ll be directed toward the park exit. Wristband checks occur periodically at the attractions and at the entrances of each land.

I’ll be visiting Disneyland in the afternoon and also attending Mickey’s Halloween Party. Do I have to leave the park at some point?

No. Beginning in late afternoon, several stations will be set up inside the park to distribute wristbands to Party guests who are already inside. Stop by one of the stations; they’ll scan your Halloween party ticket, give you a wristband, and you’ll be good to go when the part starts.

Rivers of America is covered in spooky fog during Mickey's Halloween Party.
Rivers of America is covered in spooky fog during Mickey’s Halloween Party.

It’s a Halloween Party – does that mean costumes?

Costumes are not required to attend the Party, but many guests do add to the fun by getting dressed up. There are a few restrictions on costumes (more on that below), but there is no requirement that costumes be Disney-related. Many guests choose to give a nod to Disney in their dress-up (Minions and about 5000 people dressed as Snow White are popular choices), but you’ll also see plenty of non-Disney costumes on hand.

Costumes range from just a Halloween-themed tee or pirate eye patch to full on Haunted Mansion ghosts. The choice is really up to you. Personally, I love seeing other guests dressed creatively, and guests seem to up the ante each year.

What types of costume restrictions are there?

The goal for costumes is being fun and creative, not frightening. You’ll be asked to change or leave if your costume is too scary or grotesque.

The official language on the tickets states:

Halloween costumes should not:

  • Be obstructive, offensive or violent.
  • Drag on the ground.
  • Contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Disney’s website also notes:

  • Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision and eyes must be visible at all times.
  • Please be sure costumes meet these guidelines. If a costume cannot be modified, a Guest may be refused entry into the event.
  • Guests of all ages may not wear a costume to a Disneyland Resort Halloween event unless they have a valid ticket to that event.
  • Guests who dress like Disney Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.

I want to emphasize that the last bullet point is strictly enforced. Every year we’ve received feedback from attendees that have either been warned by security or even asked to leave the party because they were stopped by other guests asking for pictures. If your costume is especially good and stands out you will be stopped several times by other guests asking for pictures, despite your best effort to keep moving.

Any other costume tips?

Autumn temperatures at Disneyland are still quite warm. Particularly for the earlier parties, you might encounter temperatures well into the 80s. This is not the time for fuzzy bear suits or full body armor. Think more along the lines of hula skirts and baseball jerseys for maximum comfort.

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What is the crowd situation like during the party?

I’ve personally found the lines for the rides to be quite short during the Party; however other aspects of the event can feel quite intense crowd-wise. Think of party nights as a regular busy day at the park, or a 6 or 7 on the crowd calendar. I found it impossible to do everything. With so many meet and greets, candy stations, fireworks, and the parade, I did not ride any attractions when I attended the Party. There just wasn’t enough time.

Now that you’ve got the business out of the way, can you tell me what there is to do at the Party?

On to the fun stuff! The Halloween Party has several components:

  • Rides
  • Trick or treating
  • Disneyland’s new Paint the Night parade
  • Halloween-themed fireworks
  • Character dance parties
  • Special character meet and greet opportunities
  • Villains meet and greet
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

Are all the rides open during the Party?

Well, not every last one, but most of the rides are fully operational during the Party. In 2015, the following rides were not available to Party guests: Tarzan’s Tree House, Casey JuniorStorybook Land Canal Boats, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

Should I go on rides during the Party?

This depends on your priorities. The ride wait times during the Party are usually minimal. If your main goal for the Party is to get some quality Indiana Jones Adventure time in, then by all means ride on. Disneyland does offer two special Halloween attractions (Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday), but these are NOT exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party, and they can attract hefty wait times.

What’s the Trick or Treating like?

Every guest of the Party, children and adults, will be given a trick or treat bag upon entering the park. You’re also welcome to bring your own bag if that’s more your speed. There will be eight treat stations scattered throughout the park. These are noted on the Mickey’s Halloween Party map and can be found in the park by looking for the special large Halloween-themed “lamp posts.”

As you walk through the park, stop by the treat stations, and cast members will add candy to your bag. There are dozens of types of candy available, including everything from off-brand candy corn to name brand mini candy bars. Typically guests report receiving an even mix of sugar-based (Dots, US Smarties, lollipops, Twizzlers, etc.) and chocolate-based (mini Hershey bars, M&Ms, Tootsie Rolls, etc.) candy. Many of the stations will have an alternative treat, such as boxed raisins, to give to guests with food allergies. Be sure to ask the cast members at the trick or treat stations if you have alternative treat needs.

There is no limit to the candy collection. You’re welcome to hit the treat lines as often as you wish. If you’ve got a candy-mad child in your group, this may be his idea of heaven. Here are some things to think about before you invest too much of your time on candy collection:

  • If you’re trying to maintain healthfulness, do you really want to come home with pounds of candy?
  • If simply having candy is your goal, it’s more cost effective to go to the supermarket and just buy the kinds you like.
  • What’s the opportunity cost of spending time trick or treating? Will you miss out on other party activities?
  • Do you come from a culture that does not trick or treat? If so, the novelty of this experience may outweigh other considerations.
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that the candy distribution cast members become more generous as the evening wears on. You may get a bigger haul if you visit the lines later in the Party.

Other than candy, what are my food options during the Party?

There are no table service restaurants seating guests once the Party starts. However, if you’re seated at a table service before the start of the Party, you’ll be allowed to finish your meal at a normal pace. You won’t be rushed out.

There are a number of counter service venues open during the Party. In recent years these have included: The Plaza Inn, Jolly Holiday Bakery, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Refreshment Corner, Royal Street Veranda, Bengal Barbecue, The Golden Horseshoe, Stage Door Cafe, and Tomorrowland Terrace. These spots give you a range of options from sweets to salads. Check out the restaurant menus for specifics.

It seems silly to me to use a substantial percentage of your valuable Party time for a full meal. To take best advantage of the Halloween offerings, consume your sit-down protein before the party starts. A 5:30 p.m. dinner at Carnation Cafe or Cafe Orleans is a great way to fortify yourself for the long night ahead.

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There is no food exclusive to the party but Jolly Holiday Bakery and French Market have a few Halloween-themed treats.

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This year Disney ditched the tiny and unimpressive Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade in favor of their new Paint the Night parade, which premiered earlier this year as part of Disneyland’s 60th birthday celebration. The parade starts near “it’s a small world” at 8:50. As with all parades, depending on where you’re situated on the parade route, it could take 15 minutes or more for the parade to pass your location. The exact parade route is noted on the Mickey’s Halloween Party park map. Crowds will begin lining up along the route about 30 minutes before the start of the parade.

What about the fireworks?

A special “Halloween Screams” fireworks show is run at 9:30 pm. The show lasts about 12 minutes. Good vantage points can be had anywhere along Main Street, but the best is in the hub. You’ll want to get as close as possible to Sleeping Beauty Castle to see Jack Skellington’s ghost dog reindeer, Zero, fly by on the zip line Tinker Bell uses during the usual fireworks.

The actual fireworks in the sky are fairly standard for Disney, but the music and narration take on a decidedly spooky tone. The show is hosted by Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas. There is audio from the Haunted Mansion attraction (Grim Grinning Ghosts). The castle itself is primarily bathed in blues and greens. If you like fireworks, by all means have at it. If you have a child who is fearful of loud noise or creepy tones, then hop on a ride during the fireworks and skip this part. Personally, I think this is one of the best fireworks shows Disney has ever produced; it is not to be missed. Seeing Zero fly around the castle is amazing. For the 2015 version of Halloween Screams Disney has utilized the same projection technology used during the Disneyland Forever fireworks show. One section of the performance showed spooky cobwebs on Sleeping Beauty Castle, while another section featured the sinister singing wreaths from Haunted Mansion Holiday. These projections add a lot to the show and are a huge improvement.

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Zero’s appearance in the Halloween Screams fireworks.

 

What is the Toontown Pre-Party?

The Pre-Party is held inside Mickey’s Toontown. At 5 PM (during 6 PM party nights) or 6 PM (during 7 PM party nights) the entire land is closed off and cleared out of regular park guests. During the Pre-Party, guests have access to Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin and Gadget’s Go Coaster. There are also character meet and greets and two candy trails. The characters available include: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Chip & Dale. The Pre-Party ends one hour after the regular Halloween Party start time and then Mickey’s Toontown closes for the rest of the night.

Several characters are out in special Halloween-party-only costumes during the Toontown Pre-Party.
Several characters are out in special Halloween-party-only costumes during the Toontown Pre-Party.

What is a “dance party”?

This year there is one dance party located in Tomorrowland Terrace which will be superhero-themed and staring Goofy in his “Super Goof” costume. Scratch that, turns out Disney stuck with the same Monsters U Dance Party as previous years.

During the dance parties, DJs spin dance tunes and characters are available to boogie with guests. If you’re not shy, it’s possible to get in some time dancing with the characters. Beware that the volume can be quite intense and keep an eye on the kiddos. It’s confusing with lots of mood lighting and other guests trying to get time to boogie.

Get ready to boogy at the Monsters U Dance Party.
Get ready to boogy at the Monsters U Dance Party.

Can I meet characters during the party?

Absolutely! Not only can you meet characters, but many of them will be wearing Halloween costumes themselves. The following list is from the 2014 Mickey’s Halloween Party, but we expect them to be the same this year. This list will be updated at a later date with any changes:

    • Friends from Aladdin – Aladdin’s Oasis
    • Jack & Sally – Near Haunted Mansion
    • Winnie the Pooh & Friends – Critter Country
    • Disney Pirate Pals (Peter Pan and Wendy) – Pirate Wharf (Frontierland Dock)
    • Mickey and Minnie – Outside of Big Thunder Ranch
    • Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale – Piratepalooza (Rancho Del Zocalo), Frontierland
    • Disney Villains (Malificent, Evil Queen, Hades, Lady Tremain, Wicked Step Sisters, Jafar, Queen of Hearts, Radcliffe, and Cruella de Vil) – Town Square, Main Street USA
    • Disney Princesses – Fantasy Faire
    • Disney Fairies – Pixie Hollow
    • Toy Story Pals – Near Big Thunder Ranch
    • Captain America – Near the Tomorrowlanding store, Tomorrowland

The lines for the character greetings, particularly Jack and Sally, can become very long, very fast. Even at the start of the Party, you may face wait times of an hour or more. If character photo opportunities are important to you, but sure to factor wait times into your planning.

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Fans of Disney Villains will love Town Square during the Halloween party.

What’s new this year?

Disney is taking advantage of their shiny new projectors that were installed for the new Disneyland Forever spectacular. During the party they are used to bathe Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. in spooky green and orange lighting, with the occasional ghosts, mummies, or Nightmare Before Christmas characters popping up. It’s a very impressive effect.

Some of the Sleeping Beauty Castle projections for this year. You may want to take a few minutes and watch all the different effects cycle through.
Some of the Sleeping Beauty Castle projections for this year. You may want to take a few minutes and watch all the different effects cycle through.

How might weather impact the Halloween party?

Tickets are non-refundable and the Party goes on rain or shine, even if there’s lots and lots and lots of rain. Some of the Party activities may be postponed, curtailed, or cancelled, but the Party itself will continue. But let’s be honest: it never rains in Southern California. While rain probably won’t be a problem, wind will. Disneyland Resort frequently cancels fireworks due to winds at higher elevations.

Is there any special Party merchandise?

Of course there is. Disney will sell Halloween-themed merchandise throughout the parks and hotels from late August until early November. There will also be some items sold exclusively at the Parties. Typically this will include a shirt. Since the exclusive merchandise only appears during the Party, you can usually find it at or near the registers where the cast members can most easily keep control of it. Try the Emporium for best selection.

The 2015 Halloween party shirt.
The 2015 Halloween party shirt.

How do I know what’s right for me?

The first step is deciding what your priorities are. Are you there to meet characters? Do you want to focus on the unique entertainment? Is collecting a year’s worth of candy your main objective? Do you want ride time with low lines? Each of these scenarios needs a different touring strategy. Once you have have your priorities set, it’s easy to choose a plan.

Jack and Sally have the longest line during Mickey's Halloween Party.
Jack and Sally have the longest line during Mickey’s Halloween Party.

What tips do you have if meeting characters is my main goal?

If meeting characters is your main goal you might want to hunt them down before the party officially starts. Remember, Disney will allow you to enter the party up to three hours prior to the start of the event. If you do want meet characters before the party starts, the main draw will be Jack & Sally and the Disney Villains. During the day, Jack & Sally can be found near the left side of the Haunted Mansion Holiday entrance.

Is Mickey’s Halloween Party worth it?

Every year I tell people that I do not think Mickey’s Halloween Party is worth the money. We get a lot of feedback from attendees that ranges from people saying it was a waste of money, all the way to people saying it was a highlight of their trip. Almost everything offered for the party is also part of a regular park admission, minus the fireworks, dance parties, and candy. Is this worth $70+ to you? To maximize the return on your dollar, think about:

  • Being present for the entire event. Think of it this way: if you pay $70 for your ticket and you stay for a full five hours, you’re spending $14 per hour for your entertainment. If you only stay for three hours, then you’re spending $23 per hour for your entertainment.
  • You’ll have the most “Halloweenish” experience if you focus on events/activities that are unique to the Party. Big Thunder Mountain is the same Big Thunder Mountain with or without a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket. The Halloween Screams fireworks can only be seen at the Party.
  • The lines for the trick or treating are rarely long, particularly later in the evening. Try working in your candy collection when you see a short line on the way to another activity.
  • While some guests will line up for the fireworks 45 minutes or more before start time, to me this is a waste of quality touring time. (And time is money.) Unless you absolutely must be right up front, you can arrive for the parade just a few minutes in advance.
  • Multitask when possible. If you’ve got to wait around for a parade to start, use this time for your food consumption.
  • Parking is included in your Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket.

More information, including ticket options, can be found on the official Disneyland website.

Don’t forget about the Annual Passholder freebie

If you’re a Disneyland Annual Passholder attending Mickey’s Halloween Party be sure to stop by the Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. to obtain your free rice crispy pop and backpack. The theater is also open so passholders can relax for a few minutes before getting back to the party. A nice bonus to this is the classic Halloween Disney cartoons being shown on the screen in the Opera House.

Free stuff for passholders!
Free stuff for passholders!

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015 Map

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So happy haunters, are you planning to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party this year? What are you looking forward to most? Let me know about your strategies, must sees, and must skips? Let us know in the comments below.

Guy Selga Jr.

Hi, I'm Guy Selga. Researcher and blogger for TouringPlans.com. Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. I proudly represent TouringPlans on the west coast. Twitter: @guyselga

30 thoughts on “Updated: What to Expect from 2015 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

  • August 31, 2015 at 10:18 am
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    After years and years of Halloween at WDW, we are doing MNSSHP at DLR this year. This is also our first trip to DLR. I am going in assuming our general approach to WDW MNSSHP will hold up at DLR?

    We will sing “Boo To You” in our heads and will miss the grave diggers and their shovels from the WDW parade.

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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    While I generally agree that camping out for parades and fireworks are a huge cramp on valuable touring time, Paint the Night has brought unprecedented crowds and is a huge draw. Plan at least 20-30 minutes if you really want to see the parade. Otherwise, you may find yourself being directed by Parade & Audience Control Cast Members that all viewing locations are full, please move along.

    • August 31, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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      Correct. Because the party attendance is much less than a typical busy summer night, we expect finding a spot for the parade during a party wont be much of a problem.

      • August 31, 2015 at 8:21 pm
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        My partner and I did MHPs at DL in 2013 and 2014, and both times the park was very crowded. DL also closes some eateries and attractions during MHP, which makes things feel a lot tighter, too, at least until after the fireworks.

  • August 31, 2015 at 1:25 pm
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    I know that people with tickets to MHP get into the park a few hours before the party starts. Are adults allowed to wear costumes during those few hours or are we going to have to invest in lockers and in changing in bathroom stalls?

    • August 31, 2015 at 4:44 pm
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      Yes, adults that have a Halloween Party ticket/wristband will be allowed to enter the park early in a costume. A couple of years ago I asked Disney if an adult with party ticket would be allowed to enter the park in costume at the beginning of the day (my example was 10 am) and they said no, but the three hours before the party is fine.

      • August 31, 2015 at 5:04 pm
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        Thanks!

  • August 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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    I believe you have a number of incorrect dates in your article. (According to WDW website & TP)

  • August 31, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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    Ignore my previous comment. Sorry wrong park, I thought it was WDW.

  • August 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm
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    Any word if the “Halloween Screams” fireworks show will incorporate some of the new projection technology being used for the 60th Anniversary fireworks display? Seems like if they invested in the technology, why not use it – right?

    • August 31, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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      We haven’t heard anything yet but I agree, it would be nice to see the Halloween show get an upgrade.

  • August 31, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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    I love this blog and everything Touring Plans has to offer. Does your program take into consideration the impact of Mickey’s Halloween Party on California Adventure crowds? We are not going to the Halloween Party but are considering hopping over to CA the afternoon of one of the Halloween Party dates. The wait times seem very reasonable (you predict a crowd level of 4 on that day), but do they consider the impact of other park hoppers as well? Thank you!

    • August 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm
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      We’ve found that on most party days the waits at DCA will slightly increase once the party starts. However the crowd may feel a lot worse after all the Disneyland park hoppers enter. I’ve personally experienced that the crowds are large at first but usually disperse after a couple of hours as people find their way to rides and shows.

  • August 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm
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    I like to chime in on your 1st bullet point. (see below your comment)

    Is Mickey’s Halloween Party worth it?

    Being present for the entire event. Think of it this way: if you pay $70 for your ticket and you stay for a full five hours, you’re spending $14 per hour for your entertainment. If you only stay for three hours, then you’re spending $23 per hour for your entertainment.

    Your 3 & 5 hour notations are correct but, your missing the biggest value. If you check in at the earliest time possible your get a full 8 hours in the park at a bargain rate. Then you’ll get a pretty
    good day at the park for less than $10/hour. Considering some spend only about 8 Hours there, you could call that a full day on the cheap even If you don’t partake in the Halloween activities.

    Keep up the good blog

    • August 31, 2015 at 8:25 pm
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      We’ve done it twice and at least for us it isn’t worth it. Unless you’re in costume and really, really into it, you’re spending 70-ish dollars to trick-or-treat in the park. The cavalcade isn’t a major event. And you can’t count on the fireworks, either, since DL often has to shut them down when the wind blows towards residential Anaheim. (We had that happen right before the finale at a DL MHP in 2014, and it’s very disappointing.)

    • September 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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      Good point. Thanks!

  • August 31, 2015 at 9:23 pm
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    This year will be firsts for me at Universal Halloween Horror Nights, Knotts Scary Farm, Mickeys Party, Discovery Kingdom Fright Fest and Gt America Haunt. Have splurged on front of the line passes at the first 2. Disneyland is where I think I’m least likely to get my money’s worth. Having Point the Night is an admission of how underwhelming a “Cavalcade” is, and it is inexcusable that they dont have a propet Halloween parade after yeard of yhis upcharge event. I’m a fireworks guy, and like Halloween enough to go once. But just comparing it to the Magic Kingdom version clearly shows that Anaheim’s offerings fall short.

  • September 1, 2015 at 11:19 am
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    Thanks for the great info – we are going for the first time this year so this was so helpful to give us an idea of what to expect! Iam a little skeptical about your suggestions for the parade/fireworks. I have been at the parks twice since the Paint The Night parade started and saw people camping out a good 2 hours prior, even on days that crowds were supposed to be a 6-7 as you predict for the party. Since we will be with our twin 3 year olds, 30 min to wait is much more reasonable but do you really think it’s realistic? We are going on a Monday night, so hoping that maybe that party won’t be as busy as other nights?

    • September 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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      People do wait a while for the parade during non party nights but there are a lot less people during the parties. On night two of the party I was able to walk about about 25 minutes before the parade and get a great spot.

      • September 30, 2015 at 2:21 am
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        Excellent!

  • September 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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    Forgive me if I’ve missed this, but are the Halloween fireworks exclusive to the party?

    • September 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm
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      Yes, the fireworks are only for guests who purchase a Halloween party ticket.

  • September 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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    Thanks for the great info — we’re going to our first MHP this Friday night (Oct. 2). For us it was worth the price because we are actually not arriving until around 4 so we’ll get a full 8 hours for about the same as it would have cost to add another day to the park hopper we’re using for the rest of our trip. Also as frequent DLR visitors, we will be able to focus on the Halloween-y things and maybe sneak in a few rides with shorter lines. The candy I can take or leave, but I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

    • October 12, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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      Thanks for the comment.

  • October 3, 2015 at 11:44 pm
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    We attended the party on 9/28, the only date that appears not to be a sell out! Indeed, it did not feel crowded at all, which was great. We had dinner at Cafe Orleans at 4:50, and after that was over I hopped in the (no wait) single rider line for Splash Mountain and was off by 6:20pm. Immediately after, we did the two candy trails in Critter Country. I then got in line for Pooh & Friends. Met Rabbit & Tigger (no costumes) by 6:44pm and Pooh (in a bee costume) a minute later. Joined the line for Captain Hook & Mr. Smee at 6:57pm. They rotated out with Peter Pan & Wendy, who we met at 7:28pm. There was no mention of the other “Piratepalooza” on the map. Attempted to meet Mickey & Minnie on Big Thunder Trail immediately after that. It was a disaster. The line did not appear to be of great length but it was barely moving. I waited 60 minutes to make it only 2/3 of the way through, and left at 8:30 when they took their second “cheese break” as I wanted to see Paint the Night. Met Queen of Hearts at 8:45pm as she strolled around Town Square (Tremaine Family was also out and about). Paint the Night was AWESOME. Moved into the street for Halloween Screams and had a very good view even from the Town Square end of things. Main Street wasn’t crowded at all. Following the fireworks, my mom wanted to shop so I was left to guard her scooter (she didn’t want to take it in the store). I kept an eye on the Villains line while the hordes poured out of the park. At 10:15pm, I went to join the line for Hades, Jafar, and Governor Ratcliffe (who apparently rotate with Evil Queen, Maleficant, and Cruella deVil), only to be informed the line had been cut for the evening. That was incredibly disappointing. I felt CMs were stingy with candy, even towards the end of the night. Yes, the fireworks were great, and I was pleased to watch Paint the Night without the huge crowd that would occur the following evening, but altogether, the event was not worth the cost. Also saw no advertisement or information on the Toontown Pre-Party, even when we were *in* Toontown earlier in the day. I thought I read somewhere that it was being discontinued. I will stick with the WDW party in the future.

    • October 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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      I actually went on the same night as you and was also unable to meet the villains as their line was cut every time I attempted to get in it.

  • October 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm
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    Our family attended Friday’s (Oct. 2) party and had a blast. Relatively short lines for rides, easier access to the parade and fireworks, a few characters and, yes, candy. The best part, however, was being in the park at night with all the decorations, folks in costumes and a (family-friendly) party atmosphere. Our daughters (14 and 12) LOVED the excuse to go in costume. Our only disappointment was not connecting with the villains. Seems like they should be spread throughout the park instead of just at town square/main street. Is it worth the cost? I think if you already have annual passes it’s probably not worth it for most families. However, we let our passes lapse and hadn’t visited the park yet this year. So it was definitely worth it to be able to enjoy the park for the evening – we stayed until midnight – and got on all our favorite E-Ticket rides. Since these events are consistently selling out, I think many others probably feel the same way.

    • October 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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      You make some solid points. Thanks for the comment.

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