Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Ask It: Best Holiday Park Decorations

by on November 8, 2017

It is an amazing feat of logistics to watch the Disney parks seemingly overnight go from full-on This is Halloween to a Winter Wonderland. Each has its own charm and brings delight to everyone. Castles covered in icicles, or Cars Land filled with Halloween spirit. Scarecrows in Town Square or the giant Christmas trees all around. Can you pick a favorite between the two? That brings us to this week’s Ask It:

Which holiday season gets the best decorations at a Disney theme park?

  • Christmas (84%, 366 Votes)
  • Halloween (16%, 72 Votes)

Total Voters: 438

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The question is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your answers next week. In the meantime, feel free to share your views in the comments.

Daisy’s Best Week Ever, October 26, 2017: 46 Hours in California

by on October 26, 2017

Hello, friends! I’ve just returned from a wild adventure that I’m so excited to share with you. When new Halloween events were announced at Disney’s California Adventure, we started trying to make a trip to the west coast happen. Unfortunately, between other plans and work we just couldn’t find a time… Until we realized we had one glorious weekend to squeeze in just 46 hours at the happiest place on Earth! The Headless Horseman was our first hint that we’d make a good decision.

If I’m being honest, the entire reason we wanted to visit so much were the decorations in Cars Land. We’re huge fans of this area and really wanted to see the new changes. This sign greets guests as they enter to wish them a Happy Haul-O-Ween. I’m glad I snapped a photo first thing in the morning because this spot had a long Photopass line the entire rest of the day!

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Ask It Results: Do You Dress Up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

by on October 18, 2017

There’s a rumor that fall temperatures will be starting to sneak into the Central Florida area very soon. And, as a result, retailers have started bringing out all their Christmas decorations. But fear not, because we still have time left before Halloween gets here! And best of all, it will actually feel more comfortable for those who are spending the evening at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. With Halloween on the mind, last week we asked you:

Do You Dress Up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

Here’s your results.

Yes (485 votes, 57%)

Not too many people go to Disney (or go more than once to Disney) unless they have some child-like joy inside of them. And what child doesn’t like a chance to play dress up? Halloween gives that great excuse to get back to that favorite childhood pastime. For one night, everyone is a kid–wearing costumes, going trick-or-treating. It’s the whole package that makes the night extra magical. And costumes don’t have to be all over the top. Many people said that “normal” plain-colored shirts, shorts, and pants along with special hats, headbands, or mouse ears allow for a costume experience without much hassle. Some of the most memorable costumes I’ve seen at Disney Halloween parties (both east and west coast) excel in creativity matched with simplicity and practicality. There aren’t too many other times when you get a chance to dress up, so why not make the most of it for this one night? Speaking of, make sure you read to the end to see some of TouringPlans writers in their costumes…

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Top 10 Disneyland Resort Halloween Food Items

by on October 10, 2017

Disneyland Resort went all out with special limited-time Halloween food this year. What’s worth trying? What should you avoid? Read below for my top 10 Disneyland Resort Halloween food items.

10. Cozy Cone Motel Soft Serve Ice Cream with Orange Sprinkles 

The core of this treat is still the standard soft-serve ice cream that you can purchase all year at Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. But the appeal of “eating the season” can not be understated here. First off, soft-serve ice cream is delicious. Second, strolling around Cars Land while eating ice cream covered in bright orange just feels right.

9. Various Treats from Candy Palace on Main Street and Trolley Treats 

Look at the treats pictured above and I think you’ll agree that the candy artists of Disneyland Resort will never receive the amount of praise that they deserve. Sure, underneath it all is standard cake pops, Rice Crispy treats, and marshmallows. But wow, it’s like eating art. I especially like the mummy Mickey.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 29, 2017

It’s a great time to be at Disneyland Resort! Halloween decor is up all over the resort and the festivities are in full swing.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo: James Rosemergy

Halloween season is upon us at the Disneyland Resort now, and if you’re a fan of all things spooky, now is a great time for a visit. As per usual, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy are available this week and through the end of October, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a Halloween makeover as well. In the evenings, it transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. Expect long lines in the evenings for this attraction, and snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can.  The attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

Mickey’s Halloween Party continues this week, and will be happening on Tuesday and Friday.  Make sure you check out Guy’s preview for all of the details, and to learn how to get the most out of it. Note that this week’s parties are sold out (as are all other parties this season). There is, of course, special merchandise available in conjunction with the parties.

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Updated: What to Expect from 2017 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

by on September 21, 2017

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 Halloween parade with an appearance by a horseback-riding headless horseman,  trick-or-treating, and more. In this post we’ll talk about what to expect from 2017 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.

Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place in Disneyland on select nights in the fall, typically running from late September until Halloween. In 2017, the party dates are September 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 and October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, and 31.

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

What time is the Party?

Officially the Party starts at 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 Disneyland (OR Disney California Adventure, which is a new perk for 2017) 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:

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Halloween Time Expands to Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in Fun Ways

by on August 31, 2017

Disney California Adventure is absolutely getting in on the Halloween fun this year. With the brand new mission on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! called Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, as well as fun new decor for both Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, it’s sure to be a spooktacular time! With Halloween Time rapidly approaching (it starts on September 15), we have a brief glimpse at what Guests will be able to expect this year.

First, the main entryway for Disney California Adventure will be seeing some already announced Nightmare Before Christmas themed decor, but that’s not all. There will also be a new 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow! He will be holding his jack-o’-lantern head and will haunt Carthay Circle. If you’re a character fan, you’ll want to catch Mickey Mouse dressed as a bat, Goofy as a ghost, and Daisy Duck dressed as a witch. There will also be new, themed background music that further creates the appropriately eerie, but still fun, mood.

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, August 31, 2017: It’s Halloween Everybody?

by on August 31, 2017

Unless one very lucky reader out there is the one that won PowerBall last week, most of us probably are looking at our tickets and thinking “That’s okay, I usually don’t win anything anyhow.” Last week, I saw a Disney Parks Blog contest for tickets to the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year, and so I entered expecting my chances to be about equal to that of PowerBall. Well, luck was with me for that! I won tickets for two….for my family of three. (Awkward.) A few credit card charges later, I had tickets for the third in my party, and our “free” Halloween Party and dessert party was set (for a cost of $150). We had gone last year just to the party and had a blast, but were planning to skip this year. I really can’t turn down a chance to go to this party, though. Feel free to tag along… if we can have Christmas in July, why not Halloween in August, right?

This was the scene when we arrived. An unnamed tropical system (not related to the devastating effects of Harvey) had been sitting over Florida for several days, and so storm clouds were solidly predicted for this night as well. Still, we decided to press on, as it had been rainy when we went last year and miraculously cleared right at the start of the party. Besides, how can you not be excited seeing those giant inflatable pumpkins on the autoplaza?

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Touring Plan Review

by on August 28, 2017

August 25th was the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party for 2017. I volunteered my wife and myself to test out the premium touring plan, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for Parents with Small Children (Focus on Treats). It’s a great touring plan if you’ve already covered most of the Magic Kingdom. The primary focus of the touring plan is on meeting characters, trick-or-treating, and the activities that can only be found during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It also includes tips for finding great viewing spots for the 9:15 pm Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade and 10:15 pm HalloWishes fireworks show.

The touring plan has been updated after our experience. We found the plan was very ambitious. Most of our touring plans are designed using our software and historical data, however with unique character meet and greets in this event, the wait times can vary dramatically. This plan is more of a strategy to navigate the Halloween party, rather than a precise itinerary.

The plan starts in Adventureland for character meet and greets and trick-or-treating before the 9:15 pm parade. After the parade, we squeezed in a ride on the Haunted Mansion before heading to Main Street to see HalloWishes. Then it is off to Tomorrowland and Fantasyland for more characters and candy.

It has been a few years since I did the Halloween party but very little has changed.  The markers for the trick-or-treat locations have been changed from a Mickey Ghost to a colorful Mars|Wrigley branded marker. Disney has added multiple party-exclusive Magic Shots, Animated Magic Shots, and photo opportunities from the Disney PhotoPass service. The candy path that went from New Fantasyland to Space Mountain is no more. The top-off candy at the exit at the end of the party has also departed. (But have no fear–with trick or treating, you can still get a full bag of candy by the end of the night.)

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What We Learned

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 + Video

by on August 22, 2017

We’re finally approaching my favorite time of the year: FALL!

I love it all: the cooler weather, colorful leaves (here in MN at least) and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

To see what ghoulish festivities this year’s party has in store for you, click on the video below!

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