Review: Mickey’s Halloween Party 2014 – Even better than before!

Treat station signs can be found all over the park
Treat station signs can be found all over the park

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland just keeps getting better and better!  If you don’t have tickets yet, I’m afraid it’s too late.  They’ve all been sold out.  This party simply gets more and more popular every year.  And it’s worth it!  This year we discovered something new.  They opened Toontown an hour early exclusively to party goers.  At 6pm, very organized cast members let the line of people who gathered at the Toontown entrance into the area for some pre-party treats and rides.  For the first full hour, you could go on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Gadget’s Go-Coaster, take photos with Mickey and Minnie, and walk through three exclusive treat lines.  Since Toontown closes at 8pm (just one hour after the party starts) this was an especially great area to be. The best treat line went through Minnie’s and Mickey’s houses where there seemed to be a new cart around every corner.  Many people stopped at the treat line outside of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin first since its the closet one to the Toontown entrance, but the other two were longer and had less wait. And even though there were only two attractions open, the lines were super short – about 5-7 minute at Roger Rabbit and about two minutes for Gadget.

Floating Mickey ghosts (which light up at night) guide you to treat trails
Floating Mickey ghosts (which light up at night) guide you to treat trails

Having filled both of our treat bags completely, once 7pm rolled around and the party officially started, my daughter and I headed out to hit the other attractions in the park. We were able to enjoy the Matterhorn, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, Big Thunder Mountain, Alice in Wonderland (twice), Tarzan’s Treehouse, and Pirates of the Carribean within two hours. Lines for the attractions were very short and only at Big Thunder did we have to wait more than five minutes.  The longest line was of course for Haunted Mansion Holiday (which received two subtle upgrades to enhance the overall experience).  We decided not to wait in line since we were going to take the Happiest Haunts Tour in a couple of days.  Overall, we had filled our bags, gone on every ride we wanted to go on, and had a lot of fun doing it in under three hours.

Even It's A Small World was decked out in Halloween themes
Even It’s A Small World was decked out in Halloween themes

Here are some tips for a great experience:

  • For some early treats and exclusive rides, get over to Toontown when they drop the ropes at 6pm EXCLUSIVELY for party guests
  • Don’t forget to buy your souvenirs and dinner BEFORE the party starts to maximize your time
  • If you’re an annual passholder, make it over to the Opera House to watch Halloween-themed Disney classics and get a tasty treat – we didn’t find out about this until AFTER we came home, so hopefully you’ll tell us how it was!
  • If you miss getting treats early on, go toward the end of the night and you’ll get plenty!

For more tips and tricks about Mickey’s Halloween Party, read my other blog post here.

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