Review: Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015 – Sold Out Again!

Once again, Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland is sold out, long before the last event.  For the price, it’s one of the best values you could ask for at a theme park. Not only is it one of the rare times you can enter the park in costume, but also you have the chance to “trick-or-treat” throughout the different lands.  And you can enjoy the special Halloween-only merchandise, attractions, and treats that come out only during this season.  Plus, you can enter the park 3 hours before the event to take advantage of food, attractions, and early shopping!  This year, Disneyland even added a new premium event inside the event.

Our family at this year's Mickey's Halloween Party - (L to R) me as Russell from UP, Emma as Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service, and Cassie as a science officer from Star Trek
Our family at this year’s Mickey’s Halloween Party – (L to R) me as Russell from UP, Emma as Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Cassie as a science officer from Star Trek

Location: Disneyland
Type: Holiday Event
Specialty: Trick or treating in Disneyland with special features for guests
Cost: $77 – $84 (advance purchase for $69 most days and AP prices as low as $63 – see website for details)
Craig’s Favorite: Short wait for almost any attraction plus private Paint the Night Parade

Hanging with the witches at Toontown! Cast members were in costume for photos but also to help regulate the lines
Hanging with the witches at Toontown! Cast members were in costume for photos but also to help regulate the lines

As they did last year, Disneyland opened Toontown early exclusively to party goers – this time at 5pm.  Folks gathered at the Toontown entrance as friendly cast members regulated the crowds.  For the two hours before the party officially started, you could go on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Gadget’s Go-Coaster, take photos with your favorite characters, 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 Minnie and Mickey line had the least amount of waiting and was probably the longest. 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.

Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy - only available during Halloween Time at Disneyland
Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy – only available during Halloween Time at Disneyland

With the exception of Haunted Mansion Holiday and to a lesser extent Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, the lines for all the attractions were pretty short.  We were able to go on Matterhorn, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, and Big Thunder Mountain in a little over an hour – those same four rides would have taken at least three hours during non-peak hours on a normal day.  Haunted Mansion Holiday is extremely popular especially with fans of Nightmare Before Christmas and draws huge crowds typically.  And Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy has a special themed overlay only available during Halloween Time.  This year, Disneyland introduced an exclusive dinner party featuring special themed music, food, and a special gift called Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou.  At $150 per person, it’s definitely not your typical event nor will it fit into most people’s budget, but it definitely sounds yummy and intriguing.

Sleeping Beauty Castle Halloween overlay
Sleeping Beauty Castle Halloween overlay – instead of doing a visual overlay of It’s A Small World, they did an overlay of the castle timed to themed music

But food and attractions are only part of the fun.  Disneyland puts on a special Halloween fireworks show, and this year they also ran the Paint the Night Parade just for party guests.  While you waited, you could watch the castle overlay with animation timed to themed music.  Again, there was a special treat for Annual Passholders at the Opera House on Main Street USA as well as the chance to watch some movies and shorts.  And Halloween merchandise is as popular as ever.  If you’re looking for something and you see it, it’s a good idea to get it just in case it runs out.  Read the Disney Nerds post on tips for a great Mickey’s Halloween Party experience!  If you are still going, hope you have a wonderful time.

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