Why Go To Mickey’s Halloween Party? – Because It’s So Much Fun!

Trick-or-treat IN Disneyland? You bet!

Once again, Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland is almost sold out, even before the first event.  And prices continue to go up each year as the party’s popularity increases.  Just two years ago, prices were only between $77 and $84 and now it’s nearly $20-40 MORE!  But even for the increase in price, even as crowded as it can be, it’s still 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 have the chance to “trick-or-treat” throughout the different lands.  And the candy and treats Disneyland offers aren’t cheap candy like Smarties or Tootsie Rolls (although I think some stations do have them).  They give you the good stuff like Kit Kat and Butterfinger and Snickers.

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 the 2015 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: It’s gone up again! $95 – $120 ( $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 admission to BOTH theme parks!

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

But that’s only part of the treat you get when you attend a night of Mickey’s Halloween Party!  You can also enjoy the special Halloween-only merchandise, attractions, and goodies that come out during Halloween-Time.  There are special souvenirs brought out only during the party.  And this year, they are including souvenir Disney Photo Pass photos as part of your ticket package.  Plus, you can enter the BOTH parks 3 hours before the event to take advantage of food, attractions, and early shopping!  That means you can (try) to ride the revamped Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark attraction while visiting Cars Land’s Haul-O-Ween to ride Mater’s Junkyard Jam-BOO-ree or Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

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 have been pretty short in the past.  When we went last in 2015, 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 and seemingly more crowded than normal during the party, especially with fans of Nightmare Before Christmas. This attraction more than any other draws huge crowds.  And Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy has a special themed overlay only available during Halloween Time.

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 treats and attractions are only part of the fun.  Disneyland puts on a special Halloween fireworks show, and this year they also have a special Frightfully Fun Parade just for party guests.  If you want special reserve seating, you can purchase a “party-only” dining package at none other than Blue Bayou.  For $69 per adult and $29 per child, you are given a three course prix-fixe dinner with starter, entree, and dessert.  When you finish your meal, each person is given a ticket for a special reserved viewing area for the parade.  There is so much to see and do at Mickey’s Halloween Party, you’ll be sure to have a blast.

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