Mickey’s Halloween Party Tips
- Make the most of your time and get to the park early. Mickey’s Halloween Bash is from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am and your Halloween party ticket can get you into the park as early as 4:00 pm. To ensure that we were at the park by 4, we eat a late lunch/early dinner at Storytellers Café in Grand Californian. If you schedule your lunch this way, you make sure that you’re not hungry and you’ll be ready to party. Use this extra time to take pictures of the Halloween decorations throughout the park.
- Toontown opens early for the Halloween party at 6 pm so you can start your party here. There’s a treat trail near the Roger Rabbit ride and can find it as soon as you get into Toontown. There is also a treat trail inside Mickey and Minnie’s houses. However, they won’t be home for photos since they’ll be outside within Toontown for photos. Keep a look out!
- Take advantage of photo opportunities with Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale in their costumes in Toontown. Photo lines are between Roger Rabbit ride and Mickey & Minnie’s houses. Ask a castmember how long the line will take. A castmember that we spoke to gave us a tip that Chip and Dale’s line was short!
- Check the map for all of the treat trail locations. There’s also a treat trail just outside of Toontown where Mickey’s Magical Map show usually is. If you don’t want candy (or don’t want your little ones to have too much sugar), there are bins with other treats. If there was the option, I asked for Pirates Booty, Cheezits, pretzels, apple slices, carrots, apple crisps, graham crackers and Goldfish for the kids.
- You will get a LOT of treats! They’ll hand you a small trick or treating bag as you enter that party, but make sure to bring extra bags. We brought in a couple of reusable shopping bags that we’d pour our treats into. Then we’d use the small bag for the actual trick or treating and deposit into the large bag (kept in the stroller cargo) throughout the night.
- When you leave or enter Toontown, make sure to get a glimpse of Small World. It’s specially lit and decorated for the Halloween party!
- If you want to ride, Halloween party is a good time to since most guests are busy trick or treating or enjoying the Halloween party. You can expect long lines at Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion but not at all like you’re average wait time. Toward the end of the night, Haunted Mansion line was super short.
- Speaking of rides, don’t miss the special Halloween themes such as the Haunted Mansion: Nightmare Before Christmas and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy. On the “scary” scale, I’d rate it a 3. Both my 2 & 3 year old had a blast at the Haunted Mansion.
- Don’t miss the special shows, parades and fireworks that happen only during the Halloween party. These are different from the shows that happen on a non-Halloween party night, so don’t miss them!
- Indulge in some of the Halloween, Fall themed eats at various restaurants throughout both parks. The butterscotch beignets at New Orleans Square were delish! Candy apples and other sweets are also decorated especially for Halloween. Some are too cute to eat!
- Annual Passholder have their own treat trail at the Opera House (Great Moments with Lincoln) on Main St, where you can get your special Annual Pass treat bag.
- Dress up! Embrace the fun of the party and dress in your best Disney best. Note: If you’re 14 and older, no masks and no capes! Be sure to view the costume guidelines on the website to avoid being turned away or asked to modify your costume.
- Take lots of pictures! How often are you, and almost all the guests, in costume while you’re in Disneyland? If you line up at a photo area where there’s a cast member photographer, you can have them take a picture with your phone or camera.
- Enjoy the party! The park is decorated for a Halloween party atmosphere only during that time – lighting, costumes, entertainment, music. Take it all in and enjoy!
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