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Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

Disneyland Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party

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Our frog family loves going to Halloween Time at Disneyland. It's one of the best times of the year to visit! Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are outfitted with decorations, banners, lighting, characters in Halloween costumes and other treats. Disneyland Halloween Time generally runs mid-September through Halloween every year. Mickey’s Halloween Party — which is not all that scary and a whole lot of fun — runs on select nights at Disneyland Park during Halloween Time. For 2018, Disneyland Halloween Time runs Sept. 7 through Oct. 31. Our frog squad just returned from hopping about both parks and Mickey’s Halloween Party. We have all the insider scoop on this year's festivities! Read on for more details, including tasty treats, ticket prices and Mickey's Halloween Party dates.

While some of the festivities are included with Halloween Time, Mickey's Halloween Party is a separate ticket. You do not need regular park admission, but you must purchase a party ticket to attend. If you wish to enter Disneyland more than three hours before party time, you will need a regular ticket too. These parties are very popular, so purchase tickets in advance.

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Overview of Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

The Disneyland Halloween fun runs from Sept. 7 through Oct. 31, 2018. September and October are generally better times of the year to visit Disneyland, but Halloween Time brings visitors, especially on weekends. Visit early in September and on a weekday if you can. The earlier you go in the season, the lighter the crowds seem to be. So what can you expect?

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Main Street USA

Disneyland is exploding with Halloween decorations. Fall colors of yellow and orange abound, with pumpkins aplenty, especially on Main Street. As you stroll down Main Street, you will find hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale will be greeting guests in their Halloween costumes.

In Frontierland, you will find a traditional Dia de los Muertos skeleton display and an homage to Disney fan and author Ray Bradbury in the Halloween Tree. The tree, near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, was inspired by Bradbury's novel "The Halloween Tree" and features orange glowing lights and jack-o-lanterns hanging from its branches. It's especially beautiful at night.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Dia de los Muertos Display

You can see decorated skeletons for Dia de los Muertos in front of the Rancho del Zocalo Mexican restaurant in Frontierland, one of the our favorite quick-service restaurants. As you move toward New Orleans Square, you can meet Jack Skellington and Sally before moving to the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a ride overlay that runs through both Halloween time and Holiday time.

Halloween at Disney California Adventure

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Vampirina at Disney California AdventureDisney California Adventure offers a few grim grinning ghouls and ghosts of its own. Oogie Boogie’s oversized shadow haunts the Main Entrance of Disney California Adventure. Head over to the Headless Horseman Statue on Buena Vista Street. Beware of the bats swarming around the Carthay Circle Bell Tower! This year, Disney Junior star Vampirina is greeting guests during Halloween Time in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure — we promise she won’t bite!

Prepare for Cars Land to roll into the Halloween spirit with holiday decor, music and characters dressed in fun “car-tumes.” Muffle your screams on Luigi’s Rollickin' Roadsters and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree as they put a new spin on Halloween Time.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure

Any "Coco" fans out there? You won't want to miss visiting the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Tree of Life at Disney California AdventureDo activities like free crafts, color a mask or record a family memory. Other fun things to do include trying out the special angel wing photo walls and Tree of Life photo location. Learn about Dia de los Muertos, sample Mexican food or catch a showing of A Musical Celebration of Coco. You can also get your face painted, for a fee. The Plaza de la Familia will be open through Nov. 4.

Get ready to #SaveGroot at Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. The Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction gets into the Halloween spirit during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. Each evening, the attraction transforms into a new experience that continues the story of the daytime ride, but now guests need to help Rocket Raccoon save Groot. It’s a lot scarier than the daytime ride with a heavy metal soundtrack, so consider that if you have tadpoles who are just tall enough to ride the daytime version. They might find Monsters After Dark to be too much.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark Wait Times

This is a very popular ride!

It’s tricky to figure out how to get a FASTPASS. It requires vigilantly checking return times being distributed for the daytime. Once the return window reaches 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., it will automatically skip to a window that is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. That’s because the ride shuts down at 4 p.m. for a while before the switch and reopens at 5 p.m. The FASTPASS will still say Guardians of the Galaxy, but if it is for after 5 p.m., it's for the Monsters after Dark version. Return times disappear as if being chased by a monster, so keep your eye on this by checking the Disneyland app to see distribution times. You can acquire a paper FASTPASS or use MaxPass to reserve.

Characters at Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits in both parks. Jack and Sally have the same location as the past two years in New Orleans Square near the Royal Street Veranda. The best time to arrive is in the morning before they start greeting.

Jack is awesome — really engaging and a great personality — definitely a must-do if you can time it right!

You might spot other villains in Adventureland and Fantasyland, but mostly they make appearances during Mickey's Halloween Parties. They tend to make more appearances as Halloween gets closer. Cruella DeVille sometimes stomps around near the entrance to the park and Main Street. This year Disney Junior star Vampirina greets guests at Disney California Adventure.

Rides at Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

There are special changes to certain rides during Disney Halloween Time. We already mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark at Disney California Adventure. One of the most popular rides is Haunted Mansion, which is converted to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Wait times for Haunted Mansion Holiday are significantly longer than at other times of the year, so we recommend you make this one of your priorities before 10 a.m. or get a FASTPASS.

Tad finds Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy especially thrilling. Space Mountain always sees higher waits, but especially so during Halloween Time, so you'll want to make this one a first stop in the park. Or better yet, use FASTPASS.

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Cars Land

In “Radiator Screams,” Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters are parading as Luigi’s Honkin’ Halloween. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree has been transformed into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree. Both rides have several Halloween-themed songs and decorations throughout the Halloween season.

Attending Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Frog Fans in Costumes!

Mickey’s Halloween Party is one of our favorites! Party-goers get to meet more rare characters, wear costumes, enjoy special entertainment and trick-or-treat! Party guests can enter the park up to three hours ahead of the official party kickoff. Guests can enjoy both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for those three hours, although the party festivities are only happening at Disneyland. Guests receive free Disney PhotoPass photos during the event and unlimited PhotoPass downloads for party photos for up to 45 days. (Note: if you ask for any Halloween Magic Shots, it can take a few days for the magic elements to appear in photos.) Ride lines tend to be much shorter than usual during the party, and if you download the Disneyland app you can take advantage of Disney MaxPass in either park up to three hours before party start time (although FASTPASS does not operate during the actual party.

Disneyland Halloween Time - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Treat Trail

Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 Dates & Times

September 19, 21, 24, 26, 28

October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29, 31

For Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday dates, the party hours are 6:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday hours are 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Parking is no longer included in the cost of the ticket, and there are longer lines getting into the parking lots. If you are driving, plan on up to an hour and a half to exit the freeway, park and take a shuttle or bus to the entrance, especially on a Friday. No joke. We recommend parking in the Toy Story lot to avoid the lines getting into the Mickey and Friends structure, although you can expect some lines when entering security from the Harbor Boulevard entrance.

Friday nights typically sell out first (in fact, all Fridays are currently sold out online and dates during Columbus week), but all of the nights may likely sell out. If the tickets for the Halloween party are sold out online, there is still hope. Disney has in the past reserved a few via phone after Internet sales are gone. Call by phone 714-781-4400 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST.

Tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 went on sale June 5 for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members. On June 12, tickets went on sale for the general public. The cost for advance tickets are $95-$130. Day-of tickets were $105-$130. Annual passholder discounts apply to some weeknights.

Tickets are not refundable and may not be resold. There is a limit of eight tickets per person ages 3 and older, per event date. Go here to purchase!

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018 Entering and Exiting

Disneyland Halloween Time - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Party Signs

The party takes place inside Disneyland after the park closes, but party guests can normally enter either park up to three hours earlier (4 p.m. for a 7 p.m. party start time). Party-goers are given wristbands, and only those with wristbands can stay in Disneyland Park after 7 p.m. (or party start time). They check for wristbands all throughout the night, as well as one hour before park closing announcements are made. As regular park hours come to a close, cast members begin ushering out guests who don't have wristbands.

When you enter Disneyland Park before the party, there are two entrance areas: one for daytime guests and one for the special event. When you enter as a party guest, they put a colored bracelet on your wrist with the date and # of the party. For example, Sept. 19 would be #1. The area in which you collect your treat bag is roped off from the guests using the general entrance. Guests who are in the park all day do not have to exit the park to get their bracelet. There are check-in points in the park. Ask cast members for the closest one.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 at Disneyland - Treat bags

Guests without a wristband can stay in the park until the party starts. If they are already in line for a ride when the party starts, they will stay in line until they ride and then be ushered toward the exit. There are many Disney employees with thin ropes, separating areas of the park. From Main Street U.S.A. to other lands, they check your wristband before letting you pass. When you enter a ride, photo or trick-or-treat area, they check for bracelets. They check for wristbands along the parade route repeatedly.

Hold on to your ticket if you exit!

Early Party Fun in Mickey's ToonTown

Disneyland Halloween Time Party 2018 - Line in Toontown

Let's get this party started quickly! Mickey's Halloween Party gets going an hour early in ToonTown. They have three trick-or-treat stations. One winds through Minnie’s and Mickey’s houses. Another through Donald’s boat. Mickey and Minnie and all their friends greet guests in ToonTown from an hour before party time to 7 or 8 p.m. Visiting ToonTown early is a great idea to extend your party time, especially if you have little ones who can’t make it out too late. Plus, your candy bags will be full by the time the party officially starts. You'll be gobblin' candy before the party officially gets going.

Visiting Disney California Adventure During the Party

Disneyland Halloween Time 2018 - Trunk or Treat

A new “treat” has been extended to party guests. Your Mickey's Halloween Party ticket allows you to visit to visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (the official party is only at Disneyland). Entry begins three hours before the party start time. This means you'll have time to see Haul-o-Ween and the other Halloween activities at Disneyland California Adventure.

Halloween Party guests will be able to stay inside Disney California Adventure up until closing time. Depending on the day, this can be one to three hours before Mickey's Halloween Party ends. When DCA closes, you’ll need to head over to Disneyland. There is so much to see that fitting both parks in is quite ambitious. We only recommend it you absolutely cannot visit Disney California Adventure on another day.

Costumes at Mickey's Halloween Party 2018

Disneyland Halloween Time - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Queen of Hearts CostumeAll guests can wear family-friendly costumes to the party. Sometimes in the past we have all dressed in theme (one year we were pirates, aargh!). Guests can dress as their favorite character or anything they like, as long as it fits the guidelines.

Costume guidelines for everyone:

  • Guests who dress as Disney characters cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
  • Costumes cannot have sharp or pointed objects and cannot have materials that could strike another guest.
  • Costumes may not drag on the ground.
  • Layered costumes and costumes that surround the entire body are discouraged and may be subject to additional screening.
  • Costumes may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain weapons that could be mistaken for actual weapons.

Many adults wear costumes, and the guidelines do not seem to limit any fun. There are certain rules for guests ages 14 and older:

  • Capes cannot go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are allowed.
  • Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headware cannot cover the face.
  • Masks are not allowed, except for medical purposes.

Guidelines for guests 13 and younger:

  • They can wear some masks — eyes must be visible and the mask cannot cover entire face.
  • Costumes, like princess dresses, cannot drag on the ground.
  • No props that look like real weapons. Plastic light sabers and plastic swords are okay.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 Characters

Disneyland Halloween Time - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 Characters - Maleficents

Besides the villains, many characters are out greeting guests. This year, you could meet the Queen of Hearts, Gaston, the Wicked Queen from Snow White, Cruella De Ville, Hades, Maleficent and others in front of the train station and stalking about that area. There are dramatic backdrops, and two villains work at a time. They each have their separate line, and they take breaks from greeting to perform in the parade. Other villains and characters are on the move, visiting with guests. We saw Donald, Super Goofy, Chip, Dale, Mary Poppins, Bert, Governor Ratcliffe, and more. There was music and projections on the buildings along Main Street and on the castle for most of the party!

Disneyland Halloween Time - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Donald Duck and Pal

Jack Skellington and Sally greet guests in New Orleans. The line is long, but they spend a long time with each guest. They get down on the ground for tadpoles and are super sweet. You can meet your favorite Disney pals in ToonTown starting an hour before the party starts. You’ll find Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Max in Toon Town. Mickey and Minnie are also at Rancho del Zocalo. You can meet some princesses in Fantasy Faire — including rare princesses. Jungle friends can be discovered in Adventureland. Winnie the Pooh and friends are in Critter Country. You could also meet some pirate pals, such as Captain Jack Sparrow, or other pirate pals, on the Frontierland dock. Pixar friends danced in the dance party at Tomorrowland Terrace. You could find Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland after following the trick-or-treat trail that leads you in. Keep an eye out for characters attending Mickey's Halloween Party 2018!

Characters - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

You can use the party park map and the Disneyland Park app to locate your favorite characters. The trick-or-treat trail by the Fantasyland Theatre leads to a character greet area that may include Chip and Dale or Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar.

Trick-Or-Treating

Tad and Lily’s favorite part of Mickey’s Halloween Party is the trick-or-treating in the park. We all receive so much candy (yes, adults get to trick-or-treat too!) that we can barely carry it all. Moms, relax — there are also healthy goodies. Carrots, apple slices, dried apples, and snacks like graham crackers, pretzels, Pirate’s Booty, and dried cranberries are part of the mix. A cast member will provide you with a bag for trick-or-treating when you enter the park, but we always bring our own bigger bags. A stroller also makes a great tool for hauling around your loot. With the park open late, younger guests and toddlers with tired legs will appreciate taking a seat in a stroller. The provided bag is small, making it easy to fill quickly, but if you want more, bring your own bag or buy a larger, sturdier bag at Disneyland.  You might save trick or treating for later so you don’t have to carry all your loot around — plus the lines will be shorter late at night. We stashed our candy stash in a locker (with sweatshirts and other items) for safekeeping and to lighten the load.

Rides

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party 2018

FASTPASS does not operate during the party, but wait times are much lighter. FASTPASS is available during the three hours before the party starts. Good news! MaxPass works with your party ticket in the three hours before the party starts in either park. PhotoPass benefits come with it too. Be sure to download the Disneyland app and link your ticket just in case you want to use it. If you are an Annual Passholder with MaxPass benefits, be sure to use your party ticket to reserve rides and scan your party ticket for FASTPASS return (before the party starts). Unless you re-enter the park with your annual pass, the MaxPass on your pass will not work because it does not recognize that you are in the park.

These rides are expected to be open during Mickey's Halloween Party (check current ride refurbishments):

Jungle Cruise

Indiana Jones Adventure

Pirates of the Caribbean

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Splash Mountain

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Pinocchio's Daring Journey

Snow White's Scary Adventures

King Arthur Carrousel

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Peter Pan's Flight

Mad Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland

Storybook Land Canal Boats

"It's a small world"

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Gadget's Go Coaster

Autopia

Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy

Star Tours—The Adventures Continue

Astro Orbitor

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Disneyland Railroad

Mickey's Halloween Party Entertainment

Headless Horseman in Frightfully Fun Parade at Mickey's Halloween Party 2018

The Frightfully Fun Villain parade usually runs at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., with the Headless Horseman leading the way about 10 minutes before the parade gets going. Fireworks are at 9:35 p.m. Watch out for an appearance by Vampirina in this year's parade. Vee is the star of the hit Disney Junior series Vampirina.

Last year we hopped in place on the parade route near the castle about an hour and a half before the parade time. The first parade runs from "it's a small world" to the park entrance. The second parade runs the opposite direction. The second parade is easier to secure viewing with a much shorter wait. If you watch the first parade, we recommend finding a spot that is near the castle an hour to an hour and a half before the parade so you can easily hop into the street for the fireworks as soon as the parade ends. Other areas like further down Main Street or by “it’s a small world” fill in later.

Most people want to see the castle for the fireworks show. Traditionally, the projection only occurred on the castle, but now the Halloween Screams projection is also at “it’s a small world,” which means you can spend less time securing a spot in front of the castle and spend more time partying. The “it’s a small world” viewing location will be significantly less crowded than the castle location. Hop in place for the fireworks in front of “it’s a small world” after the first parade passes, even if you don't watch the parade. This way, you will see the projection on the façade of “it’s a small world” and fireworks off to the left over towards Toontown.

There is a dinner package at the Blue Bayou that gives you a preferred viewing of the parade. The reserved sections are roped off on either side of the street from Refreshment Corner towards the traffic circle in front of the castle. They are pretty good for viewing the fireworks, as long as you jump in place and have a good view of the castle after the parade passes. Watch out for those view-blocking trees. For the second parade, we hopped in place across the street from the Mad Hatter about 10 minutes before parade time and got a great view of the start of the parade. Then we hit the empty trick-or-treat trail through the secret passageway to the left of the Mad Hatter to easily get back into the heart of the park while the parade wound its way through the streets.

The Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular only happens during Mickey’s Halloween Party. The only viewing spot for the entire show with projection is in front of the castle.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Cadaver Dans on the Water

There is plenty of other entertainment. If you like music and dancing you may find live entertainment in Tomorrowland. Last year, Jedi Training took place at the Galactic Grill with three shows. The Cadaver Dans performed on a raft in the foggy Rivers of America. It is worth checking out as you hit the trick-or-treat area in front of the water. Over in Tomorrowland, your little dancers will shake their Oogie Boogies out at the Pixar Pals Halloween Party AND get to dance and spend time with their favorite Pixar characters from “Monsters Inc.,” “Toy Story,” “Up” and “The Incredibles.”

Mickey's Halloween Party Tips

Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Sleeping Beauty Castel

1. Plan to watch the Halloween Screams fireworks near the castle or “it’s a small world” if you want to see projection. The castle location will require investing more time in getting a good viewing spot than “it’s a small world.” Because the Frightfully Fun Parade precedes the fireworks, get to a spot on the parade route that has a good view of the castle about 90 minutes before parade time. Or see the later parade without having to stake out an early spot. After the parade ends, quickly jump into the street for good fireworks viewing location. Watch out for trees blocking the view. Enjoy the pre-show projection on the castle and music while you wait. If you love fireworks and don't care about projection, you can see the fireworks with plenty of space in front of Rivers of America, as well as further back on Main Street U.S.A. They do not do projection for Halloween Screams there, but they do play the music and voices. Alternate locations are good for people who don't want to fight the crowds or wait a long time.

2. Avoid long treat lines. While some areas have long waits, others do not. If the treat trail you come to has a long line, keep going! We love the trails that are on the path to an area we are heading.

3. Avoid rides in the beginning of the party (or use FASTPASS). Ride times drop significantly after the daytime guests trickle out of the park. Visit your favorite characters first instead. Unique characters you can’t see every day can be found at Frontierland, Villains Square, the Royal Theatre and other spots around the park. When we arrived right when the gates were opened, we encountered so many Disney characters and villains near the entrance to Main Street U.S.A.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Toontown with Minnie and Daisy

4. Visit Toontown early. Toontown is closed to the public but opens just for party guests an hour before party time. There you will find trick-or-treat stations and many characters, including Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald and Daisy in their Halloween costumes. This is great for families with younger tadpoles who don't stay up late.

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland 2018 - Scarecrow

5. Consider renting a locker to store sweatshirts, heavy candy bags or other items you don’t want the entire night.

Magic Shot at Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Disneyland Halloween Time 2018

6. Take some PhotoPass shots and ask for special Halloween Magic Shots. The downloads are included in your party ticket although they may take some time to load.

Is Mickey's Halloween Party worth it?

Disneyland Halloween Time - Mickey's Halloween Party 2018 - Hitchhiking Ghosts in Frightfully Fun Parade

Mickey's Halloween Party is now about the price of a one-day ticket and does not include parking. In some cases, the price is closer to peak pricing so you have to decide if it's worthwhile. The party offers unique entertainment and character interactions plus the chance to wear a costume and go trick-or-treating. With candy, great access to special characters and exciting entertainment, we think it's a great time. Plus ride times are quite short. As a bonus, all of your PhotoPass party downloads are included in the price of your ticket.

We love that Disney does not oversell the party. Food lines are short and tables are easy to find. Just check restaurant closing times on the app—some restaurants close early and some are open the entire time. If you love Halloween, seeing costumes, meeting characters and special effects, then this party is for you. We would not buy daytime admission and a party ticket though — it just wouldn't fit the budget for a one-day visit. Plus the party makes it a really late night — you’ll need to rest up to make it until the end. Save the Halloween Party for a date you are not visiting the parks. If you want to experience all aspects of the party, there won’t be a lot of time for rides, even though the lines are short.

Who's ready for Mickey's Halloween Party and Disneyland Halloween Time? Have a question about either event? Read more in comments or drop us a line!

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Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 29, 2018 at 12:37 a.m. Maria Nunez Says...

Wondering when Halloween Decor comes down, before Christmas goes up?

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Halloween decor comes down very early November (after the Halloween festivities are over for the year) and immediately replaced with Christmas decor :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2018 at 7:27 p.m. Allie Says...

I go to DL at least once per year (we are in NorCal). This was my first visit at Halloween. I am going to chalk this visit up to experience, because I learned a lot. One, if you don't have a ticket to Mickey's Halloween Party, I wouldn't plan on visiting the parks (unless you plan on ending your day by 7pm). Once DL closes and everyone migrates to CA Adv, the fast passes (Max Pass was useless at this point) run out and the lines are LOOOOOOONG. The wait for Guardians was 180 minutes (3 HOURS!), Incredicoaster and Radiator Springs took turns breaking down (they were both down a lot during our trip), which fed into the lines of other rides. We waited in line for 40 minutes for Ariel, which I have never done, as this is a fast moving line. I have never seen CA so packed in my life. If I ever go back in October, I would take the Halloween party day as an opportunity to visit the beach---and relax a bit. Fortunately, I had a 3 day park hopper, so we were able to get on most of the rides on the other 2 days. The crowds at Halloween seemed to be more intense than in the early weeks of December. I am not writing this to be negative (because I LOVE Disney!), but hope others might learn a thing or two from my experience. (and, on Friday---it was 92 degrees. UGH!!)

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Oct 16, 2018 at 1:53 p.m. Michelle Says...

Really trying to get tickets to Mickey's Halloween party on Oct 31st. Any idea on who would still have tickets? Anyone online? Help!

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Oct 16, 2018 at 7:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

In the past, Disney has reserved a few via phone after Internet sales are gone. Call by phone 714-781-4400 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST. We would try there!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 3, 2018 at 3:55 a.m. Gary Says...

Hi just wondering why you suggest to go to toon town 1 hour earlier, it seems like thats when there will be a line? Does it make sense to go later when the line decapitates? Also my thought was to visit CDA in the extended first 3 hours, then go over to DL, does that make sense? Lastly it looks tickets are sold out on the official site, does this site have an extra batch of tickets - I see you can buy them here too but unsure if it's just placing an order or if it's an actual live purchase.

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Oct 5, 2018 at 2:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

The party gets started in Toon Town an hour early, so if you are anxious to go trick or treating and meet the characters, you can do that before the event begins. It also makes it an earlier night for little ones. If you would rather experience regular Disneyland or DCA before the party starts, you can definitely do that instead ... DCA is very well decorated for Halloween, although there are no party elements happening there. Note the Toon Town closing time if you wish to visit because it does close early due to fireworks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2018 at 7:42 p.m. Karen Says...

Hi

We are at DL over the week of Halloween but are not going to the party. Do you know if a place that our kiddos can trick or treat in Halloween? They are 9 and 11. Thanks.

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Unfortunately, trick-or-treating is only available at Disneyland during the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2018 at 9:43 p.m. Geri709 Says...

Do you need tickets to go the Halloween Parade. Can’t find anything about that. I was told I Met’s are needed but don’t know where to purchase them.

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, Mickey's Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2018 at 7:46 p.m. Missy Says...

Hi, My family bought tickets for Misckeys not so scary Halloween party and I we not to buy mine a few days later and they are sold out!

Help I need to go it is for my grandsons and we can not miss it. Is there any way I will be able to get tickets??

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Missy!

We recommend checking date availability on our discounted event tickets. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 3, 2018 at 9:01 p.m. Darnell Says...

Is the link site you provided legit? I saw you can still purchase tickets for the Disney Halloween event there although Disney's site indicates its already sold out. Please let me know as I wanted to buy tix for the 23rd. Thanks.

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darnell!

Disney has in the past reserved a few via phone after Internet sales are gone. Call by phone 714-781-4400 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:45 p.m. SB Says...

Is there a forum where people can purchase tickets for people who bought them but can no longer attend the special party?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 2:48 p.m. Jamie Says...

We have tickets to the Mickeys halloween party for Friday October 5th.This is our first time to Disney. Im confused as to what it includes. Very confused. Does this include the monsters after dark? Is there a schedule of events and times somewhere?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

Yes, Mickey's Halloween Party features special entertainment and trick-or-treating. Here are some additional details!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2018 at 5:21 a.m. Crystal Says...

Hello love the review we are going to be going october 23. We luckly got reservations for the mickeys halloween party dinner package at the blue bayou. This is our first time going to disney ever. I would so appreciate if you can review how the dinner package is and if its better to do the dinner package and do later parade so that way we can watch the fireworks in a perfect spot or should we do parade in the vip section and then jump to watch fireworks please help!!!

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Oct 3, 2018 at 11:06 p.m. Andrew Says...

I'll be doing exactly the same that day! I think based on my previous knowledge of Disney and the location rumored for the viewing of the parade that it'll be fairly easy to get a good spot to watch the fireworks afterwards. There will be a bunch of people in that area of course, but it's not physically far from the prime fireworks viewing location... maybe just shuffling a bit to make sure your sight line is clear.

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

We've heard that the parade viewing area is by Refreshment Corner, so we would recommend seeing the first parade and then jump into the middle of the street after the parade and stand in Main Street in the section behind the circle with the Partner’s Statue and get a good view of fireworks. That’s our recommendation ... eat early and see the first parade and jump in place for fireworks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2018 at 2:56 a.m. Katherine Says...

Thank you so much for the tip to call if the tickets are sold out! I waited too long and thought we were sunk-called the number and they magically found us tickets! You absolutely saved our trip!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Sep 29, 2018 at 7:50 p.m. Missy Says...

Hi, what number did you call??? I am desperate my family got their tickets and I went to buy ours and they were sold out.

Thank you!

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Sep 19, 2018 at 9:51 p.m. Karin Says...

Were you calling California Disneyland for Halloween tx on a sold out night? If so what # did you call. We are faced with same issue.

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Sep 16, 2018 at midnight Olivia Says...

Hi, I plan to purchase a Halloween Party Ticket for Oct 29. We just want to attend for the party. So to confirm we only need to purchase the party ticket and we get into Disneyland at 6pm and enjoy rides and the party until closing time? We don’t need to purchase a separate enterence ticket if we are only going to the Halloween party at 6m correct? Does this party ticket also allow us to enter 3 hours earlier than 6pm for Disneyland or California Adventure also? Thanks

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia!

That is correct - you only need a party ticket to get into Disneyland for the party :) No separate entrance ticket required. Yes, the party ticket also allows you to enter 3 hours earlier.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. Constance Fletcher Says...

I asked a Disney cast member about: Guests receive free Disney PhotoPass photos during the event and unlimited PhotoPass downloads for party photos for up to 45 days. She said you have to buy the photos, they are not included. Who is correct?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Constance!

Only Disney PhotoPass photos captured during the event can be downloaded from your Disney account as many times as you want, for 45 days after capture.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2018 at 2:45 a.m. Alyssa Says...

Lovely post! Is it true that PhotoPass is included with MNSSHP, or should I plan to buy a MaxPass?

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Sep 12, 2018 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa!

Are you referring to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World in Orlando, or Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland in California? Either way, we don't believe PhotoPass downloads are included, but you CAN find photographers throughout both parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2018 at 9:57 p.m. Bob Says...

Hello! We'll be using regular-admission Park Hopper tickets on September 28, which is a Halloween Party date. To clarify, when the party starts at 7pm in Disneyland, would we be able to scoot over to Californa Adventures? Or, will we be voted off the entire Disney island? Thanks!

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Oct 4, 2018 at 4:24 a.m. Amy Says...

I have the same question - we already have a park hopper for 2 days and have only just found out about the Halloween party.

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Mickey's Halloween Party is only at Disneyland, so you can hop on over to Disney California Adventure once Disneyland closes for the party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Marci Pierog Says...

Do you know what the prix fixed dinner items are at the Blue Bayou and Riverboat Terrace (for the Fantasmic viewing voucher)? I have picky eaters and don't want to spend the money if it is something that they wont eat.

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Sep 17, 2018 at 3:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marci!

The menu items have not been announced yet, but are rumored to be similar to the standard menu.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2018 at 9:40 p.m. Alondra Says...

Hi,

Do you know if we are allowed to have face paint on? an example, I want to do a sugar skull? thank you

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Sep 12, 2018 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alondra!

The Disneyland Resort Costume Guidelines do not have any rules event face paint. Sounds like a cute idea!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2018 at 7:33 a.m. Rebecca Says...

I was wondering what all food places were open during the party? Like cafe Orleans and the jolly holiday and all that!

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Sep 12, 2018 at 1:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

Blue Bayou, Stage Door Cafe, Galactic Grill and Plaza Inn are the only restaurants expected to be open, plus outdoor food carts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2018 at 3:18 a.m. Angela Says...

What is a Magic shots? Do I need to download an Appt? We are going on Sept 19. Thank you

“Take some PhotoPass shots and ask for special party Magic Shots. The downloads are included in your party ticket.”

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

Magic shots are when you pose for a photo and a magical surprise appears once the photo loads in your MyDisneyExperience app. Tinkerbell may fly above you, you might be holding a bundle of balloons.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2018 at 6:32 p.m. Jerry Bruce Says...

Have they released any information about specialty items, like the Oogie Boogie bucket last year, or special deserts/foods?

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Sep 4, 2018 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jerry!

You can check out this Disney Parks Blog for specialty Halloween novelty items. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 29, 2018 at 5:26 a.m. Karla Says...

Hi. Do you know if the restaurants close early during the Halloween party? And if so, why they do?

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Aug 31, 2018 at 4:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

Some restaurants do close early, as not quite as many are needed open during the limited capacity event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2018 at 5:19 p.m. Leigh Says...

Hi, I'm taking my family to Disneyland the day after labor day since it is supposed to be quieter then. Will there be any Halloween decorations up then? Also should we expect to see any rides closed during that time as they prepare for Halloween?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 7:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leigh!

Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain both go down for a bit at the end of August for their Halloween overlays, but they should be back open in time for your visit. Halloween decorations are likely to be up as well!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2018 at 4 a.m. Mum2munsters Says...

Hi. What do you know about the restaurants? When we went in 2016, we were surprised that most of not all of the restaurants were closed. Even some food carts weren't available. Plus I was pregnant at the time, which totally sucked. I'm wondering if we should eat a big meal before going this time. TIA!

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Aug 31, 2018 at 3:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Blue Bayou, Stage Door Cafe, Galactic Grill and Plaza Inn are the only restaurants that are usually open, plus some outdoor food carts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2018 at 7:59 p.m. Ana Says...

Hi! This will be my first time at the halloween party so I'm a little confused. Would I only need to buy a ticket for the party if I wanted to go to Disneyland in the morning and stay until late, go to california adventure or do you buy separate tickets?

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Aug 25, 2018 at 3:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana!

Staying at (or going to) Disneyland for the Halloween Party requires a separate party ticket, and hopping from Disneyland to California Adventure requires a park hopper ticket. We hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2018 at 6:08 p.m. Andrew Says...

Another follow-up question... I'm most likely going to book the Blue Bayou Halloween dinner package (since I love Blue Bayou anyway!) in a couple days when I hit the 60 day mark, but I have a question... You mention, "There is a dinner package at the Blue Bayou that gives you “preferred viewing” of the parade. It is near the partners statue and good for viewing the fireworks." -- Specifically the part about the viewing location being near the partners statue and that it's a good location also for the fireworks...

I've read on a couple other blogs that the viewing location for previous years was down near carnations café on main street and that people needed to swiftly walk toward the caste for a good fireworks view. Have you been able to confirm this years viewing location? Has it moved from previous years to the statue location that you cite? I'm aiming for reservations around 5 to 6, I assume those will issue a ticket for the first parade (and thus also the fireworks), correct? Is there a chance a dinner package will include reserved viewing for a later parade that is after the fireworks? If there is a hard cut off time I want to make sure my reservation is early enough for that first one!

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Aug 31, 2018 at 3:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew!

The Blue Bayou seating will not be announced until the first day. It is rumored to be near the partners statue, but no guarantees. We will say, the locations have improved in the past couple years! We would ask the dining reservation line (714-781-3463) about firework viewing preference :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. Andrew Says...

Have you guys been able to confirm now that the event has started if the viewing location is near the partner statue or if it's down main street closer to the park entrance?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew!

We last heard that it was at Refreshment Corner, which is the section behind Partner’s Statue area. It’s a good fireworks spot from middle of the street.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2018 at 4:56 a.m. Michelle Says...

I was planning on going to Disneyland that week

If we go on the day of a Halloween party does that mean we have to leave the park early??- we do not want to buy a day pass and then not be able to stay the whole day..

Thank you

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

That is correct. On party nights, the park closes early for regular day guests.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2018 at 2:26 a.m. Pablo Says...

So we bought tickets to a sold out Halloween Party. Do you know how many tickets are sold in total to these parties? Or at least how much less busy is it during a party then a normal weekend night. Thanks,

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pablo!

No worries. We're not sure the exact number of tickets sold, but it is a limited capacity event to make sure it is enjoyable for everyone in attendance. It won't feel too crowded at all!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2018 at 11:31 a.m. EMMA Says...

I was just wondering if Disney adventure will be open until closing time on a day the Halloween party is on.

Im not going to the party but bought a park hopper ticket so when we have to leave at 5pm due to the party we can head over to Adventure until closing

thanks

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

Yes, Disney California Adventure will remain open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. Peaches Says...

Hi,

On the Disneyland website it is showing that Monsters After Dark will start at 5pm this year. Do you know if they will be pushing back when they start making FastPasses available? This could impact Halloween Party attendees.

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Last year, the line closed for a while during the switchover from daytime Guardians to Monsters. The FP distribution opened up at about 3 p.m. but the ride opened later. We can't be sure quite yet on how things will be handled this year, but FPs definitely were distributed well before it opened later that evening last year. They went very quickly, so be ready to go. We'll be sure to confirm once we attend this year!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. Eric p vasquez Says...

Like Disneyland Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort Haunted Mansion Holiday Will open are Sept 7 8-10-2018

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Aug 7, 2018 at 6:59 p.m. Vivian Hernandez Says...

Hello, what are the hours during the non Halloween

days in October?

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vivian,

This information is not yet available, but it'll most likely be something like 9am-9pm. Stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2018 at 6:05 a.m. Bailey Says...

My husband, some friends and I have a trip planned for the weekend of October 20. We have two day park hoppers and were planning on going Friday and Saturday. The question is does CDA close early as well, if you don't have the Mickey Halloween party tickets? (Could we hit CDA that night) also the other question is would it be two much to try to do in one day if we are planning on being at the park all day, go to the Mickey Halloween party and then the next day do both parks again?

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Aug 7, 2018 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bailey,

Disney California Adventure stays open during Mickey's Halloween Party, so you'll be able to enjoy it if you don't have party tickets. And your plan definitely sounds doable, just need to make sure you plan out your priorities!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2018 at 1:21 a.m. Denise Says...

Hello. I was just reading about the guardians of galaxy after dark thing and I wasn’t sure- is that ride closed until Sept 7 or is the 7th just when they start doing the monsters after dark thing? Thank you! This blog has helped me plan my trip a lot. I really appreciate it :-)

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Aug 7, 2018 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

We haven't heard anything yet about if/when the ride will be completely closing for its overlay installation! We'll be sure to post it if we do. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 3, 2018 at 8:14 p.m. dani Says...

Hey! Does anyone know if disneyland will have any after dark events for adults for the holiday (halloween)?

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Aug 7, 2018 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani,

Other than Mickey's Halloween Party, we haven't heard of anything!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2018 at 2:10 a.m. Elizabeth B. Morales Says...

Hi I was wondering if you know if it would possible upgrade to upgrade Mickeys Halloween Party ticket to a Annual Pass?

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Aug 1, 2018 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Unfortunately not. Mickey's Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event even for passholders, so the cost of the ticket does not apply towards an Annual Pass.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2018 at 12:05 a.m. Stephanie Says...

We were planning on going in October and I wasn’t aware until now if this Halloween Party thing, so if we don’t buy a ticket to the Halloween party will we have to leave the park at 7 and miss fireworks? Thanks!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

That is correct. If you don't plan on attending the Halloween Party, we recommend visiting on another night.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 5, 2018 at 6:35 p.m. Fernando Says...

I also have a trip planned for this month ... my plan was to see the fireworks on the 27th ( no HW party going on that day ) but the schedule does not show are fireworks at any time. Will or will there not be fireworks ? :(

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fernando!

Fireworks only take place on select nights during this time of year. So sorry!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 25, 2018 at 10:06 p.m. Andrew Says...

Planning a pretty decent Halloween trip which will include 4.5, almost 5 days at Disney. Staying at the Disneyland Hotel (already booked it) for check in late on October 20th with check out on the 25th. Goal is to hit a weekend (Sunday) day at Disney to hopefully see the Fantasmic! show (if it's running) and then a couple week days that hopefully isn't as crowded. I'm planning on the Halloween Party on Tue Oct 23rd, it just dawned on me that off season fireworks only are on weekends and I'm seeing the Friday Halloween events selling out first. Did I screw up? Will they have the special fireworks show at all the Halloween party events?

Also, did Paint the Night take over for the World of Color show over in California Adventure? Do you know if World of Color will return by October, or if Paint the Night will still be going on? Any pro tips for dining packages that offer unique Halloween Party experiences or sell out super quick? This is kinda an all out trip so I just want to pack as much in as possible!

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Jul 31, 2018 at 12:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

They will have Halloween Screams fireworks during all party nights. They should have regular fireworks on non-party weekend nights (probably Saturday/Sunday). Fantasmic! should also be running Saturday and Sunday, as well. You can check the entertainment calendar 6 weeks in advance to get a sense of the entertainment. You didn't screw up! Friday sells out with the locals who prefer a weekend night for the late party due to their weekday morning work schedules. Vacationers do not have these struggles.

World of Color is not set to return until closer to the New Year due to refurbishment. Paint the Night is in Disney California Adventure through September 3.There is a special dinner package during the Halloween party at Blue Bayou. It comes with reserved viewing of the Frightfully Fun Parade. You can reserve 60 days in advance!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 6, 2018 at 4:03 p.m. Andrew Says...

Sounds good!

Does that mean that California Adventure won't have an outdoor show of any kind during October/the Halloween event? I know they have frozen, but it sounds like Paint the Night will be ending a couple months before World of Color comes back...

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Aug 8, 2018 at 10:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

There has not been anything announced yet, so stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2018 at 11:43 p.m. mamamoorhouse Says...

I just booked reserved seating at the Wine Trattoria for Paint the Night in October. So it looks like it will still be going.

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Jul 23, 2018 at 3:05 a.m. Heather Says...

We only have 2 days in Anaheim after our cruise, and I'm trying to figure out whether to do a day at DCA and then a regular day at DL, or if we should do Mickey's Halloween Party (beginning at 4 pm) and then DCA the next day.

I know that DL closes at 7 pm on party nights. What time will it close on non-party nights? And what time will DCA close?

I'm leaning towards Mickey's Halloween Party, but trying to make an informed decision.

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Jul 24, 2018 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

If trick-or-treating and the Halloween Screams fireworks are important to you, then we recommend doing Mickey’s Halloween Party. If the regular programming and rides are your priority, do a regular full day at Disneyland. The party is fun, and the lines are short, but if you are doing party activities, it does not leave a lot of time to hit those rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2018 at 1:59 a.m. Meylin Says...

Hi, thanks for all the tips. Although I would like my kids to see the parade and the fireworks and the characters, I would like to know how much shorter are the lines on the rides? Do you think it´s possible to use this party as a way to do all or at least most of the rides in one day? Or it´s too crazy to try it! :)

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Jul 24, 2018 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meylin!

The lines are usually much shorter and move quicker once the daytime crowds exit the park. If you will be spending time trick-or-treating, watching the parade or meeting characters, then that will take away from ride time. If you are just focusing on rides, you can usually get a lot done, especially if you stay until the end.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 1:43 p.m. Vero Says...

Thanks for all of your great info. I am going to Disneyland for one day, the main reason being the Halloween Party and Halloween time in DL/DCA. I was wondering if I could start at DCA at 3pm, to check out gauardians and haul-o-ween, then hop over to disneyland for some party fun, then back to DCA to see haul-o-ween at night?

Thanks

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Jul 20, 2018 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vero!

This is certainly doable, but be sure to look at the party schedule so you don't miss important elements such as the parade or fireworks. Last year, the Monsters After Dark Guardians FastPass became available around 3PM and went quickly, and the ride shuts down briefly between the daytime and nighttime versions so be sure to take this into consideration. Check out closing times, as DCA often closes much earlier than Disneyland.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 1:06 p.m. Brooke Says...

Confused.... so if we are visiting the park on October 29th and NOT planning on going to the party, we will have to leave early?

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brooke!

That is correct. The party is a separately-ticketed event, so daytime guests with regular admission will need to leave a bit earlier that night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2018 at 3:05 a.m. M Davis Says...

Why did October 12th sell out first? Anything special going on?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mikki!

Our best guess is that this is a result of Columbus Day week and other school breaks across the country. Nothing special is going on that we know of!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2018 at 3:53 p.m. David Says...

Hello,

We are planning to go in September. We were planning to go the weekend of the 8th but didn't know if Halloween would start up yet. So we thought about the weekend of the 15th. But after looking over the information you provided, it seems the Halloween festivities will be starting on the 7th? Will all the rides such as haunted mansion and space mountain be decked out in halloween attire by then? Thanks for the help! I love your site!

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Jul 11, 2018 at 11:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

Awesome question! Halloween certainly starts early at Disneyland. Both Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain are scheduled to re-open with their holiday overlays on September 7, so you should be in the clear! You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see when we anticipate the parks to be the least busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. Kristin Says...

We are planning a trip to CA and have 1-2 days for the parks. There is a Halloween Party Sept 21. What do you suggest for optimal park viewing? After reading your post, maybe Disneyland for halloween party on Friday night and DCA on Saturday. Any tips or cost and time saving suggestions would be appreciated. We have one 11 yr old boy so could skip some of the younger things. Thanks

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Jul 6, 2018 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

That sounds like a great plan to us! You can check out our Top Tips for Saving Money at Disneyland and Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland for help in getting the best bang for your buck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 21, 2018 at 10:10 p.m. disney fan Says...

hi!

wondering when the start of halloween treats will start at the parks? thanks in advance!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can expect them to be there as soon as Halloween Time starts!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2018 at 4:16 a.m. Missy Smith Says...

I'm not sure if this was already answered. (Probably was) But can we buy just the passes for the park on June 12th if we choose not to go to the party?

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Jun 12, 2018 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Missy,

Yes, you can always still buy park tickets for days when Mickey's Halloween Party is happening. Just know that Disneyland Park does close early for the event!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 22, 2018 at 12:10 a.m. Lauren Pham Says...

If you have a hopper pass can you stay at Disney till the party then just head over to California Adventure?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Yes, you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Jamie Says...

What time should we except the Halloween tickets to go on sale to the public? I have very set days available to travel & am concerned about tickets selling out of the dates we need.

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Jun 12, 2018 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

Hope you were able to get the date you needed!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. Jamie Says...

Sure did! Can't wait...

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Jun 9, 2018 at 7:27 p.m. Erica Says...

What time on June 12th should I plan on hopping online to buy the Halloween party tickets?

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Jun 12, 2018 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

The sooner you're able to purchase them, the more likely you are to get the date you want!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2018 at 5:04 a.m. disney lover Says...

hi! planning to go to disney right when halloween decorations go up but not quite at halloween time. will there still be nightly fireworks? approx sept 9-16?

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Jun 1, 2018 at 6:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi!

Entertainment hasn't been announced yet for these dates, but there will likely still be nightly fireworks. Halloween decorations typically go up early September!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2018 at 1:55 p.m. Jeff Says...

Hi

I'm traveling, along with my Fiancé, from the UK to get married in Los Angeles on the afternoon of October 31st. We were then hoping to get tickets for Mickeys Halloween party for the evening after the wedding. I've read on the Disney website that you can 'Purchase regular tickets starting June 12, 2018 or—if you’re an Annual Passholder—reserve yours June 5, 2018' I was wondering if you know are there a number of general purchase tickets, to go on sale June 12, held back for Mickeys Halloween Party on the 31st or would they more likely sell out to the Annual Passholders pre-sale?

Thanks in Advance :)

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May 30, 2018 at 9:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff!

We do not know the numbers of ticket that will be available, but if you are able to purchase on the 12th, you should have no problem getting them. We would purchase early on the 12th to be safe.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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