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Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2017

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party 2017For us and many others, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is one of the most special times of the year. It generally runs mid-September through Halloween with special decorations, surprises and special ride features. In 2017, Halloween Time runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31. While some of the fun festivities are included with Halloween Time, Mickey's Halloween Party is not. The parties, which are held on select nights during Halloween Time, require event tickets at Disneyland Park. One of the biggest questions we get in comments is about whether you need regular park admission and a party ticket. The answer is that you must purchase a party ticket if you wish to attend the party. If you wish to enter Disneyland more than three hours before party time, you will need a ticket for that too! (We've answered a ton more questions in comments. Hop down if you want to read them.)

One of the special "treats" that takes place during the party is the "Frightfully Fun Parade." Mickey's Halloween Parties are already very popular, so get your tickets as soon as you can. We frogs were hopping mad one year when we didn’t realize that all the dates would be sold out a few weeks in advance. Luckily, we had a great time enjoying Halloween Time. If you want to know more, including party dates and how to get tickets, hop directly to it! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about the Disneyland Halloween Time festivities that are included with regular park admission. And new in 2017, happy haunts will be a-howlin' over at Disney California Adventure as well. These spooks just can't stay contained in one park!

Overview of Halloween Time | Halloween Time Rides & Characters | Mickey's Halloween Party Dates, Times & Overview | Characters, Costumes & Trick-Or-Treating | Mickey's Halloween Party Tips | Comments

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2017

Overview of Disneyland Halloween Time 2017

Halloween Time draws many visitors to Disneyland. We find the best time to go is on a weekday because weekends are more crowded. The earlier you go in the season, the lighter the crowds seem to be.

So what can you expect during Halloween Time?

Disneyland Halloween Time 2017

Disneyland will be exploding with Halloween decorations. The traditional Halloween and 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.

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 2017 - Dia De Los Muertos

You can expect to be able to get your face painted (small items for free, although full face paint does come with a price) and see decorated skeletons for Dia de los Muertos in front of the Rancho del Zocalo Mexican restaurant in Frontierland, which is one of the our favorite quick service restaurants in Disneyland Park.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2017 - Cars Land Haul-o-Ween

Exciting news for 2017! Disney California Adventure offers a few grim grinning ghouls and ghosts of its own. Oogie Boogie’s oversized shadow will haunt 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! 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  as they put a new spin on Halloween Time.

Characters at Disneyland Halloween Time 2017

Disneyland Halloween Time 2017

We don't know for sure where everyone will be, but last year you could meet Mickey and Minnie dressed in their Halloween outfits near Main Street. Jack Skellington (with Sally) have a location in New Orleans Square near the Royal Street Veranda. The best time to arrive is before they start greeting or while they are on break. You can find out from a cast member when they will be reopening the line (which is about 5 to 10 minutes before their next scheduled appearance). They do not let the line form too early. Cast members have all the appearance times. Then linger nearby in a shady spot until they open the line and jump in. The line fills fast. We did that last year and were fourth in line.

Jack is awesome—really engaging and a great personality—definitely a must-do for guests 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.

Rides at Disneyland Halloween Time 2017

There are special changes to certain rides this time of year. One of the most popular rides during Halloween Time is the Haunted Mansion, which is converted to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Wait times are usually longer than at other times of the year, so we recommend you make this one of your priorities before 11 a.m.

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.

Attending Mickey’s Halloween Party 2017

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017

Mickey’s Halloween Party is one of our favorite events during Halloween Time for several reasons. The ride lines tend to be much shorter than usual during the party. Party guests can enter the park up to three hours ahead of the official party kickoff, and new in 2017, guests can enjoy both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for those three hours. Also new in 2017, guests can receive souvenir Disney PhotoPass photos during the event and unlimited PhotoPass downloads.

Because parking is no longer included in the cost of the ticket, that means there are longer lines getting into the parking lots. If you are driving to the event, plan on one and a half hours to exit the freeway, park and take a shuttle or bus to the entrance. No joke.

The dates closest to Halloween usually sell out first, but all of the nights will likely sell out. If the tickets for the Halloween party are sold out online, there is still hope. Disney still reserves a few via phone after Internet sales are gone. Call by phone 714-781-4400. Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We like to attend on weeknights and dates in September or early October for the lightest crowds and lowest prices. No matter when you go, be sure to allow plenty of time to park your car if you are driving, so you don’t miss out on any fun.

Early Party Fun in Mickey's ToonTown

The party gets started 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 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.

Tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party 2017 went on sale July 21 for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members. On July 24, tickets went on sale for the general public. Tickets saw a notable jump for 2017. The cost for advance tickets are $95-120. Day-of tickets are $105-120. 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 2017 - Treat EntranceMickey's Halloween Party 2017 Dates & Times

September 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31

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

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2017 Entering and Exiting

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017 - EntranceThe party takes place inside Disneyland Park 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 the 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 will begin ushering out guests who don't have wristbands.

When you enter Disneyland Park 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. 20 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. There is one near the entrance to Frontierland.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017 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. So if you are a daytime guest, you could view some of the party as you exit, but you cannot participate.

Hold on to your ticket and be sure to get a hand-stamp for re-entry if you exit.

Costumes at Mickey's Halloween Party 2017

Just like at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World, there are costume guidelines for this event. Sometimes in the past we have all dressed in theme (one year we were pirates, aargh!). All guests can wear family friendly costumes to the party. Guests can dress as their favorite character or anything they like, as long as it fits the guidelines.

Costume guidelines for everyone include the following:

  • Guests who dress as Disney characters cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.
  • Costumes cannot have sharp objects or drag on the ground
  • Layered costumes and costumes that surround the entire body are discouraged and may be subject to additional security 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 OK
  • 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

Guests 13 and under have some new guidelines as well:

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

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017 Characters

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017

There is a map of the park you can pick up when you enter that shows all of the trick-or-treat trails and character locations. Besides the villains, many characters are out greeting guests and spending a lot of time with each guest. Last year, the Wicked Queen from Snow White, Cruella De Ville and Malificent were set up very nicely in front of the train station. They have 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. On our visit, their treat station across from them HAD NO LINE. It was really quite magical. There was music and projection in that area and down Main Street and on the castle for most of the party.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017

Jack Skellington and Sally greet guests in New Orleans. The line is long, but they spend a really long time with each guest. They got down to the ground for smaller guests and were so sweet. Mickey and Minnie meet guests in two locations. You can meet them in ToonTown from an hour before party starts until 8 p.m., along with Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Chip and Dale. You could meet some princesses in Fantasy Faire—including rare princesses like Pocahontas and Mulan. You could meet Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie or Jafar in Adventureland. Winnie the Pooh and friends are in Critter Country. You could also meet some pirate pals, such as Captain Jack Sparrow, on the Frontierland dock. Toy Story pals are also in Frontierland. You can find Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland.

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 mixed in. 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. I think a stroller or empty backpack also makes a great tool for hauling your loot around the park. Plus, the park is open late, so younger guests and toddlers with tired legs will appreciate taking a seat in a stroller.

Rides

FastPass Distribution does not operate during the party, but wait times are much lighter than during normal park hours. The following rides are expected to be open during Mickey's Halloween Party, although this list is subject to change (check current ride refurbishments):

Jungle Cruise

Indiana Jones Adventure

Pirates of the Caribbean

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

Matterhorn Bobsleds

Storybook Land Canal Boats

"It's a small world"

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Autopia

Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy

Star Tours—The Adventures Continue

Astro Orbitor

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Disneyland Railroad

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017 Parade, Fireworks & Other Entertainment

The Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular is a special Halloween fireworks display during Mickey’s Halloween Party. This is an exclusive event for Mickey’s Halloween Party guests. The only viewing spot for the entire show with projection is in front of the castle.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2017 - The Evil Queen

The Frightfully Fun Villain parade usually runs at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. (a few minutes before each parade the Headless Horseman makes his ride). Fireworks are at 9:30. We hopped in place on the parade route near the castle at 7:30. The first parade runs from Small World to the park entrance. The second parade runs the opposite direction. If you watch the first parade, we recommend finding a spot that is near the castle so you can easily hop into the street for the fireworks as soon as the parade ends. You want to see the castle for the fireworks show. The projection only occurs there. There is a dinner package at the Blue Bayou that gives you “preferred viewing” of the parade, but it may not be the best fireworks viewing area.

There is plenty of other entertainment as well. If you like music and dancing there is live entertainment in Tomorrowland. Jedi Training takes place the Galactic Grill with three shows. The Cadaver Dans perform 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.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2017 Tips

1. Plan to watch the Halloween Screams fireworks near the castle if you want to see projection. It is the only spot that offers this. 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 60 minutes before parade time. After the parade ends, quickly jump into the street for good fireworks viewing location. Watch out for trees blocking the view of the castle. 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 really well and with plenty of space around you in front of Small World. They do not do projection for Halloween Screams there, but they do play the music and voices. This location is good for people who don't want to fight the crowds or wait a long time. The full show is at the castle though.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party 2017

2. Avoid long treat lines, because while some areas had long waits, you could walk right into other treat areas. There is likely a less-crowded treat area around the corner. If the treat stop you come to has a long line, keep going!

3. Avoid rides in the beginning of the party. 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 in Frontierland, Villains Square, at the Royal Theatre, and other spots around the park.

4. Visit Toontown early. If you enter the park early (up to three hours before party time) Toontown is closed to the public, but it 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, Chip and Dale, Donald, and Daisy in their Halloween costumes. This is a great early opportunity for families with younger guests, especially those who just can't stay up very late or want to get a jump on the Halloween fun.

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland 2017 - Scarecrow

5. Talk to the live scarecrow hanging in Frontierland.

Is Mickey's Halloween Party worth it?

Mickey's Halloween Party is now about the price of a one-day ticket (and closer to peak pricing in some cases) so you have to decide if the investment is worth it for your family. It offers some unique entertainment and character interactions, as well as a chance to wear a costume and go trick-or-treating as an adult, but the price no longer includes parking.

With candy (plus other healthier and less sugary treats too), great access to everyday and special characters, and a lot of visual entertainment, we think it's a great time. Plus the ride times are quite short.

One plus has been that Disney does not oversell the party. There is special lighting and a lot of decorations unique to the party. Food lines are short and tables easy to find. If you love Halloween, seeing costumes, meeting characters and special effects, then this party is for you. We would not buy a daytime admission and a party ticket though. For us that just wouldn't fit the budget for a one-day visit. Choose the party for a date you are not visiting the park during the day.

Have questions about Mickey's Halloween Party and Disneyland Halloween Time? Share them in comments below!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Joanna Aug 22, 2017 at 6:53 p.m.

My friend and I just got our Halloween Party tickets and we're super excited! If we show up to the park 3 hours early (like it says we can), can we show up in costume? Or do we have to change into our costume at the park?

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FrogBlog Aug 22, 2017 at 3:46 p.m.

Hi Joanna,

Yes, you may show up in costume. Who are you dressing up as? If it's a surprise, then you don't need to say. We get it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Linda Aug 20, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.

Will CA Adventure stay open to Halloween Party guests passed the normal 8pm closing time.

The ticket did say you can visit both parks for the duration of the party which ends at 11.

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FrogBlog Aug 21, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

Hi Linda,

Yes, guests who purchase a ticket for Mickey's Halloween Party will be able to stay in Disney California Adventure up until its closing time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Ron Aug 7, 2017 at 9:46 a.m.

What's have crowds been like on opening night of recent years? I have tickets for August 25th and am hoping to get pics with Jack and Sally where I plan to propose to my girlfriend.

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FrogBlog Aug 7, 2017 at 11:35 a.m.

Hi Ron,

Awww. That's great. Let's hope she doesn't read this and we've spoiled the surprise!

While it will be busy, opening night is much less crowded than the parties in late October.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Robert Aug 6, 2017 at 5:25 p.m.

Great Blog - what parades and fireworks show do they present in non-Halloween party days in October?

My 4 year old has her heart set on seeing a halloween parade. we are debating between going on a non-party day in october or possibly buying a day and night ticket on the halloween party day. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 7, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.

Hi Robert,

Thanks for enjoying the blog! On a non-Halloween day, entertainment will be a daytime parade and (if scheduled) Remember... Dreams Come True for fireworks. Go for the Halloween Party. You'll have a blast.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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SARA DAVIES Aug 5, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.

we will be on holiday here at the time we have a 2 week hopper, we we have to pay the full amount or is there a discount for people that will already be there at the time?

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FrogBlog Aug 7, 2017 at 8:13 a.m.

Hi Sara,

Bad news. There are no discounts for Mickey's Halloween Party tickets for guests already at the resort.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Rafael Aug 1, 2017 at 2:52 p.m.

Hi,

Fantastic blog. Do you think that is possible to go all rides during Halloween party or is better go 2 days on Disneyland? One for party and one for rides.

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FrogBlog Aug 2, 2017 at 11:18 a.m.

Hi Rafael,

If both the party and rides are priorities for you, we recommend going for the party and then visiting the park during normal hours. You won't want to miss all the fun festivities the party has to offer because you're focused on rides (although, lines are much shorter, so you can still get a few in without missing too much). Some rides aren't open during the party either. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nikki Mondragon Jul 29, 2017 at 6:24 p.m.

My daughter performs at the disneyland resort on Oct 11th. We will get a 2 day hopper through the dance group. We would like to extend our trip but the halloween party is happening the day before and the day after we plan on using our hopper. This will be my 3 year olds first trip and another trip will probably be a long time to follow. Would you recommend getting an additional general admission or the halloween party? (Budget will not allow for both)

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Chelli Jul 28, 2017 at 4:10 p.m.

Hello,

My bf & I have the annual pass and happen to have planned our trip to Disneyland right when the Halloween party starts. My question is, is California adventure going to be open for people without the party ticket after we get ushered out of Disneyland park?

Thank you~

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FrogBlog Aug 1, 2017 at 3:23 p.m.

Hi Chelli,

Yes, Disney California Adventure will be open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lucy Jul 28, 2017 at 1:25 p.m.

Hi!!!

I'm looking into going to the Halloween Party for the first time ever! Thanks so much for all the useful info, it's gotten me super pumped to go!

I still have a couple of questions though, do you mind helping me out?

Do you know if Soundsational Parade (my fave!) still runs on Halloween party days? Prior to the start of the party of course. I was thinking of coming in early enough to catch it (if at all possible). I'd be going on Sept 20th.

Also, I realize FastPass doesn't work during party hours, but what about the 3 hours prior to the start of the party? I'd only purchase a party ticket, not a full day Disneyland ticket.

Thanks for your help!

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Archer Jul 28, 2017 at 4:54 a.m.

Hi! My girlfriend and I are planning to go to Disneyland on 9/15/17, the first day of the Halloween theme for the year! So even though there is no Mickey's Halloween Party that day, do you know if the fireworks will be the Halloween/villain theme?

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FrogBlog Aug 1, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.

Hi Archer,

Unfortunately, the Halloween-themed fireworks show is only shown during the party. But you'll definitely see plenty of spooktacular decor and more during Halloween Time at Disneyland!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kim Jul 26, 2017 at 11:36 p.m.

Hi! We will be in Disneyland oct 4-11, first time for everyone in our family!! My son will be 6, my daughter almost 4. I'm debating on the Mickey Halloween party, but we already have 5 day hopper pass, and I'd rather use it a day we have off since you get in early as well. So that would be 6 days at the parks. And I feel my daughter especially might be kind of scared?? So not sure I want to spend that much more money, we are Canadian as well, so with the conversion makes it quite a bit more for the party.

Thanks

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FrogBlog Jul 27, 2017 at 4:29 p.m.

Hi Kim,

Mickey's Halloween Party is not nearly on the level of scares as Halloween Horror Nights or other similar Halloween events. It's family-friendly fun and festive, filled with Halloween costumes, candy, shows and Disney characters. However, if you still think your daughter might be frightened, then it's best to avoid it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Gary Tran Jul 24, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.

Wow, I'm really glad I came across this blog. I just bought tickets for this year's Halloween Party and I plan on dressing up. I literally thought that I had to buy a park ticket and a halloween party ticket in order to enter the park, but according to you it is only the halloween party ticket that's needed (as long as I show up 3 hours before it starts).

I do have one important question however...does face paint count as a mask? My future costume involves using a mask, and I just found out that masks are off limits to adults.

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FrogBlog Jul 25, 2017 at 1:18 p.m.

Hi Gary,

There aren't any rules regarding face painting, so it should be completely fine to paint your face.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Gary Jul 25, 2017 at 7:16 p.m.

Alright! I'm going to ask my better half to paint my face with her makeup skills.

Since we're in San Diego, my plan is to drive up to Anaheim October 27th (since that's the ticket date), buy a park ticket for California Adventure only for the both of us, and kill time until we can enter Disneyland.

What do you think?

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Jill Jul 23, 2017 at 2:25 a.m.

Thank you for all the info!!

Im just curious if you know about the Blue Bayou experience? I know you said it gives reserved seating but if you can't see the castle for the projections is it really worth the cost? I Guess Im also thinking there is so much going on do we want to spend the money on dining or would we be better off being in the park with the characters etc. Looking to make this the easiest and funnest. will be travelling with a terminally ill family member and want to make viewing fireworks and parade smooth and easy. Any idea's are helpful!!

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FrogBlog Jul 25, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.

Hi Jill,

The Blue Bayou Experiences gives you reserved seating for the Main Street Electrical Parade. If this isn't a huge priority for you, then definitely spend your time and money elsewhere. You can check out our post here on the best spots for viewing the Main Street Electrical Parade. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Yvette Jul 20, 2017 at 5:27 p.m.

I'm so glad I stumbled across your website. My husband and I are first time annual pass holders, and we're planning to go to Mickey's Halloween Party with our 3 year old and 1 year old. Our 3 year old does not have an annual pass, and we were going to get her a park ticket because I thought we needed a regular park ticket plus the special event ticket. Thanks for saving us money! :)

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Holly Pritchett Jul 10, 2017 at 4:15 a.m.

I love your page! I have been doing research since we booked out surprise trip to Disneyland in March! This is by far the most information I have gotten from one site. So Thank You for that!

But I am a bit confused. We will be at Disneyland October 25th-29th. We have 5-day park hopper passes. Are we going to be escorted from the park if one of Mickey's Halloween parties happens to be on one of our days in the park? I mean I wouldnt mind purchasing those tickets as well but do I need too? Seems odd that the park would close at 7pm? If this is the case I may just purchase tickets for KNotts Berry on that day or Universal. It says Day guests will be asked to leave? Would we be considered day guests? Any info you can provide I would Appreciate. Thanks!

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Kelly Jul 17, 2017 at 3:51 p.m.

The 27th (Friday) you would be asked to leave early. But If you have a hopper pass then you can head over to California Adventure which is also getting the Halloween treatment in some areas this year.

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kay Jul 16, 2017 at 2:16 a.m.

yes, for those special days running mickey's halloween party, regular ticket guests will be politely asked to leave. so many people that they may not even notice if you stay but they will check for wristbands for rides and trick or treat stations so really you can't do anything much anyways. if you want to stay for the halloween party you would have to purchase separate ticket for it

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Dodgers Chik Jul 13, 2017 at 4:53 a.m.

Totally agree with Frog Blog!!!

California adventure is usually opened later on nights they have trick or treat party.

Also, knotts has there own halloween events too. Knotts scary farm. So knotts would close early too.

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FrogBlog Jul 10, 2017 at 9:53 a.m.

Hi Holly,

Mickey's Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event. During days when there is a party scheduled, in-park guests who do not have a party ticket are asked to leave or purchase a party ticket. It's a really fun event, one well worth going to if you're in town.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Char Apr 22, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.

My apologies, I did find more info on your page regarding the times from past years, or rather last year, but of course Disney has not released the exact dates yet for this year, but sounds like they really have not changed over the past few years and are usually held on Mon-Wed-Fri. Hoping you can give some info and advice regarding my other questions. Thanks:)

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Char Apr 22, 2017 at 9:34 a.m.

We are planning a trip to Disneyland in the first week of October going into the weekend. We have never been to the parks ever in October, so first time for us (can't wait). We are hoping to get Halloween party tickets for Wednesday Oct 3rd, unless the dates change. What I'm understanding is that the party starts at 6pm but I can't seem to find past info on how late it goes till during the weekday parties? How much do the tickets usually go for? Apparently a person gets treat bags, is candy given out? If so how does that work? Also are the Disneyland crowds really busy during the weekdays in October? Been there during July 4th weekend celebrations and it was nuts crowded, but we survived Lol. Would be nice to know what it's generally like the first week of October. Also since it's Columbus Day weekend I imagine it'll be high crowd levels on that Monday as well? And hard to predict the weather these days, but what is it usually like around then too? Thanks! :)

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FrogBlog Apr 22, 2017 at 9:41 a.m.

Hi Char,

We're glad you found the party info!

Look at our Crowd Calendar for October 2017 and you'll see that it's a good time to visit, with a few heady crowd days, including Columbus Day. Expect temps in the low to mid 70's during the day.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Tony Apr 20, 2017 at 6:53 a.m.

Looks like I'll be rocking Disneyland right smack in the middle of October this year. From what you've seen in the past, should there be any significant changes to parties and policy and whatnot for this year?

And when do the tickets generally go on sale? I'll want to bag mine as soon as I can, it sounds like.

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FrogBlog Apr 20, 2017 at 8:01 a.m.

Hi Tony,

There is always the possibility of changes to the parties and policies. Tickets went on sale in July last year, so we'd expect the same timeframe this year.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Wendy Oct 21, 2016 at 6:13 p.m.

I am attending Mickey's Halloween Party on Halloween, Oct 31st, with my daughter. We actually have a three day park hopper, but also bought tickets to the party, so we could attend. Once I leave my hotel that morning, I don't plan on going back until we leave the parks for the evening. Can I wear my costume (I'm Peter Pan, daughter is Tinkerbell) to the parks that morning? Or can I not dress up until party time?

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FrogBlog Oct 25, 2016 at 12:56 p.m.

Hi Wendy,

You can enter the park, but costumes for guests over 14 are restricted to the party. However, if the costume is more "clothes like" you can get away with it. Many people dress in "Disney Bound" attire many days of the year using clothes to give them the essence of the character. If it is an elaborate costume then probably not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Gina Oct 20, 2016 at 11:38 a.m.

My fail my will be going this coming Monday. We're not doing the party but was wondering if the park will be really busy throughout the day since some guests do the park and party together.

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Mike Oct 20, 2016 at 3:55 a.m.

Hi,

We are going Friday. Where is the best place to park to minimize the traffic jam? We will likely get there around 4PM

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Oct 25, 2016 at 12:44 p.m.

Hi Mike,

There is not a lot you can do to avoid traffic on a Friday afternoon during Mickey's Halloween party. Arrive an hour earlier than planned.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Megan Oct 19, 2016 at 5:46 a.m.

Hi,

My boyfriend and I are going October 30 Sunday and the Halloween party was not offered this night. My question is will Disneyland Park still have fireworks showing that night? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Oct 21, 2016 at 9:55 a.m.

Hi Megan,

Yes! Fireworks are scheduled for this evening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kelly Oct 17, 2016 at 6:17 p.m.

Hi, I'd love to take my baby but I noticed that the tickets are sold out online. Can I still purchase at Disneyland? Or am I too late?

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FrogBlog Oct 20, 2016 at 9:53 a.m.

Hi Kelly,

I would try calling Disneyland directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Heidi Oct 14, 2016 at 5:11 p.m.

Is California Adventure busy on the Mickey party nights? I have an AP and would like to go to CA after work but if its going to packed with the DL guests who aren't going to the party then I would skip it.

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FrogBlog Oct 25, 2016 at 12:47 p.m.

Hi Heidi,

It is likely to be more crowded than usual, depending on the night of the week. Watch out for overall parking and traffic issues around the parks due to the party guests arriving. Right after Halloween the crowds will go away until Holiday time ramps up.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Karen Oct 13, 2016 at 10:04 p.m.

I've always wondered, if you have a ticket for Mickey's Halloween and arrive after the early entry time (3 or 4), are you allowed to jump parks and go into California Adventures in your costume if you have a pass or parkhopper? Or are the costumes restricted to the main park?

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FrogBlog Oct 25, 2016 at 12:47 p.m.

Hi Karen,

You can enter the park, but costumes for guests over 14 are restricted to the party. However, if the costume is more "clothes like" you can get away with it. Many people dress in "Disney Bound" attire many days of the year using clothes to give them the essence of the character. If it is an elaborate costume then probably not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Tiffany W. Oct 8, 2016 at 12:53 a.m.

Hi there,

We are going to Disneland next Thursday and Friday, not attending Mickey's party. Do regular one day tickets ever sell out? We were planning to purchase once arriving in CA. Am I being paranoid, or should we go ahead and purchase them now?

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FrogBlog Oct 11, 2016 at 11:47 a.m.

Hi Tiffany,

They do sell out, and you should purchase them as soon as you can.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jazmynn Oct 13, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.

Hi! We will be attending the 19th of this month. I know you said that fast pass tickets aren't available during the party, but if we arrive at 3 are the fast pass tickets still available to get for rides until 6?

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FrogBlog Oct 20, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Hi there,

Yes, they would be if there is still availability.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Priscilla Oct 5, 2016 at 8:17 a.m.

This post is so helpful!

I do have a question I'm hoping you'll get to in time! We are going tomorrow (today since it's 1:15 am haha) and I am going as madam mim but I want to paint my face-like a face on my face if that makes sense. Do you think that counts as a "mask" ?

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FrogBlog Oct 20, 2016 at 3:47 p.m.

Hi Priscilla,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. How did it end up?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kristin Oct 5, 2016 at 4:33 a.m.

I am going to the party for the first time this year. I have been going to Disneyland my whole life. My 3 year old is going as a ghostbuster and has a custom proton pack she is wearing. It is about the size of her whole back and she wears it like a backpack. It also has a "gun" attached but it definitely looks fake. It is very light and only sticks out about 6 to 8 inches from her back. Do you think security might give us a hard time letting it into the park? Has anyone seen a ghostbuster with a pack at this event, or a similar prop?

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FrogBlog Oct 12, 2016 at 10:19 a.m.

Hi Kristin,

They will probably inspect it carefully and decide it is fine. We saw some plastic weapons at the event and costumes that were definitely outside of the guidelines, so they probably make a judgment call at security.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Paulina Larson Oct 4, 2016 at 8:21 a.m.

We will be at Disneyland next week but decided against buying Halloween party tickets. Does the park close early to those who don't have a Halloween party ticket?

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FrogBlog Oct 6, 2016 at 9:38 a.m.

Hi Paulina,

On a weekday party night, those who don't have a party wristband must be out of the park by 6:00 p.m. and on weekends by 7:00 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kristi P. Oct 2, 2016 at 5:05 a.m.

Halloween *day* question:) Do you know if they hand out treats in the park and/or at Downtown Disney on Halloween day itself? Will be there that day, but not doing the Party;) Thanks!

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FrogBlog Oct 12, 2016 at 10:28 a.m.

Hi Kristi,

There is nothing scheduled yet. As far as we know, they just hand out treats at the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Steffanie Oct 1, 2016 at 6:11 p.m.

We went last night and I was a little disappointed. 1- my mistake was going on a Friday over a Monday or Wednesday as my son fell asleep by 9:15. 2- pretty sure they are selling g more tickets than they used to. Last year there were barely any lines for candy and all lines were 15 minutes or less for rides. Yesterday we didn't even bother with the candy becomes I wanted our some to ride as many rides before he passed out. Mansion was 30 minutes and space mountain was still an hour and they weren't doing fast passes. I'll rethink next year. We did Califorania adventure on Thursday and nothing was over 10 minutes. It's all about knowing when to go.

The parade was nice as were the fireworks.

We did get on 8 rides from 4-9 before he passed out. Sadly 3 different rides broke down, apparently we are bad luck, Rodger rabbit, Pirates, and the haunted mansion all broke down.

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FrogBlog Oct 3, 2016 at 10:38 a.m.

Hi Steffanie,

Sorry to hear you were a little disappointed. Thanks for sharing.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Melissa Sep 30, 2016 at 10:04 p.m.

Hello,

I have been excited to take my 3 kids (ages: 2, 4, 9), sister and mother. We are all dressing up as characters from Aladdin! We got tickets for 10/31 and the expense was a little over budget for me but I always say "we will go next year" and have never gone... I plan to arrive at the park at 2pm... from your past experience, where should we "hang out" until they start handing out wrist bands? Do you know if they do anything different ON Halloween versus any other night?!

-Melissa

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FrogBlog Oct 12, 2016 at 10:29 a.m.

Hi Melissa,

You can visit the Lego store to play with Legos and visit Build a Bear and RideMakerz. Fuel up so you hit the park with full bellies and not needing to stop and eat.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jessica Sep 29, 2016 at 6:50 p.m.

Hi!

We have tickets for the Halloween party October 3, and have 2 little ones in our party under 3. Can we just bring them in with us when we get to the party? Or do they need some sort of ticket too?

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FrogBlog Oct 3, 2016 at 10:43 a.m.

Hi Jessica,

They do not need tickets. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Heather Sep 29, 2016 at 2:46 a.m.

I have a question. I've gone to the Halloween Party the last couple years and they've always had some kind of dance party (it was at tomorrowland terrace before). My daughter loves going over and dancing and taking a break from trick or treating. This year I can't find anything about one. Is there a dance party this year?

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FrogBlog Oct 12, 2016 at 10:32 a.m.

Hi Heather,

There is some live entertainment, music and dancing in Tomorrowland, but it has not been promoted as a dance party. There is Jedi Training at 7:30, 9:00 and 10:05 p.m. instead of a dance party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lisa Sep 28, 2016 at midnight

If we have a regular park ticket, what time do we have to leave the park if we don't stay for the Halloween party?

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FrogBlog Oct 11, 2016 at 11:53 a.m.

Hi Lisa,

Whatever time the park closes that day, either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Cindy Sep 22, 2016 at 12:52 a.m.

Can you shed some light on what constitutes as a mask? I wanted to bring a 12 x 8 cardboard cutout on a popsicle stick of my husband's face to the park. He can't make the event this Friday and my family wanted to bring it and take a photo (that he's with us in spirit). Do you know if this is allowed or will be rejected at security?

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FrogBlog Oct 3, 2016 at 12:58 p.m.

Hi Cindy,

I think this will be fine since it won't actually be attached to your face.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lindsay Sep 20, 2016 at 11:54 p.m.

absolutely loving this entire post-- so many great tips and tricks! My fiance and I will be out there for the very first time and we got tickets to the Halloween party-- but we were planning on spending the whole day in the park... Do you know how it works in terms of getting your wristband and trick or treating bag if you're already in the park? Would we have to leave and turn right back around and go back in?

I suppose that's not terrible, just adds an extra step. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2016 at 9:33 a.m.

Hi Lindsay,

As early as three hours before the party starts (so 4 p.m. for a 7 p.m. party) you can go to the entrance for your wristband and trick or treat bags. If you are already in the park, you do not need to exit and re-enter. There are check-in stations in the park and one near the entrance to Frontierland. Cast members will need to scan your party ticket to give you a wristband. The good news is you have a three-hour window to do this before the party gets started.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Byron Oct 5, 2016 at 5:51 p.m.

I'm confused. We have tickets for tonight. It says "admission" at 3pm but are you saying we can't actually "enter" the park. Isn't that what "admission" means?

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Sice Sep 20, 2016 at 7:46 p.m.

Part of my family went to the Halloween party last year and loved it. I'm taking another child down and we're looking forward to it. Since this is a trip for us we bought the Halloween party tix plus 1 day 1 park tix for earlier in the day. We're spending one night in a DL hotel, we'll hit DCA bright and early with the hotel guest early entry, spend the day there, then head over to DL for the party later that afternoon. It was only $19 more per person than a 1 day park hopper pass but also gives us 3 additional hours. And yes, that extra morning hour is costing us quite a bit (steep hotel cost) but we're only in the parks 1 day total so it'll add a less crowded hour to our day! We're looking forward to the party and the family members not going are looking forward to some candy when we get back :)

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Karla Vidrio Sep 18, 2016 at 7:27 a.m.

Hello, I will be attending the Halloween party Oct 14 & I was wondering if fast pass is available for purchase for the Halloween event? If so, do you recommend it.

I'm taking my son who will turn 4 for his bday.

Also will town of terror be open ?

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Stacy Dunn Oct 2, 2016 at 4:16 p.m.

Eeekkkk! We are going on the 14th too! My little guy is 5 and has no idea the magnitude of the disneyland experience. :) So excited!!!

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2016 at 9:37 a.m.

Hi Karla,

The good news is that FastPasses are free to all guests. Just put your ticket in the kiosk, and it will give you your FastPass with return window. Tower of Terror will be open, but it is in California Adventure, while the party is at Disneyland Park. If you do not have a second day to visit that park, we suggest a Park Hopper. During the day, Tower of Terror is the classic ride, and after twilight it is more in the dark and without some sound effects (so you do not know when you are going to drop).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Larry Sep 17, 2016 at 10:58 a.m.

Splash Mountain will be closed all of October, well, at least through Oct 29. The last two days schedules are not announced yet.

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Scott Sep 15, 2016 at 4:43 p.m.

Thank you for the excellent post!

My seven-year-old daughter and I are moving to Southern California next week and I just bought our Disneyland annual passports (priorities, right?). Since I have the e-tickets but haven't yet picked up the passports, I'm unable to learn what, if any, discount there is for passport holders on the Halloween Party tickets and am hoping you can fill me in.

Thank you!

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.

Hi Scott,

Some nights (such as some early season week nights) offer Annual PassHolder discounts of $7 off per ticket, but not all nights do. When you go to purchase on the Disney Website, it will tell you if your night is eligible for a discount. Buy early! They sell out quickly!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Pearl Sep 15, 2016 at 3:45 a.m.

Hi. I was wondering, for the Halloween event, is it worth it just for adults to go with no kids? My husband and I do enjoy Disneyland but have not been to their Halloween event, also we don't have any kids yet. Plus I am assuming your posts are from the Halloween event as well? One more questions, if my husband and I do decide to attend the event, were there some adults who did not even dress up? (From your tips, I would like to attend the even because of the characters - especially the villains. Oh and I can't forget the fireworks and riding the rides at night are sometimes better than the day).

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Janet Sep 30, 2016 at 4:05 a.m.

Can a Mickey's Halloween Party ticket be turned into annual pass at the end of the day?

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FrogBlog Oct 3, 2016 at 10:42 a.m.

Hi Janet,

The Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event, so it cannot be upgraded to an annual pass.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2016 at 9:43 a.m.

Hi Pearl,

It is totally worth going without kids. Not everybody dresses up, so you will not feel out of place. Watch the fireworks in front of the castle, and you will love meeting the villains! There is a new villain parade too! And where else can adults get to trick-or-treat?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2016 at 9:43 a.m.

Hi Pearl,

It is totally worth going without kids. Not everybody dresses up, so you will not feel out of place. Watch the fireworks in front of the castle, and you will love meeting the villains! There is a new villain parade too! And where else can adults get to trick-or-treat?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Rose Sep 12, 2016 at 12:12 a.m.

Will the world of color be halloween theme in september? Planning on going to Cali Adventure 9/17 and didn't really want that to interfere.

And will the fireworks at Disneyland still be everyday or just for their halloween party times now? If so I'm thinking of 2 day ticket to see it haha.

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:09 p.m.

Hi Rose,

The World of Color show now through October is their regular show—no Halloween changes. Disneyland Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks are on the weekends and select nonparty days. On Halloween Party nights starting September 23 they will be Halloween Screams.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Colette Sep 20, 2016 at 12:56 a.m.

Hi Mommy frog!

My boyfriend and I are going to the party alone and want to see the fireworks/parade, and ride as many rides as we can as well since we don't have kids with us. Does the special Halloween parade run twice, like an early one and a later one? What time of the party do you recommend to ride the rides without totally missing out on the fireworks and parade? Also, are there fastpasses offered during the party? I tried to read through every comment to not be redundant so I apologize if I am asking something you already answered lol thanks!

Colette

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2016 at 9:40 a.m.

Hi Colette,

The parade runs twice at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. most nights. Headless Horseman runs through about 10 minutes before parade. Fireworks at at the Castle at 9:30. Watch the later parade to avoid some crowds. Ride times will drop as the night rolls on, so plan to stay until the end. Expect the crowd to thin after fireworks and especially after second parade. We can't recall if there were FastPasses during the party last year. Ride times dropped quite a bit after 8 p.m. so we did not need the passes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2016 at 9:34 a.m.

Hi Colette,

They may all be similarly crowded. We recommend basing your visit on what you wish to see in the park. The first weekend will be full-swing Halloween. Dapper Day is at Disneyland on Saturday and Disney California Adventure on Sunday (so you could try going to the the opposite park), the second weekend will be transitioning between the holidays (and is usually a quiet time) and since Dapper Day is officially on the Sunday, the Saturday might not be as crowded as Sunday. The third weekend will be the first weekend of the holiday season with all the holiday entertainment. That could be fun, and while race weekends are usually very crowded, several lower annual passes are blocked out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, which keeps a lot of locals out of the parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Elizabeth Sep 11, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

Hello,

Your article was useful but I am still very confuse.

I won tickets 2 days 1 park tickets and we are planning to go during October. I am confuse with the Halloween party event? That event is separate from my tickets I would have to purchase those events tickets to have access of the event? So if I plan to go on one of those days I would be leaving the park early? Should I plan for another day other then the event dates to visit the park I refuse to buy more rickets if I got some for free. Hope you can help me make this a better trip for us. Thanks

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2016 at 3:21 p.m.

Hi Elizabeth,

If you wish to stay in Disneyland after the park closes for the party, you will need a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kara Oct 3, 2016 at 10:55 p.m.

Hi,

If we purchase a park hopper pass, we can still go to California Adventure when the party starts, right?

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FrogBlog Oct 11, 2016 at 11:49 a.m.

Hi Kara,

Yes, you can do that :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lola Sep 11, 2016 at 12:16 a.m.

Do little ones have to wear there bracelets or can mom wear it with hers? If you go early, do you still dress up? And will they give you map of parade routes Thanks

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:12 p.m.

Hi Lola,

You can dress up when you enter the park as early as 4 p.m. (or three hours before the party starts). The bracelets are adjustable and all partygoers should wear them, but if you will not be separated from your little one, then you can ask Disney employees if you can wear it for her. They will give you a map with parades, character meet-and-greets, and trick-or-treat stations. The parade route generally runs from the entrance by the Mad Hatter to "it's a small world." It can run either direction, so be sure to ask a Cast Member if you are not sure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Shae Sep 10, 2016 at 9:23 p.m.

I'm so confused! My family is going to Disneyland October 17th 18th & 19th do we have to pay extra for Mickeys Halloween Party? Or is it involve everybody? I'm just confused on how to get in etc?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Sep 12, 2016 at 10:41 a.m.

Hi Shae,

You can experience some of the Halloween fun during regular park hours, but if you wish to attend the party, you will need a party ticket. The party ticket does allow admission into the park up to three hours before the party starts, so you could just purchase party tickets and go a little bit earlier.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Michelle Sep 10, 2016 at 6:32 a.m.

Thank you for this article, my question is I am taking my three young children ages 1,3,4 to Disneyland for the first time. At first I thought the Halloween party would be great, but as we will only be spending one day in Disneyland and one in California adventure and my kids are so young, and basically just want to meet princess and ride rides, will the Halloween party be too scary for them, and would they get to ride very many rides or meet the princesses? What are your thoughts? Thank you so much- michelle

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:13 p.m.

Hi Michelle,

The Halloween Party is generally not scary at all and is a lot of fun. The only thing that might be a tad bit scary this year is the Headless Horseman who will be heading down Main Street ahead of the parade. There are some great princess/character meet-and-greets at the party. The rides are usually less crowded than usual. If they have trouble staying up late, you might do Disneyland on a non-party day and just do California Adventure on the day of the party, because the party does run late.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sarah Sep 9, 2016 at 4:24 a.m.

FYI they don't over parking in the ticket price anymore.

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Harsha Sep 8, 2016 at 3:37 p.m.

Hi

Planning to visit Disneyland on Oct 22nd, wanted to know what will be timings of Disney fireworks and parade. Also will the Halloween theme be visible in the park or not.

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Veronica Sep 18, 2016 at 8:16 p.m.

The Halloween theme is all over the parks, so it is visible to all. Fireworks are usually around 9:25pm, so you will only see them during the party hours if your there during a Halloween party day.

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2016 at 2:27 p.m.

Hi Harsha,

Thanks for the suggestion! It is a smart one;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Amber Sep 7, 2016 at 8:51 p.m.

Thanks for the extremely detailed article! My boyfriend and I are planning to go to Disneyland on the 28th and 29th of October. Any idea on what the crowds will be like? I understand it'll be crowded either way, but will it be the kind where I can't move, or at least bearable? And what do you think the weather will be like around the end of October?

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:18 p.m.

Hi Amber,

The weather should be pleasant as SoCal moves into fall. Still warm but with a nice crisp in the air in the morning. Be sure to check the weather, because it can still reach high temperatures, although it has been a very mild fall so far... The crowds should not be too bad then, especially in the mornings. We have been there on those dates and found the park crowds light in the a.m. Wednesday is the party day, so that may be more crowded, especially in the afternoon.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Karen Sep 6, 2016 at 2:38 a.m.

I go to this every year and there is always some sort of special treat in a souvenir container. Last year was the lemonade in the poison apple cup. Is there anything like that this year that you are aware of?

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:19 p.m.

Hi Karen,

They have the poison apple cups again this year, and there are a number of collectibles and wearable themed items for sale.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Maria Sep 2, 2016 at 2:46 a.m.

I love your article, it's so useful!!!!

We have our tickets for Halloween night, our kids (boys, 4 and 8 years old) are SO excited! We would like to wear customes, and I have reviewed this year's policy. I know it is funny to have a complete costume, but I would like to know your experience with this.... Does it worth the cost of an adult custome? (not always comfortable), If we wear non-Disney characters, would we look bad? Would you recommend halloween themed customes?

Thanks again!!!!

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Larry Sep 17, 2016 at 11:07 a.m.

Hi Maria. 2016 will be my fifth annual pilgrammage to Disneyland for Halloween. I can tell you that all family friendly costumes are welcome, even if they are not Disney. I've seen Simpsons, Scooby Doo, Peanuts, I even went as a Minion myself last year. I would dress light in Anaheim. I boil when I dress as Dr Who in his tweed jacket.

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Treesa Sep 15, 2016 at 3:52 p.m.

Last year the day we went it poured rain so they shut down the trick or treat lines and characters. I'm praying this year it doesn't because they don't refund or let u come back on another day!!! So just keep an eye on weather. Most people dress up!! Adults and all some in characters u could mistake for being staff!! But some just simple my 3 year old (2 at the time) wanted me to be a kitty cat a black scary one haha so I painted my face and wore ears and that was enough to feel festive but not uncomfortable haha if ur kid plans on riding rides u wouldn't want a crazy costume on

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Wyattspoppa Sep 8, 2016 at 1:11 p.m.

Mommy Frog should mention the weather does play a role. Last year it was unseasonably warm, so my boy was taking parts of his costume off within the first 2 hours. Check the forecast and plan accordingly, be sure you have a change of clothing if it will be warm or humid.

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2016 at 2:28 p.m.

Hi there,

Thanks for the suggestion! It is a smart one;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2016 at 11:03 a.m.

Hi Maria,

The costume policy has been updated this year to be more restrictive. In years' past, going all out with costumes was part of the fun for some families, but it was always optional. The costumes don't necessarily have to be Disney themed, although most are. Maybe others reading this will share their dress up plans, so you get an idea.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kari Sep 1, 2016 at 4:57 p.m.

I am going to buy tickets for Halloween but we are from out of town, and aren't planning on bringing costumes. Do many people go without dressing up?

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2016 at 2:59 p.m.

Hi Kari,

Absolutely! Lots of people don't dress up.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nicole Sep 1, 2016 at 1:56 p.m.

What are your thoughts on the Blue bayou Halloween Dinner ($65/pp with fastpass to preferred parade viewing location)? Worth it or not? I have heard varying reviews of the PTN Blue Bayou preferred parade viewing area, esp in regards to viewing the fireworks. We will be there Friday 9/30. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:20 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

We think it is a bit pricey for the location you got back when it was Paint the Night. We do not prefer that location, because it is not the best place to watch fireworks. You will want to see the castle for sure. They did not disclose the viewing location for the party (which could be better than it used to be—if they can guarantee viewing by the castle then that would be much more valuable and helpful in avoiding the crowds). Keep in mind that you may not want to spend your party time eating a fancy dinner either. If you can stay up to see the second parade you will have your pick of locations after the fireworks end. That was our best strategy for Paint the Night and it worked out great. We plopped on a curb or bench after fireworks and had a great spot on Main Street for the parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:20 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

We think it is a bit pricey for the location you got back when it was Paint the Night. We do not prefer that location, because it is not the best place to watch fireworks. You will want to see the castle for sure. They did not disclose the viewing location for the party (which could be better than it used to be—if they can guarantee viewing by the castle then that would be much more valuable and helpful in avoiding the crowds). Keep in mind that you may not want to spend your party time eating a fancy dinner either. If you can stay up to see the second parade you will have your pick of locations after the fireworks end. That was our best strategy for Paint the Night and it worked out great. We plopped on a curb or bench after fireworks and had a great spot on Main Street for the parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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I'm confused - I thought Paint the Night ended Labor Day Weekend? Sep 21, 2016 at 5:25 p.m.

I'm confused - I thought Paint the Night ended Labor Day Weekend?

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FrogBlog Oct 7, 2016 at 1:35 p.m.

Hi,

That is correct, although the Disney Parks Blog has indicated Paint the Night may be back for the Christmas holiday season. There is a new Halloween parade during the parties.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Angelica Aug 31, 2016 at 7:58 p.m.

So my family and I are attending the Disneyland Halloween party this year. I was wondering if its best to go to Disneyland at the early time allowed or wait closer to the party time?

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FrogBlog Sep 1, 2016 at 2:07 p.m.

Hi Angelica,

We always recommend arriving early. This gives you more time in the park, essentially more bang for your buck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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sara Aug 31, 2016 at 12:56 p.m.

We are only visiting Disney 1 day as a day trip from San Diego. If we wanted to spend the entire day in the park and attend the Halloween party, would we have to buy a park ticket and a party ticket? Do they sell a package for that?

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2016 at 2:51 p.m.

Hi Sara,

Yes, you'd need regular park admission and a party ticket—there are no packages for this.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Justin Scannell Aug 30, 2016 at 5:34 a.m.

Hello, I was just wondering if Judge Frollo will be making an appearance as a meet and greet character this year. He's one of my favorites and it'd be a highlight of my trip to meet him. Was he there last year and stuff? Thank you!

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2016 at 2:21 p.m.

Hi Justin,

They did not announce every character yet, but we will keep our eyes out from him at the first Halloween Party on Sept 23. On party days you can use the Disneyland Mobile App to track down the characters.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Michelle Sep 25, 2016 at 4:09 p.m.

Hi there

I was just wondering if you attend the park on none party days what are the parks closing times & also is there fireworks over the castle on none party days?

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Irene Aug 27, 2016 at 9:25 a.m.

Great information, this makes me really excited to go as this will be our first Halloween at Disney! I know you suggested on not buying a daytime pass and the party pass for the same day. However, my family of three are only spending 2 nights in Cali. We are driving in on Sunday, and Monday would be the day we spend the whole day at the park. Would you recommend splitting the days? Should we buy a one day pass for Sunday and the party pass for Monday? I do have a 3 year old son, well he would still be 2, turning 3 the week after our visit to Disney. I know we will have fun, we just want to make sure we don't miss anything.

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FrogBlog Sep 20, 2016 at 1:58 p.m.

Hi Irene,

You can definitely buy two full days and the party, especially if you have a limited time. Park Hoppers will help you fit it all in. Be aware that with a child that age, he will need to take naps and breaks—Disneyland can be very stimulating and exhausting—especially if you want him to make it through the party. So a full day at Disneyland plus the party at night might be a bit much for a little one. We think spitting the days might be easier on your child, but you know him best and if he can take a full day at Disneyland with a good nap session and then the party at night, then go for it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sadie Ward Aug 27, 2016 at 3:09 a.m.

Is that Halloween Time Map a current one? Last years?

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2016 at 2:42 p.m.

Hi Sadie,

It is from last year, but we hope to have the new one up soon.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Eric Aug 26, 2016 at 12:09 a.m.

Thank you for this article. So much great info. I am taking my family of four to the land from the 17-21st of October. We don't plan on going to mickeys party due to expense and my kids ages. Should we avoid Disneyland those dates and stay over at DCA or is it worth it to have park hoppers and just go over to DCA when the party starts? Also, are there any fireworks on the nights Mickey isn't having is party?

Thanks for all your help!

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2016 at 1:12 p.m.

Hi Eric,

Having Park Hoppers can help you get the best of both worlds and avoid crowds. You can also just got to DCA those days if park hoppers are out of your budget, but on multi-day tickets, the Park Popper price per day is much less of a jump than for single days. Disneyland has not released the entertainment calendar for October yet, but there most likely will not be fireworks during the week. After Sept. 5, it will most likely be on Friday through Sunday nights. You can see the Halloween Party fireworks from outside the park though—ask you hotel if you have a fireworks view. If not, we sometimes watch from the roof of the Mickey and Friends parking structure or some areas of Downtown Disney or the esplanade between the two parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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James Aug 25, 2016 at 3:50 p.m.

I know Halloween time officially lasts only until October 31st, but how long do decorations stay up after that? Like if I visited the park just two or three days after would they all still be there or would they already be taken down?

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Carol Oxley Sep 5, 2016 at 6:22 a.m.

One year I went on November 1st. EVERYTHING that was Halloween was taken down. I'm thinking the mansion was still up

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2016 at 9:50 a.m.

Hi James,

They start taking the decorations down right after Halloween to put up Christmas. We were there a lot right after Halloween last year and it took about 11 days to take down Halloween as they are simultaneously put up Christmas, so you might see a bit of Halloween and Christmas in that time. It seemed that the pumpkins over the entrance gates stayed the longest.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jordan Aug 19, 2016 at 6:29 p.m.

Does halloween time affect california adventure? I bought park hoppers and i am going during this time. When i am ushered out of disneyland am i able to just go over to california adventure or will that be closed off too?

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FrogBlog Aug 22, 2016 at 9:20 a.m.

Hi Jordan,

Yes, you can hop over to California Adventure, but check your dates to see how late it is open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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natasha Aug 12, 2016 at 8:13 p.m.

Is space mountain typically closed after the 31st to remove the ghost overlay?

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2016 at 1:28 p.m.

Hi Natasha,

Space Mountain usually closes for the overlay removal during early November (around the 2nd-5th) and reopens after a week or so. We'll post exact dates on our refurbishment post once we know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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melissa Aug 11, 2016 at 8:35 p.m.

The free parking isn't being offered this year:( and i suggest bringing extra big bags because they give you way more snacks than can fit in the bag they give you.

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Wyattspoppa Sep 8, 2016 at 1:05 p.m.

We bring a stroller for the candy and it nearly fills the entire bottom storage area..about 12 -15 lbs every year for 3 of us!

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Jessica Aug 6, 2016 at 1:20 a.m.

Is there some special going on the 31st of October? Or just the same that it's going on the days before of Halloween day?

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Karla Aug 11, 2016 at 5:06 p.m.

So I have a question about the parade. Since Paint the Night parade is said to be gone after October 9th from disneyland do you know if they will show it at all for the Halloween Parties? I don't see any mention of a parade at all on their website, at least not one that I can find.

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FrogBlog Aug 8, 2016 at 8:36 a.m.

Hi Jessica,

It will be the same fun Halloween activities that have already been going on!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Luke Williams Aug 4, 2016 at 11:36 a.m.

My partner and i are beyond excited to be attending this years Halloween celebrations. I am slightly disappointed not to see Hocus Pocus being featured again but i am sure it will still be an amazing, fun filled evening.

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Becky Stinson Aug 4, 2016 at 2:25 a.m.

What time does the Halloween Party start and what time does it end?

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FrogBlog Aug 8, 2016 at 9:05 a.m.

Hi Becky,

They either run from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. or 7 p.m.-midnight, depending on the date. I will add these in!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Adam Aug 3, 2016 at 4:41 p.m.

I've been on the Disney site and I don't see any times listed for when the fireworks or the Halloween Parades start?

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FrogBlog Aug 9, 2016 at 9:54 a.m.

Hi Adam,

They do not have any parades listed. Fireworks are usually about 9:30 p.m., but to get the most correct information you should consult the entertainment guide they will hand you when you enter the park that day. It will have all the trick or treat stations, character meet and greets, fireworks time, and the time for the headless horsemen or any other entertainment.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Rachel watts Jul 28, 2016 at 11:15 p.m.

Hi I have just brought tickets to the Halloween party on 23 October. We have two days which we can spend between Disneyland and Disneys California adventure so I am tossing up weather to buy the 2 day one park per day ticket as it's cheaper and with having the Halloween party ticket that will give us extra time in Disneyland or if I'm best to buy the 2 day park hopper tickets. Amy recommendations on what would work best to allow us to see the most of both parks and stand in the least ques possible? Thanks

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FrogBlog Aug 9, 2016 at 12:36 p.m.

Hi Rachel,

You can still do a lot with doing one park per day. Just be sure to use FastPasses and arrive before park opening to take advantage of early morning low wait times. Once the Halloween party gets underway the wait times at Disneyland become a lot shorter than usual too. Be sure to watch the Halloween fireworks in front of the castle.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nicole Jul 23, 2016 at 9:38 p.m.

Hi,

How early does toon town open? In the past it was 5:00 pm it would be helpful if it was earlier. Is there a parade with the headless horseman? I was hoping they'd go back to the costume cavalcade vs. Paint the night. FYI parking is not included for 2016. Also if it does rain like it did last year for our date Disney won't hand out treats in the rain (I gather it's a potential lawsuit). Some treat stations and characters moved inside but good luck finding them.

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FrogBlog Aug 3, 2016 at 1:51 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

The Headless Horseman will be joined by a procession of friends, but they do not call it a parade. We will be there the first night of the party to see the Headless Horseman for the first time, so stay tuned for more information. They have not released any nighttime entertainment schedules past Sept. 5, but Paint the Night, Disneyland Forever and the current version of World of Color will be ending then. It is unusual for it to rain in Southern California before November—fingers crossed for better weather this time. They have not released the opening of Toon Town, but we will find out when we attend the party.

Thanks for the head's up about parking. That is a disappointment and worth noting, especially since the cost of a party ticket went up this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Raul Collao Jul 23, 2016 at 1:05 a.m.

Paint The nigth Parade it keeps in halloween time 2016 ?

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FrogBlog Aug 3, 2016 at 1:52 p.m.

Hi Raul,

Paint the Night will have its last night Sept. 5, along with Disneyland Forever and the current version of World of Color.There is no word on what might replace the parade and fireworks show, although the original World of Color will return.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Katie Jul 22, 2016 at 4:42 a.m.

If i purchase tickets with my annual pass but am not able to make it can i give it to a friend to use ? Or does that friend have to have a annual pass ?

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Shazni Sep 23, 2016 at 5:07 a.m.

Hi,

A friend who is an annual pass holder can't make it to the Halloween Party and offered me her tickets. Will I be able to get in without any issues (I am not an annual pass holder)?

Thanks

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FrogBlog Oct 12, 2016 at 10:40 a.m.

Hi Shazni,

You should be fine. There were many days without an Annual Passholder discount anyway this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Ashley B Jul 21, 2016 at 10:02 a.m.

Hi! We're going to be taking our 2 year old daughter for Halloween. I plan on purchasing tickets for Mickey's Halloween party. I was just wondering though if you had an idea on how fast tickets sell out, especially for Halloween night? I know they go on sale the 28th but I was wondering if I'd be able to wait til July 31st to purchase the tickets. Thanks in advance!

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Maria Jul 28, 2016 at 5:09 p.m.

Hi! i already buy my tickets just at midnight! i was so worry about the same idea of be sure to get them lol. I got tickets for nov 29 with any problems at all. Be sure that you will get them if you do it today :D

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Chris D Jul 20, 2016 at 12:59 p.m.

We planned our 5 year old sons first Disney Vacation for October 24th,25th and 26th. We haven't bought tickets yet but our dates and hotel are set and hard to change at this time. Would we get a comparable trip to regular full days if we just do the Halloween events on both the 24th and 26th since they both allow early entry and have fewer people and then do DCA all day on they 25th. It seems like a waste of money to buy Disneyland tickets on the days of the Halloween events only to get a few extra hours. I hate to scratch the whole trip over this, but I'm optimistic this 3 day trip might work out better with the lower crowd attendance, meaning more rides and fewer lines.

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FrogBlog Aug 3, 2016 at 1:44 p.m.

Hi Chris,

If you do the two Halloween events and then a full day at DCA, you should have a great time. Be aware that when you go in for early entry to the Halloween party it will be very crowded in the beginning while the park is still open to guests and partygoers. But then it will thin out when the park closes to the public. Try to make sure everyone rests so you can stay late. Be sure to buy now because tickets sell out weeks in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lisa Jul 17, 2016 at 2:24 p.m.

Hi, I am a Disney Visa card holder and I would like to take advantage of the advance ticket purchase. How do I do that? Is it through the Disneyland site or my Disney Visa card site? I want to be prepared come July 21st! ???? Thanks!

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Marisol Jul 22, 2016 at 5:31 a.m.

Hi lisa, I believe you can only purchase through the customer service number or at the front counters during presale. Have fun!

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Cathy Jul 22, 2016 at 2:09 a.m.

You have to call Disney directly. You can't buy it online unless you are a Passholder. When the phone line opens up expect to wait at least 40 min for a cast member to take your call

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FrogBlog Jul 18, 2016 at 12:32 p.m.

Hi Lisa,

I am not 100% certain, but perhaps others can share their expertise.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Melinda Jul 12, 2016 at 11:54 p.m.

Does the ticket include food? Or is it extra? We have never been before. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 13, 2016 at 6:07 a.m.

Hi Melinda,

No, there is no food included.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jeanette Jul 5, 2016 at 10:26 p.m.

Do you know if they close Haunted mansion and Space mountain for the Halloween overlay? If they do, when would that be? We r trying to go the first week of September.

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FrogBlog Jul 18, 2016 at 10:07 a.m.

Hi Jeannette,

Yes, Disneyland generally closes the two around mid/end of August and reopen them usually around the middle of September. For an example, Haunted Mansion closed August 24 and opened on Sept. 11.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Paige Jul 2, 2016 at 6:04 p.m.

This was so helpful! Thank you! I am currently planning a trip for this fall, and I am a first time annual pass holder. I am going with a friend who doesn't hold an annual pass. Will I be able to buy 2 passes for the party when they become available for annual pass holders? Or just those who hold an annual pass may buy a pass for themselves?

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Paul Sweeney Jun 8, 2016 at 4:25 p.m.

Hi, I recently bought two Magic Flex tickets to Disneyland Paris! Does this mean that I can attend the parks until 7pm and if I have to stay in I have to buy the Halloween party ticket?

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FrogBlog Jul 5, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Hi Paul,

We do not have information on Disneyland Paris (this post is for Disneyland in California), but perhaps someone else reading this might know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Michelle Sep 25, 2016 at 4:21 p.m.

Hi

Wil there still be meet & greet characters on none party days?

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Amanda Oct 16, 2015 at 5:20 p.m.

Thank you so much for all of the tips and information! I really found your blog useful! Just one quick question: Are we allowed entrance with our costume on during the 3 hours previous to the Halloween party? It would be my first time going (SO EXCITED!) and would love to go with my costume and makeup done during those hours. Thank you so much in advance!

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FrogBlog Oct 19, 2015 at 2:18 p.m.

Hi Amanda,

Yes! You're going to have so much fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Molly Oct 1, 2015 at 6:29 p.m.

I purchased tickets to Mickey's Halloween party but also have an annual pass. I plan on going to Disneyland since the morning since I have the pass. I know the Halloween ticket includes parking. My question is - will I be able to use my Halloween parking early in the day or will it only be valid close to the start of the Halloween party?

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Lisa Jul 22, 2016 at 11:03 p.m.

Just got my party tickets this morning, parking IS NOT included :(

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Karla Oct 1, 2015 at 6:11 a.m.

Great information! It will sure be helpful. I will be attending on Oct. 16th and there is a possible thunder storm that day...will the event be canceled if it rains? I know it could effect the firework show but what about the rest of the party?

Thanks!

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Rain or shine! Jul 23, 2016 at 3:48 a.m.

We went last year and it was raining. They didn't cancel they just moved the treat areas around so they wouldn't be in the rain!

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FrogBlog Oct 1, 2015 at 9:53 a.m.

Hi Karla,

No, the parties go on rain or shine, although some of the entertainment may not take place in inclement weather.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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krystin Sep 30, 2015 at 3:52 a.m.

Hi,

Thanks for this great info! Now that the party has begun, can you provide the list of which rides are open or if most are open, which rides will be closed for the party. We are going on 10/23.

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Oct 6, 2015 at 7:53 a.m.

Hi Krystin,

Yes! I've added the full list of rides expected to be open to the post!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sonja Sep 29, 2015 at 4:56 p.m.

Hello. We planned our trip for Disneyland Oct. 7-9. We thought we were avoiding the crowds by going during the school week. Now we learn of the halloween event that we can't even get tickets to. My question is this...do you think the parks will be very crowded during the day of these dates?

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Irene Oct 1, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

I was in DL Wed 9/30 from 11a-6p. The lines were very short so we got A LOT done. The Halloween party started at 6p but those guests started trickling in at 3p. I would say lines got noticeably longer from 4-6p. Just prioritize the popular rides for earlier in the day and pull fastpasses.

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Romy Oct 8, 2015 at 9:25 p.m.

I'm going on a 6pm - 11pm party night, which means we can get in at 3pm. My question is...is it alright to have your costume on this early? I don't want to change in the bathroom...but I'm going as a Disney character. Not sure if that's ok?

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Randy Sep 25, 2015 at 9:35 a.m.

Hi! Great guide but unfortunately the tickets are all sold out on the dates I am in Anaheim :(

Will it be possible to get tickets at the park on the day or when they say sold out, it's "SOLD OUT!" I see a lot of ticket scalpers and those prices are ridiculous...

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FrogBlog Sep 25, 2015 at 12:41 p.m.

Hi Randy,

If the tickets for the Halloween party are sold out online, there is still hope. Disney still reserves a few via phone after Internet sales are gone.

Call by phone 714-781-4400. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Brianna Sep 30, 2015 at 5:15 a.m.

Hi, I am really hoping that they are not really sold out. How is it that you know about calling this number ?

And how sure are you that they will have more tickets available for purchase?

I really need this one ticket!

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Shirley Sep 24, 2015 at 5:19 p.m.

Hi,

I was wondering if htey released the map for Halloween night. I wanted to plan our night. Thank you.

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FrogBlog Oct 6, 2015 at 7:35 a.m.

Hi Shirley,

Here is the map: https://cache.undercovertourist.com/blog/2015/09/disneyland-halloweentime-map-2015.pdf

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lynn Sep 24, 2015 at 2:52 a.m.

Hi! I went last year, they had a Halloween Parade... did they cancel that parade this year? =(

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FrogBlog Sep 24, 2015 at 8:39 a.m.

Hi Lynn,

They have canceled the character cavalcade for this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sean Sep 22, 2015 at 8:54 p.m.

When tickets are sold out...are they truly sold out or will they release more tickets closer to the event or at the gate? I'm coming into LA and I have a day to hit the park at the last second...wish I could have locked up a ticket a while ago but hoping that I still have a small window of opportunity. Thanks for the insight.

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2015 at 12:53 p.m.

Hi Sean,

Unfortunately, they do not release more tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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ANNABEL Sep 22, 2015 at 12:53 p.m.

HI there

Do you know if the magic hour is available even with one night stays in disney hotels? the information is a bit conflicting on the site...thanks so much

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FrogBlog Sep 22, 2015 at 9:14 a.m.

Hi Annabel,

Yes, the Magic Hour is available even on one-night stays for both your day of check-in and your day of departure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Maranda Sep 21, 2015 at 2:19 p.m.

Hey! Do you know if for the face painting near Frontierland I can get my face painted like a Dia de los muertos skull?

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FrogBlog Oct 1, 2015 at 1:01 p.m.

Hi Maranda,

Face painting in Frontierland is free — for small items. They will paint a Dia de Los Muertos face on you, but that costs $19.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Colette Aldaco Sep 21, 2015 at 2:35 a.m.

Hi, I will be attending the Disney Halloween party in Anaheim, as Mary Poppins. I got a large carpetbag that I was planning on using as part of my costume and treats bag. Is there a size restriction for bags. I dont want to be caught off guard and told my bag won't be allowed. Thanks

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The Moore Family Sep 20, 2015 at 10:25 p.m.

Hi Mommy Frog,

This will be the first year that my family and I will attend Disneyland's Halloween Party. We are a family of four with 5 and 15 year sons. I'm trying to plan our activities without wasting hours saving a parade spot or fireworks show spot. Do you have any suggestions as far as waiting until party time to get on rides or how crowded it will be for the parades and fireworks show? Any advice will help. Thanks for posting such helpful and wonderful information and photos!

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FrogBlog Sep 28, 2015 at 8:23 a.m.

Hi there,

You are all going to have so much fun! The Paint the Night parade is at 8:45 p.m. I would be in place 30 to 60 minutes if you want to be in a prime location near the castle or Main Street. These are the only spots with viewing locations of the projections during the fireworks. The beginning of the party is super crowded because daytime guests are finishing rides, so use this time to take in the sights and trick-or-treat. On the first night of the party, by about 7:30 p.m., the ride times dropped significantly and continued to drop throughout the night. Space Mountain went from 65 minutes at 7:00 to 10 minutes by 9:00. And if you want to catch villains, you can find the most in front of the train station on Main Street.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jordan Sep 19, 2015 at 2:38 p.m.

Hello! I was wondering if any dining and stores will be closed during the Mickey's Halloween Party? I am almost certain that table-service dining location will close. Am I correct? Will there still be quick- service options (Like Del Rancho) and stores to shop at (like on Main Street) during Mickey's Halloween Party?

thank you!

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FrogBlog Sep 24, 2015 at 8:54 a.m.

Hi Jordan,

The table service restaurants that are open include Carnation Cafe and Cafe Orleans (plus the premium experience at Blue Bayou), but there will be a total of 19 dining locations open in the park, offering plenty to eat or drink. Shopping will be open as well.

Some other restaurants that are open include Jolly Holiday, Bengal Cafe, Stage door, French market, Tomorrowland terrace, Pizza port, Plaza inn, Gibson Girl ice cream, the refreshment corner and Market house. Sadly Rancho del Zocalo closes at 6 p.m., but if you got in the park early at 4 p.m., you would still have time to eat there before it closed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jordan Sep 17, 2015 at 10:36 p.m.

Do you know if any stores or dining places close during Mickey's Halloween Party

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FrogBlog Sep 25, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.

Hi Jordan,

The table service restaurants that are open include Carnation Cafe and Cafe Orleans (plus the premium experience at Blue Bayou). But there will be a total of 19 dining locations open in the park, offering plenty to eat or drink. Shopping will be open as well.

Some other restaurants that are open include Jolly Holiday, Bengal Cafe, Stage door, French market, Tomorrowland terrace, Pizza port, Plaza inn, Gibson Girl ice cream, the refreshment corner and Market house. Rancho del Zocalo closes at 6 p.m. so if you entered at 4 p.m., you could eat early before it closes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Melanee Sep 14, 2015 at 2:45 a.m.

I'm coming during convenation on a night of the Halloween party. We'll only have time for an evening at the park, am I to understand I do not need the Twilight ticket in addition to the party ticket to get in at 4?

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2015 at 8:56 a.m.

Hi Melanee,

You only need a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Greg Sep 12, 2015 at 3:59 p.m.

Thank you for all your great info! I was wondering what effect the Halloween Party has on the Diamond Celebration? We have been wanting to go to Disneyland this year to see the new Diamond Celebration Fireworks and Electrical Parade, but I am kind of wondering should I/shouldn't I go for the halloween party? Thanks for your help!

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2015 at 9:21 a.m.

Hi Greg,

The Diamond Celebration shows and entertainment go on as scheduled during the Halloween party so you won't miss out, but there is a character cavalcade that happens before the parade plus all of the other Halloween fun.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Susana Sep 16, 2015 at 6:32 a.m.

The only event they wont have as part as the Diamond celebration during Mickeys Halloween party is the Diamond Firework Show as they will have the Halloween Fireworks instead. I checked with Disney as I was wondering this myself. Great blog btw! ; )

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Graciela Sep 12, 2015 at 3:57 p.m.

Hi so im planning on taking my son for his bday this year for the halloween time in disneyland. Its a little confusing on this halloween party? So what i understood is, if u purchase the halloween party ticket this give u entry to the park? U dont need to purchase 2 different tickets or do u? Also can u go any time when u have purchased the ticket or just to the halloween party, starting at 4pm? I want to know so i can plan my families trip. We are 4 attending and we are traveling from sacramento ca. Oh also is the california park open, and is there park hoper for halloween also or no? Thank you for the help really would help to plan ahead of time and have my son enjoy for his bday!! We want to get the best out of it and dont want to miss anything lol its our first year trying to go for halloween. We went for christmas and sadly we really didnt get to enjoy much because we didnt have much info and planned well!

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2015 at 9:34 a.m.

Hi Graciela,

If you only want to enter at 4 p.m., you just need a party ticket, which will only allow you into Disneyland Park. There is no Halloween hopper ticket. If you plan to go to Disney California Adventure or Disneyland earlier in the day, you would need regular admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mysti Sep 8, 2015 at 7:51 p.m.

This will be my first time at the party, does anyone know how it works if I bought regular tickets and the party tickets? Can we get our armbands that morning when we go or do we have to go back out at a certain time to get them?

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2015 at 10:47 a.m.

Hi Mysti,

Starting at 4 p.m., you can head to Main Street and pick up a party wristband with your ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mukti Sep 7, 2015 at 8:41 p.m.

Hi we are a bunch of 30 yr olds coming around this time and was wondering is it suitable for us.....I've been universal before but was not so sure for this

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2015 at 11:41 a.m.

Hi there,

You're never too old for fun Disney or Halloween ;) We see families, couples and friends decked out for the party. It's a lot of fun for everyone!

Mommy Frog

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Jasmine Sep 7, 2015 at 5:48 p.m.

Will all rides be available for "Mickeys Halloween Party"?

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FrogBlog Sep 8, 2015 at 7:43 a.m.

Hi Jasmine,

Most of the rides are available for Mickey's Halloween Party. We'll have a complete list after the first party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jenais Sep 1, 2015 at 5:29 p.m.

What website can I purchase Mickey's Halloween Party tickets? And Is there a place that will show the nights the will have parades and or fireworks?

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2015 at 9:13 a.m.

Hi Jenais,

These tickets are available through Disney directly. You can also see the parade and fireworks schedule there as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Monica Sep 1, 2015 at 6:28 a.m.

Does this event go until October 31 or Nov 1. Different sites have different info.

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FrogBlog Sep 1, 2015 at 9:15 a.m.

Hi Monica,

Halloween Time lasts through Nov. 1, but the last Mickey's Halloween Party is Oct. 31.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Olga Aug 27, 2015 at 3:20 p.m.

So I understand that you'll be escorted out of the park if you don't have a ticket to the halloween event but can you specify if this applies to both Disneyland and California Adventure? Like once I get escorted out of Disneyladn can I just go to California Adventure and spend time there, since I will have a park hopper pass

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FrogBlog Aug 27, 2015 at 2:43 p.m.

Hi Olga,

Yes, you can and that is what we'd do!

Mommy Frog

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Mitchell Aug 26, 2015 at 12:46 p.m.

Halloween Carnival at Frontierland’s Big Thunder Ranch is not happening this year.

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Brandon Aug 21, 2015 at 6:46 p.m.

How does regular park admission (without the event ticket) work on party days. Do they have to leave the park early, or are they only not allowed in certain parts?

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FrogBlog Aug 27, 2015 at 11:59 a.m.

Hi Brandon,

Party guests are given wristbands to help identify them. After the park closes for the party, guests without wristbands are not allowed to stay in the park and will be directed to the exits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aurora Aug 20, 2015 at 6:01 p.m.

I have never been to CA will the haunted mansion be changed into the nightmare before Christmas right by the 11th and run like that every day until the Halloween parties stop?

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FrogBlog Aug 25, 2015 at 9:24 a.m.

Hi Aurora,

The Haunted Mansion refurbishment to add the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay is scheduled to be finished Sept. 10.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Meshari Aug 18, 2015 at 3:25 a.m.

Is the mickey not so scary will be in disneyland "paris" too ??

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2015 at 9:27 a.m.

Hi Meshari,

Disneyland Paris does offer a Halloween party on Oct. 31 only.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Garrison Aug 17, 2015 at 2:04 p.m.

Ps. Like so many others, it doesn't seem right to have to puchase 2 tkts to spend 1 day at the park.

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Garrison Aug 17, 2015 at 2:03 p.m.

Looking for morning advice. We, wife and I are traveling to California for first time from tn. I have been to Disney world about 30 times. We had planned one day in the land. So much to do in ca. Now we find that it's a split day. I have booked the Halloween tkt for Oct 2nd. Any advice on how to spend the morning at disney?

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FrogBlog Aug 24, 2015 at 2:52 p.m.

Hi Garrison,

You could spend the morning at Disney California Adventure and then hop over to Disneyland in the afternoon. There is plenty to do in California Adventure, so it should be fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Natalie Aug 4, 2015 at 5:10 a.m.

Hi there! Just curious if you know the typical crowds that happen right after halloweend decor is put up? We will be at Disneyland on Sept. 14-15 Monday and Tuesday). We chose this time to go, hoping the summer crowds have faded but now I'm worried that this is right after the holiday decor has been put up and it may be just as crowded. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you :)

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Shirley Sep 14, 2015 at 2:45 p.m.

You should be okay. I went this past Saturday and it didnt seem that crazy. The weekday usually have less crows and kids are back in school this Monday :)

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FrogBlog Aug 7, 2015 at 11:23 a.m.

Hi Natalie,

Monday and Tuesday would be good times to go as there are more crowds on weekends, and this is before the first party of the season, so even better!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Pat Jul 25, 2015 at 9:38 p.m.

Hello,

We are planning on having a large group go on Halloween. Can one person buy all the tickets ? Limit on how many tickets you can get ? Are names on the ticket ? Don't want to get to the front gate and have a problem. Thanks

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FrogBlog Aug 5, 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

Hi Pat,

Yes, one person can buy up to 10 tickets. I am not sure if names are on tickets, but perhaps someone else has experience with this and will chime in!

Mommy Frog

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Elsa Jul 23, 2015 at 8:47 p.m.

Do a lot of rides close during party days? We'd like to take advantage going 3 hours prior to the event. Thanks so much!

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2015 at 8:54 a.m.

Hi Elsa,

Most of the rides will be open during Mickey's Halloween Party!

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

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Joshuaj12 Jul 23, 2015 at 1:20 a.m.

So I have the Disney Reward Visa card and it is not letting me get the Halloween tickets today. It's stated above that the Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards can get it on the 22nd. Or do I have to wait until the 29th? I don't want to miss out this opportunity and I worry about tickets running out. Thank you!

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FrogBlog Jul 23, 2015 at 10:08 a.m.

Hi Joshua,

You should be able to get tickets already. I would reach out to Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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ML Jul 22, 2015 at 10:14 p.m.

What does it mean "regular ticket holders were escorted out of the park to let the party-goers come in"? I'm planning to book a vacation package (hotel + park tickets), does it mean I won't be allowed in the park during the Mickey's Halloween Party?

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FrogBlog Jul 23, 2015 at 10:14 a.m.

Hi ML,

Unless you specifically purchase a Halloween Party Ticket, you will not be allowed to stay in the park once the party begins.

Mommy Frog

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Helen Jul 21, 2015 at 8:37 p.m.

There still seems to be some confusion on the Halloween Parties in Disneyland. We went one year and the "regular" ticket holders were escorted out of the park to let the party-goers come in. I believe they had wristbands or something to make sure only those with "party tickets" could attend. I assume that will be the case in 2015 also, correct? Are they pretty strict about making sure nobody is left in the park without a wristband? PS -- I absolutely the park at Halloween, even better than Christmas!! So excited to go this year in October!

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2015 at 8:53 a.m.

Hi Helen,

Yes, we expect this will be the same way they handle party guests vs. regular park-goers again this year.

Mommy Frog

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Holly Jul 18, 2015 at 3:57 p.m.

Hello, do you know what time on July 29th the tickets will go on sale? We already booked our hotel and flights and I'm worried about the tickets selling out quickly. Thank you!

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Lois Jul 12, 2015 at 11:11 p.m.

I noticed that there are not any Saturday dates for the Halloween Party in Disney World. Will there be any Saturday dates for the party in Disneyland?

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 10:56 a.m.

Hi Lois,

Historically, there have not been, and we would not expect this to change this year. Hope this helps!

Mommy Frog

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Kom Jul 11, 2015 at 5:40 p.m.

Trying to plan and buget for this event. In tha past what were the prices, I know prices may go up

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FrogBlog Jul 17, 2015 at 8:27 a.m.

Hi Kom,

Advance ticket prices start at $69 and go to $84. Day of event prices range from $77-$84.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Josh Jul 11, 2015 at 2:49 a.m.

Only unclear part is whether a regular park ticket for that day entitles you to entry or whether you need the extra pass for the event? Given it allows park entry several hours early I assume they don't kick everybody out of the park when it starts. Also, your park pass booked as part of a Disney vacation package should include this right?

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Jack Aug 4, 2015 at 7:18 p.m.

Hi Josh, hope this helps...

FYI: The following was copied straight from the Disneyland Park Mickey's Halloween Party event page: "Event ticket provides admission to Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time." What that means is that, if your "event start time" is 7:00pm, then you can enter the park at 4:00pm. At which time, a plastic wristband will be placed on a certain-sided wrist, this was true for all ticketed, Mickey's Halloween Party event attendees. (I think it was your right-side wrist last year.) That was what the system last year, and I felt that it worked because a hour or two later, the park felt like it was almost empty in some parts.

The cast members will start to check for wristbands starting a minute or two before the event start time.

Hope this helps.

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 12:48 p.m.

Hi Josh,

You need a party ticket to enter for the event. A regular ticket booked as part of a package would not be included unless it is specifically for the party.

Hope this helps.

Mommy Frog

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Courtney Jun 15, 2015 at 11:16 p.m.

I'm confused as I bought tickets at the end of April for this event? Aren't tickets already sale with the dates already been announced?

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FrogBlog Jun 22, 2015 at 6:42 a.m.

Hi Courtney,

This post is about Halloween Time at Disneyland. The Disneyland parties have not gone on sale yet. You bought tickets for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World.

Mommy Frog

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Tammy Jun 11, 2015 at 7:11 p.m.

Great article! This is my first year as a pass holder and I am looking forward to going to the Halloween party for the first time ever! How do we buy the tickets and how do we know when they are available?

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FrogBlog Jun 11, 2015 at 3:03 p.m.

Hi Tammy,

We will announce it here when tickets go one sale. They have typically gone on sale in July, and you purchase directly through Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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