Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - PinterestOur Frog Family loves going to Halloween Time at Disneyland. It's one of the best times of the year to visit! Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are outfitted with decorations, banners, lighting, characters in Halloween costumes, spooky sounds and other treats. Be sure to ask for some Halloween Magic Shots from the PhotoPass photographers for some extra special surprises. Halloween Time typically runs mid-September through Halloween every year. For 2019, Disneyland Halloween Time runs Sept. 6 through Oct. 31.

This year, there are big changes afoot! On select nights, all Disneyland guests can enjoy the Halloween Screams fireworks show! (Hop over to find out the best places to view Disneyland fireworks.) Another big change is that Mickey's Halloween Party has been replaced by the Oogie Boogie Bash. The new party, a separately ticketed event that runs on select nights during Disneyland Halloween Time, will be hoppening over in Disney California Adventure. We've got a separate post with the Oogie Boogie Bash details, but this one focuses on all of the Halloween fun to be found in both parks!

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Overview of Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

September and October are generally better times of the year to visit Disneyland, but Halloween Time brings visitors, especially on weekends. Visit early in September and on a weekday if you can. The earlier you go in the season, the lighter the crowds seem to be. Expect the weekend preceding Columbus Day, the following week and the weekend before Halloween to be the most crowded. So, what can you expect?

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Main Street USA

Disneyland will be exploding with Halloween decorations. Fall colors of yellow and orange abound, with pumpkins aplenty, especially on Main Street. As you stroll down Main Street, you will find hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins, (which are lit at night). Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale will be greeting guests in their Halloween costumes. The villains may be stalking about Main Street and Fantasyland.

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 2019 - Dia de los Muertos Display

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

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-Chip and DaleThe bewitching Disneyland Halloween Time treats and food accessories available during Disneyland Halloween Time will have you drooling like a ghoul. You can dig in to festive caramel apples, Mickey mummy macarons, special churros and themed treats such as cookies and cupcakes and cake pops. Carry your food in style with premium popcorn buckets, poison apple steins and glow cubes. There are special savory snacks on the restaurant menus, too. OK, is anyone else’s mouth watering? Definitely pick up a Food Guide in the park so you can find all the tasty treats.

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Halloween Screams fireworks show is viewable for all Disneyland guests. For several years, the show has been available to just party guests. But now that the party has hopped over to Disney California Adventure, everyone can enjoy this spectacular show at Disneyland! There is a slight change. Fireworks enhance the show on select nights (mostly Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a few exceptions, so check the calendar). The supernatural projections and special effects show takes place nightly during Halloween Time!

 Halloween at Disney California Adventure

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-daisyDisney California Adventure offers a few grim grinning ghouls and ghosts of its own. Oogie Boogie’s oversized shadow haunts the Main Entrance of Disney California Adventure. Head over to the Headless Horseman Statue on Buena Vista Street. Boo-tiful purple lights are aglow, and you can hear the faint clip clop and sounds of the horse or of Oogie Boogie himself. The Disney characters are happily showing off their Halloween costumes. Last year, Disney Junior star Vampirina greeted guests during Halloween Time in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. We hope she'll be back — we promise she won’t bite! She is now a regular part of the Disney Jr. Dance Party, so you can enjoy “Vee” year-round!

Prepare for Cars Land to roll into the Halloween spirit with holiday decor, music and characters dressed in fun “car-tumes.” Muffle your screams on Luigi’s Rollickin' Roadsters and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree as they put a new spin on Halloween Time. Be sure to visit “Radiator Screams” at night to take in the "gourd-geous" Halloween scenery, special lighting and backdrop of hills in bewitching Halloween colors. It’s quite a treat!

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-Miguel

Any "Coco" fans out there? You won't want to miss visiting the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park. This year, you can meet puppet Miguel!

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-craft

Take part in activities such as free crafts, including coloring a mask or recording a family memory. Other fun things to do include trying out the special colorful wing photo walls and Tree of Life photo locations. Learn about Dia de los Muertos, enjoy mariachi music, sample Mexican food or catch a showing of A Musical Celebration of Coco show — Miguel makes an appearance with his guitar. The Plaza de la Familia may be open for a few days into November.

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

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019 - Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark Wait Times

This is a very popular ride with long wait times!

It’s tricky to figure out how to get a FASTPASS. It requires vigilantly checking return times being distributed for the daytime. Each day, the ride line closes for one hour to switch over from the daytime version to the Monsters After Dark version. On nights with an Oogie Boogie Party, the ride closes at 3 p.m. and reopens at 4 p.m. On all other nights, the ride shuts down at 4 p.m. and reopens at 5 p.m. The FASTPASS will still say Guardians of the Galaxy, but if it is for after 4 or 5 p.m. (depending on the night), it's for the Monsters after Dark version. Return times disappear as if being chased by a monster, so keep your eye on this by checking the Disneyland app to see distribution times starting in the morning. You can acquire a paper FASTPASS or use MaxPass to reserve.

Characters at Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits in both parks. Jack and Sally have the same location as the past few years in New Orleans Square near the Royal Street Veranda. The best time to arrive is in the morning before they start greeting about 9 am.  During the evening, some spirits may materialize in that location. Specifically the temporarily displaced hitchhiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, Constance Hatchaway (the bride with the hatchet in the Haunted Mansion attic) and Sally Slater, the tightrope walker from the stretching room.

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

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-queens of heartsYou might spot other villains around Adventureland, Fantasyland and Main Street U.S.A, especially as the season progresses. The characters tend to make more appearances as Halloween gets closer. Cruella de Vil, Queen of Hearts, Jafar and others sometimes stomp around near the entrance to the park and Main Street. Maleficent, who used to only make appearances at the Halloween parties, is now making appearances near Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Queen is also lurking nearby. For the most villain sightings, visit the new Halloween party at Disney California Adventure, the Oogie Boogie Bash.

Disney Villains Dance Party

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-Villains Dance PartyNew for 2019, there is a new Disney Villains Dance Party in Tomorrowland on select nights (mostly Fridays through Sundays) from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This is a toadally cool way to conjure up some fun with the villains. You'll also pick up some crazy new dance moves when the villains join you on the dance floor. We did The Time Warp with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee!

Rides at Disneyland Halloween Time 2019

There are special changes to certain rides during Disney Halloween Time. We already mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark at Disney California Adventure. One of the most popular rides is Haunted Mansion, which is converted to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Wait times for Haunted Mansion Holiday are significantly longer than at other times of the year, so we recommend you make this one of your priorities before 10 a.m. or get a FASTPASS. The ballroom always has a large gingerbread house on the table (with yummy gingerbread smalls wafting up). The Haunted Mansion celebrated 50 years this year, so there is a large 50 adorning the gingerbread model of the Haunted Mansion itself this year!

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-MaterOn most years, Tad finds Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy especially thrilling. Ghost Galaxy will not be returning in 2019, however. The Hyperspace Mountain overlay will be zooming on through Oct. 31. Tad can't complain. He loves Hyperspace Mountain too!

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

Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2019-oogieThere is so much to look forward to during Disneyland Halloween 2019, with the biggest trick-or-treat being the change of Mickey’s Halloween Party moving to the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. Hop over to our Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland Halloween Party post for the full scoop and all the scary details.

This after-hours party runs on select nights Sept. 17 to Oct. 31 and requires a separate ticket. Tickets are selling out in a scary fast way, so hop to it before they are gone. The party is one of the rare times guests 14 and up can wear costumes to Disneyland. Guests of all ages can go trick-or-treating and enjoy special entertainment, dance parties and unique character meet and greets with classic Disney characters in costumes and many Disney villains. The ride wait times tend to be shorter during the Disneyland Halloween Parties — what a treat!

There's so much to do and see during Disneyland Halloween Time! It's really one of our favorite times to visit! Have a question about Halloween Time or the Oogie Boogie Bash? Let us know in comments below! 

Related: Best Time to Visit Disneyland

Related: Guide to Oogie Boogie Bash

Related: Guide to Planning for Holidays at Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 29, 2018 at 5:26 a.m. Karla Says...

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

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

Hi Karla!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Leigh!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Ana!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

Hi Andrew!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Andrew!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

I was planning on going to Disneyland that week

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

Thank you

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

Hi Michelle!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Pablo!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

thanks

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

Hi Emma,

Yes, Disney California Adventure will remain open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi there!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hello, what are the hours during the non Halloween

days in October?

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

Hi Vivian,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Bailey,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Denise,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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Aug 7, 2018 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Elizabeth!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Stephanie!

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Fernando!

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

Hi Andrew,

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Sounds good!

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

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

Hi Andrew,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Heather!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Meylin!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Vero!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Brooke!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Mikki!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hello,

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

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

Hi David!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Kristin!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

hi!

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

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

Hi there,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Missy,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Lauren,

Yes, you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jamie,

Hope you were able to get the date you needed!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Sure did! Can't wait...

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

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

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

Hi Erica,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi

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

Thanks in Advance :)

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

Hi Jeff!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2018 at 11:48 p.m. Wend Youngman Says...

Does California Adventure Close during Mickey's Party? We are planning on going the week of Oct 22. Also, what are the days? I feel like I might want to go at a different time? We pay all this money and the park closes early unless you buy another ticket?

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May 24, 2018 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Disney California Adventure Park is still open for regular park hours during the party, but it also doesn't stay open later than usual. This means you can't rely on it as an alternative to Mickey's Halloween party later in the evening. California Adventure usually closes much earlier than Disneyland (especially Monday through Friday during the fall). During the time you'll be there, Mickey's Halloween Party will be taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 29!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2018 at 11:40 p.m. Roxanne Gonzalez Says...

Good Afternoon,

I'm going to Disneyland and Disney California on 10/26 - 10/27 2018.

Do i need a Mickey Halloween party ticket on the 10/26 to be at Disney California? , or that is just for Disneyland Park?

Im planning to go 10/26 DCA and 10/27 Disneyland. so i don't need the MickeyHparty ticket.

I'm just worried to be kicked out from DCA on the friday.

Thank you

Roxanne

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May 22, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roxanne,

Mickey's Halloween Party is only at Disneyland, so you won't need a party ticket to visit Disney California Adventure! You'll still be able to enjoy the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2018 at 9:59 p.m. Bob Says...

Sorry, I should've read the previous comments and your answers before I asked my question. I see that we'll be able to scoot over to DCA with our Park Hopper tickets when the Halloween party starts.... :)

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May 18, 2018 at 2:53 p.m. Breanna Says...

Hi! Thanks for the info! I will be attending this year’s party (assuming I get tickets) with a 6-year-old and 4-year-old. I would like to take them to the Toontown preparty. How early should we arrive? I know it opens an hour before the actual party starts, but will we be able to go right in or will there be a huge line ahead of time? I want to try to balance their wait times with the fun. ????

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May 13, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. LoraBella Says...

Hi, I'm confused about what happens at DCA. Can non-party goers stay there till closing? I have a trip booked around the end of October and I see that the party may cause early closing on a lot of the dates we will be there, based on last year's dates. I want to stay late as many nights as possible but not go to the part every night that it's on...

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May 18, 2018 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lora,

Non-party goers can stay until official park hours end.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 25, 2018 at 2:27 a.m. Michelle Says...

When do the Disney land Halloween tickets go on sale also when does it start

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Tickets usually go on sale around July, and the parties typically begin in September. We'll update this post as soon as this year's details are announced!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2018 at 10:04 p.m. C. Thompson Says...

Does Disneyland have the Sanderson sister witches in a show or a photo op.?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, we have not seen them at Disneyland. Fingers crossed they show up sometime!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 17, 2018 at 12:47 a.m. Christina Says...

When are tickets on sale?

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Apr 17, 2018 at 7:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

Last year, tickets went on sale in mid-July. We'd start keeping an eye out around mid-June! Of course, we'll keep this post updated when we hear.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 27, 2018 at 4:25 a.m. Natalie Says...

My family will be visiting Disneyland Tuesday-Friday at the end of September. Is there still evening entertainment (fireworks, fantasmic) on the weeknights that don't have the Halloween party? We want to see fireworks, but don't necessarily want to pay an extra $600 for party tickets when we already have park tickets!

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Feb 27, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Yes, on nights when there isn't the party, you'll still be able to experience the fireworks and shows!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2017 at 1:25 p.m. Susan Says...

We will be in California in early November. We have one day to go go Disneyland - 11/7. I saw online that the official Christmas activities start 11/10. We would still love to see it decorated for Christmas. Do you know if it will be by then?

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Oct 17, 2017 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

In the past, there have been Christmas decorations up at Disneyland a few days after November 1. It may not be everything, but it will be merry and bright!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2017 at 9:02 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hi! I'm planning to take my kids 11/1-11/4 to avoid the crowds. Will the Halloween deco be down? Do you know how long they leave it up? Or will there be lots of construction of taking all the deco down? Since it's Day of the Dead I was hoping they'd still have some things up, parades, etc. Do you know? Thanks!

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Oct 11, 2017 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

The decorating takes place at night when the park is closed. It's possible that Halloween decorations will be up on Nov 1, with Christmas appearing shortly after that.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2017 at 2:30 a.m. Nicole Says...

Hi! Great tips! I have a party ticket and I have tried to add it to my app but it comes up with an error message. Can you only add the ticket to the app the day of the party? Thanks!

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Oct 11, 2017 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Hmm. We're not sure. Make sure you set up an account in the app. Once you enter the park, they will give you a small paper ticket with a barcode on it. You should be able to scan that into the app. It only takes a second to do it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 16, 2017 at 1:33 a.m. Stacey Tumlinson Says...

What app it's my first time going I will be there on the 29

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Oct 16, 2017 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

That's great. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. Eve Says...

If you go on a day of Mickey's Party,will you be kicked out of the park at 7pm?

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Oct 9, 2017 at 8:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eve,

Yes, the park will close at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 19, 2018 at 7:37 a.m. Jolette Says...

Does this apply for Disney in California or just in Florida ?

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Apr 19, 2018 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jolette!

It applies for California as well! This has been the case in the past, at least. We'll be waiting to hear further details about this event on the West Coast!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 3, 2017 at 7:17 p.m. Cindy Says...

I have 3 tickets for the 10th but my son wants to bring a friend last minute. What are the chances of getting one more ticket and where and when is the best time to do it?

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Oct 4, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

Unfortunately, Mickey's Halloween Party is sold out for 2017.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2017 at 8:27 p.m. Ivy Says...

thanks for the article! I read that the photopass will be included in this year's Halloween party. Where do you get this photopass? is this separate from the regular photopass? I'm going on a Tuesday. But will be in Disney from Monday through Wednesday and wanted to see if I can use the same Photopass or get a different one?

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Oct 2, 2017 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ivy,

You can have the photographer scan your existing Photopass card or the photographer will hand you a new Photopass card when they take your photo if you happen to forget your card. You can use it to view your photos in-park, at home on your computer, or through the app. Photos taken during the party will be available for download (included with cost of admission). Be sure to ask for special Magic Shots.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2017 at 7:11 a.m. gg Says...

Is the trick or treating open only to those who have Mickey's Halloween Party tickets? Thank you

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Sep 28, 2017 at 4:59 p.m. grace boten Says...

Yes, trick or treating is only available to the people that buy the mickeys Halloween party tickets

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Sep 28, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi GG,

Yes, only guests with a ticket to the party may trick-or-treat.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2017 at 10:14 p.m. Janet Says...

Thank you for your post. Its very helpful. Do you have a copy of the Halloween party map that you can post as well?

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Sep 26, 2017 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet,

Great news. We've loaded pictures of the map onto the post. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2017 at 11:49 p.m. Justin Says...

Hi, do you guys know if Judge Frollo is out for meet and greets during the day or during the party? I know he's in the parade, but does he come out to meet guests?

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Sep 25, 2017 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin,

We have not seen him meeting guests during the party yet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2017 at 8:13 p.m. Ariel Says...

Hello,

Can you enter the park in full costume with your season pass more than 3 hours earlier before the party start time?

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Sep 23, 2017 at 2:31 p.m. Greg Says...

I was there yesterday, everyone was dressed in costumes during day at california adventure, so im only assuming disneyland was the same

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Sep 21, 2017 at 5:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ariel,

That's a good question. As we understand it, no costumes are allowed until the 4:00 p.m. starting time and you need to present your ticket. Perhaps someone else can share a similar experience?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2017 at 4:13 a.m. Sara Says...

Hi! Thanks for your amazing blog!! I had a quick question. We are getting 3 Day park hopper tickets and going Oct. 10,11, and 12. But we are debating whether on Tuesday (a Mickey Halloween party day) to use our early magic hour at Disneyland and stay there until the party or just spend the day at CA and do the magic hour on Thursday. Which would be busiest Disneyland or CA?

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

The park that holds the early entry is more crowded at park opening and throughout the day than it is on days that it does not have an early entry option. Take that into consideration and plan your trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2017 at 5:39 a.m. Beth Says...

Will I need to show ID or an AP with the Special Event pass when I arrive? I received two from someone else.

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Sep 20, 2017 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

Nope. You should be fine. They may take your picture when you enter and then that ticket will be tied to you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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