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 Another big change is that Mickey's Halloween Party has been replaced by the Oogie Boogie Bash.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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Sep 16, 2017 at 2:35 a.m. Jamie Says...

Do you know where we could find tickets to the party since they're sold out now?

Also, will the park still be decorated in Nov. 1st

Thank you!

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Sep 19, 2017 at 1:08 a.m. Maria Says...

Hi. You can call and see if they got any tickets left( I did that and got some)( there is a 5 dollar charger) or the day of go to ticket booth as soon as it opens and see. Do you have any family who got tickets? If you do, make them come with in the morning and tell them you need one more( They should bring there ticket just in case). Are you staying at one of the hotel? If you are, everyday of the party at 5;30AM they have a couple of tickets on hold.

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Sep 17, 2017 at 9:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

We don't know of other places to purchase tickets to the party. It's very possible there will be a Christmas tree on Main Street on Nov 1.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2017 at 9:02 p.m. Jamie A Says...

Hi, thank you for all your information. This is such a great site! I have been going to Disneyland in California for many years. We never go during school breaks because of the crowds. We are planning a trip next year in October. We were thinking the 9th through the 13th. We have been to the park in October numerous times and there is pretty much non-existent wait lines or lines maybe 15-20 minutes long for the popular rides. Now that they are starting to do the Mickey's Halloween Parties will this effect the crowd and wait times of the rides during the day? I'm kind of worried now about going on these dates and the lines for rides being longer now and the park being more crowded.

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Sep 15, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for liking our blog!

Depending on the day, we are seeing increased daily attendance during Mickey's Halloween Party days. Take a look at this year's Crowd Calendar to get an idea of what you might experience next year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2017 at 6:21 p.m. Carrie Says...

We have 3 day park hopper tickets and will not be purchasing the Halloween ticket. If we go to disney during the day and then head to cali at night or will that use up two days?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

The hopper pass allows you unlimited hopping between the parks per day. Your scenario would only count as one day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2017 at 1:03 a.m. Angela Says...

Hi there!! So glad I saw this before our trip at the end of the month (9/28-10/2).

Since we don't really plan to attend any of the Halloween party events, if we go 9/29 (one of the party nights), should we use that day for CA Adventure? That way we don't have to worry about leaving early? Or do they kick people out without wristbands after 7pm as well?

I was thinking if we save Disneyland for 10/1, we could stay the entire time, with no interruptions. Or am I wrong there too. Lol.

Sorry it's so specific, but thought I'd try and ask an expert!

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Sep 12, 2017 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

They do not kick people out of DCA at party time, but do expect a short surge in crowds on 9/29 between 4 - 7 p.m. because party guests are allowed to enter either park 3 hours before the party this year. You might also see a few park-hopping day guests hopping over to DCA Adventure after 7, once Disneyland closes to people without a wristband. Saving Disneyland for 10/1 is a great plan.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2017 at 10:18 p.m. Angela Says...

Awesome, thanks so much! I just purchased the WOC Dessert Party for DCA, and the Hungry Bear/Fantasmic on the go thing for Disney. Any tips on that too? Lol.

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Sep 14, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

No tips other than to have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2017 at 8:38 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hello! We are travelling the week of Oct 9th and are NOT planning to go to the Halloween party. In terms of crowds, would you suggest attending on a Halloween party day (since crowds might arrive later, and our day would be mostly complete by dinner time) or on a non-party day? Thank you so much!!

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Sep 12, 2017 at 3:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Plan to attend on a non-party day, because crowds start arriving three hours before the party starts, and the park can become very crowded in that time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2017 at 7:03 p.m. Libby Says...

Do you know if they do the "allergy tokens" that can be traded for non edible treats like WDW does?

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Sep 10, 2017 at 8:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Libby,

We believe they do the same thing. We're visiting the first party next week and we'll investigate. We'll update the post with our findings.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2017 at 10:01 p.m. Whitney Says...

We will be in Disneyland September 14th (ugh!! One day too early!) and we're wondering if there will be any decorations up the day before the official start? Right now we only have tickets to Adventure but we want to expand to hoppers if Disneyland will be all dolled for fall!! Any APs or experts who know if they get a jump on the decorations?

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Sep 10, 2017 at 8:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Whitney,

We're starting to see some decorations already going up!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2017 at 5:43 a.m. Nikki Says...

Wow, you really covered everything I wanted to know, thank you so much!

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Sep 6, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikki,

Hoppy to help!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2017 at 9:25 p.m. Kasey Says...

So as an annual passholder, I cannot be in the park during these party times, is that correct?

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Sep 6, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kasey,

That's correct. Your annual pass does not allow you entry into the park during the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2017 at 10:50 p.m. Jon Jon Says...

For AP holders & plan NOT to attend the Halloween party:

What if I am at Disneyland already before the Halloween party, what happens to us? Will we get kicked out?

Are we not allowed at both parks during the Halloween event?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 8:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon Jon,

Mickey's Halloween is a separate ticket event. APs are not valid for the party. AP holders without party tickets will be asked to leave when the park closes/party begins. If your AP is valid for entry into DCA, you may visit that park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2017 at 10:08 p.m. Leslie Says...

Hi so I have to purchase a separate ticket for the Halloween party event and the all day park if we want to visit the park in the morning and continue on until the party? Will they give us the wristbands already when we go in? How will that work? Thanks

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Aug 28, 2017 at 11:01 p.m. Jackie Says...

Hi there :)

I'm wondering what Sept. 14th is like.... do they get everything set up in the middle of the night or do they close things down to get everything ready for the reveal on Sept. 15? thanks for the info!

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Aug 29, 2017 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

Usually, things pop up overnight with no closures.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2017 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesie,

When you're in the park, you will show your party tickets to a Cast Member, who will give you party wristbands. You'll see them out and about a few hours before the party starts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. Joanna Says...

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

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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Aug 25, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. BLANCA Says...

HI, SORRY TO BOTHER BUT I KNOW IT'S TOTALLY LAST MINUTE... THIS WILL BE OR FIRST TIME GOING TO THE HALLOWEEN PARTY AND I TRIED BUYING THE TICKETS FOR OCTOBER 13TH,BUT THEY ARE SOLD OUT. IT TOOK ME LONG TO PURCHASE BECAUSE MY MOM JUST GOT CLEARED AFTER HER SURGERY TO BE ABLE TO GO AND WHEN I CALLED TO BUY TICKETS THEY SAID THERE WILL NOT BE ANY AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR PURCHASE ON THE DAY OF EITHER. DO YOU KNOW IF THIS IS TRUE? WE WILL BE THERE THAT WEEKEND BECAUSE WE ARE ANNUAL PASS HOLDERS BUT I WAS HOPING TO GO TO THE HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR THE FIRST TIME. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU CAN AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND INFORMATION.

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Aug 25, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blanca,

That is correct. If the party is sold out, there are no tickets available at the door day of the event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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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Sep 14, 2017 at 5:13 p.m. Terri Says...

I just wanted to double check what DCA hours will be for Halloween Party ticket holders on Fri. 9/29. Will DCA stay open for party ticket holders until the party ends at midnight? When I purchased the tickets by phone, I was told that party ticket holders could stay in DCA until DCA normal closing time at 8pm (not when the party ends). Thanks. Terri

note: There was a previous FrogBlog question posted on on Aug 20, 2017: 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.

FlogBlog REPLY on Aug 21, 2017:

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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Sep 14, 2017 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri,

We called Disneyland to check. You may stay inside Disney California Adventure until its posted closing time. At that time, you'll need to head over to Disneyland to rejoin the party. On Sep 29, DCA closes at 11 p.m., with the party ending at midnight.

We've updated the blog with this information.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Chelli,

Yes, Disney California Adventure will be open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Megan,

Yes! Fireworks are scheduled for this evening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

Hi Kelly,

I would try calling Disneyland directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Tiffany,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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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Oct 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, they would be if there is still availability.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Aug 27, 2017 at 1:40 p.m. Amy Kress Says...

If you dont have a Halloween party ticket, I have heard you can move over to California Adventure when Disneyland closes to non party guests at 7 pm? Is that true? Thx!

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Aug 28, 2017 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

As we understand it, guests who purchase a ticket to Mickey's Halloween Party will be able to enjoy both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Regular park guests will need a hopper pass to visit DCA after Disneyland closes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

Hi Steffanie,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

Hi Jessica,

They do not need tickets. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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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Sep 28, 2016 at midnight Lisa Says...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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