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Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2022

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Our Frog Family loves going to Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. It's one of the best times of the year to visit! Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are outfitted with decorations, banners, lighting, characters in Halloween costumes, spooky sounds and other treats (plus, ask for some Halloween Magic Shots from the PhotoPass photographers for some extra special surprises!). This year there is a new Disney Villains Dance Party at Disneyland!

Halloween Time at Disneyland - Mickey Pumpkin

Overview of Disneyland Halloween Time

Halloween Time typically runs early September through Halloween every year. In 2022, Halloween Time runs from Sept. 2 through Oct. 31!  In other good news, the Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disneyland Halloween Party returns to Disney California Adventure returns for select nights, Sept. 6 through Oct. 31, 2022! Tickets went on sale June 30, 2022, for the general public (or June 28 for Magic Key holders) and sold out in days! This year, D23 members have an exclusive party night on Sept. 10. The Oogie Boogie Bash party is a separately ticketed event that runs during Disneyland Halloween Time. It's one of our Frog Family-favorite events of the year! But even if you don't attend the party, there is so much Halloween fun to be had during Halloween Time. Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Characters in costume wave good night to guests

September and October are generally better times of the year to visit Disneyland, but Halloween Time brings in 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 early October through Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day and Halloween weekend to be the most crowded. That being said two September events will affect crowds and make reservations fill up more quickly than usual. The D23 Expo is Sept. 9 to 11 and Gay Days are Sept. 16 to 18, 2022, so that could make the parks a little busier than normal mid-September. You'll want to reserve early those weekends. So, what can you expect at Halloween Time at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney?

Disneyland Halloween Time - Fireworks

Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

Disneyland explodes with Halloween decorations, including fall colors of yellow and orange and 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 greet guests in their Halloween costumes. The villains may be stalking about in Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasy Faire and Fantasyland.

In Frontierland, you will find a traditional Día 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!

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Dia de los Muertos Display

You can see decorated skeletons for Día de los Muertos in front of the Rancho del Zocalo Mexican restaurant in Frontierland, which hoppens to be one of our favorite quick-service restaurants.

Halloween Screams Projection Show

At Disneyland Park, all guests can enjoy the nightly Halloween Screams projection show! Fireworks are included on select nights (usually weekends and maybe holidays). Check the calendar to see show times and if fireworks are included during your visit. Hop over to find out the best places to view Disneyland fireworks. Halloween Screams is a Frog Family must-see! It's definitely worth waiting near the castle to see this show up close due to all of the special effects at the castle.

Disneyland Halloween Time Ride Layover

One of the most popular rides during Halloween Time at Disneyland is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Haunted Mansion is converted to Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas." The layover lasts through Halloween Time and Holiday Time, converting back to the traditional Haunted Mansion in early January. The Mansion lights up at night — try to be there for the lighting. There is no specific time but if you are in the area (or in line) between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. the Ghost Host will give you a treat by lighting the mansion.

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Jack Skellington in Haunted Mansion Holiday

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. The ballroom always has a large gingerbread house on the table (with yummy gingerbread smells wafting up).

Characters in Disneyland Park During Halloween Time

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Jack and Sally greet guests from Haunted Mansion Balcony in 2021You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits in Town Square. Jack and Sally can be found in New Orleans Square near the Royal Street Veranda. In 2021, they were greeting guests from the balcony of the Haunted Mansion or from the balcony above Pirates. It will be interesting to see if they return to their Royal Street location in 2022.

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Queen of Hearts interacts with guests in front of train station

Villains are out for Halloween! Cruella de Vil, Queen of Hearts, Jafar and others sometimes stomp around near the entrance to the park by the train station or the area next to the Mad Hatter in Town Square. We have caught sight of Frollo, Governor Ratcliffe and others in past years. You never know which villains may appear during Halloween Time! Maleficent and the Evil Queen tend to lurk around Fantasyland and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Halloween Cavalcade

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Halloween Cavalcade

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Disneyland Halloween Time last year was the Halloween character cavalcade. This mini-parade is short, sweet and toadally fun! You can see Mickey, Minnie and pals, princesses, other characters and villains. You can hear it coming, so listen for a Halloween music change to let you know it's on its way. Hopfully, it returns for 2022!

Disney Villains Dance Party (New!)

And last but not least, there is a a new Disney Villains Dance Party at Disneyland. It kicks off the season on Friday, Saturdays and Sunday nights (and holidays) in Tomorrowland. You can join villains and learn the Monster Mash between 7 and 11 p.m. Lily really loves these character dance parties and can't wait to "boo"gie down this Halloween season!

Halloween at Disney California Adventure Park

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - A new Oogie Boogie Image sits above entrance

Disney 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. Listen for his voice to speak out to you from time to time. 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 sounds of the horse or Oogie Boogie himself. Cars Land is breathtaking at night in all it's purple and green spooky splendor. "Radiator Screams" lights up each night around sunset, with a special lighting song at Halloween Time. Keep an eye out for Oogie Boogie Bash dates when you make your theme park reservations. Disney California Adventure closes early for day guests those nights.

Oogie Boogie Bash

Disneyland Halloween Time - Carthay Circle

The Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed Halloween party that takes place on select nights Sept. 6 to Oct. 31 at Disney California Adventure. This after-hours party requires a separate ticket but needs no reservation. Hop over to our Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland Halloween Party post for the full scoop and all of the scary details.

Tickets sell out at a freakishly fast pace each year, so hop to it when tickets go on sale June 30, 2022! You can purchase tickets at the Disneyland site.

If you are having trouble deciding if the Oogie Boogie Bash is right for your family or want to see more, watch our YouTube video on the Oogie Boogie Bash from 2021. Keep in mind some experiences could be different in 2022, especially now that character meet and greets are back.

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!

If you're not attending Oogie Boogie Bash, visit Disney California Adventure on a non-event night to catch this park all aglow for Halloween Time. Seeing Disney California Adventure at night during Halloween Time is a must. Be sure to check the dates of the Oogie Boogie Bash before you book your park reservations when visiting Disney California Adventure Park this season, and reserve a day without a party so you can stay in the park after dark. The park closes to daytime guests at 6 p.m. on party nights (mostly Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but also a few Saturdays and Oct. 31 this year). Party guests mix in beginning at 3 p.m., making that park more crowded in the afternoons and unavailable to guests without a party ticket during the evenings after 6 p.m.

Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure

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

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Miguel puppet sings in A Musical Celebration of CocoTake 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 Día de los Muertos, enjoy mariachi music, sample Mexican dishes or catch a showing of the "A Musical Celebration of Coco" show — Miguel makes an appearance with his guitar. This show usually takes place about hourly in the afternoon. The last showing was 5 p.m. the day we visited. The Plaza de la Familia is open until November 2.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Dante CraftHalloween Ride Overlays ay Disney California Adventure

Prepare for Cars Land to roll into the Halloween spirit with holiday decor, music, ride overlays and characters dressed in fun "car-tumes." The rides put a new spin on Halloween Time with Halloween overlays. Muffle your screams when Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters changes to Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree beaomes Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree. 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 family-friendly treat!

Braver souls should 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.

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

This is a very popular ride with long wait times! You can check hours on the Disneyland site. Now that Genie+ is here, Lightning Lane selections may disappear scary fast. Hop back for details once the season is underway.

In 2021, the Monsters After Dark version kicked off at 3 p.m. daily. Each afternoon (party or not), the regular version of the ride closes at 2 p.m. and reopens by 3 p.m. for Monsters After Dark. So if you are park hopping from Disneyland and want to ride the OG Guardians of the Galaxy, hop over at 1 p.m. and head straight to Guardians to ride before 2 p.m. Then you can hop back later for the Monsters After Dark version. If you are riding on party nights and do not have a ticket, you'll have from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to ride this version. If you have a party ticket, you'll have all night to ride Monsters After Dark, but will not have access to the normal version of the ride. Got all that? It's a real headbanger.

Here's the schedule:

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Closed to switch over
  • 3 p.m. to park close — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark (on select nights the park closes at 6 p.m. for the Oogie Boogie Bash)

Disneyland Halloween Time - Daisy in Witch CostumeCharacters at Disney California Adventure During Halloween Time

You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits on Buena Vista Street and around the Cathay Circle Fountain area. Their costumes differ from the ones they wear in Disneyland Park. They also differ from their Oogie Boogie Bash costumes!

Disney Junior star Vampirina may greet guests during Halloween Time in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. We hope she'll be back — we promise she won't bite! For the most unusual villain sightings, visit the new Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash, at Disney California Adventure. The villains are delightfully bad and so much fun.

The Cars Land characters dress up in "cartumes" for Halloween.

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Mater

Halloween Fun at Downtown Disney

You don't need to enter a theme park to get in on the Halloween fun! Pluto's Pumpkin Pursuit returns to Downtown Disney Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, 2022. You may have heard of the Egg-stravaganza egg hunt in springtime at Disneyland Resort. Well, this is a decorated pumpkin hunt! You can purchase a game board and stickers ($9.99) at select merchandise locations. Have fun hunting for Disney character-themed pumpkins and placing the corresponding stickers on your game board. Return the game board to the redemption location at World of Disney or Disney's Pin Traders for a spooky surprise (we think it's the best prize yet)!

Don't miss the SCAREolers in Downtown Disney. The ghostly a cappella group emerges from the grave on Friday through Sunday evenings to perform haunting Halloween and spooky Disney tunes.

Celebrate with Halloween treats from Marceline's Confectionery and Halloween merchandise at various shopping locations.

Halloween Food and Merchandise at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Halloween Time - Guests Dressed Up in Minnie Witch Hat EarsThe bewitching Disneyland Halloween Time treats and food accessories available during Disneyland Halloween Time will have you drooling like a ghoul. You can dig into festive caramel apples, Mickey mummy macarons, special churros and themed treats, such as cookies, cupcakes and cake pops.

Carry your food in style with premium popcorn buckets, poison apple steins and glow cubes. The new bucket is a Mickey Mummy! There are special savory snacks on the restaurant menus too.

There's a ton of Halloween merchandise, from spirit jerseys to flannels, to bags and headwear. We are loving the Minnie candy corn witch hat ears. You can find these items in either theme park and in Downtown Disney.

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 the 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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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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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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