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Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021

Disneyland Halloween Time - PinterestOur 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. (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. In 2021, Disneyland Halloween Time came early (a good thing since we are all anxious to hop back after missing Halloween Time in 2020). The holiday event runs from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31, 2021. In other good news, the Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disneyland Halloween Party returns to Disney California Adventure on select nights, Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, 2021! The sold-out party is a separately ticketed event that runs during Disneyland Halloween Time.

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Mickey Pumpkin at night

At Disneyland Park, all guests can once again enjoy the Halloween Screams projection show!  Fireworks are included on select nights (usually weekends). 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.

Before you visit, you'll want to check out our Disneyland reopening post for the latest Disneyland Resort news. As you can expect, Halloween Time might look slightly different in 2021 compared to other years, as characters are still greeting guests from a safe distance. But we still love seeing them in their costumes and in new locations!

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Characters in costume wave good night to guests

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Overview of Disneyland Halloween Time

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 and Halloween weekend to be the most crowded. That being said, mid-September (Sept. 17 to 19, 2021) could be a little busier than normal since that is when Gay Days fall this year. It was moved from early October, so it may spread the crowds out more evenly. A new Magic Key pass that launched in August will also bring many locals and frequent visitors back to the parks this fall. However, the Magic Key holders have a different availability pool for making reservations than people who purchase tickets, so we are not seeing crowds or long lines. So, what can you expect at Halloween Time?

Disneyland Halloween Time - Fireworks

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.

The 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. OK, is anyone else's mouth watering? Pick up a food guide in the park so you can find all of the tasty treats!

Disneyland Halloween Time - Guests Dressed Up in Minnie Witch Hat Ears

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.

All Disneyland guests can watch the Halloween Screams fireworks and projection show. Fireworks only enhance the show on select nights (mostly Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a few exceptions, so check the calendar to find out if fireworks are included). The supernatural projections and special effects show takes place nightly at 9 p.m. during Halloween Time!

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

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 was the Halloween character cavalcade. This mini-parade is short and sweet. It does not appear on a show schedule, but we caught it at 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on the parade route. 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.

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. 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!

Disneyland Halloween Time - Carthay CircleYou'll want to check the dates of the Oogie Boogie Bash before you plan your park visits to Disney California Adventure Park this season. The park closes to daytime guests at 6 p.m. on party nights (Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but also two Saturdays 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. 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.

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. 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!

Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Miguel puppet sings in A Musical Celebration of Coco

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!

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Dante 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 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 does not appear on the schedule but 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.

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! At least in normal years. Wait times are a bit shorter this year, thanks to reduced capacity. You can check hours on the Disneyland site. The Monsters After Dark version kicks off at 3 p.m. daily in 2021. 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)

The other two ride overlays in this park are in Cars Land. Skip to the "Rides at Disneyland Halloween Time" section for the deets.

Characters at Disneyland Halloween Time

Our Spooky-Good Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 - Jack and Sally greet guests from Haunted Mansion Balcony in 2021

You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale and more friends dressed in their Halloween outfits in both parks. In normal years, Jack and Sally can be found in New Orleans Square near the Royal Street Veranda. But in 2021, they are greeting guests from the balcony of the Haunted Mansion or from the balcony above Pirates. Keep your eyes up high to find them.

Disneyland Halloween Time - Daisy in Witch CostumeThe 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 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, who used to only make appearances at the Halloween parties, is now making appearances on the balcony in Fantasy Faire. The Queen could be lurking there as well.

For the most unusual villain sightings, visit the new Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash, at Disney California Adventure.

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

Speaking of California Adventure, Carthay Circle fountain is the place to locate several Disney characters in their Halloween costumes. The Cars Land characters also dress up in "cartumes" for Halloween. Even though most character interactions are from a safe distance in 2021, you can still have a lot of fun meeting them. They love to show off their costumes and pose for the camera. Face characters will talk to you. The villains are delightfully bad and so much fun.

Rides at Disneyland Halloween Time

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." 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 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

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - MaterWait 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). In fact, 2021 marks the 20th year of Haunted Mansion Holiday! To celebrate, the gingerbread house pays homage to past gingerbread houses by featuring an element from each year's house from 2001 through 2019. The result will be a visually chaotic mashup!

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. Radiator Screams lights up each night around sunset, with a special lighting song at Halloween Time.

Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party

Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time - Oogie Photo Op

There is so much to look forward to during Disneyland Halloween Time. It's such a treat that Oogie Boogie Bash returns to Disney California Adventure. Hop over to our Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland Halloween Party post for the full scoop and all of the scary details.

This after-hours party runs on select nights from Sept. 9 to Oct. 31 and requires a separate ticket (but no reservation). Tickets sold out at a freakishly fast pace, so hop to it once they are on sale to attend in 2022! 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!

Halloween Fun at Downtown Disney

The fall fun returns to Downtown Disney in 2021 with Pluto's Pumpkin Pursuit, Sept. 9 through Oct. 31 (or while supplies last). 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 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!! Celebrate with Halloween treats from Marceline's Confectionery and Halloween merchandise at various shopping locations.

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.

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

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

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

Hi Becky,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Adam,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Rachel,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi Nicole,

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Paint The nigth Parade it keeps in halloween time 2016 ?

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

Hi Raul,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi,

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

Thanks

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

Hi Shazni,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Chris,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Lisa,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Melinda,

No, there is no food included.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jeannette,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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Jul 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi

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

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

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

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

Hi Amanda,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

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

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

Hi Karla,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi,

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Krystin,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Randy,

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

I really need this one ticket!

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi Shirley,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Lynn,

They have canceled the character cavalcade for this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Sean,

Unfortunately, they do not release more tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

HI there

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

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

Hi Annabel,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Maranda,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Mommy Frog,

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

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

Hi there,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

thank you!

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

Hi Jordan,

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jordan,

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Melanee,

You only need a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Greg,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Graciela,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Mysti,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jasmine,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jenais,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Monica,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Olga,

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

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Brandon,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Aurora,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Meshari,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Garrison,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Natalie,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hello,

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

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

Hi Pat,

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

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Elsa,

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

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Joshua,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi ML,

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

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Helen,

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

Mommy Frog

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

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

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