Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Moving to Disneyland this year with a new name, Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate-ticket event that invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort. This nighttime celebration is scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays in October (1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29) plus Halloween night itself, Sunday, Oct. 31.
As far as I'm concerned, October isn't complete without a Halloween party -- why should all the candy-strewn, freakishly-decorated, dress-up fun be limited to just one night? That's why I host a Halloween party every year.
But there are Halloween parties, and then there are Halloween Parties. And then there are Disney Halloween Parties. Just as they do with everything else, Disney throws in a little bit of pixie dust into their parties to make them truly special, and that's the way it is with their annual Halloween party. It's called Mickey's Halloween Party and it sounds like soooooo much fun!
The Mickey's Halloween Party info page / ticket purchase page on the Disney website doesn't give too much information, but not to worry: Disney invited me and other mom bloggers to a special event at the Disneyland Resort to share more details about Mickey's Halloween Party. Here's what you get with your Mickey's Halloween Party admission ticket:
* Disneyland will close early to regular park guests on party nights (6:00PM on Tuesday nights, 7:00PM on Friday nights and Halloween night). After closing time, the park will be open exclusively to Mickey's Halloween Party guests -- and with far less people in the park, you'll be able to enjoy nearly all your favorite rides and attractions with shorter wait times!
* Mickey's Halloween Party guests get to enter Disneyland Park 3 hours before park closing time (i.e. 3:00PM on Tuesday nights, 4:00PM on Friday nights and Halloween night) -- note, you don't have to buy a separate park admission ticket, just the Mickey's Halloween Party ticket!
* This is one party where grownups don't have to feel silly about dressing up in costume. At the mom blogger presentation we saw great slides of families dressed as The Incredibles, the Toy Story cast, Jack Skellington and Sally, and more. Everyone is in costume, including the Disney characters! I can just imagine Winnie-the-Pooh dressed as a vampire!
* There will be treat stations galore so kids can go trick-or-treating. Stations will have yummy candy treats as well as healthy snacks.
* As if the park isn't already decked out in fall/Halloween decor, Mickey's Halloween Party will feature even more fun Halloween themes, including huge, glowing Mickey ghost balloons, living scarecrow displays and more. There will be more photo opportunities that you can imagine, including themed sets like the Pirate of the Caribbean set shown in the photo below:
* Speaking of pirates, Jack Sparrow and his mates will be celebrating at the pirate party down at the French Market, where even landlubbers can dance jigs all night long. There's a second dance party at the Tomorrowland Terrace that I hear is out of this world, with humans and aliens all welcome.
* Mickey and his pals will perform in "Mickey's Costume Party" cavalcade twice per night. This fun parade/show will have some great all-new surprises.
* There's even a fireworks spectacular exclusively for Mickey's Halloween Party guests. It's hosted by --who else? -- Jack Skellington, the “Master of Scare-omonies”.
Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $54. For Oct. 31, all tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party are $59. Hurry and purchase your tickets now, or they might run out! Now that would be scary.....
Stay tuned for more posts about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort!
Disclosure: Disney covered travel expenses for me and my family to attend a mom blogger presentation about Mickey's Halloween Party and other fall attractions at the Disneyland Resort. Information is provided by the Disneyland Resort and is clearly indicated as such. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.