We spent this past Friday night at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Our 6-year-old was elegant and enchanting as “Winter Belle.” Our 3-year-old was a demure and dazzling “Sleeping Beauty.” Our 5-month-old was “The Cutest Baby in the Whole Wide World” (aka I didn’t have time to buy a costume prior to the event). ;)
If you’ve never been to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it’s a special after-hours event where guests get to trick or treat at the park! Here’s the scoop.
About the Halloween Party at Disneyland Park
This event — held on 11 select nights in September and October — provides plenty of frightful fun for boys and ghouls of all ages! Dates remaining: October 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29, 31.
- $46-$69/person, depending on when you purchase your tickets and if you are an annual passholder.
- No ticket is required for Guests 2 and under.
- Admission to the Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time.
- Complimentary parking for one vehicle.
- Special trick-or-treat stations with candy and healthy goodies.
- Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, exclusively for Party Guests.
- Dance parties, and the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.
- Access to nearly all attractions, including Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday.
- Photo ops with popular Disney and Pixar Pals, and Disney Villains.
- Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, a Halloween parade presented for Party Guests.
Dressing up is always a treat for kids and this event provided an extra-special venue to get fancy. Regardless of your costume choice, be sure to insist on comfortable shoes for small feet. Count on plenty of walking throughout the park.
Trick-or-Treat stations are plentiful and small trick-or-treat bags are provided at the gate. We walked away with way more candy than necessary. Bonus points to the park for also including carrot sticks, craisins, and dried apples as “treats.” I’d love to see even more healthy options in future years. Perhaps packs of nuts, beef jerky, sports beans, granola bars, and sugarfree gum.
We found lines on the attractions to be much less crowded than on other days at the parks. Fantasyland, in particular, was wonderfully sparse. We rode Peter Pan, Dumbo, Snow White, and King Arthur’s Carousel – with line wait times of 5 to 20 minutes.
The fireworks show was spectacular, but not too spooky. Certainly little ones may need to be held (it’s a good idea to discuss the show ahead of time too), but most kids will probably be thrilled at the magnificence of the lights.
OVERALL: Mickey’s Halloween Party is a fun event for families. It’s an especially great way to get out of the heat and enjoy the park in the evening.
Win TWO tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland (valued at $108!). Tickets are good for October 9, 2012 ONLY. Park entry begins at 3:00pm. Event ends at 11:00pm.
* Thanks to Disneyland for inviting us to be Party Guests at Mickey’s Halloween Party on September 28th. Disneyland is also sponsoring this giveaway.