Mickey’s Halloween Party is a really fun way to get into the spirit of Halloween! This year, the Halloween Party nights will start on Wednesday, September 20 and continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights in September and then Tuesday and Friday nights in October, ending October 31. Ticket prices range from $85.00-$120.00, depending on the night you choose and how soon you purchase your ticket. Unfortunately, tickets for this year are SOLD OUT! We attended this year on the first night (September 20, courtesy of the Anaheim Marriott – blog post about this amazing hotel coming soon!) and will be there again this week (with new costumes that we’re so excited to show you all!), so be sure to follow along with us on Instagram!
PLEASE NOTE: Disneyland will close early to guests WITHOUT a Halloween Party ticket – it closes at 6:00 PM on Monday and Wednesday and 7:00 PM on Friday in September and 6:00 PM on Tuesdays and 7:00 PM on Fridays in October. Main Street stays open ONE hour after those times for guests without a Halloween Party ticket to wander the shops. If you have a park hopper ticket, you can head over to California Adventure for a few hours before it closes!
Mickey’s Halloween Party includes:
- Trick-or-treating around the park (Cast Members hand out candy and some other healthy treats) – upon entry into the park, you’ll receive a bag for candy, but you’re welcome to bring your own!
- Pre-party in Toontown (great for young kids).
- Enjoy almost all attractions around the park!
- Photo locations with popular Disney Pals and legendary Disney Villains.
- Frightfully Fun Parade – this will be the second year for this parade! Keep in mind, this could potentially be scary for some little ones. The music is upbeat, but the beginning of the parade includes an entrance from the headless horsemen. The parade also features Disney villains and spooky dancers. We always recommend watching on YouTube before deciding if it’s something you should watch with your kids.
- Halloween Screams – a fireworks spectacular (weather permitting).
- Special Annual Passholder photo spot along the Rivers of America.
- NEW THIS YEAR – Entry into California Adventure 3 hours before the party starts – once the party starts, guests with a Halloween Party ticket have to go over to Disneyland. Be sure to read our blog post about all the fun happening at California Adventure this year!
- NEW THIS YEAR – complimentary PhotoPass photos taken during the party (includes unlimited downloads).
- Dining Package at the Blue Bayou with preferred viewing for the Frightfully Fun Parade (separate location from the restaurant). Dining Package includes a 3-course meal for $69 per adult and $29 per child. Click here to make reservations or call 714-781-3463.
The separate event ticket allows guests access to Disneyland and California Adventure up to 3 hours before the party officially starts. Once the party starts, all guests that are enjoying California Adventure will have to move over to Disneyland for the remainder of the Halloween Party! The great thing about this ticket is, if you purchase at the right time, it is a little cheaper than purchasing a regular admission park ticket and still gives you plenty of time in the parks! The ticket allows guests into Disneyland from 3:00 PM-11:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and 4:00-midnight on Friday. As noted above, guests can also go into California Adventure THREE hours before the party starts, but once the party starts, all guests with a Halloween Party ticket will head over to Disneyland.
GETTING A WRISTBAND – All guests require a wristband, so prepare for a separate Halloween Party line to form at the main gates if you’re attending the party – it usually goes pretty quickly, but as always, we recommend arriving early if you can (scroll up to review the info about when Halloween Party guests can arrive). If you have an Annual Pass and you happen to be inside the park before the party guests are allowed in, you do NOT have to go outside of the park to re-enter to get your Halloween Party wristband. There will be a station set up inside the park (usually at the Frontierland entrance) where you can just show your Halloween Party ticket and grab your wristband.
Costumes are encouraged, but be sure to read Disneyland’s costume guidelines thoroughly before choosing your or your child’s costume.
This year’s guide map – legend in bottom left corner shows all the icons to look for throughout the map!
All costumes (except Julie’s from Target) are from HalloweenCostumes.com!
We always recommend families with young kiddos (or really any ages!) to check out the pre-party in Toon Town. The pre-party starts ONE hour before the Halloween Party starts and lasts for 2 hours – it’s a great spot to gather up some goodies before heading into Disneyland to enjoy the rest of the park (Toontown will close after the 2 hour-long pre-party). There are 4 trick-or-treat trails with multiple candy stops within the trails (we noticed more trails than last year) – enough to fill a big bag with candy! The kids LOVE the two trails that go through Mickey and Minnie’s houses!
At the pre-party you can expect special music, entertainment, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy in cute Halloween costumes (different than the costumes they wear on Main Street for Halloween!), there is a Halloween photo spot and it’s just really fun for the little ones. The line for the pre-party starts forming about an hour before it officially starts. You don’t really have to wait in the line unless you want to be among the first into the pre-party – once the pre-party starts, they let everyone in at one time, so the lines move quickly which means usually people aren’t waiting too long to get in once the lines have dispersed into Toontown. The only thing to consider is the wait times to meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy – the lines CAN be long, so the closer you are to the start of the pre-party line when it forms, the shorter the lines will be to see the characters if you’re among the first group in (IF you really want to see them).
We think the pre-party is the best place to trick-or-treat because you can fill an entire bag with candy, then you don’t have to worry about waiting in the trick-or-treat trail lines throughout Disneyland. After you collect a bag full of candy in Toontown, you can enjoy all the other special entertainment and shorter wait times for rides once the party officially starts!
See below for some photos.
Candy Corn Minnie in Toontown!
Trick-or-treating at Minnie’s House!
Trick-or-treat station at Minnie’s House
Some of the candy you can expect – they give out the GOOD stuff!
Character Meet and Greets
You’ll find some really fun and unique character meet and greets at Mickey’s Halloween Party! A lot of the characters that are out aren’t typically out during a normal Disneyland day, so it’s lots of fun to see who will make an appearance. See below for some photos along with a list of some of the characters that are listed on this year’s guide map.
Character Greetings listed on the Mickey’s Halloween Party Guide Map – be sure to download the Disneyland app for appearance times!
Peter Pan, Wendy (a rare character) and Captain Hook were out by the Sailing Ship Columbia in Frontierland!
The Sailing Ship Columbia has a new pirate and treasure chest display in front of the dock – really cool!
Pirate Minnie on her way to the Sailing Ship Columbia for photos – stopping along the way to impersonate the scarecrow ha!
This photo is dark so it’s hard to see, but it’s Gaston at Town Square where you can meet the villains! The villains also appear in a little Halloween intro on the steps of the Main Street Train station featuring music and other characters – it’s really fun to see!
If you need a laugh, stop by the scarecrow that hangs out near the Stage Door Cafe in Frontierland – he has lots of funny and clever things to say!
PARADES AND FIREWORKS – We recommend checking out our parade and fireworks viewing post for the best spots to watch both shows from. Getting a spot for the second parade is sometimes a little easier than the first parade of the evening, but we usually try for the first parade because we like to see fireworks right after (fireworks happen between the first and second parade of the evening). As we mentioned above, the parade can be spooky for some kids, so be sure to click the link for YouTube that we shared so you can watch before you decide if it’s something you should see!
CADAVER DANS – The Cadaver Dans are the famous Disneyland quartet known as the Dapper Dans, but with a spooky new look! You can find them performing along the Rivers of America a few times a night during the Halloween Party.
DANCE PARTY WITH PIXAR PALS – Every year at Mickey’s Halloween Party, there is some sort of dance party at the Tomorrowland Terrace stage at the Galactic Grill, but this year it’s Pixar theme! We highly recommend checking out this fun dance party! Pixar characters like Woody, Jessie, Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Frozone, Mike Wazowski & Sulley, and Dug & Russell make appearances and dance with everyone in the crowd! Tomorrowland in general is pretty slow during the Halloween Party (most people migrate over to Frontierland and New Orleans Square area), so it’s just a great place to hangout if you need a break from crowds – the trick-or-treat trail through the Star Wars Launch Bay is awesome, too!
See below for some photos of entertainment and other fun things!
Mike Wazowski at the Pixar Pals Dance Party!
Projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street buildings happen throughout the night!
The ride of the Headless Horseman – we wanted to show a video so everyone can get an idea of what it’s like! He walks the parade route 10 minutes before the parades start (2 parades a night, so he walks two times). In our opinion, it wasn’t as spooky for kids as last year! They changed the audio and music, and we feel it isn’t as scary.
A new addition to this year’s parade that made the intro not as spooky for kids – Mickey and Minnie!
The intro to the parade
Ursula is a new addition to the villain part of the parade (at the very end of the parade)!
The villain float – last float of the parade!
Halloween Screams fireworks – everyone loves the part where Zero flies over the castle!
Lots of cool projections are displayed on the castle, the Main Street buildings, the “it’s a small world” facade and on water screens along the Rivers of America during fireworks! Be sure to check out our tips for getting a spot for parades and fireworks here.
These are the entertainment times listed on the guide map for the Halloween Party. This map is from a Wednesday night, which starts at 6:00 PM, so the only thing that is different on a night that starts at 7:00 PM is the Cadaver Dans first show time is likely not until 8:00 PM.