I’d heard from a few of my friends that Mickey’s Halloween Party was super fun and that we should totally go. I went back and forth about it for awhile, because yes it is an additional price even when you have a Disney pass. And no, it’s not cheap. But I finally decided that I didn’t want to miss out on the experience and bought the tickets! There was a bit of a discount with our passes. We ended up having so much fun and we definitely came home with some loot to boot.
That creepy lady in the back tho…
I’d always heard that you could essentially trick-or-treat your way through Disneyland at the party. I was picturing being able to go to every store and every ride and kiosk to collect candy. That’s not exactly how it works.
When you get to the party you go through the regular turn-styles where they scan your pass. Just to be safe, I’d print out the confirmation tickets you get online and bring them with you. We didn’t end up needing them, because they scanned our passes and I guess they could see that we were payed up for the event. You get a cute shiny yellow wrist-band to wear at the entrance and they let you know that you’ll have to show your wrist-band here and there to let the employees know you deserve to be there. They kick everyone else who didn’t pay out by 6pm.
They also give you a little treat bag when you come in to collect your loot. There were about 8 designated spots where you could go and “trick-or-treat”. You still have to stand in line and wait your turn. At first we were a little put out by the stations you go to. The children in costumes were everywhere! So we decided to ride some rides and get some food first.
We ate at the New Orleans Cafe and got some pumpkin Mickey head beignets.
Eventually we started getting in the candy lines and they weren’t so bad after all.
As it was getting later we noticed that a lot of the kids were going home. Now all the lines for candy were so short. We realized that you basically just have to wait until it’s later and then go through every line as much as you want. By the end of the night the trick-or-treat employees were handing out huge handfuls of treats.
The castle looked so cool!
These nice strangers in costumes took our picture and we took one for them. They had just gotten engaged moments before which was even cuter.
I wouldn’t say that the whole event was so much less crowded than a normal day. However, it did seem a lot more contained and controlled. Even though there were a lot of people, there still weren’t nearly as many as there can be on a normal day. AND we were able to ride a pretty good amount of rides for the 5 hours we were there. We just had a lot more time for everything.
It’s really hard to get a picture with Mickey and Minnie, like ever. When we realized that they had set-up a photo-op in the area by the BBQ Ranch restaurant, we got in line right away.
Well good thing Jordan was being a good sport and we had basically done everything we wanted because that line took forever! Mickey and Minnie seriously took a break every 8 minutes and they’d leave for about 5. I swear we were in line for at least an hour. One thing that’s a little annoying about Disneyland when you go as a couple without children is that you kind of get the short-end of the stick. I mean, it is a theme park meant for kids, so they were letting the parents take 10 pictures of their kids with the couple. And they seriously took 2 out of focus pictures of us and sent us on our way. Oh well, at least I’ll have this blurry photo of the Halloween Mickey and Minnie forever.
I definitely want to go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party again this next year. Even if we don’t have Disney passes, I think it’s totally worth it to pay to go.
Gotta love Disney and how they get you every time.
❤ Jordan Nalani