It’s my favorite time of the year. I love Halloween at Disneyland. Everything about it is so much fun. The food, decorations, entertainment, and Mickey’s Halloween Party is the best! I’m going to share all the tips and tricks with you here.
Dates and pricing for 2018:
September dates – 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
October dates – 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29, 31
Pricing for APs ranges from $95 to $130 depending on which day you choose. Tickets can be purchased beginning on June 5th.
Pricing for General Public from $105 to $130 depending on which day you choose. Tickets can be purchased beginning on June 12th.
Most important tip – book early! This event tends to book quickly and you don’t want to miss out. Click here to book.
Note – Your ticket will allow you access to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure 3 hours prior to the party start time. Example – if the party starts at 6pm your ticket allows you entry to the parks at 3pm. The party itself is 5 hours and only at Disneyland.
Once the entertainment times are out I would suggest planning what you would like to do and see because you will not have time to do it all. For instance, what’s more important: trick or treating, going on rides (because ride wait times during the party are the best), visiting characters, or watching the live entertainment? If your answer is a little of each then definitely have a game plan prior. Otherwise you might miss something and you don’t want that 🙂 Lines for most things are long and time is limited. Therefore ensure you are prepared ahead of time and ready to enjoy as much as possible.
There are plenty of meet and greets with Disney Princesses, Villains, Mickey, Minnie and friends. Decide which, if any, you would like to see most.
There are usually 5 showings of the Cadaver Dans and they are so much fun to see. This show you can pretty much squeeze in time wise anywhere since there are more showings. You can catch them at the Rivers of America.
The headless horseman is another must. There are usually two showings.
The parade, in my opinion, is the best. There are two showings and you can either choose the earlier show or the later.
Make sure to catch the Halloween Screams Fireworks are at 9:30 and so much fun to see.
When you are there:
Grab a Halloween Guide as it will let you know show times and trick or treat trails.
Stop, look around, and enjoy the scenery. The decorations are so festive. Main street is the best as it is lighted with fun Halloween projections.
Ride wait times are low. If you have a favorite ride that usually has a long wait time then take advantage during the party. Even though it is one of my favorite rides, I rarely ride Peter Pan due to wait times being over an hour on any given day. During Mickey’s Halloween Party, wait times can be as low as 15 minutes. Haunted Mansion is especially popular during this time of year and the wait time is short during the party as well.
Grab a seat to the parade early to get a good view. I would recommend the second showing as it’s less crowded.
If you choose to trick or treat, Disney does provide a small bag for you. You may also bring your own. Lines tend to be long so be prepared. They also have healthy snack options such as apple slices, dried fruit, etc. as an alternative.
If you do decide to go trick or treating I would start early or go late at night. Lines will be less crowded and you won’t want to miss out on all the fun entertainment.
Disney has typically offered a dance party over in Tomorrowland. This is held over at the Terrace Stage near Galactic Grill. Last year it was Pixar themed. This is also a fun thing to do.
Don’t forget to look around at everyone’s costumes. You will see some very fun and creative ones.
Lastly don’t forget your Halloween Party merchandise which is only at the Emporium, Pioneer Mercantile, and Pieces of Eight.
Overall go, have fun and take in all the amazingness that Disney has to offer. In my opinion it truly is the best time of year.
You will have a great time!
As always, thank you for stopping by.