Halloween Time & Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

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Have you ever been to a Disney park during the holiday season? I’ve been once at Christmastime and it’s incredible. In true Disney fashion, the attention to detail can’t be beat. So, it’s no surprise that I’ve heard equally great things about Disney at Halloween. Visiting during this time of year is on my Disney “bucket-list” for sure!All the spooktacular fun returns to the park this week! From Friday, Sept. 14 through Monday, Oct. 31, Disneyland Resort guests will join Mickey Mouse and the Disney villains for some new treats and family fun at Halloween Time.

Halloween Time is an opportunity for favorite Disney characters to dress up in festive, fall costumes and welcome guests into a park specially decorated for the holiday. I’ve heard it’s the only time when all the Disney villains come out in the park! Some of the traditional Halloween Time favorites include:

  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday, in New Orleans Square, is transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” As Jack Skellington returns to take over the Haunted Mansion, the traditional Halloween/Christmas gingerbread house rises to a new height in the Mansion Ballroom; it’s nine feet tall, with special spooky surprises in this year’s design.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 pumpkins will be on display and no two are the same.

At Disney California Adventure Park, a special exhibit in Disney Animation, Hollywood Land, “The Art of Frankenweenie,” features some of the actual sets, props and puppets used to create the “Frankenweenie” film, which opens in theaters Oct. 5. “The Art of Frankenweenie,” which includes an extended sneak peek of the movie, will be on view in Disney California Adventure Sept. 14 through Nov. 5. For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.

At Disneyland for Halloween Time 2012, Disney’s Halloween Time Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch will play host to a lot of spooktacular fun. A highlight of the Carnival may be found inside a mysterious sideshow tent where guests are invited to help conjure one of the Disney villains – Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella, Captain Hook or the Evil Queen from “Snow White” – with a magic spell in “The Astounding Cauldron of Magic.” When the villain appears, guests may join him or her to pose for photos. Elsewhere in Big Thunder Ranch, Billy Hill & The Hillbillies perform special Halloween-themed tunes as part of Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Jamboree. As in past years, visitors to Big Thunder Ranch also will find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters.

At Pirates League in New Orleans Square, guests age three and up can live their pirate dreams and learn the ways of the seven seas by choosing one of three pirate transformation options: Jake and the Never Land Pirates, First Mate and Empress (created especially for all the pirate princesses). Pirates League is at Disneyland for a limited time only this fall (for Pirates League reservations call (714) 781-STYLE). My boys would LOVE this! It’s a normal attraction at Walt Disney World, so I’m hoping we might see this offered at Disneyland more regularly!

Mickey’s Halloween Party invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat – candy and healthy treats – at Disneyland. These party participants can also arrive before the party to “mix in” with regular Disneyland guests for three hours prior to the start of Mickey’s private bash. The after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party, which has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families, takes place in Disneyland Park on 11 special Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights (Sept. 28 and Oct. 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31). This is a separate-ticket event and tickets are available at www.Disneyland.com/Halloween.

Additional highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party include the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington and presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party; “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade; dozens of Disney Characters dressed up for Halloween fun; and DJ dance parties. Just for Halloween, those mischievous Disney villains are plotting to take over Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. Nearly all of the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions will be open to make the night a real scream.

How fun does Mickey’s Halloween Party sound? I think the boys would absolutely LOVE it! Planning a trip to do this in a couple of years (when Baby Brother is the age Little Brother is now) sounds like a great plan to me! I think the boys would be great ages then! So fun!

Have YOU done Mickey’s Halloween Party before? Are any of you going to Disneyland during Halloween time this year?

For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, see www.disneyland.com/halloween. This site will be updated with frightfully fun details. *All information and images provided by Disneyland News. I was not asked to nor compensated to write this post.

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13 Responses

  1. While we won’t be a Disneyland we will be at WDW in 12 days. I can’t wait. We will also be going next year as well. I am so excited to experience WDW for Halloween.

  2. Omg. I’m so excited, because we actually ARE going this year! Haven’t gone since ’02 and at that time they kept the Haunted Mansion closed until Oct 1st to “spookify” it.
    I’m so excited it will be open this time!!!
    Of course, the trade off is kinda sad…Indy won’t be open when we’re there.

  3. Oh my goodness – I have lived in southern california all of my life and have NEVER seen Disneyland at Halloween! I am definitely putting this on my todo list 🙂

  4. I’ve got to stop reading all these Disneyland posts! I’m dying to go! We’re planning on going next summer, but that’s a long time for this Disney girl to wait. I’ve never been to Halloween at Disney, but it sounds awesome!

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