Heather Sievers, the multi-talented inventor of Time Out Spots AND our Disneyland correspondent and food expert (we’ll be announcing her on Thursday as our Disneyland Columnist!!!), reports on Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland!
Atmosphere and Info
My family has attended Mickey’s Halloween Trick or Treat Party (as it used to be called) since it first started at Disney’s California Adventure in 2005. A few years back it was changed to “Mickey’s Halloween Party,” and this year it was moved to Disneyland.
The event is limited to a certain number of guests and costs $54 to attend the 5 hour extravaganza. If you are an annual passholder, you do get a discount on certain nights, but it really is not that significant of a deal. Unfortunately the price went up quite a bit since moving to Disneyland, and although the event is very fun, many people complained about what you “got for your money.” We went into it knowing we were spending a bunch of money and just let it go.
When we first arrived, I noticed that it was completely chaotic due to the fact that cast members were trying to get the day’s guests out of the park at the 7:00 pm start time. They accomplished this by giving the event attendees a purple wrist band as they came in, and then had us show our bands for about an hour while they cleared everyone else out.
Rides are open during the event, and there are additional special events set up all throughout the park. Unfortunately, most restaurants are closed for the evening; food is limited to walk up “fast food” type windows and…well…candy and treats! The French Market is transformed into “Club Skellington” a cool dance club hosted by Jack himself. There was also a special Buzz Lightyear dance party at the Tomorrowland Terrace as well as special character spots set up throughout the park. These make for some great photo opportunities, especially since many of the characters featured, like the famous villains, are not always out on “regular” park days.
Another special treat: a fantastic fireworks show. I’ve been reading all over the place that many Disney-goers were upset because the special “Halloween Screams –- A Villainous Surprise in the Skies” fireworks show was only featured on the nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party. While it’s a bummer that not everyone visiting the park this October can enjoy the show, it did make for a great night at the party.
Now, for all you candy lovers, in addition to the special events around the park, there were seven different areas set up around Disneyland for trick or treating. I know seven doesn’t sound like much, but each of those seven areas included about five different stops — with each cast member handing you a handful of premium candy. Disneyland made the “trick or treating” part very guest friendly.
Our first stop was the Ghirardelli booth; they were an event sponsor. Last year there were several Ghirardelli candy spots, but this year there was just one. The location handed out a single “Luxe Milk with Almond” square. Yum yum yummy!
All of the other booths were a grab bag mash-up mix of everyone’s favorites: Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Milky Ways, Tootsie Pops and Rolls (classic and flavored), Kit Kats, Twix, Nestle Crunch Bars, Skittles, Whoppers, M & M’s (peanut and plain), Dots, 3 Musketeers, Almond Joy, and I’m sure a few more that I might be missing!
Not a candy lover? Each stop had “healthy choice” options too: packs of mini carrots, Craisins, raisins, and Disney Mickey Mouse Fruit Crisps (freeze dried sliced apples, which are quite tasty).
Each of us left with a FULL tote bag of candy. In fact, we’ve got so much at our house that I’m not even buying any to hand out on Halloween. We don’t need any extra!
Thanks, Heather! Happy Halloween to all of you!