Halloween Party Throw Down: Disney World vs. Disneyland

Welcome back guest author Katie Drake with a review of the Halloween parties at Disney World and Disneyland. Note that your experience with crowds, candy, and weather may differ based on the dates you attend the parties.

Disneyland and WDW’s Magic Kingdom are both arguably at their best at Halloween time, with decorations and special sweet treats coming out in force for the holiday.

Both parks feature some of their most-anticipated hard ticket special events — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom (MNSSHP), and Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.


Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland

Of course most guests will only get to visit one, but which party to choose? The events are as alike as their confusingly similar names, but there are a few differences that make each one unique.

My family had the opportunity to attend MNSSHP in Walt Disney World in 2010, and followed it up with Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland in 2011. Here’s a head to head comparison so you can start planning on where to head for Halloween 2012!


Both parades feature a wide variety of favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, but the Florida parade wins this round based on one thing — the Headless Horseman.

Headless Horseman Rides in Magic Kingdom (c) Disney

Mickey's Halloween Party Parade in Disneyland

It’s not quite the same now that he has to walk down the parade route, instead of canter, but the sight is still something amazing to see. Other than that, the parades are pretty similar.

Parade Winner: [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Mickey’s Halloween Party Review

My family has been going to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland every year since it first debuted at California Adventure six years ago for $15 a ticket.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle Glows Orange at Mickey's Halloween Party

What to Expect at Mickey’s Halloween Party

The party has evolved over the past several years including a move over to Disneyland two years ago.  It’s become bigger, better and more expensive!  An amazing fireworks show, Halloween Screams, has been added, more dance areas have been added and even more trick or treat candy stops have been added.  Even Space Mountain gets in on the event, transforming the ride to “Ghost Galaxy.”

Space Mountain in "Halloween" Lighting

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy: Hold on to your hats!

Special events during Mickey’s Halloween Party include two showings of [Read more…]

Review: Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland

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 [Read more…]