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Typical Dates: Late September and throughout October
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special extra-ticket event held select nights at at Disneyland during the Halloween season. The party includes a special fireworks show featuring a fly-by of Zero (instead of Tinker Bell), a Halloween parade called Frightfully Fun Parade, trick-or-treating, a dance party, and more.
What time is the Party?
Officially the Party runs from 6 pm on some nights and 7 pm on others. The party runs until 11 pm or 12 am, depending on the night. Guests with valid Halloween party tickets may enter the park up to three hours prior to the event’s start time.
How much are tickets?
The prices range depending on the date, when you purchase, and whether you're an annual passholder. For 2016, tickets started at $79 and went up as high as $99. Parking is not included with Halloween party tickets and must be purchased separately.
Tickets went on sale on July 21 for Disneyland Passholders, Disney Visa Cardholders, and Disney Vacation Club members. All others could purchase tickets starting on July 28. Many dates often sell out, so buy your tickets once you're certain of the date you want to attend.
When are the Halloween Parties?
2016 dates are:
- Friday, September 23
- Monday, September 26
- Wednesday, September 28
- Friday, September 30
- Monday, October 3
- Wednesday, October 5
- Friday, October 7
- Monday, October 10
- Wednesday, October 12
- Friday, October 14
- Monday, October 17
- Wednesday, October 19
- Friday, October 21
- Monday, October 24
- Wednesday, October 26
- Saturday, October 29
- Monday, October 31
I don’t have a Park Hopper, can I still buy a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket?
Yes. Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are totally separate from regular park admission media. If you have a one day, one park ticket, you’re welcome to visit DCA in the morning and then Mickey’s Halloween Party in the evening using a Party ticket. This would not count as a “Park Hop.”
I’ll be visiting Disneyland in the afternoon and also attending Mickey’s Halloween Party. Do I have to leave the park at some point?
No. Beginning in late afternoon, several stations will be set up inside the park to distribute wristbands to Party guests who are already inside. Stop by one of the stations; they’ll scan your Halloween party ticket, give you a wristband, and you’ll be good to go when the part starts.
It’s a Halloween Party – does that mean costumes?
Costumes are not required to attend the Party, but many guests do add to the fun by getting dressed up. There are a few restrictions on costumes (more on that below), but there is no requirement that costumes be Disney-related. Many guests choose to give a nod to Disney in their dress-up (Minions and about 5000 people dressed as Snow White are popular choices), but you’ll also see plenty of non-Disney costumes on hand.
What types of costume restrictions are there?
The goal for costumes is being fun and creative, not frightening. You’ll be asked to change or leave if your costume is too scary or grotesque.
The official language states that Halloween costumes should not:
- Be obstructive, offensive or violent.
- Drag on the ground.
- Contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- Contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision and eyes must be visible at all times.
- Please be sure costumes meet these guidelines. If a costume cannot be modified, a Guest may be refused entry into the event.
- Guests of all ages may not wear a costume to a Disneyland Resort Halloween event unless they have a valid ticket to that event.
- Guests who dress like Disney Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.
The last bullet point is strictly enforced. Every year we’ve received feedback from attendees that have either been warned by security or even asked to leave the party because they were stopped by other guests asking for pictures. If your costume is especially good and stands out you will be stopped several times by other guests asking for pictures, despite your best effort to keep moving.
What is the crowd situation like during the party?
Lines for the rides to be quite short during the Party; however, other aspects of the event can feel quite intense crowd-wise. Think of party nights as a regular busy day at the park, or a 6 or 7 on the crowd calendar. With so many meet and greets, candy stations, fireworks, and the parade, it is hard to do everything.
What there is to do at the Party?
The Halloween Party has several components:
- Trick or treating
- Disneyland’s Paint the Night parade
- Halloween-themed fireworks
- Character dance parties
- Special character meet and greet opportunities
- Villains meet and greet
- Haunted Mansion Holiday
- Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
Other than candy, what are my food options during the Party?
There are no table service restaurants seating guests once the Party starts. However, if you’re seated at a table service before the start of the Party, you’ll be allowed to finish your meal at a normal pace. You won’t be rushed out.
There are a number of counter service venues open during the Party. In recent years these have included: The Plaza Inn, Jolly Holiday Bakery, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Refreshment Corner, Royal Street Veranda, Bengal Barbecue, The Golden Horseshoe, Stage Door Cafe, and Tomorrowland Terrace. These spots give you a range of options from sweets to salads. Check out the restaurant menus for specifics.
Can I meet characters during the party?
Absolutely! Not only can you meet characters, but many of them will be wearing Halloween costumes themselves. Here is a list of characters that often meet duing the Halloween Parties:
- Friends from Aladdin – Aladdin’s Oasis
- Jack & Sally – Near Haunted Mansion
- Winnie the Pooh & Friends – Critter Country
- Disney Pirate Pals (Peter Pan and Wendy) – Pirate Wharf (Frontierland Dock)
- Mickey and Minnie – Outside of Big Thunder Ranch
- Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale – Piratepalooza (Rancho Del Zocalo), Frontierland
- Disney Villains (Malificent, Evil Queen, Hades, Lady Tremain, Wicked Step Sisters, Jafar, Queen of Hearts, Radcliffe, and Cruella de Vil) – Town Square, Main Street USA
- Disney Princesses – Fantasy Faire
- Disney Fairies – Pixie Hollow
- Toy Story Pals – Near Big Thunder Ranch
- Captain America – Near the Tomorrowlanding store, Tomorrowland
The lines for the character greetings, particularly Jack and Sally, can become very long, very fast. Even at the start of the Party, you may face wait times of an hour or more. If character photo opportunities are important to you, but sure to factor wait times into your planning.
What if I need even more info?
Well you're in luck! Here is a very detailed blog post about the 2015 event, almost all of which will carry over to 2016.