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  • [Question] Mickey's Halloween Party

    We are going to DLR in October and I was looking up the Halloween party and was curious if you all thought it was worth the extra 64 bucks? There really wasnt too much detail on the website. There are no kids in our party, but we love the villains. Is there an abundance of villains out and other characters or the same amount there would be on a normal day? What else is there to do? All feedback is helpful thank you so much!!!

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    Originally posted by wonton View Post
    We are going to DLR in October and I was looking up the Halloween party and was curious if you all thought it was worth the extra 64 bucks? There really wasnt too much detail on the website. There are no kids in our party, but we love the villains. Is there an abundance of villains out and other characters or the same amount there would be on a normal day? What else is there to do? All feedback is helpful thank you so much!!!
    I think its worth it if you dress up, The fireworks are the best of any fireworks show, and the lines are (slightly) shorter. Not by much. The lighting and fog effects and such are very cool. There are only Villain characters in he park I believe so you should enjoy it. My only gripe is the Nightmare before Christmas overlay during this time.

    We don't go with any kids either by the way. If we did, we would probably spend more time in the trick or treat lines, some of which have high quality candy and Ghirardelli chocolate.

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      For us, it was a chance to go in costume. As for being worth it...it's like staying at the Disneyland Hotel, do it at least once for the experience. Not something I'd repeat very often, but glad I did it.





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        I LOVE Mickey's Halloween Party! Depending on when you go the lines can be slightly shorter than usual or walk on throughout the party. The trick or treat stations give you a crap load of candy! (my family ended up with over 80 pounds of sugary goodness). Some of the costumes are absolutely fantastic (last year a whole group dressed up as Main Street Electrical Parade floats complete with audio system and light up consumes). I highly recommend it.
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        • #5
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          mickey's halloween party really is a ton of fun. The entire park turns into a great party atmosphere! Lines are shorter, except for maybe the halloween themed rides and you can get great viewing for an amazing fireworks show just minuets before the show begins. Tons of characters out in their halloween best If you never been I would say it definitely worth checking out

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          • #6
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            Lines are shorter?? Maybe compared to the current wait for Radiator Springs Racers.

            I went last year in early October. On a Tuesday. I thought it would not be a very busy night.

            I was wrong.

            Fast Pass is not available, so every attraction had a long wait. Mansion used its extended queue. Space Mountain was backed up all the way to the top deck. Star Tours was relatively quick, but still about 45 minutes. All of the attractions had much shorter waits after Fireworks, when parents took the little ones home - I was able to book over to Mansion as the fireworks were ending and walked on.

            Lines for meet-and-greets ran about 45 minutes. Jack and Sally were next to Cafe Orleans. Pirates were set up in the Mark Twain dock. A rotating cast of four villains were over on Small World way. And Mickey and Minnie were in costume at Big Thunder Ranch.

            Lines for trick-or-treat were extreeeemely long and snaked throughout the park, often disguising which were the attraction lines and which were the candy lines.

            All told, I'd probably do it again. $64 is a BARGAIN compared to the current day prices, and you can enter the park three hours before the party start time, giving you about 8 hours for the money. PLUS you can wear costumes.

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            • #7
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              My son and I went early October last year as well and had almost exactly the same experience as Doug. We only did a few lines for candy, loaded up as we left the park, CM's had several carts at the exits. Ride lines were shortest right when the party started and like Doug said after the fireworks.

              Going again on the 12th. Might be solo for a few hours on the evening of the 11th if anyone wants to shoot photos.
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              • #8
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                Word of advice though, avoid the weekend of October 19th. That is UEA break and all utah schools are out so the busy can be very busy during that weekend.
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                  Originally posted by Bronco21 View Post
                  Word of advice though, avoid the weekend of October 19th. That is UEA break and all utah schools are out so the busy can be very busy during that weekend.

                  OMG why does this happen to me everytime I book a visit. Last time I wasnt aware it was presidents day and it was crazy busy. We are going the 18th-20th. Do we need to purchase tickets and the 64 halloween ticket/? Now I am confused. We were going to buy the 3 day hopper and buy the 64 halloween ticket for our second day. I was under the impression we had to have both.

                  I know this is a lot of questions. I thought we could go o disneyland all day and then at a certain time they would only allow the halloween party ticket holders to stay.

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                  • #10
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                    If you want to go to the Halloween party you will need to buy at ticke for the party. Do not wait untill you get to DL to buy the halloween party tickets, last year we talked to 2 families that had waited untill that day and found out they were sold out.
                    The halloween party ticket allows you into DL 3 hours before the part, on Fridays that means you can enter DL with a costume on at 4pm, on the other days it will be 3 pm.
                    The party ticket is the only ticket you need to get into DL, but if you want to go into the park ealier then you will need a ticket (a one park or a park hopper).
                    The Fireworks are great, and there are 2 parades, along with meet and greet.
                    how you work it out is up to you, but the party is great. We are looking forward to going this year for our 3rd year in a row. We have to drive 7 hours but consider it well worth the trip. Well we also spend a few more days as well.
                    If you do go to the party do not miss the fireworks.
                    The part day goes something like this.
                    3 hours before the party strange people wearing costumes start invading the park, causeing some people to stare.
                    Get some thing to eat because most of the food places shut down during the party.
                    when the part starts there is a broadcast for all non party guests to start moving to the exit, but the stores will remain open to them for one hour. From that point on you usualy have to show your wrist band untill they are sure the non party guests have left.
                    Now the fun begins, main streat has all kinds of projections on the buildings. the rivers of america are now foggy, it is a very different feeling than during the day.
                    The meet and greet has many villians that you normaly do not see.
                    But the biggest is you can wear a costume in the park. Make sure that it fits with int the guidelines. Make sure you get a photopass, last year they were running a discount on the photospass for that night.
                    Not everyone is in a costume, some just dress up like regular people, others go over the top. Some of the best cosutmes that I have ever seen have been at the party. We find ourselves watching the other guests as we walk around. We have missed some great photos becuase we were not fast enough with the camera.
                    Is it worth the price we think so but you have to make up your owne mind.
                    We have already bought our tickets for Oct 9th. Have fun and plan according to what you feel is best.

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                      The normal park ticket gets you in from park opening until park closing (at 6:00 or 7:00 depending on the day). The Mickey's Halloween Party ticket gets you in the park 3 hours prior to the party start time (3:00 or 4:00 respectively). The party lasts until 11:00 or 12:00 (also depending on the day). If you want to go the entire day to Disneyland, you will need to purchase Disneyland normal tickets aswell as Mickey's Halloween Party tickets. However, if you are making a trip down to California and have transportation, I would recommend only purchasing the Party Ticket and checking out some other SoCal entertainment offerings during the day and doing the party that night. This way you are more likely to feel like you got your money's worth rather than spending $125 for a one day park hopper as well as $64. Most can't seem to bare spending $189 (plus tax) for what amounts to be a normal 8:00 am - 12:00 am plus a few special offerings. Another bonus is the free parking for one vehicle that comes with each ticket (I'm not sure if this is valid all day or just before the party). More info can be found here Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park
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                      • #12
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                        All good points, I just want ti to be know that its not just the villains that are out, though they tend to be in the back near IASW

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                        • #13
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                          When does it start getting crowded with party guests? If it starts at 7pm I know they can start entering at 4pm. Do alot of people show up early or is it more spread out or more crowded later that evening? Where do you get the wristband, at the Turnstile? We are going for the first time Friday Sept 28.

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                          • #14
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                            Question. If a guest enters the park early using his party ticket, can he/she exit and re-enter or are they stuck in the park?

                            I ask because we plan to go to the park 3 hours before the party (4pm) for a bit, then exit and have dinner at Steakhouse 55, then re-enter the park for the remainder of the party.

                            Is this possible?

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                            • #15
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                              ^^I believe that you can exit with a handstamp just like any normal ticket, but I would check with Disney.

                              ---------- Post added 08-17-2012 at 01:41 PM ----------

                              Originally posted by Jerryp49 View Post
                              When does it start getting crowded with party guests? If it starts at 7pm I know they can start entering at 4pm. Do alot of people show up early or is it more spread out or more crowded later that evening? Where do you get the wristband, at the Turnstile? We are going for the first time Friday Sept 28.
                              From what I saw, most people don't enter until just before the party starts. However, it doesn't start to feel less crowded until about 10:00 when the little ones get tired and a lot of the families start to leave.
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