Oct 27, 2014

DisneyMania! - Mickey's Halloween Party

Waiting for the Fireworks

Our visit to Disneyland fell during all the Halloween celebrations, including special event nights for Mickey's Halloween Party. As soon as tickets went on sale, I made sure to purchase some for our family, deciding that we would participate in this special ticket event the night after our first day in the parks. And it worked out perfectly for my parents to join us that evening. The tickets allowed them to get into the park 3 hours before the party so they wouldn't need their Park Hopper tickets for that day, which worked out as they only purchased a 2-day park hopper.

Our little Tinkerbell
We didn't head to the party until right around the party started at 6:30 PM, as we had spent a full day in the park and Sydney needed a nap, plus the girls needed to change into their costumes. See, Mickey's Halloween Party is a costume party, which trick-or-treat stations and Meet & Greets with Disney characters dressed up for Halloween as well as Disney Villains.

And don't forget Elsa!
Before we got there, I had been quite curious how they ensured that people in the park were party ticket holders and not people who just didn't leave the park when they were supposed to. Well, good old wrist bracelets were our golden tickets around the park. We arrived while the last swarm of day guests were leaving so we were ushers in one direction while the others were told to exit another direction. It was a little cramped and chaotic, but once the day guests had all left, things opened up. 

We started with some trick-or-treating, as Cameron had stayed back with Sydney so she could get a longer nap in. We only hit 3 or 4 of the trick-or-treat stations, but that was plenty. The girls' new Mickey Light-up Pumpkin holders were packed to the brim with yummy candy, apple slices, pretzels, and carrot sticks - even chocolate covered craisins. As soon as Sydney and Cameron joined us, she was happy to snack on the apple slices. I'd read that the trick-or-treat lines can eat up on your time, but we found them to move quickly, and each station had 3 to 4 kiosks you went to for treats. 

Lines for rides were short - the longest was Pirates of the Caribbean, which I think was a 20 minute wait. Well worth it to Cameron who has not been on it since before the incorporated Jack Sparrow into it - it was closed for refurbishment the last time we visited. It was supposed to be open at that time but the refurbishment went a week late, which is exactly when we were there. Given it is one of his favorite rides, you can understand his disappointment and why he was happy to wait. Did I mention the ride had been closed all day long? Not sure why but Cameron about freaked out until he knew it would be open that night. Don't worry though, he got to go on it again a few days later. 

My parents and London were able to walk right on to Star Tours and we all walked on to Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters, since Sydney insisted we go on it when we walked by. By the time we were done with all that, it was time for the fireworks. It would be our only time to watch the fireworks on this trip and Cameron had made me miss out on the fireworks last visit (to watch Fantasmic twice), so I wasn't missing them this visit. All I can say is it was well worth the years-long wait. They were by far the best I have ever seen.  The Disney Villains get all the glory, trying to out-do each other in the spectacle. 

After the fireworks, we decided to call it a night, even though there was still an hour and a half left in the party. But given we'd already put in a full day and we still had 2 full days ahead of ourselves, knew we'd be pushing it by the end of trip with the girls if we had stayed and tried to see the second parade of the night (we'd skipped the first showing, after asking London if she wanted to watch it or go on Pirates - she made her daddy proud with her selection.)

All in all I loved the party. The only thing I would have done differently was try to time it so we wouldn't have been in the park all day and used up one of our park hopper days - not that it was a big issue either. Definitely would be fun to do again some day. Unfortunately, we didn't take many pictures that evening. 

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