Mickey's Trick or Treat Party Archives

October 8, 2010

Mickey's Halloween Party 2010



This year the Disneyland Resort's Halloween party has moved from Disney California Adventure over to Disneyland Park. And it has a new name: Mickey's Halloween Party. While the name location and different, most aspects of the party remain the same as what we've experienced in previous years, with some exceptions that I will talk about later. The party is being held on 10 nights in October - every Tuesday and Friday, plus Sunday, October 31. There's more detailed information on the ticket prices, dates, times and events on the Mickey's Halloween Party page.

Lee and I went to the very first party of the year, which was on Friday, October 1. One thing that is new this year: party guests may use their party ticket to enter Disneyland up to three hours in advance of the start of the party. (At DCA the park was closed and cleared of day guests before party guests were allowed in.) There is a separate set of turnstiles that party guests must use - these were all the way over on the right side (furthest from the Mickey & Friends tram stop, of course!). Once inside we obtained our wrist bands - and these were checked multiple times during the evening, especially during the first hour or two. This year's treat bags, featuring an ad for Toy Story 3 on one side and Beauty and the Beast on the other, were also available just inside the turnstiles.


Halloween party maps were available at the turnstiles as we came in - I assume they were available at the usual map stations elsewhere in the park, but I didn't specifically notice them. These gave the locations of the treat stations, character greeting areas, and dance parties, as well as giving the times of the "parade" and fireworks show. They also listed all of the attractions and restaurants that were open. (Toontown and Tom Sawyer Island were closed, and part of Fantasyland was closed until after the fireworks.)

One of the big (perhaps the biggest) draw of the Halloween Party is that it's the only way to see the Halloween Screams fireworks show this year. The show is only showing on party nights. I know that disappointed a lot of people - it's really a great show, and for those of us who are Annual Passholders, it's kind of tough to have to pay an additional $44-$59 for a party ticket to see something that was "free" last year. But I have to say that it was a LOT easier to see it this year since there were a lot fewer guests in the park for the party than there are on a typical October night, so we weren't crammed into Main Street like we were last year.

We arrived just before 6:00. The park was open to day guests until 7:00, so we were surprised at how many of the restaurants were already closed (other than the ones that would be open during the party) - we wanted to eat at Cafe Orleans, but they had stopped seating before 6:00. :-(


They were still setting up for the party at that time - putting up decorations and treat stations and that sort of thing. By the time we finished dinner at the Plaza Inn it was about 7:00, which is when the party started. It was interesting listening to the background music change over to Halloween-themed music.

We both thought that there were more people in the park than there ever were for the parties at DCA. Which makes sense, since Disneyland is a lot bigger and can handle more people. Attraction lines weren't too bad once the day guests had cleared out, and got shorter as the night went on. But the treat lines were VERY long in most places - generally a lot longer than we were willing to deal with. Several locations had a "treat trail", where there were 5-6 treat stations within 20' or so of each other. We found the ones along Big Thunder Trail and back in Critter Country had fairly short lines but the ones around the Matterhorn had long lines every time we went by them. One tip: the treat trails are two way, so if the line is long on one end, try going to the other end. There are two cast members at each station, each one serving guests coming from one direction. (One thing I noticed: this was the first party of the year, and at the beginning of the evening cast members all said "Happy Halloween!" as they gave us our candy - by the end of the evening they were generally silently dropping it in the bag. Can't say I blame them - I think I'd be hoarse if I said "Happy Halloween" to thousands of guests in an evening!)





This year's treats were pretty similar to last year (which was quite an improvement over the first few years): LOTS of chocolate candies, including Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Reese's, Nestle Crunch Bars, M&Ms, and Tootsie Rolls. Also Skittles (I got a lot of those), Tootsie Pops, and non-chocolate-flavored Tootsie Rolls. For healthier options there were packets of baby carrots, raisins, and apple crisps. As an extra treat there were one or two treat stations (I only found one) that had Ghirardelli Chocolate squares. Yum. (No, I did not get in line over and over again...)


We didn't do a lot of attractions, but did get to the two Halloween-themed ones: Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy (25 minute line at 8:45), and Haunted Mansion Holiday (5-10 minutes at 7:30, though it was longer later in the evening). Ghost Galaxy was unchanged from last year as far as I can tell, but they were still doing the "show" on the outside of it (you can read more about that and see some video in this blog entry from last year. Lots of smiles and happy people coming off the ride. One of the other attractions we did was the Jungle Cruise, hoping that it would have some party-themed jokes, but we were disappointed.

Haunted Mansion Holiday is also basically unchanged, though as usual the gingerbread creation in the ballroom is different - this year it's a "Haunted Tombstone". There's an interesting piece on how it was created on the DisneyParks Blog.

There's a new Mickey's Costume Party character cavalcade this year. Not quite enough there to classify as a "parade" yet, apparently, but it's more than we've had in the past. It features new music this year and three new floats, and several "push-along" themed jack'o'lanterns. Along with lots of dancers and costumed characters. It was short, but I thought it was a lot of fun. The parade leads off with the Vampire Mickey float - he opens and closes his cape.



Then there's the Costume Shop float:


And the final float is the Haunted Castle:



In between are the pumpkins - I thought these were really cute - my favorite was the Monster pumpkin!





The cavalcade runs twice a night.

The decorations were about what we've seen in the past - lots of the pumpkin and ghost Mickey lights (though they had done away with the blowy air-filled thingies - that's a good thing):


There's of course a fair bit of decorating that's there in the park anyways because it's Halloween Time, like the jack'o'lanterns on Main Street and the carved pumpkins in Big Thunder Ranch.


Most of the party decorations are done with light projectors. They really need to get their pest control people working, though - there were giant spider webs all over the buildings, including the castle, which also had giant spiders crawling on it! :-)


The party logo was on the Matterhorn:


And on the "small world" facade:


And a variety of projections were on the walkways and on buildings on Main Street.


The Rivers of America was filled with mist, with eerie lighting:


There were two dance parties - Buzz Lightyear's Integalactic Space Jam at Tomorrowland Terrace, and Club Skellington at the French Market. both parties had DJs playing various dance music. Buzz and some of the Green Army men were dancing with guests at that area - I didn't see any characters at Club Skellington, but it had quite an interesting entrance!


There were a lot of character greeting areas, but most of them had very long lines - especially the Princesses back at Princess Fantasy Faire and Mickey and Minnie at Big Thunder Ranch. There were short lines for Pirate's Wharf and the Pooh characters in Critter Country, though. I really liked what they did with Pirate's Wharf - it was at the Frontierland dock, and they pulled in the Columbia behind it. It would have been really cool if they'd done the greeting area on board the ship itself, but I suppose the logistics of that are too difficult.


Halloween Screams is still one of my favorite fireworks shows ever, and I like it more every time I see it. The fireworks, the music, the effects, are all just terrific. (How can you not like a fireworks show that includes a scream-a-long?) Disney blocked off the area between the hub and the castle until after the first parade (about 8:30), and at that point there were people who started staking out spots for the 9:30 fireworks show. There really was no need to do that to have a decent viewing spot, though - we went off to ride Ghost Galaxy, and didn't get back until about 9:20, but were still able to get a really good spot at the entrance to Tomorrowland, and we weren't packed in like sardines. So that's definitely a benefit to showing the fireworks only on party nights.


Have I mentioned how much I love this show? :-)

There was some exclusive party merchandise, like t-shirts, Mickey Mouse ears and so on, but I didn't photograph any of it. It was available in multiple locations so it didn't seem too hard to find.

This is the first year that the party has been held at Disneyland and Lee and I both thought that it actually fit a little better at Disneyland than at DCA. For one thing, there are several attractions there that go with the Halloween/villain/ghost theme, like Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and of course Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. And since so much of the "decorating" is done with lighting, Disneyland actually already has the existing infrastructure to do something more interesting than simple projections, such as the colorful lighting on the castle and "it's a small world". And of course the Halloween-themed fireworks show is a HUGE point in Disneyland's favor...though I think we all hope that in the coming years there will be a Halloween-themed version of World of Color (please????).

We really had a good time - and it was very nice to have the extra time in the park before the party - gave us a chance to have dinner and not waste valuable "party time" to do it. I think the extra hours and the fireworks and expanded parade make up for the hefty price increase (about $18 more than last year, but still cheaper than the party at the Magic Kingdom).

We saw a fair number of adults in costume this year - Jack and Sally were very popular, and pirate costumes are a perennial favorite. Lots of kids dressed as the Mario brothers this year. And of course lots of little girls dressed as princesses.

The party lasted for five hours, but we didn't actually stay all the way to the end since we'd done what we wanted to do by 11:30 and we still had to drive home that night. We really didn't make an effort to get a lot of treats, but my haul was still pretty good anyway!


Additional photos of the event are available in our photo galleries:

General Party Photos

Parade and Fireworks Photos

October 23, 2009

Guest Blog: Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party

Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party
I've Got Punky Power!
by Lisa K. Berton

I love Halloween almost as much as I love Disneyland Resort. When the two merge it makes me jump up and down with glee. The icing on the devil's food cake is Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party at Disney's California Adventure. For a period of four hours on select nights, the park transforms into a whirlwind of candy, characters, candy, Halloween-themed music, candy, spooky projections, and more candy.

Friday, October 16th was the night I ran around the park. The festivities were scheduled for 7:30pm-11:30pm and by 7 o'clock a massive crowd was waiting outside the gates ready to embark on a sugar high. Prior to renting a locker and turning myself into fashion icon Punky Brewster, I grabbed a pumpkin muffin and a bottle of water from Blue Ribbon Bakery. It's not the most nutritious dinner but it gave me enough energy to make it through most of the night.

I had purchased my ticket online and printed it out at home before flying to California. When I got to the turnstile, the Cast Member scanned my paper ticket and kept it. Special park maps listing what dining options were available as well as running attractions, character locations, candy spots, and "Mickey's Trick-or-Treat on the Street" Cavalcade times and route were readily available. Inside the park, Cast Members handed out plastic treat bags. They're big enough to hold all of the candy collected from every treat station. One side of the bag advertises the movie "Up" coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray while the other is "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Most folks head towards Hollywood Pictures Backlot first because it's the closest land to the entrance. I went to Pirate Wharf which took over Pacific Wharf. Here you'll find pirate treasure and skeletal remains of those who tried to carry it off. There's a DJ spinning pop songs and pirate Cast Members dancing. Coloring is available at craft tables and characters like Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, and Jack Sparrow pose for photos. Three counter service eateries are open at Pirate Wharf: Pacific Wharf Cafe offers soups and salads, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill serves tacos and burritos, and Lucky Fortune Cookery has rice bowls.

Guest Blog: Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party
Backtracking towards a bug's land I came across two scarecrows hanging around. One was loafing about and snoozing until I approached him. Awake, both he and the other scarecrow made conversation with guests. The funniest thing I heard all night was a little girl who pointed behind a scarecrow and yelled "CROW!" She had him going for a minute there.
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The first of two Mickey's Trick-or-Treat on the Street cavalcades started out between Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! and Candy Corn Acres at 8:30pm. I asked three Disney managers who were talking together for a prime location to take photos. They directed me to the area between a post and the waterfall. I would say for a great spot, stand so the entrance to a bug's land is across the street from you and a bit to the left. That's where the float with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald stops.
Guest Blog: Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party

In front of them will be Jessie and Woody dancing in the street, and bustin' a move behind the float are Gepetto, Alice, and Mad Hatter. Kids who dance and wiggle about in the street are given special event pins. Other characters in the cavalcade include White Rabbit, little green men, and Pinocchio. Dancing witches and warlocks take to the streets, walking alongside floats while giant Mickey pumpkins filled with huge candy corn roll along. Having the Cavalcade twice during the night means the crowds are very manageable. I found it very easy to switch spots with moms and dads who were also taking photos. The 8:30 pm performance brought out lots of little kids, 10 and younger, while the older kids and child-free adults attended the 10:30 pm showing.

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My next stop was Paradise Pier. At the top of the pier I found the humanized Ariel and Belle each with their own backdrop. The line to see them was very long so I took photos from outside the roped off area and continued walking down the ramp. Across from the entrance to California Screamin' were little green men and Jessie. Three out of four Boardwalk Games were open and free to play. Every player walked away with two pieces of candy while the winner received a handful. The newly themed games are very cute. The former Sun Wheel ferris wheel has been redecorated with Mickey's face in the center and his buddies painted on the swinging and stationary cars. I went for a ride in a non-moving car and was joined by two dads and their little girls.

If you continue through the area as I did, heading towards Mulholland Madness, you'll come across three treat stations in a row. Go get your candy. I only stopped at one of them. Now, there was a Mickey's Hide and Go Treat Trail in Golden State over by Grizzly River Run but I never made it over there so I can't tell you what I missed. Rumor had it there was a Ghirardelli stand next to Soarin' Over California. Ghirardelli dark chocolate and milk chocolate with caramel squares were also being handed out on the other side of Golden State across from the wharf. That I'm sure of because I went there twice.

Candy Corn Acres was hosting a dance party complete with Goofy and Donald Duck dressed as farmers. Lots of colored lights and strobes filled the area as kids shook their tail feathers. I never knew Donald was such a fan of rock 'n roll until that night. He even played air guitar. Cast Members were dressed in pink and orange bubble dresses. The outfits made me think of Willy Wonka and other tripped out images that frighten me.

Guest Blog: Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party

Baker's Field Bakery in Sunshine Plaza was open and selling their yummy baked goods. Both Greetings from California and Engine Ears Toys were open and selling their regular merchandise with Greetings also carrying event merchandise like sweatshirts, T-shirts, and cloth tote bags that could double as trick-or-trick bags.

My last area to conquer was Hollywood Pictures Backlot, the place where most folks began their partying. What a great place to load up on characters and candy. In front of Disney Animation stood a scaled down version of The Seven Dwarfs' house and out front you could find the Evil Queen or Snow White and Dopey. Over by the Hyperion Theater in the queue area, Mickey and Minnie hung out in front of a haunted house backdrop. In front of the Hyperion Theater were Handy Manny, JoJo & Goliath (JoJo's Circus), and Annie & June (Little Einsteins). Meanwhile at Hollywood "Bat-lot" Bash, the music was pumping and The Incredibles and Frozone were dancing the night away. Inside the Animation Building was the other Mickey's Hide and Go Treat Trail. Going through the various rooms with all the lights on was cool because you could actually see everything and just how detailed the rooms are. Dining options in Hollywood Pictures Backlot were Award Wieners and Fairfax Fruit Market.

There are 13 treat stations in addition to the trails. I only got to about half of them so there may be a few types of candy that I never got but here's the complete list of everything I collected: Twix, M&sMs, Skittles, Now & Laters, Sixlets, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Pops, Lemonheads, Jaw Busters, Ghirardelli squares, Craisins, carrots, apple slices, Nerds, Laffy Taffy, A&W root beer hard candy, Sassy Taffy, and Sassy Sours.

Costumes are welcome and encouraged for everyone. Most kids dress up and less than half of the adults don an outfit. I saw pirates, Davy Jones (not the Monkee), super heroes, Disney characters, Shrek, witches, and video game characters particularly from Mario. The coolest of all costumes was a group of adults that dressed up as the portraits in the Stretching Room in Haunted Mansion.

It's a fun night and if you've been thinking about going, go! Put on a costume, get in the Halloween mood and have a good time. If you want to trade your Twix mini-bars for my Sassy Sours let me know.

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You can see more of Lisa Berton's photos of the Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party in our 2009 photo galleries:

General Party Photos
Parade and Character Photos

General information on the party, including ticket info and a schedule of events, is available HERE.

Read more of Lisa's blogs:

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

July 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

54 years young!

This year we've already seen the opening of the updated "it's a small world" attraction, the new Celebrate! A Street Party, the Celebration Round-up and BBQ dining experience, and the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Over at DCA, the Food and Wine Festival returned for a 4th year, Cocina Cucamonga moved to a new location with an expanded menu, Mickey's Fun Wheel opened, and the Blue Sky Cellar preview center just re-opened with updated exhibits on what we can expect in DCA's continuing expansion.

I think Disneyland received some of its birthday presents early this year with the premiere of the new Summer Nightastic! event, featuring the return of revamped favorites like Disney's Electrical Parade and Fantasmic!, and the new TLT Dance Club, Pixie Hollow Enchantment, and the all new fireworks show, Magical, where Dumbo flies around the castle.

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend returns Labor Day weekend, with events Friday-Sunday - Lee and I will be running the half marathon on Sunday. And the very first D23 Expo takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center September 10-13.

Disney's HalloweenTime returns on September 25, including the popular Haunted Mansion Holiday and the return of Mickey's Trick or Treat Party at DCA on selected nights in October.

Also this fall, the very first DVC resort in California, The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Resort & Spa opens its doors.

The holidays return to Disneyland in November as Disneyland is transformed into the "Merriest Place on Earth", with all of the special decorations, parade and fireworks that go with it.

Next spring the new Disney's World of Color nighttime spectacular opens in DCA and who knows what else Disney might have planned?

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

AllEars pages on some of the events and attractions mentioned above:
"it's a small world"
Celebrate! A Street Party
Celebration Roundup and BBQ
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Disney's California Food and Wine Festival
Mickey's Fun Wheel
Summer Nightastic!
Disney's Electrical Parade
Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
Mickey's Trick or Treat Party

October 5, 2008

Mickey's Trick or Treat Party


The special after-hours Halloween party at DCA has returned this year with a new name - Mickey's Trick or Treat Party. It's being held on 11 nights in October, with the final night on Halloween itself. We attended on the first night, Friday October 3.

We had a good time, but as far as I could tell the party itself is pretty much the same as last year - the biggest difference I saw was new signs with the new name.

The October 3 party was supposedly sold out as of several weeks ago, but Disney was still selling tickets at the ticket booths that evening. I'd have to say that this party seemed a bit more crowded than others I'd attended in the past - though the crowds were NOTHING like Disneyland, where we went for dinner before the party, which had its typical busy Friday night activity.

For any of you who aren't familiar with the party...activities include trick-or-treating at treat stations all around the park, pirate games and crafts for the kids at Pirate Wharf, DJ-led dance parties at Candy Corn Acres, Pirate Wharf, and the Bat-Lot Bash, character meet and greet areas throughout the park, and the Mickey's Trick or Treat on the Street character cavalcade (because it's too short to call it a parade) at the end of the evening. One of the big draws is that *anyone* can dress in costume - even those of us who are grown-up kids! Normally you can only go to park in costume if you are age 9 or under (chronologically - your mental age doesn't count! ;-) )

Most attractions in the park are open, including Toy Story Mania. I was hoping smaller crowds might mean shorter lines for that...while the line was ~15 minutes about 45 minutes after the party started, it was 40 minutes at 10:40 p.m., and the party ended at 11:30. We rode it twice - and we both keep getting better at it. (Attractions that are NOT open: Grizzly River Run, Maliboomer and all of the shows.)

It's always fun to see the characters themselves having fun at the dance parties - we saw Goofy and Pluto at Candy Corn Acres, Chip & Dale (in pirate attire!) at Pirate Wharf, and Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone at the Bat-lot Bash. In fact, one of my favorite moments of the party was watching the Incredibles dance with each other.

Incredibles dancing

It's also a lot of fun to see all of the costumed Cast Members dancing, interacting with guests, and just looking like they are having a blast. I would hope that the parties are fun for them, too - they sure make it look like they are enjoying themselves as well!

The wisecracking scarecrows are back at the entrance to "a bug's land" - they were having a good time just "hanging" around...You might think they'd be down to their last straw, but even if their job is for the birds they were still very down-to-earth - no stuffed shirts here! You could even say that they are outstanding in their field! :-)


They had MUCH better candy this year - last year it was mostly what I consider "junk" candy - Laffy Taffy, Lemonheads, Starburst - and hardly any chocolate. There was a lot more chocolate this year - Butterfingers, Baby Ruth, Clark Bars, Nestle Crunch, Kisses, etc. Early in the evening they were giving out candy by the handful, though around 10:00 they decided they were running low and held it to 2-3 pieces/person after that. (And there were a few stations that ran out of candy before the end of the party.) I found one treat station that had Ghirardelli chocolate squares - unfortunately I didn't find it when they were giving it out by the handful! :-) The lines at the treat stations were never too bad (and they got shorter), but the lines at the treat trails, particularly the one in the Animation Building, got very long, though that one improved by 10:00. (On the other treat trails, if you just walked past a long line and went to the next treat station it wasn't too bad.)

We thought there were more adults in costume this year, though I'd still say that more people don't wear costumes. We went in our Belle and Jedi costumes again this year. The CMs actually got my costume this year - last year several called me "Alice" or "Dorothy", but this year those who commented on my costume got it right. :-) Lee's costume again got rave reviews, though a few kids were disappointed that his light saber didn't *really* work. :-)


I always enjoy the decorations at the Trick-or-Treat party. They do it more with lighting than anything else, except at Pirate Wharf, which has more elaborate decorations. But considering they only have 1.5 hours from when DCA closes until the party starts, I think they do a good job!

It always looks like huge spiders have been at work around the park - Grizzly Peak is covered with a huge spider web, as is the Orange Stinger, the side of the building on Pacific Wharf, and the Tower of Terror, among others.

spider web on Grizzly Peak

spider web on Tower of Terror

And there are projections all over the sidewalks - they whirl and spin and get bigger or smaller - there are pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, or phrases like "BOO!", as well as the party logo. I've noticed that the kids enjoy running along with them. :-)

spider web on Tower of Terror

A few projections that I had not noticed before:

The skull and crossbones on the side of the Pacific Wharf:


Bat eyes in the "Bat-lot" area:

Bat eyes in Bat-Lot

And these flying ghosts on the water wheel at Grizzly River Run:

ghosts at Grizzly River

The Mickey ghost and pumpkin lights are always fun:

Mickey ghost light

Mickey pumpkin light

And they also decorate with those blowy air-filled things. (Though they had one set up in the villains meet-and-greet area that was out of control and kept "attacking" the CMs standing near it. :-) )

Redwood Creek decoration

The lighting around Paradise Bay is always beautiful - but its normal colors are oranges and yellows so it's already "Halloweenish" to start with. I was happy to see the smiling jack-o-lantern back on California Screamin' this year - it was absent last year because of the Toy Story Mania construction.

Pumpkin on California Screamin'

They have a lot of backdrops set up for the various character meet and greets - at the end of the party after the characters have gone these are nice places to pose your own photos! This smiling Mickey pumpkin is in front of Playhouse Disney:

Pumpkin backdrop'

I wish they would do more with the takes maybe 5 minutes to pass by, so if you blink, you miss it. (It does have three longer performance stops, though.) At least it has its own catchy "Trick-or-Treat on the Street" theme song, though. I don't suppose it will ever be as elaborate as Mickey's Boo to You parade at Magic Kingdom's Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party - but on the other hand, Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party is about half the price of that one!

Trick or Treat on the Street'

I have posted more party photos in two photo galleries on AllEars:

General Photos

Parade, Party Activities, Characters

And you can find more information on the party, including dates, times, and ticket prices on the Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party page.

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