Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park by the invisible geek
The invisiblegeek attended Mickey's Halloween Party on Tuesday October 26, 2010. This is an after hours party that ran from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. Advanced tickets cost $49 a person and $54 for the day of the event and there was an annual passholder discount available too. The crowd was a regular mix of Disneyland guests (adults/kids) some dressed up for the event some not, most children were.
The next trick or treat line was behind the villain picture area in the Small World area. I have faint memories of going on boat rides. Now I think of it as a good dock to watch the baby ducks in April. The line went out on the dock and turned around to come back. The line to take pictures with the villains looked a bit long so we progressed on to the next trick or treat line.
The Princess Faire line took us up and into the Princess Faire area and exited by the Toontwon Train Depot. I avoided another long picture line for the Princesses. To give you a status update I now have a full Disney bag of candy so I dumped it into my backpack to start again.
The next stop is the Fantasyland path which takes me behind Dumbo and exits out near the main walkway in Fantasyland. In case I didn't have enough we started the line toward Thunder Mountain.
At around 10:30 we decided to head out of the park. If you could not guess there was one more set of trick or treat stations at the exit. We walked around to about 4 stations and I almost filled another candy bag. At this point I am happy again that I have my backpack.
Comparisons to last year and conclusion:
I was fortunate enough to attend one of the parties that was held last year at Disney California Adventure. The foundation was the same with dance parties, meet and greet locations, and trick or treat stations set up around the parks. Disneyland added an expanded character parade, but nothing like what WDW has, and then the halloween firework show that ran last year for everyone was exclusive to the after hours party.
A couple of quick notes: This year the healthy food choices seemed larger, with a choice of apples, carrots, raisins, apple crisps, craisins, and fruit snacks where as last year I only saw apples, carrots and raisins. Last year there were more dance locations with one on the Pier, Bay Area, and Backlot compared to two this year.
It is hard for me to compare the two parties because Disneyland has a built in advantage.. that it is in Disneyland. The park is more magical and is my "happy place". On a selfish side I liked having the parties at DCA so they did not intrude on regular Disneyland visits. People ask is it worth it to go to these parties? I find that extremely hard to answer because it really depends on expectations, personal tastes, and budget circumstances. I enjoyed the parties, but will I make it an annual tradition, probably not. Would I tell someone to stay away, not really. Would I say you HAVE TO go, not really.
About the invisiblegeek -> Born and raised in Southern California and a frequent visitor of the Disneyland Resort (in the neighborhood of several times a week). They started to contribute some guest features to this site in October 2010. The name stems from a desire to blend into the crowd/background, not because of any super powers (and also because lazygeek was already taken). If you have any questions, comments, corrections you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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