Halloween Time & Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010

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I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 1st day of the spookiness month of the year than with a trip to Disneyland for Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party this past Friday night!

And, it truly was a boo-tiful night!   Warm, balmy and perfect for dressing up Tinkerbell (aka. my 4 year old Emma) and heading over to the best trick-or-treat party in town!

Halloween Time is a special time at Disneyland Resort where Disney villains  invade Disneyland park along with Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes now through Oct. 31.

We were fortunate to be invited to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party {a separate-ticket event that moved to Disneyland this past year from California Adventure.} The party  invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a  nighttime celebration that takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays in October (5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29) plus Halloween night itself, Sunday, Oct. 31.  Click HERE for more info and to buy tickets.

Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $54.  For Oct. 31, all tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party are $59.

The moment you walk through the gates, you are greeted with fun “party music” that permeates throughout the park giving the feel of a REAL Halloween Party!  I also loved seeing Main Street U.S.A. decked out for the Pumpkin Festival where some 300 pumpkins are on display.

Main Street U.S.A and the Pumpkin Festival…

The word I think of to describe this party is ENERGY! And I was feeling the vibe!  In fact, I might have been spotted mouthing the words and dancing with my daughter on our way to Autopia {past the Tomorrowland dance party} to “I Gotta Feeling” – and I have to say, in the words of the Black Eyed Peas, it WAS a “good night!”

Although it seemed like there were a lot of people, once we got in to the official party at 7pm the first 3 or 4 rides we went on had a wait of 10 minutes or less, surprisingly quick lines (bonus!)

Mickey’s Halloween Party Highlights include:

* Trick or Treating in the ultimate Disney neighborhood, with even more treats along “Mickey’s Hide-and-Go-Treat Trails” – so much fun for the kids to get a few treats early!

New dance parties – at Tomorrowland Terrace and the French Market – with super fun music!

* The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of  Mickey’s Halloween Party) – AMAZING! One of the best fireworks displays I have ever seen!

* New surprises in “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade, performed twice nightly

* Character photo locations featuring Mickey and his pals, princesses and other favorites

* The opportunity to arrive three hours before the party starts to play in Disneyland – YAY!  More time to enjoy the magic of the park!

And highlights of the Disneyland Halloween season include the return of Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy– the thrillingly “haunted” version of the popular Tomorrowland attraction. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe.  Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space.  The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.

…and the longtime favorite Haunted Mansion Holiday, in which Halloween and Christmas collide for an attraction inspired by “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Jack Skellington returns to provide plenty of surprises as they celebrate the holidays in their unusual style, with some special spooky surprises in this year’s design.

Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will also find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters, all presided over by Sheriff Woody.

And meeting Disney characters is easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween mischief at “it’s a small world” Mall in Disneyland, while other characters in spooky attire greet guests in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.

Here is one of my favorite funky pics I captured walking over to the Haunted Mansion.  The spooky smoke spilled out over the water.  It was SO cool {and very Halloween-esque!)…

And the FIREWORKS show was U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E!   Talk about a show with a WOW factor!   Spooky fun for everyone!  Great music & a flying ghost….

Here’s an iPhone pic…

In the end, we had a ghoulish good time and my little Tinkerbell was so wiped out from all the fun, she was asleep before we pulled out of the park.  This party is something unique and definitely a MUST visit for the entire family. Your kids will absolutely love it!

For tickets and information visit: www.disneyland.com/halloween.

{Disclosure: Complimentary media tickets were provided.}

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The calendar has turned, Fall is in the air and this month you can take your little goblins to experience a new kind of Halloween treat at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure!

Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party at Disney’s California Adventure

My family was lucky enough to experience Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party on Friday night, full moon and all!   It was a beautiful night, probably about 78 degrees, the type of night that makes you happy you live in OC.  However, my daughter’s furry costume made for one hot little Elmo.   I was glad we brought some regular clothes too. I kicked myself for not throwing in last year’s Abby Cadabby costume – would have been way more weather-friendly!

A little about this super fun one-of-a-kind event!  For 11 nights in October (8,9,15,16,21,22,23,28,29,30 & 31), adults and children alike can dress up and trick-or-treat in the ultimate Disney neighborhood.

Some of the fun highlights include:  25 Treat Stops, a Hollywood Bat-Lot Bash in Hollywood Pictures Backlot, a nightly “Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat on the Street” cavalcade, character photo locations and a transformation of the Pacific Wharf into Pirate’s Wharf – an entertainment, craft and games area.

We got there right when it opened, and after spending some time at a little dance party at the Candy Corn Acres (Sunshine Plaza), we headed over to Paradise Pier.   It was really magical at night with all the twinkling lights.  When we were in line next to this cool colored fountain for the King Triton’s Carousel, my daughter looked at me and said, “Mommy, it is SO beautiful here!”    There really is nothing like experiencing Disney through the eyes of a three-year-old!

Our favorite ride of the night was Toy Story Midway Mania.  Have you been on that ride before?   So much fun!  Wearing crazy 3D glasses, you get to compete with your fellow rider on hitting virtual targets, as the car zips you through fun different 4D scenes.  It was Emma and I vs. Daddy.  Daddy won high score, but we beat him on accuracy.  Ha!  High five for the ladies!

On the way out, we got to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show.   Emma’s eyes were like saucers.  I looked around and thought, “WOW, it really IS beautiful here!”  There is just  something about setting foot on Disney ground that takes you to another world for a brief moment in time.  Times that memories are made of.

This is a separate-ticket event, $32 on most days in advance, $39 day-of, $42 on 10/30 & 10/31.  It’s a really special treat – your kids will LOVE it.   Click HERE to buy tickets.

Halloween Time at Disneyland

Spooky new fireworks and ghoulish screams at Space Mountain add to the fun now through November 1st at Disneyland!

Here are the spooky highlights of this year’s celebration!

For older kids and adults, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy launches voyagers into a haunted section where ghosts appear in the starry darkness and reach out as if to grab you at full speed!

The new fireworks spectacular that haunts the nighttime sky is called “Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies” and starts with Jack Skellington in a flash of fire above Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Jack also returns to take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday where the mansion is transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition.   Did you know this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion??

The park also has lots of not-to-frightful fun!  Main Street, U.S.A. is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival where more than 300 non-identical pumpkins will be on display.

Throughout Big Thunder Ranch, you will find a seasonal Halloween Roundup with fun festive décor and activities for youngsters.

And of course, your favorite Disney characters will be there in seasonal costumes so you can experience some spooky fun with some of the more sinister characters, the Disney villains!

Click HERE for more info on Halloween Time!

Here is a little taste of the ghoulish fun in store for you…. BOO!

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