Halloween Time at Disneyland 2012

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We have taken our family to Halloween Time at Disneyland for years and it is absolute FAVORITE family events for a spooky good time! Now through October 31st, the park is decorated in boo-tiful Halloween decor and has lots of fun in store for the whole family. Here are some details about the Halloween festivities going on at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this year.

The after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate ticket event, has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families and will take place in Disneyland Park  on 11 special nights. Tickets are available at www.Disneyland.com/Halloween.

Ticket includes:

~Admission to Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time.
~ Complimentary parking for one vehicle. Larger vehicles may require an additional fee.
~ Special trick-or-trick stations with candy and healthy goodies.
~ Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular.
~ Dance parties, and the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.
~ Access to nearly all the attractions, including the Halloween-themed Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
~ Photo ops with popular Disney and Pixar Pals and Disney Villains.
~ Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, a Halloween parade presented for Party Guests.
~ Save on tickets when you buy tickets in advance!
~ On select nights Annual Passholders save $18.
~No ticket required for Guests 2 and under.

Mickey’s Halloween Party invites children to wear their costumes (and adults too!) and trick-or-treat at the resort. Disneyland + costumes and trick or treating? Could it get more fun for the kids?!

And throughout the park during Halloween Time at Disneyland 2012, the fun gets even spookier this year, with the new Disney’s Halloween Time Carnival featuring “The Astounding Cauldron of Magic” at Big Thunder Ranch along with annual favorites like ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween decor and activities for little ones.

Ahoy matey! Got any pirate lovers in your house? At Pirates League in New Orleans Square, guests three and up can live out their pirate dreams and learn the ways of the seven seas by choosing one of three pirate transformation options: Jake and the Never Land Pirates, First Mate and Empress (for pirate princesses). Pirates League is for a limited time only this fall. For Pirates League Reservations call 714.781.7895.

But one of my very favorite things at Disneyland at Halloween Time has to be the Pumpkin Festival, where more than 300 pumpkins are on display on Main Street, U.S.A. Really gets you in the fall mood with all the festive decor!

At Disney California Adventure Park, “The Art of Frankenweenie,” a special exhibit in Disney Animation, Hollywood Lane, features some of the actual sets, props and puppets used to create the “Frankenweenie” film, Tim Burton’s new movie opening in theaters Oct. 5th. A special sneak peek of the movie will be on view September 14th – November 5th.

For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.

I can’t more highly recommend this event for the entire family, it is really (not) frightfully fun for the whole family!

[Photo credit: Disney]

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It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland!

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I have been to Halloween Time at Disneyland the past two years and it is one of our absolute FAVORITE family events for a spooky good time! Starting today, through October 31st, the park is decorated in ghoulishly delightful Halloween decor and has lots of fun in store for the whole family.

Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate ticket after hours party, has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families and will take place in Disneyland park on 10 special Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights: Sept. 30 and Oct. 3,7,11,14,18,21, 25, 28 and 31.

Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $59.  All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 28, and Halloween Night, Monday, Oct. 31, are $64. Tickets are available at Disneyland.com/halloween.

Mickey’s Halloween Party invites children to wear their costumes (and adults too!) and trick-or-treat at the resort. Disneyland + costumes and trick or treating? Could it get more fun for the kids?!

This fun party features Disney villains, Mickey Mouse and his friends also in their costumes, along with the seasonal transformations of Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.

Highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party include:

* Newly themed dance parties

* New character photo locations

* The special opportunity to play in Disneyland for three hours before the party starts

* Trick or Treating – candy and healthy treats ­- in the ultimate Disney neighborhood

* The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular

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

* Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 pumpkins will be on display and none of them are the same!

* Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters.

* And much, much more!

I can’t more highly recommend this event for the entire family and now that they also offer you the opportunity to arrive and play in the park up to 3 hours prior to the party starting, it is a fabulous opportunity to get a long afternoon and evening of fun at Disneyland!

Have a great weekend everyone!

See you back on Monday!

[Photo credit: Disney]

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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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