On Friday night, my brother and I set out to enjoy the 1st Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. Here’s how our night went and some tips that might help you.
Wristband pick up.
You have two options in obtaining your wristbands. If you are already in the park, you can get your band at the entrance to Frontierland. We arrived a few minutes past 4 pm and waited about 20 minutes. The line started next to Westward Ho and went to the hub and then back to the same area to pick up the wristband. You are given a trick or treat bag and map as well. EACH person MUST be present, they will not hand you a wristband to give to someone else.
For those outside the park at 4pm, you may pick up those items with your wristband at the Main Gates.
The pre-party in Toontown continues its annual tradition and the line wasn’t allowed to form until 5pm. Toontown will open ONE hour before the official party start time and remain open for TWO hours. There’s trick or treating, a couple of rides and Disney characters in Halloween Costumes. Line up exactly 5pm if meeting characters is important to you. I was surprised how many were lining up just to get candy.
Many characters appeared in the same costumes as they did in 2015. Mickey and Minnie were Zorro and Candy Cane, Donald was a Sorcerer, Goofy was a Candyman and Pluto had his vampire collar. Mickey and Minnie took the City Hall meet first, then switched with Chip n Dale. The line was about 30 to 45 minutes once it had formed.
There were 2 candy lines, but we chose to skip them as they were long and we could get candy later and not carry it around 5 more hours. I do love how Disneyland continues to do them as TRAILS, so there is usually 3 to 5 candy stops on each little trail. You can fill your bag much quicker here than WDW.
REALLY bad news for 2016. Most villains meets have been eliminated. Last year you could meet 8 or 10 villains in Town Square, this year the total is FOUR. Cruella alternated on one side of the Railroad Station with Queen of Hearts (Left side when facing the station) and Maleficent and The Queen alternated on the Right side facing. Maleficent is the only rare one, you can meet The Queen and Cruella most days in Disneyland and Queen of Hearts is out daytime during Halloweentime. Villains and Mickey and Minnie didn’t begin until at least 7:45pm and took breaks for parades and fireworks.
Other villains you can meet during the day include Gaston, Jafar, Jack Skellington, Dr. Facilier, Capt. Hook and Kylo Ren. I haven’t seen Frollo out, but it’s possible you might find him in Fantasyland too.
We made our way to Rancho del Zocalo with the goal to meet Goofy. We were told we could only enter the meet and greet by doing the trick or treat trail. Okay, we’ll grab some sugar, popcorn and chips fo for energy.
From there we enjoyed the Cadaver Dans on the River. We weren’t sure if they would continue to peform on the raft on the river with it closed for construction, but they did and it was great as always.
We headed back to Town Square because I wanted a photo with Mickey and Minnie and the parade was passing down Main Street. The best locations for the new Frightfully Fun parade were taken about an hour before the first parade and 30 minutes before the 2nd, but you could squeeze in somewhere shortly before, if it doesn’t matter if you are on the front row. You might get the evil eye if you try to move to the front though!Mickey and Minnie were meeting on the Town Square side of the Giant Mickey pumpkin. If you are in Town Square and you are looking at the Castle, the line formed to the LEFT. The line wasn’t very long, but it took over 30 minutes and I caught them right before the first fireworks blast went off.
The headless horseman is new to Disneyland. He walked very slowly up the street. A NOTE for the parade. The FIRST parade began at it’s a small world gate and the SECOND parade began in Town Square! The HH came out of the gate about 5 minutes early.
The all new parade features new floats, dancers and Disney villains. You won’t find Disney characters in costumes like you do in Walt Disney World’s Boo to You parade. It’s much shorter too.
Bat inspired dancers follow the first sign float.
Then these odd looking vampire things follow along.
The Mayor of Halloweentown then follows in his special car.
Jack Skellington and Sally follow behind on their float.
I loved this photo. I liked how the smoke rose in front of the Queen.
Judge Claude Frollo rode the float. You’ll see him on one side and…
Jafar on the other side.
The price went up. This first party was sold out at $89 per ticket. Every Friday and Halloween night sold out quickly as they always do. They added a nice parade, that hopefully will improve with time. It’s not Boo-to-You quality, but it’s far better than the old Cavalcade they once offered. The candy is abundant and easy to get. BUT they cut the best part of this party, only FOUR villains available for meets takes away from what guests really want. I recommend meeting Maleficent after the 2nd parade and use your early time to focus on characters you want to see.
I’ll write up another post for you after visiting on Monday with additional details and photos.