October 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

A trip to Disneyland is a special treat any time of year, but it is especially magical at Halloween time with Mickey’s Halloween Party. Just imagine the best Halloween Party you could ever imagine, add in some Disney magic, sprinkle in a special treat for every member of your family, and you have Disneyland at Halloween Time!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year as a MomMe.  October ushers in all things fall, from pumpkin spice lattes, to falling leaves (in some places, certainly not here in California!), and the beginning of the holiday season.  Both kids and parents delight in the holidays, time to dress up, decorate the house, spend quality time with your family, and create life-long memories with your family.

Now you have another reason to love Halloween, Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.

Disneyland is known for going all-out for most occasions, and Halloween is no different.  The park is decked out in pumpkins, ghosts and seasonal greetings.  But Mickey’s Halloween Party takes things one step further and turns the park into a Halloween dream-land.

Starting at 7 pm, the park is transformed into the biggest Halloween Party you will ever see.

Main street is treated to a light show courtesy of a trick called Projection Mapping, which dances to fun music.  Your family will literally be dancing in the street!

 

Two rides are dressed up for Halloween: the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain.  Get your Fast Passes early for these rides to avoid long waits with kids, especially in the evening.  Even better, combine your Fast Pass on Space Mountain with the Parent Switch Ticket.

Never heard of the Rider Swap | Switch Ticket | Baby Swap | Child Swap?  Welcome to Disneyland Insider Status!  Disneyland thinks of everything, and does not want families with young children, or afraid of certain attractions to miss out on the fun.

They work like this: one adult gets in line for the ride.  The parent not riding can stand off to the side of the ride, feed the littles or go do something else close by to keep your child occupied.  When the parent in line gets to the first ride attendant they see, they ask for a Parent Switch Ticket. This allows one adult plus one other to board the ride.

After parent one rides to the attraction, meet back up with your family and hand over the Switch Ticket.  The second parent can then board the ride using the Fastpass line with one other person.  So if say you have a friend or grandparent with you, they can ride twice, or better yet do we did, and have your mom watch your kids while you do a “mini-date” during the ride, and then one of the parents replaces the grandparent, and one adult can ride twice.

This is really a great way to get to experience the incredible adult rides at Disneyland while with little kids, or an older child who is afraid of the dark or scary rides.

Other Mickey’s Halloween Musts

Visit the Trick-or-Treat Trail: Be prepared to stand in line as you would for a ride, though they move very fast.  Bring your trick-or-treat bag or pick one up at the park, for a fun journey through the park collecting candy or healthier items like goldfish and pretzels.  We recommend leaving the stroller to the side and carrying kids through the trick or treat trails.

Paint the Night Parade: Be sure to stake out a spot for the Paint the Night Parade that starts at 8:50 pm.  The parade is sensory treat, from music, dancing, lights, beautiful floats and more.  You will dance, sing, and capture lots of videos of tinkerbell flying, the whole Frozen crew and more!

 

Come in Costume: Families were decked out for the Halloween Party.  We saw a bat-family, an entire family dressed as the Avengers, tons of stormtroopers and the usual princesses, and many creative costumes.  Dress up for the occasion!  But remember a change of clothes for your kids, who may get hot, a bit dirty, or may want to be a bit more comfortable on the way home from the park.

Don’t Forget Your Trick-or-Treat Bag: You will fill it up with candy or healthy treats!

Get Your Fastpasses for the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain Early!

Be Prepared to Flash Your Wristbands: The park hands out special wristbands for Mickey’s Halloween Party, and this is the only way the park workers can tell who purchased a ticket for the party from the normal ticketholders during the day.  There are several wristband checks throughout the park, and other workers walk around asking you to show your wristband.  Embrace it with your arms extended and a little whooooo!

Stake our Your Spot for the Parade and Fireworks! You can also upgrade to a designated and reserved location to view the parade and fireworks so you don’t have to waste time selecting a location early while you can be playing in the park!

Have fun! #MickeysHalloween #Disneyland60

My 4-year old is incredibly tall for his age, and is tall enough to ride virtually any attraction.  However, he has a minor sensory processing disorder, which means that he process certain sensations differently than most people do.  He finds rides that move up and down particularly unsettling.  For the merry-go-round, he sits in the chariot and is perfectly happy.  But rides like Dumbo he has no interest in.

He also is overwhelmed by loud noises.  A typical adult can process these sensations, and simply remove themselves from the situation when they become overwhelmed, pop in a store, put on some music, or take a break.  Kids don’t have as many coping skills as adults do, and tend to get upset when overwhelmed.  That’s why kids tend to melt-down in crowds, at concerts, etc.  They just don’t yet have the coping skills to know something is too loud, too crowded, too bright / etc for them.

We deal with this by bringing noise-canceling headphones to the park, and he wore them down Main Street during Mickey’s Halloween Party, and also during the parade.  These are also great for young infants who cannot filter out noises as well as older children, or can’t yet tell you when things are bothering them!

 

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