Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Fun

Without a doubt, Fall and Winter are my favorite times of year to visit Disneyland. Disneyland Resorts’ Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party signals the beginning of the festive season. A few years ago Disneyland began hosting the Mickey’s Trick or Treat at California Adventure and it quickly became a tradition in our house to go. Most years we get tickets to go right around Halloween (if not on Halloween), but this year Disney offered us the opportunity to also go earlier in October. I am so glad we did! It is a FANTASTIC way to jump start the season! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can buy them here. Don’t wait because nights do sell out! (Do note that regular park admission does not get you in, you have to buy separate tickets)

This year it seemed like more of the rides were open and made it feel like a VIP private event because the wait times for rides were virtually non-existent! Brett rode California Screamin’ (for the first time) and it was literally walk-right on to the ride! I saw a 10 minute wait on Toy Story Mania & Soarin’ over California and it was walk-right on to all the rides in A Bugs Land.

I’d also like to say a special thanks to Disney for continuing to make such an effort to bring in healthier snacks… this year we saw individual packaged Craisins, baby carrots, apple slices and Cheese-Its. This is a HUGE help for parents because my kids were snacking on the healthy snacks most of the night and didn’t actually eat much of the candy until the way home.

Kyle sums up the evening best by saying, “It was AWESOME!”

Things to note:

-You don’t need to bring a trick or treat bag. They provide perfect sturdy Halloween themed bags just after you enter the gates.

-Don’t worry about the stations running out of candy, so don’t rush to the trick or treat the 13+ stations in a panic. One of the things I LOVE about Disney is that they think of everything and are prepared for everything, so once you see the massive mounds of candy at each station AND the Castmembers diligently running around refilling the stations, you’ll soon see that there really is no rush. (We’ve also found that at the end of the night it’s not unheard of to get larger handfuls dumped in trick or treat bags as the crowds dwindle down). Every time we have gone we come back with a ridiculous amount of candy… and we aren’t really trying to!

-Costumes are encouraged – You are trick or treating of course!

-Be prepared to have fun. With a large amount of character greetings/photo opportunities, dance party areas, parades (Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat on the Street Cavalcade) and activities, it will be a night to remember.

-I saw most of the food vendors open inside during the event, so don’t worry about grabbing dinner before. The find of the night was the first time I think I have EVER seen no line up at the Churro cart! Not sure if it was because everyone was filled up on sugar already, but I was sure tempted to get one…
-Don’t miss the walk through in Disney Animation (Hollywood Backlot), there were more trick or treat stations than I could count!

-If you’re a chocolate fan… be sure to find the Ghiradelli Chocolate stations.

-If you’ve got young ones, bring your stroller because they will get exhausted by the end of the night (and you also need an easy way to carry the massive bags of candy!)

Have you gone to Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party? What was your favorite part?


Katie October 13, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

You guys are welcome to go anytime! We're going again later this month, just for fun! :)

Julie August 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

Seriously, I wished I lived right next to Disneyland! What fun!

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