Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mickey's Trick or Treat is a Fun Filled Night!

Trick or treating at the Disneyland Resort has become a tradition for our family. Every year the kids eagerly await the evening.  This year did not disappoint!  For the first time Disneyland hosted the Mickey's Trick or Treat instead of California Adventure.

Initially I thought they would be closing down Disneyland as they had with California Adventure on the evenings of the Mickey's Trick or Treat, but I soon found out that Disneyland has a very efficient system for ensuring those that don't escort the park are gently reminded it is time to leave. Everyone entering the park for Mickey's Trick or Treat is given a colored wrist band (Cast members will be checking that you have this a the trick or treat stations, ride entrances and other areas).

You're handed a cool trick or treating bag just after entering the park and it's just about guaranteed that you will go home with that absolutely full of candy by the end of the night (if you spend much time at the treat stations)!  Initially I was intimidated by the length of the lines at the first candy stations we found.  But what I quickly realized was that was apparently the first station everyone went to.  So if you see that line... just skip it and move on to the next!  Another HUGE trick we figured out is there are two lines going in opposite directions for each station (think cars on a two lane road), so if you see a long line on one side, check the opposite direction and I bet you'll see little to no line, so flip around and come at the candy station from the other way.  This is a particularly useful tip for the treat trails.  Everyone ends up in the same line... so by going in the opposite direction... let's just say you save a TON of time and can get more rides in!

One of the other things we LOVE about the Halloween Trick or Treating is the rides with less people in the park.  We walked right on to Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones.  We didn't have the time to ride it but also noticed very short lines at Finding Nemo.  Longest line we saw for the night was at Space Mountain - Ghost Galaxy, but I think that is to be expected with the ride only being open for a short time.

Mickey's Trick or Treat is also full of a number of super fun Dance Parties at different locations throughout the park, with special appearances by characters.  I must say I got a sneak peak at the New Orleans Square (Club Skellington at the French Market) dance party and the entrance that Jack Skellington made was like non other than I've seen!  We also saw Buzz Lightyear's Intergalactic Space Jam at the Tomorrowland Terrace and it looked really fun!

Many of your favorite dinning areas also offer special Halloween themed food.  You can also find a large amount of Character greetings set up throughout the park. Most of the treat stations also offer the "healthy" treat option of apple slices, craisins, raisins, carrots, etc. 

And of course you can't miss the Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks!!  We loved loved loved this special fireworks display hosted by none other than Jack Skellington.  Be sure to hug the right side of the viewing area on this one for optimal viewing.  I know it's easy to think that the center of main street is the best view, but in this case I promise you that you'll have a better vantage point if you are to the right hand side (Tomorrowland side).

For more information about hours, ticket prices, etc. you can go here

Have you been to Mickey's Trick or Treat?  What's your favorite part?


CSeppala October 8, 2010 at 4:54 PM  

Oh I so wish we could attend this. We do have annual passes, but for our family of 5 and the annual pass discount...it is still waaaay too much money. Maybe next year. Looks awesome!

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