How can I already be giving you a guide on Halloween 2018 when it’s not even a time yet? Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort starts September 7th. Mickey’s Halloween party tickets are going on sale on June 5th for annual pass holders and the 12th for the public. That gives you about three months to plan your visit.
Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland will be September 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, and October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 19, and 31, 2018. Annual Passholders can buy tickets starting June 5th, Disney Rewards Visa card holders, and DVC members should also be able to purchase presale tickets. June 12th the tickets are on sale to the public. Tickets are $95 to $130 depending on the night the earlier you go the cheaper the tickets. Week nights are cheaper than weekends. Parking is not included in the price of the party ticket.
This is why we are already discussing Halloween in June. Let's deal with the Halloween Party first since this is a ticketed event. I want to address prices people get upset about the prices. It’s $95 for the pass holder price for some nights when I went to these when my kids were little the tickets cost about $37. It is very expensive. For several years this was the only way I could bring my children to Disneyland. A party ticket admits you into Disneyland three hours before the party starts. Now you can visit California Adventure too. This is a good value.
While you will spend 7-8 hours at Disneyland, the fact you get to go to both parks makes this a good deal. Do not forget Disneyland proper closes to the public once the party starts. I checked the official Disneyland website. Tickets for two adults and two kids the total is $454 for four regular tickets. This means no park hopping. Admission for one day is an astounding $654 for a family of four Park Hopper tickets. Even when the tickets are $115 the Halloween party is still a good deal because you will trick-or-treat.
Also, the Halloween parade is only for the Halloween party. I recommend going to the earlier parties in September and picking a school night. The last hour of the party you can walk on rides. I saw one child who got to hold Cinderellas hand and ride King Arthur Carrousel with her last year. We walked right onto the Matterhorn. Amazing things happen when the park is this empty.
Make rope drop enjoy the decorations before gets crowded. Ride the Haunted Mansion Holiday later in the day the Haunted Mansion Holiday can be a 60 plus minute wait. If you are a fan of the Nightmare Before Christmas visit the Pieces of Eight Gift Shop in New Orleans Square. You can take your picture with Jack and Sally.
A beautiful Día de los Muertos display is small, but thoughtful is in Frontierland. Calaveras-style face painting is free but the line can get long.
Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy will also have a long line. If you use MaxPass book this one early or stop by before riding The Haunted Mansion Holiday and get a FastPass.
Ray Bradbury's inspired Halloween tree is a do not miss. The Halloween tree is in Frontierland near the Golden Horseshoe.
Disney took the Halloween theming up a notch last year when they decorated Radiator Springs. The theming is on point. Stop by Cars Land before it gets dark and then again at night. The lights make the decor even better.
Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark is a fun thrill ride. The Guardians must save Groot before monsters get him. This overlay takes place after sunset.
If your little one loves Vampirina you are in luck. Disney announced it Vampirina will come to California Adventure. Starting September 7th! Your child can meet her and she will join the Disney Junior Dance Party. She will also be part of Frightfully Fun Parade during Mickey's Halloween Party.
As to Halloween food and merchandise. A few familiar items will be back. Like The Headless Horseman Straw Clip and the tire pumpkin straw. A few items are fan favorites updated. The Oogie Boogie Bucket and the poison apple Stein. There will also be a Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket. I urge you to stay calm and not buy them up. Otherwise Disney will run out and re-sellers will snatch them up and inflate prices. Click here to see the new merchandise.
Disney released all the unique Halloween offerings this year that will include many flavored churros. There will also be many other sweet and savory treats. You can find out more here. Via Disney Parks Blogs.
Here are some helpful posts to help prepare for your Halloween visit to Disneyland.