There will be no Mickey’s Halloween Party this year. The new party is Oogie Boogie Bash, held at Disney’s California Adventure. Click on the link for more information. You can also hit the Disneyland tab. I have several informative posts about Oogie Boogie Bash.
I see Disney fans asking in Disney groups questions about Mickeys Halloween Party. Many ask is it ok for Adults to attend Mickeys Halloween Party without children? I encourage it. Mickey's Halloween Party is fun for all ages. It is also the only place adults can trick-or-treat.
My family and I have been attending the party for 12 years. I would love to go without my children. When you go with your children, you’re watching them while you’re taking part in the fun. So the responsibility is still on you.
Attending the party without kids is a great way to have a fun kid free Disney experience as ironic as it sounds. Some adults to go to recapture the fun of Halloween.
I have two recommendations. First dress up. Plan your costume ahead of time and go all out and take lots of pictures. Second take advantage of the fact you are an adult at a party where many of the children leave early. Enjoy the last two hours.
There is one misconception about the Halloween Party. Some believe there're no lines for the rides. That’s true but a few rides have lines. Space Mountain sometimes has a 20 to 30 minute wait. Weeknight parties that have not sold out the wait is about 10 minutes after the first parade. Also Peter Pan I’ve seen no one be able to walk on Peter Pan until the end of the night after most of the kids have left.
So skip the first parade and fireworks! Fewer people view the second parade. The fireworks occur after the parade so during that time ride all the E- Ticket rides. Sometimes you can get off the ride and then go through the line again and ride the same ride within 5 minutes.
I always recommend going in the opposite direction of the parents and the kids. Which seems impossible. For example, Tomorrowland has a dance party. The Nemo, Buzz Lightyear, and Autotopia rides are also for kids. The treat lines in Tomorrowland can get long. Strollers and small kids slow the lines down at times. I always recommend either you trick-or-treat in Tomorrowland first. Or trick-or-treat the Tomorrowland trails or towards the last hour of the party.
After the fireworks many people leave. The last hour or so you can hop on any ride and trick-or-treat. You can do whatever you want with no wait.
Most families start the night at the Toontown Pre-Party that starts an hour before your party. I encourage you to attend the Mickey’s Toontown pre-party. Be warned people line up for this pre-party an hour before the party starts.
Toontown lines are long. I always say either wait at least 15 to 20 minutes to visit Toontown. Last year that’s what I did. Toontown closes after an hour. If you wait about half an hour or just go on the rides first, you will get through those candy lines faster. After about half an hour many people received pictures and candy.
You can skip Toontown too if you are trying to get a break from kids. But, Gadgets Go Coster and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin are fun rides. Short but fun.
I also avoid Pizza Port for dinner. Consider eating at Cafe Orleans or Carnation Cafe for Dinner. These are table service resultants that have a calmer environment and the food is wonderful. Make sure you call and make reservations.
Many often forget the treat trails on Big Thunder Trail. You can get through those fast. As the ones in Frontierland and New Orleans Square can get congested and slow.
You will not have to carry candy if you trick-or-treat later in the night. I rather have a few hours of fun going on rides before worrying about carrying the candy.
I would also avoid the treat stations with a white lantern. This means they are handing out carrots or apples. Sometimes its crackers. This is great for kids. We save the crackers for school lunches. As an adult having a kid free experience, I want chocolate. I also want to go on all the grown up rides multiple times if possible.
Also skip the treat trails with long lines. Take advantage of the fireworks and parades. The parade and fireworks are popular. People line up an hour beforehand to get a good spot which means fewer people in ride lines.
Trick-or-treat when you pass a trail with no line or do it at the end of the night.
Disneyland will ask regular park guests to leave once the party starts. But attendance is spotty on party days. Some days Disneyland is deserted so getting in three hours early allows you to go on a lot of rides. Sometimes the park is busy so make sure you have a plan. Take advantage of the admittance three hours before the party, visit California Adventure.
Plan so you can go on rides like Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Peter Pan, and the Haunted Mansion many times. Without waiting longer than ten minutes per ride.
You can also get a lot of candy if you know when to hit the treat trails. Mickeys Halloween Party is a great way to experience Halloween at Disney. Without the huge crowds. Though the ticket prices are steep, they are worth being able to go on the rides with little wait alone. If you want more party tips read my post on Mickey's Halloween Party tips.