Happy Halloween everyone! I hope today TREATS you well 😉 One of my favorite of our Halloween traditions is one of the Disney Halloween parties. Now that I have attended both, I can definitely say this is worth grabbing a ticket to! As with all my Disney info, this covers Disney experiences sans kiddos but I think a lot of it can apply to folks with little ones.
I was going to do a pros and cons list but when I got to thinking about it, I couldn’t think of a solid con except this one: it’s not a great deal if you’re an Annual Passholder. You do get a small discount on the tickets to the events but since you’re probably already OK to go on that day, it seems a bit much. Also, I’ve noticed that, at least at Disneyland, the days that aren’t party days are quite a bit busier so if you want to experience the festive atmosphere, it could be less fun. Many of the other cons are similarly situational and I’ll talk about them in my list.
However, outside of that, I’d say it’s great! So here’s the list of pros:
- It’s cheaper than a one-day, one-park pass to Disney. Again, not a great deal if you’re an AP or have already paid for a multiday ticket, as was the case when we attended at Disney World last year, but if you’re just looking to walk into either Disneyland or Magic Kingdom for a short day, the one ticket is all you’ll need.
- The park will be emptier! Because this is a special ticketed event and a limited number of tickets are sold, there will be fewer people in the park. This means smaller queue times on pretty much everything. When we showed up around 3PM this year, Space Mountain was 90 minutes. By the time we went around 10, we were down to a 10 minute wait. The longest queue we stood in was the one to get this picture taken at the end of the night. Seems everyone else had the “get on all the rides while you can!” plan as well!
- Treat stations! When you walk in, you’re handed a bag to collect candy and collect you can! There are stops all around the park where you can trick or treat. I made the noobie mistake my first time (way back in probably 2005ish!) of going crazy on the candy. I had a sugar hangover before we left! This year, I was having so much fun riding rides and spending time with my friends that I totally forgot to trick or treat at all but it is definitely available to you and great for a quick snack. They will also have a healthy snack, usually cut up fruit or something similar, available upon request at each stop and gluten-free friends, there’s always something for us! Check out this blog post from Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW to check out how it’s handled at Walt Disney World.
- Special entertainment! That’s easier to see to boot! Since there are fewer people around, it’s much easier to walk up to see the parades and fireworks and still get a good spot. We were able to find a solid spot with minimal vision blockage for the fireworks as the lights were going down both this year and last year at WDW’s event. You can’t get that any other day!
- For you lucky WDW folks, special swag! You can check online before the event’s even up for sale but there’s generally a Magic Band, shirt and several pins that are limited edition and only sell at the event. Here’s my little arm party from last year with the Magic Band:
- A more lenient costume policy and lots of Disneybounding! And last but not least, the costume policy on these days is much more lax. I saw a couple dressed in very convincing Aladdin and Jasmine costumes wandering around unbothered by CMs and attendees alike. Also, lots of folks pull out their Halloween best, so it’s great people watching.
Has this post convinced you that next year’s the year? Or have you been going for ages? Got any great pictures or stories from years past? Leave them in the comments below and have a fantastic day!