Mickey’s Halloween Party

On Friday night, we are able to attend the first night of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. We love Disneyland, and especially during HalloweenTime.  I just love all of the decorations that Disneyland puts out.  I think they have perfected that not-so-scary Halloween decorations.  Can you believe that this was our 4th year of attending Disneyland Halloween events with Angry Kid? Our first year attending Mickey’s Treat was in 2006, which was way before I started blogging here. I love the safe trick-or-treating environment that Disneyland provides.

Mickey's Halloween Party 2011

Angry Kid was excited to do some Trick-or-Treating so we headed towards Frontierland.  He was wearing his ninja costume.  Of course, it was nighttime and very dark outside.  Angry Kid is not fond of my bright flash in his eyes while taking pictures. Plus, while I was taking time to take pictures, he was missing out on some Halloween candy.  He was a little irritated with me.

Angry Kid as a Ninja

After getting a full bucket of candy, we headed towards The Haunted Mansion.  During HalloweenTime and Christmas, The Haunted Mansion turns into The Haunted Mansion Holiday, and is decorated with a Tim’s Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas theme. My favorite part of The Haunted Mansion Holiday is the gingerbread house in the Mansion Ballroom, because it smells like gingerbread in the air. Yum!

After we left The Haunted Mansion Holiday, we headed through a few more trick-or-treat stations.  Angry Husband’s friend was impressed with the healthy treats.  Angry Kid was just busy being a candy hoarder, as usual. It is pretty funny, because the kid rarely eats any of his Halloween candy. We then headed towards Frontierland.

We knew that we were going to have a HUGE EVENT for Angry Kid at Disneyland. It had been a few months since we went to Disneyland. He ran up to his usual spot and measured himself. YES, today was the day. He was FINALLY tall enough to ride Indiana Jones.  Seriously, EVERY TIME we go to Disneyland, he goes up to that pole and checks his height.  He always walks away with disappointment.  He was ecstatic.  Angry Husband made sure that he was the driver when we got on the ride.

Tall Enough for Indiana Jones at Disneyland

You know how they say that “time flies when you are having fun”? Well it does.  We realized that it was almost time for the Halloween Screams Fireworks show, so we went to find a spot to watch the show. Halloween Screams is ONLY available to watch during the select Mickey’s Halloween Party dates. They do not put on this special Halloween-themed show every night.  Seriously, it is amazing. We always look forward to the fireworks and all of the magic that occurs during the show.

While we were waiting for the fireworks to start, Angry Kid got to hang out with a friend, Gavin, the pirate, arghhhhh. Gavin the pirate is Kelly’s son.

A Pirate and a Ninja

Here is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle before Halloween Screams started. It looks so bright and cheerful.

Disneyland

Are you ready for the Halloween Screams Fireworks? Are you sure?

HalloweenTime at Disneyland
Halloween Screams Fireworks at Disneyland
Halloween Screams Fireworks at Disneyland
Halloween Screams Fireworks at Disneyland
Halloween Screams Fireworks at Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle looks pretty rad, doesn’t it? Seriously, I’ve taken photos of these fireworks EVERY YEAR. They always look like CRAP.  I’m not quite sure what happened here.  I’m going to write out the settings for my camera because I’m sure that people will ask. Programmed Auto Mode, don’t be hating. I swear….it was a fluke.  I edited all of them in Picnik. I didn’t do much editing, other than some cropping.

How I took the fireworks photographs:

Nikon D700

Nikon 50mm 1:1.8D Lens

White Balance: Flash

Exposure: Programmed Auto Mode (YES, I know, AUTO)

ISO: 2000

After the fireworks ended, Angry Husband grabbed my hand and yanked me through the crowds.  He was on a mission. We headed over to Star Tours before the line got super long. I think we were like the only people in Southern California who haven’t been on Star Tours since it was remodeled and re-vamped.  I am not a huge Star Wars fan like the rest of my family, but I was pretty impressed with all of the new additions to the ride.

Star Tours at Disneyland

It was a long day, and long evening for our entire family. We had all been at work or school during the day, and it was getting late. Angry Kid had a soccer game the next morning too.  I was bummed the we did not get to go on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, which is way cool, but Angry Kid is a little scared of it still. I love that ride. I remember being so scared to ride it as a kid.  I don’t think that I went on Space Mountain until I was an adult.

There are several other cool events also taking place during Mickey’s Halloween Party too:

  • Themed dance party with Disney Characters in Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Character Photos and Character Photo Stations Throughout the Park
  • Opportunity to play in Disneyland three hours before the event
  • Special Halloween Treats

Mickey’s Halloween Party, which is a separate ticket event, will take place in Disneyland Park on the following dates: October 3, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, and 31.  Tickets are available at Disneyland.com/halloween. The prices range from $49-$64 depending on the date, and when it is purchased.

Disclosure: We were provided tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party by the Disneyland resort. All opinions and photographs in this post are mine.  Please give credit to ME when using my photographs.

 

16 comments
Becca - Our Crazy Boys
Becca - Our Crazy Boys

Amazing photos!! My boys would love the Halloween fireworks - We'll have to fit that in soon!

Casey
Casey

Super fantastic! Loved the recap. I can't wait.

Erin Burns
Erin Burns

Looks awesome!! I want to go next year ;-) Your pics are stunning. And I love the one where he "just makes it" tall enough. That's how Wy was for Star Tours on his birthday. All 5 of us let out a collective cheer when he "passed!"

Kelly
Kelly

Great photos! We are going on Oct 21, and I'm super excited to take my kids. It will be the first time we've been there for the halloween party!

Marissa
Marissa

WOW, those are some amazing fireworks pictures! I just got a Nikon D40 and i'm still trying to figure out how it works. We were there that same night...and we still have not gone on Star Tours since it was revamped. I did go on Space Mountain though. Scary! But fun - looks like you guys had a great time!

Adam
Adam

Thanks for the fireworks shooting tips. I would have thought to keep the flash on, and crank up the ISO. I usually just fiddle with the aperture settings, guess I should trust auto a bit more...

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

I would so love to do the Halloween party, it sucks we probably won't for a long time, since it is hubbys busy time a year. We did the Christmas party last year and had a blast!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

YES, you need to come out to Disneyland for Halloween. It is decorated soo cool.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

It was a ton of fun. I love Halloween in general. It is such a fun Holiday.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I'm glad you loved my recap. Hopefully, this icky rain will be gone by then.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I totally remember when you tweeted about Wy and Star Tours. We screamed.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

You are going to have a great time. Make sure to take lots of pictures before it gets too dark outside.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I started with a Nikon D70, then switched to a Nikon D60, which is similar to a D40. It just takes some practice. The new Star Tours is pretty cool.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Sometimes, you can't get the aperture just quite right. I started taking photos with different settings at the beginning, and then evolved. I also locked my elbows and self-tripoded. You really need a tripod to shoot good firework photos.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

YES, but you went to WDW which is super cool. We've never been to WDW. I'm totally jealous.