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Where do you buy Disneyland discounted tickets is one question EVERYONE wants to know! 

I have asked around my local groups and thought these tips were very useful and wanted to share with you:

Rule #1 – NEVER buy at the gate! Even purchasing your Disneyland tickets online through their website might save you money.

If you do buy your tickets online, make sure the site is a Disney site or a legit site such as Get Away Today (who offers a layaway plan for your vacation!!! Look under Client Services to register for a layaway account).

Check your local Costco or Sams Club as they often have some of the best prices to be found.

Are you a member of AAA? Check the member benefits to see if they are offering discounted tickets.

Ask your HR department if your company has any Disneyland perks – you might be surprised to find they do!

If you are a teacher, find out if you are able to buy discounted tickets.

If you are military, check with MWR or the ITT office to see if they have discounted tickets.

Use your points credit cards or discount cards purchase Disney gift cards.

While I really don’t promote credit card usage much, get a credit card that gives you Disney Dollars.

Skip the water park and hopper options. These are add-ons that you might be paying for and never use.

Take a closer look at those packages. While convenient, you will be able to save money by “building your own package.”

You used to be able to volunteer at the park in exchange for a free ticket so if you have friends or family in Cali, stay with them and spend a day with the mouse.

Early in the year Disneyland will have an “Adults Pay Kids’ Price” day but you have to contact Disneyland to find out when this special promotion will be happening.

Huge Disneyland fan and plan on attending more than 3 times in a year? You might consider buying an annual pass as it will cost you less than four regular daily tickets and can be used over and over again.

Disneyland Ticket Pro tip: Does it sound too good to be true? It probably is! Use at your own risk of buying tickets from strangers, eBay, or CraigsList. Some people try to sell unused day tickets and you cannot use unused days from someone else’s ticket to get into the park as the park takes photos of the pass-holder on the first day.

Research hotel prices using various online resources such as these to help build your own Disneyland package such as:

What money-saving tips do you have to share with others on how to save at Disneyland?

Having visited Disneyland many times and I realized there are things that you can do at the resort that many people may not realize are available to do or may have simply overlooked. In this 3 part post, I will first let you know what secret/overlooked things you can do at Disneyland, then in the second part what you can do at Disney’s California Adventure park and then what you can do at the Disneyland Hotels resort hotels.

Secret Things To Do at Disneyland

Here are 4 things most people don’t realize you can do at while visiting Disneyland.

1. Musical Chairs with Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Everyday at around 2:30 pm at Coke Corner on Main Street, Alice and the Mad Hatter with an occasional surprise guest, shows up for a fun game of Musical Chairs. This is not like any normal game of musical chair, the Mad Hatter each round tells you something to do whether you are hoping like a rabbit, pretending to be a pirate or the Mad Hatter might just make you chase down your chair with each round being accompanied by a pianist playing a musical selection to fit the Mad Hatter’s theme. This fun game is something kids will remember being able to play at Disneyland.

2. Riding Tender on the Disneyland Railroad. Riding tender, you may be asking what that is but at Disneyland you and 1 guest get the chance to ride up front with the train’s engineer on either C.K. Holliday (Engine #1) and the E.P. Ripley (Engine #2). To ride tender all you have to do is ask the Conductor at the Main Street Train Station if you could ride Tender and they will either let you ride or they will tell you a time to check back to see if  you might be able too. Sometimes riding Tender is not available but the Conductor at the Train Station will let you know.

3. Steering the Mark Twain on the Rivers of America. One cool thing about riding on the Mark Twain is the chance to be able to visit the wheelhouse and steer the Mark Twain along the Rivers of America. To be able to do this all you have to do is ask a Cast Member at the Mark Twain nicely. While up in the wheelhouse don’t forget to sign the guestbook.

4. Riding in the “Lilly Belle” Presidential Train Car. Have you noticed that special red caboose on the one of the trains? Did you know that car is named Lilly Belle who it is named after Walt Disney’s wife Lillian? Did you know anyone could ride in this special car? All you have to do is ask the Conductor at the Main Street Train Station if you can ride in the Lilly Belle and they will either give you a time to return or if no one is riding it when it comes around they will allow you to ride in it. Plus at the end of your trip around Disneyland, you might be lucky enough to score a specially Lilly Belle train ticket. Please note that  Sometimes riding in the Lilly Belle is unavailable and  Club 33 members are a high priority so they can bump you from riding in the car if they want to ride it.

Part 2 Disney’s California Adventure (not so) Secret things to do and Part 3 Disneyland Resort Secret Things to See and Do.

Here is Part 2 of 3 Secret (or not so secret) things to do at the Disneyland Resort, here is part 2 about Disney’s California Adventure Park. Up until the recent addition of Carsland to Disney’s California Adventure the park used to be overlooked with visitors to Disneyland. Visitors would go to Disney’s California Adventure for a couple rides and that’s about it but the park has things to do that most people will overlook or skip because they don’t realize what you can do in them. But these are the 6 things I love to visit when I go to DCA and wanted to share.

Here are 6 (not so secrets) things to do at Disney’s California Adventures.

1. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. I am surprised every time I go to Disney’s California Adventure how calm this play area is compared to other areas in the park. This is a great area for kids since they have many different challenges that include a rock climbing walls, a maze of rope bridges, side by side slides, zip line and a mystical cave. Plus this area is themed after Disney/Pixar’s movie UP so you have the chance of seeing Russell and Dug at the Wilderness Explorers Ceremony in which you become an official Senior Wilderness Explorer after accomplishing all your merit badges by completing the map they give you at the entrance.

The next 2 things are great shows worth a chance to see. Muppet Vision 3D in Hollywood Land and It’s Tough To Be a Bug in Bugsland. These two shows are a great way to get out of the crowds or weather to sit and relax for a little bit while you watch a show.

2. I love Muppet Vision 3D and I see it every time I go to DCA. This is actually a 4D show so you wear 3D glasses along with take time as you walk through the line que to look at all the special muppet touches and during the show the giant friendly monster muppet Sweetums walk through the front of the theater, the show is about 20 minutes in length.

3. It’s Tough to be a Bug is a great show based on the movie A Bug’s Life, I personally loved the show and the effects. But please note that this attraction may be scary for some children as the effects and sounds maybe to intense for them. I took my niece to see the show when she was 2 years old for the first time and we had to leave early as it was to scary for her. I will say the show is hilarious and scary at the same time as Hopper the main bad character from a Bug’s Life, receives assistant from other insects in the theater to taunt and torment the audience with use of different 4D effects such as being sprayed with Bug Spray which is just water, or being stung in the back by hornets as Hopper commands the bugs to do it. If you have seen the movie A Bug’s Life, you will know Hopper was an intense character in the film so use your judgement carefully be for taking your kids to see it.

4. The Animation Building in Hollywood Land offer walk through exhibits, drawing class and a show. I love the Animation Building in Hollywood Land, which houses my niece’s favorite show Turtle Talk with Crush and my favorite activity the Sorcerer’s Workshop, along with the actual Animation Academy learn to draw the characters. My niece loves Turtle Talk with Crush, she is constantly interested in whats going on in the show and she loves being able to ask her favorite sea turtle Crush from Finding Nemo a question; audience participation is a huge factor to the show so always be prepared to ask or answer a question.  My personal favorite about the Animation Building is the Sorcerer’s Workshop, you get to explore 3 different areas with the first being the Magic Mirror Realm where you get to draw your own cartoon and bring it to life; then you have the Beast’s Library where you get to find out which Disney character you are most like by answering a set of personality type questions – I always manage to get Belle or Snow White and my niece is always either Alice or Tinkerbell; and finally you have Ursula’s Grotto where you lend you voice to either a sing or act out a scene from a movie and Ursula will put your voice into the scene.

5. Blue Sky Cellar next to Wine Country Trattoria as this is your sneak peek into planned changes and additions to the parks, different Disney resorts and future Movies coming out with several different displays of concept art, scale models and section for a short film looped plays detailing or movie previews of whats to come. Cast members are inside to help with any questions you might have.

6. Boudin Sourdough Bread Factory Tour. This walk thru tour of the a real working Boudin bakery where they bake loaves of the world-famous San Francisco sourdough bread. As your vide host comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Colin Mochrie from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?, talks about how the bread started and the process in making the bread. Upon entry into the factory tour, you receive a sample of the delicious sourdough bread. My niece has loved going through the tour ever since she was 2 and every time we are near the bread factory she asks if she can go through it.

Part 1 4 (Secret) Things to do at Disneyland and part 3 Secret things at the Disneyland Resort Hotels.

In this finale part of 3 post of secret things to do around the Disneyland Resort, I will let you know what you can do and see for free around the Disneyland Resort hotels – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, The Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel. If you are visiting the Disneyland resort there are secret things you can see and do at the hotels on property. Best of all these are FREE and you don’t even have to be a guest to enjoy.

Secret Things to See and Do at the Disneyland Resort Hotels

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

  • Art of the Craft Tour at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. The Art of the Craft is a complimentary tour that takes you through Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa which looks at how the hotel was designed and inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 1800s-early 1900s. I did this tour about 3 years ago and it was extremely fascinating for me. I loved learning about the history of the moment and how it inspired the hotel. I also loved seeing things I probably would have never noticed before if I was just walking through the hotel. The tour is available on certain days of the week and time with reservations highly recommend as the tour space is limited.
  • Story Time at the Hearthstone Lounge. Nightly enjoy a narrated story told 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. inside the lobby near the huge stone fireplace located next to the Hearthstone Lounge. If you are looking for a place to sit and relax for a little bit outside one of the Disneyland parks, I would recommend relaxing in this lobby. Plus for those over 21, enjoy a cocktail at the Hearthstone Lounge while you take your break and the kids are listening to a story.

The Disneyland Hotel

  • See Disneyland’s past with memorabilia and classic Disney artwork in each part of the Hotel. In each of the 3 hotel building are different pieces of Disney artifacts that correspond to each of the towers name which are Adventure, Fantasy and Frontier. There is so much Disney history inside each of the buildings its amazing to see. I love the scale model of Big Thunder in the Frontier tower lobby and the Jungle Cruise animal statues in the Adventure tower. You can walk through the lobbies of the towers without having a room key and see all the amazing stuff. Don’t forget to see Cascade Falls with artifacts from the original Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules one of Disneyland’s original rides located outside of the Frontier tower.
  • Characters meet and greets just like inside Disneyland park, during select times of the day characters can be found walking throughout the hotel lobby areas greeting guest and taking pictures. You never know who you are going to see. I have seen Baloo from Jungle Book, Goofy, the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and even Princess Jasmine from Aladdin in the lobby and guess what I didn’t have to wait in a long line to see them. So if you are walking through the hotel keep an eye out for characters walking through as you never know who might just turn up.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • Paradise Theater at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. This is a great place where kids can sit and watch Disney films and TV shows. This room is the hallway between the registration desk and parking next to Flounder’s Fun ‘n Games arcade. My niece loved the little beach chairs in the screening room. It was a great place to keep her occupied while we waited for our table to be ready at Mickey’s Surfs Up character breakfast.

Disneyland Parking Tips

One expense that most people don’t take into account is Disneyland parking! At $15 a day, that will quickly add up during your trip. That first day $15 might not sound like much but by day 3 or 4 you could have just bought the family a nice meal!

  • Consider getting a Premium Park Pass if you might be going more than 2 – 3 times in the year as you will receive many discounts with this card, including parking ($15 a day vs $129 for the year.).
  • Check to see if AAA has any Disneyland parking discounts – sometimes you can park for FREE.
  • Going with family and /or friends? You can carpool in with them as tight as possible to reduce your daily fee.
  • Downtown Disney will give you 3 hours for free so if you have someone who isn’t into the rides, have them go and move the car to a different spot to park for FREE (every 3 hours of course).
  • Go at sunrise/dusk as they stop collecting parking fees at this time. It might not be all day in the sun but you can get several hours in and beat the heat.
  • If you are staying on a Disneyland property, the property is free. When looking at your package, be sure to take that into consideration to see if you are getting a great deal or not.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disneyland

Every girl wants to become a princess and every boy imagines themselves as a brave knight, at Disneyland you can make those dreams come true by becoming royalty for the day at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside Disneyland. Right as soon as you passed through the Castle entrance the Biddid Bobbidi Boutique sits right before the Pinocchio’s ride in Fantasyland. If they are between the ages of 3 to 12 years old, they can receive the royal treatment with a head-to-toe transformation with their very own Fairy Godmother-in-Training.

This is one of the different makeover experiences available at the Disneyland Resort. Brooklynn has always enjoyed her visits throughout the years from her first visit at almost 3 years old to her most recent experiences at the boutique. She loves to play dress up and become her favorite Princess. She has been transformed into Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Rapunzel. Each makeover takes about 30 minutes up to 1 hour to complete, but it is totally worth it to see their face when they are revealed as a Princess to their entire family. This is by far my favorite moment because up until this point all the mirrors are covered so they can’t see what’s going on or what they look like. The excitement and joy from this moment on their faces is priceless.

As soon as Brooklynn’s first visit to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique finished and she was transformed into a little Princess, she was so excited to see Ariel and show her that she looked like her. My niece loves going and seeing the Princess she is transforming into right after her makeover.

Prices for Girls starting at $59 + taxes for the Crown package which includes hairstyling, makeup, princess accessories and nail polish and for Boys there is the Knight package starting at $18.95 + taxes includes hairstyling and a sword plus shield.

In addition to the package above package, the Boutique offers 2 other makeover packages which are the Courtyard Package (starting at $94.95+ taxes) includes the above makeover plus a tshirt & tutu or you can go full out with the Castle Package (starting at $194+ taxes) which includes the Princess dress, crown, accessories and photo pass photo shoot in the special Cinderella Carriage room, plus with the Castle package you also receive immediate entry into Princess Fantasy Faire to meet some of your favorite Princesses for pictures and autographs.

Reservations are highly recommended and during certain peak seasons, reservations are the only way to have the makeover experience. Because you don’t want to end up like me last summer, trying to explain to my niece why they have no appointments available.

Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance and to book your appointment with a Fairy Godmother-in-training, please call (714) 781-7895. 

Disneyland Kennel Club

Are you like me and you tend to travel with your fur baby? Do you want to go to Disneyland but are not sure what to do with your dog? Did you know Disneyland offers a special place for your fur baby at the Disneyland while you are enjoying the day in the park? If you haven’t heard about the Disneyland Kennel Club before let me tell you all about it.

Disneyland Kennel Club is located next to the Stroller/Wheelchair Rental building (on the right side of the entry plaza.)

Walt Disney had a love of animals that he feared park guests would bring their dogs with them and leave them locked in the car. He wanted to prevent that so he built the kennel right next to the entrance to give pet owners a place for their pets to go so they would be safe for the day. The Kennel was opened in 1958 located the right of the Main Entrance of Disneyland park and is still housed in the same building to this day, although it has gone through major renovation throughout the years. The building is temperature-controlled and in my opinion a pretty calm and relaxing place.

Disneyland Kennel Club has become such a major part of every trip I make because I travel with my 2 small dogs – JJ the Chihuahua and Jessie the Papillon. I could never leave my dogs in my hotel room or in the car while I was having fun and the closest pet boarding facility is about 15-20 minutes away with limited hours which limits your enjoyment in the park since you are worried about the time. I was so grateful when I was planning our very first trip to Disneyland to I find out about the Disneyland Kennel Club. It has become my dogs home away from home. Since we started going to Disneyland back in 2009, JJ the Chihuahua has probably stayed at the Kennel Club roughly around 300+ days and is still going several times a year. JJ has gone so many times that once we get off the tram from Mickey & Friends parking garage in Downtown Disney, his tail pops up, he starts to strut and leads me all the way to the Kennel since he knows the way. Jessie the Papillon has probably been to the Kennel Club around 200+ days and has made many of friends with Cast Members and many of the park guests she meets along the way to the Kennel. She has one friend in particular who works in strollers area that she is always looking for when we go by and she makes sure to say “hi” to everyone. I feel really comfortable and confident in bringing my dogs with me to Disneyland and using the kennel services. The kennel staff is amazing (some have become my friends) and I know they are there looking out for my babies.

Jessie & JJ all checked in at the Disneyland Kennel.

A few things to keep in mind about the Disneyland Kennel Club

  • The Kennel opens 30 minutes prior to the park opening and closes 30 minutes after the park closes. Pets are only allowed to ride on the Disneyland Trams from Mickey & Friends parking structure but not the buses from the Toy Story parking lot, so make sure you park in Mickey & Friends or you will have to walk from Toy Story which is a little over a 1-mile walk.
  • The cost is $20.00 per pet/per day and reservations are not available. The Kennel Club is just for the day, sorry no overnight stays.
  • The kennel has a limited number of kennel spaces and very few dog run kennels for large dogs (only 4 runs for large dogs). It is recommended to arrive early to make sure there is space available, especially during peak season. Holidays and Special event days typically the Kennel is full within the first 2-4 hours.
  • Unfortunately, the kennel staff are unable to walk or feed your pet so you are responsible for that and it is recommended that you check on your pet every 3-5 hours but how often you check on your pet is up to you.
  • All pets from dogs and cats to birds and small rodents to pigs and any legal to own animal according to California law are welcome at the Kennel.

You must provide proof of current vaccinations for Dogs and Cats. Here are the vaccination requirements according to the Disneyland’s website. For dogs, must be 4 months and older, guests must show proof of the following vaccinations:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Bordetella

For cats, must be 4 months and older, guests must show proof of the following vaccinations:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia
  • Rhinotracheitis’
  • Calicivirus

The Kennel also provides you with the use of blankets and if you need to feed your dog during the day, they have food (dry & canned) and treats for available if you did not bring your own.

This is my dogs home away from home while we are at Disneyland and is the place I trust leaving my dogs at. They are always happy when I pick them up and the kennel staff is very attentive, if they notice your pet isn’t doing well they will call to let you know so you can come to check on them. This is the BEST on-site kennels I have experience when visiting an amusement park, museum, aquarium, and tourist location.

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort

Did you know Disneyland throws a special limited entry Halloween party called Mickey’s Halloween Party? I have been going for the past 4 years and every year I leave the park thinking its how long until next year’s party. This special event does require a separate ticket from the general theme park admission but it is worth that extra cost plus if you go towards the beginning dates the prices are cheaper. Here are my top 11 reasons why I go to Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort every year.

Top 11 Reason to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort

  1. 11. All the halloween decoration. As you approach the Main Entrance you will notice Pumpkins atop the entry gate to resemble mickey and friends all twined together. Every where you look in the park there is decorations to be seen, the park goes all out. As you walk into Main Street you are greeted by the giant 16 ft Mickey shaped jack-o-lantern smiling at you. The park just screams Halloween everywhere you look even the Rivers of America turn into a foggy bay adding more eeriness to the park. Don’t forget to visit the talking Scarecrows located in the planters near Tomorrowland and Plaza Inn.
  2. 10. The Dance Parties. There are always fun to be had at the dance parties as the live DJ’s spin dance tunes and some of the character mingling throughout the party and guest. Each year there are different parties and this year will feature Monster U’s Mike & Sully.
  3. 9. All your Favorite Characters in their Halloween Costumes. Who will you see? Donald Duck as a Pumpkin, or the rascally duo Chip & Dale as a Police Officer & Prisoner. Don’t forget Skeleton Goofy, or Vampire Mickey and Minnie Witch.
  4. 8. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Ghosts are haunting the galaxy in Space Mountain as you soar through the galaxy watch out for the ghost trying to reach yet. Space Mountain is available during Halloween time at the Disneyland Park.
  5. 7. Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade. This parade runs twice a night during the party and has all your favorite characters in costumes and more as they celebrate the fun of dressing up on Halloween.
  6. 6. The Dapper Dans the acapella group who performs daily on Main Street turns in to the ghoulish group The Cadaver Dans who perform some of your favorite Halloween songs on a floating graveyard themed raft on the Rivers of America. There acapella rendition of “This is Halloween” is amazing.
  7. 5. Pick an awesome Costume to wear. You can dress up your little ones and even the adult can have some to as they can come dress in costume too. As long as you have a ticket to the Mickey Halloween Party for that day, you can come dressed as your favorite hero, villain, attraction or anything that is family friendly but there are some rules to costumes.
  8. 4. The Villains and Rare Characters. See the rare villainous characters such as Maleficent, Jafar, the Evil Queen or the rarer version of the Evil Queen as the Old Hag and many more favorite Villains. Besides the villains, you have a chance at seeing Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox, The Country Bears, Jack Sparrow, Stormtroopers and the Neverland Gang – Hook, Smee, Peter, and Wendy.
  9. 3. Haunted Mansion Holiday. Nightmare Before Christmas takes over the Haunted Mansion. For Halloween time the Haunted Mansion turns in to Halloweentown as all the residents of this spooky town prepare for Christmas. Then after finishing the ride head over and meet the characters Jack and Sally.
  10. 2. The trick or treating. Every year there are numerous trick or treating trail stations set up throughout the park which Adults and Children can trick or treat at. These stations include various candies and chocolates along with more healthier options such as baby carrots and craisins. The lines seem to be long but at each stop in the trail, a cast member puts a handful of candy or a healthy treat in your bag. At the end of the night last year, my party of 4 had over 75 pounds worth of candy and healthy treats.
  11. 1. Halloween SCREAMS firework display. This is the one of the main reason I love the Halloween party, this firework display is unlike any of the other displays and it is my favorite fireworks to watch. Join Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas as he takes over as host of a spooktacular Halloween firework display. He is joined by a couple of special villainous surprise guests and keep an eye out for a visit from Jack’s favorite dog, Zero. This is a don’t miss firework show.

Tips, Tricks and a little extra Treat

When thinking about going to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party, the most common question is the party worth the money?

In short answer, YES! I have gone for the past 4 years and every year I leave the park looking forward to the next Halloween time. Not only for the candy but for the Disney Halloween experience you leave with.

A perk to attending the Halloween Party is you are allowed to enter the park up to 3 hours before the Halloween party starts. So if you are down in the Disneyland area and want to go to Disneyland but not pay full price, the party might be an affordable way to enjoy the park including all the rides and characters you like to see and don’t forget you get to enjoy Halloween time at the park.

3. How do I order tickets? Are there discounts available?

You can buy your tickets online and print them at home up until the day before the event or until it sells out. Day of the event tickets must be purchased at the park entrance ticket booths.

Or call the Disneyland Resort’s Tickets & Reservations line at (714) 781-4400. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

4. Will the event sell out? Do the ticket prices increase?

Typically the events do sell out and some dates sell out relatively quickly. Last year dates were sold out a month in advance and others didn’t sell out until a week before or the day of. Advance Purchase is highly recommend as you are guaranteed entrance for that day and you don’t have to pay the increase fee the day of the event.

5. What else besides trick or treating is there  do?

All the rides are open during the party so if trick or treating isn’t you thing, you can ride all the rides, just remember Fantasyland does close areas off during the firework show.

Tip – Arrive at the park early up to 3 hours prior to your party date’s start time and start enjoying the rides sooner.

Take in the special Halloween themed parade Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade happening 2 times during the event. Also be on the look out for several special Halloween photo locations where you will be able to meet and take photos with some special characters throughout the park. Did I forget to mention the two awesome Halloween dance parties going on in the park during the event. There is the Party at Rancho del Zocalo or join in the celebration with Mike & Sully at the Monsters U Dance Party in Tomorrowland Terrace. Both parties are going to be rockin’.

6. Anyone can wear a Costume to the Halloween Party? Are there restrictions for the costume?

Yes, anyone can wear a costume to the Halloween Party as long as they have a ticket for that day’s Halloween Party. There are a couple restrictions to costumes in which the costume should be child friendly and should not drag. Mask can be worn as long as your eyes are visible at all times. No weapons that can be mistaken as a real weapon and no sharp or pointed objects or material that may hit another guest. However, if you chose to come as your favorite Disney/Pixar character, you are not permitted to take photos or sign autographs as that character. You can find all the restrictions at to

Tip #1 – Choose a costume that is lightweight and easy to move in especially if you are planning on riding rides during the party. Also make sure to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Take a change of clothes with you incase you want to get out out of the costume.

Tip #2 – Adults wear a costume and join in on the fun. This is your only chance to wear a costume to Disneyland unless you are under the age of 9. 

I love Disneyland and I try to go to Disneyland every month. So when you combine my love for Disneyland and my favorite holiday Halloween, you end up with Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. I have been going every year for the past 4 years to experience the extra special but not so scary Halloween magic. These are my Top 7 Things to See and Do during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

7. The Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, USA. With 100‘s of pumpkins displayed no two pumpkins are the same. Plus see the giant 16 foot Mickey Shaped jack-o-lantern located in Town Square. This is a popular photo spot with one side Mickey is smiling as you enter the park and the back side as you are leaving the park, he is winking. Don’t forget to take a picture on both sides.

6. The Halloween Tree in Frontierland which pays tribute to Ray Bradbury and his symbol for the Halloween holiday which pays tribute to his book The Halloween Tree. The oak tree in Frontierland officially was dedicated to Ray Bradbury on Halloween in 2007 and the tree is decorated with tons of lights and pumpkins.

5. Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Zocala Park next to Racho del Zocalo restaurante in Frontierland. Experience the festivities of honoring the dead, by visitings this decorated area which features colorful altars, flowers, lanterns, banners, along with the “calaca” skeletons with sugar skulls that represent the holiday as festive music plays.

4. The Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Introduced Halloween 2012 , the Halloween Carnival features characters in costume, Halloween entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, spooky treats and live Pumpkin carving. Plus don’t forget get to conjure up a Disney Villains.

3. Halloween themed Attractions. Don’t forget to ride Ghost Galaxy Space Mountain and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas themed Haunted Mansion at Disneyland or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventures for you a spooky fun ride.

2. Mickey’s Halloween Party. On certain nights during the Halloween Time season, Disneyland park closes early for a special ticket event that requires the purchase of an extra ticket. This ticket includes trick or treating, meeting characters in costume all over the Disneyland park, special themed dance parties, Halloween parade and Halloween Screams Firework display. Click here for more details about  Mickey’s Halloween Party.

1. All the special Halloween Treats. All throughout the both parks and Downtown Disney you will find all sorts of goodies from Halloween themed Candy Apples to Pumpkin Mickey Beignets to cookies and other confectionary delights all decorated in the Halloween theme. Even the souvenir  popcorn buckets takes on a Halloween theme as either Ghost Mickey or  a Coffin with Jack Skellington on it.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort runs this year from mid-September through Halloween Night. For more information visit