When we got further into the park, we discovered that the peak of Grizzly River Run had been covered in spider's webs in a stunning lighting effect. Skulls and crossbones were projected on to the walls of Pacific Wharf, which had been changed into Pirate Wharf for the evening, while there were human scarecrows on patrol at the entrance to A Bug's Land. It amazed us how different the park was for the party and how Disney had managed to transform it in the short time the park had been closed prior to the party.
Everywhere you looked there were characters out for the party and this did differ from Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Sure, they have characters out for their party, but nowhere near as many as they did here. There were princesses to be found along Hollywood Boulevard and at the entrance to Paradise Pier, while Captain Jack Sparrow alternated with Peter Pan, Wendy and Captain Hook in the Pacific Wharf area. Then, just by the former Golden Dreams theater, the villains could be found, again alternating between the likes of Lady Tremaine and her two lovely daughters, and Maleficent. Mickey and Minnie were also present in this area and in the middle of Paradise Pier, you could find the Toy Story characters. As a result, we spent much of our night hunting characters, as there were so many to find and, amongst them were some that are rarely seen out these days.
Of course, as well as the characters, there's plenty else to do at the party. We were amazed by how long the lines to collect candy at the Trick or Treat points were. Quite often, they were longer than the lines to see the characters, which we were surprised by. Of course, all the rides in the park were also operating and, if you wanted to hit some of the big rides, this was the time to do it, as the waits we saw were either pretty low or non-existent.
Towards the end of the party, they put on what can only be described as a mini-parade. If you've been to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in Walt Disney World, be warned, it's on a much, much smaller scale than that. The character cavalcade literally last about five or 10 minutes and there are only a couple of floats in it, although there are lots of characters to be seen, as the name suggests. In fact, there were so many, my poor camera flash couldn't recharge quickly enough to photograph all of them!
Along the route are three spots where the characters stop to dance, a bit like the Block Party Bash and, from our viewing point a little further down from one of those spots, it's worth staking out your spot at one of these points. The characters certainly gave an energetic performance to all those watching from there!
This year's Mickey's Trick or Treat Party takes place on the following nights: October 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2009. Most dates, the party runs from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The exceptions are Friday nights and Halloween, when it runs from 7:30pm to 11:30 pm.
NOTE: PassPorter will be at the October 16th party to celebrate our 10th anniversary! If you're attending this night -- or want to -- let us know so we can hook up with you and have fun together. Get details at http://www.passporterboards.com/forums/passporters-decade-dreams-tour-headquarters/203158-tentative-disneyland-meet-schedule.html#post2929613.
Tickets purchased in advance are $32. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $39. Tickets for the final two dates will cost $42, regardless of whether they are purchased in advance or on the day. All prices include parking. There are discounts on selected dates for Disney Visa card holders and Annual Passholders.
About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!
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