Disney Parks Pricing Changes

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Just recently, Disneyland and Disney World rolled out new price changes for park tickets. The changes mainly effect 1-day ticket purchases and that really makes the biggest impact on Disneyland visitors. Most guests to the Disney World will stay for multiple days and purchase multiple day tickets. Multiple day tickets at both parks still offer the better discount as the price per day decreases with each additional day you add.

If you are visiting the Disneyland resort this year and plan to visit for one day, now there is a tiered pricing based on the day you visit. The choices are value, regular and peak. If your wondering when the busy times of year are, they are the “peak” price tier. Here is a graphic of the year of the 1-day ticket pricing tiers at Disneyland.

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The greatest price breaks come with a 3-day park pass, but here is a quick rundown of multiple park passes at Disneyland:

2-day Adult (Ages 10+): $195/ticket
2-day Child (Ages 3-9): $183/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket

3-day Adult (Ages 10+): $255/ticket
3-day Child (Ages 3-9): $243/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket
Magic Morning Early Access with these passes

4-day Adult (Ages 10+): $280/ticket
4-day Child (Ages 3-9): $265/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket
Magic Morning Early Access with these passes

5-day Adult (Ages 10+): $295/ticket
5-day Child (Ages 3-9): $280/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket
Magic Morning Early Access with these passes

Disney World has new 1-day ticket tier pricing as well following the same style although their calendar has different peak and regular days, which shows that crowds are different in Orlando. Here are the 1-day ticket pricing tiers for Disney World:

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At Disney World, multiple-day park passes are available up to 10-days but here are prices up to one week. The more days, the greater the per day discount (Magic Morning Early Access only available for resort guests):

2-day Adult (Ages 10+): $202/ticket
2-day Child (Ages 3-9): $190/ticket
Park Hopper will add $55/ticket
Adult tickets about $101 per day

3-day Adult (Ages 10+): $290/ticket
3-day Child (Ages 3-9): $272/ticket
Park Hopper will add $55/ticket
Adult tickets about $97 per day
4-day Adult (Ages 10+): $325/ticket
4-day Child (Ages 3-9): $305/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $81 per day
5-day Adult (Ages 10+): $340/ticket
5-day Child (Ages 3-9): $320/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $68 per day

6-day Adult (Ages 10+): $355/ticket
6-day Child (Ages 3-9): $335/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $59 per day

7-day Adult (Ages 10+): $370/ticket
7-day Child (Ages 3-9): $350/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $53 per day

So it pays to stay more days at the parks although other costs can add up! If you are planning to visit a Disney park for 1-day, remember to check the new tier pricing.

If you are hoping to buy Disneyland tickets for a reduced price, be leary of companies you find on the internet that offer savings as there are a lot of scams for Disneyland. Our friends at Get Away Today offer special deals for Disneyland tickets and are a local travel agent. We also recommend the site Undercover Tourist for both Disneyland and Disney World discount passes although they mainly have multiple day passes. As always, our friends at Destinations in Florida always have deals for Disney World!

A Family’s Trip on Disney Cruise Line

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One of our Parent Panel members, the N family, recently went on a Disney Cruise and I was able to interview them about their wonderful trip. If you are considering a Disney cruise, their tips and advice will help you plan your vacation! We asked LOTS of questions so keep reading!

PSEars: What cruise ship did you sail on and how long was the cruise?

We sailed on the Fantasy for a 7 night cruise. We went to the Western Caribbean – Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay.

I also want to add that we went in the middle of October. It is hurricane season, but the week we went was absolutely beautiful! I don’t think that we even really saw any clouds.

PSEars: What age are your children?

We went when my oldest was 11, my daughter was 9 and my youngest was 7. We also traveled with my 70 year old parents.  🙂  Everyone from 7 to 70 had a fabulous time!

PS Ears: What ports and destinations did you visit?

We left from Port Canaveral.  We went to Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay.

PS Ears: For your family, what size room did you choose? Was it too small? Just right? How do you feel the space was for families?

We had such a wonderful room! It slept 5 with a fabulous deck. I was so impressed at the size compared to other rooms on other cruise ships. It never felt too cramped for our family of 5. The queen bed was raised up off of the floor enough for all of our 7 suitcases. There was a nice curtain that separated the 3 kid beds with the queen. The couch is one bed. Another bed comes out of the ceiling, while the last bed comes out of the wall. The room service is fabulous because they turn down the beds and then put them away in the morning.

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PS Ears: What would you recommend families do when they first embark?

My growing family would definitely say, “Eat!”  We went to Cabanas, a buffet, to make sure we had food in our bellies. After our bellies were full, we headed to the pool and the Aqua Duck. We were so excited about the cruise, that we boarded the ship as soon as we could. The food is open, but will close around 2:00. Then the kids would need to be content until dinner. You can’t get into your rooms until about 1:00 or 2:00, so make sure that you have what you need.  (You check all of your luggage before you are even on the ship, and they “magically” appear in your room.)

PS Ears: Did your kids use any of the Kids Clubs? If yes, which ones? What did they think of their experience?

Yes, my kids did use the kids club.  They could all use the Oceaneer Club.  My oldest son could also use the Vibe club.  They liked them.  There are so many activities for them to do.  Along with all of the things to do, there are also scheduled activities, crafts and games that are explained in the Navigator, which is the daily ship’s activities.

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PS Ears: What table-serve dining did you enjoy most?

As a family, we loved eating at Animator’s Palette.  The videos and decorations were very clever.

As a treat, my husband and I splurged and ate at Palo.  It is a flat rate added onto the cruise.  I think that it was around $25 per person.  I will be honest that I didn’t want to eat there.  I thought that it would be paying extra for some of the same food that the rest of the ship was eating.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!  It was so AMAZING!!!  The service was terrific!  –And the food, was out of this world!  I couldn’t decide between a couple of the appetizers, so our server just brought us everything that we wanted to try.  I don’t think that I have ever eaten so much, but it was seriously all so delicious!  I would highly suggest dropping off the sweet children at the kids’ club and enjoy an adult evening!

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PS Ears: What quick-serve dining did you enjoy most?

My kids loved having the independence to to go Flo’s Cafe.  It is right next to the pool, so they could just go grab a slice of pizza, a hamburger, an apple, with our needing an adult.  They also loved being able to get their own ice cream any time of the day.

PS Ears: What family activities on the ship did your family enjoy together?

The Aqua Duck closes earlier than the pool, but my kids loved to ride it at night.  After we would go to dinner, then a show, the kids would go to the room and get their swimsuits on to close down the Aqua Duck.  There was ever hardly anyone on the slide at night.  The huge screen at the pool is call Funnel Vision.  At night, it had on movies or popular sporting events.  My boys loved watching the Sunday, Monday and Thursday night football games!  I remember also watching Pirates of the Caribbean.

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One other random thing that we liked to do was a very quiet, little thing, but I will forever remember it.  Each day on the cruise we had a blast and played hard.  At night, sometimes we just needed to wind down.  We would order room service (because it is free, you just pay the tip).  We would get the “Admiral’s Plate” which was a plate with cheese, crackers and grapes.  We would also usually order a dessert or two.  We loved eating our munchies in our pajamas while talking about our day.  We would also be able to talk about the next day ahead of us.

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PS Ears: What shows did your family enjoy?

The shows that were offered were:  Disney’s Wishes, Buckets and Boards (comedy duo from Branson), Taylor Mason (comedy and ventriloquism), Disney’s Believe, A Magician who I can’t find his name, Disney’s Aladdin and Disney’s An Unforgettable Journey.

Everyone in my family LOVED Buckets and Boards from Branson.  They were hilarious!  We all went to the Disney productions, but my boys didn’t enjoy them as much as the magician and the comedians.

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PS Ears: Did your family add any excursions? If yes, which ones and what was your experience?

The only excursion that we did through Disney was at Grand Cayman.  We took an excursion to swim with the sting rays at Sting Ray City.  It was very organized.  We didn’t have to worry about a taxi or anything else.

I will say that we were going to do a Disney excursion in Cozumel.  We wanted to go to a beach, but to go through Disney was going to be around $300 for my family of 5.  Instead, I went online and did some digging.  I found many other beaches that we could get to on our own.

When we got off of the ship, we went where all of the taxis were.  It was an easy ride to the beach club.  We chose to go to a place called, Paradise Beach.  It has a great, large pool, and a large beach.  In the ocean, there were many large slides, trampolines, and other fun things to do.  My kids had a blast!

PS Ears: When you visited Castaway Cay, what activities did you experience? What was your overall experience on the island?

My husband and I love to do Disney races.  We found out that there was a 5K to start the day, and we couldn’t resist!  The kids went with Grandma and Grandpa while we ran.

After we finished, we rented a tube and a raft for the day.  It was a great way to get the kids in the water, and Grandma. 🙂  We actually brought our own snorkeling things, so we didn’t rent any of that.  We did snorkel, and it was fun to see all of the things that were put in the water.  We really just had a great time playing in the water and in the sand.  I wish we could have been there for two days.  It was so relaxing, clean, friendly, and the food was free!

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PS Ears: If you spent time at any of the pools, did you find them crowded? Were there better times to visit the pools? Which pool experiences did you kids like the best?

I mentioned earlier that we rode the Aqua Duck at night.  The pool is actually fairly small, so don’t expect to do a whole lot of swimming.  My 9 year old daughter did love watching the movie, Teen Beach Movie while swimming in the pool.  🙂  My two younger kids really liked playing in the Aqua Lab area. It is a splash zone with squirters everywhere.  They liked that almost more than the pool.  There was also a smaller yellow slide that my 7 year old loved.  He could do it independently, so he loved that.

PS Ears: If you have been on a non-Disney cruise, how did the Disney cruise compare with a non-Disney cruise?

I have been on two other cruises, and I really can’t even compare them to a Disney cruise because there is no comparison. Everything was amazing on our Disney cruise!

PS Ears: What things made your trip easier? (either things you brought or things that were on the cruise)

There is a daily paper called the Navigator.  The best thing is that there is an app for that!  🙂  There is no internet on the ship, but the Navigator app tells you EVERYTHING that is happening that day.  I had my phone for the camera, so the app was super helpful!

I also brought our own bottled water on board.  You can bring your own water on the ship as long as you carry it on.  You can’t check it in your suitcase.  The water came in handy for our on shore excursions.

Another silly tip is about the movie theater.  If you want a drink during a movie, you have to pay for it.  I would suggest getting your FREE drink by the pool and then taking it into the movie.  You aren’t breaking any rules, you are just thinking smarter.

For each room, you are also given 2 cell phones.  This was nice to have to keep in touch with kids on the other side of the ship.

PS Ears: What age of children would you recommend for this type of cruise?

Any age is going to have fun on this amazing cruise.  Personally, I would suggest taking your children when they might be able to do some things on their own.  I felt completely safe having my kids walk around the ship on their own.  My 7 year old was a little young, but he did great with his older siblings.

I always felt that they were very safe.  Each child wears a bracelet to make sure that they can’t do anything without a parent’s consent.  The kids didn’t like wearing them, but I felt comforted with them wearing them.

PS Ears: Are there any things you would do or plan different for your next cruise?

I honestly don’t think so.  The only thing that we toyed with was our dinner time.  We had the early seating, which was difficult to get 5 of us back on the ship, showered, and to dinner on time.  The other side of that is:  we didn’t miss any shows because we had already had dinner, and we were ready for the show.  If we had had the later seating, we would have missed the shows because we would still be getting ready for dinner.

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PS Ears: Any additional tips for families considering a Disney cruise or planning one now?

Here are some of my other suggestions:

My husband and I didn’t really want to spend money or time in the spa; however, there is a great alternative to the spa.  We bought a day pass to the spa.  This will get you access to super fun showers.  They are scented and lighted with different sized drops.  You also have access to 3 different saunas.  We could also use the hot tubs in the spa that were located by windows to see outside.  My favorite thing that was included was the use of the heated stone beds.  They were so relaxing!  The pass was about $15 a person for the day.  We did it the last day at sea.  We were actually able to escape to the spa 3 times during the day.

I love my wonderful children, but don’t forget to enjoy your spouse.  My husband and I were also able to get to the adult area for just a little bit, but it was very relaxing.  There is a lovely singer and guitarist.  The lounge chairs are so comfy!  It is so quiet!  You would never know that around the corner was crazy-loud with kids.  We couldn’t spend much time there, but the little time that we did was a breath of fresh air.

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Disney Deals for Winter

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Disney just released their new packages for winter travel for December into March. Stay, Play & Dine is back! This is a bundle discount that offers a little bit off everything in the package. A minimum stay of 3 nights and 2 day tickets is required. The only requirement to book a package with Destinations in Florida is a $200.00 deposit, and the balance must be paid in full 45 days prior to arrival.

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  • 10-30% off discount for travel December 14-20 2014 & January 5-March 7 2015.
  • Booking Window October 6th-December 29, 2014 for Disney Visa Holders and October 9th-December 29, 2014 for the general public (excluded Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Poly Villas, and Campsites)
  • Room Only Discount for travel January 5-March 28, 2015
  • Value Resorts:
    • All Star Sports, All Star Music, All Star Pop, and Art of Animation Suites are 15% off on weekends, 20% off on weekdays
    • All Star Movies are 10% off on weekends, 15% off on weekdays
  • Moderate Resorts:
    • Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, Port of Orleans-Riverside, Wilderness Cabins are 20% off on weekends, 25% off on weekdays
    • Port Orleans French Quarter are 10% off on weekends, 15% off on weekdays
    • Coronado Springs Suites are 10% off all nights
  • Deluxe Resorts:
    • Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard and pool view only at Animal Kingdom Lodge) are 30% off all nights
    • Animal Kingdom Lodge Club Level and Savanna View are 20% off all nights
  • Deluxe Suites at all Deluxe Resorts:
    • 10% off Villas Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Beach Club, Boardwalk Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas
    • 30% off all nights Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo and Kidani
    • 20% off Excluded Resorts Grand Floridian Villas, Campsites, Grand Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, Villas at Polynesian

There is very limited space for this deal. Disney is not offering any free dining discounts for this time but the room discount is really the better discount.

Disney’s Aulani

This winter you can escape the chill and experience a whole new world of fun at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.

4 nights and get the 4th night FREE: Includes a complimentary breakfast. Or, stay longer and save even more with 30% off stays of 5 nights or longer, plus complimentary breakfast*. for stays most nights Jan. 4-March 23, 2015.

Winter is the perfect opportunity to discover Aulani, winner of Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.!

There’s so much that’s included with a stay at Aulani like amazing water fun at the pools, waterslides and lazy river, nightly entertainment, a supervised kids club and so much more – on top of an award-winning spa and amazing dining!

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20% on Premium rooms: This discount includes all 3 of the Disneyland Resort hotels for most Sunday through Thursday nights on select premium rooms, including:
  • Disneyland Hotel – Premium, Deluxe and Concierge rooms and Regal suites
  • Grand Californian Hotel – Premium, Deluxe, Concierge and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms and Artisan suites
  • Paradise Pier Hotel – Premium and Concierge rooms and Paradise suites

Save 15% on Standard rooms:

  • Discounted rates are valid for stays select Sunday through Thursday nights October 26 through December 18, 2014.
  • Book through November 19, 2014
  • Please note: These special rates are not available on Fridays or Saturdays or from November 13 through November 16 and from November 21 through December 13, 2014. Non-discounted room rates may be available on these dates instead.

Good Neighbor Hotel Discounts:

  • 4-day, 3-night vacation at a Good Neighbor Hotel including ticket package starting at $90 per person, per day for a family of 4, this package includes:
  • 4-Day/1 Park Per Day Disneyland Resort Theme Park Tickets
  • 3 nights in a standard room at the Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort—a conveniently located Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Hotel

That’s a total package price starting at just $1,440*! Sample rate is valid for most arrival dates October 10 through October 30, 2014, with travel to be completed by November 2, 2014. Book by October 28, 2014. Offer subject to availability.

A package reservation at a Good Neighbor Hotel can be booked up to 2 days prior to arrival, excluding holidays and Sundays.

Disney Cruise

October in National Cruise Month and Disney is offering the following discounts to book your next Disney cruise (please not booking dates are ending soon!!):

Book select 7-Night sailings on Disney Cruise Line from Port Canaveral and enjoy a $100 Onboard Credit! Valid sailings are select 7-Night Caribbean voyages departing January 3-March 29, 2015 aboard the Disney Magic or Disney Fantasy. Valid on new bookings only, must be booked October 6-13, 2014.

New lower rates on Miami, Florida cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas aboard the Disney Wonder.

Sail Dates:

  • October 26, 2014 – 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • October 31, 2014 – 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • November 9, 2014 – 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • November 14, 2014 – 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • November 19, 2014 – 4-Night Bahamian Cruise
  • November 28, 2014 – 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • December 3, 2014 – 4-Night Bahamian Cruise
  • December 7, 2014 – 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise

Rates start at $125 per person, per night—Pricing is based on double occupancy in an Oceanview Stateroom (Category OGT) with Restrictions. Total price for 2 guests is $1,250 for 5 night sailings and $1,000 for 4 night sailings. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses of approximately $110 are not included.


That is our collection of winter deals for Disney travel. If you are interested in planning a Disney trip or cruise, get a free quote from the experts at Destinations in Florida. They can help you make the Disney magic happen!

Happy Travels!!

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Halloween Events at Disney World and Disneyland

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Its that time of year again when Halloween has come to our favorite Disney parks. Both Disney World and Disneyland celebrate Halloween in an amazing way, and they both offer similar but different experiences. If you will be heading to the parks this fall and would like to know what the parks are offering for Halloween fun, we have the rundown for you. We have been to both park’s celebrations and we will share with you what is in store for Disneyland and Disney World during Halloween time.

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If you will be visiting Disney World this fall (September through October), you will experience not only fall celebrations but Halloween as well. Most of the Halloween celebrations are done at Magic Kingdom. During September through November (9/19-11/10), Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival in full swing and that is the focus at that park. Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom do not have Halloween festivities.

The main attraction during Halloween at the Magic Kingdom is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This is a ticket event, meaning even if you already have park passes for that day, you need to purchase additional tickets for the party. The Halloween party is only on select nights, which are:

September 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30

Cost for tickets are $62.00 plus tax (ages 10+) and $57.00 plus tax (ages 3-9). The party times each night are 7:00 pm – 12:00 am, but they let guests with tickets into the park 3 hours in advance (4:00 pm). We advise you to arrive at 4:00 to get into the park and have your wristband.

Here are all the magical happenings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that are included with a ticket:

  • Mickey’s “Boo to You” Parade, twice a night. This is a wonderful parade and should not be missed!

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  • HalloWishes Fireworks, following one of the parades. This is one of their best fireworks shows.
  • Trick or treating stations throughout the park. These have long lines and can get congested. Plan on hitting just one for fun and skip the rest.
  • Villain pre-show in front of castle before fireworks

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  • Dead Cowboy Quartet in Frontierland. Similar to the Dapper Dans with their performance.
  • Unique and special character greets throughout the park, including Anna & Elsa, Cinderella & Rapunzel, classic Disney characters in Halloween costumes, villains, Pixar characters, Cinderella’s coach, Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington & Sally, Jasmine & Aladdin plus Genie & Abu, Winnie the Pooh & friends in costume, Captain Jack Sparrow and Tarzan, Jane & Terk. Character greets are subject to change.

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  • NEW Villain’s Sinister Soiree – Additional tickets required
    • Dessert party inside Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant
    • Hosted by Lady Tremaine and features other Disney villains
    • Live piano music
    • Preferred viewing area for the 8:15 Boo to You parade
    • Offered at 10:15 pm and 11:45 pm
    • Desserts and non-alcoholic specialty drinks offered
    • No Disney Dining Plan
    • Cost is $99/person plus tax (gratuity included)
    • Booking not available online – to purchase tickets, call (407) 939-5262
  • During the party, many of the park’s rides are open and the waits are short since most people are waiting in line for a photo op or enjoying other party festivities. It may be a great time to enjoy a ride or two!
  • Costumes are allowed at the park during the party. Disney has guidelines for costumes worn so visit their website for details.
  • Special party treats and merchandise that is only available during the party

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If you are visiting the park and not going to the party, you will still enjoy the amazing Halloween decorations throughout the park as well as special Halloween treats and merchandise. There are not Halloween photo ops except during the party.

A few tips on the party:

  • Arrive early to receive your wrist-band for the party. The largest crowds stay on Main Street so it is best to move past that part of the park.
  • Decide before that night what your high priority photo-ops will be and limit that list. Lines can be 30-60 minutes long for some pictures and you can’t spend your whole party time waiting to meet a character.
  • Find your spot for the parade about 30-45 minutes early (at least)
  • Make sure kids are well rested if you plan to stay late that night. And plan for a late morning the next day.

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Disneyland offers a special Halloween event as well called Mickey’s Halloween Party. It is only offered at Disneyland and not California Adventure. It requires an additional ticket to attend, meaning if you have a park pass for that day, you will need to purchase a ticket for the party as well or exit the park when it begins. Party runs 7:00 pm until midnight. Guests with tickets are allowed to enter the park 3 hours prior to the start of the party. Here are the select dates of the Halloween Party:

September 26, 30
October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

Here is all the magic during Mickey’s Halloween Party:

  • Monsters U Dance Party in Tomorrowland – lots of fun Pixar Monsters characters out and dancing. Not a great photo op
  • Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade – this is a small parade of characters in their Halloween costumes. Very cute and it is easy to find seats for this parade.

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  • Halloween Screams Fireworks – one of their best fireworks shows! Hosted by Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie and a special visit from Zero!
  • Trick or Treat stations throughout the park – expect long lines for candy
  • Disney villains out for greets
  • Costumes are allowed for guests – Disney has guidelines for acceptable costumes so visit their website for details
  • Most attractions open all night
  • Fun activities and treats for families
  • Character ops throughout the park including Jack Skellington & Sally, Winnie the Pooh & friends, Toy Story pals, Mickey and friends in their Halloween costumes, Disney princesses, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Smee & Jack Sparrow, Phineas & Ferb, Merida, and Star Wars Storm Troopers plus more! Characters are subject to change.

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  • Complimentary parking
  • Special treats and merchandise offered only during the party

If you will be visiting the park and not attending the Halloween party, there are actually lots of other Halloween things to enjoy and Disneyland!

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – The Haunted Mansion is taken over by Jack Skellington and his pals from A Nightmare Before Christmas. The attraction is “redecorated” and it is truly fabulous! Jack and Sally do meet and greets outside the mansion as well. Long lines for the ride during this time but it is well worth it!

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  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – Space Mountain is changed to include zombie ghosts that scare guests during their ride. We didn’t enjoy this transformation but tweens and teens will think it is a frightful fun.
  • Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland – There are Disney Villain greets as well as other classic Disney characters in Halloween costumes. Kids can enjoy Halloween crafts and lots of Halloween fun at the ranch.
  • Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Frontierland.

Disneyland vs Disney World

It may seem like both parks do about the same for Halloween but that isn’t quite true. Both parks have a ticketed Halloween party along with a parade and fireworks. Here are the difference between them if you are deciding which park you want to visit for Halloween time:

  • Disney World’s Halloween Party is much bigger than Disneylands. It attracts a larger crowd because it offers more events and appearances.
  • Disney World’s parade and fireworks are much grander by far. The Disneyland parade is less of a parade and more of the characters walking down the streets in Halloween costumes. It is still fun but much less “grand”.
  • Trick or Treating at both events have long lines for candy
  • Disneyland offers Halloween festivities and rides even if you don’t buy a ticket to the party. And you can still take Halloween photo ops with characters before the party. The characters change into different Halloween costumes for the party, but who cares?
  • Disneyland is more low-key, which is nice for families. It will still be busy and have crowds, but nothing like Disney World. We found it to be a little more fun and less stressful.
  • They both have the same guidelines for costumes – no weapons that resemble real weapons, no dragging parts, nothing inappropriate or scary, no dressing like a Disney character and signing autographs…
  • There are more unique character photo ops at Disney World, by far!
  • They both use the wristband system for ticketed guests and offer guest entrance 3 hours before the party begins.
  • There are many more dates of the Disney World Mickey’s Not-So-Scary than Disneyland’s Mickey’s Halloween Party.
  • Both parties have sold out for Halloween night or the nights closest to it.
  • Most rides stay open during the parties and the lines are pretty short, so plan some ride time!

If you are heading to one of the parties this season, here are some of our tips for young kids and families so you can enjoy the evening and not stress out!!

  • Have an easy day at the parks before the party. If you can have rest time before, even better! The parties run until midnight, and if you are planning to stay all evening, kids will need lots of rest and energy.
  • If you stay out late that night, expect a late morning the next day. Don’t schedule an early breakfast the next day. Plan on everyone being wiped out!
  • Dress comfortably. Even if you are planning to wear a costume, wear your tennis shoes. Make sure everyone is cool because costumes can get hot. I actually think kids are happier not in costumes but a cute Halloween shirt.
  • Bring glow-in-the-dark necklaces, bracelets and such, from home and give to the kids as a surprise at the party. The Disney glow in the dark toys are pricey. Something that blinks is even better!
  • Plan meals early. Many table serves close once the party begins, so either have an early dinner or plan for a fast quick-serve.
  • Limit the characters you want to meet. The lines can get pretty long and you will be very sad if you spend all that money on party tickets and spend the whole party in lines to see characters. Have a few must-see characters, split up the line waiting duty and then enjoy the night.
  • Get into character lines early in the evening so the rest of your evening can be parade, fireworks and fun!
  • Hit maybe one Trick or Treat stop and skip the rest. The lines are long there too. Your kids don’t need more candy and there are other things to do.
  • Parties closest to Halloween night sell out fast. In fast, some are already sold out now. Some nights, they will sell tickets up until the party starts.
  • Use the Photo Pass photographers. They have special “magic” pictures they take just for the Halloween party, like with the ghosts out front of Haunted Mansion. You have to ask for the magic shots if you want them.
  • It is essential at both parties to grab a map and guide for the party so you know where special events are as well as character greets.

We hope everyone has a fabulous Halloween, especially if you will be at a Disney park this season!
Boo to you!!

Travel Products We Love!

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We are starting a new series all about some of the travel products that we have loved and that have made travel with our kids, well, bearable. We know it isn’t easy to travel anywhere with kids in tow, and we do it quite often with four kids. It is a constant challenge!

Our first travel product is actually something we use all the time! We absolutely LOVE these Easy Lunchboxes! We use them on outings to the playground, hiking, trips to the pool, vacation, long drives, snacks after school…they are really the best!

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We found them on Amazon and they are the actually the #1 best selling lunchboxes on Amazon. We love the compartments – we like to always have some fruit or veggies on the side with some crackers. It keeps everything separate. And the colored lids are great as we always know who gets what color. They aren’t leakproof but we have never had any problems. They sit in kids laps very easily in the car which is great on rode trips. And since they stack inside themselves, you can pack them for a trip to Disney World and use them for lunch in the parks.

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This is my stack of after-school snacks for the kids!

This is my stack of after-school snacks for the kids!

You can purchase them through the EasyLunchboxes website or through Amazon where you can free shipping though their store.

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Because we love them and we know you will too, Easy Lunchboxes is giving away a set of four containers and a lunch box! Enter the giveaway below to win! The giveaway begins today and ends on Friday at midnight. US Residents only for this one. Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway ending and will have 48 hours to reply. Good luck!

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Happy Travels!

For more travel products we love:

Travel Product: Mommy Hook & Walk-Along Stroller Handle
Travel Product: The Shrunks
Travel Product: The PiggyBack Rider

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