We met at the airport on the night before the party, checked into the Candy Cane Inn, then walked to Trader Sam's for drinks and dinner.
Hippopota-Maitai and a tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki rum. Both fabulous.
Look I match the sign!!
Adorable decorations at one of the shops
Our parents arrived that afternoon, so we met them at the Disneyland Hotel, where they were staying.
We walked in the lobby and look who was there! Minnie is so lovely!
My mother and I in the wonderful teacup chair.
We then walked back to our room and changed for the party...
I was Mouseketeer Annette Funicello! Disclaimer: my costume was not very accurate thanks to a very hot day with temperatures close to 100 degrees. I had a wool skirt that would have looked much better but... No way! I made the shirt with some iron on letters.
My sister was a very adorable Minnie! This was actually her first time in Disneyland ever!! While it's pretty neat that her first visit was during the Halloween party, I think it might have been a sensory overload.
Posing by some fun decorations.
If you've never been to one of these events, here is how it works. If you don't have a regular admission ticket for that day, you can enter the parks up to 3 hours before he party starts. In our case, that meant 4:00. At this time, everyone else is still in the parks plus the party goers are all entering which makes for a bit of madness. You receive a wrist band when you enter the gates and a little bag for candy. Once the party starts, cast members hold up lighted signs and you can only enter rides, restaurants, etc if you have that wrist band.
More Dia de Los muertos decor near Rancho del Zocalo.
Most of the rides run as normal during the party which is nice. There are designated trick or treat stations set up in each land where you get a lot of candy! There is a special park map that has each location. There are special decorations that pop up for the event, and special characters. The night time parade, this season, is the same as the regular one (Paint the Night). However, there is a special Halloween fireworks show).
Every time! I can't believe they wouldn't let Annette in. Rude.
The party was a lot of fun but next time I wouldn't do it on my first day. It's extra crowded from 4-7 when all of the party goers are there plus the regular crowd. The park does thin out significantly when the party starts though. It was so fun seeing all of the costumes. Perhaps my favorite was a family dressed as Mad Madame Mimm, Merlin, and Wart. And there was an IN-credible Cruella DeVil, I couldn't tell if she was with Disney or not!
We mainly used the time to get on some rides. We did get some candy and enjoyed as we watched the Paint the Night parade and the special Halloween fireworks.