Tips For Visiting The Downtown Disney District In Anaheim

The Downtown Disney District, located at the Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, is fun to visit! Here are some tips for exploring this unique, family-friendly, shopping and dining area.


Downtown Disney District

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The Downtown Disney District Has Something For Everyone!

The Downtown Disney District is an outdoor promenade comprised of restaurants, shops, a movie theater, and more. It’s a great place to enjoy a snack or meal, do some shopping, or simply enjoy the day while leisurely strolling around the promenade.
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Mickey’s Halloween Party Lights The Night At Disneyland!

Trick-or-treat! Mickey’s Halloween Party, a family-friendly event happens on select dates at Disneyland each Fall. I’ve already purchased a ticket to take our toddler, and can’t wait to go with him! Below are some details about the festivities.


Mickey’s Halloween Party

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A Special Party Requires A Special Ticket

Mickey’s Halloween Party happens during Halloween Time at Disneyland, but is a special nighttime event, requiring a separate ticket. It doesn’t matter if you’re already at Disneyland the day of the event, unless you have a purchased a party ticket, you will have to leave. Those that have purchased a ticket for Mickey’s Halloween Party receive a special wristband upon entry, and believe me, Cast Members DO check, and direct anyone without wristbands out of the Park.

Mickey's Halloween Party Ticket

An Event Ticket Is Less Expensive Than A Single Day Park Ticket

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party are less expensive than a single day Park ticket. Pricing starts at $63, and goes up to $77 for Halloween night. Annual Passholders can receive a discount on tickets for certain nights. If you’re an AP, be sure to inquire about the special pricing. Children under 3 are FREE!

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

You Can Enter Disneyland 3 Hours Prior To The Party

Although Mickey’s Halloween Party is a nighttime event, you can enter Disneyland up to 3 hours prior to the start of the party. So, if the event starts at 6pm, you can enter as early as 3pm. This gives you 3 extra hours to explore The Happiest Place On Earth. I highly suggest taking advantage of these extra hours. There are so many incredible seasonal displays to see, and fun areas to take photos during the extra time before the party begins. If you head on over to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree prior to about 4pm you should be able to take some time to enjoy the Halloween Carnival, which is closed during the evening.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Kids of ALL Ages Can Participate In The Fun!

This event is one in which kids of ALL ages can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat! Part of the fun of the event is seeing all the people dressed up in costume. Some are amazing!

Halloween Time At Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The Event Includes Parking

Unlike regular tickets to the Park, tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party INCLUDE parking. Sweet! You must park in one of the lots designated for the Parks to receive free parking. There are tons of parking spaces designated for the Parks. I’ve been to the Parks hundreds of times and I’ve always been able to park in a designated lot for the Parks. If a lot or structure is full, a Cast Member will direct you to another lot.

Small World at Mickey's Halloween Party ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Trick-Or-Treating, A Parade, Fireworks and More!

Mickey’s Halloween Party includes loads of opportunities for safe trick-or-treating throughout the Park. The event also includes a special parade, dance party, awesome decorative displays, neat lighting, character photo opportunities, and more! Most rides and attractions are also open during the event as well.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Be sure to check the official Disneyland website for further details about Mickey’s Halloween Party. I’m really looking forward to taking our son. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might be VERY interested in reading our other related post, Halloween Time At Disneyland!

The opinions in this post are our own. We do not work for any brand mentioned, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We were long time Disneyland Annual Passholders, and been to Disneyland at Halloween Time many times.

5 Reasons We Love Halloween Time At Disneyland!

Halloween Time at Disneyland is so fun, that we think it’s fabulous! As Disneyland Annual Passholders for many years, we’ve experienced this yearly event on many occasions. If you haven’t been to the Disneyland Resort at this time of year, you haven’t truly experienced Halloween in Southern California! Below are some of the reasons why we love visiting Disneyland during Fall.


Halloween Time At Disneyland!

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Decor, Decor, Decor… Need I Say More?

Disney goes ALL out with neat seasonal decor. From the moment you enter the Disneyland Resort, you can’t help but notice all the beautiful Autumn-themed decor at Halloween Time at Disneyland! The entrance to Disneyland is decked out with gigantic, cute character pumpkin heads. At the beginning of Main Street USA you’re greeted by a gigantic Mickey pumpkin, perfect for taking a fun picture. The entire area is filled with festive banners, pumpkins, and more.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice

Halloween Time at Disneyland means pumpkin, spice, and everything nice. Who doesn’t love tasty seasonal treats?!? Some of the seasonal treats that have been offered throughout the years are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cheesecake. Delicious!

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Characters Dressed For The Occasion!

Inside the Park, you’ll often find your favorite Disney characters dressed in special seasonal outfits at Halloween Time at Disneyland. There are plenty of character photo opportunities inside Big Thunder Ranch.

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Carnival With Games, Crafts, and Entertainment Included

Along with seasonally dressed characters, you’ll also find a Halloween Carnival within the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area of the Park, during Halloween Time at Disneyland. This area has carnival-style games, crafts, and even some fun entertainment.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The crafts we’ve done in the past have been simple for all ages, including coloring with crayons on paper masks. We love visiting this area, playing the games, enjoying the live entertainment, and having special opportunities with some of our favorite characters.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Here you might also see some pumpkin carvers working on some incredible, unique carved pumpkins! Their creations are true works of art!

Disney Carved Pumpkin ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Special Attractions and Tours

Some of the attractions are seasonally transformed during Halloween Time at Disneyland. The Haunted Mansion is changed to The Haunted Holiday Mansion, inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love this attraction, and I’m not even a huge Tim Burton fan. Space Mountain also boasts some seasonal changes, but since I’ve always visited with at least one little one too short (or too scared) to go on it, I haven’t experienced it first-hand.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Disneyland also offers a tour called Happy Haunts, which takes you to different areas in both Parks at the Resort. The Happy Haunts tour requires an additional fee.

The Park also has a fun, family-friendly event on select nights, called Mickey’s Halloween Party. This event requires a separate ticket, and often sells out prior to the event dates. If you’re interested in attending, you should look into purchasing your ticket(s) far in advance. You can read our post about Mickey’s Halloween Party HERE.

World of Disney at Halloween ~ www.socalwithkids.com

If there’s anything that gets me in the mood for Fall, it’s Halloween Time at Disneyland! Halloween Time at Disneyland runs from 9/12/14-10/31/14. Be sure to visit the Park’s official website for details about pricing, hours, and further . Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other post, Planning Your Child’s 1st Visit To Disneyland.

The opinions in this post are our own. We do not work for any brand mentioned, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We were long time Disneyland Annual Pass holders, and been to Halloween Time at Disneyland many times.

FREE Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue Activities Plus Film Review!


Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

My 6 year old son and I enjoyed a pre-screening of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, the all-new film preceding Disney Planes. I was a little apprehensive about the film prior to viewing it, as I knew it had only been one short year since the original Planes had been released. I didn’t think one one year would be sufficient enough time for the production to be as good as the original, but I was wrong. We actually enjoyed Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue even more than the original Planes!
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Disney Channel Casting Call 2014 ~ Break A Leg!


Disney Channel Casting Call!


Come one, come all to the Disney Channel casting call! Do your kids dream of being on TV? Do they act out parts of scenes from their favorite Disney Channel shows? If so, they may be just what Disney Channel is looking for!

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland


~ Looking For Young Talent! ~


Disney Channel representatives are holding an open casting call for YOUNG talent, age 10-17, for consideration for upcoming movies and television shows with Disney Channel and Disney XD on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Loews Hollywood Hotel (LOCATION INFO), in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California.

~ Lights! Camera! Action!!! ~


There’s NO FEE to participate! Applicant registration is from 9am-1pm PST. Those interested in auditioning must bring a photo of themselves; even a snapshot is ok! Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

~ Break A Leg! ~


If your kids are outgoing, and want to be on TV, this could be a great opportunity for them to try out. Further details are within the image below. As they say in theatre talk, “break a leg”!
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Free Disney Maleficent Movie Printables Plus Film Review!


Disney Maleficent Movie Printables Plus Film Review


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Powerful and dark, yet surprisingly witty and heartwarming at times, Disney’s new movie Maleficent struck me by surprise. I went into my pre-screening thinking it would be a film enjoyed more by some of my readers than myself, but I was mistaken. I absolutely loved it.


Maleficent takes you on a journey into the lives of the characters prior to, during, and after, that which you know from the classic story “Sleeping Beauty“.

Angelina Jolie plays the lead role of Maleficent, and she does an AMAZING job portraying the character. She was absolutely perfect for the role. All of the acting in the film was superb, the set was incredible, and the animated features were just as top notch as you would expect from Disney.
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5 Paws Up For The Disneynature BEARS Movie!


Disneynature BEARS ~ Meet The Cubs!


Disneynature BEARS

~ Heartwarming ~


My 9 year old daughter and I were invited to attend an advance screening of the new Disneynature BEARS movie. It’s a heartwarming film about an Alaskan brown bear named Sky, and her 2 cubs, Amber and Scout, as they learn what life is like outside the realm of their Winter den. This movie has real footage of the bears in their natural habitat, and is not animated, like most associated with Disney.
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Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland
If you’re like me, planning your child’s first visit to Disneyland is so exciting! The memories you have from your own early visits to The Happiest Place On Earth flood into your mind, thinking about the moment you enter the gates, hearing the whistle of the steam train, and feel the excitement on Main Street. At least that’s how it was for me planning our daughter’s first trip to Disneyland!
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Disney FROZEN Movie Review Plus Free Printable Activity Sheets


~ Disney FROZEN Is Heartwarming ~

Disney Frozen Movie

Once upon a time, in a far away land, lived two sisters, one of whom had a special gift of “icy powers”. These special powers which brought both good and bad upon the kingdom. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s book “The Snow Queen“, Disney’s film FROZEN, will take you on an epic journey of two sisters overcoming their fears and finding true love.

Disney Frozen

Prior to seeing the film I wondered how in the world princesses, a talking snowman, and a semi-goofy looking reindeer would all mesh, but they did. Although this movie contains princesses, it’s hardly a princess movie. My entire family had the pleasure of previewing the film, even my dad and stepmom, and each of us enjoyed it thoroughly. In my honest opinion, it surpassed my expectations.

Disney Frozen

Just as you would expect from any movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios, FROZEN has an incredible soundtrack, and awesome animation. The film had us laughing, awing, and pleasantly surprised by some of the twists and turns of the plot.

Disney Frozen


FROZEN Is Full Of Warm Characters!


Although there were many memorable characters in the film, my absolute favorite was Sven, the lovable reindeer. He’s just adorable! A movie clip with he and Olaf, the snowman, is below. I kid you not, I REALLY want a plush Sven for Christmas!


FREE Fun & Educational Prinatable Downloads!


Disney has come up with some fun and educational printables, which are absolutely FREE to you! You’ll need a PDF viewer to download the sheets. Here’s a LINK to one in case you need it. Click the links below to download the PDF documents of your choosing. I particularly like the Olaf activity and mazes!
Build Olaf
Frozen Maze 1
Frozen Maze 2
Frozen Maze 3
Anna Coloring Page
Elsa Coloring Page
Kristoff Coloring Page


FROZEN Opens 11/25/13


FROZEN opens in theaters in 3D on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013. We truly enjoyed the movie, and are looking forward to adding it to our movie collection. We hope you enjoy it as well!

Disclosure: Many thanks to Walt Disney Animation Studios for the opportunity to preview FROZEN. Our opinions are our own. This site contains affiliate links.

Disney PLANES Movie Review Plus Printable Activities For Kids!


~ Take Flight With PLANES ~


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There once was an underdog named Dusty. He had sweet blue eyes, a gentle smile, and BIG dreams! Although he could talk, and had a great personality, he wasn’t what you might think. You see, Dusty was a crop hopper. Yes, an agriculture plane. The type that you might find on a farm.
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