Halloween at Disneyland Paris
Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
14Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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Take a deep breath. Is the air clear and crisp? Is the sky an almost luminous shade of blue? That means its fall again in Paris. So what can you do here on a glorious sunny day in the fall? Go to Disneyland Paris! Why? There are two reasons. First, because NO ONE IS THERE. Honestly, if you go during the week, you can sometimes walk straight on to rides. Weekends are a little busier but nothing to compare to the "swarm of locusts" numbers that descend during the summer months. Walking through a "Magic Kingdom" devoid of suffocating crowds is an amazing experience. Second, October 1st starts Disney's month long Halloween celebrations, and this is something you shouldn't miss, particularly if you have kids. This year, the festivities include no less than 3 differently themed Halloween parties, 2 Halloween "shows" and a plethora of opportunities to meet with the (normally absent) Disney villains
Disneyland Paris' Month Long Halloween Festival
From October 1st to October 31st, the villains rule the roost at Disneyland Paris, where they can be found wandering the park and signing autographs. In between villain sightings, you can watch one of the two new Halloween themed shows that are on the daily roster. The first is "Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party" at the Central Plaza Stage. This will include the traditional "favorite" villain, Maleficent, and the new evil upstart, Dr. Facilier. The second show is "Mickey's Halloween Treat in the Street" on the Royal Castle Stage. It will feature Mickey, Minnie, Donald and others in their new Halloween attire... dancing,singing and showering the audience with candy!
The Disney Halloween Party Triumvirate: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween, Walt Disney Studios' Terrorific Night and Disney's Halloween Party
The night events are not included with your daily park admission ticket and a separate party ticket must be purchased for each event, which allows you to enter the park after closing on the day of the night party These parties also buck the "no one is here" trend of the fall. They are popular events, and with good reason, so the rides that are open will not be line free. But you should attend for the ambiance and the fun. Rides you can do anytime. Halloween is once a year.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween:
Dates: October 7, 14, 21 & 28
Time: 8:00 pm to 11: 00 pm
Cost: 22 Euros per person ( for those over 3)
This is the Halloween event that is aimed at the younger crowd, or at least the younger crowd that can stay awake until 10 or 11 pm
Walt Disney Studios Terrorific Night
Dates: October 29 & 30
Time: 8:30 pm to 1:00 am
Cost: 32 Euros per person ( not recommended for anyone under the age of 12)
Costumes NOT allowed
This event is pretty much the polar opposite of "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween". It is aimed more at the teen and young adult crowd....the ones that actually enjoy horror movies. When Disney says it is not for children under the age of 12, they are understating it. To give you an example, last year the "Studio Tram Tour" was turned into the "Terrorfic Tram Tour" and included demons / zombies that crawled into your car and tried to snatch you
Disney's Halloween Party
Dates: October 31
Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Cost: 35 Euros per person (for those over 3)
This is Disney's "Halloween Night" party. From a scare factor, it lies somewhere between the "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween" and the "Terrorific Night". The event itself actually leans more toward the "Not so Scary" side. It's the costumed adults attending the park that jack up the scare factor
In addition to all of the above, a few of Disney's regular rides have a special glamor at Halloween The Haunted Mansion is always dressed up for October, but look for the Pirates of the Caribbean and Snow White to get a bit more emphasis as well. So, to sum up, less people, fun parties, happy kids...more than enough reason to have a Happy Mickey Halloween.