Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

For an average Disney-goer, spotting children dressed in costume year-round is no surprise. Chances are slim you could go through the day without seeing at least four “Elsas” at Disneyland. But when we start noticing 45-year-old adults dressed up as their favorite Disney animations, we know it is Halloween time at the parks. On select nights starting September 25th and running through October 31st, fans ranging from newborns to 92-year-olds are found jumping into the Halloween spirit by transforming into their favorite characters. When the clock strikes 6 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends, the day-time guests are asked to leave the park as new props are brought out from hiding and those with a ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are invited in.

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Villains and special guest characters are scattered abundantly throughout the Disneyland Park near giant pumpkins and floating ghosts. Imagineers add a haunted twist to some of the popular rides, giving them a Halloween thrill. For example, Space Mountain turns into Ghost Galaxy. Preserving the life of the most popular tradition of Halloween, Disneyland provides guests with a souvenir bag the moment they enter the front gates, to load with goodies while traveling throughout the park. This spook-tacular special map highlights Halloween hotspots and candy-loaded locations.

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Eating can be an entirely new experience during the holidays at Disneyland. Try an Autumn exclusive pumpkin beignet, or a Ghoulish “poison” caramel apple. Discover more delicacies dreamt up specifically for the spooky season here. Reserve a seat at the Blue Bayou for a premium Halloween dining experience with mouth-watering meals and choice viewing seats for Halloween Screams Firework Spectacular to conclude your night.

Specially carved pumpkin of Maleficent for Halloween
Specially carved pumpkin of Maleficent for Halloween

Differences in Disneyland Tickets Since 1955

In 1955 a one-day ticket providing access into Disneyland cost $1.00. Each ride cost an additional price after admission. After three months of the park’s opening, Disney changed their ticket-selling tactics. Attractions ranked either “A”, “B”, or “C”. “A” attractions were smaller, less popular; “C” attractions were more popular. Disneyland started offering “Value Books,” coupon booklets containing 3 “A” tickets, 2 “B” tickets, and 3 “C” tickets. Guests could buy a value book with eight different tickets for $2.50 and buy additional tickets ranging in price from 10 cents to 30 cents.

According to the calculations of Mouse Monthly author, Alex Blasingame, an all-day, all-attraction Disneyland vacation would cost $7.50. If prices from 1955 rose with inflation only, the cost for that same vacation in 2015 would be $65.40. However, admission to Disneyland costs $99 today.

The world population in 1955 was 2.7 billion people. According to the World Population Clock recording in July 1, 2015, 7.3 billion humans populate the Earth. The size of Disneyland grows, but the human population grows faster. More people on Earth cause a higher demand for Disneyland vacations, allowing Disneyland to raise their prices more than $33 above the appropriate inflation price.

Meanwhile, as popularity grows, Disneyland is running out of property to expand their park. Overpopulation leaves the “Happiest Place on Earth” stuffy with smelly, cranky and tired travelers. That is the last reputation Disneyland wishes to uphold.

To avoid the consequences of risking their instinctive correlation with all things magical, Disneyland works on figuring out how to keep the population under control. According to the Wall Street Journal’s interview with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek, “Raising prices well above inflation worked in the past, but Disneyland now seeks to bring up their attendance during “slow-times” of the year as well as keep prices affordable for middle-class families.” Employees work with new technology and price alterations to fix the upcoming challenge of Disneyland’s fast-pace growth.

Value booklet from 1955
Value booklet from 1955