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Disneyland announces Frightfully Fun Parade for Mickey's Halloween Party

August 29, 2016, 10:44 AM · Disneyland might have raised prices up to $15 for its Mickey's Halloween Party this year, but the park's upgrading its entertainment for the event, as well.

Disneyland announced today that the after-hours, hard-ticket Halloween event will include a new parade — the Frightfully Fun Parade. Mashing up several of Disney's most popular ghoulish franchises, the show will run exclusively during the party's 17 nights, starting Sept. 23.

The parade kicks off with the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, who will ride down the parade route carrying a glowing Jack-o-Lantern. The parade also will include Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Haunted Mansion Holiday, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the the Frog and a collection of other Disney villains, including Cruella de Vil, Hades, Jafar, and the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

But the highlight might be the Haunted Mansion-themed unit, which will bring the ballroom dancers, graveyard, and even the hitchhiking ghosts from the popular attraction to life as they parade through Fantasyland and down Main Street USA.

The new Halloween parade means that Disneyland fans who buy a party ticket in addition to regular tickets or an annual pass will be able to see four different nighttime parades at the park over the next few months: this new production, the Christmas Fantasy parade, Paint the Night, and starting in 2017, the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

(And this is the point where Disney World fans weep quietly as they wait for an announcement about what will replace the Main Street Electrical Parade when it leaves the Magic Kingdom Oct. 9.)

Tickets for this year's Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland run from $72 to $99, depending upon night and the availability of annual passholder discounts.


Replies (4)

August 29, 2016 at 11:03 AM · This is great news for party-goers! Mickey's Halloween Party isn't my cup of tea, and that's fine -- with no Trick-or-Treating kids to speak of, the point of the event, coming to the park dressed in costume and collecting candy, is kind of lost on me. BUT a full-fledged Halloween parade is something the event always lacked, and it's great Disneyland added that while also raising the price of tickets quite a bit. The park lost Big Thunder Ranch and the Festival Arena this year, which in previous years was decorated as a Halloween Carnival with a meet & greet, guest activities, and pumpkin carvers. Looks like some of that entertainment budget has gone into plussing the parade instead.
August 29, 2016 at 10:47 PM · This is greatly overdue, and welcome news. If it's anything like the enchanting Boo to You parade, it'll be a treat, not a trick.
August 30, 2016 at 5:06 AM · I am still surprised that Disneyland went all these years without a parade at their Halloween event. Glad that was fixed!

If it is anything like "Boo to You" from MNSSHP, it will be well received.

August 30, 2016 at 7:56 PM · I am keeping my fingers crossed that we won't get another "costume cavalcade". A proper Disneyland parade takes years to develop and produce and I'm hoping this one will be done right and not be something like "Celebrate: A Street Party" where the "floats" are tiny things on bicycle frames powered by the cast member him/herself.

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