Party with Mickey while saving on Disneyland admission

It may be July still, but Disneyland is already planning its holidays and this week posted its invitation for all to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.

And the best part about this “party” is the admission price  —  $54 to $69 per person, depending on which night you attend the event. Tickets are for Disneyland only, but offer a savings of up to $35 per person.

Photo by Sherry Barkas

The event happens from either 6 to 11 p.m. or 7 p.m. to midnight on select nights Sept. 28 through Halloween.

Your ticket gets you into the park up to three hours before the event starts, giving you up to eight hours in Disneyland.

Costumes are encouraged, but be sure to check out what isn’t allowed before getting all dressed up.

I love the holidays at Disneyland. The park is decorated from stem to stern. At night, Sleeping Beauty’s castle turns into a laser light show with “friendly” spirits dancing all around.

It’s a Halloween atmosphere, but not so spooky it would frighten small children.

Jack Skellington and friends take over the Haunted Mansion for a “Nightmare Before Christmas” and Space Mountain becomes Ghost Galaxy.

At night, when the party begins, there is trick-or-treating throughout the park, offering kids of all ages the chance to fill bags to the brim with sweet and healthy treats.

Nearly all of the rides are open. And even though it’s crowded, there is so much to do that the crowd is well spread out and lines for even the most popular rides move quickly. We waited about 20 minutes for Space Mountain, while earlier in the day I was in line more than an hour.

There is dance parties, crafts, and opportunities throughout the park to get your picture taken with your favorite character.

There’s also a special fireworks show.

I went for the first time last year and I’m going back this year.

A limited number of tickets are sold for each date, so you might want to get them in advance.

For more information on Mickey’s Halloween Party dates, times, costume guidelines and to purchase tickets, visit http://disneyland.disney.go.com/special-offers/mickeys-halloween-party/?CMP=VAN-DLRUSENFY10HalloweenPtySO_APParty

Remember, this is for Disneyland only and not California Adventure.