Disneyland Resort Update: The Return of Halloween Time

Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA

Yesterday was a practical update just indicating what was going on, but today will feature some more eye candy.  As the Diamond Celebration has packed its bags, the Halloween season has descended upon the Disneyland Resort, bringing with it the oranges and yellows of autumn to replace the blues and silvers of the 60th Anniversary decorations.  Most of this is concentrated on Main Street and the west side of the park, so lets take a look at these areas!

A Halloween display along the Mickey and Friends parking tram route.

Main Street, U.S.A.

Those familiar fun jack-o-lanterns have reappeared on the facades of Main Street, bringing with them that sense of old-fashioned small town Halloween--where charm and fun were the goals rather than actual scares.  These might be the same decorations we see every year, but they're still cute and photogenic.


As mentioned yesterday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy has take up residence.  This is my favorite overlay of the famed E-Ticket.  It's actually a little bit scary (for the average Disney guest), and the idea of a giant interstellar spirit is actually pretty intriguing.  Plus, at night, Space Mountain is lit up in different projections, and every once in a while, the structure seems to come alive in a cacophony of monstrous shrieks and sound effects.


Just as with previous years, the Día de los Muertos display at Zocalo Park--just outside of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad--and the Christmas tree across from the shooting gallery have gone up.  That's standard fair for this area of the park.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

The Nightmare Before Christmas is back in New Orleans Square, and this year, its overlay of the Haunted Mansion has taken on a Sally theme.  Most of the ride is the same as last year, but the gingerbread house looks stitched together and features a familiar blue-green arm sticking out, putting on the finishing troweled frosting finishes, while a wholly new Sally animatronic has taken up residence in the graveyard.  Both look absolutely great, and opening day crowds clearly reflected guest eagerness to see the new offerings.

Main Street After Dark

We'll close this out with some nighttime photos of Main Street during Halloween Time, because they're pretty pictures and everything, and who doesn't love some nice photos of Disneyland?

Since this Disney update is more photogenic than usual, I'll take this moment to do some shameless advertising and tell you that if you like photos like this, you should check out my Disney parks photo blog, Disney Photoblography, for a new post every day featuring a photograph (or multiple) from Disney parks all around the world.  And tell your Disney loving friends to visit too!  I'd definitely appreciate it!

That does it from the Disneyland Resort this week.  The next few weeks will focus more on the big Haunts across Southern California--Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights, Knott's Scary Farm, and Dark Harbor, as they open in weekly succession through the end of the month.  Stay tuned for coverage of those events, plus other independent haunts throughout Halloween season.  We'll have a few other features this week as well.

Boo bah!!!

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