Disneyland Photo Report for September 23, 2013 Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort Halloween Time has returned for 2013 at Disneyland. The Haunted Mansion Holiday, now in its 13th year, has received a few special effect upgrades. Projections have replaced the ceiling effect in the stretching room and Zero, the ghost dog reindeer, now moves from portrait to portrait in the halls of the mansion. Disneyland confectionists have also created the largest gingerbread house yet for the ballroom scene. Main Street has been decorated with fall colors and hundreds of unique pumpkins. The Dapper Dans and the Disneyland Band are wearing their Halloween inspired outfits, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy is taking guests into the scariest parts of the galaxy and the Halloween Carnival has returned to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Also this week, we take a final look at the exterior of the Main Street Market House Starbucks location before it officially opens later this week. We also noticed some “thinning” out of trees and shrubs around various locations, some minor refurbishments, and we say goodbye to the Blue Sky Cellar … at least for now.
Boo! Halloween Time is Back
The popular Halloween Time has returned to the Disneyland Resort, although most of the events and decor are isolated to Disneyland park.
The Disneyland Band and the Dapper Dans both wear fall and Halloween inspired costumes during the Halloween season.
In Frontierland, the Halloween Tree, Dia de los Muertos and the Halloween Carnival have returned.
Not much has changed in for this year, face painting can still be found in Zocalo Park, guests can still “Conjure a Villain” and see Billy Hill and the Hillbillies at the Halloween Carnival.
This year is also the 13th year for the Haunted Mansion Holiday. Each year, Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion as Christmas and Halloween collide!
This year, the Haunted Mansion Holiday features new special effects. Brian Sandahl, art director for the Haunted Mansion Holiday, helped to develop new animation effects which were applied to the Mansion’s stretching room when Jack Skellington makes his appearance to wish everyone “Happy Holidays”! As guests exit the room, another surprise awaits, Zero will come alive like never before on the hallway portraits. “We’ve always switched out these portraits,” Brian told D23 in an interview found on their site, “so Jack Skellington changes into Sandy Claws as you are looking at them. Zero is in the portrait, too. But this year, Zero takes off and flies through all the portraits. He flies into the Jack-O-Lantern portrait, lights it up, and plays around with the scenes in the portraits. These two animation are really cool and we’ve never done animation effects in our 13-year history.”
Video showcasing the new effects:
The annual Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is the largest yet, measuring 8 feet wide and 13 feet tall. In celebration of the 13th anniversary of Haunted Mansion Holiday, Disney also placed 13 themed collections of 13 objects around the Haunted Mansion. 13 candles on Madame Leota’s séance table and 13 tiles on the towering gingerbread house for example.
Also this year, Disneyland has decided not to offer FASTPASS. Although I’m sure this may upset some guests, the reality is FASTPASS slows down the line and so far the wait times for Haunted Mansion Holiday have been quite manageable. On Friday afternoon, I waited a mere 20 minutes and the line started outside of the Haunted Mansion gates!
The Jack and Sally meet and greet is setup in front of the closed FASTPASS distribution.
Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy has returned to Tomorrowland.
And the Mad T Party has received a spooky overlay for “Dead Man’s Party”.
Main Street Market House & Starbucks
The Main Street Market House will reopen this week, and for the first time ever, guests of Disneyland will be able to purchase and enjoy Starbucks beverages. Cast Members were being trained all week on the new location and soft opens are expected as early as today. View early interior photos of the new Market House Starbucks Below you can see that Disney may have finally decided on just how the signage will appear. For the past few weeks the large STARBUCKS on either side of the doors were removed and replaced several times, but are now visible again. Also, there are logos on the glass on each side of the main door. Disneyland also moved the large “Coffee” cup sign from its previous location, across the street next to the Gibson Girl, to the Market House.
Around the Resort
One of the very large trees between the exit of the Enchanted Tiki Room and the juice bar has been removed. It’s not clear why Disney chose to remove the tree, which provided great shade to the guests in line for their Dole Whips as well as a great atmosphere at night with hanging lanterns. The tree may have had a problem or could have been causing one. It’s important to remember that some of these trees are much older than Disneyland itself. Removing the tree has greatly opened up the space, making the Enchanted Tiki Room quite visible from Adventureland.
Below you’ll find two file photos showing the tree which was removed.
Here the tree can be seen towering over the Enchanted Tiki Room juice bar.
And this photo shows the tree (on the right) providing shade to the nearby walkway.
The King Arthur Carrousel remains closed for an extensive refurbishment.
Disney has placed some great signage showcasing the history of the Fantasyland attraction.
This is also the last week regular guests can enjoy the peaceful solitude of the Court of Angels.
In case you missed it, the Court of Angels is closing to become the new entrance for the exclusive Club 33.
Get your family photos in now
The Snow White Grotto is closed for refurbishment
The Blue Sky Cellar is closing Sept 29th. Currently there are no announced plans to reopen it with a new exhibit. We hope that it will reopen when Walt Disney Imagineering has a new project to share with us!
This will be the first time the Blue Sky Cellar hasn’t had an exhibit since it was repurposed in 2008 to showcase the Disney California Adventure makeover.
The Duffy Meet and Greet has been removed from the entrance to Treasures in Paradise
As of Friday, the flags and banners remained in place and Duffy could still be found greeting guests in the area.
The Pacific Wharf facade is under a refurbishment, the food location remains open.
Work is progressing on the Downtown Disney Starbucks location, set to open this winter.
About a month ago Disney installed a braille map of Downtown Disney near the World of Disney store. Similar maps can be found at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
The large shrubs which blocked the view of the Mickey and Friends Tram Route from the Esplanade have been removed.
This opens the area up quite a bit and will hopefully allow guests to get visual references easier when they are exiting the parks.
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
See You At Disneyland!