I am always amazed by Disney’s attention to the subtle nuances – the little touches throughout the park that make the whole experience more special. For example, if you go to Disneyland right now, everything has a bit of Halloween inspiration. Pumpkins. Candy Corn. Hanging jack-o-lanterns. Fall colors. Etc.
There was even a HUGE candy corn (Don’t mind my frizzy hair in the second photo – the humidity made it go crayyyzeee):
Aside from the decor, there were other “spooky” touches throughout the park:
- Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy (a spooky ghost chases you through outer space, recommended for ages 13 and older)
- Haunted Mansion Holiday (Jack Skellington of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” serves as your tour guide), and…
- Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party (ride attractions, collect candy, and enjoy live music).
As I mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween (the ghouls, the ghosts, the celebrating of evil and mayhem). That said, I do love the fall season in general – and I like that Disney keeps things classy and family-friendly. Even though both the fireworks show and the Fantasmic show were “hosted” by Disney villains (Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, Captain Hook, Jafar, and Ursula), they were both dazzling, colorful, lighthearted, and spectacular. Our 3-year-old wasn’t frightened by the displays (I should note, however, that we had discussed the nature of the shows with her beforehand, explaining that the characters were pretend). In fact, she actually loved both performances and excitedly pointed out everything as it happened: “Look! Green lights! The Bad Lady! The Princess! Peter Pan!”
All in all, we had a splendid and spooktacular time @ Halloween Time. Early fall is a great time to visit Disneyland.
Actually, the truth is that: Any time of year is a great time to visit Disneyland. Am I right or am I right?
Halloween Time at Disneyland will end on November 1st, 2009.