Published on August 27, 2012 at 2:02 am with 35 Comments
Disneyland is getting ready for the launch of its popular Halloween Time season with new merchandise hitting store shelves and decorations going up in shop windows. The park is also now readying two attractions in New Orleans Square for the annual Halloween festivities — the Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion Holiday will welcome guests when Halloween Time kicks off on September 14, with pirate-themed makeovers available starting September 1 at the new Pirates League in the nearby Court of Angels. Meanwhile, work continues on Disneyland’s new Fantasy Faire area and locals return to Cars Land following the end of Annual Passport summer block-outs.
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Annual Passholders previously blocked out for the summer will likely boost crowd levels at the parks weeknights after the work day ends, but overall crowd levels continue to drop this week. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines – Mobile Wait Times Appthat gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plansdetailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. With summer crowds here, it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!
Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit ourCrowd Calendar.
— Fred Hazelton, Statistician, TouringPlans.com
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Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
Southern California Annual Passports Summer blockouts are over, so expect more locals in the parks.
Full blockouts on Saturday and Sunday
Disneyland (park) is a 2.2 on Thursday.
Due to its incredibly low capacity, consider riding Luigi’s Flying Tires standby right after starting your day by grabbing a FASTPASS for Radiator Springs Racers.
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Fri., Aug. 31
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Halloween Time will soon hit Disneyland, with the return of the popular Mickey Jack-O-Lantern here at the edge of Town Square.
A look at very reasonable wait times from Saturday afternoon.
Movie Night on Main Street
On Thursday, Disneyland hosted its first Annual Passholder Movie Night. Al Lutz had mentioned the upcoming movie nights in a recent MiceAge.com Editor’s Note, but Disney made no formal announcement of the event.
The event took place with no formal announcement by Disney and no promotion beyond a sign posted outside the Main Street Opera House encouraging Passholders to cast their vote between The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
Even without promotion, the event officially hit capacity and Annual Passholders were let into the Main Street Opera House to watch a 7:00 p.m. screening of The Lion King. With the first Movie Night sold out, it’ll be interesting to see how future Annual Passholder Movie Nights are handled as the events appear to be a quick success.
Last week we showed you a selection of new Halloween merchandise hitting the shelves at Disneyland stores. This week, we take a look at Halloween Time decorations now up in Main Street’s Disney Showcase.
Disneyland’s wildly popular Halloween Time season doesn’t officially start until September 14, but you can get your first taste now on Main Street.
Lots of Halloween Time fun in the store window displays as well:
Beyond Disney Showcase, there are still plenty of patriotic summer decorations along Main Street for now…
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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours August 27—September 2, 2012
Disney California Adventure
Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm Friday-Sunday: 9 am – 12 midnight
Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm Friday-Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded. For crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
Closure and Refurbishment Schedule
Princess Fantasy Faire at the Fantasyland Theater: Fantasyland Theater closed August 12. Princesses have relocated to Small World Promenade allowing the Fantasyland Theater to close and prepare for a new show.
The Haunted Mansion: Closed August 27—September 13 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
Storybook Land Canal Boats: Closed September 4-18, 2012 for refurbishment.
Casey Jr. Circus Train: Closed September 4-18, 2012 for refurbishment.
Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed September 4 – December 7, 2012 for refurbishment.
Space Mountain: Closed September 10-13, 2012 for Halloween overlay installation.
Big Thunder Ranch: Closed September 10-13, 2012 for Halloween overlay installation.
Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes: Closed September 17-18, 2012.
Alice in Wonderland: Closes early September to install permanent safety rails to outdoor portion of ride track.
Fantasy Faire: New princess-themed meet-and-greet area in former Carnation Plaza Gardens is under construction and expected to open in early 2013.
Disney California Adventure
Muppet*Vision 3D: Closed September 10-13, 2012.
Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels
Earl of Sandwich: Former Compass Book store and cafe will reopen as the new Earl of Sandwich restaurant summer 2012.
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.
The Orange County Regsiter reported on a recent Disneyland ticket scam in which a man pleaded guilty for selling counterfeit tickets.
Disneyland recently teamed up with the Anaheim Angels and Anaheim Ducks to donate $60,000 to the local Boys and Girls Club.
Are you ready for Halloween Time to return to Disneyland? What’s are you most excited to see return during the holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below and thanks for reading!
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Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.