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 App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing 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 our Crowd Calendar.
— Fred Hazelton, Statistician, TouringPlans.com
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|Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.|
|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.
In New Orleans Square, the quiet Court des Anges has closed as the new Pirate’s League moves in.
The Pirates League is a pirate-themed makeover boutique popular at Walt Disney World that Disneyland will test this Halloween season in the New Orleans Square courtyard.
Last week, Disney gave a sneak peek at this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house. The Orange County Register gave some additional behind-the-icing information on the 9-foot gingerbread house.
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Disney Imagineer Brandon Kleyla discussed the window displays and shop backstories in a recent video from the Disney Parks Blog
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
August 27—September 2, 2012
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]Disney California Adventure[/B]|
|Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm
Friday-Sunday: 9 am – 12 midnight
|Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm
Friday-Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Expected Crowd Levels[/center] [center]presented by TouringPlans.com[/center]|
|[CENTER][B]Disneyland Park[/B][/CENTER]||[CENTER][B]Disney California Adventure[/B][/CENTER]|
[B]2.2—4.4[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[B]4.6—6.1[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
|[CENTER]Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
[B]For crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
|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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