Disneyland‘s popular Halloween Time is back for its annual run. The offerings are a bit scaled back this year but marquee offerings such as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are ready to scare up some fun. In Disney California Adventure, Disney has gotten an ice-cold response to news that a “Frozen” musical would replace the fan-favorite “Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular” early next year. Has Disney finally burned people out on all things Frozen?
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We’re back after a week off for a full recap of this year’s Halloween Time offerings. Let’s get started!
|Welcome to Halloween Time!|
After a summer season with none of the traditional patriotic bunting in favor of keeping the 60th Anniversary decorations up, we didn’t expect to see the orange Halloween Time bunting and lamppost decorations to go up. Luckily, they have, and it’s a nice change from the blue-and-white Diamond Celebration decorations.
Instead of the Mickey pumpkins and the “Disney’s Halloween Time” logo, the Diamond Celebration D plaques are up along with the fall leaves and orange banners. It’s a nice compromise – a bit of fall color with the 60th decorations still in place.
The Candy Palace (as well as Trolley Treats in California Adventure) has a selection of special Halloween cake pops, rice crispy treats and apples. New this year, Dia de los Muertos-decorated treats. Nice!
With Halloween Time being an annual event for nearly a decade, when will Disneyland’s offerings get a proper refresh? Next year marks a decade of Halloween Time and most of the annual decorations, such as these jack-o-lanterns, have remained the same for the entire decade. Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris routinely get new Halloween decorations — isn’t it time to give Disneyland’s Halloween Time some love?
Below, a few recent Halloween Time headlines from the Disney Parks Blog worth mentioning:
- Complete Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
- Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou: New Premium Dining Experience Coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park
- Halloween Minnie Mouse Transformation Casts A Spell on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Parks
In Frontierland, Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree is back.
The Halloween Tree is a great idea and a fitting tribute to Bradbury and his love of Disneyland. It’s too bad Disney’s only willing to spend enough to cover some lights and plastic pumpkins with faces drawn on with Sharpies. This little tribute could be so much better.
Zocalo Park’s great little Dia de los Muertos display is back.
In the back of Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch is decorated for what will likely be its final Halloween Time before Star Wars Land takes shape where the Ranch currently sits.
Unfortunately, Disney decided to axe the Halloween Carnival in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area this year. With Star Wars Land not starting construction (or demolition) anytime soon, this seems like a penny-pinching move rather than a necessary construction-related omission. The Jamboree area is just sitting unused (just as it did throughout the summer) instead of hosting guests. The absence of the Halloween Carnival means no villains meet-and-greet tent and no live pumpkin carving this year, features which had become a fan-favorite staples of Disneyland’s Halloween Time festivities.
In New Orleans Square, Haunted Mansion Holiday is back for its annual run, which lasts for a good third of the year.
The popularity of this overlay should be grounds for Disney to just build Nightmare Before Christmas its own full-fledged attraction, but since that has yet to happen, the Haunted Mansion celebrates Christmas with the help of Jack Skellington for four solid months every year.
The jack-o-lanterns on the hillside behind the Mansion didn’t return this year. Instead, new landscaping and two new portions of faux brick walls are up. These look like permanent additions, perhaps related to Disneyland’s ongoing fall safety additions?
Below, our on-ride video of this year’s gingerbread house and the Hat Box Ghost.
In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy overlay is back, without any changes.
A look at refurbishment projects underway in both parks…
The walkway between Frontierland and Fantasy Faire is still behind walls…
In Tomorrowland, Innoventions remains closed while the Star Wars Launch Bay continues to be installed inside. Outside, the entire lower level is now painted white…
Around 8 p.m. last Wednesday, Disney officially announced that Califonria Adventure’s popular Aladdin musical show would close in January to make way for a new musical production based on Frozen.
The announcement on the Disney Parks Blog was met with overwhelming negativity by readers, and currently features over 100 comments, many of which are opposed to “Frozen” replacing the fan-favorite Aladdin show.
While a great theme park show, Aladdin will be 13 years old by the time the curtain closes one last time. It has certainly run its course, but after a Frozen Summer Fun promotion and two Frozen-based shows currently running at the Resort, it seems like audiences could use a break from Olaf.
Aladdin has been saved once before, when Disney announced a version of the Disney Cruise Line’s “Toy Story” musical would replace the “Aladdin” show in early 2011. Those plans were eventually scrapped and Aladdin has continued to play until now.
Could fans save Aladdin again? With the overwhelmingly negative feedback Disney has received everywhere they promoted the “Frozen” news, it’s certainly a possibility. Below, you can click on the official @Disneyland Tweet of the news to see a strong majority of fans responding negatively to the news.
— Disneyland Resort (@Disneyland) September 10, 2015
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|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
September 14-20, 2015
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|Monday: 9 am – 10 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 10 am – 9 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 8 am – 12 am
Sunday: 9 am – 12 am
|Monday: 9 am – 8 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
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|Okay, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland! What do you think of this year’s Halloween Time offerings? Is it time for a refresh? What about Frozen? Let us know in the comments section below!
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