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!

Halloween Time is now in full swing at Disneyland, with Main Street decked out for the season.

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.

The Halloween Time lamppost decorations are up at the main entrance but are modified for the 60th on Main Street.

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.

With the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival not being offered this year, Mickey and friends are meeting in Town Square in their Halloween costumes.

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!

The classic Halloween treats are back as well.

Bat-shaped Mickey cookies are available at Market House, Jolly Holiday Bakery, and Fiddler, Fifer and Practical.

Looking down Main Street, the Castle is still dressed up for the 60th.

In the hub, the Partners statue is once again surrounded by jack-o-lanterns representing each land of the park.

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:



Halloween Tree

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.

Dia de Los Muertos

Zocalo Park’s great little Dia de los Muertos display is back.

It would be great to see this expanded into an entire festival in Frontierland, similar to the ¡Viva Navidad! offerings at Disney California Adventure during the holidays.

Free face painting.

Big Thunder Ranch

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.

The Scare-dy Crow Shack is always fun.

Big Thunder Barbecue is decked out for Halloween Time as well

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.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

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?

New magnolia trees added alongside the new walls.

Inside, nothing major has changed aside from the annual gingerbread house.

Unfortunately, the graphics here are still very low-resolution. Shame to add digital projection effects where you can see the pixels of the CG animation.

This year’s gingerbread house is a towering “house of cards” being built by gingerbread men, with the help of spiders.

Pretty cool

Below, Disney released a couple of great photos of the new gingerbread house and the Hat Box Ghost dressed up for the holidays.

Below, our on-ride video of this year’s gingerbread house and the Hat Box Ghost.

Outside of the Mansion, Jack Skellington and Sally meet with guests

Nearby, the New Orleans Square popcorn cart is offering a new light-up Zero dog house souvenir bucket

This year’s Halloween Time bucket

And at select dining locations throughout the Resort, this new poison apple souvenir mug is available

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy overlay is back, without any changes.

Refurbishment Round-up

A look at refurbishment projects underway in both parks…

Faire Fix

The walkway between Frontierland and Fantasy Faire is still behind walls…

Preparing for Launch (Bay)

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…

The Tomorrowland Theatre continues to sit dormant, likely awaiting a Star Wars: The Force Awakens sneak preview

The Starcade is also still closed.

A Whole New Show

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.

If Frozen does move into the Hyperion, hopefully the nearby Frozen Sing-Along will close and the Muppets can return to their theatre.

Re-Tired

No visible changes over at the upcoming Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction.


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
September 14-20, 2015
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
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
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[/CENTER]
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Closed for refurbishment. Reopens September 30.
  • “it’s a small world”: Closed October 19- November 5 to install holiday overlay.
  • Innoventions: Expected to reopen Fall 2015 with new Star Wars Launch Bay and Super Hero HQ.
  • Starcade: Closed indefintely.
  • Tomorrowland Theatre: Closed indefintely.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!: Closed Sept. 7-17 for refurbishment.
  • Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant: Closed Sept. 15-17 for refurbishment.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush: Closed October 12-29 for refurbishment.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires: Closed for re-Imagineering into new attraction. Reopening expected in early 2016.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Closed indefinitely.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
    None.
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

September 14-20

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  • Look for some rain – yay! – at the beginning of the week, with skies clearing nicely in time for Friday’s Dapper Day events.
  • Halloween Time is off to a decent start with manageable wait times.
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[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • PBS’ new documentary on Walt Disney aims to paint a balanced portrait of the divisive figure. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Disneyland is offering an early morning breakfast in the Jungle Cruise this fall. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • Disneyland designers face challenges to ensure Star Wars Land meets expectations. (LA Times)
  • Disneyland asks Orange County high schoolers to apply for new “Dreamers & Doers” philanthropy program. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says Disney’s upcoming “Jungle Cruise” movie will be set in the 1920s. (/film)
  • Disney Store online releasing limited release shirts celebrating Pluto’s 85th, Disneyland Railroad, and more this September. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort return November 13 through January 6. (Disney Parks Blog)
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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