The spooky season is packing the parks at the Disneyland Resort and the past week has seen some very busy days, especially in the hours leading up to Mickey’s Halloween Party. This update will take you on a quick tour of the Disneyland Resort to see the sights, freights, heights, and lights.
|Mickey’s Halloween Party|
Last Monday MiceChat hosted a meet-up for Mickey’s Halloween party. There was lots of Trick-or-Treating, a parade, fireworks. and even a ride of the Headless Horseman. These parties are a lot of fun. Here are some photos from Dusty and I.
Disney is using the projectors they installed for Disneyland Forever Fireworks to transform Main Street and the Castle into party mode.
Back in Tomorrowland, The Jedi Training is doing showings for party gusts late into the evenings:
Back in Frontierland:
If you are going to Mickey’s Halloween Party, here’s a tip, the Critter Country and Star Wars Launch Bay treat trails open an hour before the official start of Mickey’s Halloween Party, along with a ToonTown pre-party. These trails are less populated than the ToonTown party, so get your candy early.
Candy, candy, candy. It’s all about the treat trails.
The treat trail through Mickey and Minnie’s house in ToonTown was lots of fun.
We happened upon the Launch Bay treat trail just as the sun was setting behind Tomorrowland. Beautiful.
There’s even a trail which takes you up on the Monorail platform.
The trail through Pixie Hollow is lit in saturated colors.
Characters are a big part of the party too. Your best spot to meet a villain is at the Main Street Train Station. This is villain central.
But you’ll see all sorts of characters all over the park. Even some creations which aren’t based upon Disney characters. Take these pumpkin stilt walkers for example:
The ride of the Headless Horseman. . .
After the Headless Horseman ran by, the new Frightfully Fun Parade started…
Here’s a MiceChat Facebook Live video from the Halloween Party which shows the Headless Horseman and the parade:
The parade is a lot of fun and has great music, but we kept hearing folks say that it was a bit short.
After the Parade, the MiceChatters stepped off the curb and into the center of Main Street to watch one of the best fireworks shows that Disneyland has in its repertoire, “Halloween Scream’s.”
After that we did some more trick-or-treating and headed home to have sugar coated dreams…
And Now The Nightmare Begins…
Yes, it’s Halloween Time, but there is already evidence around of the switch to Christmas! Let’s start on Main Street
Here is the first culprit:
I had to get out of there… too much Christmas spirit for so early in the year… let’s get back to Halloween.
Inside the Market House New Starbuck Disney Parks mugs have debut.
At the Hub…
Christmas Lights have been placed on the trees around the inner spokes, meaning that Christmas is on the way and the parks are already prepping for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Filming that will be shot in about two weeks.
Back in Fantasyland, it the final week for it’s a small world before it subsumes to the Christmas pressure.
The stringing of the lights is underway now.
Let’s take a ride through for quick look at a beloved attraction before the Christmas creep takes over.
It’s small world Holiday should return November 11th.
Meanwhile in the rest of Fantasyland…
by the castle…
Refurb work on Peter Pan’s Flight facade has concluded:
I’d like to share some highlights from the Tangle show inside the Royal Theatre:
If you have not seen any of the shows inside the theater, I highly recommend you go watch it at the park. They do two shows, three sets each throughout the day. Generally they do Beauty and Beast in the morning and Tangle in the afternoon.
At the Train Station the tarps have come down.
Refurb has concluded over Roger Rabbit, but the tarps have moved over to the Glass Factory and Power House.
Critter Country is a hard area of the park to get into right now. During the weekdays the area is completely closed off (except for the candy trail on Halloween party nights), during the weekends only Winnie the Pooh and shops and Hungry Bear are open until 5pm.
The train tressle is currently being worked on.
Splash Mountain will reopen on November 4th.
Behind Hungary Bear, construction work has been happening on the new Western entrance to Star Wars Land…
Speaking of Star Wars Land…
Star Wars Land Construction
On Tom Swayer’s Island refurb work to Castle Rock looks finished, but work continues on Dead Man’s Cave.
The Stage Door Cafe is currently closed for refurbishment, but the Golden Horseshoe walk-up counter is still open. These two counter-service restaurants use the same kitchen and are back to back of each other
Don’t run out of steam yet… Time for DCA.
There’s a new tower in our future. Let’s go take a look at what’s going on at DCA.
Oh Tower of Terror, you are the gift that keeps on giving…
This week even more scaffolding has been placed across the Tower of Terror to uglify it. The slow, torturous transformation to Guardians of Galaxy: Mission Breakout with the pipe work all over it continues. The Tower will finally be closed January 2nd and the new attraction is expected to open late Spring 2017. That’s a rapid schedule we find very hard to imagine.
Last week the Sunset Showcase (formally known as Muppet*Vision 3D and Frozen Singalong) opened the preview of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The Sunset Theater has received a refurbishment as it remove almost all of the Frozen Singalong changes made to the theater.
In the Backlot, the stage and A-frame structures from Mad T Party have been deconstructed and the original fountain should return to where the stage was.
Jumping down to the size of a bug as we look at the opening of the another movie preview.
Disney Animation’s next movie, Moana, is having its preview inside A Bug Life Theater.
is two movie previews in one park too much?
Time to head off to Paradise Pier, but first a run through Grizzly Peak:
Over at Midway Mania the refurbishment work to the garden area is now finished. They have created an opening between main walkway and the queue. No chains or gates have been installed yet.
|Downtown Disney and Resort|
Mickey and Friend Parking Structure
Up in the structure, on Donald level, the blue floor tiles have been replaced by bricks. They must have done it to help reduce slips and falls when the ground gets wet.
Along the Tram route work continues on the garden spaces from the structure to Downtown Disney.
New Disneyland Resort Transportation Plaza and Bridgeway
Today (Monday, the 17th) is the last day for the Carousel Inn on Harbor Blvd. We are sad to see them go, but it’s all for a new parking complex and bridge to the Disneyland Resort.
Just looking around World of Disney Tonight as we notice that whoever designed the figures inside definitely channeled their inner “Epcot Center.” All of the characters have that “It’s fun to be free” feeling about them.
Lego has released their new set of Cinderella’s Castle and both World of Disney and the Lego store has them.
On the East end of Downtown Disney, what once was the Quicksilver shop has been divided into two and the right unit is under construction. Also, the once Something Silver shop is under construction. We hear that this is the future location of a Sprinkles cupcake shop.
The House of Blues building still sits empty and not under construction. A rental fence has been placed behind the building between the walkway to Mickey and Friends and the building.
The DVC Office in Downtown Disney has finished its exterior refurbishment.
Hey look, Food Trucks…
The food trucks are set up along the turn next the Taxi Stand and tables have been set up so you’ve got a spot to eat.
That’s it for this week. Is anyone else ready for Christmas? Anyone can find ways to get better jokes? Let us know down in the comments below and I will see you all in the coming weeks.
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Thank you for joining us today. Each week we’ll feature different photographers and commentators (often more than one). Today’s MiceChat Disneyland Update was shot and assembled by Brian Pinsky, with additional photos and video by Dusty Sage.
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