Happy Halloween everyone!  The Disneyland Resort is in the middle of a major holiday identity crisis as we reach All Hallows’ Eve today, October 31st.   Yes, there are still oodles of orange bunting on Main Street and pumpkins in the hub, but Sleeping Beauty Castle is covered in ghostly white snow and New Orleans Square is nearly fully decorated.  We also have the full listing of recently published refurbishment schedules from Disney and a look throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as the Holidays creep in.

Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict


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  • Halloween shrieked toward us fast this year – expect sold-out Halloween party crowds tonight.
  • The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Holiday Time officially starts November 14, but you can sneak a peek starting November 7 when “it’s a small world holiday” returns.
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Halloween / Christmas

Pumpkins on the outside, snow on the inside.  Disneyland is in transition from Halloween to Christmas as the parks gear up for their famous festivities.

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While a strange sight to see a snow covered castle as the backdrop for Halloween, perhaps we should pretend that Jack Skellington has escaped from the confines of Haunted Mansion Holiday to spread more cheer throughout the park.

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The icicles have yet to be installed on the castle.
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Will we get the inelegant cable-tied Christmas lights within twisted plastic streamers again this year or something more of Disney quality?

Main Street Alley

With the Main Street corridor nearly complete, we are seeing subtle signs that this area will be put to use very soon.

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If you look through the gaps in the scrims, we can see that a lot of the scaffolding has been removed.

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As was reported before, the curb near the Mad Hatter on Main Street have now been completely flattened. As heavy crowds thunder through the themed fences behind Main Street, they won’t trip on the curbs which would land directly in their path in this pinch spot.

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While it won’t be anything elaborate, it will be nice to have this safety valve to relieve pressure when Main Street is gridlocked – as it often is during the holidays.

Coke Corner and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

The refurbishment of the façades for both the Coke Corner and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor have been concluded revealing some lovely work.

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Last of the Pumpkins

Here we take our last look at the masterful pumpkin carving in Big Thunder Ranch’s Halloween Carnival.

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New Orleans Square Christmas

Over in New Orleans Square, Christmas has landed with much of the ornate decorations already in place.

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Refurb Round Up

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“it’s a small world”: Closed through November 6 to install its holiday overlay.

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With the water drained, you can see how grungy the flume has become.

 

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  • Big Thunder Ranch: Closed November 1—6 to remove Halloween overlay and install Christmas overlay.
  • Jungle Cruise: Closed November 3-13 to for refurbishment and to install Jingle Cruise overlay.
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Space Mountain: Closed November 3 to remove Halloween overlay.

 

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  • Remember Dreams Come True-  It is widely believed that this will be the last weekend to see this extravaganza that has been running off and on for the past 10 years at Disneyland.  With the start of the Holidays at the resort the traditional Christmas show will be presented.  When the holidays conclude, the classic, less synchronized Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show will be presented until the 60th Anniversary fireworks are premiered in the summer of 2015.

 

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Christmas Creep

At Disney California Adventure we see that a less aggressive version of the Christmas Creep is taking hold.  While the shops are gearing up for the holidays now, we don’t see many of the other decorations up.

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The first signs of an impending holiday always happen in the stores first.  Get those souvenirs and other merchandise on the shelves pronto!  Then deal with the other bits of less important decorations.

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The windows at Five and Dime are set for this season.

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Santa Mickey hats and ears are all stocked.

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A Bug’s Land

The adorably oversized holiday decorations are up and in place amongst the clovers in A Bug’s Land.

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Cars Land

The more ornate decorations in Cars Land have yet to be installed, save for Luigi’s which consists of lights and a star topper.

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Pacific Wharf

Again, the less ornate pieces of set dressing are going up first in Pacific Wharf with the light strings above the walk way already in place.

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The lull between the holidays will be a great time stop and smell the flowers. Crowds should lessen next week until they pick back up again around Thanksgiving. One of our favorite times of the year.

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 Refurb Round Up

  • Bakery Tour: Closed October 31-January 16 for Rosie removal and refurbishment.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush: Closed October 28-29 for refurbishment.
  • Goofy’s Sky School: Closed December 1 for refurbishment.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!: Closed December 8-11 for refurbishment.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Closed January 5-8 for refurbishment.
  • Soarin’ Over California: Closed January 6-May 14 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color: Dark January 7-March 12 for refurbishment.

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  • Luigi’s Flying Tires: Closed January 12-December 1, 2015 for conversion to new attraction (not officially announced).
  • Blue Sky Cellar: Closed indefinitely.

Happy Holidays Halloween everyone!!! That rounds things out for us this week as we get ready to dive into the next major holiday.  While we can’t wait to nibble gingerbread and peppermint on Main Street while watching the Christmas Fantasy Parade, we will take today to savor the final pumpkins carved in the Festival arena and enjoy the unique not so scary decorations throughout Disneyland.

If you still are undecided on what to do for Halloween, we have plenty of suggestions for you.

Here are some amazing offerings in the LA/Orange County area which we have covered this season: Knott’s Scary FarmUniversal Studios HollywoodQueen Mary’s Dark HarborSix Flags Fright Fest, Haunted Hay Ride, Delusion, Empty Grave, Sinister Point. Plus the many home haunts and seasonal activities in the area we didn’t have time to cover. Get out there and enjoy your Halloween!

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  • JiminyCricketFan

    Thanks for the great update! I don’t particularly like the Art Neuveu posters. First, I don’t think they fit the theme of NOS, but also they are not going to light up at night or glitter in the sun. They just feel cheap. I always felt that the Christmas decorations of NOS were the best in the park, when they used feathers, bright colors, and masks and images themed to the holiday in the streets. I cannot say that posters feel like Christmas decorations. That is just my feelings about it.

  • Nonplussed

    I’ve never had a problem with the snow appearing on the castle before Halloween. In many places, snow would not be completely unknown on Halloween. I’m recalling a blizzard in Northwest Iowa that cancelled trick-or-treating and left many with nothing to eat but Halloween candy for 2-3 days while digging out. Twix bars and Hot Tamales sound like a great way to eat through the weekend until the car could get out of the lane, but it did get old! 🙂

  • Instidude

    I don’t have a problem with the snow & pumpkins … I’m getting that right now here in Michigan!

    Great update. thanks.

  • judearmstrong

    Love the sunset pics of Coke Corner and the Gibson Girl! love the park at that time

  • Professortango

    They used to do a light show on the castle for Mickey’s Halloween Treat where vines would overtake the castle. NOS was also decorated in the past for MHT. They were able to embrace Halloween fully and still decorate for Christmas afterwards. I wish they’d bring back both the the theming for the castle during Halloween Time and wait to start decorating for Christmas until after Halloween Time ends so it feels complete.

  • bamato

    I really enjoyed the evening time photos this week vs the normal early morning photos. Thanks Fishy!

  • Skimbob

    Great update as always. The Avenger’s race is just around the corner.

  • Susan Hughes

    Here’s what you will see when the west and east guest flow corridors are opened…beige, beige, beige. No elaborate theming. Just a cattle corridor to herd the livestock out of the park. They will have posters along the walls highlighting the various rides in the park. They look similar to the ones you see when you go thru the tunnels at the entrance.
    The walls will be high enough to keep lookey loos armed with their camera poles from peeking backstage. But there are a couple of spots with double doors where they could look through the crack. But I’m sure CMs will be posted there.

    • Internitty

      Possibly cracking whips

      • Susan Hughes

        The west side backstage area along Main has been used as a guest corridor for years. And they do have CMs along the route moving the crowd along and enforcing the “no photos” rule. But that doesn’t stop people from simply ignoring them and shooting anyway. No doubt those are the arrogant, entitled “Passholes” who have little or no respect for CMs.

  • Freddie Freelance

    An idea I had for the New Orleans Square Christmas decorations: why not put them up earlier and “wrap” them for Halloween? Put the Christmas decorations up in September, and as each balcony is decorated cover the Christmas swags with a black cloth wrapper that’s laced & velcroed at the back, trim the cover with orange, purple, and poison apple green accents, and hang Halloween-themed decorative covers over the other decorations, like hanging bats, voodoo dolls, and fright masks. Come November first you just start unlacing and pulling off the covers, the hardest part having been done two months before.

    This would spread out the time used for the holiday decorating more, reducing the time crunch forcing Christmas into Halloween, while giving NOS new Halloween theming.

  • PinocchioGuy

    Love the new, fresh look on Gibson Girl and Coke Corner! They look so good, cant wait to see them on my next trip 🙂

    • Larry Parker

      The renewed look is great. Now, if only that attention to detail were used to upgrade the new cheap NOS Club 33 exteriors and cheap plastic doors to the Court of Angels to the level of the rest of NOS…