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Halloween Time! Haunted Holiday, Ghost Galaxy, Dia de los Muertos, construction +more

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by , 09-20-2010 at 01:01 AM
Disneyland's annual Halloween Time festivities are now in full swing as for its fifth year with major attractions including Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday are now ready for fall crowds and the parks (mostly Disneyland) are decked out in their Halloween finest. California Adventure isn't dressed up too much for the season, though, as the park continues to lean on its new nighttime water-and-light show World of Color as its main draw while construction makes the rest of the park a maze of work walls. Meanwhile, guests attending D23's Destination D: Disneyland 55 convention this weekend will have to make their way through their own mess of construction walls at the Disneyland Hotel while work continues on the hotel's major remodeling project.

Thanks to Fishbulb and Matt "2DieFR" Gottula for lending their photographic talents this week.

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There's always plenty going on at the Disneyland Resort, so let's get started!

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Disneyland is decked out in fall colors and littered with jack-o-lanterns for its annual Halloween Time festivities.

Over in New Orleans Square, Haunted Mansion Holiday has opened for its annual run through the New Year.

The annual holiday overlay has returned this year with a few new upgrades including new digital projections on the moon in the large load area display and Madame Leota now floats during the holiday overlay, along with some festive lights and other floating goodies. 2DieFR captured the new features on video, embedded below.

Over in Frontierland, author Ray Bradbury's Halloween Tree is back, along with the Dia de los Muertos decorations in nearby Zocalo Park.

The Dia de los Muertos display also offers face painting.

And further back in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch is all decked out for Halloween as well.

Finally, over in Tomorrowland, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy is back for its second year. Unfortunately, there isn't much new added here.

The work on the horse-drawn trolley track in the hub has wrapped up.

Work continues on the Village Haus Restaurant refurbishment in Fantasyland

...and construction continues inside Star Tours as the attraction undergoes a major update.

Meanwhile, Minnie's House is closed through the end of the month for a refurbishment.

A look at California Adventure's ongoing $1 billion remodel and expansion...

Construction presses on at the new Little Mermaid attraction opening next spring.

Scaffolding and a crane is up around the Maliboomer towers now as work starts to get underway dismantling the ride.


Construction continues on the massive Cars Land project...

Set-up for the upcoming ElecTRONica nighttime dance parties in Sunshine Plaza and the Hollywood Pictures Backlot is taking over more and more.

Meanwhile, work on the Red Car Trolley track and the repainting of the cloud backdrop get closer to completion...

Out of the parks, the Disneyland Hotel is seeing some major demolition as crews remove the old Lost Bar, remote Jungle Cruise boat pond and other features.

At the same time, work continues on the guest towers remodeling.

Back in the parks, the buoy has returned to the Submarine Lagoon, despite still missing the animatronic seagulls.

California Adventure's Catch-a-Flave ice cream stand is getting a refurbishment.

And on the way out of the parks, the Indiana Jones Adventure show building visible from the Downtown Disney tram stop is getting a new skin to help camouflage it.

Does it help it blend in?

And the Mickey and Friends parking structure is getting some work done.

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Friday & Sunday: 9 am - 12 midnight
Saturday: 8 am - 12 midnight
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For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Village Haus Restaurant: Closed until December 19 for refurbishment.
  • Minnie's House: Closed through September 23 for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Vehicles: Closed through September 30 for refurbishment.
  • Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed through December 16 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed September 22 & 23.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 27-30.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Closed September 27-30.
  • Donald's Boat: Closed October 12-21.
  • "it's a small world": Closed October 25 - November 11 to install holiday overlay.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Closed November 2 -3 for refurbishment.
  • The Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed November 2 -3 due to Pirates of the Caribbean refurbishment.
  • The Jungle Cruise: Closed November 15-17
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Closed November 29 through December 2 for refurbishment.
  • Star Tours: Closed for Star Tours 2 overhaul. Reopens May 2011.

Disney California Adventure

  • Toy Story Midway Mania!: Closed through October 10 to install safety gates in load station.
  • Catch-A-Flave Ice Cream: Closed through September 23 for refurbishment.
  • Hyperion Theater / Disney's Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular: Closed September 7 - October 7 for nearby Red Car Trolley construction.
  • It's Tough to Be a Bug!: Closed through October 25 - 29 for refurbishment.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D: Closed September 20 - 24
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed November 1-18
  • Maliboomer: Closed permanently for removal.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closed for retheme to Boardwalk Pasta and Pizza
  • Mullholland Madness: Closes October 12 to begin re-theme. Reopens May 2011 as Goofy's Sky School.
  • Burger Invasion: Closed for retheme to Paradise Garden Grill. Reopens May 2011.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.

Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • Arcade, Jungle Cruise Remote Control Boats, Hook's Pointe, The Wine Cellar, The Lost Bar, and Croc's Bits & Bites (Disneyland Hotel): Closed permanently for removal as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel.
  • Guest Laundry (Disneyland Hotel): Closed through September 30 due to construction.

From the OC Register:
Tax to boost cost of Disney-area hotel stay
Staying the night in a hotel around Disneyland is about to get more expensive.

The City Council on Tuesday night gave final approvals to a plan to tack on a 2 percent fee to hotel bills. The city already has Orange County's highest hotel bed tax at 15 percent.

The extra fee will establish a Tourism Improvement District, which is intends to help promote convention business and more tourism to the area. It also will fund some transportation projects in the resort area.

Hotel operators have the option of paying the fee themselves rather than passing it along to guests.

Anaheim estimates that the new tax will bring in $11 million each year.

"Our resort district is one of our most valuable assets," said Councilman Bob Hernandez. "This is an opportunity to go above and beyond what we (the city) have been able to offer. ...This is an opportunity we can't pass up."

The council voted 4-0 to establish the new district. (Councilman Harry Sidhu was absent).

The tax takes effect Nov. 1.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit:
OC Register: Tax to boost cost of Disney-area hotel stay

Am I the only one who doesn't understand the Duffy hype?

Top Disney character in Japan comes to U.S. parks
In most Disney parks, Mickey Mouse draws the most attention. But in Tokyo, Mickey’s stuffed animal, Duffy the Disney Bear, rivals the classic character in popularity.

Some reports show that Disney’s Japan resort even sells more Duffy merchandise and has longer lines to meet the Duffy character.

Now, Disney is trying out Duffy in its U.S. parks.

On Sunday, Duffy will make his debut at Disney California Adventure during private presentations for annual passholders only. Reservations filled up within a few days of opening up, said John McClintock, a Disneyland Resort spokesman.

Disney officials are releasing few details about their plans for Duffy in the U.S. parks. Disney’s merchandise department put out a newsletter, announcing the annual passholder events for California and Florida parks this weekend. Duffy is set to become part of Disney California Adventure lineup this fall, according to the newsletter.

“We look forward to sharing more information about Duffy the Bear at upcoming events for passholders. In the meantime, we don’t have any additional information to share,” Disney officials said in a prepared statement.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit:
Around Disney: Top Disney character in Japan comes to U.S. parks

From the Orlando Sentinel's Daily Disney blog:

Disney Parks taps new exec to oversee global growth
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has tapped a marketing executive to run the unit charged with identifying future growth opportunities.

Doug McGuire has been promoted to senior vice president in charge of global development, which is currently at work on plans for a new Disney theme park in Shanghai, China. McGuire had been senior vice president of global marketing operations.

McGuire succeeds Parks and Resorts executive vice president Nick Franklin, freeing Franklin up to focus more of his attention on Disney’s closely guarded “Next Generation Experience” project. Disney has said little publicly about NextGen, which has been described by insiders as a sweeping technology initiative under development at Walt Disney World, but it is a high-priority project; former Disney parks executives have said the budget for NextGen is in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion — comparable to what the company is spending to build two new cruise ships.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit:
Orlando Sentinel: Disney Parks taps new exec to oversee global growth

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  1. Tomorrowland_1967's Avatar
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    It seems the waterfalls are not being touched. For the moment, at least. Everyone interested in asking Disney to save them .. should keep a concerted effort to continue to let them know.

    The more they hear from those who care .. the more they 'possibly' may hear us, and reconsider!
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    Any update on the "sinking" of the WOC platform? We've got an improving park around a declining sewage treatment pond. Great update!
  3. toddweb's Avatar
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    Great update as always!
  4. kurn's Avatar
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    Anything special at Tower of Terror for Halloween? The Disneyland website is kinda vague about it.
  5. bayouguy's Avatar
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    Re: the lamppost Halloween decoration bunting. Too bad the Disney brass is too embarrassed to use "Disneyland's Halloweentime" in place of "Disney's...". Shout it OUT, dudes! We're at Disneyland!!!!!
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    I wish The Disney Parks would make use of the Frank Baum OZ Characters which Disney owns the rights to. They are very Halloween!!
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    will duffy still be wearing the sailor suit.
    wouldn't that fit TDS more than american parks?
  8. kurtisaurus's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by kurn
    Anything special at Tower of Terror for Halloween? The Disneyland website is kinda vague about it.
    As of this weekend TOT didn't have any Halloween theming on the exterior, never made it inside the ride but I'm assuming things in there are untouched as well.

    Strange because a few years ago I remember special Halloween touches outside of the Tower. Then again, DCA in general had no Halloween touches yet that I saw, no candy corn or anything so maybe those along with the Tower upgrades will come in October.
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    A great update this week I must always.
  10. RedHandedJill's Avatar
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    Terrific update as always! I'm anxious to see how fast Duffy sells in DLR as well as the other Disney Parks in the US. My brother bought one after the special Duffy presentation for AP's a week ago at DCA. I just might have to snag myself one next time I go
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