Disneyland Glows at Halloween Time, Parade Party is a Hit Again, Screamin' Returns
by, 10-20-2011 at 08:50 PM
Disneyland guests are continuing to enjoy the glow of Halloween Time. A few thousand lucky Annual Passholders are treated to another Soundsational event, and DCA thrill seekers can go California Screamin' again. Nearby at the Disneyland Hotel, steady progress is made on completing the new E-Ticket Pool. We also give you a guide to the best Halloween attractions around Southern California.
Disneyland hosted another Annual Passholder event featuring Mickey's Soundsational Parade to more positive reviews amid private-party fun. Halloween Time continues through Oct. 31 and the park is glowing beautifully with seasonal decor.
NEW ENTRANCE SIGNS AT PARKING STRUCTURE:
The entrance to Mickey & Friends Parking Structure is the latest to remove the "Celebrate Today!" theming of the previous marketing campaign. Colorful poles without Mickey balloons are now enveloped by a lavender swirl.
The previous Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure logo signs have been replaced with simply "Disneyland Resort."
Signs at the parking structure's tram-loading area still use the 2001 Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure logos.
SOUNDSATIONAL PASSHOLDER EVENT: TAKE 2!
The second of two Annual Passholder events to see Mickey's Soundsational Parade in a private-party atmosphere was held Oct. 17 and met with more positive feedback from many of the attendees — guest-response surveys have already been e-mailed to many of them. An estimated fewer than 5,000 passholders were allowed to attend each night's invitation-only gathering from 8 p.m.-midnight, after regular-operating hours ended at 8 p.m. Attendees were able to see the parade in an uncrowded fashion at night, and then examine the "parked" floats closeup for photo opportunities with many of the parade's characters and performers. Select attractions, shops and restaurants were also open in Main Street, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland for the VIP APs to experience popular rides with minimal or no wait.
HALLOWEEN TIME AT NIGHT:
Following the parade, an announcement was made that parade creators would hold a panel discussion at Tomorrowland Terrace. From left: Senior Show Director John Addis; the parade's art directors, Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney; and Steve Davison, vice president of parades and spectaculars. Davison was especially a fan favorite following all his spectacular creations, including World of Color.
The panelists also brought out models and art for some of the float pieces.
René Torrico (far left), 2011-2012 Disneyland co-ambassador, joins Steve Davison, Kevin Kidney, John Addis and Jody Daily in wearing Jody and Kevin's custom-designed Soundsational T-shirts. We think Disneyland should sell these at the park! They also generously stayed on Main Street for a couple hours to meet guests and provide more insight about this musically-driven parade.
Mickey and Minne strike up the band to start off Soundsational aboard their whimsical float. Attendees have ample space to watch the private show.
With much lower than usual crowds, event guests are able to experience more character interactions.
Beautiful lighting on many of the floats, like this one from "The Princess and the Frog," are not always visible when the parade runs in the daytime.
Many floats were brought back onto Main Street after the parade had finished for the chance to get a closer look and take photos with characters, performers and parade designers.
At the panel discussion, Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily revealed some of the parade's hidden characters, including Professor Owl from the animated short "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom."
Many attractions (like Star Tours) in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland were open and practically walk-ons.
A rare and beautiful sight: Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy had no lines during the event.
Disneyland is all aglow for Halloween Time, proving nighttime is one of the best times to visit the park.
As the sun sets, the Fab Five light up the entrance gates.
Mickey is masked for the season.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Exterior refurbishment to the Main Street Photo Supply Co. building is completed and it's picture-perfect again.
Glowing Halloween balloons of all colors are hot sellers. Carl Fredricksen would be proud.
Partners statue is surrounded by Disney-character jack-o-lanterns representing each land.
999 Happy Haunts have some Nightmare Before Christmas visitors through early January.
Spooky-faced pumpkins added to the horse-drawn hearse are a nice touch.
The seasonal Halloween Tree is such a magnificent addition to Frontierland.
Zocalo Park pays tribute to the Mexican holiday, Día De Los Muertos.
No, it's not lighting effects. The rocks in front of the recently refurbished Adventureland restrooms are now jade green.
Small streams of water trickle down the rocks.
Work lights illuminate Pirates of the Caribbean while both its inside and outside are being refurbished.
The sights and booming sounds of Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are even impressive from the ground.
This laser force-field to stop the space ghost from escaping is one of our favorite effects.
California Screamin' has relaunched after its lengthy refurbisment and drawing crowds again. Ever-continuing construction continues on Buena Vista Street and Cars Land.
Disneyland Resort's first looping coaster has reopened and (gladly) Neil Patrick Harris still voices the pre-launch spiel on California Screamin'.
Ready for a screamin' good time?
Thrill seekers are packing in for California Screamin' again.
This newly replaced section of track is throwing riders for a loop.
A temporary stage with lighting and speakers are set up for a private event.
The "Toy Story 3" action-figure box is still a popular photo spot.
BUENA VISTA STREET:
More scaffolding and installation of speakers and parade lights are the most noticeable additions in recent days of construction.
Scaffolding around the Buena Vista Street's future main-entrance shops are now visible from the esplanade ...
... and also visible once entering Disney California Adventure's entrance gates.
With the closure and construction of DCA's main-entrance shops, more pop-up merchandise stands have been added outside Fly 'n' Buy Souvenirs, across from Soarin' Over California.
DCA's PhotoPass services are located outside Fly 'n' Buy Souvenirs during Buena Vista Street construction.
More lampposts, parade lights and speakers have been installed near Carthay Circle Theatre.
Some posts have street lamps and parade lights.
Other posts support speakers and parade lighting.
These speakers are pretty big.
The silo and cement-base block to the left of the former Mission Tortilla Factory have been removed and replaced with red-brick flooring, which matches the area nicely.
No more "Maseca!" but you can rest here in a shaded spot until a new attraction-replacement arrives.
Watching "Cars" or "Cars 2" (to be released Nov. 1, 2011 on DVD/Blu-ray) will have to suffice while Cars Land construction continues.
Trees along Cars Land construction walls do a decent job in beautifying the area and partially blocking views of cranes, lights and scaffolding.Disneyland Hotel's major refurbishment makes great strides in recent weeks. A lot of progress has been made on the new E-Ticket Pool (former site of the Neverland Pool), while interior work on the main Fantasy Tower continues to transform it to a more retro-contemporary look.
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Cozy Cone Motel
Flo's V8 Café
Radiator Springs Courthouse has more scaffolding and roof work.
Rock work is slowly but surely progressing around the base of Radiator Springs Racers.
More trees have been added to the back end of Cadillac Mountain Range.
Entering Disneyland Hotel from Downtown Disney: Construction walls have been removed to the left (in front of Adventure Tower), so guests can now take a more direct path to the popular Trader Sam's Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace. Or, go straight to enter Fantasy Tower from its back entrance.
The removal of a long stretch of construction walls reveals a clear look into the major progress made on the E-Ticket Pool area.
Tiles around the jacuzzi are Mickey Mouse colored!
Inside the main Fantasy Tower, the entire length of the front desk is behind construction walls. Check-in now takes place on the opposite side of the room.
The repainted Fantasia Shop's main entrance still awaits signage.
The other entrance to Fantasia Shop has a sign in place.
More contemporary-style furniture fill lobby areas, while new walls await furnishings.
Victorian art meets Steampunk at new MUZEO exhibit
Take a journey back in time to Victorian England and discover how the Victorian Era has influenced the modern Neo-Victorian movement called Steampunk when MUZEO in Anaheim presents the world premieres of The Queen's Gallery, an exhibition of Victorian art and objects, and Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination, opening on Oct. 23. Guests on opening day will enjoy a Victorian and Steampunk fair-like atmosphere. Dickens, The Queen, a ribbon cutting, steampunk and Victorian characters, English tea and chocolate tastings are just a few of the treats in store 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
• THE QUEEN’S GALLERY — Oct. 23, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012
The Queen's Gallery is a comprehensive exhibition on loan from two of California’s most passionate and highly respected collectors, Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl. The exhibition brings together more than 60 paintings by leading artists of the Victorian Era and nearly 400 personal and decorative objects from the British Empire. From walking sticks and weapons to match safes and music boxes, from ivory sculptures and bronze statues to household necessities and fashion accessories, each of the objects offers a window into this significant period in history, and collectively delivers a rich mix of visual stimulation, narrative intrigue and social commentary.
“England in the 19th century was the engine of the world,” explains Dr. Knohl. “Their influence across the globe was monumental. We’ve created this exhibition to show what it was like to live in 19th century England, and feel what the average person living in England felt: how proud they were of their artists, how proud they were of their queen, and how proud they were of the influence England had on the world.”
The exhibit features masterpieces by prominent artists of the Victorian Era, including James Sant (official portrait artist to Queen Victoria), Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema (one of the most famous and prolific artists of this period), and William Powell Frith (a favorite of the Royal Family and a good friend of Charles Dickens). For information, visit www.TheQueensGallery.net
• STEAMPUNK: HISTORY BEYOND IMAGINATION — Oct. 23, 2011-Feb. 12, 2012
Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination examines the relationship between the fantastical worlds and concepts of Victorian "scientific romance" and the imaginative realities created by the inventors and scientists of that time and present day.
The exhibit highlights the connection between science fact and science fiction in the Victorian era while exploring the work of pioneers such as Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace and Nikola Tesla alongside the visionary fiction of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Visitors can explore a collection of replicas and artifacts, including concept art and original props (such as a full size Time Machine from the 1960 film of the same name), vintage books and comics, and a selection of art, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, photography and inventions. Interactive and informational displays will guide guests through various historical ‘what if” scenarios; learning while imagining “what might have been” had events and technology happened a little differently.
Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination was created by Aeronaut Productions, LLC, which is owned and operated by Peter Overstreet and Cat Taylor. The company is dedicated to the design and production of exciting, quality theatrical events and traveling exhibitions.
• MUZEO INFO
MUZEO is planning an array of special events and programs to accompany both exhibits. The Queen's Gallery activities include opening day event, a Britain Beer Fest, Victorian Holiday Faire, miniature war game re-enactments and opportunities to “Meet the Collector” with an up-close and personal conversation about the exhibition pieces.
Admission to MUZEO is $13 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under. 3 and under is free. Group tour discounts (for groups of 15 or more) and senior discounts are also available. Admission allows visitors access to both The Queen's Gallery in the main exhibition space and Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination, located in the adjacent Carnegie Building.
MUZEO is located in downtown Anaheim, at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. two miles from the Disneyland Resort. Validated parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets online go to www.muzeo.org or call (714) 956-8936.
Knott's Berry Farm has transformed into Knott's Scary Farm for its world-famous Halloween Haunt (they were the first to do a large-scale haunt event in a theme-park setting). Knott’s Halloween Haunt continues to be the leader in theme-park Halloween events offering a whopping 13 mazes, seven hair-raising shows, four horrific scare zones and 1,000 roaming monsters throughout the entire park.
• Dates: Oct. 19-23, 26-31. Hours are 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
• Tickets: Halloween Haunt is a special ticket event not covered by regular Knott’s Berry Farm admission or a Season Pass. Ticket prices are $34-$51 presale online and $57 day of event. Haunt tickets are available at Guest Relations, by phone at Knott’s Haunt Line (714) 220-5000 or online at http://haunt.knotts.com (service charges apply).
Pre-Scare Dinner offers Haunt ticket holders a buffet dinner, followed by early entry into Haunt a few minutes before it opens to the public. This VIP dinner is $24 including tax and gratuity (does not include Haunt event tickets). This special offer is available each night to Haunt ticket holders only with advance dinner reservations. For reservations, visit http://haunt.knotts.com or call (714) 220-5055. Walk-up buffet price is $28.
New for 2011: Fright Lane Pass (front-of-the-line pass) lets guests bypass the regular wait lines for all 13 mazes. Plus, one-time front-of-the-line access for each of the following rides: Xcelerator, GhostRider, Silver Bullet, Sierra Sidewinder, Supreme Scream and Boomerang. The cost of a Fright Lane Pass is extra, and guests still need to purchase Haunt admission tickets separately. Cost: $60 each (when buying 1-2 passes), $55 each (when buying 3-4 passes), $50 each (when buying 5 or more passes).
• 3 NEW MAZES:
In the deep recesses of the mind, on the clouded brink of insanity, lies the hellish wasteland of delirium; a place so gruesome that your imagination fails to comprehend the horrors. Illusion and paranoia are your only anchors to reality. Welcome to your worst nightmare!
Invasion Beneath (Calico Mine Train)
"LIVE FROM KNOTT’S BERRY FARM:" Details are sketchy but eyewitnesses report that the Calico Mine Ride has been invaded by creatures of unknown origin through a large fissure in the earth’s core. The creatures posses advanced weaponry and are extremely hostile. The military has just infiltrated the mountain to try and rescue the survivors and combat the violent attacks. Stay tuned.
ENDGAMES: Warriors of the Apocalypse
The world as we know it has ended. The survivors in this barren desert have scavenged to rebuild society. The rich and the powerful have turned all others into slaves for sport. Enter the post apocalyptic arena where gladiators are forced to battle to their deaths for entertainment. Are you game? ENDGAMES also features a live Webcam which can be seen at http://haunt.knotts.com
• RETURNING MAZES
Fallout Shelter (in 3D)
Locked in a cement grave for decades, hidden deep below the depths of the lake, an abandoned fallout shelter is crawling with human/genetic hybrids, toxic mutants, and a host of nuclear freaks all hungry for carnage. Grab your Geiger counters and put on your radiation suits, these residents are ravenous.
Sleepy Hollow (Log Ride)
Ghosts and ghouls, witches and goblins, long legged beasts and things that go bump in the night are all at your heels as you travel through Sleepy Hollow. Specters and phantoms and legends of long ago haunt the living. Can you outrun the Headless Horseman? Can you keep your wits, or will you lose your head as well?
Welcome to Pleasanton — Population: Zero. The highly infectious virus Z has turned the entire town into cannibal zombies and you’re this week’s special. Hordes of bloodthirsty corpses roam the small town in search of fresh meat. Help has arrived, but they are not on a rescue mission – they are here to wall off the entire town from civilization.
Lockdown: The Asylum
The inmates really are running the asylum in this nightmare prison, and insanity reigns supreme. The inmates are out of their cells and their minds. And don’t scream for help, this hostile takeover has the authorities running for cover!
Terror of London
Step back in time and into the fog-filled streets of London where a host of infamous characters are on the prowl terrorizing city dwellers. Step lively or you may fall victim to Jack the Ripper’s blade or Dr. Jekyll’s twisted experiments as Big Ben rings out. God save the Queen ... and you!
Día De Los Muertos
Venture into the forbidden jungle of El Chupacabra where sacrificial blood rains down from the sky. The screams of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, echo around you and the creatures of the night crawl from their crypts, the “Day of the Dead” has arrived!
Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre (3D)
Step right up! Don’t be shy! Welcome to Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre. Inside you will find a villainous variety of vaudevillian visages to vex even the most valiant voyeurs! It’s the greatest slaughter on earth with clown carnage galore!
Folk’s from near and far come a-runnin for Farmer Willy’s world famous BBQ! You can smell the sizzling meat from miles away. Farmer Willy will think you are prime beef as he sets out to auction you off to the highest bidder, tenderize you with his chainsaw, and grind you into a tasty meat treat. Bon Appétit!
The Doll Factory
A trip to the Doll Factory reveals a twisted museum of death and disfigurement as you are pursued by the Marionette Murderer, a psychotic killer who turns his beautiful victims into life-size porcelain dolls. 2011 will be the last year of this returning maze, so don't miss it.
It’s harvest time and the crop is you in Corn Stalkers. Plunge into rows and rows of rotting corn and try to evade the blood thirsty monstrosities seeking to impale you on their razor sharp scythes.
• SCARE ZONES
Gypsy Camp (New)
The backstreets of Ghost Town are shrouded by moonlit darkness, fearsome howl pierce the silence. In a blur of crimson teeth, werewolves stalk the encampment seeking revenge for an ancient gypsy curse.
A vampire world of flesh and machine, of gears and steam. Journey through the streets of this steam punk influenced city of the dead and discover the only truth in town: Blood is power.
With 39 years of the finest thrills and chills, Ghost Town is home to a whole cast of night stalkers including the notorious Sliders who lurk in every fog-filled corner. You can’t see your hand in front of face as you try and navigate the winding streets that may just lead to the graveyard!
The Boardwalk has taken an evil turn as gruesome carnival characters perform their bizarre side-shows and evil clowns show their true colors.
In the Ghoul Time Theatre, Ed Alonzo offers up his Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem. This self-proclaimed Misfit of Magic brings slight-of-hand, slight-of-mouth and slight of mind to this insane, psycho-sensory production.
The Wagon Camp will see the return of Putz’ Prank Party. Nobody performs prop comedy like Marty Putz does. This show is a serious dose of crazy, zany, frenzied comedy. Over the top funny! Can you say, “Chubby Bunny”?
At Necropolis Theatre guests can watch the ghoulishly great performance of Street Drum Corps presents Blood Drums show. This high-energy drumming quartet is known for their unique blend of amazing percussion skills with ordinary found objects.
Knott’s historic Birdcage Theatre will be the location of a brand new show that takes a look at Haunt past. Haunt Wonders of Technology is a tongue-in-cheek, comedy and special effects show that will spotlight some favorite mechanical and automated friends from past Halloween Haunts.
In the Boardwalk Ballroom, Zamora’s Sideshow of the Horrors returns. Zamora, the King of Torture, amazes audiences with his mind blowing, invasive, self-inflicted pain and torture.
The new Gypsy Camp area will present Cursed featuring the magical and hypnotic powers of the Gypsy dancers.
And of course, no Haunt would be complete without the legendary Hanging in Calico Square. This year’s Hanging "Cowboys & Aliens and Superheroes Oh My!" finds the good citizens of Calico and the Lawman trying to rid the town of the evil that has invaded it.
• KNOTT’S CAMP SNOOPY: Halloween fun for kids
Knott’s invites kids to dress up in your Halloween costumes and come to Snoopy’s Costume Party in Camp Spooky. This daytime, non-scare celebration includes shows, activities and trick-or-treating all geared for kids ages 3-11.
Kids can take part in the Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade and show off their costume as they join the friendliest group of monsters, and the Peanuts characters, in a spirited procession through Camp Spooky.
In the Camp Spooky Theatre the Peanuts Halloween Spooktacular will have you singing and dancing in the aisles to all your favorite Halloween tunes. And for those a little more adventurous, a walk through the Haunted Harvest Maze will take you through a cornfield of mischievous scarecrows and The Great Pumpkin Hay Bale Maze will have you joining Linus as he awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.
Kids won’t want to leave before making a stop at the Camp Spooky Craft Depot where they can make some Halloween creations of their very own, and the Creepy Crawly Critter Cave where Knott’s park naturalist will amaze them with her slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters.
• Dates and Hours: Snoopy’s Costume Party runs weekends through Oct. 30 and is included with regular park admission. Knott’s Berry Farm's regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS:Universal Studios Hollywood has unleashed "What Fear Fears Most" for Halloween Horror Nights through Oct. 31 from Thursdays to Sundays, plus Halloween's Monday night.
• Dates: Oct. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
• Hours: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thursday & Sunday. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday, Saturday & Monday.
• Tickets: www.universalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn
Beside General Admission tickets for this special event (Season Passes not valid), a Front-of-Line Pass option enables guests to enjoy one-time priority entry at each maze and theme park attraction. A VIP Experience is also available, and it includes all-night access to a private lounge for food and drinks, a guided and private tram tour with an on-foot, walk-through of an exclusive backlot area, and unlimited front-of-the-line access to mazes and the Bill & Ted show. Advance purchase for all tickets is recommended as event nights will sell out.
Six mazes bring together star power to create the definitive Hollywood horror "dream team" and craft the ultimate "live" Halloween nightmare. The team, headed by Creative Director John Murdy, includes an encore performance by multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker, Rob Zombie, whose nightmarish 3D world of carnage and chaos, Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision returns.
Legendary rocker Alice Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, will spin a new collection of disturbing horror imagery in the outrageous new maze, Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare.
Director, writer, producer and actor Eli Roth will bring his twisted movie to life in the spine-chilling new maze, Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season, which will feature props cast from Roth's personal collection of original "Hostel" movie props.
In the new maze, La Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas ("the weeping woman: Village of Lost Souls"), actor and director Diego Luna, will help re-imagine the fearful legend of melancholy and murder that he was told as a child and has terrified Mexican and Latin American children for generations.
Working in collaboration with the filmmakers and featuring props cast from the original molds used in Universal Pictures' upcoming thriller, The Thing: Assimilation maze will offer guests an unprecedented virtual three-dimensional sneak peek of the movie in advance of Oct. 14 release.
The Wolfman: The Curse of Talbot Hall, inspired by the Academy Award-winning Universal Pictures film, will round out the six new "Halloween Horror Nights" horror mazes.
A frightening new backlot experience, Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life, based on the latest installment of Wes Craven's "Scream" film series, will unleash the iconic "Ghostface Killer" on Universal's famed backlot as guests get the chance to walk through backlot areas like Bates Motel, the Psycho house, and "War of the Worlds" (2005) airplane crash scene.
Several scare zones and the popular Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure comedy/music show will add to the nightmare.
Three of the theme park's attractions will also remain open for Halloween Horror Nights: Jurassic Park In the Dark, The Simpsons Ride, and Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride.
FRIGHT FEST:Fright Fest 2011 at Six Flags Magic Mountain offers thrills by day, and fright by night. New mazes, scare zones, shows, and extended park hours await you and your friends.
You can enjoy the Halloween atmosphere without paying extra, but access to the mazes is just an additional $10 ($8 for Season Passholders or if you purchase in advance online) in addition to park admission. Fright Fest Starts at 7 p.m. so there is plenty of time during the day to see your favorite attractions in the park before going into haunt mode. Below is a full listing of Fearful Frights:
• MAZES:NEW! Chupacabra
Come face to face with this elusive blood-thirsty creature as it terrorizes a local Dia de los Muertos festival.
NEW! The Aftermath
Enter a post apocalyptic city where nomad warriors rule with bone-crushing iron fists and the dead stalk the living.
Jokester’s Hideout 3D
Sneak through an all black light hideout and catch a 3D peek of what funny project the Jokester and his crew are working on.
Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion
Eerie twists await you at the Granddaddy of all mazes….there’s hair raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long twisting hallways.
Step on these deadly docks and enter a family run business specializing in tasty human treats.
The ultimate test of bravery is at the toxic warehouse where employees are less than happy about seeing visitors. Be forewarned, work is mandatory and escape impossible.
The sexy and sinister are out for a BITE in this recently uncovered nest of the undead. Will you be the one bitten?
• MONSTERTAINMENT (Streetmosphere)
NEW! Nightmares – A Twisted Tale
The evil nightmare has never been so edgy as your favorite bedtime stories take on a new and twisted tale.
New! Dr. Fright’s CarnEvil
Join the haunted party with zombie performers, hit songs and red-hot choreography starring the murderous Dr. Fright. The most wicked dance in the west is only recommended for the strong of heart.
New! Off With Your Head
Ghoul Rock has gone pop! Dead or alive, this music spectacular is sure to entertain.
Prepare yourself for a mystical, edge-of-your-seat, comical stage show.
NEW! Gypsy Hollow
A horrible battle between the nomadic gypsies and the local townspeople has continued for years. Visit the one area in the park where there’s always a full moon and werewolves are rumored to hunt for blood.
NEW! The Wastelands
In the darkest wastelands, an ancient beast stalks the night, worshiped by barbarian humanoids and feared by the modern world. Many have entered the darkness, none have returned. Enter the world known as The Wastelands if you dare.
City Under Seige
The insane and unruly run rampant in the streets of DC Universe. Prepare to feel really uncomfortable with these comic-like characters running amuck.
The dead have risen and are looking for new souls to take on this dark and sinister hill that surrounds Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion.
These nomadic hillbillies enter the California area every Halloween. No one knows where they come from or where they go once the holiday’s over. All that’s known is that they’re the most gruesome creatures ever seen by man. A family of demonic, backwards folks hunting the area for human skin.
• Spine-Chilling Adventures (Enhanced attractions)
Foggy Nights (New!)
One of Gotham’s most notorious villains has released fear toxin into the night air at Batman The Ride.
Face your fears and experience the world’s greatest thrills, with the lights off! Tatsu, Apocalypse, Viper, The Riddler’s Revenge, and Goliath will all run without track lights, bringing a new dimension to nighttime thrills.
X2: Area 19
Get launched into an extreme high speed, heart-pounding journey through an abandoned facility captured by aliens on the re-themed X2.
Pulsating sounds and driving bass rock the craziest bumper cars into a totally new and extreme driving experience.
SeaWorld San Diego's kid-friendly and not-so-scary Halloween Spooktacular takes place through Oct. 30 only on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (On Oct. 31, the park will remain decorated and visitors can enjoy "Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure" show and the "Pirates 4-D" movie.) Halloween activities are included with park admission.
Kids are encouraged to come in costume and use their Spooktacular maps to trick or treat among 11 sea-themed stations. Candy and healthy treats will be provided.
Connect With Animals:
Meet a variety of spooky and not-so-spooky animals at Animal Connections near Seaport Marketplace. Trainers will be on hand to dispel myths about animals and why they are misunderstood.
• Countdown to Halloween, at Sesame Street’s Bay of Play musical stage, features Count Von Count, Elmo and friends. Kids can also capture photos of their favorite Sesame character and enjoy interactive games.
• Pirates 4-D, a wacky film adventure about a pirate captain (played by Leslie Nielsen) and his bumbling crew at the park’s Mission Bay Theater.
• Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure, at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium, is a new specially-themed show with a blast to the past. If you remembered the show back in the 1980s, then you’ll want to revisit sea lions Clyde and Seamore and their buddy O.P. Otter for all the kooky fun as they are mysteriously transported back to Uncle Smedley’s Castle.
Main Gate Entertainment:
Guests will be treated to an Octopus Candy Garden with brightly colored tentacles and candy treats; photo ops with Sesame Street characters; and SeaWorld costume characters also will be on hand to get everyone into the Halloween spirit.
• New for 2011: The Search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure, adjacent to Cirque Stadium, is an island-themed outdoor adventure that leads visitors through various obstacles to Captain Lucky’s treasure, where Halloween enthusiasts receive a special Pirate eye-patch giveaway.
• Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch, in front of Seaport Marketplace, offers festive fun, including posing for photos among a decorative pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting and meeting Pumpkin Princess and her bouncing stilt-walker court.
• Along the sea-inspired pathways, guests will encounter a variety of fun-loving characters like the new Jay Minnow show host, who will interview guests around the park.
BRICK-OR-TREAT PARTY NIGHTS:
LEGOLAND California is holding Brick-or-Treat Party Nights each Saturday in October from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
• Free with Admission: Halloween activities are included with paid 1-day admission or a Membership Plus Pass.
• $25 Party Nights Hopper Tickets: For those who only want to arrive for the evening activities, this ticket is valid for same day admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Brick-or-Treat Party Nights.
• Brick-or-Treat Hopper Plus 2nd Day Free: This ticket offer includes a full-day hopper ticket to both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. First and second visits are only valid between 10/1/2011 and 12/25/11.
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, a Brick-Or-Treat Trail offers candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. Saturday: Noon-5 p.m., Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.
Several areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, and the Imagination Zone, along specific rides, like Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook.
A host of characters will entertain guests, including:
• Hubble Bubble, Zany Zelda host a dance party with special guests the BoogieMonSTARS.
• Brickzini the Magnificant fortune teller, Count Brickula, Jester Funny Bones, and Zac the Zombie, along with jugglers, unicyclists, and stilt walkers in the Castle Hill area.
• Wandering werewolf Howlin’ Howlin will hold “Howler of the Hour” contests for kids 12 and under.
LEGO Brick-o-Lantern contest:
Kids can take part in pumpkin-building contests by using orange, yellow and green LEGO bricks.
LEGO Candy Corn Scavenger Hunt:
Make your best guess on the number of LEGO Candy Corns hidden throughout the Haunted Hideaways for a chance to win return tickets to LEGOLAND and LEGO toy products. One scavenger-hunt winner will be selected each weekend of Brick-or-Treat.
A display of fireworks will end Brick-or-Treat Party Nights every Saturday in October at 9 p.m.
Prizes will be given for the Best Star Wars, Most LEGO Themed and Most Creative costume. Winners in each category will receive a 4-pack LEGOLAND California Resort Membership Passes and a gift basket. Second and third-place runners up in each category will receive LEGOLAND California tickets and toy product.
• Mail Order Monsters show returns to the Courtyard Theatre. Princess Playwright has ordered some delightfully scary monsters for the Brick-or-Treat celebration but the mischievous Jester Funny Bones conjured up a spell to make the monsters as sweet as candy. Guests have to help the Princess retrain her monsters — and break the spell — all in time for the big Halloween celebration.
• Spirits-of-Brick or Treat light show shines on the Castle rooftop. It's inspired by new entertainment acts, including Anthony the Magic, Dr. Hyde’s percussion cart, Splash Art, Tap Dancing Skeletons, and Professor Weasley who will wow you with the wacky and eerie sounding Thereminophone.
SEA LIFE Aquarium:
SEA LIFE Aquarium, located next door to LEGOLAND, will feature a bonus Brick-or-Treat station. You’ll find not-too-spooky décor in the aquarium, along with treats while learning about the "monsters" of the deep every Saturday and Sunday in October.
Haunted Attraction at the Queen Mary
According to legend, Dark Harbor is a haunted community populated by the souls ripped from the earth by "Bundara" – the all-powerful sadistic She-demon who controls the sea and the land. This year she is joined by her sisters (Searer and Mattenoot) and their hatchet men, the Barkers. ALL of Dark Harbor’s monsters take great joy in taunting and tormenting the mere mortals – their guests – who dare to wander into the dominion of Dark Harbor.
The Dark Harbor haunt is made up of 5 separate mazes and two central scare zones. Guests enter the event on land, in the parking lot area, through a series of fog shrouded shipping crates. Once inside, you can visit either Hellfire, Submerged or Containment on the ship, or Village of the Damned and The Cage on land.
The general admission tickets are anywhere from $24-$34 and the front of the line add-on (which we highly recommend on the weekends) ranges from $20-$30. It is a good idea to visit the Queen Mary website and take a look at the wide range of options available for the event. There are packages available that include dinners, front of the line access or souvenir t-shirts. CHECK OUT PRICES HERE
Sinister Pointe, an independent haunted attraction and Halloween production studio in Orange County, will bring its latest creation to 195 Arovista Circle, Brea, CA 92821. Over the years, the Sinister Pointe team has helped create the haunted attractions for areas such as Anaheim Hills Center, Irvine Spectrum Center, The Block at Orange, and 2010 Queen Mary's Dark Harbor.
Dates: Thursdays to Sundays through Oct. 31, with one Wednesday date (Oct. 26) and Halloween Monday (Oct. 31).
Sunday to Thursday: 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Fridays and Saturday: 7 p.m.-midnight
All Night Pass: $28
General Scream Pass (front of the line): $23
All Night Scream Pass (front of the line): $33
THE SCREAM ZONE:
The Scream Zone at the San Diego County Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA) is San Diego County's largest haunted attraction. It features three haunt zones in one location: House of Horror with rooms filled with terrifying scenes and scares lurking at every turn, a Haunted Hayride through the haunted barns on the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's race track, and The Chamber with the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego.
Entrance and Parking:
Free in the designated Scream Zone parking lot. Enter the San Diego County Fairgrounds at the Solana Gate, which is on the south side of Via de la Valle (between the Coast Highway and Jimmy Durante Blvd.)
• Every night, Oct. 20-31
Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m.-midnight
Other days: 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
• Triple (Combo) Haunt: House of Horror, Haunted Hayride and The Chamber - $27.99
• Double Haunt: The Chamber plus House of Horror or Haunted Hayride — $18.99
• Single Haunt: House of Horror or Haunted Hayride — $14.99
Get front-of-the-line privileges by purchasing an additional $10 Fast Track for the House, or an extra $10 Fast Track for the Hayride.
There is no cost to enter The Scream Zone complex. Parents who are not touring one of the attactions can have something to eat or drink while waiting for their kids. No refunds or exchanges.
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