Well, Halloween Time is nearing its end, and we are left with what seems to be just "another" Halloween Time. The reason I say this is that is because nothing feels new. While there was an interesting way to kick it off with the Friday the 13th party, it was obviously not a greatly executed idea. Not only that, but DCA was left out of the mix, despite Tower of Terror being promoted as one of its offerings. How about trying something new now? Here are my ideas:
Main Street U.S.A.
-The Main Street Vehicles receive a new kind of transport while the horse trolley takes a rest. A new Hayride vehicle takes guests through the decked-out land.
-As the sun sets, the Fab Five come out to eerie music, showing off their Halloween décor.
-A new parade debuts: Parade of Screams. This "spooktacular" celebration highlights some of Disney's finest baddies, as well as some classics (i.e. Skeleton Dance), ending with the giant Chernabog.
-Two words: HALLOWEEN SCREAMS.
-The Jungle Cruise goes through a Halloween transformation to become "Jungle Escape". Guests come along for the usual cruise, but find that danger is actually lurking in the jungle. And it's not that crate labeled "DANGER!" Guests are whisked away to find that a safari has gone missing, and they are off to find them. But it may seem that there is more to fear than just the animals themselves. This transformation takes place any time of day, but is most effective after sunset. New effects include fire, smoke, and geysers of water, as guests end up in the middle of a near-apocalyptic encounter with unnatural forces in the jungle.
New Orleans Square
-Not much here, except for one: the Haunted Mansion remains in its original state to be promoted as the "classic" it truly is. The original is the real haunt, not Jack Skellington. For Xmas? Go nuts. For Halloween though? Let's ride the original.
-The Fastpass at Haunted Mansion is taken out completely and replaced with a new meet and greet for Jack Skellington and Sally. A new character is also added into the mix: Oogie Boogie (after his appearance at DHS, I thought "Why not?"). This character location goes through the length of Christmastime, and in the off-season, is used as a quiet corner to get away from the crowds.
-Long ago, miners were caved in in one of the mountain's mines. One of these miners was actually a young inventor, who had built a machine just in case these kinds of incidents would happen. Within three days time, the miners found their way out. But the celebration did not last long as an earthquake swallowed up the young inventor and his machine. The miners tried to search for him for days, but had no luck. As his ghostly spirit claims that no one tried to save him from death, he now haunts the mountain, seeing that those who enter the mountain never escape, in the "Curse of Big Thunder Mountain". New effects in Big Thunder create a more ghostly atmosphere, and bring a new storyline for the season into the mix.
-As a seasonal overlay, Mickey and the Magical Map becomes Mickey and the Maniacal Map (or whatever adjective fits). It seems that this time, the villains have taken over the four points of the map, and plan to escape into the outside world. Mickey must do everything to keep them from doing so. This musical revue features numbers from Ursula, Dr. Facilier, Yzma and Kronk (sorry, the fanboy in me needed to say that), Scar, and the final showdown between Mickey and Maleficent, who brought Chernabog along (though not as grand as Fantasmic!). Good does triumph over evil, but they swear to come back at him when he least expects it (in reference to F!).
-Ghost Galaxyis probably the closest thing to Halloween that Tomorrowland will ever see. That being said, the preshow is changed from a simple spiel to an urging transmission from other explorers of the recent cosmic phenomena. Seems simple to plus an already popular overlay. Plus, is it just me, or do the projections seem a little aged already?
-Halloween decorations. That is all.
-People of Buena Vista are decked out for the season, and even have a few stories to share with the guests.
-Aladdin takes a short break, and Nightmare Before Xmas receives its first on-stage production as it tells the story of JAck taking over the Xmas holidays.
-Tower of Terror is always promoted as a part of Halloween Time, but never has anything new to it. At night, "ghosts" of hotel guests walk around warning those who enter to turn back. This biggest draw, however, is a new projection show that is added to the exterior, and is played two to three times every night. Here is the reference from the grand opening of ToT in PAris:
-Large pumpkins and candy corn galore!
-Overlays similar to Xmas time, with Halloween themes
-Grizzly River Run at night is open to those who dare to trek its murky waters. The Grizzly River Rush is set in a pitch black environment, with raised water levels, increasing the chance of a good soaking in the later hours. Nothing really scary here, but is more of the "daredevil" kind of thrill for Halloween.
-Toy Story Midway Madnessis a Halloween-ized version of the popular attraction that adds new games and a new look to the attraction, including a decked out Mr. Potato Head.
-California Screamin’ may or may not have this ability, but what if it went BACKWARDS for the Halloween season?
-A World of Color Halloween show is created, dubbed "A Night of Fright" and celebrates not just the villains of Disney storytelling, but just the mere excitement of the season too.
Well? Any thoughts? Happy Halloween everyone!