Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition - Halloween Arrives at Disneyland

By Daisy Sparks

The Halloween season has officially arrived at the Disneyland resort and contributing writer Daisy Sparks takes us on another one of her famous photo tours around the park! We'll see how the HUB and Big Thunder Ranch have added their festive Fall decorations, check out the Haunted Mansion with its seasonal Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, see the Fall food offerings and so much more! It's one of the best times to be at Disneyland and we're going to travel there today in this edition of Disney Avenue's Walk in the Park...

It looks like the fall decor has taken over the Main Entrance and Main Street.

Our favorite Disneyland friends have donned their favorite Halloween costumes to meet and greet guests.

The HUB has these really fun themed pumpkins with Disney characters that compliment the different lands found at Disneyland.

Sleeping Beauty Castle is still adorned with diamonds for the 60th Celebration. The other day, Disney Parks Blog announced that the Castle will remain dressed in its Diamond Celebration through the winter holidays, too. Hey, you only turn 60 once, right?

Over at Frontierland, we see that the Halloween Tree has returned.

There is also an area set up to celebrate the Dia de los Muertos Celebration. It is very colorful and interesting if you are not familiar with this celebration.

For the final time, before it permanently closes in January, Big Thunder Ranch is decorated in Fall decor. It’s a fun and quiet place to visit and get some fun seasonal photos.

The Nightmare Before Christmas has officially overtaken the Haunted Mansion. It is a huge fan favorite as evidence of the lines. The Haunted Mansion Fastpass is only available when the attraction presents itself with the Nightmare overlay since the demand is so big.

The one thing that people look forward to is the gingerbread house seen in the ballroom scene. Every year, the culinary team creates a real gingerbread centerpiece for the dinning room table. There has been a different gingerbread design since 2001.


It also looks like the Hatbox Ghost (some call him Hattie) also received some holiday decor. The photo is hard to take but I don’t think Hattie is keen on wearing the stocking cap. On his hat, is a spider web made to look like a holly sprig, only in Hatbox Ghost style.

Have a look at this years complete Haunted Mansion Holiday below...

Looks like Oogie Boogie has made an appearance at the popcorn cart that sits just outside the Haunted Mansion.

There is a ton of seasonal food offerings. Check out this post and see all the magical choices. The most popular item that has been much talked about and sought after is this Poison Apple plastic mug.

On a final note, since it’s re-release last month at the D23 Expo, the Little Golden Book, “Walt Disney’s Little Man of Disneyland” has received much attention.

“In 1955, several Little Golden Books spun stories around Walt’s latest dream-come-true, Disneyland. The most fantastical of these was Little Man of Disneyland, the charming story of Patrick, a leprechaun who lives in a tiny, half-hidden house at the roots of an Anaheim orange tree—until one day Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy (and Pluto too) turn up.”  
Source D23 

So if and when you visit Disneyland, make sure to go see if Patrick is home. Happy Fall everyone!



Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her "college job" led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 

Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy's Duck's help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland's Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it "the happiest place on earth."

You can read more about Daisy's Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy's articles here.

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