Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition - Halloween "Tree-T" & Enchanted Window

By Daisy Sparks

It's Thursday and that can only mean one's time for a new Walk in the Park article, of course! Disneyland is all about the details. It’s one of things that sets it apart from other theme parks. The Halloween "Tree-T" and the new Enchanted Window are two such examples of how much work goes into creating even the smallest of attractions. In this week's Walk in the Park article, let's visit the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and see the Halloween "Tree-T" and then have a look at a new Enchanted Window along Main Street, USA. Ready to go? Let's get right to it...

The Halloween "Tree-T", placed in the middle of the Grand Californian Hotel's beautiful lobby, is a wonderful seasonal element to see.

Below we see some of the stats and fun facts about the tree. It also gives off a very sweet fragrance as a result of all the sugar that it is made of.

There are several pieces placed around the tree that you might recognize from the Disney movies that they appear in. Can you guess where these elements are from?

There are also some hidden Mickey’s placed all around the tree. Some are easier to find than others.

Here are a couple photos of all the details that make up the Halloween “Tree-T”.

There are really some talented artists and bakers (a.k.a. magicians) who assembled this seasonal tree. I also love how it compliments the theme and aesthetic of the Grand Californian. Even the cage they built around it has a similar shape that coordinates with the architecture and decor of the lobby.

Over at Disneyland, another Enchanted Window was revealed on Main Street, USA. Featuring your favorite Toy Story characters, the scene starts with Andy playing with Woody and Buzz while the other toys stand still. When Andy leaves, all the toys come to life. See for yourself...

All the Enchanted Windows (Peter Pan, Cinderella, Princess & the Frog) have two scenes that play out while you gaze at the window. It’s been really fun to see what they’ve come up with and how each scene transitions to the next. The details in the Toy Story window are exactly like what you see in the movie. They must have had fun drawing on the cardboard boxes...

There are still two more windows that remain behind a curtain.

Judging from the signs above, a Frozen window is in the works. The “reveal” is usually pretty low key so we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ll share photos of those windows after they have been revealed.

Happy October 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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