Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mickey's Halloween Party: Haunted Mansion Holiday

A trip to Disneyland during October wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Haunted Mansion. During the Fall/Winter season, the Mansion is taken over by Tim Burton's characters from "Nightmare Before Christmas."

Faux carved pumpkins are added to the berm above the Mansion:

Inside the elevator, all of the stretch portraits are replaced by framed stained glass ovals, such as this one of the Haunted Mansion:

and one of a Christmas tree:

visions of Sugar Plums?

Not quite…looks more like snakes to me.

Nobody creates crazy like Tim Burton:

The video effects in the roof of the elevator are fairly convincing.

Jack and his ghostly dog Zero make an appearance:

Even the hangman goes digital:

I finally have fairly decent animated gifs for all of the changing portraits in the hallway outside the elevators:

Can you spot Zero in a few of these as he flies across the canvas?

The black light cutouts really photograph well, unlike so much of the dimly lit Mansion. One of these days I'll have to get an animated gif of the Mayor changing faces.

The spider that looms overhead as your Doom Buggy takes you through the attraction.

A collection of bones for Zero:

Leota floats overhead during the Halloween season, surrounded by a collection of glowing ornaments:

That durn railing gets in the way of decent Ballroom photos.

Wouldn't you love to be able to walk around in the Ballroom and see all the details up close?

The attic also has plenty of details to see:

If you've ever wondered if this list changes from year to year…

the answer is "yes." Here it is in 2012:

But from 2003 to 2012, the list looks pretty much the same:

A portrait of Jack as Santa as you exit the attic:

A view of the graveyard as your Doom Buggy goes down the hill in reverse:

This little gremlin replaces the raven throughout the attraction:

Zero and Jack outside the gates to the graveyard:

This area is a lot of fun, but fairly loud with a lot going on.

It just doesn't seem to have the harmony of the original Haunted Mansion where the music, the characters, and the effects seem to all work together to create a narrative that flows effortlessly.

The little gremlin again, barely visible at left:

Be sure to click on this one; I created a wide panorama of the Oogie Boogie wheel of fortune:

Wow…that's a lot of photos. Are you ready for Pirates next?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mickey's Halloween Party: The Cadaver Dans

Once finished with the Dark Rides (long lines prevented us from going on Mr. Toad and Peter Pan), we took the path that cuts through to Frontierland. The lighting here is incredible and makes this somewhat ordinary tree-lined path EXTRAORDINARY.

A few different colored-lights make this area pure visual magic.

A skull and crossbones is projected onto Big Thunder Mountain.

The Horseshoe is not immune to the Halloween theming.

Although hard to capture with a photo, the Rivers of America benefits the most from the Halloween atmosphere. Between the fog pumped over the water and the special lighting, it's easy to get into the mood of the season.

The Columbia has an eerie green glow. Halloween theming or the result of too many sugary snacks?

Finally, the moment I'd looked forward to the most had begun: the arrival of the Cadaver Dans!

Floating on a raft, surrounded by fog, the quartet (with a sinister-looking driver) drew a crowd with their four-part harmonies.

I could have listened to them all night.

NEXT UP: Haunted Mansion Holiday!

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