Saturday, October 03, 2009
Went to the park on opening day for the Halloween decor. Even Tilly at the Main Street Cinema was getting into the “spirit” of things:
Although the crowds were a little crazy, it was still a very fun day. First up had to be the Ghost Galaxy overlay for Space Mountain; I knew the lines would be long, and when we got to the queue, we weren’t disappointed! One hour later, we were sitting in the front car.
The new music, lighting, and effects were fun; didn’t really blow me away, but it was fun and a nice change. Once we got off the attraction though, we both agreed a fast pass for a second ride really wasn't necessary. Onto bigger and better things...like breakfast at the Carnation Cafe! Dig those apple pancakes—yum! As mentioned in an earlier post, meeting Oscar Martinez was a real treat. Sitting in the former spot of the Flower Market gave us an opportunity to spot the Halloween decor throughout Main Street.
The Haunted Mansion with the Nightmare Before Christmas was the next goal, but naturally stops at Indiana Jones & Pirates of the Caribbean were necessary! Naturally, like the fools that we are, we had to look into the eyes of the idol!
On Pirates, all of my favorite characters seemed to be doing just fine:
Halloween was subtly apparent even in the shops of New Orleans Square:
Once we got to the Mansion, the line looked horrendous. With an impending lunch (because it’s all about the food!) at the Blue Bayou, we decided to hold off on Jack Skellington until later. The Jungle Cruise worked out as a very nice alternative and as usual, the guide did a mighty fine job.
I always get a kick out of the Dia de los Muertos decor in Frontierland; I don’t know jack about the celebration, but I do know that I love the creepy iconography!
This was also the first time that I’d noticed the Ray Bradbury Frontierland tree in front of the old Pendleton Shop:
It looks way cooler at night though:
Time to head to the Blue Bayou and lapse into a Monte Cristo induced food coma:
Finally made it to The Mansion and even though the line was still crazy, it moved very quickly. We were seeing Jack, Sally, and the Gang in no time at all. In fact, Jack & Sally were there “live” and in person, greeting the guests nearby.
I’ll pick this one up later with another post. Already plenty to digest here!
See more Disneyland Halloween photos at my website.