“Candy Corn Acres,” featuring a candy “crop” that only Goofy could grow, is one of the new additions to Disney’s HalloweenTime at Disneyland Resort starting today and running through Oct. 31. The candy corn farm has taken root in Sunshine Plaza in Disney’s California Adventure and features more than 6,000 pieces of decorative candy. The candy corn “fruits and vegetables” growing on stalks, trees and vines include pumpkins, grapes, coconuts and, yes, corn.
Following up on the success of its inaugural season last year, Disney’s HalloweenTime at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure features a lively mix of Disney characters in seasonal costumes, whimsical décor, decked-out attractions, themed shows and tasty treats designed with the whole family in mind. In Disneyland, Disney’s HalloweenTime also marks the return of a Halloween tradition: the transformation of the Haunted Mansion into “Haunted Mansion Holiday.”
Disney’s HalloweenTime at the Resort is part of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration at Disney Parks and offers parents and children lots of not-so-scary fun in addition to the parks’ many popular attractions.
The fun begins outside the parks’ entrances. Jack-o’-lantern creations resembling Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy adorn the top of the Main Entrance to Disneyland. Across the Esplanade, at the entrance to Disney’s California Adventure park, the iconic 11-foot-tall CALIFORNIA letters are transformed into giant pieces of candy corn.
In addition to the “fruit” of Goofy’s labor on view in the new Candy Corn Acres, Disney’s HalloweenTime personality Jimmy C. Corn will host games and activities in the area. Disney’s California Adventure also celebrates Disney’s HalloweenTime with spooky seasonal theming on the grounds of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, the site of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. And the park’s Golden Dreams Theater will become the “Golden Screams Theater” and roll out the black carpet to present the “Golden Screams Awards Ceremony,” where the audience screams for their favorite foe to determine which Disney Villain will receive the coveted “Chernie” award for “Best Scream.”
Also presented at Disney’s California Adventure is a separate-ticket nighttime event after the park has closed to day guests. Mickey’s HalloweenTreat gives kids and their families the opportunity to dress in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Disney’s California Adventure. This year’s Mickey’s HalloweenTreat will offer tricksters of all ages more treat locations along with fun character encounters and an all-new “Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat in the Street” nightly cavalcade, plus interactive games and spirited music. Older kids and parents will want to experience the heart-dropping Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
This year, additional nights have been scheduled for Mickey’s HalloweenTreat: Thursdays and Fridays beginning Oct. 4 plus Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31. Tickets to this special event may be purchased online at www.disneyland.com/mhtm.
At Disneyland, Main Street, U.S.A., is decked out for the Main Street Pumpkin Festival. Guests are greeted there by Constable Jack O’Leary and Miss Cobbler, who has been selected as this year’s Miss Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 jack-o’-lanterns peek out of shop windows, while festive orange and yellow bunting graces the quaint Victorian buildings. The whimsical 12-foot tall Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern, complete with pumpkin ears, highlights Town Square, smiling at guests as they enter Main Street and giving them a playful wink when they depart.
The Central Plaza of Disneyland, near Sleeping Beauty Castle, is specially decorated with Disney character-inspired jack-o’-lanterns surrounding the famous “Partners” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Additionally, the Disney characters themselves get into the “spirit” of the occasion, wearing their favorite Halloween costumes, while meeting and greeting guests.
“Woody’s Halloween Roundup” has taken over Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. The Roundup fun includes a visit with the animals in the “Petting Boo,” crafts and musical activities including a Halloween Hoedown and a spooky interactive sing-along version of “Old McDonald Had a Farm” featuring black cats, ghosts and werewolves. Woody, Jessie and Bullseye from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story movies appear throughout the day on stage in comic adventure tales hosted by a guitar playing, storytelling cowboy. The Roundup also features an array of tasty treats to satisfy the most monstrous of appetites, including cotton candy in Halloween colors and Creepy Cookie Critters that guests create themselves.
Meanwhile, the traditional Mexican “Dia de los Muertos” is being observed in Zocalo Park in Frontierland Sept. 29 through Nov. 2 with banners, lanterns, floral displays, mariachi music, face painting and the “calaca” skeleton figures that characterize the celebration.
Throughout the Disneyland Resort during Disney’s HalloweenTime, families can enjoy unique Halloween-themed food items including Zero’s Ghostly Ghoulash, a favorite of Jack Skellington’s pet in Haunted Mansion Holiday, and merchandise including Disney costumes, collectible pins and coins, and a special set of Halloween-themed Mickey Mouse ears resembling a Mickey jack-o’-lantern.
And no Halloween celebration at Disneyland would be complete without the return of Jack Skellington and his friends to transform the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square into the popular seasonal Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by the innovative animated film Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Haunted Mansion Holiday depicts the holiday mayhem that occurs when Halloween and Christmas traditions collide.
Disney’s HalloweenTime is presented throughout the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 21 – Oct. 31, 2007 as part of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration at the Resort. Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney's California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three guest-welcoming hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 988-room Disneyland Hotel and the "day-at-the-beach" fun of the 489-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. For information on new attractions, the Year of a Million Dreams celebration and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call (866) 60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.
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10-01-2007, 01:49 PM #1
A Family-friendly Halloween Tradition Returns