It’s Halloween Time in Southern California

On the last day of summer Hispanic Lifestyle jumped right into the fall season with a very special visit to the Disney parks in Southern California.  In this segment we spoke with Susana Tubert Creative Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment about special attractions offered at Disney’s California Adventure during the 2017 Halloween Season.

MORE ABOUT THE HAPPENINGS AT DISNEY’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PARKS

Disney California Adventure Park
For the first time, Cars Land in Disney California Adventure will be transformed with a special Haul-O-Ween makeover as the citizens of Radiator Springs don Halloween costumes and decorate their respective homes for the season. The townsfolk celebrate the season by turning Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams.
Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ will be in “car-stume” – as a super hero, a “van- pire,” a pirate, a clown and a punk rocker, ready to go “trunk-or-treating.” Attractions transform, too, with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turning spooky as the Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters getting a seasonal twist to become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

Also new this year at Disney California Adventure:

  • The popular, new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! transforms nightly into a new Halloween adventure: Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. As the sun sets, the attraction exterior goes dark and then suddenly powers back up with new lighting effects, a signal that something has gone awry. Inside, creatures are on the loose and Rocket is enlisting guests to help him save Groot – only during the Halloween season.
    Oogie Boogie takes over Disney California Adventure with his twisted tale of a forever Halloween, inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Oogie Boogie’s oversized silhouette beckons guests through the main entrance of the park and he brings to life a swarm of bats around Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.
  • Mickey Mouse and his pals appear in Halloween costumes to greet guests on Buena Vista Street. Mickey Mouse dresses up as a bat, Goofy as a ghost and Daisy Duck as a witch – all in playful fun.
  • Halloween décor extends along Buena Vista Street to Carthay Circle, where guests encounter a new, 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman holding his jack-o- lantern head to the sky.
    Disney California Adventure also will be featured for the first time as part of the pre-party mix-in for Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event that features special entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire, and trick or treating at locations throughout Disneyland Park. This year, a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party* has even greater value as guests will be able to visit Disney California Adventure as well as Disneyland Park during the three hours prior to the beginning of the party in Disneyland.

Disneyland Park
At Disneyland, guests will enjoy frightfully fun thrills on popular Halloween attractions Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, along with themed foods and merchandise, plus lighthearted décor that includes a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and a Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, U.S.A.

Haunted Mansion Holiday celebrates the collision between Halloween and Christmas as Jack Skellington, from the Walt Disney Pictures classic, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” offers his unique take on the holidays. The annual Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is presented in a new design each year and this year it’s the creepy Oogie Boogie in the form of a 7-foot-tall cookie in the Mansion ballroom. He is peeling back the roof of a gingerbread Haunted Mansion, uncovering oodles of gummy bugs and worms.
Another Halloween Time favorite at Disneyland is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a reimagining of the popular thrill ride in Tomorrowland. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are surrounded by eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out to menace the space travelers.

Disneyland will continue to offer its traditional Día de los Muertos tribute in Frontierland through Nov. 2. This annual exhibit commemorates the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead with a
musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items.

Mickey’s Halloween Party
Guests are invited to dress in costume for Mickey’s Halloween Party where they will trick-or- treat throughout Disneyland Park for candy and healthy snacks. This year, capturing memories during the party will be easier than ever as guests who have admission to Mickey’s Halloween Party will enjoy the added bonus of unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads during the party, for up to 45 days after the date of capture.
Another extra-special treat is the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, a Mickey’s Halloween Party tradition presented exclusively for party guests and hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington.
Also exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party is the “Frightfully Fun Parade” led by The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”). The Horseman rides through the park on his ghostly black steed with a flickering jack-o’-lantern to usher in the parade featuring Jack Skellington followed by a procession of grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction. The creepy Dr. Facilier from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his strange and twisted Voodoo parlor. The mischievous Disney villains appear out of the darkness, ready to stir up trouble. The wicked gathering includes the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella.
Disney villains, as well as Mickey Mouse and friends, appear at locations throughout the park, and the Cadaver Dans ghostly quartet performs on the Rivers of America in Frontierland.

Another popular feature of the party, the opportunity for guests to “mix in” with regular park guests for three hours prior to the party’s start time will allow guests to “park hop” between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

Downtown Disney
For the first time, the horticulture throughout Downtown Disney will be newly planted to celebrate Halloween. Guests will discover more than 1,600 real pumpkins integrated into the landscaping in new ways, along with additional planter spaces.

Photos from the past postings, Exclusive photos by Richard Sandoval

Author: Richard Sandoval

Richard Sandoval is an award winning journalist who produces Hispanic Lifestyle a television program broadcasting on several PBS stations throughout the United States. editorial@Hispaniclifestyle.com

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