It’s a special treat to see what innovative additions the Disneyland Resort Entertainment team will add to Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland park each season. This year I spoke with Senior Art Director Brian Sandahl, got a sneak peek at the spruced-up singing pumpkins and gained some insight into “little” Sally’s makeover before the attraction reopened for its 14th season of frightful fun.
Have you seen these animated updates at Haunted Mansion Holiday?
Every August, the Disneyland Resort Entertainment team begins helping Jack Skellington take over the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park to create Haunted Mansion Holiday. To see them in action is quite a treat. There’s always something new and different to discover, so I thought I’d ask the talented team to show me their favorite parts of Skellington’s magical makeover.
My favorite feature is seeing all of the spooky stockings; I can only imagine what’s inside of them! What’s your favorite part of Haunted Mansion Holiday?
Looking for some friendly advice? Check out Shrunken Ned, Jungle Witch Doctor at South Sea Traders in Adventureland at Disneyland park. Ned has the cure for whatever ails you. He hangs around all day just waiting to tell people what to do. Give him a hand and he’ll give you a personal prescription; no appointment necessary.
Here’s the great advice Ned recently gave me:
Trivia Question: Shrunken Ned signs each prescription card with his original name. What is it?
There is a shop in Disneyland park that some say is a cut above the rest – and no doubt that’s crystal clear to glass cutter Manuel Arribas who has worked there for 47 years. Manuel is part of a family of artisan glass cutters at Crystal Arts on Main Street, U.S.A. His brothers Alfonso and Tomas met Walt Disney at the 1964 New York World’s Fair where Walt was introduced to the Spanish brothers’ business of glass cutting and eventually brought the family trade to Disneyland Resort. They specialize in personalized glassware, figurines and jewelry. The next time you’re window shopping down Main Street, U.S.A., stop by and watch these artists in action.
The rootin’ tootin’ town of Frontierland has been taken over and the citizens are speaking out during this limited-time experience in Frontierland at Disneyland park. “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” has created some real characters and the feud between the folks of Rainbow Ridge and Frontierland is heating up. Who will end up owning the wild western town is up to you! Come on down and discover the old west now until September 1.
Sharp Shootin’ Shannon wants to know: Have you experienced “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!”? If so, what is your name and are you for Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge?
For more about “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” fun at Disneyland park, visit the links below:
In celebration of summer, we took on the tough assignment of highlighting some of our favorite frozen fare featured at the Disneyland Resort. From the classic shakes at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land to the Boysen Apple Freeze at Maurice’s Treats in Fantasyland, we found several foodie fun facts for you to digest.
What’s your favorite frozen treat to cool off with at the Disneyland Resort?
A round-trip ride on the Disneyland Monorail lasts about 15 minutes. But if you’re short on time, take a look at this video in which we highlight the highway in the sky with a point of view only visible by a few.
Have you ever had the chance to ride in the nose cone of the Disneyland Monorail? If not, I highly suggest it! Up to four guests are permitted to travel with the pilot. Just ask a cast member at the Monorail station, and if it is available, they will be happy to help.
What’s your favorite Disneyland park mountain: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain or Space Mountain? Can’t decide? Well, now you don’t have to because we have captured memorable moments from each attraction and mashed them into one. Hope you enjoy the ride!
Celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first Disney Parks mountain – the Matterhorn – with us here on the Disney Parks Blog! We’ll have more Matterhorn stories throughout the week … stay tuned!
Perfume is a perfect present for mom, so I thought it was a great time to take a tour of Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park. I honestly never thought of buying perfume in Disneyland park before; however, after experiencing the shop firsthand, I’m hooked. I just hope my kids are watching (hint, hint)!
The artwork on the mirrors in Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie is a true treasure not to be missed. The mirror panel paintings were created using a technique called reverse painting, a lost art with a history tracing back to the 14th century. These paintings of flower bouquets, birds and butterflies measure over one foot wide and almost seven feet high. At the time, they were believed to be the largest such painted mirrors ever created.
Glendra von Kessel was commissioned by Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney, to create the paintings for the opening of the parfumerie in 1966. Sadly, Glendra passed away before they were completed and Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond stepped in to finish them. Above are some rare photos of Glendra von Kessel, taken while she was painting the amazing mirrors. Her signature remains on them today.
I recently asked Disneyland park guests to review the newly refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. While it was the return of a Frontierland favorite for some and a pioneer trip on the train for others, all passengers agreed it’s still the “wildest ride in the wilderness.”
Have you had a chance to take a tour on the runaway ghost train since it reopened? If so, what did you think?