We have shared lots of Halloween Time fun with you this season, from ghoulish goodies to the making of Haunted Mansion Holiday and the 13 surprises hidden in the rooms of the mansion. Now it’s time for for the spooky side of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, with a story worth a scream or two.
Step back in time, to 1939 and a stormy Halloween Eve. A fateful bolt of lightning strikes the Hollywood Tower Hotel. An elevator plunges to the basement and its five passengers vanish. Guests hastily flee the hotel, leaving an “Out of Order” elevator with bent and damaged doors and a creepy library where the old-fashioned television suddenly comes alive — with the voice and image of “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling.
Today, the mysterious building remains locked in time in Disney California Adventure park. Crossing over into the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you’re invited to ride the hotel’s remaining service elevators and experience your own terrifying plunge.
If you’re bold enough to flirt with the fifth dimension, it’s a thrilling drop from the 13th floor in a high-speed, 21-passenger elevator. Before you step foot in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you may want to know more about its eerie details:
- The ominous Hollywood Tower Hotel stands 183 feet tall, the tallest building in Anaheim.
- The landscaping is designed to reflect what was typical of an upscale hotel in 1930s Southern California. Chinese flame trees, magnolias, and various palms accent the building. Look for the dead palm fronds, intentionally left on the trees for that “unkempt-by-design” look.
- Music heard in the area includes popular tunes from the 1930s, such as “I Can’t Get Started With You” by Bunny Berigan, “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn, and “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington, all chosen for their timeless, haunting quality.
- Artifacts fill the hotel lobby, all items “left behind” by guests who suddenly disappeared on that frightful Halloween in 1939. Scattered on tables and chairs are a pair of dusty wine glasses, a book, an unfinished postcard, a child’s doll and more.
- Many of the props in the hotel are replicas that recall specific episodes of “The Twilight Zone” television series. The series originally ran on CBS, from 1959 to 1964. Rod Serling, its creator and host, wrote 92 of the original 156 episodes.
Twenty years ago today, two distinct holidays came together in a new, annual Disney tradition. “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” brought Halloween and Christmas together in a spooky spectacular which brought us new classic Disney characters like Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie. A few years later, Jack and his creepy crew began another Disney tradition: Haunted Mansion Holiday here at Disneyland park.
Now in its 13th season, Haunted Mansion Holiday welcomes guests for a “Scary Christmas” as Jack takes over the mansion for the entire Halloween and Holiday seasons.
The attraction takes on a whole new life (or afterlife?) as the usual residents vacate the mansion while Jack Skellington brings the world of Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” to life each year.
Like many guests, my favorite scene in Haunted Mansion Holiday is the “graveyard that’s covered in ghostly white snow,” featuring singing jack-o’-lanterns and giant ice angels.
What is your favorite part of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park?
The Happy Haunted Horseshoe is open for business at Magic Kingdom Park.
As a part of “Limited Time Magic“, the Diamond Horseshoe has been transformed into Halloween central, with plenty of tricks and treats in store, including performances by the Cadaver Dans and Dearly Departed Stan the piano player, plenty of “tricks” provided by magician Abner Cadaver, Halloween-themed snacks and more.
Check out the fun in this video – and be sure to stop by, now through November 1. For more on how we’re celebrating Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort this year, be sure to check out the list of “related stories” below.
We have a new treat for you Haunted Mansion fans today – a special word-search puzzle that’s themed around the mansion itself.
There are a total of 11 hidden Haunted Mansion-inspired words hidden in the puzzle above. How many can you find? Tell us in the “Comments” section below and we’ll update the blog post later today with the full answer key!
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Beginning today, the Disney Parks Blog is kicking off a special weeklong Halloween celebration that’ll feature new haunting header images, spooky stories, chances to win exclusive treats and a first-ever Haunted Mansion takeover of the site.
Our Haunted Mansion takeover will be complete on October 31, when 999 ghosts take over blog story publishing. New ghostly authors will be dead set on sharing their stories that day. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the authors preparing to haunt the blog.
Check the Disney Parks Blog on Halloween day to see what mysterious stories will be shared as well as for a chance to win a reminder of our special celebration of The Haunted Mansion.
One of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park is watching the Cadaver Dans perform along the Rivers of America. They emerge from a fog aboard their raft, singing Halloween-inspired songs. This year, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” this barbershop quartet from beyond the grave will entertain grim, grinning ghosts and guests alike from the balcony of the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square during regular park hours. This is your chance to catch them outside of Mickey’s Halloween Party! They’re appearing in the daylight for a limited time only, October 28 – November 3.
Check out the video below for a peek at one of their performances during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park.
During Halloween week, we’re offering some ghostly “Limited Time Magic” surprises at The Happy Haunted Horseshoe at the Walt Disney World Resort that’ll include daytime performances by the Cadaver Dans as well as special themed cupcakes and treats.
Beginning Monday, The Happy Haunted Horseshoe will feature ghostly entertainers dead-set on delighting you with spooky tricks and treats inside the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon at Frontierland.
Each day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., you’ll be able to join hostess Miss Betty Blue as she calls forth the harmonies of the Cadaver Dans, Dearly Departed Stan the piano player and morbid magician Abner Cadaver. There will also be snacks and Halloween cupcakes at The Happy Haunted Horseshoe to enjoy during the entertainment.
This “Limited Time Magic” opportunity is only happening October 28 – November 1 at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later today to find out what’s planned for Halloween week at Disneyland park.
One of my favorite parts of Halloween is carving a pumpkin – how about you? This year, I’m excited to share that tradition with my son, who has been fascinated with pumpkin patches over the past few weeks.
When it comes to designing the perfect “Disney” pumpkin, you can sure find a lot of inspiration at a Disney theme park – this year there are nearly 200 jack-o’-lanterns lining Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park alone!
For inspiration on your own pumpkin designs this year, check out the gallery above, as well as these previous blog posts that give insight into how jack-o’-lanterns are designed at Disney Parks.
- In Tom Smith’s previous post, David Hartmann, an art director with Walt Disney Entertainment, shared tips on creating out-of-the box designs for jack-o’-lanterns.
- Download a Disney character template you can use to create your own pumpkin in this previous post by Erin Glover.
- If you’re daring enough, try pumpkin sculpting this year instead of carving. See how it’s done in Valerie Sukovaty’s post from Disneyland Resort.
Did you know that there are 300 jack-o’-lanterns decorating Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, and there are no two alike? The biggest one, of course, is the 16-foot Mickey Mouse Pumpkin at “Pumpkin Point.”
I liked this next photo because of how the balloons are lit up; and the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin stands out so well.
After a day of fun-filled attractions, great food and of course, that special souvenir, there is the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin giving every guest a great big wink – as if he was saying, “Thanks for coming by and Happy Halloween!”
With Halloween only a few days away, I’m still deciding how I want to dress up this year. I already dressed up as a space cowboy during the Disney Parks Blog meet up in September (that event was filled with some wonderful costume ideas). But I’m considering some other options including my awesome “TRON: Legacy” costume that I would wear everyday if I could. Here are a few costume ideas for showing off your Disney Side during Halloween at Disney Parks.
The image above features a Sheriff Woody zip-up sweatshirt that would be perfect with a cowboy hat, jeans and boots. The Buzz Lightyear t-shirt could be paired with Buzz Lightyear gloves that we also carry at Disney Parks.
I snapped a candid image around our offices of the new hooded sweatshirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I would add some Mickey Mouse gloves and yellow slippers for a simple nod to these classic Disney characters.
We have a variety of Disney Princess costumes, which are a perfect addition to an ultimate makeover experience for guests ages 3-12 at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney Marketplace or in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, or at the Disneyland Resort.
We also have two new costumes (with matching accessories) inspired by Anna and Elsa from the upcoming Disney animated feature “Frozen”. I can’t wait for this film!
While we do not carry adult-sized costumes at Disney Parks, the softlines team updated two popular costume t-shirts from last year featuring Minnie Mouse and Snow White.
Other new costume t-shirts include one inspired by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Finally, I liked the new Star Wars-inspired costume t-shirts featuring a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (the latter would look great with a new Mouse ear helmet).