We’re doing something a bit different for this week’s post to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. You might have noticed the rotating banners we have at the top of the page this weekend, many of which are unique angles on the exterior of the classic attraction. I loved these photos so much, I wanted to show them to you (to borrow a phrase) as they appeared in their original, uncropped state …
I love this imposing view of the entrance, with the mansion looming behind, framed perfectly between the iron gates.
Continuing through the gates, we get this ominous view of the mansion, with the pet cemetery to our left and the ghost-horse driven hearse on our right.
Drawing closer, we can see the gorgeous iron of the mansion’s wrap-around porches (a must for any southern estate, you know).
One of my favorite areas of the Haunted Mansion is the pet cemetery guests wander past on their way through the queue. I particularly love Rosie, who – sadly – “bought the farm.”
I hope you have enjoyed our celebration of 45 years of grim, grinning ghosts at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. What are your favorite memories of this iconic Disney Parks attraction? Tell us in the comments!
There are always new ways to showcase your #DisneySide at our parks – and guests showing their love for Disney Parks is exactly what inspired some of my favorite photos on the Disney Parks Blog this week.
Some of the best were the shots in Tom Smith’s Animal Planet post.
As he shared in the original post, a national search is under way for the cutest video that shows a pet celebrating it’s Disney Side (more details here). In addition, Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest” TV show will also produce a special Disney Side edition for a Howl-O-Ween Pet-acular that’s set to air later this year. Seriously how cute is that bulldog?
Guests over at the Disneyland Resort are already having fun showing their Disney Side in the ol’ west, thanks to “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” in Frontierland at Disneyland park through September 1.
Be sure to check out these photos of guests enjoying the experience. Will you test it out next time you’re at the park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
Here’s one place we haven’t stopped yet on our tour through the parks after dark – it’s the France Pavilion at Epcot.
Doesn’t this shot of the pavilion’s lush garden look so serene?
This week, one of my favorite photos we shared on the Disney Parks Blog was this shot of Maleficent, who is planned to appear at this year’s Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check out Shawn Slater’s original post for details on the fiendish fun!
And speaking of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we also shared a photo look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Oaken’s Frozen Funland, which are part of the fun of the Frozen Summer celebration.
In my opinion, tonight’s “After Dark” image is one of the best we’ve ever shared. It’s a snap of Tom Sawyer Island right at sunset. It’s so calm and serene that it just makes me want to visit again very soon.
This week marked some significant milestones here at the Disneyland Resort. On Thursday, July 17, we celebrated the resort’s 59th birthday. Check out video of the celebration here.
As part of the festivities, we also announced the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, coming spring 2015 to mark 60 years at the Happiest Place on Earth. We also asked fans to share their favorite Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the celebration next year! Find out how to enter here.
Also on July 17, Splash Mountain at Disneyland park marked 25 years of splashdowns. Paul Hiffmeyer commemorated the anniversary with a lovely view of the attraction after dark. And Valarie shared a fun video of the attraction’s opening day here.
This “Disney Parks After Dark” post is in celebration of 25 “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” years of Splash Mountain at Disneyland park. Splash Mountain opened on July 17, 1989, in Critter Country and features the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. Most Disneyland park guests ride Splash Mountain to cool off on a hot summer day, but I enjoy riding it after dark because it makes the five-story splashdown that much more thrilling.
Can you name the other Disney Parks that have Splash Mountain and the name of the lands they are in?
Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image is by far one of the best I’ve seen of the statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse. This statue, which is of Walt Disney’s older brother and longtime business partner, sits near the flagpole on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park.
Earlier this week, we shared the exciting news that a bevvy of new “Frozen” -inspired entertainment options will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios very soon. Here are some of the first photos of Anna and Elsa at the park.
Beginning July 5 (yes, just one week from today!), Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be the home to the Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, a For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, a “Frozen” fireworks spectacular and much more. Be sure to check out Shawn’s original blog post for all of the exciting details!
Tell us – will you be at the park July 5 for the “Frozen” debut? Which offering are you most excited to experience?
To join the conversation online, use the hashtag #FrozenSummer.
Check out this amazing image, which was shot by photographer Tom Bricker. It depicts sunset from Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.
Is this one of your favorite areas of the park to watch the sunset? Tell us in the “Comments” section below and be sure to click through the gallery for more after dark shots snapped at Disney Parks.