David Caranci, Manager of Resort Enhancement, and Brian “The Pumpkin King” Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development, led the meet-up panel, explaining how their teams create all the spooky decor that makes Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort so much fun. From designing more than 1,000 carved pumpkins to creating a 9-foot-tall gingerbread house, David and Brian are the creative and hard-working guys behind it all.
After the panel, meet-up guests had Haunted Mansion Holiday all to themselves – free to ride as much as they liked (at least for those who didn’t find it too spooky)!
Upon returning to the French Market Restaurant, who should be awaiting their arrival but the stars of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Haunted Mansion Holiday themselves – Jack and Sally.
And of course, there were sweets waiting for them, too.
At the end of the evening, we invited meet-up guests who came in their Halloween costumes up on stage to show off! We had villains and princesses, sheriffs and tour guides. Finally, to add to the spooky surprises throughout the night, each meet-up attendee left with tickets to return to Disneyland park for Mickey’s Halloween Party!
Check the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page later today to see more photos from the “Get Spookier” Meet-Up and keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information on future events!