Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Pictures Releases Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

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.

Celebrate a 'Scary Christmas' with Jack Skellington at Haunted Mansion Holiday Celebrate a 'Scary Christmas' with Jack Skellington at Haunted Mansion Holiday

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?


  • Is there any chance Disney World would ever do this? I would love to see it.

  • I love Haunted Mansion Holiday! It actually reinvigorated my love for the “regular” Haunted Mansion. I think my favorite scene (for both!) is the ballroom scene, but really, the entire ride is awesome.

  • I always look forward to seeing the giant cake. I love the fact that it’s a different design each year. Maybe you can do an article showing all 13 cakes? I’m sure everyone would enjoy seeing the different versions.

    • Great idea, Gary! I’ll look into that!

  • I love all of the transformations and the new interactive intro is great, but is always like seeing it go back to the original after holidays are over. We went to the party last night. Always SO fun.

  • A much as I love the GingerDREAD houses, my favorite part is the Ice Angels … they are exquisite!

  • Me and my mom’s favorite is the ballroom. We just love the gingerbread houses, the smell of the gingerbread and everything else in that scene. I want the gingerbread smell in our house.

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