Fall is here at last! I love this season. You can literally feel the change in the air. In addition to cozy sweaters, hot soup, and reading by the fire, one of my very favorite things about this season is the transformation that takes place in Disneyland.
Main St. is lined with hundreds of carved pumpkins, colorful banners, and a giant Mickey Jack-o-lantern. The Big Thunder Ranch becomes a Halloween carnival with festive food, music, crafts for the kids, and even more amazing carved pumpkins. Here you can also meet your favorite Disney villain.
Even some of our favorite rides are transformed. “Space Mountain” becomes “Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy” and is filled with haunted star clusters, supernovas and other cosmic phenomenon. Check out the video to see for yourself:
But, my very favorite is the transformation of the “Haunted Mansion” into “Haunted Mansion Holiday”. This attraction is reinvented during the holiday season featuring the residents of Halloween Town from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love these characters and there is so much to see…and smell. Each year, the Disneyland Resort chefs, Entertainment team and Walt Disney Imagineering collaborate to create a spooky gingerbread centerpiece for the table in the grand ballroom. This year the centerpiece resembles an iron maiden and is made of over 200 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of royal icing, 150 pounds of fondant, and all sorts of other sticky treats. The gingerbread iron maiden stands at almost 7 feet tall. As your doombuggy enters the ballroom, the smell of gingerbread wraps itself around you like a warm hug.
If you have never been to the resort during the Halloween season, make plans soon!