Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Scariest Place on Earth

Jack Skeleton

Well....maybe not "scariest", but most definitely one of the "Happiest"! We had a great time spending the afternoon at Disneyland and California Adventure this weekend checking out the park's wonderful Halloween decorations and attractions.

The Haunted Mansion is re-decorated this time of year in Jack Skellington fashion with the "Nightmare before Christmas" theme throughout the classic ride's rooms.

Haunted Mansion

It was Olivia's first time on the ride and she loved it! She was giggling and "oohing" and "aahing" throughout, and at the end said, "that wasn't that scary!"

There were quite a few villains in the park that day....

Violet & the witch

Cruella

But most of the characters we came across were very friendly....

Livie with Mickey and Minnie

We saw Mickey and Minnie in the Halloween Roundup in Frontierland, where we enjoyed a scrumptious home style country dinner of ribs, chicken, bratwurst, corn on the cob, coleslaw, biscuits and ice tea and lemonade. Yum! A really fun dinner show as well. We all sang along to "Home on the Range" and other fun well-known country songs while the kids got up on stage and sang and danced with the performers. Fun times!

If you go there during this time of year, be sure not to miss the Space Mountain which is also spookified, as if it could be any scarier! Ghoulish sounds and images make this fast moving ride even scarier! This ride was definitely not for the faint at heart, but certainly a thrill for the thrill seekers.

The Halloween Screams fireworks show at the castle and Fantasmic show are both worth staying for. The Sleeping Beauty's castle is transformed into a Tim Burton movie as Zero flies through the air where Dumbo and Tinkerbell usually appear, Halloween music eerily accompanies the fantastic light and fireworks show with Jack Skellington also making an appearance. A fun evening to enjoy with the family.

The night ended for us with the Fantasmic show on Adventure Island across from the Haunted house and New Orleans area. Mickey as the wizard fights Ursula and her mean serpents in a spectacular light, fog, and fireworks show over the water. The kids were mesmerized by the show and it's sure to be one of their favorite memories from the day.

To learn more about Disneyland at Halloween time check out Disneylandnews.com. During 2009 you can get in free on your birthday and coming up in 2010 they've got a new special program where you can "Give a day, get a Disney day". Check out the website for details.

And, if you're a big Disneyland fan and want to be in the know...Disneyland now has it's own blog. It has recipes, videos, all the latest news and attractions. Great place to see what Disneyland is currently offering and up to. You can now also follow them on twitter at DisneyParks.


If you're not too linked out by now, you can check out more great photos from our fun day at Disneyland and California Adventure in my Flickr set Scariest Place on Earth. Have a spooky and fun Halloween!
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