Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Screams

Halloween Screams is one of my favorite Disneyland fireworks shows of all time, and I was very disappointed a few years ago when it was removed from the regular Halloween Time line-up and transferred to the separate admission Mickey's Halloween Party.  So when I was able to attend this event a couple of weeks ago, I made sure to catch the show, which was just as entertaining and fun as ever!

I forgot my tripod on this particular trip, so I was limited to shooting freehand.  Thus, these shots aren't really as crisp and beautiful as I'd prefer, but a few of them turned out ok!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Holiday Mansion Details

Here's another post of detail photos, this time from the Haunted Mansion Holiday.  As with any classic Disney Dark ride, this attraction is rich with little ornaments and bits of theming that might not be noticed by the average viewer. Or they may not be noticed with detail.  But through the power of a camera with a great piece of glass (in this case, my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens), these little details can be revealed!

A large moving diorama flanks the load area.

On this spooky Christmas, someone has left Zero some treats!

In Madame Leota's seance, festive candles for an illuminated "tree."

Vampire Teddy makes a recurring appearance throughout the attraction.

Madame Leota recites the presents of the 13 days of Christmas.

This year's gingerbread house is of the devouring kind!

A little Oogie is among the presents conjured up by the residents of Halloween Town!

The other toys aren't much safer.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Villains Unleashed

One definite advantage of Mickey's Halloween Party is the ability to have meet-and-greets with the villians of Disney animated lore, including rarely scene characters that don't regularly appear in the Disney parks!  They're mainly gathered around the Disneyland Railroad Station on Main Street, and they're quite a hit with guests.  Here are some of the faces one can spot at this seasonal event!

Hades gives a guest dressed as Princess Aurora reason to be wary.

The Evil Queen from Snow White poses in front of a stair full of pumpkins.

Jafar towers above most people.

Among my favorites are the Tremaines. As face characters, they can speak, and their sassy attitudes are hilarious!

Drizella gives an autograph to a fan.

Anastasia is the more romantic of Cinderella's two stepsisters, and she actively pursues any guest who is a potential suitor.

Meanwhile, Lady Tremaine can hardly contain her derision at having to mingle with "commoners."

Finally, Captain Hook strikes a pose in front of the train station, which is decked out for the party!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dia de los Muertos Close-Ups

The Dia de los Muertos display at Zocalo Park is filled with lots of great little details, illustrating the preparations that families in Mexico traditionally make to honor the dead.  It is literally a feast for the ancestors, decked out in a colorful macabre style, and the festive nature is a contrast to the darker, more serious tone Halloween typically takes in the States.

Here are some snapshots of some of the things one can spot upon taking a closer look.

A dead band "plays" at the display.

But offerings for the dead can be seen on the tabletops.

These are coupled with flowers and dolls and sweets.

It's all quite pretty, especially in the afternoon sun.
The display is the same each year, but I think it's a nice little feature during Halloween Time!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade

One of feature of Mickey's Halloween Party is the Cavalcade that runs up and down Main Street twice a night.  A feature exclusive to the Halloween Party, it's a fun parade, although a better description might be parade light.  The title of "Cavalcade" really is accurate, because it's more of a procession of characters on a few moving vehicles than the traditional Disneyland elaborate parade most guests are used to.  For sure, it doesn't hold a candle to Walt Disney's World's Boo To You parade (if they brought that over to California, I would gladly pony up the cash for Mickey's Halloween Party more often). But it's still a festive and spirited passing of characters and dancers, and that's certainly not a bad thing!

A vampire Mickey opens up the procession.

The float unveils a logo for the event!

The basic premise is that all the characters have been dressed in costume, and they've come out to celebrate.

There are dancers who come along first.

The floats are more dressed up moving platform than the normal elaborately spectacular parade transports.

These moving pumpkins were cute. There were a few of them, as you'll later see.

Costumed characters also formed part of the parade. Smee seemed to really be enjoying himself!

A Minnie pumpkin.
A Toy Story dancer says, "Howdy!"

A more monstrous pumpkin...

...all in advance of the Monsters Inc. segment of the parade.


Then comes a hodgepodge of animal characters--Clarabelle the Cow, King Louie, and some of the Country Bears.

What's Halloween without something sweet?

It is trick or treat, after all!
Stilt walkers also make their way up Main Street.
Finally, the main Disney characters come by, each in their own costumes.
Mickey is dapper as always!

That Mouse always has a smile!

Pluto seems to be a clown.  Or a clowndog?

Goofy as superhero... a silly one!

And I love Donald as a Stormtrooper rounds out the cast!
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