Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cozy Halloween Dreams

The Cozy Cone gets pretty ghostly during Halloween Time this year.  The cones are very much an ominous presence--or at least spooky.  And in the back, the Brakes Motel, a witty embodiment of the infamous lodging of the silver screen.  Here's another shot of the most haunted inn of Radiator Springs.  Would you stay for the night?

The Cozy Cone takes on a more ghostly tone during Haul-O-Ween.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Green

During Mickey's Halloween Party, Main Street goes green with energy of sinister forces.

Okay, so it goes other colors too, but the green patterning is my favorite out of all the projection schemes displayed after the sun goes down on Main Street, U.S.A.  Green is so rarely used for general lighting, and it looks uniquely spooky when paired with pumpkin oranges and regal purples.  I love little touches like these projections, because they're an unadvertised bonus at an event that--while pricey--is pretty darn fun and offers a lot of unique sights not otherwise seen at Disneyland.  Even during the daytime at the same time of year.

You could say the rest of the year is green with envy over the Halloween visual festivities!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sunset on the Headless Horseman

We usually associate the Headless Horseman with nighttime, since the darkness enhances his intimidating and ominous persona.  In the daytime... well, he's not quite as threatening, but seeing a horseman with no head in all that full detail is still pretty unnerving.  In fact, it may be even more so.  A headless horseman might be ashamed of his lack of head and prefer to creep around by night, where people are less apt to notice him.  By day?  There's no hiding there.  Everyone sees his headless condition, and if this terrifying equestrian wants to strut that around, well, he must be especially sinister and vain!

The Headless Horseman in Carthay Circle as the sun sets.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Haunted in Adventureland

During Mickey's Halloween Party, Adventureland takes on a spookier light. Even though it doesn't feature any specific Halloween-related attraction, the area around Tarzan's Treehouse has an eerie glow to it, as a cascading spectrum of color rotate around the foliage.  These visuals are accompanied by a sinister ambient soundtrack, making for a dark jungle feel.  It's completely without any purpose, other than to enhance the ambiance. But I like it!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Ghoulish Galaxy

We're basically halfway through October and 2/3 of the way through Halloween season! Where has the time gone?  Every year, there seems to be more and more attractions to visit during this spooky time, and even though Halloween fans like me extend the holiday season into September, it doesn't feel like there's enough time.  I recognize the strangeness of this, since there are some people who are only beginning to participate in Halloween-related festivities or events.  But hey, this is my favorite holiday, and I love all things spooky and scary.

Now, Disney Halloween isn't particularly frightful, but if there's one thing that comes close, it's Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy.  When it first debuted, I was taken aback at how it actually pushed a relatively intense (by Disney standards) experience, with startle scares and dynamic projections of a space spectre chasing after riders.  These days, it feels like the overlay could a technical upgrade to bring in better projections that meet today's visual media standards.  But Ghost Galaxy is still a fun ride, and one of my favorite overlays on any Disney attraction!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Luigi's Tower of Tire-rror

The residents of Radiator Springs have all been celebrating "Haul-O-Ween" in their ways, often extravagant and exceptionally cute.  Luigi's seems to have taken a more subtle approach, changing out the lights and putting up some "orange-wall" tires to mark the holiday.  He and Guido also play host to the Horn-O-Plenty, a mysterious artifact unearthed decades ago and laden with seasonal gifts.  It's a fun way to celebrate the autumn season!

Luigi's takes on a subtle Halloween overlay during Haul-O-Ween!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cemetery Behind the Manor

Happy Friday the 13th, folks!  And in October, no less!  That makes things extra spooky, and to celebrate, I figured I'd share some photos from one of the spookiest Disney places around, Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris!  Unlike the Haunted Mansions in Disneyland, Disney World, and Tokyo Disney, the French version features a much darker storyline of murder and hopeless love and supernatural forces spreading terror across the sleepy but cursed town of Thunder Mesa.  To reinforce this, guests exiting the Phantom Manor ride can stroll through a small cemetery behind the iconic-looking mansion.  With humorous epitaths, it's not really frightening, but until you look closely, the environment certainly seems a little macabre!

The Phantom Manor still looks ominous on a beautiful day.
The graveyard behind the house features many monuments.
The detailing is pretty immersive.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Candles of Coco

Día de los Muertos has come to Disney California Adventure this year in the form of a seasonal exhibit that helps advertise the upcoming Pixar film, Coco.  No longer does Frontierland's Rancho del Zocalo hold the only display for the Mexican holiday.  And for a temporary exhibit, it's pretty photogenice, with scenes from the movie and a description and explanation of the significance of the Mexican Day of the Dead.  I have no idea if this will return next year, but it's one of many new seasonal sights this year!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Guardians of a Ghostly Galaxy

I haven't had a chance to properly shoot the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! ride at night since it opened, but during this Halloween season, I wanted to capture a few sort of spooky shots of the building.  As part of California Adventure's joining of Halloween Time, this attraction has received a scary overlay at night in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark!  Guests now must help the Guardians rescue Baby Groot, who was accidentally left behind after they broke out.  Seems like an irresponsible move to leave a teammate behind, but I suppose Baby Groot was probably distracted.  Outside, the building receives some theatrical show lighting sequences every so often, giving it a bit of ominous personality.  Kind of fitting for this spooky time of the year!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Skeletons in Jail

The Shanghai Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean ride is nothing short of absolutely spectacular, integrating the latest technology into the show scenes and ride vehicles to create a dynamic, immersive attraction that plunges guests right into the popular franchise.  But it is not without its nods to the original classic attraction.  One of my favorites is how Shanghai recreates the iconic jailed pirate scene, eager to attract and trick their canine jailer to relinquishing its key.  All members of this setting are dead--or perhaps undead--reminiscent of the way the undead pirates in the film series are nothing but skeletons under the moonlight.  Granted, there's probably no moonlight even scripted into this scene, but it's a cute and different way of executing a familiar scene, and just a bit fittingly spooky for this Halloween season!

This classic Pirates of the Caribbean scene gets a new twist in Shanghai Disneyland.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Carriage Before Christmas

The hearse off the side of the line for the Haunted Mansion takes on a very festive feel during the Halloween and Christmas season.  With jack-o-lanterns and holly and berries, and some spooky lighting to boot, the carriage seems more primed for a happy occasion than a gloomy one.  Then again, with how the Haunted Mansion Holiday treats topics of the macabre, it is a happier vibe than a dark and glum one.  So it's fitting that this "carriage of death" is a most cheerful looking carriage.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Now Playing in Car-BOO-retor County

As you've seen, holiday overlays in Cars Land are full of visual puns, and they're pretty freaking cute.  But along the side of a little shop building next to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree (or Jam-BOO-ree right now), there are some clever posters spoofing some classic Halloween movies--but with a Cars twist!  From Hocus Pocus to Escape to Witch Mountain to grindhouse style movie aesthetics, they reinforce that Cars Land is full of witticism.  That might be a little too much groan-inducing content for some, but I love it.  And I hope you agree!

Punny movie posters line the side of the main drag on Radiator Springs!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Out of the Belfry

One of the additions to Buena Vista Street this autumn has been a bit of embellishment, courtesy of Mr. Oogie Boogie.  He's taken over the land, as you may have heard, and all along the neighborhood, there are little signs of his presence, from the eerie purple lights and bunting throughout to the cute bats littered everywhere.  But the most noticeable is the Carthay Circle Restaurant, which has been draped in purple banners and has gone completely to the bats.  In fact, they seem to be flying out of the tower en masse, fluttering into the night sky.  It's sort of gaudy, but I love this transformation.  It's fun and spooky and charming at the same time, and part of why California Adventure has been so lovely this Halloween season!

Oogie Boogie's got creatures flying out of everywhere this Halloween on Buena Vista Street!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Creeps at the Cozy Cone

We continue our tour through Cars Land's adorable Halloween decorations with a stop by the Cozy Cone Motel, where the cones have gone supernatural!  This year, they've taken on a spectral look, as the cones all look like spooky ghosts!  This is probably not ideal for pleasant dreams, but it's very cool how it's been adapted for the Halloween season.  And if guests peer into the main office from the right angle and look hard enough, they may even see a little model of the Breaks Hotel! 

The Cozy Cone Motel has been taken over by ghostly cones this Halloween season!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween on Main Street III

As I've mentioned countless times before, Halloween on Main Street is a most charming affair.  The pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, the warm bunting... they all recall the nostalgic autumn holidays of yesteryear.  Here's another set of photos of the scene.

The Partners Statue in The Hub is surrounded by jack-o-lanterns.
The side marquee of the Main Street Cinema.
Balconies on Main Street are laden with Halloween flavor.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ramone's House of Sugar Skull

During "Haul-O-Ween" at Radiator Springs, Ramone's House of Body Art takes on a decidedly Día de los Muertos theme, complete with sugar skull car outside.  Inside, there is an ofrenda dedicated to Doc Hudson.  It's a charming contribution to the autumn holiday and another adorable example of how Cars Land has fully immersed itself into the spirit of another holiday!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Inside the Holiday Nightmare

The Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare is Tokyo's Nightmare Before Christmas overlay onto the Haunted Mansion.  It's a wonderful version, with special scenes not featured in Anaheim's overlay, especially given the layout that mimicks Florida's Haunted Mansion.  Here are some more snapshots inside the ride!

Jack has wrecked the halls of the Haunted Mansion.
There are signs of Jack Skellington everywhere, just as there are in Anaheim's Haunted Mansion.
"Happy Halloween!" he proclaims in Japanese.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Carthay Purple

Buena Vista Street has taken on a decidedly spooky flavor during Halloween Time, and it is marked by a sweeping purple hue throughout most of the land.  This is most especially strong around Carthay Circle, where the purple twinkle lights in the trees around the fountain cast an overwhelming gradient on pretty much everything.  In the background, bats flying out of the "belfry" of Carthay Circle Restaurant accent the spooky scene.  It's a wonderful aesthetic, and a great addition to the park.  I love how it completely transforms the vibe for the autumn holiday season, and I really appreciate how DCA has finally been included into the Halloween festivities of the Disneyland Resort!

The Carthay Circle Fountain, like much of Buena Vista Street, is bathed in purple during Halloween Time!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Courhouse Creatures in the Night

Halloween imagery is everywhere in Cars Land, and the most animated comes at the end of the main drag, where the statue of Stanley resides.  The town founder himself has a black witch's cap on made out of a traffic cone, and mysteriously monstrous creatures appear behind hime.  They're really just animated tractor eyes and teeth made out of traffic cones, but they're quite menacing (well, at times) nevertheless!  It makes for a fun and playfully macabre scene!

The Courthouse comes alive during Haul-O-Ween in Radiator Springs!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Scarecrow of the Mansion

Once upon a time, I took this photo on one exposure because I didn't really understand the power of luminosity masking and manually blending multiple exposures to properly process a realistic photograph.  I wish the highlights here could have been adjusted, but I do love the purple glow against the trees and the mansion, and Jack Skellington posed in front of it all.  It's wonderfully nice and spooky!

Jack Scarecrowington illuminates the queue of Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Horrorment Valley

The autumn night brights new color over to Cars Land, and by Ornament Valley, the hues are particularly prismatic and vibrant!  The entrance into Cars Land from this Pacific Wharf side is, then, even more dramatic, and certainly atmospheric and moody!  Willy's Butte might be its normal orange and red colors, but nearly everything is is bathed in purples and greens to present a spooky visage.  But it's pretty spectacular too, and a wonderful part of the area's "Haul-O-Ween" overlay!

The archway into Ornament Valley becomes a lot more colorful during Halloween Time!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Main Street Autumn

Main Street is charming all times of the year, but even more charming during Halloween Time. Here are a few shots I snapped last week at the cusp of afternoon turning into evening.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Zombie Car

This Halloween season, over at Lizzy's Radiator Springs Curios, there's a new and grotesque sight for passers-by.  A crashed automobile, completely run through by a tree, struggles voraciously to come back to life.  Its engine not quite vanquished, it's battery still hanging on by the tiniest of sparks, it gurgles forth with fiery groans every once in a while.  It's a bizarre scene, but I suppose that's the name of the game at Radiator Springs Curios!

The remains of an impaled car refuses to go quietly into the night.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Cadaver Dans II

The Cadaver Dans are a fantastic quartet of entertainment.  Exclusive to Mickey's Halloween Party, they provide eerie a cappella several times a night along the foggy Rivers of America.  In the ethereal mist, they croon familiar tunes, providing a spooky but fun Halloween harmony.  Although they're not feature entertainment for the night, they're a great bit of showmanship that every Mickey's Halloween Party guest should check out!


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