We just got back from 2 weeks at Disneyland – it was absolutely incredible (and tiring)! We went to Destination D, we saw some upcoming set pieces for new attractions, went to the Disney Studios, Club 33 and enjoyed the parks. I now have a new favorite hotel in the Anaheim area as well – Homewood Suites in Garden Grove!
I took around 5000 photos total this trip – mostly Halloween, Destination D or World of Color. There was quite a bit of construction I could have taken for the site, but websites like the DisneyGeek handle it well and I really enjoyed focusing on the holiday decor instead.
The photos are mostly in chronological order, though I did group some together (like the really awesome pumpkin carvings at Big Thunder Ranch, we went there many days to check out the new pumpkins). You can find video of the pumpkins here at JeffLangeDVD (as well as several other videos we took!)
We took the tram in on several days when a friend picked us up. Even during the tram ride, there are Halloween displays to enjoy. (The other display photo should be in my Mickey's Halloween Party update). If you'd like to compare Disneyland to Walt Disney World, I have photos of Halloween decorations at WDW here!
When we first arrived, the yellow flowers around the Partners statue were blooming. A few days later, there was a replanting – and you'll see buds instead of blooms (I'll have more pumpkin photos later around Walt and Mickey as well).
I now own a Vampire Teddy – I love him! I read that he'd not been at Disneyland for years as a plush, he's my favorite character in the Haunted Mansion Holiday:
Haunted Mansion Holiday popcorn bucket:
At Disneyland, the main characters dress up in their Halloween outfits during the day to greet guests.
Minnie as a witch:
Dale as a police officer:
Mickey in his Halloween finery (he also made the rounds as his non-Halloween self, I took video of him conducting the jazz band!)
On the hottest day on record, it was around 113 degrees at the park (very, very hot – even to this Floridian). There was a radio media day there, and some of the characters were shooting promos (maybe just the Villains). I actually just have one photo here from the Villains that day, since I already am getting close to 500 photos on this update!
The Evil Queen: