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Disneyland Article
More Progress On Star Wars Land Halloween Arrives

ID:TMS-3658
Source:Orange County Register
Author:Mark Eades
Dateline:September 8, 2017
Posted:September 16, 2017
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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge topped out, and Halloween is making its presence known around the Disneyland Resort as the weather finally cools in September.

The heat wave's back finally broken, and many kids have returned to school, making the first few weeks of September less crowded at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Of course, with the end of the summer season, many refurbishments are underway at the theme parks too.

Along with the refurbishments come the orange and yellow hues of the Halloween decorations for the upcoming Mickey's Halloween Parties at Disneyland. But Disney California Adventure will not be left out as Cars Land and Buena Vista Street get some eerie decor as well.

River Belle Terrace at Disneyland is closed for a while, as the park works on enlarging the indoor dining area for the now table-service restaurant. The Corn Dog Cart has been moved backstage for refurbishment.

Two attractions at Disneyland are also closed as they receive their annual Halloween-themed overlays: Space Mountain becomes Ghost Galaxy, and the Haunted Mansion receives its "Nightmare Before Christmas" overlay with the characters from the movie.

At Disney California Adventure, Goofy's Sky School, Monsters, Inc. and Grizzly River Run are undergoing refurbishment work too.

Meanwhile, the fun continues for those who can attend during this period.

Departing thoughts

Editor's note: The following is an opinion from the writer, Mark Eades, who worked for Disney for 21 years, including 11 as an Imagineer.

I've had two careers in my life, one working for Disney, and in theme park design - that lasted for 25 years. The other as a journalist, and that has been for the last 20 years, including the last eight covering Disney's theme parks, and the theme park business. Now I'm stepping aside from that second career.

One thing I've enjoyed in all this time is watching people of all ages having fun at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Knott's Berry Farm and other theme parks. And that's what it's all about, having fun.

Too many times these days, people take life way too seriously all the time. Part of it is due to the way social media is influencing our lives. Sure there are serious issues out there, but it's also okay to stop, smell the roses and have fun to relieve the stresses of the day and enjoy the company of friends and strangers.

Even within the world of theme parks and especially Disneyland, there are some who seem to focus on finding things wrong, whether it's a plant out of place or that odd bit of paint peeling in a corner of the park. Sure those things should be corrected in a timely manner - and I am sure they will be.

But sometimes this focus on finding things wrong at theme parks gets written about so much, that some can no longer visit theme parks and just have fun - they are obsessed with finding something that's wrong. If things get so wrong that theme parks are no longer fun, then the parks need to pay attention to that. But ultimately, going to theme parks should be about, if even for a few hours, having fun.

Finally, there are some who seem to lament every change at classic theme parks like Knott's and Disney. Many of them seem to abhor changes in society too. To those people, I offer this quote from Walt Disney's granddaughter, Joanna Miller, that she added to the thread on one of my Facebook posts this year.

"On a recent trip to the Magic Kingdom, I was making my own closed minded critical comments with my sons and another family present. Halfway through the day I must have critiqued all the new things Space Mountain gone to STAR WARs theme, when did that happen? Swiss Family Robinson moved out of their home so the world of an animated hero could take it over with Tarzan's Treehouse . many many more and after I was home I kept hearing the voice that began it all say that Disneyland will never be finished as long as there are new ideas That it will always be changing.

"How can I be so short-sighted and why would I wish stagnancy on a place so alive and so present? Why do we want the past when the present is vibrant and alive with thoughts and plans for the future. Would we stifle creativity to keep everything the same? There was a very wise man who started this magic and although he cherished his past, he would want to offer opportunity to include the dreamers of today and the future. Embrace the change, and keep the history in our hearts and in our stories."

So let's continue to move forward at theme parks, and in society to make the world safer, and more fun for everyone.

Now, I'm going to go to Disneyland not for work, but to have some fun.
 

 
 
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