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Crowds Return For Halloween Screams Fireworks Show Filling Both Parking Garages To Capacity

It's A Small World
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
September 07, 2019
September 12, 2019
The triumphant return of the “Halloween Screams” fireworks show filled Disneyland’s two parking garages to capacity on Friday night as crowds returned to the Anaheim theme park for the kick off of the Halloween Time holiday season.

Halloween Time returned to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on a hot and balmy early September day that topped 90 degrees as the parks ushered in the fall holiday season with plenty of pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons.

The 6,500-space Pixar Pals garage and the 10,000-space Mickey & Friends garage filled to capacity at 8:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, according to the official Disneyland Today Twitter feed.

Both Disneyland parking garages were full ahead of the Main Street Electrical Parade at 8:45 p.m. and the “Halloween Screams” fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. on Friday night. Parking was available again at the Mickey & Friends structure by 10 p.m. Friday as crowds began emptying out of Disneyland following the evening’s entertainment.

The seasonal debut of “Halloween Screams” brought big crowds to the park on Friday after Disney reported a drop in attendance this summer following the launch of the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

It was the first time in years that the fantastic “Halloween Screams” had been included with regular admission to Disneyland, with the fireworks show serving in the past as a marquee entertainment draw for separate-admission Halloween events at the park.

The fan-favorite “Halloween Screams” looked as good as ever with sharp and spellbinding animated projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle, flamethrowers piercing the night sky, fireworks bursting overhead and Zero the ghost dog soaring above it all. Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” showed up on a floating “full moon” to call out Disney’s villainous spirits to socialize. “Halloween Screams” used every corner of Disneyland from the It’s a Small World facade to the face of Matterhorn mountain to project peering eyeballs, entwining vines and slithering snakes in time to the musical soundtrack.

In Tomorrowland, the Villains Dance Party brought out Maleficent and the Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to lead families in a series of deliriously goofy dance routines. The Queen of Hearts stomped her feet and clapped her hands along to the “Cha Cha Slide” to the delight of her fellow dancers.

Haunted Mansion Holiday was back for its 19th season and remained as popular as ever drawing long lines of faithful fans eager to see the seasonal ride overlay. The smell of gingerbread wafted through the air as riders passed the ballroom scene featuring a 50th anniversary gingerbread house as its centerpiece. The sheer volume of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” eye candy stuffed into the hallways, attic and cemetery of the Haunted Mansion necessitates multiple viewings during the holiday season. You can never see it all in one ride.

Across the promenade, Disney California Adventure was decked out for Halloween Time with black bats and purple bunting. The Headless Horseman loomed over the hub in front of Carthay Circle restaurant as jack-o- lanterns flickered on balconies and purple lights twinkled in a canopy of trees.

Cars Land remains the highlight for Halloween decor at Disney California Adventure with clever distributor cap spiders crawling all over Radiator Springs. Whitewall tires, mufflers, crescent wrenches and hubcaps were strung across DCA’s version of Route 66 as the “Cars” characters decorated their fictional film town in their own distinct automotive style.

The orange Cozy Cone take-out food stands were turned into grimacing jack-o’-lanterns. Animated eyes blinked in the windows of the Radiator Springs town hall as orange traffic cones served as teeth in the doorways. Mater the tow truck dressed as a vampire and Lightning McQueen donned a superhero cape as the characters posed for photos in their Halloween “cars-tumes.” Purple and green lighting painted the face of Cadillac Range along the backdrop of Cars Land.

Paradise Gardens was transformed into Plaza de la Familia for a Day of the Dead celebration with a “Coco” theme. A puppetized guitar-playing Miguel and a hip-shaking quartet of skeleton dancers were the highlight of the “Musical Celebration of Coco” show. The Mariachi Divas looked a bit like the Phantom of the Opera in their sugar skull face paint masks covering only half of their faces.

The Guardians of the Galaxy attraction got a Monsters After Dark holiday overlay that once again unleashed a slew of alien creatures inside the indoor drop tower ride. The makeover adds scenes with Rocket Raccoon, Groot and a fiery monster along with a booming heavy metal soundtrack. Disney cast members got into the “escaped monsters” storyline by acting out their faux fear to the delight of visitors.

Halloween Time continues at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure through Oct. 31.
Attractions Referenced

Haunted Mansion Holiday

It's A Small World

Matterhorn Bobsleds

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Lands Referenced

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

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