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News update: New Disneyland Halloween parade; Toothsome opening

September 23, 2016, 2:04 PM · Mickey's Halloween Party kicks off for the season tonight at Disneyland. This year's family-friendly trick-or-treating event also features the debut of a new Disneyland parade — the Frightfully Fun Parade. Featuring the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, followed by Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, the parade concludes with a flood of Disney villains, including Cruella de Vil, Jafar, and Hades. We can't make it tonight due to a family commitment and weren't able to hire a writer to cover, so if you go, please report in the comments and send photos or video to us at themeparkinsider@gmail.com!

In other Disneyland news, it appears that Space Mountain will return to its Star Wars-themed Hyperspace Mountain overlay once the Halloween-themed Ghost Galaxy overlay concludes at the end of October. Hyperspace Mountain returns Nov. 3.

The Disneyland Resort also has released some addition details about its new, holiday-themed version of World of Color: Season of Light.

The show begins with the last leaves of fall giving way to the arrival of winter, as Mickey and his pals decorate their homes for Christmas. Themes of love, home and family run throughout "World of Color – Season of Light," with special appearances by Lady and Tramp, Andy's family from "Toy Story," a "Mele Kalikimaka" with Stitch and his 'Ohana and a "Feliz Navidad" from the Three Caballeros. At one point in the show, Goofy goes all out in a spectacular ode to over-the-top holiday light displays ... until his ode turns to overload and everything short circuits, leading to a "Blue Christmas" with Sadness from Disney-Pixar's "Inside Out."

You might notice the lack of references to Frozen, Star Wars, or Pirates of the Caribbean — Disney's recent mega-franchises that have made their way into just about every major show the Disney Parks have put over the past couple of years. We'll have to wait until World of Color – Season of Light debuts on Nov. 10 to see if they actually made the show.

Across the country, in Orlando, Walt Disney World confirmed today what we'd told you earlier this week — that "The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History" will debut in Liberty Square on Oct. 2. (That's the same day that Stitch's Great Escape closes for the season — a trade we are more than willing to make.) This new Muppets show plays outside The Hall of Presidents and features Sam Eagle and a town crier trying to maintain some sense of order and dignity as the rest of the Muppets try to get through some stories from America's history.

Finally, Universal Orlando yesterday officially declared open its new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. TPI reader Bob Liebe was their for the event and filed a report with his impressions of the new steampunk-inspired restaurant. Online, Universal promoted the opening with what might be the most Universal hype video yet:

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September 23, 2016 at 10:47 PM · The new Halloween parade sounds promising, and not just a clone of Boo to You (I love that parade, but I'd rather see something original).
September 23, 2016 at 11:08 PM · Looking forward to the FF Halloween Parade since Halloween is my favorite holiday. I'm happy to read that HyperSpace is returning since I have yet to experience it. I wonder if they'll ever do a Christmas/Winter themed seasonal overlay of Space Mountain?

I not entirely convinced the Muppets in Liberty Square is a good thing. It could go either way I guess. But I'm not a big fan of the HoP and only really used the land to get to the Haunted Mansion so maybe it would be an improvement?

September 27, 2016 at 8:53 AM · I've seen postings from the new parade, and it looks amazing. When we went a few years ago, the parade was underwhelming as was what we got for the price of admission. We are going to go this year to see the parade and other new features.

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