Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas looms over the entrance to California Adventure now, which features expanded decorations and a new Halloween overlay for the park's newest attraction.
The main focus of the expanded Halloween decor inside DCA lies on Cars Land, which is celebrating its Haul-O-Ween. Lightning McQueen, Mater, and other characters from the Pixar animated films are appearing in their car-stumes during the Halloween Time season, which runs through October 31 at both parks.
Disney California Adventure also has added Halloween themes and songs to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi's Rollickin’ Roadster during the event, transforming the rides temporarily into Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween.
But the big new overlay in the park is over at the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, which just opened in May but transforms after dark for Halloween Time into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.
The idea here is that after the Guardians escape from The Collector's Fortress (the action of the regular Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride), they realize that they forgot Baby Groot. So, once again, Rocket Raccoon needs our help, as we have to go back inside to rescue Groot from the other various monsters released from The Fortress when Rocket blew the generators that powered all the locks. Because Disney can't resist an opportunity at cross-promotion, one of the featured monsters will be Surtur's Fire Dragon, which appears in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, which also featured a glimpse of the DCA tower in one of its trailers.
The overlay premiere tonight. (If you are there tonight or this weekend, please leave us a trip report in the comments, or tweet us some photos or video @ThemePark!)
Speaking of cross-promotion, Disney California Adventure also is flacking the upcoming Pixar film, Coco, over in Paradise Gardens which has become Plaza de la Familia through November 2. The event features a special menu of Mexican food, a "World of Coco" exhibit, multiple daily performances of "A Musical Celebration of Coco," and decorations inspired by Día de los Muertos. Disney dropped a new trailer for the movie this week, too.
You can watch an extended preview of the film at the old Muppets theater in Hollywood Land, and at the revamped Walt Disney Presents attraction (the former One Man's Dream space) at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, starting November 3. Walt Disney Presents officially reopened today, following a one-week delay due to Hurricane Irma.
Getting back to the all-important subject of food, Disneyland has gone all-out this season, adding dozens of new Halloween-themed meals and treats across the two theme parks.
Some of the highlights I am planning to try include Ghostly Pepper Nachos at the Cove Bar and a white chocolate raspberry ice cream Bat Wing Raspberry Blood Sundae at Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure...
...and a Campfire S'Mores Funnel Cake at Stage Door Cafe and a Bison Blue Cheese Bacon Burger at Hungry Bear Restaurant and over at Disneyland.
Halloween Time continues daily at the resort through October 31. Over at Disneyland park, the traditional Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlays return for the season, starting today. In addition, Disneyland is once again hosting the hard-ticket, after-hours Mickey's Halloween Party, starting next Wednesday, September 20 and running for 14 nights through Halloween on October 31.
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