Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is back at the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain has become the Ghost Galaxy coaster, and a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern is glowing on Main Street, U.S.A.
It’s officially Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort.
For the first time, from now through Halloween, Disney California Adventure is getting the Halloween makeover, too, and it’s much “darker and edgier” than its Disneyland counterpart, said Charlie Kowalski, art director at Disneyland Resort.
An 80-foot-long, 35-foot-tall, six-ton Oogie Boogie looms over the Disney California Adventure entrance. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” villain beckons visitors with one-liners and his booming laugh travels across the park, said Dave Caranci, manager of creative development at Disney Imagineering Anaheim.
“While Disneyland has a family friendly and pumpkin theme, we wanted DCA to feel different in sound and look,” he said. “Bats are the main theme for DCA.”
DCA has never fully received the Halloween treatment. In the late 2000s, for a few years, the park had an overlay called Candy Corn Acres.
“But that was nothing compared to what we are doing now,” Caranci said.
On Buena Vista Street, black and purple banners and bat displays on windows dominate. The sound of bats can be heard fluttering and at dusk – or what they call the “witching hour” – the bells toll for the first time at the Carthay Circle. The music is much darker, a mix of “Tim Burton and Danny Elfman,” Caranci said.
At the hub, there’s a custom-made 13-foot-tall Headless Horseman sculpture. The horse’s eyes glow red, its nose snorts smoke and the…