Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 14, 2012.
Today marked the kickoff of HalloweenTime for the year, which runs through October 31. You'll find lots of HalloweenTime pictures here -- I'll have a separate post with a look around both parks a little later.
To start, here are the current HalloweenTime guidemaps and time guides.
New banners along Downtown Disney.
The pumpkin characters atop the entrance.
The usual Halloween decorations are up. I did not spot anything new.
Jack and Sally out by the Haunted Mansion FastPass area. New this year, no Fastpasses for the Mansion.
The Jack popcorn buckets are back.
Stopped by the Pirates League and it was quiet this afternoon.
A quick look around the store.
Since they were in between guests the crew let me take a couple pictures of the courtyard. There are four stations, two on this side (two on the other).
Overhead some props.
There is some Pirate treasure out and this is another photo area.
The Halloween tree has returned to Frontierland.
The Zocalo Park is again celebrating Dia De Los Muertos.
Out at the ranch the Halloween Round up was going on. The shack was about the same. The pumpkin carvers were moved to the Jamboree this year.
The goats are into the holiday spirit.
Moving to the Jamboree area, the Carnival has come to town.
Thought this was a clever use of cotton candy.
The Halloween Vittles that were for sale.
Only a few carvings have been done since today was the first day.
In the back corner there are a couple of games you can play.
I gave the fortune a spin...
Was given a card (and a brief story too)
Inside the tent was the Astounding Cauldron of Magic - Conjuring Villains, Just for Fun! Waited about 10 minutes to enter the tent. Captain Hook was on duty for my stop.
There was a PhotoPass photographer on hand to take your picture if you wished.
The line for the tent.
No shortage of choices for what you want your popcorn in around the Disneyland Resort (these three, the coffin, then over at Cars Land the car as well as cone box I think in Tomorrowland they still had R2D2, too).
Back at the Jamboree. A better picture of the carving area, it is the focal point when you first walk in.
Mickey was out for pictures.
The initial reports were the characters with their Halloween costumes would only be at the Jamboree this year. Then later some had backed off that so not sure the final stance.
If I were betting I would say when the Jamboree is open they will be there then in the evening once it closes they will be on Main Street.
Pluto was also out.
Since Mickey did not have a line he went over to spin the wheel and play around a bit.
Donald was next out of the gate.
The Billies made there way around the arena leading Mickeys Mask Parade which seemed a bit unorganized to me.
And the characters paraded around a little (Donald and Goofy were out at this time).
The Billies did their Haunted Hillbilly show, which featured the Devil Went Down to Georgia
A video of the Billies and parade.
A better picture of the coloring area.
Minnie was out after the show.
Mickey joined her for a couple pictures.
Frankenweenie has invaded the backlot including an exhibition in the Animation Building, sneak peek in the Muppet Theater and food at Award Wieners. Jeanine has a posting on it here
Back to Disneyland. Ghost Galaxy has returned.
Went to visit the Mansion, posted wait time was 50 minutes, but actually was just under 30. Sparky's grave.
Some random shots from inside, no real changes jumped out to me except the new gingerbread house in the ballroom.
The new house is very tall and hard to capture a decent photo of on a first pass by...
Back to Main Street to wait for Remember.
On the way out I was able to see the tram stop billboards
Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.
The previous post in this blog was Disney Magic Canada Cruise - Part 3, Halifax.
The next post in this blog is Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/14/12.