Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 18, 2013.
We start off on Main Street USA today. The Penny Arcade and Candy Palace renovation work is ongoing.
Inside the windows/doors are covered.
Some of the Halloween treats.
Christmas preparations are underway around both parks. The lights are up in the trees around the hub.
The fall protection wall work on the left side of the Castle is complete.
Tiana greeting guests on the way into Fantasy Faire
A railing has been added on top of the new wall on the trail between Frontierland and Fatntasy Faire. I was disappointed to see the seating/ledge is gone. So it means no place to sit and relax anymore.
Cast Members by the exit of Pirates to issue return times to guests as part of the new Disability Access Service Card (DAS) system. (Please see AllEars' Special Needs Overview page for additional information.)
The Court of Angels is walled off as work is underway to convert it for Club 33 use. Another part of Disneyland is now off limits to regular guests.
The L'Ornament Magique is also closed and will be the new Club entrance from what I have read.
Some renovation work further down the street.
A Limited Time Magic Cookie option at several New Orleans Square locations, including Mint Julep Bar and the snack cart near Haunted Mansion.
A podium near the entrance to the Haunted Mansion to request a DAS return time and ask questions.
The Hungry Bear has a holiday special going on.
Another Guest Relations DAS kiosk near the Harbor Galley.
Jack was out for pictures near the Rivers of America.
Next stop the Halloween Carnival.
Pluto playing the ring toss/hat toss game.
Some of the latest pumpkin creations/artwork.
The new castle walls/fall protection projects look to be done.
A new turret on the roof.
A new turret.
Random Toad Hall pictures as I walked by.
Another Guest Relations podium, this time in Fantasyland.
The Mad Tea Party is closed for renovation.
The facade for Small World is receiving its holiday lights. It will be closing soon for the annual transformation.
Some work on the monorail beamway, they are adding the overhang under the track. Interesting since this is over the old motorboat area and is not guest accessible.
The Monorail is still operating during the project.
Another new DAS kiosk, this one in Tomorrowland. The pin trading tables that were in the area are now gone.
Christmas has arrived. As you exit the park two of the racks are full of Christmas items now.
Over to DCA. The Fall/Halloween Buena Vista Bugle is on News Stands.
They are renovating the main lobby of the Animation Building, so it is blocked off. The Animation Academy and Turtle talk are still accessible from side doors.
Flik's Flyers are behind walls for some work.
Christmas ornaments at the entrance to Flik's Fun Fair
At the Cozy Cone they were setting up a Pop Up Tune Up for a quick pit stop for Lightning.
Along Route 66 the second set of poles for the Christmas decorations have been installed (on the left in this picture).
Bayside Brews is the site of a current Oktoberfest Limited Time Magic Promotion. They offer bratwurst sausage, a Bavarian pretzel and gingerbread bundt cake. In addition to the regular beer selections, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest and Hofbrau Munchen beer are also available.
And some light decorations/signage.
Continuing on, the Maliboomer Park area has a new Meet and Greet. Here Woody is heading off, but working the line on his way by.
Jessie was out for photos at the new location.
Another new guest relations podium.
Walls up around the Paradise Pier meet and greet. Guessing they are preparing it for the Christmas overlay
Caught some of the Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airlines show since it is slated to end its run soon.
Back to Disneyland and the Halloween Carnival.
Heimlich is completed now.
Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies.
A special Disneyland verse to I Have Been Everywhere.
Since it was Friday there were preparations for the Mickey's Halloween Party that night. The Columbia is a backdrop for a photo op during the Halloween parties.
Setting up a trick or treat trail along the Rivers of America
Some random Haunted Mansion Holiday pictures.. the line was posted at 45 minutes.
Just after 6:30pm there was a brief lighting moment for the Mansion. It takes places every night about dusk.
Another photo backdrop for the party, this one in New Orleans Square.
The trail looks just about ready for guests.
I made another pass through the Big Thunder trail area.
Villains out on Main Street for the party.
The park closed to non-Halloween party guests at 7:00. Since I was not attending the party I made my way over to DCA (along with a large number of other guests).
Christmas lights and Santa Flik at the entrance to the Fun Fair, plus a fuzzy full moon.
Passed through the Mad T Party
They ended the set with This is Halloween.
Here is a video from a few weeks ago if you missed it.
The park was crowded thanks to Disneyland closing early. The Little Mermaid was using its extended queue.
The new Meet and Greet location on the Pier. The characters are long gone, but it is lit up and available for pictures.
A closer look at the center one.. notice Slinky Dog on one coaster and the little Green Aliens on the other (behind Rex).
After this I circled the Pier, caught the opening of World of Color and then walked by the Mad T Party before heading for home.
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 Disneyland Dining Notes - October 2013.
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