Disneyland Resort Photo Update – 9/16/11 Part 1

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com was roaming the parks on Friday, September 16, 2011 – the first day of this year’s Halloween Time celebration. Here is Part 1 of his photo update, focusing on the Halloween decorations and special events in Disneyland.

The Halloween Time billboards at the Mickey and Friends tram stop look to be the same as last year.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

And the ghostly characters alongside the tram route are in their familiar places.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Main Street is decked out for Halloween.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

They are working on the photo store at the end of Main Street, including repainting the entrance.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

One of the new braille maps.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

A new popcorn bucket option this year – this one seemed to be available only at the popcorn cart near the Haunted Mansion.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Haunted Mansion Holiday just opened for the season and was very busy – standby line of about 50 minutes at about 1:40 in the afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The Pooh characters’ Meet-and-Greet spot in Critter Country is behind construction walls.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The Pooh Corner shop is still open, and has some Halloween merchandise.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Sally was doing meet-and-greet at the Angel Courtyard in New Orleans Square.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Walls are up at the Blue Bayou while the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction is undergoing refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Ghost Mickey popcorn buckets are available at most of the other popcorn carts around Disneyland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The Dia de Los Muertos display returns to Zocalo Park.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Big Thunder Ranch celebrates Halloween.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

And that means elaborately carved pumpkins!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Even the goats are getting into the “spirit”.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

In Fantasyland, the Tangled overlay has been removed (Rapunzel’s hair and some signs), though the area is still a Rapunzel meet-and-greet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The Villains have taken over the Small World Mall again for photos. This year only two stations. I seem to remember three the last couple of years.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

In Tomorrowland the R2D2 popcorn buckets are still available. So if you collect popcorn buckets you have a handful of choices in the parks right now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The Flag Retreat ceremony with the Dapper Dans and the Disneyland Band in their Halloween costumes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

In the Disneyland Railroad’s Primeval World diorama, the last dino scene is back in operation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The 80z All Stars performed at Tomorrowland Terrace.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy opened for the season, also.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

I spent some time watching the Ghost Galaxy projections. This year the sound seemed much quieter and not as much activity with the projections, must have been there 10-15 minutes and nothing really happened.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

It dawned on me that I do not think I have walked this way at night and taken any shots of the Star Tours lighting. It cycles through some different light patterns.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The sign has some animated lights, also.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

Headed over to the Haunted Mansion craziness next. It took us several minutes to get to the Fastpass Return queue. (Standby was posted at 75 minutes)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

A look at this year’s gingerbread house in the ballroom.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The French Market has a seasonal dessert – this Chocolate Coffin Cake, for $4.99.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

The Remember, Dreams Come True fireworks show is back (Magical was featured over the summer). Fire has returned to the Indy segment which was great to see!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/16/11 Part 1

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

Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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2 Replies to “Disneyland Resort Photo Update – 9/16/11 Part 1”

  1. Any way to buy the popcorn buckets for those of us who cannot get to the parks?

    Laura replies: Sorry, but to the best of my knowledge they are only available in the parks.

  2. It’s great to see the fire back at the Indy segment! I noticed it was missing during our trip in April,and I was disappointed. I’m glad it wasn’t a permanent change!