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  • Trip Report Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

    So, I finally got a chance to experience this year's Halloweentime at Disneyland.

    1. Haunted Mansion Holiday - It's back. It's fun, although the novelty is wearing off after a few years. They should budget a few extra bucks each year, and come up with a new scene or new effects, or even extra decor on the outside. B+

    2. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy - I wasn't impressed, it was kind of lame overall, especially being able to see the edges of the screens the ghosts were projected onto. I liked that it seemed a little darker (literally, as in there was less light) but it was also darker in a storytelling way, and I could see how the whole experience might have been frightening for kids. C-

    3. Halloween fireworks - Good idea, limited selection of villains. Why was it almost all Jack Skellington and Ursula? Wanting to differentiate from Fantasmic perhaps? With all the Disney villain material, it seemed odd to highlight these two, who I had just seen in the mansion and in Fantasmic. B

    Finally, since it's opening coincided with Halloweentime...

    4. Disney Gallery - lost most of the charm associated with former location in NOS. Busy tile pattern on the floor, and wallpaper and bank elements detract from the presentation. The exhibet was one of the weakest in memory. Glad to have a Disney Gallery back, but it's kind of a sad photocopy of it's former self. D


    If you have visited recently and have experienced any of these with your own eyes, I invite you to give out your own report card.

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    1. HMH - I agree that it's getting a bit old and some new additions would be nice. but I love nightmare before christmas so it's still one of my favorite holiday overlays. just something new every so often would be nice. B-

    2. Ghost Galaxy - I was disappointed too. It seemed like a glorified version of the mummy ride at universal...instead of cardboard cutouts of mummies, projections of ghosts. I do appreciate the effort put into it though and I could get what they were trying to do. I'm not sure how they could have improved it, but the projections were incredibly obvious. Overall, A for effort but I give it a C

    3. Halloween fireworks - the new elements were great and i loved the idea of a halloween fireworks show. honestly i wanted the show to be darker and less....pop music. i understand that it's disneyland and they don't want it to be scary, but just a little bit scary would be nice...like the haunted mansion part of the RDCT fireworks show. overall it was entertaining, but not what i expected in a halloween fireworks show. B

    4. disney gallery - wasn't open when i went, so i can't pass judgement on it yet
    :squeeze: Someday my prince will come...

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      Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

      Ghost Galaxy should have been more of an Alien Atmosphere.

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        Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

        HMH - A, loved it as always. Will always be a classic

        Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy - B, loved it! It was AWESOME!!! Much tamer then the Hong Kong version. Loved the outside projections on the mountain.

        Halloween Fireworks - A++++++++++++, need I say more???? IT WAS AWESOME!!! Puts "Magical" to shame!!

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          Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

          Outside projections on Space Mountain were fun. What did you love so much about the inside of the attraction?

          The fireworks show was fun but not as much punch as the 50th anniversary show which was both fun and emotional.

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            Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

            HMH-meh
            Ghost Galaxy outside-A inside-B
            Halloween Screams-A
            Disney Gallery-not open on my visit
            Matthew

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              Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

              Originally posted by Dan - Tasmic! View Post
              HMH - A, loved it as always. Will always be a classic

              Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy - B, loved it! It was AWESOME!!! Much tamer then the Hong Kong version. Loved the outside projections on the mountain.

              Halloween Fireworks - A++++++++++++, need I say more???? IT WAS AWESOME!!! Puts "Magical" to shame!!

              I totally agree with the Fireworks!
              Jennifer
              http://www.facebook.com/cadensmama
              Disneyland Cast Member - Class of 2006 - January 2006 - July 2006 Fanstasyland Stores Lead



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                Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                HMH - This year is the 2nd time I have been on it, I thought that it was great! A

                Ghost Galaxy - Outside B; I can't get on the ride cuz I go with my son all the time to DL and he is only 2. But from what I heard its a total Failure.

                Halloween Screams - A+++++++++++

                Gallery - Wasnt open when I went.
                Jennifer
                http://www.facebook.com/cadensmama
                Disneyland Cast Member - Class of 2006 - January 2006 - July 2006 Fanstasyland Stores Lead



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                  Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                  It was great seeing you again yesterday, CA. You must come by more often!

                  I pretty much agree with your grades on everything except GG which I would grade a b+ to a-

                  I know the halo effect of the projections are bothersome to some on here. But after having ridden it I think this actually enhances the effect in that it gives an impression that there is an energy radiating from and surrounding the ghost galaxy. Although there is one part where you see the shadow of your car on one of the projections as you go by, but that can easily be adjusted

                  In all I think gg is a great overlay and pushes DL's Halloween festivities closer to that of Knotts. Which in regards to Halloween is a good thing.

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                    Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                    HMH: Didn't go on it yet.

                    Ghost Galaxy: A+. The effects and the ghost encounters really freaked me out. And I agree with DIP's view of the halo effect

                    Halloween Screams: A-. A very well done show. Wish it was longer though.

                    Disney Gallery: B+. While it is smaller than the previous location, it nethertheless is well done and provides easy acess into the Opera House next door.


                    The world is a treasure trove of places.
                    The colors of Earth, Sea and Sky. Beauty i'm told, is ours to behold. In the wonderful world of color.
                    Indy Ride Count: 2211
                    World of Color Count: 74

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                      Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                      Halloween Screams-A. I really, really enjoyed it. The only part I didn't like about it was the Poor Unfortunate Souls portion, I thought that was off.

                      Ghost Galaxy-B+ I enjoyed it, but thought it was going to be a bit scarier. I got a bit of a Mummy feel from it also. It was defintely re-rideable :thumbup:

                      HMH-B It seemed to us that the graveyard seemed hastily put together, lacked a bit this year. Just my personal opinion.

                      Outside of GG and Disney Gallery-didn't get to see either-Since I didn't get to see either of these I won't give an opinion just based on what I've heard.



                      Delta Mu Chi Alpha ΔΜΧΑ

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                        Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                        Originally posted by dsnylndmom View Post
                        Halloween Screams-A. I really, really enjoyed it. The only part I didn't like about it was the Poor Unfortunate Souls portion, I thought that was off.

                        .
                        I was thinking they were going to use the other version of Poor unfortunate Souls used in Hallowishes in WDW. Was more upbeat IMO.


                        The world is a treasure trove of places.
                        The colors of Earth, Sea and Sky. Beauty i'm told, is ours to behold. In the wonderful world of color.
                        Indy Ride Count: 2211
                        World of Color Count: 74

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                          Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                          Originally posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
                          It was great seeing you again yesterday, CA. You must come by more often!
                          Thanks, you too buddy!

                          Originally posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
                          In all I think gg is a great overlay and pushes DL's Halloween festivities closer to that of Knotts. Which in regards to Halloween is a good thing.
                          I think it's important to keep the tradition going.

                          But I'd like to see something more like Green Martians take over Space Mountain, and "force" you to ride with a pitchfork at the loading area. Use the fear of extra terrestrial aliens coming and taking over Earth. It goes back to Orson Welles. Maybe even have the recording in the queue?

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                            Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                            If Halloween Screams is A++++++++++++++ does that make Remember A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++?


                            Some teachers you guys are :P

                            one hundred and one

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                              Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                              If we were giving out grades that high, REMEMBER would earn it.

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                                Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                                HMH- As a big fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, I always love the attraction. It gets a big A!

                                Ghost Galaxy- I thought it was a fresh take on an attraction that I've gotten used to. I liked the dark tunnel and the climb, but on the ride it started to get a little old. Oh... the ghost is following us... look, he's still following us. I think it could have used a really good element about 3/4 through the ride to give it that extra push. Also, the queue should have been themed! It gets a B from me, mostly because I just liked having something different.

                                Fireworks- I really liked them, but same as Ghost Galaxy, I thought it was a few elements shy of being great. The big thing I didn't like was the songs in the middle. They start off Poor Unfortunate Souls as if it was about to be creepy, and then suddenly I feel like I should be doing a salsa dance. Then they do a weird rendition of Cruella De Vil which was just weird and didn't fit. If they replaced those, I think it would be great. I also agree with a previous note that they really neglected a lot of villians. Overall though, it's worlds better than Magical, which I can't stand. It gets a B+.


                                Next they should do a Halloween theme for Small World. It's already creepy enough, now how about with zombie children?

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                                  Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                                  Originally posted by Imagineer Scott View Post
                                  If Halloween Screams is A++++++++++++++ does that make Remember A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++?


                                  Some teachers you guys are :P


                                  I can't compare the two shows. They are totally different. Remember was great for me... made me cry everytime... But Halloween screams is just different. Zero, Jack... Boogie Man... its awesomeness.

                                  They hit me on different levels.
                                  Jennifer
                                  http://www.facebook.com/cadensmama
                                  Disneyland Cast Member - Class of 2006 - January 2006 - July 2006 Fanstasyland Stores Lead



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                                    Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                                    Thanks for the pic!

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                                      Originally posted by Cadensmama07 View Post
                                      I can't compare the two shows. They are totally different. Remember was great for me... made me cry everytime... But Halloween screams is just different. Zero, Jack... Boogie Man... its awesomeness.

                                      They hit me on different levels.

                                      I get exactly what you're saying.

                                      one hundred and one

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Report Card: Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort

                                        Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
                                        Ghost Galaxy should have been more of an Alien Atmosphere.

                                        thats what they should do for next year. It was nice to see you california adventure on sunday.

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