Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

In planning our first trip to Disneyland, one of the things I looked forward to the most was seeing the Haunted Mansion decorated for Christmas.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion exterior (side, from queue)I should make two disclaimers.  First, if you haven’t experienced Haunted Mansion Holiday and want to be surprised when you ride it for the first time, stop reading here because this post includes many photos of the attraction.  I won’t give everything away, I couldn’t.  We rode the attraction three times and not only did I notice more details each time, I noticed even more when reviewing my photos.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Hearse Carriage (from queue)Second, I know very little about Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas (don’t tell Craig Williams, who listed it as one of Disney’s best Halloween movies) but I can say my unfamiliarity didn’t affect my enjoyment of the attraction.  (I will try not to screw up the character names or context, but can’t make any promises. Feel free to correct me in the comments and I’ll make any necessary changes.)

Jack Skellington makes an early appearance in the stretching room ceiling.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday stretching room ceiling

 

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday stretching room ceiling with Jack Skellington

 

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday stretching room ceiling Jack O'Lantern

 

The attraction loading area includes Nightmare paintings.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Sandy Claus painting from queue

The busts even get into the holiday spirit.Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday busts from queue

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday busts from queue

I could have spent hours looking at the mural in the loading area.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday mural

Zero has left over 200 bones in the floating candelabra room.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Zero's bones

The wreath also comes alive in a rather unsettling way (I wonder if my wife would object to us putting this on our door).

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday scary wreath

 

Someone seems to be stalking Madame Leota.Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Madame Leota

The ballroom was my favorite room (but I’m biased, it is my favorite room even when not decorated).

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Ballroom

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Ballroom

I thought the addition of the candy corn torture chamber (Disney refers to them as ginger-dread houses) was a sweet addition.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Ballroom

The Herald Angel Jack O’Lanterns seem to be enjoying themselves a little too much.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Herald Jack O'Lanterns

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Herald Jack O'Lanterns

The trademark cornucopia mountain of Jack O’ Lanterns fascinated me. Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Jack O'Lantern cornucopia

Of course, Sandy Claus had to make an appearance with Zero.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Sandy Claus and Zero

Oogie Boogie and a holiday version of his roulette wheel makes a final appearance.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Oogie Boogie

After hearing several podcasts which described how wonderful the Haunted Mansion Holiday was, I was a little concerned that the attraction might not live up its glowing description.  I needn’t have worried.   As I said, we rode it three times and would have ridden a lot more had we had time.  Not surprisingly, Haunted Mansion Holiday is a very popular attraction with afternoon wait times of 45 minutes or more when we visited in mid-November.  Wait times are much more manageable right when the park opens.  We were able to ride it with only a few minutes wait (even after riding Pirates of the Caribbean).  There are also FastPasses available for Haunted Mansion Holiday.



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