Disneyland again…hooray! Mickey’s Halloween Party is the only time adults are allowed to wear costumes in Disneyland, and this year I really wanted to wear both of my Elsa costumes I painstakingly created this year, so I invited my Halloween Scream Team to go with me. Unfortunately Scary Jerry couldn’t come, but Ghoulish Glen and I had a great time!
Since Glen lives farther south than I do, I picked him up at 9:30am Monday morning, even though neither of us had more than 10 hours total sleep in the two days since our giant Halloween party on Saturday night. We took turns driving, only stopping for gas, and having some leftover pizza & party munchies in transit as our lunch. Glen had found out that there is a Halloween Tree at Disneyland based on Ray Bradbury’s novel, so we listened to the whole story on the drive, just finishing as we reached Anaheim around 3:30pm.
We checked in at Paradise Pier hotel, got lucky with a park view room, enjoyed the desk clerks fawning over all the costume stuff in my hands, then I promptly got into costume in my handmade coronation dress for my first round of Queen Elsa. Luckily the new Elsa & Anna Boutique was right at the corner where we entered Downtown Disney, so of course I needed to stop & take photos! Sadly the ONLY item inside the whole store that showed the coronation dress was this little figure set…hrmph! I was asked for a couple photos, and the cast members fawned over my outfit, so I told them I planned to come back later in the evening wearing the ice dress, complete with glowing snowflake cape. 😉
Our Halloween party tickets allowed us entry into Disneyland 3 hours before the 6pm party start, so we got in around 5pm and got some great photos in the fading light in front of the castle, over at the special Frozen backdrops, and just after darkness fell. I love this one behind the castle with fantastic lighting, but there are a whole bunch of great photos in the full gallery below. Too hard to choose the best so you can see them all if you like. 😉
I wanted to make my costume change into the ice ensemble with glowing cape before it got too late, so we left about 7pm and headed back to the hotel, since I needed assistance getting out of the corset and into it again after I turned it inside out. I restyled the wig, thankful I didn’t need much makeup touched up, remembered to put on my shoes BEFORE the bodice when I could still bend at the waist(!), laced up the corset with the ice shingles side out, attached the snowflake cape to the bodice, turned the cape batteries on, then we carefully walked back through Downtown Disney, stopping again of course at the Elsa & Anna Boutique for photos like before. One of the cast members saw me and said “Oh, you’re the one who was here before! My friend just HAS to see your outfit!” and brought several cast members over to see my dress up close. Just as we started taking photos, my camera’s battery light started flashing, and I had forgotten the spare battery in our hotel room! To save my fragile handmade ice shoes from extra walking, Glen agreed to go back to fetch the battery while I waited in the boutique. As soon as he left, I started being asked for photos, and because I was standing in the corner by the front windows, more and more people kept coming in, so I had a photo line! Supposedly the Disney rule is no photos with guest costumes, but the boutique cast members never stopped me, so I had a ball posing with all sorts of smiling kids and their parents. Glen finally came back 25 minutes later, while I was still posing for more photos, and I told him it had been non-stop the whole time he was gone!
We finally got back into Disneyland about 15 minutes before the fireworks show started, so I got a Mickey pretzel while Glen had a turkey leg, and found a good spot for the special Halloween fireworks show. That was impressive, with a giant globe projection ball (hey – we just projected inside a globe ourselves for my Halloween party!), giant flame effects, Zero flying in from the sky, and fireworks of course, with even more photos below in the full gallery. Fantastic show!
After the fireworks were finished, we went back to the Frozen backdrops of course, since they were perfect for my ice dress ensemble, with frozen drops on tree branches, and glowing icy backgrounds, and then posed anywhere else we could think of, like the waterfall behind the Matterhorn, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle of course, and even down by the docks along the river, which might be my absolute favorite photo of the evening. See all of those photos in the full gallery below!
We knew we had three more full days for rides, so my costume evening was all photo opportunities wherever we could see a good shot, and we got several really awesome ones thanks to my photographer Mr. Incredible! When I finally thought we had enough photos, it was just enough time before closing to try one ride, so of course it had to be Haunted Mansion Holiday, the ride of the season! It was Glen’s first full trip to Disneyland, and his first ever Haunted Mansion Holiday, so I was pointing out the overlays and what was new since my last visit in 2012. I should have just taken video the whole ride, since my attempts at snapping pix of myself as Elsa during the ride didn’t turn out very well (I really really wanted Elsa with the fabulous ice angels in the graveyard!), but we do have “scared” Elsa at the opening montage getting onto the Doombuggies.
Since neither of us had much sleep and had both driven all day, we were exhausted when the park closed at 11pm, so we crashed at the hotel and were very glad for the sleep for 3 more full days at the parks! Check out all the photos from Day 1 below, then continue reading Halloween at Disneyland – Day 2…