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Friday, October 13, 2006

Disney's Halloweentime Celebration

We went to Disneyland this past Wednesday. Last year, we also went to Disneyland for Fall Break, and it was a nightmare of crowds. We tried to time it better this year. Despite some annoying lines (15 minutes to pay the ticket taker at the parking garage, an hour to meet some princesses for 2 minutes), most of the rides had lines that were either reasonable or nonexistent. We were able to ride most everything we wanted that day, the weather was pleasant, and the halloween decorations were very cute.

If you have the chance to go in October, you should go- the Haunted Mansion is worth the price of admission alone. It's all re-decorated inside and out with "Nightmare Before Christmas", so it's like a completely different ride. If you're unfamiliar with the film, it meshes Christmas and Halloween together.

Also, a ride that's probably not suitable for the little ones- a little scary, even with the Christmas/Halloween decorations.

Be prepared for high ticket prices- Disney recently raised prices again. We paid $40 for the four of us to eat hamburgers/hot dogs at lunch, for instance. Parking is $11 now. A single day Park Hopper ticket (adult) is $84, but we got ours for $78 at the Disney Store.

Below are some photos of things around the parks...

Town Square, Main Street. At night, the yellow sections of the pumpkin are lit up.

Jack Skellington graces a Pumpkin

Minnie Mouse

The castle

The Matterhorn, as seen from Alice in Wonderland

The hit ride of the trip, Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters

Entrance to California Adventure

Souvenir Shop

The new Monster's, Inc. ride at California Adventure


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