Just when you thought Halloween was over in Southern California, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday turns a park favorite upside-down and makes it even spookier through the eyes of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, making the year’s most joyous holiday into a ride that is anything but!
Haunted Mansion Holiday allows Tim Burton to tell the story of Jack Skellington, who is usually in charge of the spectacular Halloween celebrations in Halloween Town, but has grown tired of the usual. Upon discovering Christmas Town, he is inspired to take over and run the mansion’s Christmas celebrations in his own twisted style.
In typical Disney fashion, the ride begins with a mansion that has been decked out with one part Halloween, one part Christmas. As riders find their way into the ominous elevator, they quickly realize that this is the not the pleasant Haunted Mansion that greets visitors nine months out of the year. Instead, Tim Burton’s eclectic, twisted imagination has run amok. The usual spookiness in the ceiling has been replaced with Tim Burton’s own creations. We won’t spoil this- you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
Riders will quickly be greeted by a by their own car in front of a glowing reminder of holiday cheer. As the ride twists around, guests will recognize all of the usual Haunted Mansion visual illusions, though not a single room has been left alone. Instead, everything from snow to Tim Burton’s characters and the holiday cheer have turned this ride into a creepy, well executed visual delight.
Visitors will notice a distinct gingerbread smell as the cars wind their way to the dining room that Disney has somehow made ghosts appear year after year to the amazement of fans. The cars continue along as riders find themselves in a chilly winter snowscape and, later, joined by unexpected ghosts in their cars. We won’t spoil the whole ride, but we will say this is certainly one of the best Halloween (and Christmas) haunts we’ve found in Southern California.
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Haunted Mansion Holiday continues until early January at Disneyland Park in Anaheim.