Disneyland adding new attractions
You’ll see a 12-foot-high Mickey jack-o-lantern in Main Street USA, where more than 300 pumpkins will be displayed in the shop windows. And, as you might expect, the Haunted Mansion has a few changes just for the Halloween season – during this time of the year it’s a “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme. There’s even a Halloween fireworks show, and for several evenings in October the park will host Mickey’s Halloween Park with costumes, candy, entertainment and special attractions.
In addition to the special events, the parks continue to add or improve attractions. For example, in 2011 Star Tours was converted to 3D and there’s a new twice-daily event called Mickey’s Soundsational Parade that is a very rollicking, uplifting and elaborate combination of floats, bands, lots of dancing and, of course hundreds of Disney characters. (Keep an eye out for parade times and plan your visit accordingly; during our recent visit we had planned to cross the park during the parade and found that foot traffic was pretty much at a standstill).
There’s a new ride at California Adventure called Ariel’s Undersea Adventure that is a Pirates of the Caribbean type of excursion except with underwater characters and displays. Just the previous year a World of Color nighttime water show was added to California Adventure and many renovations and updates occur in both parks annually.
The rides and attractions get better all the time at Disneyland, but the main thing that keeps people coming back every year is the Disney magic – something that almost can’t be defined, but that anyone growing up since the early 1950’s certainly understands.