In Disneyland, Even a Gingerbread House Can be Scary
The Imagineers at Disney must have a creative outlet, or I think their heads will simply burst with ideas. I can't wait to take the kids and see, first hand, what they came up with this time.
Every year at this time, when the leaves change and the nights get darker, Disneyland and Disney World are reinvented in the spirit of Halloween, as ghoulish pumpkins are spread out everywhere, and music clips from our favorite scary cartoons and movies are played. Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is my favorite, as it gets special attention, taking on the sights and sounds of the Halloween favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas both inside and out.
According to Disney Engineer Brian Sandahl, Disney engineers have gotten together for the last 12 years, creating exotically eccentric gingerbread houses surrounding the Halloween theme, in an event called the Haunted Mansion Holiday. It might seem strange to use a singularly Christmas breaded delight to construct these frightening fun structures, but from the video, they know what they are doing and it feels right.
Disney has released a video highlighting some of the gingerbread creations, including one that looks to be at least ten feet tall, replicating skeleton-like Santa wannabe Jack Skellington's home. It comes replete with an orbiting, flying zero.
The gingerbread homes have been placed in the ballroom of the Haunted Mansion, and additional ghoulish items prance and move around them, including a semi-transparent train set that encircles Skellington's home.
Have a sneak peek below, and plan your trip, just like I plan to, to catch a glimpse of these one-of-a-kind structures.
Video and Image courtesy Disney