It’s mid-September and Hong Kong Disneyland is already decked out in decorations for Halloween! Here’s a look at what can be expected for 2013 Disney’s Haunted Halloween…
As you come to the end of Main Street U.S.A., at the roundabout just in front of the castle, you can see a ghoulish figure which appears to be in the middle of a cemetery.
Upon taking a closer look, the hideous figure is actually Chernabog, a massive, all-powerful demon who appeared as a villain in the Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria segment of Fantasia.
It looks quite scary at night and this certainly isn’t a kid-friendly sight.
The cemetery scene too has a different feel after dark if you compare the pictures below.
From this angle, the Sleeping Beauty castle looks like a castle located in the haunted woods… ok, I’m letting my imagination run wild…
What was previously a prime spot to view the castle and fireworks has now become a restricted view due to the statue of Chernabog being right smack in the centre of the roundabout.
ADVENTURELAND (Passageway leading from Adventureland to Grizzly Gulch)
There will be a brand new “Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire” featuring a group of glamorous and extraordinary beings.
The Revenge of the Headless Horseman is something introduced for Halloween and will open from 4th October. Guests should beware of the imminent treachery they will be exposed to when they visit the travelling show.
A Halloween Fair will be held here.
TOY STORY LAND (Passageway between Toy Story Land and Fantasyland)
“Babyhead” from the Toy Story movie is now the first toy to welcome visitors making their way from Fantasyland to Toy Story Land.
Various cutesy decorations can be seen scattered around Fantasyland.
This particular one can be found at the passageway leading to “It’s a Small World”:
At the Entrance/Exit of Disneyland
I’ve taken pictures of the Mickey-shaped floral display many times so I had assumed it was similar when I entered the park in the morning.
However, upon closer inspection at the end of the day, I realized that Mickey’s face was now made up of pumpkins!!
Went to the Explorer’s Club Restaurant at Mystic Point and bought a drink called Boo-berry Twist, which was created for Halloween. It basically contains a blueberry compote and soda, which is topped with whipped cream and a chocolate square with Jack Skellington’s face on it.
The drink looked normal when we first got it but after we brought it to our table and started stirring the drink, it started glowing! We then discovered that there was actually a flashing ice cube in our drink!!
The Market House Bakery on Main Street U.S.A. also sells some Halloween-inspired breads.
There are some special set menus introduced for Halloween. We dined at the River View Cafe at Adventureland and ordered a set for 2 as it was about 1 hour before park closing (and fireworks) and the restaurant was about to take its last order so we thought it would be quicker than ordering ala carte!
I didn’t expect the chefs to add some ghoulish elements to the dishes! Well, it kind of makes sense since it fits the theme of the menu.
The Wok-fried Pork Loin with Green Beans, Water Chestnuts and Chinese Mushrooms also had some fried egg shaped like a spider’s web.
The same dish also had some “eyeballs” made from lychees stuffed with olives.
The Smoke Duck Breast with Honey Pineapple Gravy had a tomato garnishing which looked like a Jack-o’-lantern wannabe.
The displays in the shopfronts along Main Street U.S.A. have already been changed to go with the Halloween theme.
Many shops around the park have also added a section for Halloween merchandise.
Here are more pictures…
The only areas of the park without Halloween decorations are Tomorrowland and Mystic Point. I guess Tomorrowland is too futuristic for Halloween and Mystic Manor is already mysterious enough in its own right? What do you think?