Disneyland’s Seasonal Overlays

By Ryan Pastorino on December 23rd, 2011   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Spotlight   |    2 Comments

If you haven’t seen Disneyland at Christmastime, you must. Disneyland for the holidays is something extra special. I’ve had the opportunity to see both Disneyland and Walt Disney World for Christmas and I have to say Disneyland does it up a little better. First of all, you don’t need to purchase an extra admission to see the seasonal parade and fireworks show. And secondly a couple popular attractions, Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World are completely made-over with seasonal overlays.  I want to take this time to give a brief photo tour of these seasonal attractions.

Haunted Manion Holiday, which takes over the Haunted Mansion ride from late September to January, blends elements of the original Haunted Mansion with characters from Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas as Jack Skellington and the gang try to spread joy to the mansion’s residents.

Jack sits proudly in front of his mansion makeover.

The stretching room (which at Disneyland is a fully-functioning elevator, by the way) features new painting and Jack above wishing everyone Happy Holidays!

At the end, instead of hitchhiking ghosts, you get to play Oogie Boogie’s game of roulette to determine your h0liday trick and treat.

The second major seasonal overlay is It’s a Small World Holiday.  An estimated  50,000 lightbulbs are installed on the facade to create a brilliant sight or color and twinkling lights.  Inside, riders are taken on a similar journey with depictions of holiday decorations and traditions from around the world with a soundtrack that mixes “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls” and the original IASW theme.

I hope you enjoyed this brief photo tour of Disneyland’s holiday attactions.  As is often the case, photos don’t fully do these attractions justice.  One must see them in person to truly appreciate them.


  1. Mike Greening   |   Dec 23, 2011

    Oh my goodness! Those Haunted Mansion shots are the sharpest and nicest dark ride shots I’ve ever seen. That Leota is PHENOMENAL!

  2. Tom Bricker   |   Dec 24, 2011

    Beautiful stuff. HMH and IASWH are absolutely awesome. Disneyland is definitely a must-visit at Christmas!



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