There is a lot that was different at Disneyland when the theme park reopened its gates after a historic closure. Many restaurants were closed, rides were not opening at full capacity, Guests were all wearing masks — it was a completely different experience for Guests. However, things are slowly going back to the way they once were and Disneyland is getting closer and closer to normal.
Vaccinated Guests can now walk around without masks and capacity is increasing to pre-pandemic levels, and the feeling of that old Disneyland magic is returning. And there may now be another sign of a big return to what once was — the Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) takeover of the Haunted Mansion and the attraction becoming Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Every year, Jack Skellington and his friends from Halloween Town would take over the Haunted Mansion and “wreck the halls” to give Christmas a pumpkin twist. In true Christmas fashion, there would even be a haunted gingerbread house with a new theme each year.
For those who have not experienced Haunted Mansion Holiday, here is the official Disneyland website description:
Pumpkin King Jack Skellington has been busy decorating the Haunted Mansion with frightfully festive touches inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Experience some of your favorite sights, special seasonal surprises—and scare-aracters from the movie. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”
While Disneyland has not confirmed that Haunted Mansion Holiday will be happening this year, there are signs that point to the fun takeover possibly coming back. Looking at the Disneyland refurbishment calendar on the Disneyland mobile app, on August 16, it lists the Haunted Mansion as Closed for Refurbishment. That ride closure lasts through September 2.
During past Haunted Mansion Halloween transformations, the ride would typically close around mid-August and open back up in early September, so the current refurbishment dates match those previous closures.
Haunted Mansion Holiday would traditionally stay open from early September until mid-January, when it would close down again for several weeks as it was turned back into the frightfully fun mansion with a swinging wake for its 999 happy haunts.
Again, it is important to note that, at this time, Disneyland officials have not confirmed that Haunted Mansion Holiday is definitely returning to Disneyland Park.
Would you be excited to see Haunted Mansion Holiday return to Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!
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