My husband and I made a short trip to Disneyland tonight for the start of this year's Halloween Time celebrations.
In a repeat of a visit we made last year, we parked at Downtown Disney and took the Monorail into the park for dinner and the chance to enjoy the seasonal decorations.
It's a good thing we only planned a brief trip, as while business was bustling during our time in the park, things apparently got rather crazy shortly after we left!
Since the start of Halloween Time coincided with Friday the 13th, Disney created a special "Unleash the Villains!" event, with the park open till 1:00 a.m. (the "13th hour") and unusual entertainment such as a "Villainy in the Sky" fireworks show and dance floors set up on the tracks at the Main Street and New Orleans train stations.
The park got very, very busy, with traffic jams coming off the freeway, massive crowds, and shortages of special Halloween-themed food items.
It sounds as though "Unleash the Villains!" came close to matching the chaos of the "One More Disney Day" Leap Year event in 2012.
There are lots of photos of the party at MouseInfo.
Above is one small section of the elaborately decorated Fortuosity Shop on Main Street.
Before leaving this visit, a couple of the Main Street U.S.A windows paying tribute to some of the all-time great Disney artists:
This fall the legendary Tony Baxter, who recently retired, will become the latest Imagineer to be honored with a window.
I highly recommend the little book WINDOWS ON MAIN STREET which provides the back stories for the remarkable people behind the windows.
Previous Halloween Time Posts and Photos: September 29, 2006, September 30, 2006, October 21, 2006, September 28, 2007, October 12, 2007, October 17, 2008, October 9, 2009, October 15, 2010, plus the 2011 Annual Passholder Private Party (October 17, 2011); and October 21, 2012.