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Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Haunted Mansion Holiday - Ballroom Hidden Mickeys

Inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Disneyland's Haunted Mansion gets an annual makeover called the Haunted Mansion Holiday. The popular overlay mixes themes from both Halloween & Christmas, decking the mansion's eerie halls from late-September to mid-January.

Disneyland's annual Halloween Time festivities draw guests to New Orleans Square, who line up to see Jack Skellington's seasonal nightmare. Every year Disney's Imagineers keep the holiday event fresh by adding original gags, creating elaborate ballroom centerpieces and finding new ways to hide Mickeys.

Over the years, the Haunted Mansion's Holiday Hidden Mickeys have been tweaked, moved and reinvented. Winter storms have pushed piles of toys, festive sleds and heavy snowdrifts through the ballroom's doors, usually with some sort of Mickey hidden within the mayhem.

2012 Haunted Mansion Holiday - Snowdrift Hidden Mickey (Center)

2011 Haunted Mansion Holiday - Snowdrift Hidden Mickey

2009 Haunted Mansion Holiday - Snowdrift Hidden Mickey (Lower Right)In addition to the seasonal snowdrift Hidden Mickeys, a Halloween-themed version of the Haunted Mansion's classic ballroom place settings also appear. The standard blue china Hidden Mickeys have been recreated with black, spider web patterned plates. Just like their classic porcelain counterparts, these Halloween Hidden Mickeys get moved around the table by Cast Members or playful ghosts. Incidentally, these seasonal Hidden Mickeys always share the ballroom table with an elaborate Nightmare Before Christmas centerpiece, designed specifically for that Haunted Mansion Holiday season.

2012 Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare - Ballroom Place Setting - Plate Hidden Mickey

2010 Haunted Mansion Holiday - Ballroom Place Setting - Plate Hidden Mickey (Left)2008 Haunted Mansion Holiday - Ballroom Place Setting - Plate Hidden MickeyThough the Haunted Mansion Holiday is already quite a spectacle, try to keep those eyes focused in the dimly lit ballroom for these spectacular seasonal Hidden Mickeys.


Hidden Disneyland Details - Sparky's Empty Grave from Frankenweenie

Every Autumn, Disneyland's Haunted Mansion undergoes a whimsical transformation, becoming the Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Madame Leota and the mansion's 999 haunts open their eerie estate to the quirky ghouls from Halloween Town. Beginning in 2001, Jack Skellington has hosted the annual holiday overlay, a mishmash of the otherwise mismatched Halloween and Christmas holiday seasons.

A new Disney Detail has been added to this year's Haunted Mansion Holiday. In anticipation of Tim Burton's latest Disney project, the stop-motion animated Frankenweenie (2012), a special grave and marker have been added to the pet cemetery in the mansion's front garden.

Sparky's Empty Grave in front of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion

Though empty gravesites may not seem strange in a pet cemetery, or more specifically - Pet Sematary. This empty grave and bone shaped cross are tributes to Sparky, the four-legged star of Burton's Frankenweenie, which was released in theaters on October 5, 2012.


Wordless Wednesday


Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost Papercraft

The other night I came across this cute and fun Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost papercraft on the Disney Family website. The template comes in color, and I would recommened printing it on white cardstock. I decided to print mine on natural cardstock with black ink for a more vintage look.

1) Print the tempate, the easiest step of the whole process.


2) Cut out the template. This will take some time. Use sharp, paper cutting scissors for best results.


3) Fold and glue pieces together. This is also time consuming. I used gorilla glue because it dries quickly, and it was on hand. With two boys in the house things tend to get broken a lot. I spent about 1.5 hours on this project. Enjoy the finished result!


Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº

Photo courtesy of Andy Neitzert

Haunted Mansion, New Orleans Square, Disneyland