Patrick and I returned to Disneyland last week to bask in the autumn decor. Living in Southern California means there really isn’t a lot of fall color, so sometimes I have to take in the manufactured fall vibes of Disneyland. Especially now as I’m not apt to do a whole lot of traveling at the moment.
One thing that I really do like about Disneyland is that during both autumn and winter, they try to incorporate a variety of holidays. During fall they celebrate both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. While there is a small Dia de los Muertos display in Frontierland, over in California Adventure there is a larger display and even a small show, incorporating elements from the film Coco. Although we didn’t make it over to California Adventure during our visit.
One interesting decoration is the transformation of one of Frontierland’s trees into “The Halloween Tree.” Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel, The Halloween Tree, it features orange lights and small smiling Jack O’lanterns hanging from it. Written in 1972 it was made into an animated television movie in 1992, although not by Disney, but instead by Hanna-Barbera (owned by Warner Brothers) so the presence of it at Disneyland has always boggled me. (UPDATE: The lovely Shannon author of the amazing Disney themed Going to Guides commented letting me know that Walt Disney and Ray Bradbury had a friendship, and in 2007 Disneyland decided to honor that friendship with the Halloween Tree in Frontierland. The Walt Disney Family Museum has this article offering more on the Disney/Bradbury friendship.) Not to mention I actually loathe the story and film as it absolutely terrified me as a child. I rewatched it a few years ago with friends and still found it just as traumatizing. Anyone else familiar with the book and/or film?
It was a blistering 92 degrees during our visit. Like I said, we don’t really get seasons here, so I wanted a somewhat breezy outfit, and settled on a cotton dress that I always wear during autumn. While I would received a compliment here and there over the last few years, I received at least seven compliments on this dress during our visit to the park! I was quite shocked. I think it may have something to do with the sleeves, as I’ve noticed big poofy sleeves are really in right now. What’s old is new! We return one more time during the season on Halloween, and I think I may plan a Haunted Mansion inspired look.