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It’s that time of year again — sakura, or cherry blossom viewing season in Japan. There’s no experience like walking through a park filled with cherry blossom trees and watching the tiny floral petals float down softly like fragrant snow as they blanket the ground with color. The locals throw hanami parties, festive picnic gatherings that take place under the blooming trees, which by the way are cultivated for their flowers rather than for their cherries (they don’t bear fruit). Here are some spellbinding spring images out of Japan…
Looking for ideas to celebrate Halloween? New this year to Disneyland park’s Halloween Time celebration in Southern California is Mickey’s Halloween Party, a special event going on every Tuesday and Friday evening in October leading up to Halloween.
In classic Disney fashion, this is a one-of-a-kind kid-friendly halloween party with plenty of happy spooks and festive Halloween flare. On Tuesday nights the party runs from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with early park entry beginning at 3:00 p.m.. Fridays work the same, with park hours pushed back one hour from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., and early access beginning at 4:00 p.m..
Tickets range from $49-$59 and include the $15 parking fee for arrivals during party hours. (Parking before early access hours is not included with your ticket.)
The park closes early for this fun-filled Halloween party, so visitors arriving on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Halloween have three options:
Purchase a regular ticket for the day, with park access ending at 6:00 p.m.
Cost = $68-$76
Purchase a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween party for the evening
Cost = $49-$59, parking included
Splurge and purchase both sets of tickets for full unhindered access
Cost = $117-$135
What do these Special Tickets get you?
This is your chance to break out the halloween costumes, and maybe even get more than one wear out of them! Usually costumes aren’t allowed in the park for anyone over age 9, but for Mickey’s Halloween Party, costumes are an attraction. You’re sure to see plenty of amazing Halloween outfits as you wander between rides. There’s even a costume parade at the end of the night filled with innovative ensembles, favorite characters, and even a sampling of hand-picked costumed guests. This special event also brings out classic Disney villains, along with regular costumed Disney characters.
Trick-or-Treating for All Ages
Each guest receives a trick-or-treat bag upon entry to fill up at various trick-or-treat stations spread out around the park throughout the night. Guests are treated to unlimited candy, with treats ranging from gourmet Ghirardelli chocolates, to healthy snacks like sliced apples, to familiar Halloween classics like M&M’s, Twix, Almond Joy, Dots, and Tootsie Rolls. The normal rules don’t apply here—there are no age restrictions and everyone is perfectly welcome to trick or treat, no matter your age! Where else but Disneyland would this be possible?
Disneyland’s fireworks extravaganzas are known for their sophisticated pyrotechnics, and Mickey’s Halloween Party is no exception. The special Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular features Disney villains like Ursula the sea witch from The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy Maleficent. You’ll also recognize characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, including Oogie Boogie, Zero, and “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington. Flashy individually spinning pinwheel fireworks and sky crawling blasts of sparkles are just a few treats awaiting partygoers.
Extra Breathing Room
Perhaps the best part of this event is the crowds—or lack of them. Although this will certainly fluctuate from night to night, compared with traditional park access, this event is less crowded, providing speedy access to all your favorite rides.
Halloween Ambiance in Overdrive
Disneyland has always done a great job of celebrating Halloween, but this year they’ve outdone themselves. All visitors will be greeted with fall colors, an overflow of pumpkins (more than 300 in fact), and imaginative jack-o-lanterns. The giant 16-foot Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern can’t be missed as you make your way down Main Street toward the heart of the park, where you’ll find more jack-o-lanterns carved with Disney character art, amid lit pumpkin balloon lamps.
Several attractions, like the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, have been redone, putting a Halloween twist on classic Disney rides. And at night heavy fog spills over the walkways, creating a ghostly mood.
There are few disadvantages Halloween Time visitors should be aware of. First off, some rides are closed during this event, such as It’s a Small World and the Enchanted Tiki Room. However, you can take advantage of the early park access to hit some of these rides. Additionally restaurants with table service, such as the Blue Bayou, will be closed for this event.
Halloween in Southern California
Overall, Mickey’s Halloween Party is a great option for Southern California residents as well as those who have been to the park before. However, with limited hours and no fireworks show for day visitors, first-timers or out-of-town visitors may want to consider either buying both tickets in order to get the full experience, or visiting on a day Mickey’s Halloween Party isn’t happening. But for those who love Halloween, Mickey’s Halloween Party can’t be beat. This is easily the best Halloween party in Southern California.
Earlier this week, 1.5 million people filled the streets of Berlin, Germany to watch a several-day performance by France’s Royal de Luxe street theatre company titled “The Berlin Reunion”. Part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Reunion show featured two massive marionettes, the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess. The storyline of the performance has the two separated by a wall, thrown up by “land and sea monsters”. The Big Giant has just returned from a long and difficult – but successful – expedition to destroy the wall, and now the two are walking the streets of Berlin, seeking each other after many years apart. I’ll let the photos below tell the rest of the story.
[ Via Boston.com ]