“What’s This? What’s This?” It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion Holiday Overlay? Join me as I take you through how the Disneyland Resort is celebrating with treats and merchandise.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
During the seasons of Halloween and Christmas time, the residents of the Haunted Mansion temporarily relocate as the residents of Halloween Town take residency for the two special holiday seasons.
The Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, features an overlay complete with a real life gingerbread house located in the Grand Hall.
This year marks a special milestone as the fan favorite holiday overlay celebrates its 20th Anniversary and there are many ways to celebrate the occasion!
Nightmare Before Christmas Characters
From the first moment that guests enter the hallway that takes them into the stretching room, guests are immersed with nods to the animated film itself.
Many of the characters of the film can be see throughout the attraction as they truly do take over the Haunted Mansion!
Whereas Covid has changed the way that guests can experience Character meet and greets throughout the Disneyland parks, this year guests will find both Sally and Jack on the balcony of the Mansion itself greeting guests as they await their holiday adventure inside.
For guests that are fan favorites of the cult classic, the attraction does not disappoint as it is a full immersion experience.
In fact, it is such a popular overlay attraction that many guests have pleaded for it to come to The Haunted Mansion attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
However, for the time being, it seems that it will remain an exclusive experience at Disneyland Park.
Located inside the Grand Hall of the Haunted Mansion attraction, a spectacular gingerbread house complete with the sweet smells adorns the center of the ballroom each year.
Tim Wollweber, associate art director for Disney Parks, designed this year’s house, which pays homage to all the previous houses. Wollweber told Disney Parks Blog, “we went back to the graveyard to dig up all of our ideas from the past 19 years. This year’s Franken-house stitches together favorite elements from the previous 19 houses!”
This is the list of each element pictured in the rendering below:
- 2001 – Monster House
- 2002 – Present House
- 2003 – Giant Oogie Boogie House
- 2004 – Zero’s Dog House
- 2005 – Giant Man-eating Wreath House
- 2006 – Monster-infested House
- 2007 – Jack-in-the Box House
- 2008 – Giant Gingerbread Coffin House
- 2009 – Scary-Go-Round House
- 2010 – Pop-Up Sandy Claws House
- 2011 – Mimic Monster House
- 2012 – Jack Skellington’s House
- 2013 – 13 Days of Christmas House
- 2014 – Gingerbread Zombie House
- 2015 – Gingerbread Card House
- 2016 – Stitched-Up-Patchwork House
- 2017 – Oogie Boogie Bug-infested House
- 2018 – Giant Gingerbread Spider House
- 2019 – Haunted Mansion 50 Years of Hauntings House
- 2021 – Gingerbread Franken-House
It is a sight and sound that guests surely do not want to miss!
20th Anniversary Merchandise
Arriving on Sept. 27th exclusively to the Disneyland Resort, commemorative merchandise of the overlay’s merchandise will be available.
Corkcicle, pins, and a T-shirt will be available. These items will surely be popular!
And what’s a celebration without a sipper! Guests can purchase a Jack Skellington sipper at the French Market and Harbour Gallery in Disneyland Park.
Oogie Boogie at the Grand Californian
For guests who do not have a park ticket and reservation, no need to worry as guests are able to visit the Oogie Boogie confectionary masterpiece that adorns the lobby inside the Grand Californian Hotel.
Ooogie’s cauldron stands at over 4-feet tall!
Want to learn more about the masterpiece itself? A pastry chef from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays are ready to greet guests and answer any questions now through October.
Situated next to the sculpture, guests can stop by the treat cart to purchase Mickey-shaped cookies, Oogie Boogie crispy treats, poison apple cookies, zombie Mickey whoopie pies, caramel apple cake, cookie shots with cotton candy milk, cookie boxes and different villain cookies each week.
How Long Will the Overlay Be Available?
Guests who are visiting the Disneyland park in Anaheim can enjoy The Haunted Mansion overlay available from September 3, 2021 to January 9, 2022.
It is an experience that guests of all ages will enjoy during the Halloween and Christmas seasons!