With Halloween season almost upon us, the Walt Disney Company has begun their annual re-theming of their parks in Anaheim and Orlando for the season (which, in California at least, seems odd, seeing all those fall colors and candy corn trimmings when it’s 80+ degrees outside.)
Aside from the annual Mickey’s Treat or Treat parties, the centerpiece of Disneyland’s yearly Halloween festivities since 2001 has been The Nightmare Before Christmas takeover of the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square, a top-to-bottom re-do of the classic dark ride, which is celebrating its 45th Anniversary this year. Known officially as Haunted Mansion Holiday, Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie and the other denizens of Tim Burton’s Halloweentown make the antebellum mansion their own from Halloween through the new year, and faithful fans can spot tiny differences that are added each year. (This year? The gingerbread house in the ballroom is a medieval iron maiden torture device. Fun for the whole family!)
As a special treat this season, Danny Elfman, composer for the original film, as well as the singing voice for Jack Skellington, read aloud from the storybook version of The Nightmare Before Christmas in front of the Haunted Mansion, and the video was released on the Disney Parks blog site. Elfman will be performing music from his collaborations with Tim Burton in the Los Angeles area on Halloween, so this was a perfect opportunity for the former Oingo Boingo front man to promote his upcoming shows and celebrate the film. Check out the video of Elfman reading aloud at the Disneyland Resort below.
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