Two major attractions are set to undergo temporary closures at Disneyland in the coming weeks, as the park prepares for the Mickey's Halloween Party 2010 events.
The Haunted Mansion will be closed from August 30 through September 16 to allow a holiday "overlay" to be installed, while Space Mountain will also be down between September 12-16 to allow it be converted into "Ghost Galaxy" for the duration of the events. Both attractions are likely to see short closures in November to remove the overlays.
The Ghost Galaxy version of Space Mountain features an alternative soundtrack and "ghostly" projections inside the coaster's darkened ride building. It has been seen before at both Disneyland (in 2009) and at Hong Kong Disneyland (where it will also return this year).
Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland is one of few Halloween events to be aimed at families with children. This year's event will relocate from Disney California Adventure to Disneyland Park, due to the immense popularity of the new World of Color show at the former park. The events will take place on October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 and 31, with Tuesday night events running from 6pm-11pm and events on Fridays and Halloween itself taking place from 7pm-12am.
In addition to "trick-or-treating" throughout the park and a rare chance for guests to dress up in costume, Disneyland is expected to give a number of its attractions Halloween "makeovers" for the holiday. These are likely to include a special version of the Haunted Mansion, and a "Ghost Galaxy" overlay on the Space Mountain rollercoaster. The dressed-up rides are open to all visitors during daytime operations.
The Halloween Screams fireworks display which debuted last year will be exclusively shown during the Mickey's Halloween Party events in 2010. This is a change from 2009, when the show was also put on for regular Disneyland guests.
For an in-depth round-up of Halloween events taking place at theme parks this year, see Theme Park Tourist's preview of Halloween 2010 at the world's most popular theme parks.