Halloween 2014 at the Walt Disney Family Museum featured guests with well done costumes and make-up with many guests as Disney characters, plus a band from the Haunted Mansion of New Orleans Square. Aladdin, an executioner, John and Wendy, pirates and wenches, witches of all shades and shapes, Thing One and Thing Two, Jack Skelington, Cruella DeVil, a dead Southern belle and her beau and many more. All ages attended down to an infant girl in her parents arms, she dressed in a romper with a skeleton pattern and pink lace. It was another “Animate Your Night” party with each one usually based on a Disneyland theme.
Live music and musicians in costume
This time the band the Sea Dogs costumed as an animated band of characters based on the eerie Haunted Mansion entities. One of the singers, the mandolin player, dressed as the tightrope walking girl in the mansion museum, with an alligator’s open jaws waiting below. The Sea Dogs, who will appear at the Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace, sang the songs guests experience during the mansion visit in Disneyland. The art of Marc Davis continues to be on display at the museum.
Cute and ghoulish animation played in the theater, including “Skeleton Dance” and many others with comical takes on Hell, going back to the 1930s. It’s a series of shorts demonstrating breakthroughs in animation. Hallowscreen comes free with admission to the museum and shows twice a day.
Animation took many forms throughout the Walt Disney Family Museum for Halloween. Most of the guests enjoyed hamming it up at the photo booth, the dead pan photographer out of Monsters Inc.. Guests also enjoyed an animation craft downstairs, drawing progressive action on a paper film strip and lining a cylinder with it then spinning the cylinder and watching the action through slits in the sides. It’s a similar principle to those flip books you had as a child where you flip pages and the character appears to move.
Graphic animation using a green screen and a computer let two guests get behind the wheel of a careening jalopy, ala Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or perhaps “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. Animation from the Haunted Mansion hung on the walls of one room in the museum dedicated to the artist, who created among many other things the paintings guests at the Haunted mansion see in the elevator. One of the biggest hits at the party came from the ride itself, the chairs that move through the mansion. A pair created the chair and careened down the stairs of the museum and through the party. Check out the slideshow and video.
Ticket and other information
The next party should be on December 12 from 7 pm – 10 pm, a Christmas party with a Tinsel in Tomorrowland theme. The parties take place on the main floor of the museum and guests may sit on the wide porch at cafe tables in the evening. Food trucks park out front. The shop also stays open and there is a no-host bar with theme drinks. Guests at the Halloween party went for the bowls of Halloween candy, classics like bite-size chocolate bars and various styles of real Tootsie Rolls.
Parking and Presidio admission is free. Tickets to the parties cost only fifteen dollars or twelve dollars for members. Tinsel in Tomorrowland tickets have been on sale since September. This party will be museum wide. The museum celebrates it’s fifth year.
For more information: Animate Your Night