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The Mystery of the Hollywood Tower Hotel

30 Oct

The Disney Parks Blog shares the spooky side of of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, with a story worth a scream or two.

The notorious Hollywood Tower Hotel

The notorious Hollywood Tower Hotel

Step back in time, to 1939 and a stormy Halloween Eve. A fateful bolt of lightning strikes the Hollywood Tower Hotel. An elevator plunges to the basement and its five passengers vanish. Guests hastily flee the hotel, leaving an “Out of Order” elevator with bent and damaged doors and a creepy library where the old-fashioned television suddenly comes alive — with the voice and image of “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling.

Today, the mysterious building remains locked in time in Disney California Adventure park. Crossing over into the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you’re invited to ride the hotel’s remaining service elevators and experience your own terrifying plunge.

If you’re bold enough to flirt with the fifth dimension, it’s a thrilling drop from the 13th floor in a high-speed, 21-passenger elevator. Before you step foot in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you may want to know more about its eerie details:

  • The ominous Hollywood Tower Hotel stands 183 feet tall, the tallest building in Anaheim.

  • The landscaping is designed to reflect what was typical of an upscale hotel in 1930s Southern California. Chinese flame trees, magnolias, and various palms accent the building. Look for the dead palm fronds, intentionally left on the trees for that “unkempt-by-design” look.

  • Music heard in the area includes popular tunes from the 1930s, such as “I Can’t Get Started With You” by Bunny Berigan, “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn, and “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington, all chosen for their timeless, haunting quality.

  • Artifacts fill the hotel lobby, all items “left behind” by guests who suddenly disappeared on that frightful Halloween in 1939. Scattered on tables and chairs are a pair of dusty wine glasses, a book, an unfinished postcard, a child’s doll and more.

  • Many of the props in the hotel are replicas that recall specific episodes of “The Twilight Zone” television series. The series originally ran on CBS, from 1959 to 1964. Rod Serling, its creator and host, wrote 92 of the original 156 episodes.

Bonus: I created a Hollywood Tower Hotel playlist on Spotify, perfect for you to enjoy whenever you reminisce about your journey into The Twilight Zone

Halloween in May

20 May

Madame Leota

For the past couple of years our family has been celebrating Halloween in May. Much like Christmas in July, Halloween in May gives us a chance to enjoy our favorite holiday films, as well a few traditions without waiting an entire year before Halloween comes around. A few years back, the Disney Channel aired a “Halloween in May” special, which inspired me to celebrate this unofficial holiday time.

Why celebrate Halloween in May? Why not? Halloween is my favorite holiday. Yes, I love it more than Christmas, and I LOVE Christmas. 😀 I have always enjoyed it, and luckily, my oldest son gets into the Halloween spirit as much as his Daddy. This is what led me to unofficially celebrate it each May. I prefer to celebrate the “13 Days of Halloween in May,” from May 19 until May 31. This gives us thirteen days of spooktacular fun.

We like to watch some of our favorite Halloween movies and look for new ones. Did you know Netflix has a variety of Halloween movies available for online streaming? We found DreamWorks Spooky Stories this weekend and enjoyed the funny trio of animated Halloween tales. I also break out the Halloween mugs for my morning coffee and get the kids’ Halloween dishes out for them to eat dinner on. It’s all about fun and doing something out of the ordinary to add a little magic to our lives. 🙂

Will you be celebrating Halloween in May this year? 

Keep up with our family’s festivities on my Halloween in May Facebook page:

Our Haunted Mansion House

22 Oct

We put out a few more Halloween decorations this afternoon.  While I was plugging in lights and walking our 11-month-old around, my 5-year-old asked if he could make a video on my iPhone.  The following is his little documentary of our outdoor Halloween decorations.  Enjoy.  🙂

Monstober Monday

8 Oct

Monstober is back on Disney Channel! If there is one thing our family loves during the holidays, it’s Disney specials. We haven’t seen many of this year’s special episodes since they premiere after our boys are in bed, but we have been enjoying past Halloween episodes of our favorite shows.

Our oldest son is at home sick with Daddy today, so he and I are having a Monstober Monday! 🙂 We were able to see Jake and the Neverland Pirates Tricks, Treats and Treasure/Season of the Sea Witch and Phineas and Ferb That’s the Spirit/Curse of Candace this morning. Both premiered last year, but we had a good time watching them again.

I know I am looking forward to more Halloween episodes of our favorite Disney Junior and Disney Channel shows!

Check out the full Monstober Schedule on Disney Channel!

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday | Revisiting Halloween 2011

3 Oct

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Yes, it’s a little odd, but I have always enjoyed it. Luckily, my oldest son gets into the Halloween spirit as much as his Daddy. Now that October is here, the decorating has officially begun! These are a few photos from last year. Happy haunting!

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