For not having acknowledged the holiday until the last six or so years, Disneyland does a bang-up job with HalloweenTime. There’s the amazing “Nightmare Before Christmas”-Haunted Mansion mash-up, and this year they added a “Ghost Galaxy” element to Space Mountain.
Also new were special Halloween-themed fireworks which featured Disney villains and “Nightmare.” Zero the dog flew across the sky!
But my favorite part are the creative carved pumpkins they have decorated in Frontier Land. Gotta love these Enchanted Tiki Room pumpkins! More festive gourds after the jump…
Halloween Town in Burbank lives up to its “Nightmare Before Christmas”-esque name—it truly is Halloween here all year round. The store used to be in North Hollywood, but a few years ago they moved to this bigger location and really decked it out. This is what part of the inside looks like!
It’s such fun to browse through the rooms while hearing the “Munsters” theme and The Ghastly Ones on the sound system. Unfortunately, I didn’t take very many photos (and the ones I did get were fuzzy).
My favorite items are the vintage-esque goodies like candy jars and cameo necklaces, but they also have tons of costumes, accessories, decorations and a great book section that even has some Shag stuff. So, you might be wondering, “What does all this have to do with tiki?” OK, I’ll get to that…
I found this Rock Steady “Cursed on Voodoo Island” thermal shirt with tikis on it in the sale section for about $20. From what I can tell, it doesn’t seem to have any relation to the Boris Karloff movie “Voodoo Island.”
If you’re in the neighborhood, I’d also suggest a stop at 8-Ball, which is just down the street. Just beware of hitchhiking ghosts!
2921 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
The Agrabah Bazaar next to Disney World’s Enchanted Tiki Room houses all the tiki-related merch and is also a good place to loiter during impromptu Florida rainstorms.
Of course, twenty minutes later the sun is blazing down so I was able to justify this Pele hat purchase as a necessary travel expense. Could this baseball cap be considered another convergence of tiki and America’s pastime?
Most of these items made their way west over the summer to the Adventureland Bazaar at Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, but this was the first time that I’d spotted them.
The store was stocked with the above hats, shirts and magnets, but they also had this cartoon tiki logo on hurricane and shot glasses. Anybody else find it odd that Disney sells shot glasses? Anyway…
I thought the Magic Carpet ride adjacent to the store was very neat—a golden camel spits at you! The movie “Aladdin” gets big billing in Disney World’s Adventureland, as you can see from this ride, Agrabah Bazaar and Iago’s unwelcome presence in the Enchanted Tiki Room. Gotta take the bad with the good, I guess.