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September 12, 2002

Haunted Mansion Holiday Returns To Disneyland October

Anaheim, CA -- The hit of last year's holiday season "Haunted Mansion Holiday" at Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, is returning this fall and winter for a fun filled celebration where Halloween and Christmas collide.

The attraction opens October 4, 2002, in time for the Halloween season, and then continues daily through January 5, 2003, as a headliner for the annual transformation of Disneyland into the "Merriest Place On Earth."

The ghoulish but well meaning Jack Skellington from the film Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas has come to the world-famous "Haunted Mansion" attraction to envelop it in his skewed vision of the holidays. Decked out in his festive "Sandy Claws" outfit, Jack welcomes guests to the haunted abode that is now decorated with hay stalks shaped like Christmas trees, a coffin sleigh and hundreds of flickering candles and grinning pumpkins along the Mansion's balconies and rooftop. As an added feature this year, guests will be invited to join in singing 13 "scarols" as they wait to enter the attraction, with the songs' unusual lyrics posted on scrolls.

Inside, guests enter the familiar "stretching" room and hallway gallery, only to find them curiously decorated for a jovial "Scary Christmas." Holiday paintings adorn the walls in hilarious images of Halloween Town's take on the holiday season.

At the boarding area for the "Doom Buggies," newly added is a display of 13 giant packages holding special treats, with one package opened each week for 13 weeks to reveal the "arrival" of one of Skellington's friends. Guests are then taken on a giddy tour filled with holiday surprises: Madam Leota delivers a chilling holiday greeting at her séance, and the famous ballroom of dancing ghosts has become a spirited Christmas Ball, festooned with bizarre images and strange Christmas toys. Jack Skellington and his dog Zero bid guests to enter a graveyard covered in eerie white snow, where playful ghosts make merry and singing jack-o-lanterns wear Santa caps.

The attraction's soundtrack is also completely changed and there are two added Audio-Animatronic(R) figures to help create a whimsical experience that puts a very different spin on this classic Disney attraction.

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