Monday 31 October 2011


When I first heard, in 2001, that Disneyland's Haunted Mansion was to undergo a holiday season make-over inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, I was appalled!

Old enough to remember that Walt Disney was a person not a corporate logo and to hold an absurdly protective idea about the sacrosanct nature of his uniquely personal park, I thought it was the Mickey Mouse equivalent of blasphemy!

Four years later, when I eventually got to see what had been done to temporarily accommodate Jack Skellington, Sally, Zero, Lock, Shock and Barrel, Oogie Boogie and Sandy Claws among the Mansion's 999 happy haunts, I sat back in my doom buggy and chuckled and chortled at the delightfully self-referential wit with which Disney had pulled off this Halloween/Christmas experiment.

Having reached the end of the ride and encountered the hitch-hiking ghosts, I immediately dashed back round to the front door for another visit...

Here, to celebrate the fact that it is


are a few photographic memories from that experience...

Haunted Mansion decorated


Pumpkin Santa


Jack Skellington


Oogie Boogie

Pumpkin Grins

Saturday 15 October 2011


Disney Villains have had a long-standing appeal with fans before they became a merchandisable gang! Here's an example of the villains franchise from c. 1990: a Disneyland postcard featuring, as its most recent 'baddie', Percival C McLeach from The Rescuers Down Under.

Disney Villains