A yearly tradition returns once again for the Halloween season! THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is back once again at the El Capitan Theater full of special 4D tricks and treats for viewers including lighting, projections, wind, snow, and other surprise effects. MouseInfo was invited to the opening night for the event which included a very special panel lead by Don Hahn.

Hahn is known for a wealth of involvement with the Disney company as a producer for many a popular title including Maleficent, Beauty and the Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and much much more. He’s also a huge Disney fan. For the opening night panel at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, he assembled a fantastic crew of the behind the camera folks that helped bring THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS to life.

He introduced the opening night audience to the crew members that would talk about just what it takes to make a stop motion picture to life. We got to hear from Allison Abbate for STORY and PUPPETS, Ruben Procopio from SCULPTING, Dave Bossert SOFTWARE, Eric Lieghton from ANIMATION, Rick Heinrichs and Bill Boes for PRODUCTION DESIGN.

As with most opening night celebrations, the evening began with a bunch of giveaways which included tons of Nightmare Before Christmas and even a pair of Park Hoppers to Disneyland Resort. The most highly coveted prize was a pair of tickets to see Danny Elfman at the Nokia Theater.

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Continue onto PAGE TWO for a look at the regular offerings at the EL CAPITAN THEATRE’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS limited time engagement!

Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at the El Capitan Theatre

For many, visiting the El Capitan at Halloween Time is a yearly tradition. The theatre puts on a super unique egnagement of Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS that features tons of 4D effects. It really is a unique way to enjoy this classic holiday film.

Plus, in the theater Lower Lounge, you can check out a fun display featuring set pieces and production artwork, stills, and more from the making of the film. Get up close and take in the details of the intricate level of detail that was achieved to create the worlds of the film.

If you’re in the Hollywood area now through November 2, you should do yourself the pleasure of visiting the El Capitan to EXPERIENCE this great limited time engagement. Check out our pictures below to see just a taste of what you’re missing.

During most screenings you can see the fantastic Rob Richards theater organist playing a variety of tunes on the theatre’s historic Wurlitzer.

In the theater lobby, there’s a fun photo-op that lets you become part of the poster.

The theater is rigged with tons of extra equipment to help create the 4D effects including wind, snow, projections, and more. The clever surprises are a whole new way to enjoy the film.

Some of the decor inside the theater that comes to life at select moments during the film.

Christmas lights are just one of the fun surprises that bring the theater to life during the film.

After the film, you’re welcomed to see the fantastic collection of set pieces and production artwork from the film.

You can really appreciate the details of the film-used set pieces.

An unexpected surprise is that you can play DISNEY INFINITY downstairs in the Lower Lounge, as well. What’s more? You can actually play with some still unreleased figures including Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6, The Hulk, Donald Duck, and Tinker Bell!

Want a closer look?

Check out full EL CAPITAN’S NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2014 gallery to see in depth look at the displays including more close-ups!

Want to see it all for yourself?

Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. There will also be special 11:15 p.m. screenings opening weekend and Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes are subject to change.

Full disclosure: MouseInfo was invited to the El Capitan to review these offerings.