Good morning! This day in Disneyland history, October 25th, 2000: Thirty lucky Haunted Mansion fans dined inside the attraction as part of a $2000 a plate "Fantasy Dinner" offered by the park.
According to doombuggies.com: "These lucky guests were given Disney's famous white-glove treatment and an evening to remember. In addition to the Mansion meal, attendees were invited to a private lunch at Club 33 and were given tickets to a "Disney Divas" event the following evening." (A big deal, a ticket to this event was $150.00)
"The night of the Mansion dinner, guests were picked up from their hotel by zombie chauffeurs and carried in stretch limousines through the back alleys of Disneyland Park until they ended up at the fog-shrouded gates of the Haunted Mansion. Greeted by a number of guest ambassadors, the diners wind their way through the deserted Mansion queue, noticing that each of them had a personalized tombstone emerging from the fog"
"Jack Skellington himself was the emcee for the evening and the diners found themselves eating alongside surprise guests Imagineer Rolly Crump (pictured below), who shared stories of the Mansion's creation."
"Throughout the evening, Jack's beau Sally played classic rock tunes on a harp, & other characters provided ghoulish entertainment."
Wonder what they ate? Here is a menu from the event:
At the end of three course meal, dessert was served: plates of elaborate dark and milk chocolates in hand-crafted shapes. YUM! Diners were presented with their own death certificates reading: "Death by Chocolate."
"After dinner, the guests were taken through the Haunted Mansion - first in Doom Buggies as usual, and next by foot, w/the lights on, in a rare backstage tour.
Finally, another trip was offered in the Doom Buggies - although this time, costumed entertainers hid amongst the shadows to provide unexpected scares."
"After a relaxed trip back to the hotel, each guest arrived in their room to find their customized tombstone waiting on the bed - along with a personalized charger created by Elisabete Gomes"
To read more about the dinner from someone who actually attended, doombuggies.com has a fabulous article written by Scott Bruffey:
Would YOU have wanted to attend this event? What would you have been most excited about?
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Many thanks for the Haunted Mansion photo below, taken by: CobbPR