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Oct 25, 2012 7:48 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, Oct 25th, 2000. 30 lucky Haunted Mansion fans dine in the popular Disneyland 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 & an evening to remember. In addition to the Mansion meal, attendees were invited to a private lunch @ Club 33 & were given tickets to a "Disney Divas" event the following evening. The night of the Mansion dinner, guests were picked up from their hotel by zombie chauffeurs & 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 & the diners found themselves eating alongside surpise guests Imagineer Rolly Crump, who shared stories of the Mansion's creation & Alice Davis, widow of Imagineer Marc Davis (& Disney legend in her own right.) Throughout the evening, Jack's beau Sally played classic rock tunes on a harp, & other characters provided ghoulish entertainment throughout the evening. @ the end of the meal, diners were presented w/their own death certificates: "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" (pictured below).

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What a fantastic time!! Thank you for all your research. Love the menu - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #184 8:01AM
Thank YOU Teal! I strangely find myself craving gazpacho w/lobster medallions at 8:30am. πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:27AM
Strange I also think that gazpacho w/lobster medallions would make a great breakfast - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #184 8:42AM
Such great info! What an experience. I'm wondering where they would have eaten ? Is there a room inside the mansion that can accommodate that many tables? - tuesday737  1283.4 #134 8:50AM
According to doombuggies.com dinner was served in "The Great Hall (the Changing Portrait corridor) where a long dining table stood set for thirty and heaped with dozens upon dozens of dead flowers. Each setting was graced with a severed Mickey hand holding a menu for the evening." - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:05AM
Dude, I love that! - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #197 11:23AM
That sounds awesome. thanks for the extra info! :) - tuesday737  1283.4 #134 6:51PM
What fun!! It would be fun to hear firsthand from someone who was there. What an awesome experience that must have been! Thank you for sharing this! - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 5:57PM
http://is.gd/9syuii here you go. :) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:09AM
Ah I would do anything to have done this, how cool wold that have been? - madsdad  1868.2 #92 8:33PM
Very cool! I remember one time thru HM when they had live people inside to scare you! About wet myself when the knight in armour moved toward us! - Roonie  0.1 #104566 8:36PM
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you seriously made me spit out my coffee! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:53AM
Wow... This sounds amazing! What an experience this must have been for those lucky guests! Thank you so much for sharing! - SarahLovesDisney  85.2 #3836 9:25PM
Thanks for the info!! That would have been a night to remember. - Melhuish  3.1 #37690 11:14PM
Must have been nice. $2K a plate? Dang, and we complain about the AP prices. - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 7:51AM
If I had the money, I SO would have done it! A customized tombstone & that personalized charger wow oh WOW! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:14AM
Wow!! I wish I could have done that! Sounds like it was an amazing night for the attendees. - MermaidWithShears  1025.8 #179 7:51AM
A frightfully epic night indeed! 😍 - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:15AM
Aw that would have been so cool to experience. - my-unbirthday1025  165.8 #2479 7:52AM
How cool is that? Thanks for sharing. - SallyToHisJack  89.5 #3755 7:53AM
Wow, that must have been amazing. - NickDoubleyew  1083.2 #168 7:55AM
I wanna be picked up from my hotel by zombie chauffeurs & carried in stretch limousines through the back alleys if the Park! EPIC! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:28AM
*of - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:38AM
That would have been the most amazing experience! - mcramos925  454.8 #480 7:57AM
What a great experience! - Tom  11116.2 #6 8:04AM
Wow! What a great experice for those that got to go! - HollyGolightlyPrincess  403.8 #557 8:06AM
Wow that must have been amazing! - RickChavez  3671.4 #40 8:08AM
Sounds awesome! Too bad they dont do it anymore...I wonder how much it would cost these days.. - PrinceTeaJack  934.6 #198 8:13AM
Anyone up on the current inflation rate? Paging MW math experts! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:35AM
According to the Dept of Labor, $2,687 has the same buying power as $2000 back then. - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 8:39AM
There you go @PrinceTeaJack :) Thanks MyPark! You're awesome! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:43AM
Wow! That must have been unbelievable, although I am very happy dining at the Plaza Inn for $13.99 and an AP discount. Thank you SMK for another awesome bit of history! I just love these. - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 8:16AM
Would you believe I still haven't eaten there?! Lol it's in my list! Thanks as always MyPark! ::high five:: - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:44AM
You will love it! Especially with the kids, it's the best family place to eat in the park! - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 8:48AM
Oh and Good Morning! - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 8:51AM
Looking forward to it! Hoping thomasOmalley takes us next trip! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:51AM
Had to look up thomasOmalley since he doesn't post much. And now I understand what you said. - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 8:58AM
:: giggles:: he's a lurker. - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:09AM
I hope to meet him too one day. - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 9:11AM
Wow that must have been amazing! Thanks for sharing! - drumm3rguy91  163.2 #2522 8:18AM
I can't even describe in words how amazing that experience would be!! Those were 30 incredibly fortunate people! - GibsonGirl87  462.3 #470 8:21AM
Indeed! :) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:54AM
Wow! I would have loved that! Great info as always Duchess! - Cinderella_Schnooks  3370.7 #42 8:24AM
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed this! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:55AM
how awesome would that be!? - OhanaPhoto  5120.5 #24 8:26AM
This is too cool for school! πŸ‘ - MagicalLand  414.2 #534 8:28AM
Happy you enjoyed class today doll. ;) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:31AM
Wow, I never heard about this! Very coll experience! Thanks Duchess! - 7mouskedoodles  371.6 #613 8:31AM
*cool* - 7mouskedoodles  371.6 #613 8:34AM
I was just going to ask what a "coll" was! lol thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:57AM
Such a great opportunity. Thanks for the info. - adventurerEnDisneylandia {AED}  1143.5 #155 8:32AM
This would have been an amazing experience! - ElectricMayhemMom  1435.0 #119 8:33AM
What a unique experience! Those were 30 very lucky people with $$$ :) Thanks for sharing. - DisLUVney  631.9 #320 8:44AM
Wow! What an amazing experience! I couldn't even imagine how cool that must have been! - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #233 8:46AM
I wonder if there's footage of that. It would at least be fun to see a little mini documentary of that night. Very cool post, thanks - philliprocks  1319.2 #132 8:56AM
Scott Bruffey wrote a fascinating article about his first hand experience. http://is.gd/9syuii :) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:08AM
Thank again! It's an excellent article with a pic of the hosts and his plate. πŸ‘ - philliprocks  1319.2 #132 9:35AM
You're so welcome! I enjoyed the read as well! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:40AM
That sounds like an amazing evening!! - LisaMouse7531  410.1 #543 9:20AM
Now this woulda been a great experience! 2k a plate though Ouch! - donnievegas  1132.7 #160 9:21AM
Meh, nothing for DaddyDonnievegas! ;) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:43AM
I totally remember this offer. I would have loved to been able to attend. - aprilinjune4  483.5 #438 9:23AM
Okay CMs hiding in the ride to jump out and scare the guests...they should do that on a regular basis! Lol - NotNKansasAnymor  283.8 #1026 9:30AM
And you get an A for today! thank you for reading the entire post! I totally agree! So fun! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:36AM
An A?! Whoopee! My first one EVER! But seriously thanks for the detailed info, it was a great read. - NotNKansasAnymor  283.8 #1026 3:26PM
Wow thats cool!!...Add me please! - JollyRoger5  3851.3 #38 9:32AM
::giggles:: - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:44AM
Wow! That sounds like an amazing event! It's mindboggling to think of all the little details that Disney comes up with to make DL and their events perfect. Thanks for all the information. - jmgphx  323.1 #789 9:40AM
I agree! I'm always blown away! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:41AM
THAT IS SO COOL I CANT EVEN STAND IT! Shouty capitals!!! I wonder who got the invites? I need to be on that list :) Great post, thanks for sharing!!! - MissMolly  1355.3 #129 9:40AM
LOL! From what I read, it was offered to everyone, but the 1st 30 to email received tickets. - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:40AM
That would be so fun! - DisneyVacationLover  505.0 #422 9:50AM
Wow! That would be so cool to have been invited - misschurro  6361.2 #17 9:58AM
It was first come first serve just need the mu-la baby! πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:22AM
Oh how awesome! Thank you for posting this. It was very interesting to read what Scott Bruffey wrote about his experience. - BelieveInMagic  113.2 #3369 10:00AM
Wow thanks for posting this. Wish I had a chance to experience it. - bigpete  277.2 #1083 10:35AM
******Thanks for the history lesson! ✨❀✨The Haunted Mansion✨❀✨ - MadameLeota  4203.0 #35 10:43AM
I was waiting for you to chime in! You're the first person I thought of! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:57AM
******Lol, I am peaking in and out while I am at work, it's not easy, Scary Teddy can only do so much! But thanks for thinking of me! - MadameLeota  4203.0 #35 12:53PM
That's amazing! - Oinker34  1448.8 #116 10:43AM
Wow! That sounds awesome! I hope they do this again sometime so I can drop $8000 to take my family!!! - RCmom  5235.3 #21 10:57AM
According to MyParks earlier reply a ticket these days would cost: $2,687per person. 😳 - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:00PM
Oops! My bad! $10,748!!! - RCmom  5235.3 #21 12:32PM
Chump change right? πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:54PM
Especially for a teacher!πŸ˜‚ - RCmom  5235.3 #21 12:58PM
Sounds absolutley amazing!! Thanks for posting! 😊 - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 11:11AM
I remember seeing this advertised...just couldn't affor it! What an experience for those that did! - Gia  802.0 #231 11:20AM
That would've been so awesome to do!! - Leesha  650.6 #310 12:40PM
whoa...those were some expensive plates - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 1:00PM
Dude sooo insanely awesome!!! I would have loved to do something like that!! Thanks for the killer info as usual!! 😘 - CourtyAstroBlisters  784.0 #236 2:11PM
DUDE! I so agree! Thank YOU cab! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 3:17PM
I would have loved to be one of those people! I think I would save for that for sure! Thanks for sharing some amazing history! - BriarBeauty  121.7 #3191 2:12PM
WOW!!! This was great info!!!! I would have really love to be one of those lucky lucky people!✨thanks for sharing - MinnieBow11  17.3 #7940 2:35PM
Awesome!!! Thank you for sharing. I would drop $4k for that once in a lifetime opportunity. Funny, it almost sounds like a deal for all that it included... Even lunch in Club 33! - Normstar  97.6 #3631 2:44PM
It's totally a deal! Even better if it includes accommodations, which I assume it did since they had to have access to your room and everything. - bluefairy  643.8 #312 3:39PM
What an amazing event! - LilSterner  5455.2 #20 2:58PM
wow so wish I could have gone to this! amazing! - wendytink  364.1 #630 3:27PM
I think I need to start a savings fund for a "just in case" type deal if they were to ever do anything like this ever again lol That sounds amazing - SPandEvLover  4530.4 #29 3:34PM
I like the way you think! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 4:58PM
Wow. That would be so awesome. Thank you for going to all the trouble to give us these daily little tidbits. I can't wait for tomorrow to see what you have. It's my daughter's birthday. - PrincessAuroraMomma  596.0 #342 4:11PM
I'm so jealous! That would be sooo cool!!!! What a chance of a lifetime! Thank you so much for sharing this! - Queenof2princesses  259.6 #1262 4:43PM
Thanks for sharing this! I wish they would do this today! - erinten  539.9 #382 5:09PM
That sounds like it was awesome. Thank you for sharing - DebbyMouse7531  532.5 #16 5:57PM

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