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Oct 25, 2013 6:59 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
 Best Post of the Day 10-25-13
Good morning and TGIF!

This day in Disneyland history, Oct 25th, 2000: Thirty lucky Haunted Mansion fans dine 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."

"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 surprise guests Imagineer Rolly Crump, who shared stories of the Mansion's creation

crump

as well as Alice Davis, widow of Imagineer Marc Davis
(both Disney legends)."
davis
"Throughout the evening, Jack's beau Sally played classic rock tunes on a harp, & other characters provided ghoulish entertainment"

Jack and Sally

Wonder what they ate? Here is a menu from the event:

menu

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"

Front of plate
Back

To read more about the dinner from someone who actually attended, doombuggies.com has a fabulous article written by Scott Bruffey:
http://tinyurl.com/mwz4qzc

Would YOU have wanted to attend this event? What would you have been most excited about?

Thanks for reading! Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

Websites referenced:
thisdayindisneyhistory.com
doombuggies.com

Many thanks for the Haunted Mansion photo below, taken by: CobbPR

Tagged in: Disney History  
I would have LOVED to have gone to this event!!  Sounds like so much fun!!  Imagine getting to walk through the HM!  I hope all those in attendance were as excited about that as I know all of us would be!   Thank you for this wonderful piece of Disney history!  Great job, as always!   - MeridaFan  3475.5 #28 7:16AM
Me too! At $2000 a plate, I'm guessing they were pretty "die" hard fans don't ya think? ::giggles:: What would you have been most excited about? Thank YOU Ma'am! - Duchess_SMK  5819.1 #14 7:43AM
I think the walk-through would be most exciting to me. Closely followed by being able to go on it 3 times in a row with no waiting!  😂😂😂 Death by chocolate and wine would be pretty awesome, as well!  What would be your favorite part? - MeridaFan  3475.5 #28 8:10AM
That is very interesting information - adventuremickey  227.5 #1537 7:10AM
Oh good! Glad you enjoyed the read! :) - Duchess_SMK  5819.1 #14 7:30AM
Wow, thanks for sharing. That would have been an evening to remember!  - LovemesomeDoleWhip  108.7 #3291 7:13AM
I agree! But a pricey one too! ::giggles:: Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  5819.1 #14 7:37AM
Awesome! Thank you!!  - ythdudette  1174.1 #126 7:18AM
Wow. Never knew this. Very intersting. I learned something today. Thanks.  - iLOVELUCYnDISNEY  745.4 #220 7:34AM
How great it would have been to attend this event. Sally playin the harp...... Death by chocolate. Yes please!  Thank you. Duchess_SMK for another frighteningly delightful history post. A fabulous Friday to you.  - GrumpyPirateDad  1817.7 #75 7:57AM
I would have loved to it!  But I can tell you that even if I could afford $2000 a plate I would not have done it for something only a few hours long.  $4000 for my husband and I to have dinner?    Did the money go to charity?   I might have done it I knew the money was going somewhere really needed.  Sorry, I got hung up on the money!😊. Sounds like an awesome experience though. - AZDisney  610.2 #289 8:07AM
Wow. Very fascinating. I would not have wanted to go, because at the time I was 13. Maybe if it happened again, I would like to... Minus the CMs jumping out to scare me! 😨 - BriHizzle  374.8 #544 8:25AM
I so wish I could've done this. It's my favorite ride at both Disneyland and WDW. My favorite things would've been the "Death by Chocolate" and walk thru with the lights on. Thanks for this info. I hope they offer this again some day. 😃 - erinten  483.1 #388 8:38AM
I so remember wanting to go to this!  - Disneykarij  266.3 #1097 8:42AM
that would be awesome! - OhanaPhoto  3357.9 #30 8:43AM
Wow for two grand I can stay five days at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. However, it does sound like fun. Thanks for all you do.  - Midasgold  584.3 #304 8:46AM
I think it included accommodations at the grand. - bluefairy  643.3 #263 12:17PM
Wow, that would be amazing! In a world where I could afford that, anyway 😉 I think the best part would be the walk through, closely followed by riding it again with people jumping out to scare you! - DisneyOnesie  589.4 #301 8:56AM
Awesome!!! I would have done it for sure. $4k is not cheap, that's double te French Laundry, but talk about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Or would be once-in-a-DEATHtime? Lol - Normstar  88.3 #3588 9:00AM
So very cool!! 💀 - CinderellE-79  909.5 #176 9:18AM
Great write up! $2k for the privilege... oh the life of the 1%ers! lol. It sure dos sound special though. Thanks again for your crazy attention to detail! - CobbPR  6919.5 #9 9:35AM
What a great event. So detailed as always. Boy, Jack sure has evolved.  - RadiatorSprings4Ever  945.1 #166 10:10AM
I was thinking the same thing of Jack. - TiggersAndTinks  114.3 #3190 4:58PM
I much prefer his current look lol - BeatleMike  565.6 #315 8:33AM
Sounds like fun. I wonder if they would do this again.  - Chumash28  1080.0 #143 10:35AM
Add me please.   Fantastic post! - turkeylegman  618.5 #283 10:44AM
I remember reading about it when it happened. How fun for the attendees! - PrincessDuckie  756.1 #215 12:04PM
I recall that they did this again around March to celebrate 100 years of Marc Davis. - CM_Shadowgamer  2380.5 #48 12:07PM
Wow how cool! - brguest85  177.9 #2163 1:15PM
I would do anything to have done this! That must have been so amazing. Easily worth the two grand. - madsdad  1846.5 #74 1:22PM
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Another awesome post! I would have given my right hand to have that experience. Sounds absolutely incredible! - missmimi90  1608.9 #87 2:02PM
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OMG this sounds so amazing!!  I would have loved the tour with the lights on.  I'm sure the whole night was awesome!  Thanks for the history as always Duchess.  Really appreciate your time in posting for all of us to enjoy!  👻 - MinnieMousewife  805.4 #197 3:24PM
30 lucky people! Great article, thanks for posting the link - Witchie77  319.6 #722 4:15PM
Thanks for this.  I've missed your posts on Disney history!  What a treat! - TiggersAndTinks  114.3 #3190 5:00PM
I remember hearing about this! I would have loved it! I'm not superstitious by any means, but I think the personalized tombstone would creep me out! Lol - nerdgirl  82.4 #3689 5:05PM
I would make a deal with the shadow man to do this j/k (I'm watching the movie right now)👑&🐸.....To have a tombstone made for you by Disney that you could keep as a suprise would be the best - bonedaddy909  1202.4 #121 5:39PM
Read the entire article... sounded so amazing! Wow!  - carminaire  621.9 #280 6:12PM
Wow, I can't even tell you how much I would have LOVED to be at this event! What a dream!!   - adisneyfamily  837.0 #189 6:15PM
WOW!!! That would have been an amazing night! Thank you for sharing this.  - WhatTiggersDoBest  349.5 #608 6:47PM
Great this day in history! Once again Duchess you have outdone yourself!!! That sounds amazing! I would have loved to attended that event. Thank you!!!!! - Boundin  546.9 #329 9:36PM
thanks for the great info as always duchess - gonzofam  303.3 #803 10:29PM
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@luxkitty bumped you off sorry 😂 - draven898  578.1 #310 1:49PM
Awww man! I gotta step my game up now! Lol - luxkitty  2070.8 #59 2:13PM

Read Episode One of Deadliest Cast Member FREE on Amazon and iTunes!

I downloaded this before a very long road trip, and it kept me entertained the whole time (well, except when I was taking my turn at the wheel, safety first!).  - Geekery  401.6 #498 10:21PM
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! - Admin  10:46AM
Where can I find the book please?  - sarahsanch  6.8 #12608 1:03PM
Just got it! Can't stop reading it. I am already starting chaper 16. Love how all the details of DL are woven into the story. - Tiggerific  337.1 #645 4:20PM
Glad you like it! Season Two is coming in a few weeks! - Admin  11:52PM
Loved them all! - MinnieCarman  251.1 #1233 8:26PM
Thank you MinnieCarman! - Admin  2:40PM
thanks! I just got the first one for my kindle!  - LuvMySmallWorld  38.9 #4844 9:09AM

GOAT EFFECT is finally here for iOS! #SaveTheGoat by knocking the dynamite out of his mouth and see how high you can run your score up! Press on your High Score on the main page to see where you rank in Game Center. Have fun!

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Seriously, thank you so much! Being that we can only afford to go a couple times a year, this helps keep my Disneyland "craving" in balance  - apesandmonkeys  7554.9 #7 3:47PM
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Truly...thank you! Between the CMs and our friends that share their experiences,  stickers, raks and more... the Disney experience can live each day in all our hearts..in or outside of the parks - azcoolmom  211.2 #1755 8:38PM

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Mr.7, that was fast. And I think it's been less than a year since you joined right? Thanks for sharing your talent with us - philliprocks  930.6 #169 6:08PM
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The Season Two cover is revealed through an epic trailer--a tribute to Walt Disney. Check it out below and go here to get more info on MouseWait's hit series Deadliest Cast Member. Follow us on Facebook here

Looks good - Chumash28  1080.0 #143 4:48PM
How exciting! Always love your trailers! - Duchess_SMK  5819.1 #14 7:42AM
I can't wait to start reading this.  - grumpypapa  2767.8 #39 7:23PM
When oh when will this be available on iTunes?!?! I have never finished a book so quickly. I am rereading it with my son while anxiously waiting for season 2 to be iTunes ready. Please hurry! - snitsos  26.8 #5662 9:54PM


 
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La Brea Bakery is the Official Restaurant of MouseWait! Thank you for supporting our partners. Join us Tuesdays 8pm at La Brea for Sticker Night. La Brea offers MouseWaiters a 15% discount during official MouseWait Meetups (Sticker Nights every Tuesday night, and other meetups that we announce in the Lounge).

Yay! Thanks for joining this awesome community! - simba77  311.7 #751 10:04PM
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I like to bring home a box of baked goods and a sandwich.  The next day i can eat and unpack and extend the dl experience. - MsTikiMermadam  54.4 #4281 6:49PM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Jungle Cruise closed Jan 7-9
Matterhorn Bobsleds closed through May 15
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh closed Jan 12-April 2
Haunted Mansion closed Jan 12-22
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes closed Jan 12-April 2
Splash Mountain closed Jan 12-April 2
it's a small world closed Jan 26-Feb 5

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Pacific Wharf Cafe closed through Feb 5
Boudin Bakery Tour closed through Jan 26
Soarin' Over California closed through May 14
Taste Pilot's Grill closed through March 12
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closed Jan 20-March 12
Grizzly River Run closed Jan 20-Mar 19

Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  307.6 #783 8:33AM
Did anyone ride Canal Boats today? Anything to report? - MelodyMouse  3494.6 #27 9:10PM
Did you see the photos yesterday, they have the canal ride  frozen land where old mill was. - secretagentangel  1326.0 #105 2:39PM
I hope they're changing the matterhorn bobsled seats.  Went once after the last refurbishment and NEVER again.  I literally bruised my tailbone. Everyone had back pain for the rest of the day.   - fancyshmancy1999  5.1 #16227 1:04AM
I am afraid to keep looking.  Every time I check it seems like they are adding something else to the list.   - Woozle  27.1 #5622 9:39AM


 
Deadliest Cast Member SEASON TWO is here! Find out what really happened on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. Twenty-four hours or real-time action, authentic Disneyland history, and a finale that you'll never forget. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. Download it to any device from Amazon here.

I bought the paper copy for myself and 2 copies of season one for christmas gifts!  LOVE THIS BOOK!!! - snitsos  26.8 #5662 5:28PM
Thank you snitsos for your support, glad you liked Season Two! - Admin  12:13AM
Thank you for your support glad you liked Season Two! snitsos - Admin  12:15AM
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Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unForecast for week of Monday, January 26, 2015:

Park Hours: DL: 10am-8pm (Monday/Tuesday), 9am-6pm (Wednesday), 10am-8pm (Thursday), 9am-12am (Friday), 8am-12am (Saturday/Sunday). 

DCA: 10am-8pm (Monday/Tuesday), 9am-10pm (Wednesday), 10am-8pm (Thursday), 9am-10pm (Friday), 8am-10pm (Saturday/Sunday). 

*Disneyland Park will close early on Wednesday for a media event regarding the 60th Anniversary announcement. In spite of short park hours, DCA will remain open until 10pm that evening. 

Attraction Closures: Critter Country (closed until April), Disneyland Railroad (closed until Feb. 13), "its a small world" (closed until Feb. 6), Matterhorn Bobsleds (closed until May), Sleeping Beauty Castle (closed until March 3), Snow White Grotto (closed until May), Grizzly River Run (closed until March 20), Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (closed until March 13), Soarin' over California (closed until May). 

"Cinderella" Special Sneak Peak in the "Tough to be a Bug" Theater starting Friday, January 30th. Check the MW News section for details. 

This week's Wednesdays with Walt AP Event will feature "Man into Space". Event will take place at various times in the Main Street Opera House. With a valid AP, present it to a CM at the entrance of the Opera House for an event wristband. 

unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect it to be quiet this week with CIs in the 50s-high 60s. Expect it to be busy in the park late Wednesday afternoon as the media and others will be coming in for the 60th Anniversary announcement and media event. For the weekend, expect it to be moderately quiet with CIs in the 60s to high 70s. 

Have a great week! 


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We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  352.8 #600 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.5 #6804 11:53PM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  114.3 #3190 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  217.2 #1670 5:04PM
Thanks for these updates. I love them!  - Dizkid  357.1 #586 6:07PM
It's Dance the Magic this weekend-always adds to the crowds too!!! - TinkerSchelle  1259.1 #110 8:23PM
What is dance the magic?? - bks4lou  167.8 #2321 4:40PM
Dance studios sign up and dancers come and do a little "pre-parade" along the route. It's cute ;) - TinkerSchelle  1259.1 #110 1:05PM
@bks4lou sorry-I just saw this question ;) - TinkerSchelle  1259.1 #110 1:06PM

What if Walt never dreamed of Disneyland? What would your life be like? What would the world be like? Get Book Two of the VOYAGEERS Saga - The Great Storyteller - on Amazon. Buy the Paperback and get the Kindle version FREE! 

Thank you Admin! This book is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a Disney fan. Can't wait for the next one! - grumpypapa  2767.8 #39 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  11.9 #8642 10:32PM
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Loved watching this video now I want the book!! - missdisney925  114.7 #3181 3:08PM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  1065.8 #145 6:41PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  665.4 #252 6:30PM
Sounds fun!! - HappyPrincess  25.0 #5846 10:48AM
I have the app so if anyone wants to play a game with me :-) - nelcamp90  29.9 #5396 7:12PM
Just invited you to play - Goofytom  1065.8 #145 1:21PM


 
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