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Aug 9, 2014 12:43 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
 Best Post of the Day 8-9-14
Good morning!
This day in Disney history August 9th, 1969: forty five years ago, the Haunted Mansion opened to the public in New Orleans Square!

HM
Photo credit: CobbPR

 The mansions beginnings go all the way back to when Walt Disney had artist Ken Anderson work on a walk-through "ghost house".
Ken Anderson

Designers wanted the facade to look like the stereotypical haunted house, but Walt Disney said, “We’ll take care of the outside and let the ghosts take care of the inside.” Sadly Walt passed away two years before the opening, making this the first attraction to open without him. (Dec. 15th,1966) With the loss of their great visionary, the imagineers debated over the design, should it be scary? Funny?

Marc Davis (funny).....
mark

and Claude Coats (scary).......
claude

combined their ideas to create what the mansion is today.

The Haunted Mansion was connected to several myths and urban legends. Since the facade had been up for nearly five years, rumors began making their way through schoolyards and across backyard fences. My favorite, a "test patron" had supposedly been literally "scared to death!" πŸ‘»

Another fun story surrounding the mansion, quoted from my friend @BaseballMickey_CM: "A few months after the Mansion opened in 1969, it closed for a mysterious reason. People thought that it was so scary that someone actually was killed inside. Well actually, the floors of the stretching room where collecting mold and were damaged from a small leak from the water of the Rivers of America, thus, they had to replace the flooring."

BUT the biggest mystery of them all seems to be with the ACTUAL opening date…..every Disney website I've researched says it's the 9th.
BUT I've found evidence to the contrary. You be the judge. For a fascinating read about this:
http://tinyurl.com/lvq6kbl

Madame Leota, the medium in the séance room and the tiny talking figure at the end of the attraction as you exit, is modeled after longtime (WED—now Walt Disney Imagineering) employee, model builder, costumer, and Imagineer Leota Toombs (also known as Leota Thomas).

madame leota
Photo credit: CobbPR

"Serpents, and spiders, tail of a rat...call in the spirits, wherever they're at! Rap on a table, it's time to respond...send us a message from somewhere beyond. Goblins and ghoulies, from last Halloween...awaken the spirits with your tambourines! Creepies, and crawlies, toads in a pond...let there be music, from regions beyond! Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell...give us a hint by ringing a bell!"

When I'm really missing the Mansion, this ride through video helps:
http://tinyurl.com/nkg3krt



The tune, “Grim Grinning Ghosts” composed by Buddy Baker ........
buddy baker

with lyrics by F. Xavier Atencio.......
xavier

 can be heard in nearly every section of the Mansion with various arrangements. "Grim Grinning Ghosts" is not performed by the Mellomen, but rather by a pickup group. The only member of the Mellomen heard is Thurl Ravenscroft, who sings as part of a quintet of singing busts in the graveyard scene (the one wth the mustache). His face is also used, projected onto the bust with a detached head.
Can you name the other four? (pictured in the main collage below) First one who does gets a gold star for today….

To listen to the original recording of the story of the Mansion (I believe you can purchase this CD in the park):
http://tinyurl.com/9z8xl3m



To listen to an interview with "The Black Widow Bride" Kat Cressida (also pictured in the collage below, added in 2006 for the 50th anniversary):
http://tinyurl.com/kjkbzqm

For an amazing website with TONS more info about the Mansion:
http://tinyurl.com/5l26re

hitchhikers
Photo credit: CobbPR

What's YOUR favorite thing about Haunted Mansion?
Do you prefer the original version or the NBC Holiday one?


jack
Photo credit: CobbPR

Thanks so much for reading and watching! Hope you all have a super Saturday!

Happy 45th anniversary Haunted Mansion!

"Hurry Baaaaack!"
bride
Photo Credit: CobbPR

Photo credits for the collage below go to our very own MW photographers:
CobbPR- Haunted Mansion exterior, and Madame Leota
Photography by Ken Leonard (Retired Kid Again): Singing busts in the graveyard
MrMOMzers: Ballroom shooter, and Black Widow

Websites referenced:
thisdayindisneyhistory.com
longforgottenhauntedmansion.blogspot.com
doombuggies.com
mousewait.com
davelandweb.com
youtube.com
d23.com

Tagged in: Attractions  Disney History  
My favorite ride! πŸ’œ πŸ‘  - luxkitty  1922.2 #68 12:45AM
You have an awesome Mansion sticker collection! - WishIWereThere  259.1 #1151 7:07AM
Yay! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:07AM
Thanks for sharing! Loved reading this history. - DizneyGirl  671.3 #7 4:57AM
Oh you're so welcome! Glad you enjoyed it! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:07AM
- thomasOmalley  34.3 #5057 12:40PM
Hi babe! πŸ˜˜πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:15AM
Wonderful lesson and history as always! - CobbPR  6884.6 #9 4:05PM
😊 thank you Sir! Thanks for the use if your photos!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 8:35PM
This is usually the first or second attraction my family goes in during every trip. ;alternates with Pirates) - fab5  36.0 #4959 5:35PM
πŸ‘ do you prefer the original or the nbc version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 6:55AM
i like seeing the pet cemetary and i believe that side of the mansion was rthe original line, also love all the puns on the tombstones and the mansion always the last laugh when you exit by the turnstille there a speaker that laughs at you, also snce the ride is underground the imagineers placed fake tree brances as you exit to simultae the underground appearance which they also did in pirates as well - pikarich  3191.6 #33 12:52AM
I'll have to look for those tree branches! I've never notice them! Thanks pikarich ! πŸ‘‹ - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:14AM
I can't imagine DL without this attraction. It is not my favorite but I love the history behind it. So many back stories and characters. They have become a part of the magic. Our family enjoys the overlay . The decorations and smells are exciting to experience. Thanks for this post! We appreciate all the work that goes into them. - RadiatorSprings4Ever  913.7 #170 12:57AM
1st vote for NBC βœ”οΈ. Thank you so much for your kind words. These posts are indeed a lot of work and I so appreciate you always taking the time to answer my questions! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:16AM
- evilemohand  386.8 #515 4:47AM
😊what's your favorite part and do you prefer the original version or the NBC overlay? - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:17AM
 One of the best attractions - Chumash28  1069.6 #142 5:03AM
I agree! Which version do you prefer?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:17AM
My favorite thing about the Mansion is there is always something new to see. Find something new every time I go on. I hope the see the pet cemetery some day. And I like both the original and Jack mansions equally.  - erinten  478.3 #387 5:34AM
😊 isn't it funny, people who don't have AP's and don't understand our love for Disney think we could get bored or think "we've seen it all already". Piffft! I'm with you girl, every time I go to the park I see something new! A vote for each version βœ”οΈβœ”οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ‘‹ thank you!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:23AM
Great post! 😘😘😘 - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1081.1 #140 6:28AM
Thank you love! What's your favorite part of the mansion? And what version do you prefer?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:24AM
My favorite! Thank you for doing this   - WishIWereThere  259.1 #1151 6:51AM
Oh cool! πŸ‘» thanks for reading and commenting! What's your favorite part of the ride and do you prefer the original or nbc overlay? - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:25AM
I have not seen the nbc version. I love the hallway, looking at the changing portraits, looking out the window at the rain,and it just gets better from there  - WishIWereThere  259.1 #1151 9:42AM
Oh no? Oh I hope you get to enjoy it this year! Good choice for a favorite part!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 6:56AM
That was awesome, very much enjoy reading the story.  - DavidDisney  37.2 #4897 7:07AM
πŸ‘‹ hey you! Long time no see! Thank you! Do you prefer the original or nbc version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 11:45AM
Verne RowChuck Schroeder Jay MeyerBob EbrightHow'd I do?Love this!  And I remember when it was new. So much fun back in those days. First POTC opened and then it was the Haunted Mansion!  Seems like something new was there with each visit we has back then!  (Also, IASW.) this has always been a favorite, along with POTC. Still is today, and thankfully with my family, as well!  It's nice to see the words of Madame Leota up there. I could heard that in her voice as I read it. Fun!  Thank you for another awesome history post, my dear! 😘  - MeridaFan  3441.0 #28 7:16AM
All the pick up singers? You go, girl!!! - PrincessCindy  112.6 #3212 7:54AM
πŸ‘πŸ‘ - MeridaFan  3441.0 #28 9:07AM
Girl you did it! 🌟 there's your star! Wear it proudly today ok? 😊 so happy you enjoyed the read! You're so blessed to have been on the parks when so many attractions opened! What part is your favorite? Do you prefer the original or nbc version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 9:34AM
Yay!  I got the 🌟 star!!  And wear it proudly, I shall!  Teehee. Thank you!  I love both versions, but I am kind of partial to the nbc one of late because it brings to mind the holidays and all the fun times associated with that time of year. I really should talk to my cousins, since they lived in Anaheim back then and were possibly there on opening day for some of these awesome rides and attractions! - MeridaFan  3441.0 #28 10:40AM
I love the HM and it's definitely one of my favorites!!  Loved this post so much, thank you!  My fav part is the dining room scene.  I like both versions, but if I could only pick one it would have to be the original.  πŸ‘» - MinnieMousewife  772.3 #206 7:24AM
So happy you enjoyed the read! Thank you! Good choice for a favorite! And βœ”οΈ Another vote for the original! Thanks for answering my questions dear! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 1:36PM
Such a wonderful post, thank you!  - FrankenweenieVelinee  1573.5 #85 7:33AM
Thanks love! What's your favorite part? Do you prefer the original or nbc holiday version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 1:37PM
Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday!! Next month!! - FrankenweenieVelinee  1573.5 #85 3:06PM
Great post, as usual! I have never seen it at Halloween time with the overlay, so I am super excited to go this October! - Thumper13  426.9 #448 7:37AM
Thanks! 😊 oh I'm excited for you! It's a must see! πŸ‘ what's your favorite part of the original version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 1:38PM
First thing I read this am. Awesome stuff here. I would have said NBC Holiday because it has been so long since we have seen the mansion without it. Having just ridden it 2 weeks ago I would say I like it better without it. I think it is much scarier and the lines didn't seem as long IMO.  - Dizkid  353.9 #588 7:38AM
βœ”οΈ For original. 😊 Glad you enjoyed the read. It's always nice when the ride isn't so long.  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 6:58AM
Thank you sooo much for this!!! Went through everything but the Kat Cressida interview, which I'm going to buy 'cause I love the Bride! My preference is the classic HM because it's scarier. The NBC mansion is a little too day glow for me. Loved this post!! - PrincessCindy  112.6 #3212 7:51AM
- PrincessCindy  112.6 #3212 7:56AM
Oh good! Really happy you enjoyed all the links. 😊 βœ”οΈ for original version.  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:02AM
Thanks for this history lesson. I love all the facts! I can't wait to show my son this post. Today is his birthday and I know he will be excited that he shares this day with Disney history. I love this ride. I love both dress ups but I think I favor NBC.  - Bassplayerswife  184.0 #2078 8:05AM
Oh wow! Hope he got a kick out of reading this. 😊 βœ”οΈ Vote for nbc. Thank you!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:04AM
You do an amazing job on these DL history posts. I love it! Thank you so much! - 7mouskedoodles  355.0 #587 8:10AM
Awe! Thanks so much sweetie! They take along time so appreciate you letting me know you enjoy them! 😘 what's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:05AM
Terrific post!  Especially liked the part about the disputed opening day. I like both, but if I had to chose, I'd take the original. And hope to be riding it later today! - redsoxcarlos  1214.8 #116 8:25AM
Thank you Sir! Hope you got to take that ride! πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘» βœ”οΈ For original HM.  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:07AM
I sure did! - redsoxcarlos  1214.8 #116 5:45PM
πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘ - LaPearleNoir  1249.3 #108 8:29AM
Hi LaPearleNoir ! πŸ‘‹ what's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:08AM
Hi there! πŸ‘‹ I really enjoy the NBC version and I look forward to it every year. - LaPearleNoir  1249.3 #108 7:44AM
Thanks for the great post, loved that you used the talent of some of our awesome MWers! - piratelife4me  845.4 #187 9:01AM
Thank you ma'am! 😊 oh good! They really are fantastic pics! What's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:08AM
Love them both! :) - piratelife4me  845.4 #187 8:22AM
Hi - toystory3  216.9 #35 9:16AM
Hi! πŸ‘‹πŸ˜Š - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:09AM
Wow this was a very interesting morning read. Thanks for posting it! - TakeMeToNeverland19  11.3 #8791 10:25AM
Oh thank you! What's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:09AM
The original! Although I do love the Nightmare before Christmas version - TakeMeToNeverland19  11.3 #8791 11:59AM
Another wonderful post.  Thank you.  I love the original version and my minis are crazy about the NBC version.  - DisLUVney  556.1 #318 10:27AM
Thank you doll! 😘 βœ”οΈ one for original βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ For nbc!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:10AM
Honestly I miss it when jack takes over. I like jack and all but having it for four months is too long for me. I start missing the original.  - MarshaMouse  4073.9 #24 10:45AM
I agree, it a nice change but I always miss the original after awhile. 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:11AM
- Winnie111286  2043.9 #58 10:46AM
Morning Winnie! πŸ‘‹ what's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:12AM
I love the Holiday version but miss the original when it's away. - Winnie111286  2043.9 #58 10:55PM
Rode it this morning and thought about the Holiday version will be here next month. Exciting. - Winnie111286  2043.9 #58 10:57PM
So interesting to read all about this. Thanks for sharing! - DarthTinkerbell  197.7 #1910 10:46AM
I'm overjoyed you liked it! Thank you! What's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:12AM
I'm sad to say that I have only seen the original version. My birthday is in October, so it's always been a dream of mine to see the mansion decorated for Halloween. One day.The strange thing is, I never knew the mansion was that old. My parents used to take me to the park when I was younger every year. I remember being in the area of the mansion, but have no memory of it at all. I spent a good chunk of my day yesterday trying o figure out why they never took me on it. I seriously thought the mansion was only about 20 years old. The first time I went on it was when I went with my kids. Again, thanks for educating me on this Duchess_SMK you really got my mind going today! It was a great history lesson! - DarthTinkerbell  197.7 #1910 11:07AM
My favorite ride! I so wish I could be there today  - FoolishMortal138  330.0 #663 10:47AM
Is it? Cool! What's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:13AM
I love the normal version but I don't mind Jack at all during the holidays  - FoolishMortal138  330.0 #663 9:43AM
Stopped for one more ride before trip back home - CoachSteve  87.6 #3584 11:45AM
Nice one! 😊safe travels! What's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:13AM
- secretagentangel  1305.1 #103 12:15PM
Hey saa! πŸ‘‹πŸ˜˜ what's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:14AM
I like both, but probably NBC more.on the  NBC DVD there's an option for extras and if you click on it it will take you see several tours on HM with Christmas and without and some with all the sounds,  and some a walking tour on what and why and who did what!!!really interesting and fun. - secretagentangel  1305.1 #103 3:06PM
Awesome!  - GallowsGal  0.6 #0 12:33PM
Awe! Thanks so much!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:14AM
very cool - foundpluto1  1405.2 #95 12:55PM
Well thank you! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:15AM
 Great history post! Like the original version the best. Would love to know who the other singing busts are, I knew about Thurl. Thanks, really enjoyed. Posting while eaten chicken at Plaza Inn! - jacdanfan  7560.7 #4 1:10PM
MeridaFanHasNoAP  won the gold star for the day for naming all of em. πŸ‘† up there. So coolYou were eating chicken while reading this! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ thanks for the kind words!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:18AM
❀️❀️❀️❀️Great post  - joyful_belle131  54.0 #4271 1:44PM
Thank so much!  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:18AM
My all time favorite! - goofygal  7379.4 #7 2:59PM
Oh yay! What's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:19AM
Fantastic post!!!         - adisneyfamily  722.4 #224 6:23PM
Thank you kindly! What's your favorite version?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:19AM
One of my Β favorite things about Β the Haunted Mansion, is the scared feeling I get, after NBC is put away. Β Don't get me wrong, I ❀️ that the 2 holidays c 1000 ollide, and it's cute and not really scary, and especially, the music! (Danny Elfman, an AMAZING Composer, record producer, and actor.) Β but when you haven't gone in a long time, and they place the Mansion back to normal, it's a great magical scary feeling all over again! 😊 lol ❀️❀️ - MadameLeota  1840.2 #72 7:16PM
I totally agree with you! Thanks for adding that info about the nbc version composer. πŸ’—πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ‘ - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:20AM
- Plumiegirl  8312.6 #3 8:26PM
πŸ‘‹ hey Plumie! Hope you're feeling good! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:21AM
My second most favorite ride!!!! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ - PixiePirateMaid  300.5 #816 9:29PM
πŸ‘»πŸ‘πŸ’— what's your first?  - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:21AM
Pirates πŸ’— - PixiePirateMaid  300.5 #816 3:02PM
:) :) - E-Ticket  1189.5 #120 8:02AM
a must every trip!!! even if it's the only thing we ride :) thank you so much for this awesome history on HM! - OhanaPhoto  3277.5 #30 10:13AM

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If I get my health back on track with my new insurance and we somehow get my brother helped, I will post a join me for my first ride on RSR party, my brother can't go on, and I have been so sick and felt bad about going in front with the old pass.  I will post one in june. maybe it can be the lets all go on the attractions we have never been on before event. - secretagentangel  1305.1 #103 4:31PM
Thank you!! My birthday is April 29th & I just realized that we will have been moved down by then. Time to plan a birthday bash! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ - apesandmonkeys  7554.5 #5 9:08PM
We need to celebrate!! - Superspacemountainfan  82.8 #3667 2:03PM
We share the same birthday! Happy a early Birthday!! - BriarRose110511  230.9 #1481 9:03PM
That's so cool!!! Same to you πŸŒΊπŸ’œπŸŒΊπŸ’œ - apesandmonkeys  7554.5 #5 12:36AM
If I knew about this, I'd have stayed an extra day w @amyb1076 - luvdatturkeyleg  39.4 #4788 3:00PM
I've never done a mousewait meet up... Where do I go... - Disneygrl35  2.1 #56014 12:50PM
If you're there today, you can make HandMeAChurroImmaFaint 'S POTC meetup at 6 pm. Usually they will gather across from the ride entrance. Perhaps along the fence area of the Riverbelle Terrace. Look for a fairly large group of fun-loving people. Many will have their mouse ears on. Your hostess, Ms Churro, will be leading the way. Just dive right in and ask, 'excuse me. Is this the Mousewait meetup?'  You won't be sorry!  Disneygrl35 - MeridaFan  3441.0 #28 2:09PM
Thanks so much for the info MeridaFan!!!😊😊 - Disneygrl35  2.1 #56014 2:19PM
We are meeting at the Petrified tree in Frontierland- to the left of the Mark Twain Riverboat entrance. Thanks MeridaFan😘😘 - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  4480.1 #20 4:45PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster
14847.5

2. Dave
11843

3. Plumiegirl
8312.59

4. jacdanfan
7560.66

5. apesandmonkeys
7554.48

6. Tom
7477.28

7. goofygal
7379.35

8. uscdisneyteacher
7223.13

9. CobbPR
6884.62

10. Bullseye
6682.33


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  905.4 #172 6:08PM
Haha - SnoopMousyMouse  41.4 #0 12:33PM
Number 6 now - philliprocks  905.4 #172 2:09PM
5* - AshleyRae-  121.5 #3038 3:25PM
Thank you for your contributions! - Song  1548.0 #86 11:18AM
What about me??? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜‹ - Kayoss  82.7 #3668 6:02AM
Kayoss you aren't easily forgotten. Just mention the words bus ride. - Dizkid  353.9 #588 8:15PM

Get 100 Credits for staying at the Hojo Anaheim! Just fill out this form and we'll get the Credits added to your account. When you stay at the Hojo, you help us continue to improve MouseWait. Call their in house reservation number and remember to mention MouseWait--you will love everything about the Hojo!

Credits have been applied to everyone's account as of today! - Admin 11:40AM
I still have not received my credits from the birthday bash? - vegashappyhaunts  97.9 #3437 6:01PM
I just called them to price out our potential trip in June. Chris was so nice and the MW savings are phenomenal! Still waiting on work vacation approval to reserve the room!  - HNL2SFO  205.4 #1819 1:26PM
What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  13.3 #8022 3:57PM
- Yen-Sidious  37.3 #4890 8:46PM
I have done this form multiple times and I never get the points :( - Disney4life  57.6 #4169 10:43PM
Please send a ticket into support and let them know. - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  4480.1 #20 8:45AM
They helped me get the points. - Winnie111286  2043.9 #58 10:21AM

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  401.5 #493 10:21PM
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! - Admin  10:46AM
Where can I find the book please?  - sarahsanch  6.8 #12428 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  335.1 #642 4:20PM
Glad you like it! Season Two is coming in a few weeks! - Admin  11:52PM
I'm halfway through Season 2 and I have already read both Voyageers. My 15 year old is now reading my hard copy of Season 1 and she can't put it down πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ“– I LOVE reading them and am anxiously waiting for more! Well done, Admin!!  - melissa_ficent  318.5 #722 10:01PM
Loved them all! - MinnieCarman  251.1 #1226 8:26PM

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  1025.7 #152 6:41PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  665.3 #251 6:30PM
Sounds fun!! - HappyPrincess  25.0 #5804 10:48AM
I have the app so if anyone wants to play a game with me :-) - nelcamp90  29.5 #5379 7:12PM
Just invited you to play - Goofytom  1025.7 #152 1:21PM

Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and MagicRace!

1. MeridaFan
41630

2. MelodyMouse
40000

3. jacdanfan
40000

4. iLOVELUCYnDISNEY
28750

5. PrincessCindy
25400

6. secretagentangel
24900

7. debbiev
24250

8. nataska1989
20000

9. DisneyGrandma
19500

10. leopardditz2000
18750

 

A list I made....for spending money!! Figures... - debbiev  873.8 #183 2:42PM
Lol - robmurow  3116.4 #35 4:03PM
Ha hahahaha!  Yeah. I won't be telling my husband about this list. Not that he'd be surprised. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  3441.0 #28 6:28PM
Haha, @MeridaFan my husband knows me too well!! - debbiev  873.8 #183 10:06PM
Me too! hahahaha - luxkitty  1922.2 #68 8:34PM
πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ - debbiev  873.8 #183 11:31AM
This list is awesome!!!! LOL We already know Dave spends the most on food and 2BON2B spends the most on dolls. It's funny to think of other possibilities! Great job contributing everyone!!! - MrsSchnooks  2833.1 #37 11:54AM
I just figured out that if you buy 1500 at a time it is a major deal.  but then you get too tempted and buy EVERYTHING!!!!!:D - secretagentangel  1305.1 #103 8:57PM
The dolls! πŸ‘€ - missariel33  1618.5 #82 8:01PM
I spend too much $$ on Disney purses. luxkitty can you relate? Lol - apesandmonkeys  7554.5 #5 9:43PM
Yep @apesandmonkeys lol - luxkitty  1922.2 #68 5:01PM
 Spend too much on everything!  πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  3441.0 #28 3:06PM
Shhh!😳😳don't tell my husband πŸ˜‚ - 2BeignetOrNot2Beignet  950.0 #161 10:00PM
Thank you Admin, for the Costco iTunes card tip and for the generous double credits which, if my math is correct, were actually quadrupled somehow! I'm stunned and grateful.  - MelodyMouse  3477.5 #27 8:20AM
@luxkitty bumped you off sorry πŸ˜‚ - draven898  471.5 #392 1:49PM
Awww man! I gotta step my game up now! Lol - luxkitty  1922.2 #68 2:13PM

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  1069.6 #142 4:48PM
How exciting! Always love your trailers! - Duchess_SMK  5778.4 #14 7:42AM
I can't wait to start reading this.  - grumpypapa  2612.4 #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  26.7 #5613 9:54PM

Here are the top 10 News Contributors:

1. BaseballMickey_CM
6374.28

2. Stitch_Legacy
4990.32

3. RickChavez
3276.12

4. ScooterMike
1961.66

5. SPandEvLover
3109.75

6. IDVandalSkipperCM
2215.09

7. caramiapoohAKAface
3256.38

8. Dave
11843

9. Duchess_SMK
5778.38

10. JustCantWait
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SEE TOP 50 NEWS CONTRIBUTORS

Thank you everyone! You do a great job keeping us in the know and making MW a must have for Disney info!!! - Boundin  537.0 #332 10:33PM
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  7554.5 #5 3:47PM
Yes!  Same here.   - DisLUVney  556.1 #318 2:36PM
  - Ray1man  57.4 #4174 8:36PM
newsies! - MelodyMouse  3477.5 #27 9:02AM

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

Holiday Tips at the Disneyland Resort:

1. Check out Olaf's Snow Fest and Freeze The Night in Hollywood Land (California Adventure). Frozen Fun officially opens on Jan 7.
2. Expect BIG crowds this week. Disneyland will probably reach capacity.
3. Check out Olaf's Ice Skating Rink in the Downtown Disney Winter Village if you're blocked out.
4. Watch the Christmas Fantasy Parade from the Plaza Inn patio.
5. Check out the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch. It closes at 5:30pm
6. Viva Navidad, a festive celebration of lively Latino traditions, takes place in California Adventure through Jan 6.

- Admin Dec 28, 2014 9:45AM



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  351.6 #595 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.5 #6736 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  114.1 #3182 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  215.0 #1689 5:04PM
Thanks for these updates. I love them!  - Dizkid  353.9 #588 6:07PM
It's Dance the Magic this weekend-always adds to the crowds too!!! - TinkerSchelle  1200.6 #119 8:23PM

MONTHLY WAIT TIME LEADERS REAL-TIME: Thank you to everyone who enters accurate wait times--you earn MouseRank Points, Credits, worldwide fame, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams when you enter wait times at the Park (ok maybe not the last two things). Please remember to ONLY enter wait times that you have verified in person, this improves our algorithm substantially, thanks!

1. MelodyMouse
303

2. WARLOCK
249

3. ShariRenee
241

4. HARR_E
210

5. goofygal
206

6. jacdanfan
181

7. Tom
136

8. Coaster
126

9. chads018
91

10. JPatDL
80

 

SEE THE TOP 100

Entering accurate wait times is hard work but a lot of fun and adds value to this app for the hundreds of people who have the app and only use it to see wait times, like I did when I first got the appΒ  - MelodyMouse  3477.5 #27 2:44PM
Thanks everyone! Β I always do wait times when I'm there but you guys are awesome to do this so consistently and every visit, it shows how much you care to help the rest of us!!😘😘:):D - secretagentangel  1305.1 #103 12:26PM

Our Favorite Things: This is a list of the top things added to our popular ToDo List feature inside the app (based on the number of times added to a ToDo List):

Popular Restaurants : 1. Big Thunder Ranch BBQ
2. Blue Bayou 31 rue royal
3. Cafe Orleans

Popular Events :1. Mickey and the Magical Map Dec 28, 2014 show time : Fantasyland

2. A Christmas Fantasy Parade Dec 28, 2014 show time :

3. Disneyland Band Dec 28, 2014 show time : Main Street, U.S.A.


Popular Attractions :1. Pirates of the Caribbean
2. Indiana Jones Adventure 46"
3. Haunted Mansion Holiday


New Orleans Square attractions are best.  - CM_Shadowgamer  2375.0 #49 7:23PM
 I agree,for life - bonedaddy909  1173.0 #125 6:56AM
Completely agree!!!       - adisneyfamily  722.4 #224 10:23AM
Gotta love NOS!    - grumpypapa  2612.4 #39 4:12AM
Nooooo captain EO needs to go! - hairdog67  258.6 #1158 4:17PM
Agreed! - KingdomKeeper1210  29.0 #0 3:17PM
What!!?? Nooooo!!!! - CaptainEOlove  4.6 #17975 12:40PM
I still have yet to eat at big thunder! What's your favorite thing to eat there??  - littleone  244.3 #1309 4:19PM
Make reservations!  They were full when we went. So bummed I missed it.  - TinyDancerTay  25.6 #5732 4:56PM
Everything is delicious in the all-you-can-eat barbecue meal there,  but last time, we just went to share the huge cookie/ice cream dessert. Worth it! - YoPirate  27.5 #5553 5:11PM
Agree!!! - bondfamluvsdisney  2.0 #56359 9:54PM

DISCOUNTED DISNEYLAND TICKETS THROUGH MOUSEWAIT! You get 2% off select tickets if you purchase on this page and use the code MOUSEWAIT at checkout. A percentage of your total purchase comes back to MouseWait, which helps cover our monthly maintenance and development expenses! You will also get 100 Credits if you email us your receipt along with your username! 

How cool! Hmmmm now to find someone who needs tickets! - Shameekz  41.3 #4703 3:14PM
Does it include purchasing so cal resident discunted tickets? - HappyPrincess  25.0 #5804 11:49PM
Umm... Excellent question - BeatleMike  564.7 #313 11:23PM
Awesome - pamntink  36.0 #4957 10:54AM
Also doesn't include D23 memberships. ugh. - DLKenCA  1771.4 #75 8:57AM


 
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  26.7 #5613 5:28PM
- luxkitty  1922.2 #68 12:00AM
Thanks for the sticker!!!luxkitty - GoofyMom77  640.0 #265 12:19PM
- NascarDave  295.0 #845 6:30PM
- richiii3  303.7 #795 9:08AM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends with our new WEB VERSION of the TRIVILATOR! Play single or multi-player games real-time with people from all over the world. You can also play on your iOS device with our app.

I've only been playing random players and that is definitely hit or miss. Anyone who wants to start a game with me is more than welcome!! Plus - you'll probably win! Lol - MissAcroBRAT  244.5 #1305 8:13AM
Just sent you a couple of invites. Let's play - Goofytom  1025.7 #152 4:06PM
I love this game! If anyone wants to play, I'm willing! - DisneylandOrBust  333.2 #0 10:02AM
I sent some invites too!!!! - DisneyPrincessT  65.3 #3994 10:40AM
I haven't played in a while so if anyone wants a game start one and you might get some easier points ;) - chrismis21  469.5 #399 3:19PM

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!

- jacdanfan  7560.7 #4 7:44PM
- MadameLeota  1840.2 #72 1:06PM
- FanOfJack  138.3 #2771 12:25PM
- BibbidiBobbidiMe  102.8 #3371 5:55PM

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  2612.4 #39 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
I love the cover of this!  I just started reading it this morning.  - MeridaFan  3441.0 #28 1:25PM
Thank you! We put a lot of work into that cover to get it just right. - Admin  2:00PM
- MissAmericaSings  358.0 #577 5:36PM
Loved watching this video now I want the book!! - missdisney925  114.7 #3168 3:08PM

Here are the Weekly Top 10 TRIVILATOR Players. Find people to play here. Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends on iOS. Play on any device with our new web version here.

1. DisneyMakesMeSmile
53

2. DisneylandOrBust
22

3. Goofytom
19

4. richiii3
18

5. SplashLover24
12

6. emily.northcutt.94
8

7. Boundin
4

8. DonaldRox
3

9. Tom
2

10. DarthTinkerbell
1

 

What the! I made a top 10 list! I lose like half my games but at least I play. Atora should know, she made a fool of me. What was it 28 to 12? - philliprocks  905.4 #172 6:51PM
Ouch! She's pretty tough to beat. - sawman911  665.3 #251 10:19PM
Ready for a rematch? 😈 - Atora  2184.7 #55 5:49PM
If I say yes, I'm lying. If I say no I'm a sissy  - philliprocks  905.4 #172 7:46PM
Hahahaha!  - apesandmonkeys  7554.5 #5 6:51PM
Woo woo! Look at you! - BellesLibrary  402.2 #492 3:36PM
You're just the 9th loser! Loser - SnoopMousyMouse  41.4 #0 1:11PM
And you're a sissy anyway - SnoopMousyMouse  41.4 #0 1:11PM
I smell a recount due to dangling chads @philliprocks⚠ - MickeyLumboCM  762.2 #210 7:06PM
Wow congrats Phillip! You're moving on up!  - BellesLibrary  402.2 #492 5:41PM
Annnnnnnnnd.... ur gone - SpiritOfAdventure  1029.3 #149 11:24PM
Whaaaaaa??? I'm on The List! I...... I feel so honored! I don't know what to say! Id like to thanks my parents for.... Lol jk. Kind of shocked. I usually lose. - BellesLibrary  402.2 #492 11:34PM
It's inconceivable!  - DonaldRox  33.4 #5117 11:29AM
DisneylandOrBust, DonaldRox and MadLeota are fun players!!! I am learning a lot!!!!! - Boundin  537.0 #332 6:20PM

Thanked by:   Ray1man   Shameekz   Tom   20 More Thanks DarthTinkerbell   Boundin   richiii3  
Download VOYAGEERS to your device today! Discover the VOYAGEERS Society, and the magical Main Street Realm in this action packed adventure for kids of ALL ages! Also available on iBooks and Kobo. Follow the VOYAGEERS on Facebook for more info and behind the scenes exclusives.

Like normal I am late to the party. Reading it now - Tealtownfan  886.4 #175 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨ - TinkerSchelle  1200.6 #119 10:53PM
- mckelfam  32.0 #5201 8:46PM
Loooooved it! - melissa_ficent  318.5 #722 9:57PM

MONTHLY OVERALL REAL-TIME LEADERBOARD

1. MelodyMouse
365

2. ShariRenee
343

3. Stitch_Legacy
259

4. Winnie111286
256

5. WARLOCK
249

6. HARR_E
246

7. Plumiegirl
219

8. goofygal
216

9. Tom
209

10. jacdanfan
189



SEE TOP 100 LEADERS

I'm in the top 10!  - luxkitty  1922.2 #68 3:12PM
Waytago! Keep up the good woik (Bugs Bunny accent) - MelodyMouse  3477.5 #27 9:57AM
I adore Disneyland! - MelodyMouse  3477.5 #27 8:58AM
Me too! - ShariRenee  4692.8 #19 9:09PM
MelodyMouse is #1 in my book no matter where she may be on this list...oh, wait...she IS #1...WOO HOO! - DisneyDonn  0.1 #98015 3:19PM
Aw shucks (Goofy voice). Thx DD - MelodyMouse  3477.5 #27 8:12AM

Thanked by:   luxkitty   Tom  
Use this link (save it as a bookmark to make it easy) before you add things to your Amazon and MouseWait will receive 5% of your purchase! Thank you for your support!

Purchased the Voyageers book through this link so MW benefits twice  - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1402.2 #96 4:48PM
Spent $490 on it the other day - CVDisneyland  383.3 #521 12:40PM
Thank you! - Admin  5:04PM
I purchase a lot on amazon, I always use this bookmark, but I always wonder if mousewait gets the credits. - snowgrey  5.5 #14964 3:56PM
I always use this when I shop on Amazon  - Plumiegirl  8312.6 #3 11:26PM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Casey Jr. reopens Dec. 19
Storybook Land Canal Boats reopen Dec. 19


DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Boudin Bakery Tour

Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  307.5 #779 8:33AM
Did anyone ride Canal Boats today? Anything to report? - MelodyMouse  3477.5 #27 9:10PM
Did you see the photos yesterday, they have the canal ride  frozen land where old mill was. - secretagentangel  1305.1 #103 2:39PM

Thanked by:   Tom   carminaire   kimdis  
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  311.6 #745 10:04PM
- luxkitty  1922.2 #68 3:11PM
  - MissSeaMonkey  160.5 #2427 11:59AM
Very cool! I can't wait to move back to CA so I can finally join the meet ups! - NeverlandTink  423.1 #452 4:45PM
πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘where are you guys living now? - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  4480.1 #20 1:37PM
Galveston TX right now.  Hopefully gonna me moving to the Corona or Riverside area in CA. How have you been HandMeAChurroImmaFaint - NeverlandTink  423.1 #452 1:38PM
Oh that will be a long drive but it will be worth it - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  4480.1 #20 5:54PM

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