Haunted Mansion Holiday 2004
On Thursday, September
30, 2004, we attended Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday merchandise
event. The event began with registration, which was pleasantly
smooth. We ended up waiting about a half-hour in the registration
line. Fortunately, we had artwork to examine while we were
After we picked up our
registration packet, and our first event gift, we moved on to another
line to pick up our merchandise. It was also long, but we
understood that everyone would be examining their merchandise. We
were happy that everything we had purchased was in excellent shape, and
that the cast member who assisted us was very understanding. (Click
this for merchandise that people purchased)
With merchandise in hand, we went back to the car so we wouldn't be
lugging stuff around. Once that was taken care of, we met friends
at the Hearthstone Lounge. One of them had a little too much to
gathered with a bunch of other folks outside the main entrance.
They had everyone line up while folks exited the park. When it
got near 8pm, they moved the lines to the main entrance.
Suddenly, another set of lines formed next to the exit. A cast
member eventually instructed those who were entering at 9:30 to go to
the main entrance, while those whoe were to enter at 8 were in the
correct line. They then let us in, but rather than scanning our
tickets, they examined our lanyards (Green lanyards were to enter at
9:30, everyone else entered at 8). When we reached New Orleans
Square, we were greeted with fog, live music, and an Oogie Boogie Moon.
During all of this, we
were fed scrumptious food, decadent desserts, and tastey drinks (both
alcoholic and non-alcoholic). They also handed out free popcorn
and our "haunted treat", a rice krispie marshmellow dog bone treat.
Eventually, we rode the Haunted Mansion where we were greeted by Jack
and Sally (sorry, our photo didn't turn out well). The mansion
didn't seem too different than last year. We enjoyed seeing our
names on the supplemntal naughty and nice list. We were both
tagged as naughty! After our ride, we were presented with our
second gift of the night, a chocolate snake.
Our next activity was to play a series of games. The first was a
"find the prize" where you dragged your hand through a shallow barrel
milled mostly with rubber worms (where were Timon and Pumbaa when you
need them?). The prize was a pair of Nightmare Before Christmas
shoelaces. The next game was "toss the ball in the test
tube". Even if you failed, you still won a small button of the
Nightmare duck. The third game was the one everyone wanted to
play -- toss the rubber baby's head through the hole. Again, even
if you failed, you got a light-up bobble for your head. The
fourth game was "wheel of misfortune." No matter what, you had to
answer a Nightmare Before Christmas trivia question. I failed to
correctly name two of the animals on the Christmastown merry-go-round,
but still won a temporary tattoo. The final game, was, for me,
the most fun. You and one other player raced to put together a
bonedeer. I barely lost, but still ended up with a Nightmare
Before Christmas beachball. You could tell that the folks running
the event felt the game lines got too long. By the time we played
the third game, cast members were wandering through the lines and
offering to exchange the game tickets for the prizes.
After the games, we got in line to buy stuff from Le Bat En
Rouge. There was some cool stuff for sale; We walked away with a
Deadly Night Shade jar and a Scary Teddy mini-bean. With shopping
and games done, we rode the mansion a few more times before the event
concluded. After the event ended, we walked back to the main
entrance, where we received our final gift -- a tall keepsake box
containing six mini-pins.
With such a long night, you'd think that was it for visiting the park,
but we returned the next morning to purchase a set of Haunted
Mansion Holiday pins. After we purchased our pins, we went to
the French Market for lunch, where we were happy to see new Haunted
Mansion Holiday decorations.
and some new menu items:
Two souvineer Zero dog dishes. The one on the left contains
french fries, two barbecqued chicken drumsticks and a quarter rack of
barbecqued pork ribs. The one on the right contains vegetarian
pasta and a bone shaped bagguette. Both selections include a
small salad with choice of dressing..
The special desserts include a cake topped with an Oogie Boogie candy
Another special dessert is a bone-shaped chocolate cake. On the
right side of the photo, you can also see this years souvineer hot
We had the barbecqued chicken and ribs. It along with a fruit
salad made a great lunch for two. After our meal, our Haunted
Mansion Holiday adevnture was over. Of course, we will hurry back.
The text and photos on this page are the property of
i5nomads.com. The contents of the photos include images that are
trademarks of and/or are copyrighted by the Walt Disney Company and/or