We enjoyed an after hours tweet-up last night, the "Haunted Mansion Trick or Meet-Up" at the Magic Kingdom. It was a fantastic event, though short in the sense that we couldn't do and share everything that went on. Our favorite part was the Haunted Mansion queue tour by Imagineer Peter Carsillo, we learned so much!
We met up at Blizzard Beach with the other nearly 300 guests, boarding buses after 9pm to go to the Magic Kingdom.
We were taken to a backstage area behind Splash Mountain, I was there last during an abbreviated Keys to the Kingdom tour from when I stayed in Cinderella Castle in 2007. The parade floats are back there. Nobody said yesterday to not take photos, but I'm pretty ingrained to refrain!
When we arrived into the Magic Kingdom, we first noticed that the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party decorations were on the Liberty Belle. (Check out our Not-So-Scary Halloween Party coverage!)
We went to the Hall of Presidents first, where Imagineer and author Jason Surrell was giving a talk (we have full video of it here!) Jason is The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies.
One of the Disney Parks Blog team dressed as a turkey leg. We all thought it was good that it was made apparent what he was, it wasn't anyone's first guess! I actually thought he was a raisin at first. 🙂
Leanne Jakubowski from the Disney Parks Blog team introduced the event:
Jason Surrell is always a lot of fun to listen to, a stand-up comedian and Imagineer in one! You can hear his short talk on our video, and he followed up by answering questions asked by guests. One had to do with the Haunted Mansion Holiday, and why we don't have it here. The answer is that this isn't a locals park like Disneyland, which is what I expected the answer to be.
We were able to trick-or-treat, just like at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! We didn't even try to get much, but ended up with full bags.
There were lots of character meet-and-greet opportunties:
Disney also offered us rice krispie treats, chocolate brownie type desserts, and cheesecake eyeballs:
Stickers and magnets with the Disney Parks Blog logo were handed out:
The Dagger Dans: