Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up October 20, 2019

Here’s the Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up for October 20, 2019!

Latest Disney World Enthusiast Articles

Haunted MansionDisney Did You Know

There are really only 107 ghosts in the Haunted Mansion not 999.

Extra Magic HoursTip Of The Week

Disney offers a perk called Extra Magic Hours which allows resort hotel guests early or late access to a theme park on select days. While this sounds like an outstanding idea, the morning Extra Magic Hours only work to your advantage if you can be there early enough to enjoy that extra hour before the park opens. If you can’t be there early, then you’ll want to avoid that theme park for the day, because the morning Extra Magic Hours make that park much more crowded. If you do use the morning Extra Magic Hours, consider “park hopping” to another theme park around 11:00am.

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Walt DisneyWalt’s Words

“She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”

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501 WaysFeatured Book

UPDATED for 2020! The difference between an average and an outstanding Walt Disney World trip is in the details. Kristi Fredericks helps make your dream vacation a reality with her numerous tips and tricks to save money, time, and sanity while at the happiest place on earth in her new book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation”. For more information, to read an excerpt, or to purchase, please click here.

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Next week I’ll have some planning information plus all of the latest Disney World news!

Have a wonderful week!

Frightening Facts About Disney’s Haunted Mansion

With Halloween right around the corner, there is no better time to take a look into The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World. As a person that is terrified of anything paranormal, I am strangely a huge fan of The Haunted Mansion. But to be honest I was scared to death of the attraction until I was a teenager. After my friends forced me to watch countless horror movies, The Haunted Mansion began to look more like a Halloween version of “it’s a small world.” If you are brave enough, here are some frightening facts about The Haunted Mansion courtesy of Disney:


Happy haunts — 999 to be exact — welcome ghoulish-loving guests to The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort with a doom buggy full of tricks and treats in the eerie gothic manor.

A Magic Kingdom classic, The Haunted Mansion is one of the most beloved attractions at Walt Disney World Resort and has been eliciting all-in-fun chills and shrieks since Walt Disney World Resort opened its gates October 1, 1971.

The Haunting Highlights:

  • Once inside the wrought-iron gates that surround the stately mansion, guests step gingerly past the home’s cemetery, with tombstones featuring witty epitaphs to the dearly departed.
  • Throughout the interactive queue, voices, music and other paranormal behaviors get passersby in the “spirit.” Guests can tap on embossed musical instruments to hear a haunting tune at a musical crypt, play with water and bubbles from a leaky tomb and help a ghost writer overcome writer’s block outside the front entrance.
  • Thanks to a little Disney magic, ghostly apparitions seem to appear out of thin air to dance and sing in certain rooms. And eager “hitchhiking” ghosts even appear inside each doom buggy at the end of the ride to follow guests home – but not before performing ghoulish new pranks.
  • Summoned to the front entrance, guests enter the foyer and then an octagonal gallery that stretches…and stretches — or does it?  Paintings on the wall grow longer, but the floor and ceiling never seem to move. Other portraits morph into ghastly images, including a dapperly dressed gentleman that transforms into a decrepit corpse.
  • Guests board doom buggies for their ghost-guided tour of the mansion. Sound and lighting effects create the mood as the darkened, eggshell-shaped vehicles glide silently through the cobwebbed library, conservatory, hallways, ballroom, attic and graveyards.  Guests even ride through Madame Leota’s séance, a collection of flying objects choreographed by a disembodied spirit trapped inside a crystal ball.
  • Synchronized speakers inside each doom buggy allow a narrator to explain the supernatural scenes to riders.

Fright Facts:

  • The five singing busts in the graveyard scene warble the attraction’s theme song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” Though sometimes mistaken for Walt Disney, the face on the bust farthest to the left actually belongs to Thurl Ravenscroft, the song’s soloist.  Ravenscroft is known to millions of fans as the voice of Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal.
  • The witty epitaphs on the tombstones at the attraction’s entrance pay tribute to the designers, developers and artists who originally created The Haunted Mansion. One of the newest tombstones honors the late Walt Disney Imagineer Leota Thomas (her maiden name was Toombs). Periodically, Leota’s tombstone can be spotted slowly opening and closing the eyes on its sculpted head.
  • Madame Leota also graces the crystal ball in the attraction’s séance scene. Leota Thomas provided the face for the crystal ball, and voice artist Eleanor Audley provided the voice. Audley is also famous as the voice of the evil Maleficent in Disney’s classic animated feature “Sleeping Beauty.”
  • In addition to its home in the Liberty Square area at Walt Disney World Resort, The Haunted Mansion is featured at Disneyland Resort (in New Orleans Square), Tokyo Disneyland (in Fantasyland) and Disneyland Paris (known as Phantom Manor and located in Frontierland). It is the only Disney attraction to be featured in four different park “lands” worldwide.
  • Ghosts aren’t the only ones hiding in The Haunted Mansion. There are several “Hidden Mickeys” to be found as well. The ballroom scene features one of the most famous — a plate and a pair of saucers on the dining table form Mickey Mouse’s familiar silhouette.
  • Legendary voice artist Paul Frees — known to many as Boris Badenov from “The Bullwinkle Show” — is the attraction’s narrator, or “ghost host.”

Looking for more spookiness? Check out these Disney Ghost Stories including my creepy experience inside The Haunted Mansion!

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2019 Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party Reservations Now Available

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting into the holiday spirit again this year with the return of the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! from November 8 through January 5, 2020. And of course, no evening extravaganza would be complete without a dessert party to go along with it. This year Disney is offering a Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party as part of the fun. Here’s everything you need to know about the premium event courtesy of Disney:


Experience dazzling new heights of festive joy at this yummy, yuletide celebration!

Delight in holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Menu favorites include the classic Yule log, cheese fondue with pretzel bread, and Gingerbread martinis. Enjoy our new location along Echo Lake, offering a beautiful view of the Christmas Tree while you eat!

While you sip and savor, you can mingle with Chip and Dale!

Then, wrap up your merry evening in a reserved viewing area for 2 shows — Wonderful World of Animation and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, a holiday spectacular hosted by elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC’s animated special Prep & Landing. This larger-than-life extravaganza features iconic music, fireworks, special effects and state-of-the-art projections that display heartwarming moments from some of your favorite Disney films including Bambi, Cinderella and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas—and build to a mesmerizing finale you won’t soon forget!

Pricing

November 8 to December 21, 2019: $89 per adult; $53 per child ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included)
December 22 to January 1, 2020: $99 per adult; $59 per child ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included)
January 2 to January 5, 2020: $89 per adult; $53 per child ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included)

Reservations

A separate ticket for admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required and is not included in the dessert party price. Book online by clicking here or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 


501 WaysHeading to Disney World soon?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Excited for the holidays at Walt Disney World? Will you be booking
the holiday dessert party? Please leave a comment!