I know this was a very tough event to get into—in fact, I thought at first you had to be a VIP/insider of some sort. After some digging, I just read that the limited number of tickets available to the public were upwards of $300 per person (I would have coughed it up), and sold out within minutes (unfortunately, so many people went online that the server crashed).
They really pulled out all the stops for the special dinner show. I mean, they went to freakin’ TOWN. I wish I could travel back and RSVP to Constance and George’s wedding! Well, there’s always the 50th Anniversary Event (and it’ll probably take me seven years to save up the scratch to attend, anyway)…
The official press announcement was: The Plot Thickens. . . After five husbands and five untimely deaths, the Black Widow Bride of the Haunted Mansion will wed once more. Has she found her soul mate? Or will another groom meet his doom? Join us, Foolish Mortals, and we’ll dig up the answers at our ghostly celebration that everyone’s dying to attend.
This event (which took place on 9/9/09, get it?) clearly utilized lavish planning, rehearsal, craftsmanship, and talent to organize. They pulled out all the stops and managed to incorporate every element they possibly could, even including the “ghost host” as the MC (well, his voice, anyway, as far as I know there was no corpse hanging from the rafters). Watch the 15-minute special “Dinner Show” event below, in HD:
If that’s not enough incentive for you to watch this, SEE! A member of the wedding party transported to the altar via a Doom Buggy. SEE! Madame Leota perform her séance to make sure the groom shows, and SEE! her officiate the ceremony (the actress they cast has her and her voice nailed). SEE! A cameo from our three ghostly friends looking to hitch a ride (the trio’s surprise appearance, and the Doom Buggy, got the biggest crowd reactions of the wedding)… and more, including the “Newly-Deads” cutting the wedding cake on the Haunted Mansion upper balcony. I’ve seen other coverage of the evening’s festivities, and as of yet, the above video is by far the best (though I’m sure there’s other stuff to look for).
If you’re not familiar with the back-story the Disney “Imagineers” gave George and Constance —she had a habit of chopping off her groom’s heads with a hatchet, and George was groom #6– read more here.
Even if you’re pretty familiar with the story, every fan should check out DoomBuggies.com. You couldn’t ask for a better, more thorough, comprehensive, loving tribute/fan site to the Haunted Mansion. Hours and hours of entertainment! I simply cannot recommend it enough.
Hurry baaaaack… Hurry baaaaaack…
there’s always room for one more!
- How Cool is THIS? Copy of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion for sale – The Orange County Register (horrorboom.com)
- How a Haunted Mansion addict fell in love with the greatest ride on Earth (boingboing.net)
- The Creepy Merryville Brothers (on SNL) Wish You a Happy Halloween! (horrorboom.com)
- Awesome Haunted Mansion Pumpkin Carving (betweenthepagesblog.typepad.com)