Our Disneyland Haunted Mansion Sleepover Experience

4 08 2009

Dear friends,

First, thank you for putting up with our shameless begging for votes.
Without your help, we would have never had this incredible
opportunity. Obviously, we won the contest!

First, let me start with the basics. We are Tim and Cyndi Sutton of
Santa Clarita. I know a ton of people think I’m nuts for putting this
out on the web, but next week, our names will be plastered all over a
ton of stuff, so what’s one more place gonna hurt?

Cyndi was the mastermind behind this. We, as a family, have a few
“family favorites”, and Disneyland is at the top of our list. When
she heard Mark and Brian on KLOS were holding a contest to win family
four packs of three day Park Hopper passes, she immediately started
figuring out what to do to win. The catch….tickets would only be
given away to those picked to participate in Kid Breaks. So, the
wheels started spinning. Listening to many of the kids already on the
air, a trend emerged. The kids, usually very young and very shy,
often had a “less than enthusiastic” approach to their calls. I don’t
blame them. There’s a lot of pressure when you’re two and are being
asked to sing the National Anthem on cue! This lack of enthusiasm
gives Mark and Brian the chance to act like they hate doing kids’
break. Don’t let them fool you. They keep asking kids questions,
joking with them, having fun, and deep down inside, we all know they
love every second!

Cyndi got our girls together and decided to sing “Happy Birthday” to
the Haunted Mansion. From our years of listening to M&B, we know that
most calls involving animals never work. “Sure your parrot can
whistle the Andy Griffith theme!” (if you listen, you know what I
mean!!!). Well, cue CJ, the wonder mutt. She’s our yellow lab and
every time the girls sing Happy Birthday, she chimes in. Some people
say it’s a bad sign that the dog starts howling when they sing, I
chose to look at it as CJ just wanting to join in the fun. Well, M&B
took the girls’ call and they sang their hearts out…and CJ did not
disappoint.  M&B seemed to genuinely enjoy the girl’s call.  The dog
performed on cue,  the girls had fun, were energetic,  and they were
genuinely excited about winning the tickets.  The link to their call on  the Mark and Brian website is dead, may it rest in peace! (Hey, it’s a Haunted Mansion thing!)

Phase two of the contest started with the M&B team picked the 8 “Best
Of” calls and put them to a vote on http://www.MarkandBrian.com.  The
winners get to “sleep” in the Haunted Mansion, not that there will be
much sleeping.   That’s when the marketing machine went into high
gear for us.  Thank you for putting up with our repeated prods and
reminders (well, it was more grovellilng, I guess!) to vote….any
way you could!  It worked.  Because of you, we won.  And not by a big
margin, either.  We came in only 41 votes ahead of second place!!!
Holy Cow!  But we won, have signed our life away and are heading to
Disneyland (DL) on Sunday.

What we know right now is we check into the DL Hotel on Sunday, and
meet at the official Cast Members (CM) at the Haunted Mansion (HM) at
Midnight.  We’ve been warned that there are surprises to be
expected….creaking doors, rattling chains, “maybe” some visitors in
the middle of the night.  “Nah….we ain’t sleepin’!  The beds will
be set up in the Stretching Room…..where there are no
windows….and no doooooors!  I wonder where the restrooms are!?

“Wake up” time is 6am, we’ll go back to the hotel for breakfast, then
back to the park to join M&B on the air sometime Monday morning.  I
THINK it will be in the 8am hour, but am not sure.  For those not
local, if you want to listen in, you can at http://www.955klos.com, then
click on listen live.  They’re on the air live from 6-10am Pacific
Timc.  After that, we’re on our own in the park.

I can not tell you how incredibly excited we all are!  This is the
first time ever anyone has been allowed to sleep in the HM.  I didn’t
think we would win with Happy Birthday, however, between the Girls’
enthusiasm, the dog’s participation and your votes, we did it.
Cyndi’s optimism beat out my pecimism once again!

I will post pictures as soon as I can.  In all honesty, it will
probably be Wednesday night, unless Cyndi wants to tackle it on
Tuesday, though we’ll all be pretty beat.

Oh, and we’ve also been told that this will be a major media event
and many news outlets will be there to talk to us!  Aaagh!  Time to
trim the nose hairs!   (Dang, that was out loud, wasn’t it?!)  I
imagine channel 7 KABC is a sure bet considering KLOS, and ABC are
owned by Disney.

Again, thank you all for helping us win this incredible adventure.
Words can not express our gratitude.  MANY people have said they
would vote for us if we would post as many details as possible and
this will be the place for those updates.  There may be  other
sources, too, which I will post as they present themselves.  Updates
will not be real-time, though.  I’m too cheap to pay for an iPhone!
I’ll post as soon as I can on Tuesday, though!

Stay Tuned…..

Here’s the rest:  http://disneyjoe.wordpress.com/2009/08/16/the-tall-tale-…ur-lives-sorta/

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203 responses

5 08 2009
Gordon

Congratulations! I look forward to hearing all about it!

10 08 2009
Angie

So excited for you and your family! Glad you won!!
A fellow DIS…

5 08 2009
Jazz

I’m so thrilled for your family – it really will be a once in a lifetime experience! Thanks for coming to us at The DIS!

5 08 2009
Michael

Congrats to you and your family. I was just about to vote right now (because of a DoomBuggies MySpace post) but alas, I was too late. I’m very happy to hear that you still managed to pull it off. Have a great time!

5 08 2009
Ezra

Congratulations to all of you! Jessica and Stephanie must be thrilled! Will you be able to take CJ with you? I know animals usually stay at the Kennel Club, but CJ helped you win, so she deserves it and so do the girls.

5 08 2009
disneyjoe

We would take her but she likes chasing the little animals too much. I’m afraid she may eat all the mice! :-O

5 08 2009
kathleensummers

Congratulations! That is so exciting! So glad you won – especially since you will be sharing pics and all the details so we can live vicariously through you!

We will also be in the park on Sunday and Monday and will be thinking of you (and envying you!)

Cheers!

5 08 2009
disneyjoe

KLOS said they MAY be getting us KLOS T-Shirts to wear on Monday. If you see us in the park, please introduce yourself!

5 08 2009
kathleensummers

Oh, P.S. – I found you because of your thread at the DIS. :)

6 08 2009
Irene aka Wendygril

Adding my congratulations here on your official blog about this. Thank you for coming over to MiceChat and asking for votes. I’m looking forward to seeing the coverage on TV of this and knowing my two votes helped you to win. (unfortunately my AP is currently blocked out or I’d come by on Monday).

6 08 2009
disneyjoe

Thanking ME for coming to you? Ha! It is I who am thanking you and the MiceChat community. While I’ll admit I was a bit shameless in asking for you all to consider voting for us, everyone had the choice as to who to vote for. We appreciate everyone who voted for us and made this a reality for my family!

9 08 2009
Lawdawg

Congrats LF, I hope you guys have fun!!!!

9 08 2009
Carrie Vines

I’m so happy for you!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

10 08 2009
Eric

To login, just go to http://www.wordpress.com and sign in at the top of the page. It should let you edit your blog from there. Hope that helps!

10 08 2009
EaglesFreak1

Go On micechat.com
We are talking about you right now. There is a thread devoted to your family.
There is over 100 people wanting to here u speak to us. We all voted for u. Please go on micechat.com
Below is the exact url

http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/121312-haunted-mansion-webcast-13.html

10 08 2009
=]

a ton of people are watching you right now. Your still going to post a trip report on micechat right?

10 08 2009
SkipperJ86

Well my foolish mortal have fun sleeping, and beware of Ezra

10 08 2009
Leana

Definitely more than 5 or 6 watching! You’re spreading all over facebook.

10 08 2009
Sean

Thousands probably isn’t a stretch. There are alot from Micechat watching you. Feel creeped out yet? I linked the thread that has us discussing you guys. It would be possible to communicate that way…..haha

http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/121312-haunted-mansion-webcast-13.html#post1055488650

10 08 2009
Ezra

We can only see the coffin, the doorway, and the chair you’re sitting in, but not the beds.

10 08 2009
Ezra

Oh wait, that coffin is one of the beds isn’t it?

10 08 2009
Sean

Check out the website that is linked in this post. We are all discussing you guys live as we see you on the camera. It’s MiceChat.

10 08 2009
Lawdawg

Lori is watching also!!! Your face truly looks freaky!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

My face ALWAYS looks freaky!

10 08 2009
plagued

http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/121312-haunted-mansion-webcast.html

a thread as updated as you’re experiencing it.. i’d start at page 6 because the first 5 are just chatter before your video feed started.

hope you and your family have a great stay!

10 08 2009
Leota

You’d be surprised at how many people are watching right now!

It’s very interesting–the stretching room looks SO cool!

10 08 2009
SkipperJ86

Beware for the walls will come alive

10 08 2009
Ricky

I’m thoroughly enjoying watching you inside the Mansion! It’s past 5am here in Florida and I really should go to bed but it’s a lot of fun to take in the experience vicariously through you all.

Congrats and have a blast for the next couple of hours.

10 08 2009
Hat Box Ghost

There are several prominent ghosts who have retired here from
creepy old crypts all over the world. Actually, we have 999 happy
haunts here, but there’s room for a thousand. Any volunteers? If
you insist on lagging behind, you may not need to volunteer.

10 08 2009
anuva

you guys must be having so much fun!
i’m very jealous, just had my first trip to disney land like 2 weeks ago!
and i’m 14 :(
ah, but you guys must be having the time of your life.
much love from everyone here in texas !

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Hey Anuva,

I actually envy you! First DL trips have that magic that you still have all this new stuff to experience. Don’t get me wrong, we love every trip we make, but firsts are always the best. We just slept in the HM. That was AWESOME. If we did it again, it would still be awesome, just not the same as the “first”.

Thanks for following along with our adventures!

Texas rocks! We drove through there four times after Katrina. We took the 10. Man. Those two days were the best three weeks of our lives!

10 08 2009
SkipperJ86

now that was a lovely little visit

10 08 2009
Kristi Beaton

I’m watching the webcame right now, and the ghosts were just singing to you. How cool is that??? Have a great night there, we are so jealous!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Those ghosts were AWESOME! Very nice, a little creepy (ok, a lot creepy at first!) and they have killer voices, too!

10 08 2009
SkipperJ86

You are the envy of every Cast Member

10 08 2009
Jose, Ca

whats ur facebook

10 08 2009
Leota

The toy’s your girls got are Zero the Ghost dog and Vampire Teddy from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Thanks. We never saw that movie, so we’re a little naive! Glad I’ve got some backup!

10 08 2009
disboarder

Don’t forget us DisBoarders. :) Every last vote counted.

10 08 2009
SkipperJ86, Ca

I would love to be in your position, it is a cast members dream to spend the night in a creepy old mansion

10 08 2009
Ezra

A few of us at Visions Fantastic are up watching too. Keep stomping!!! :D

10 08 2009
SkipperJ86, Ca

Very nive Jig

10 08 2009
SkipperJ86, Ca

nice i mean

10 08 2009
1FoolishMortal

Might as well give a shout-out to MouseInfo, too! Thanks for keeping us updated on everything. :)

10 08 2009
RMONEY

Hey Joe, Can you give a shout out to Al Lutz?

10 08 2009
EaglesFreak1

How many times did u ride Haunted Mansion, and can u ride it right now?

10 08 2009
JungleCruiseFan

Hello again!
Out of curiosity, what are everyone’s top three rides in Disneyland?

10 08 2009
Madkitty

What has been the biggest surprise so far?

10 08 2009
IC0199-17

Did you get a personalized tour of the Mansion backstage/lights on?

IC0199-17

10 08 2009
HalloweentownAlice

What’s your favorite scene in the Haunted Mansion, out of curiosity?

10 08 2009
Bigbearsg

Bigbearsg from Walt Disney Boards and Dis-Asia.com watching you in Singapore

10 08 2009
DisFreak

Congrats I am so happy that Im able to see you guys and everything that is going on.
Just wondering, are all of the beds coffins?

10 08 2009
Madkitty

Watch out for the spiders

10 08 2009
disboarder

Where are you 4 going to change and such? Are you able to go to other areas of the mansion?

10 08 2009
IC0199-17

Who’s up there? Master Gracey hanging from the rafters?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Yes, Master Gracie was hanging around. Though they never ran the lights and thunder up there, which surprised me. That was the one that would have sent us all screaming like little girls, not just my little girls!

10 08 2009
Andi

So cool watching you all. Was wondering, if for fun, if you all would sneek up on the lady sitting outside your door and scare her! That would be soo neat.
Have a great time!

10 08 2009
RMONEY

Hahaha..Watch your knee when you sit down..lol

10 08 2009
Madkitty

What time are they kicking you all out in the morning?

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

The girls have been doing all the dancing all night, how about the whole family (and maybe the castmembers) do a little “monster mash”

10 08 2009
disboarder

Nice to see you all enjoying. Here’s hoping your pup who sang along for the win gets Fillet Mignon for the next few nights since he didn’t get to join in the evening’s fun!

10 08 2009
JungleCruiseFan

How about the greatest “monster mash” of all time- the Thriller dance!

10 08 2009
Barber

Have you looked in all of the drawers?

10 08 2009
Bigbearsg

Did you really think you were going to get any sleep?

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

Boy, your daughter sure flew out of the chair with that last loud noise!

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

hmmmm… I wonder what is happening now! It says to please pray for their safety!

10 08 2009
Hat Box Ghost

When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake
Spooks come out for a swinging wake
Happy haunts materialize
And begin to vocalize
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize

Now don’t close your eyes and don’t try to hide
Or a silly spook may sit by your side
Shrouded in a daft disguise
They pretend to terrorize
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize

As the moon climbs high over the dead oak tree
Spooks arrive for the midnight spree
Creepy creeps with eerie eyes
Start to shriek and harmonize
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize

When you hear the knell of a requiem bell
Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell
Restless bones etherealize
Rises spooks of every size

10 08 2009
Master Gracie

Did it get scarier?

10 08 2009
Master Gracie

Who is that man standing behind you?

10 08 2009
IC0199-17

Awake

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

He should definitely stay awake! I’m still awake!

10 08 2009
JungleCruiseFan

Sleep!

10 08 2009
Ezra

So far I’ve seen “the monkey”, “the swim”, “the Watusi”… I haven’t actually seen a “jig” but it’s been like Night Of A Thousand Dances” :p

10 08 2009
HalloweentownAlice

It’s six in the morning here..

I vote stay awake :D

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

AWAKE!

10 08 2009
Madkitty

Try to sleep…but i don’t think the ghosts will let you.

10 08 2009
JungleCruiseFan

If he’s asleep you can do more things to scare him. Sh! Don’t tell!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

EXACTLY! I wanted to sleep for two reasons. One, to say that I slept in the HM. Two, to egg on the evil spirits! Muhaahahahahah

10 08 2009
IC0199-17

Looks like a tie so far

3 Awake
3 Sleep

10 08 2009
RMONEY

I vote you scare the cast member sitting outside the door!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Jessica did that TWICE! And both by accident. She had her back to our chamber and Jess walked out there. The poor girl JUMPED! Our two Chaperons were awesome! GREAT people to hang out with….well, to be accompanied by. They did not hang out with us in the chamber, but we really enjoyed talking to them during dessert!

10 08 2009
Lawdawg

Mark got me up at 2 am and I haven’t been able to stop watching! Very fun to watch you guys…I would have been freaked out too with some of those noises. Good luck on getting any sleep! Have fun! I should go back to sleep soon.
L Noel

10 08 2009
Dminor

How loud are all the sound effects in the mansion right now? Could you sleep through them or are they at just the right level to really prevent you from sleeping?

My vote, stay awake!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Sound effects varied. They were the normal rain/thunder in the hallway. That was great white noise and I would have slept like a mummy. Some of the others were louder, and just loud enough to keep you awake. Others were loud enough to wake the dead!

10 08 2009
Dminor

The bed nearest the doorway looks like a casket. Is it?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Yes. Though Jessie preferred to cuddle in mine!

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

I vote you get the castmember to do your spider dance with you guys!

10 08 2009
Master Gracie

The Hitchhiking Ghosts you see are full, real, solid figures.

10 08 2009
Ezra

For a second there, I thought the butler was going to tell the story of “The ghost with one black eye” :p

10 08 2009
Evan Wohrman

I think you guys should stay awake. It would be far worse to be awoken by one of those loud noises than to be startled by one while awake!

10 08 2009
IC0199-17

Master Gracy is the owner of the Mansion. His lifeless body is hanging above you guys, from the rafters.

10 08 2009
DisFreak

I dont know how you can sleep. I couldnt get asleep right now if i tried. This is the best show ever!!!

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

I have most of my family up watching this now, so I REALLY think that he should stay awake!

10 08 2009
Bigbearsg

It’s great it’s only 6:26pm here in Singapore

10 08 2009
Disneyholic family (from the dis)

Hi! I’m watching you live from Israel!!
it’s 1:30 in the afternoon my time and i’m having a great time watching you (instead of working – don’t tell my boss!!)

10 08 2009
Dminor

I was just thinking, you will all go down in history as the first family to ever spend the night inside the Mansion. Imagine how many “behind the scenes” disneyland books will reference you in the future.

That’s a pretty amazing thing. I’m terribly envious of you all!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

When we were on Mark and Brian yesterday, they mentioned we’ll be the answer to a trivia question. I had not considered that. Now you present another point that I had not considered. Wow. It’s all very overwhelming.

10 08 2009
VFdarling

Has the thrill of the night started to wear off? I mean, it is getting kind of late :P

10 08 2009
Madkitty

Nope…still wide awake…and fascinated.

10 08 2009
Ezra

I’m still watching. Just saw a few more dances!!!

10 08 2009
HalloweentownAlice

There’s still aton of people watching on MiceChat.

It’s 6:30.. so I’m hooked, lol.

10 08 2009
JC

here kitty kitty

10 08 2009
Disneyholic family (from the dis)

i’m a she – but thanks for keeping my secret safe!!!
actually, i work from home and our dog just ran out of the house when she heard the cat …funny!!

10 08 2009
EaglesFreak1

There Are Currently 85 People Watching It From MiceChat.

10 08 2009
Madkitty

Just so you know…there are TONS of people up watching you and talking about this. Posts on several message boards are coming every minute or less with everyone discussing what is going on with all of you.

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

I can’t wait to read it all. I could have spent all night on the boards reading and chatting, but I had to balance it all out. After I looked at some of the footage, it’s clear. I could do an ad for Rogaine!

10 08 2009
plagued

you have to be at a show at 8am? how do they expect you to be coherent with all these distractions?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

They didn’t expect it! But they were GREAT to deal with!

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

Still awake too

10 08 2009
Master Gracie

The restroom looks very nice

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

Finally someone scared her!

10 08 2009
Andi

haa haa that was great!

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

WOW! That was extremely loud!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

You thought it was loud. Turns out there was a speaker UNDER Cyndi’s bed!

10 08 2009
Disneyholic family (from the dis)

there are lots of people on the disboards watching too…
trying to figure out what you were reading…
i just posted the URL to your blog there, so maybe there will be some more visitors from the dis now..

wow – that was REALLY loud thunder….scared me half to death…

10 08 2009
VFdarling

LOL, love the song!!!

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

Your going to have a long day reading all you comments on micechat, mouseinfo, and VF

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

That was TOO funny… the take me out to the graveyard song! We were all laughing here at our house!

10 08 2009
Ezra

Ezra has a mighty fine singing voice.

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

My son wants to know what the 3 names of the ghost are.

10 08 2009
Bigbearsg

that was so cool!!!!!!!!!

10 08 2009
Dminor

What’s the lighting like in there? I know it’s dark, but is it as dark as it would be in the portrait hallway? or darker?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Darker. And no flash photography allowed. Got ONE exception for the shot with the ghosts. Will post soon.

10 08 2009
JungleCruiseFan

kkbeaton2- Ezra, Phineas, and Gus.

10 08 2009
kkbeaton2

Thanks JCF… I will let my son know.

10 08 2009
Coast2Coast Disney fan

Watching since the beginning here in Pennsylvania. It really looks like a great time. I loved the Haunted Mansion in California, although we get to go to the one in Florida more often. Enjoy the rest of the night, and I second that you should stay up like the rest of us, lol. That is so great to get those pictures and autographs too.

10 08 2009
DisneyJazzGirl

This is so awesome, it looks like you all are having a blast, and still hyper this early in the morning. it’s almost 6am here in texas and I don’t see my self going to bed anytime soon.

10 08 2009
Bigbearsg

I think the girls will have there essay ready for school on what they did on their summer vacation

10 08 2009
Wdzni

I bet if you guys pretended like you were going to sleep they would do something to keep you from doing so.I’m not even there and I can’t sleep– just from watching you. Yeah you’re getting a lot of views, I’m on here micechat and visionsfantastic comenting on what is going on in your room right now. it’s very exciting! ooo story time!!!!

10 08 2009
HalloweentownAlice

I love the Butler..

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Me too. He made it a night to die for!

10 08 2009
goldenstate5

I just started watching. I keep thinking of a comment, but this darn story is too entertaining!

This is awesome! If only I could ever have the chance…

10 08 2009
HalloweentownAlice

Check MiceChat.. we’re all watching!

10 08 2009
Hat Box Ghost

If you would like to join our jamboree
There’s a simple rule that’s compulsory
Mortals pay a token fee
Rest in peace; the haunting’s free
So hurry back we would like your company

10 08 2009
JungleCruiseFan

Random question. Is that your laptop or did Disney provide it for you?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

It’s the Mouse’s laptop. I honestly believe the only reason it’s in here is because of my blogging and posting on the forums about the upcoming event, and all of the interest there!

10 08 2009
Wdzni

wow, that last roar was code for don’t fall asleep!

10 08 2009
goldenstate5

Another random question: will you ever go into the Haunted Mansion sane again after hearing the hallway sounds over and over for six hours straight?

10 08 2009
Disneyholic family (from the dis)

sounds like you’ve all fallen asleep

10 08 2009
Wdzni

oops well i guess they did let you sleep some you are asleep now!

10 08 2009
goldenstate5

Don’t go to sleep!

10 08 2009
Master Gracie

We can’t scare them when they are sleeping? We’ll see about that.

10 08 2009
Ezra

They woke me up too. LOL

10 08 2009
HalloweentownAlice

Yay you’re awake!

10 08 2009
Mighty Mikerscope

What do the Hitch Hiking Ghosts looks like from your vantage point? Glowing?

10 08 2009
Wdzni

I was awake ive just been waiting for something interesting to happen Im so glad they sang that song.

Hey ur daughter called it! I wanted to hear another story too! I’m glad she threw that out there as the hitchiking ghosts were walking out.

10 08 2009
Valorie

I bet having the Hitchhiking Ghosts perform only for you is awesome. What a treat.

10 08 2009
JoMarie

At least they gave you about a half hour to sleep quietly…

10 08 2009
disneyjoe

And we appreciate it! We’re wiped out. We got to the park Sunday at 8:30 AM and had a full day of fun. WOW, already almost 5am. The time has flown. The hitchiking ghost are AWESOME as is our Butler. GREAT storyteller. This has been a class act from the beginning. Thanks to Disney, KLOS and Mark and Brian!

I wonder if the webcam will be live at the radio broadcast?

10 08 2009
JoMarie

I’m sure the kids are loving every second of it! Tomorrow, or rather today, you will have a VERY long nap, that’s for sure. I’m in love with the hitchhiking ghosts, can you possibly send them on over to me as a day late birthday present?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Cyndi wanted to bring the HH Ghosts home. CJ the dog would have loved ‘em!

10 08 2009
Coast2Coast Disney fan

You look so tired, I would have slept all day to prepare for this, even though I could do Disney 24/7. I hope you get some sleep later today.

10 08 2009
Madkitty

Be sure to wave at all your friendly Disney Cast Members when you come out of the mansion… many of them have been watching you through the night.

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Kitty, you’re not kidding. All the CM’s made us feel so welcome! We were shuttled around backstage in the big shiny Suburban and all the CM’s, well, a lot of them were waving like they knew who we were. A ton of fun!

10 08 2009
Wdzni

are you gonna eat the rat? was it edible?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

The rat was hollow, but furry. It came on a bed of Tomatoes. I would have eaten them, but was afraid they were rubber or something.

10 08 2009
Ezra

“There are rats in the cellar again, Blanche. Enjoy your din-din.” buhuhahahah!

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

still getting hit by the desk, eh?

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

I’m a slow learner! ‘Doh!

10 08 2009
Wdzni

oh yeah you have a lot of comments everywhere, you’re on youtube now apparently ppl have been posting vids of your stay already. i mean its good times!

10 08 2009
Dave

Many people from the DIS Boards are watching. Give us a shout out! ;)

10 08 2009
Ezra

Of course there are a couple of thousand views! The experience you guys are having is HUGE! It’s once in a lifetime.

10 08 2009
DisneyJazzGirl

The stories and the Hitchhiking Ghosts are just amazing!!!!! and the butler is cute too!!!!! going on 7am now in texas

10 08 2009
JoMarie

Ok, so the Ring Around the Rosie was creepy.

10 08 2009
Wdzni

yeah ring around the rosie was creepy…im in the dark.. well i do have the tv on thank goodness for that bc i would be more creeped out times ten without it

10 08 2009
Ezra

They gave you your very own tombstone! So Awesome!!!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Yah, it’s awesome. We couldn’t see it well in the HM…too dark. It was sent up to hang out with M&B on the radio, but we didn’t get a chance to study it. Disney is shipping it to us, and I can’t wait to see it. Will post pix when I can.

10 08 2009
DisFreak

There are some creepy noises going on.
I just want to say thank you to you and your family for making my night so fun!
It was great to be able to see all those things.
Congrats!!!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Thanks for sharing in it. Having the posters following along made it fun. I’m glad you all were willing to share in it with us!

10 08 2009
DisneyJazzGirl

Ghost are always listening……….

10 08 2009
goldenstate5

I don’t know, red rover was pretty darn creepy, too…

10 08 2009
Nolanw

How was the midnight snack? I wonder if it was Disney raised or if they have it sent in?

10 08 2009
bubble_POP

the marry poppins song take the top prize as most creepy

10 08 2009
Ezra

Yeah… “Stay Awake” was creepy.

I hope your photos come out. It’s very hard to make out what the room looks like on the video feed.

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

I haven’t seen them downloaded yet, but we’ll post whatever we got. It will at least get you an idea!

10 08 2009
Wdzni

some creepy but FUN things lol i probably need the sleep but this was so worth losing it. fun watching the goigns on at the mansion!

you guys are so lucky! im glad i got to share this experience with you.

10 08 2009
Nolanw

i’ll take a bannanna

10 08 2009
JoMarie

Yeah. I need to sleep, I’ve been awake since 4am (Eastern time) and it’s nearly 9am. This was fun and totally worth it.

I’ll be keeping a look out for the photos!… And some hitchhiking ghosts!

10 08 2009
Mighty Mikerscope

Way to hang in there. We enjoyed watching your family enjoy a night in the mansion. Some of us have been with you the entire time. Congratulations!

10 08 2009
Ezra

I made it! I stayed up with you!

10 08 2009
disneyjoe

Well, it’s approaching 6 am and our experience here is winding down. Again, this has been an amazing night, and a TON of fun. Absolutely first class.

Thank you all for being a part, and for making it just that much more fun for us. Someone’s comiing….have to go

10 08 2009
DisneyJazzGirl

This was such a blast thank you for doing this for us Haunted Mansion Fans, you our all the best! God Bless ~Jacquelyn

10 08 2009
disneyjoe

AMAZING night!!!!

10 08 2009
Ezra

Wow! What a class act!

10 08 2009
disneyjoe

Next is M&B at 9am. http://www.955klos.com

Good Night…..or Good Morning!

10 08 2009
Ezra

Just as I typed “class act” I heard a big belch! LOL

10 08 2009
Wdzni

Congrats! have fun at the park and at M&B!

10 08 2009
Andi

Thanks for such an entertaining night, you all were such troopers! I stayed awake the entire time watching and enjoyed every second. Disney should do stuff like this more often. Awesome time guys!

10 08 2009
Melissa

got to hear the story telling what did they give you for dinner that must of been fun

10 08 2009
JungleCruiseFan

Like everyone else said, thanks for a full 6 hours of entertainment! Unfortunately I slept through the radio show… is there somewhere I could listen to it online?
Anyway, hope you all had a spooky good time. We MiceChatters are anxiously awaiting your trip report. =]

11 08 2009
disneyjoe

Thank you all. Again, KLOS, Mark and Brian and Disneyland made this an amazing experience for us. I will post a full review, with as much gory detail as possible. Hopefully I don’t bore you to death!

11 08 2009
disneyjoe
11 08 2009
Dustysage

Joe,

It has been so much fun to follow you guys. MiceChat has been behind you all the way and we can’t wait to see your pictures. I’ll link everyone to your video at the OC Register as well.

Congratulations on surviving a spooktacular evening!

It is surely a memory to last a lifetime.

Sincerely,

The Dusty Sage of MiceChat.com

11 08 2009
Melissa

wow lucky guys im glad you had fun cannot wait to hear the details

12 08 2009
Chef Mayhem

Hey Joe – glad to hear that the DoomBuggies’ forum and myspace members were able to add to your votes and help you get this opportunity. What a wonderful experience! Can’t wait to see and read more, and I may be talking about it next week on the Mousetalgia podcast.

12 08 2009
disneyjoe

The DoomBuggies family is great. They definitely helped get us over the top, and I’m glad some were able to follow along through the night with us. We enjoyed having the company!

12 08 2009
disneyjoe

OK, typed for two hours tonight and I’m just to the point we got into the room. Please be patient. We have had MANY requests for as much detail as possible, and we’re going to give it to you. It just takes more time than I thought. I made a promise for a COMPLETE report and we will deliver it, with pix.

12 08 2009
Ezra

We’re really looking forward to this.

21 08 2009
LCDLBA

We are SO anxious to see your photos and hear your stories! Will you be posting them soon? Glad you all had a GREAT time! What an awesome once in a lifetime event!

21 08 2009
24 08 2009
joshua

hello i was the little boy well not little but i was the one of the 3 people you told your story to on the 22nd at disneyland and seeing it in video was funnier then what you told us Ahahaha im very glad you guys won and hope to see you guys again at disneyland

24 08 2009
disneyjoe

Thanks Joshua, we enjoyed hanging out with you guys. Great seats for the fireworks, huh? Did you read the recap or just the running blog from that night?

9 09 2011
Jason Olds

It sounds like a lifetime memory that the kids will never forget!

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