At the breakfast on the third day they had a replica of the Corridor of Doors'
13 O'Clock grandfather clock on the buffet, which I did not see because people wanted to know about the Mansion pins
I was wearing from [the now defunct] Ghoul's Club. Everybody loved them. Mike told me about the clock - I wish I
could have seen it.
Restin: So, gimme a mental picture of how the place
Stephanie: The [Mansion Foyer] was dimly lit with
mist drifting through the air here and there. The Mansion itself was not decorated at all. Our table was in the Foyer, and
there were four more tables in the Stretching Portrait rooms. With both of the Stretch Room doors open, you could clearly
see that they, together with the Foyer, created a massive Hidden Mickey. We enjoyed the auction preview, snacks and drinks.
Disney had make-up artists and people to do our hair, so almost everyone took advantage of this service.
Restin: Did you get pictures of you and your husband
with your new make-up and hair-dos?
Stephanie: As you know we could not take a picture
ourselves because of [camera] problems, but for some reason there were several people that came up and took pics of us. After
everyone was made up to look like dead ghouls, we were directed toward five limos - ten per limo - by Scoop.
Restin: Scoop? What's that?
Stephanie: Oh, that's the guy that has a little free
pin workshop almost every day, I think at 1pm in Disney World. People that have gone to his workshop have been very impressed
with him. One of these days I need to check it out. I think it's held some place on Main Street USA. As we were driven to
Restin: They DROVE you from the Grand Floridian to
the Mansion in limos for dinner?!
Restin: Please tell me a little about the limo ride
and what the conversations were like with the other passengers.
Stephanie: We all told each other where we were from...California,
Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Canada, and so on. We were mostly just giggling because most of us looked so ridiculous - hair
sticking up 6 inches in the air and thick black and white [make-up on our] faces, looked pretty silly. Then Mike said, "Hey,
wait a minute! We are DRIVING to the Haunted Mansion! I thought the only way to get to the [Magic Kingdom] Haunted
Mansion is by boat or [monorail] train!" Everyone looked puzzled and they just laughed. We passed three hitchhikers and we
all pointed and said, "Oh look look look, there's the hitchhikers trying to hitch a ride!"
Restin: You saw the hitchhiking ghosts? Where were
Stephanie: [Along the limo route] standing on a stage
between two non-descript buildings...
Restin: Were they dressed like the Mansion hitchhikers?
Stephanie: Yes. Driving to the Mansion they were
dressed as the hitchhikers, and driving back to the hotel they were dressed like musicians and played instruments.
Restin: Did the driver intentionally slow down for
you to notice them?
Restin: Did they come up to the car or anything?
Stephanie: No. When we passed them, they just stuck
out their thumbs for us. And when we passed them the second time [on the way back], they were busy playing music on that same
Restin: How did everyone react to them?
Stephanie: Everyone was saying "Oooh, cool!" and
"Awsome!" People were saying that is was the best Haunted Mansion event they had ever attended.
Restin: Anything special about the inside of the
Stephanie: The limo glowed inside from the light
that was over the glasses that were tucked in the right side of the limo.
Restin: What path did the limos take to the Mansion?
Stephanie: I don't know. I don't know the names of
all the streets, but it was most certainly "behind the scenes" streets. The small group of us 50 ghouls walked down a long
red carpet with [cast members dressed as] ghouls on both sides.
Restin: Where was this?
Stephanie: Well, you know where Madame Leota's Merchandise
cart is [or rather, use to be, just outside the Mansion gates]...it started there. It took a few minutes to realize we were
walking on a red carpet, until someone said something, and we all said it was awsome. We were really made to feel like Mansion
residents! [Inside the Mansion] a very large woman and a couple of her chefs and servants kept us entertained all evening.
They invited us all into the Mansion, then led us in.
Restin: Who was this woman? How did she entertain?
Stephanie: She acted as the hostess giving the party.
She would go around and talk to everyone very loudly, asking, "What do you do?" and I said that I was an artist.
Both she and a couple of her "servants", the chef, and Scoop, spent an awful lot of time around our table quizzing me. At
the dinner tables were Cast Member pins - big, heavy cast member pins with our names on each of them. So I of course was the
first one to snatch mine and pin it on my black cape!! There were two "Mikes" and two "Stephanies" and two "Dans" sitting
at the table, so we all decided to name it "The Redundant Table".
PART TWO COMING SOON!