Ghosts of the Past- Visiting Fort Mose

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    May 31, 2017

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We tell people all the time that yes, we travel all over the place and not just to Disney Parks. My husband and I have always thought it important to teach not only our students the value of history and historic places, but also our own children. It has been a priority for us to show them that the history of our world is every bit as enchanting as a Disney tale, complete with pirates, princesses, and soldiers- only the authentic types.

On our last journey to Florida, we returned to a place that I had not visited since I was the tender age of 12. We visited Fort Mose.

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Established in 1738 by Colonial Spanish Florida’s Governor Manuel Montiano, Fort Mose gave sanctuary to Africans challenging enslavement in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, forming more than 20 households. Together they created a frontier community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions. Fort Mose was legally sanctioned by the Spanish Government making it the first free African settlement to legally exist in what is now the United States.

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Usually when we consider post contact discovery and development of North America we think about the English settling at Jamestown in 1607 or perhaps Plymouth in 1620; but it was the Spaniards who established the Oldest European City of the United States, St. Augustine in 1565. In contemplating experience of Africans within the post Columbian context we again think about Jamestown, Virginia and Charles Town, Carolina. However, the first Africans to accompany Europeans in coming to the New World arrived not as slaves in Jamestown in 1619. Aboard ships with Spanish Conquistadors and Adelantados, Africans arrived as artisans, seamen, navigators and adventurers, forever establishing their presence in North America. In early 1500’s Juan Garrido took part in the expeditions of Ponce de Leon in Puerto Rico and Florida as well as with Hernando Cortez in Mexico. Esteban joined Panfilo de Narvaez traveling through the Gulf Coast and the Southwest.St. Augustine, Florida founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, is the Oldest European City in what became the United States. Africans helped in forming and maintaining the settlement as both slaves and free people. Skills and knowledge gained from Africa including blacksmithing, carpentry, cattle ranching, and military techniques enabled African people to make important contributions to the St Augustine community. They formed 12% of the population, 1 of every 5 was a free person.

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English Planters established Charles Town in 1670 along the southeastern coast of the North American Continent. This intensified regional inter-colonial rivalry involving Spaniards, Native Americans, French Huguenots, and Africans. In Charles Town, enslaved Africans soon outnumbered whites and many resisted bondage by running away. 1672 brought a Spanish response to the increasing regional tensions. Queen Regent Mariana of Spain and the Florida’s Governor Cendoya commissioned the construction of a coquina fortress, the Castillo de San Marcos, a defensive move to fortify the settlement of St. Augustine. Spaniards worked with Native Americans and Africans building the structure.

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Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say).

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More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original “Underground Railroad” which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom, if they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain and joined the Catholic Church.

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Fort Mose was the northern defense of St.Augustine, the nation’s oldest city.

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The discovery and verification of the events that took place in Saint Augustine and at Fort Mose have resulted in the revision of not only Florida’s but America’s knowledge of colonial history.

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Visiting this location on a lovely sunny day, we were the only people there aside from the museum curator. After a good discussion with him, we were able to walk all over the grounds and the museum by ourselves.

The grounds are hauntingly beautiful. I have often said that when visiting a true historic site, one can almost feel the significance if enough attention is paid. This was no exception. Ghosts of the past exist.

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Festival of Fantasy Parade- New Start Time!

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    May 23, 2017

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News today from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! The Festival of Fantasy Parade will begin at 2:00pm rather than the traditional 3:00pm beginning August 20, 2017.

The prevalent parade time has been 3:00pm for many years, and it is a common joke among Cast Members that Disney guests tend to ask “when does the three o’clock parade begin”? (As a former CM myself, I can tell you that yes, that actually has happened, more than once.)

There are also rumors swirling on social media about the Paint the Night Parade and the possibility of it coming to WDW. While we have no official word on that as of yet, we will keep you posted.

What are your thoughts? Would you like Paint the Night to appear at WDW? Happy about the new Festival of Fantasy Parade time in August? Comment and let us know!

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Frontierland Fuss? Country Bears Will Be New Meet and Greet!

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures   May 22, 2017

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The official word came down today that Chip and Dale’s meet and greet location will be in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom’s Town Square and that the Frontierland absence will be filled by the Country Bears. This announcement follows a huge social media campaign to get Jessie from Toy Story as a meet and greet character, so it is likely to make some fans unhappy. Personally, we are happy about the opportunity to pose with Liverlips, Wendel, Shaker, and of course- Big Al! The meet and greet will be a moving event, not at the previous Chip and Dale location.

What are your thoughts? Will you be meeting the bears?

 

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Stitch Meet and Greet Moving to Tomorrowland 

Written by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits – Mad Hatter Adventures    May 20, 2017

The Moffits hanging out with Stitch, May 2017.

If you love this mischievous alien with a bit of a badness level, we have some news for you. In the coming days, Stitch will have his own meet and greet location in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. The exact location is unknown but we will update you as we learn more. Stitch has been greeting Magic Kingdom guests at the beginning of Main Street on occasion, but due to demand he will be available on a more regular basis. 

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Walt Disney World Offers NEW Premium Cruise Around Crescent Lake and Epcot

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures   May 19, 2017

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Sunset at EPCOT.  ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures

Looking for a brand new way to relax and enjoy EPCOT?

Disney has a brand new Premium Cruise Around the World that they will offer beginning June 1st. Guests will board and begin their journey at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. The cruise will travel around Crescent Lake and the World Showcase Lagoon for one hour. There will be light snacks (bagged) and some soft drinks offered and included, and guests will be able to purchase additional items if desired. Each cruise will only take ten guests and should be booked in advance through your travel agent.

Cost is $149 per boat, only up to 10 guests (plus tax).

Is this something that appeals to you and yours? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Find Your Happily Ever After

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures  5/18/17

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We were there for the very first showing of the new Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom fireworks and projection spectacular, Happily Ever After. We are in the process of uploading all of our images and video, but we thought you would enjoy one of the castle shots in the meantime. Here’s hoping you all find your own happily ever after! We now know a perfect spot to stand to view this new show that will be largely unobstructed! We are going to share this tip, among others, with our Mad Hatter travel clients.

 

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(Updated, 5/19/17) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and More Attractions to Remain Closed for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Say it isn’t so, Disney-and they did! 

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Say it isn’t so, Disney! No Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at MNSSHP 2017?

Written by Rhonda Moffit of Moffit- Mad Hatter Adventures, May 17, 2017

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So guess what?! Disney did indeed add the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train AND Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to the list of operational attractions for MNSSHP this year! There are still attractions that could be added, so we are eagerly anticipating any possible updates and will pass them along to you as soon as we hear and verify. Disney added the Mine Train to the list on the evening of the 17th and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad on the 18th, after the internet exploded with support for our story and others. Thank you for being a reader!

The official details have been surfacing all this week in regards to the Walt Disney World attractions and events that will (or will not) be available as part of this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  We have noticed that some favorites are noticeably absent from the list of open attractions in the Magic Kingdom this year. Unfortunately, this includes the immensely popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

On the official Disney site for MNSSHP as well as all over blogs, groups and news sites this week, it is indicated that many attractions will not be available to experience during the party.

The list of rides that will be running and open during MNSSHP is as follows:

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • A Pirate’s Adventure- Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • “It’s a Small World”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Monters, Inc. Laugh Floor

The only coasters that appear to be open during the party are Space Mountain and Goofy’s Barnstormer. It has previously been announced that Splash Mountain will be undergoing refurbishment during this time, so it will be closed as well. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is absent from the open attraction list as well, which will no doubt leave many a Disney fan disappointed.

Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures and Walt’s Basement are eagerly watching for more details to be released regarding the schedule, attractions, and any special offerings for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, 2017. We encourage our readers to watch for upcoming details.

What is your opinion? Let us know in our WB Facebook Group or leave a comment below!

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Pandora-the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: What’s the Scoop?

Written by Rhonda Moffit of Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

May 15, 2017

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The floating mountains of Pandora.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

We were among the first to experience Pandora- the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The purpose for this article is not to act as a spoiler of any kind, but to inform you, the reader, of what to expect before you visit the newest expansion. You will want to go prepared when this area finally opens to the public on May 27, 2017. As such, this is NOT a “spoiler free” review and report. I have been as detailed as possible for you.

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Entering the Valley of Mo’Ara.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Flora and Fauna of Pandora- the World of Avatar.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

After entering the area near Tiffin’s restaurant, we started our preview straight away with the Na’vi River Journey. In this attraction, you are supposed to be searching for the Shaman of Songs. The ride is lovely with many bioluminescent touches, flora and fauna, and a few of the Na’vi along the way. While many will not agree with my opinions, I will share my thoughts on the pros and cons of this boat ride as well as the other activities within this article. These are my personal thoughts, as I just want others to be aware.

PROS:

  • Visually, this is a beautiful ride. There are many things to look at and it is a feast for the eyes.
  • The effects of this attraction are nice. The animation of the Na’vi is very well done, and they use both animatronics and CGI to enhance your journey.

CONS:

  • The ride is not very long. It was much shorter than we expected.
  • If you do not know the story of the Shaman of Songs before you ride, you have no idea what you are looking at, much less looking for.  It simply becomes a bioluminsecent boat ride.
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Queue line for the Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Queue Line of Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Queue Line for Na’vi River Journey.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Queue Line for Na’vi River Journey.    ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Boarding room for Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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On board for the Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Na’vi Caverns in the Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Bioluminescent effects within the caverns of the Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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You may encounter some of the Na’vi within the caverns of the Na’vi River Journey.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

 

 

After the Na’vi River Journey, we decided to step into Windtraders, the merchandise location. They have a lot of merchandise that is interesting, such as making your own Na’vi necklace, outfitting yourself in Na’vi ears or even a tail, and the expected fare of shirts, bags, and toys. One area of the store is where they allow you to create your own Avatar, and in another you can adopt your own little Banshee that will sit on your shoulder.

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Our Cast Member pal demonstrating the “adoptable banshee” in Windtraders shop.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

We found the detailing in the architecture of Windtraders very detailed and it is obvious that Disney imagineers spent a lot of time designing the shop as well as all of the other areas. The merchandise really did not hold our interest, as we are not avid fans of Avatar, and there was no Disney parks oriented merchandise to be found. We watched as a couple of people adopted a banshee, and then we made our way to the quick service dining location- Satu’li Canteen.

We found the Satu’li Canteen to be as detailed as the shop had been, and the Cast Members handed us a menu as we entered the building. Winding our way through a queue, we walked our way around to the other side of a wall and there were the order stations. Interestingly, there is a line available for those who complete online ordering for this restaurant. Word is that many of Walt Disney World quick service dining locations will soon allow you to order ahead and pick up your fare upon arrival.

We ordered the Cheeseburger Pods with Vegetable Chips and Slaw, the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse, and to drink- the Pandora Sunrise. The steamed pods were quite good with bits of meat and cheese- they do indeed taste like a cheeseburger. The slaw is very heavy on cabbage but has little bubble tea type balls atop it that are delicious and filled with fruity juices. The vegetable chips were crispy and well seasoned, and the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse was very sweet on bottom and fruity on top with a compressed powdered sugar morsel on top. The Pandora Sunrise is a non-alcoholic beverage that contains yellow Powerade with a tropical accent and has a fresh pineapple wedge on the cup. It was very refreshing! The entire meal was only $22, and at Disney this is a great deal. It was fun to eat.

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Menu for Satu’li Canteen.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Ordering at Satu’li Canteen.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Lots of options at the Satu’li Canteen.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Our dinner at the Satu’li Canteen.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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The very refreshing “Pandora Sunrise” from the Satu’li Canteen.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse Dessert from the Satu’li Canteen.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Dining area at the Satu’li Canteen.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

After completing our Na’vi inspired meal, it was time for our Fastpass ride of Flight of Passage. This queue winds up and around the scenery of Pandora until you go under one of the waterfalls and find yourself inside a building that houses the attraction itself. You wind through one staging area after another and then find yourself in a long hallway that is a ramp down to the actual pre-show area. We entered one room, then were “scanned” to match us up to our Na”vi avatar. Our avatar is going to link with a banshee so that we may control one and take flight. We watched one short pre-show instruction film (see below- recorded with permission of Cast Members)  in the first room at the bottom of the ramp, then were taken to the next room for another pre-show film (see below- also recorded with permission of Cast Members). Finally, we entered the simulator room and straddled our simulator motorcycle style. A Cast Member came behind us and closed the back portion of our simulator until it clicked firmly into place. It is a snug fit to ensure that you do not slide around during the attraction.

After a bit of time while our avatar link is completed, the screen ahead begins to show the ride- it is intense! You will soar on a banshee from great heights, over and around waterfalls, an ocean, cliffs, the floating mountains, and even into a cave with some of the bioluminscent organisms around you. There are sudden drops, water effects (you will get damp!), and a breeze during the experience. We were pursued by a predator at one point and outmaneuvered it by doing an upside-down spiral to cliff side safety. Keep in mind that this is a simulator with CGI effects very similar to Soarin’, so you do not actually go upside-down or anything else- it just gives you the feeling that you do.

PROS:

The ride is amazing. For us, we enjoyed it immensely. The details of Pandora are breathtaking and beautiful and flying through them at high speed on a Banshee was a delight.

CONS:

The simulators were too small to accommodate not only larger guests, but taller as well. We saw many individuals that had to be escorted off the attraction after the back of their simulator would not slide forward enough to lock into place. Some were even crying, which was horrible to see. With over half of the population over a size 12, we were surprised that Disney had no alternative for these guests. There is no staging area for larger guests to be able to witness the attraction, either. I suggest to Disney that they create an area similar to what they did for Finding Nemo in Disneyland- that way everyone could at least view the attraction and participate in some method. This was unacceptable for us and we did let them know both while we were there as well as in our survey afterward.

Speaking to the Cast Members in detail after our experience, we learned that they had not yet even opened all of the rooms for the simulators, creating a very long wait time even for the preview we attended. They said that they had not anticipated the number of riders that would, well, lose their lunches while on the attraction (please do not eat until after you ride!) and that the clean up for such an incident increased the wait time dramatically for those in line since they did not have all of the sim rooms open yet. They are of course working out the kinks and hope to have the rooms completely operational within the first month after opening, so hopefully the wait times will be better in the future for all guests. Do not attempt to ride this attraction for some time without a Fastpass! It is a HUGE queue and the lines will be very long.

The queue itself is not an asset for guests with disabilities.  Some with scooters will find it to be no more than a battery drain, but for someone pushing a wheelchair this will be a workout. Be prepared.

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Queue line for Flight of Passage begins with an inclined walk among Pandora’s floating mountain area.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Waterfalls on path to Flight of Passage.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Entering the cave beneath a waterfall for Flight of Passage.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Queue Line for Flight of Passage.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Inside the loading chamber for Flight of Passage.   ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

After our Flight of Passage adventure, we decided to have a look around the rest of Pandora. The details are amazing, but we did notice that while they have a LOT of great features, it is 99% plants. When watching the Avatar feature film, and even while on the Na’vi River Journey, we noticed that there are a lot of amazing alien life forms- where are they in the Pandora area? We found some humor in the species of fish that can be found along the paths in this area, as they will squirt water onto guests when they are disturbed.

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Watch out- they will squirt you should you disturb them.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

While the fish are adorable, we could not help discussing this with other guests- would it not have been amazing to have a life sized banshee somewhere along the path? What about the other little critters that they could insert into the woods and among the plants for guests to locate? They could have occupied us for hours if we had different species to locate, but alas, not at this time. We are hopeful that they will add much more in the days to come.

Pandora is a highly detailed area with blacklight effects everywhere, which is very pretty!

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As the sun sets, Pandora begins to glow everywhere.  ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures
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Pandora, all aglow. ©Moffits Mad Hatter Adventures

It is amazing the way the plants and floating mountains were imagineered. The waterfalls are all over, and that truly is lovely! We had a great time and are looking forward to seeing Disney grow this experience with more marvels to come.

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A Haunted Mansion Themed Restaurant at Walt Disney World- Could This Be True?

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by Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

Recently, Orlando Weekly reported a strong rumor that Disney may be in the process of imagineering a Haunted Mansion themed restaurant at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  Normally, we wouldn’t give credence to or consider perpetuating a rumor, but this one is a lot of fun to think about. The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular fan favorite attractions worldwide, with one at every Disney park save for Shanghai Disney. It is our most favorite, personally.

There are absolutely no details released yet about the restaurant, or even if it would be expected to be a quick service restaurant or table service experience.  The possibilities are limitless, almost. The main question that has been raised refers to the location of a new eatery- where would they put it? This issue aside, we can imagine that a Haunted Mansion themed dining experience would be one of the most unique on Disney property should it come to fruition.

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We can’t help but refer to what happened with the Skipper Canteen, Disney’s newest addition to the popularity of The Jungle Cruise. This was the first dining location in the Magic Kingdom to be specifically designed to enhance the story behind an attraction. Skipper Canteen continues to rise in popularity and has already undergone a menu overhaul. We enjoy dining there for something different, and the Cast Member wait staff makes the experience truly special. Should Disney springboard from this, combining the popularity of the Haunted Mansion with an amazing themed location and even more happy haunts for all to enjoy, it would surely be a smashing success.

What do you think of this idea?  Would you like to see a truly innovative Haunted Mansion themed dining experience at Walt Disney World?