Where were we…? Ah, yes!
I found the video Nate was shooting in one of the photos in the previous installment—Harrison Hightower speaks!
Nate also got footage of Shiriki Utundu becoming possessed by the Voice of the Magic Kingdom:
Harrison Hightower III: Man of Many Expressions
After dinner, we hit up the trick-or-treat trail by Tomorrowland Speedway. It was so dark out there that we actually turned off Shiriki Utundu’s eyes for a while because they seemed painfully bright.
Holy crap, look at these great shots the Roots got on the ride!
The idol got pretty hard to photograph the darker it got…
It was getting close to time for the fireworks, so we staked out a spot at the end of Main Street.
I dashed into Casey’s Corner to get some ice water and ended up getting the nicest compliment from a woman who said mine was the best costume she’d seen all night. Honestly, I had a bit of a complex cuz Patrick’s was SO elaborate and mine had been done so many times. So it was nice to hear that!
Meanwhile, Nate and Patrick played with the camera…
The Roots picked a great spot at the end of Main Street for watching and shooting the fireworks. The park was pretty crowded, but we weren’t shoulder-to-shoulder during the show at least. Patrick and I were surprised to discover that the Magic Kingdom’s Hallowishes fireworks show everyone raves about is the very same Halloween show we’ve had at Disneyland for a couple of years—for FREE! Of course that all changed when our Halloween party moved to Disneyland and they stopped showing it on non-party nights, which ticked off our huge annual passholder base. See what you think…
OK, so now I remember what happened: We actually watched the parade twice, but the Roots took a break from shooting during the first one. We showed up too late to get a good spot that time and were crammed up against some storefronts in Liberty Square just down from the bridge. I remember being extremely hot and uncomfortable in my costume and ignoring most of the candy the performers tossed in favor of an ice water. For the second showing of the parade, Jensey and I staked out her favorite spot, which is right at the edge of the bridge to Liberty Square (on the Liberty Square side). Basically the spot from which you could take these photos:
Now I may be misremembering, but I think the reasons for this being Jensey’s favorite spot are that A) it’s a great place to see the Headless Horseman and where he usually begins to pick up speed, and B) it’s right before a spot where the candy-chucking cast members pick up more ammo, so they usually dump LOTS of it on the crowd in that area. As it turned out, almost all the candy we got at the party came from the two parades—the treat trails were stingy by comparison.
Jensey and I dragged over a couple of chairs and held the spot while Patrick and Nate went off to ride a couple rides. They came back with the coolest story: Apparently a pair of Japanese tourists spotted Patrick as Harrison Hightower near the Winnie the Pooh ride and went nuts, shouting, “Mr. Hightower! Mr. Hightower! Can we get a picture with you?!”
I think that was probably the highlight of the party for Patrick—finally having other guests know who he was dressed as. And it makes me want to take our little costume show on the road to Tokyo Disneyland next Halloween!
When the second parade started, we were kind of disappointed to see that the Headless Horseman merely trotted down the parade route toward the bridge. I’ve since read that he’s not allowed to gallop for the first few parades of the season cuz the horse isn’t ready yet, or something? Let me know if you have the scoop on this…
Here’s a quick video of the Headless Horseman’s trot from the first parade:
As you may know, I am sorta kinda anti-parade, but even I had to admit the floats in Mickey’s Boo to You parade were pretty amazing. If only they could do something about the inane theme song, whose lyrics seems to consist entirely of the words “boo,” “to,” and “you”…
I also appreciate the clever inclusion of characters like the Haunted Mansion caretaker and gravediggers.
What I wasn’t prepared for were the pelvis-thrustin’ cowboys! Holy Chippendales, Batman!
Goofy’s Candy Co. closes the parade in a shower of foil-wrapped chocolate candies, which make it possible for you to never have to actually buy candy from Goofys Candy Co. again.
After the parade we took a quick look at the dance party going on inside the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon. I think maybe I would better understand the whole “dance party” thing if I were a parent.
I wanted to get shots of Patrick in front of his beloved Swiss Family Treehouse, but it was a little dark…
At the end of the night we lugged our overflowing trick-or-treat bags back to the hotel and collapsed. I don’t think it’s spoiling the story of our last day to show you how much loot we hauled in…