Hi there all,
This is my first post on Micechat. I am a long time lurker though. I have been going to disneyland multiple times a year since I was a small kid, and for the past four years I have gotten an annual pass, along with everyone else in my family, since my income now allows it!
Anyways, I had never been to Mickey's Trick or Treat Party before this year, and since making over-the-top custom costumes is one of my hobbies, my girlfriend and I decided to go all out Disney for MTOTP this year.
Being such a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion, I decided who better to dress up as than the Hatbox Ghost!? The most famous, and illusive of the ride's characters. I set to work months ago creating this costume from scratch. I hand made most of the patterns used. The entire costume was custom sewn to my specifications. I had the mask custom made just for me so it would adhere to all MTOTP costume guidelines and rules. I also did a custom airbrush job on every single piece, and infused every part of the costume with a very expensive pigmentation to make the enitire thing glow in the dark.
My girlfriend decided to go as the evil queen from Snow White. Her entire costume was also custom made, including the crown, and various patterns. Her costume ended up being EASILY better than the ones used by Disney in the parks. It was also much more movie accurate, and the way she looked in it just sealed the deal to say the least.
My girlfriends' little sister also accompanied us in a custom made Alice costume.
(sorry for the length at this point here folks. I feel the need the illustrate the time and great cost $$$$ that went into making these costumes. it definitely factors into the post.)
So we showed up at MTOTP and just in walking to the trams' we were seriuosly being mobbed by people. Everyone wanted pictures with us. I have been out in public several times in an eye-catching costume, but this exceeded all of my expectations.
We entered DCA to find even more of the same: people literally clamoring to get pictures of us. It really was crazy. We could not stop to take any pictures for ourselves, or we would be instantly surrounded by camera-toting trick or treaters!!
Soon after we entered the park I stopped and spoke to two security officers to make sure everything we were doing was okay, because I knew security was watching us. They said we were fine, just we weren't allowed to pose for pictures with any guests ( which I already knew), and that we looked great, and to have fun!!
So, We had been in the park for roughly 30 to 40 min total when were sort of instantaneously surrounded up against a fence by seven ( thats right 7!) security guards!! Two of them were the same security personel I had spoken with earlier in the night.
One of them was the head security manager that night. she told me that since my mask had no eye holes ( which it did, I had it specifically made with eye holes) i had to remove it or leave.
Now I had a serious problem with this, because this was obviously the most important part of my costume. So I showed here the eye holes, but she said it did not matter, I had to remove it or leave.
She said that if I had a problem with it, she had the Guest Claims number, and would give it to me so I could talk to them about it. And of course I wanted the guest claims number, but it just so turns out that she didn't have it ( this is the head of park security we are talking about here) and when she asked eachmember of her team if they did, none of them had it (really professional).
So she escorted me, and my family up the front of the park, to guest relations/ services etc. She asked the Guest relations front desk for the number and they said they didn't have it either. I couldn't beilve it. this is the sort of thing I would expect from Walmart.
To make matters worse, after several minutes of searching she wrote down the number with a marker on a piece of ripped scratch paper!!!
I don't know about you folks on this board but that just screamed "unprofessional" and "disorganized" right in my ear. I couldn't believe I was at a Disney park.
At first they weren't even going to refund the tickets for the event, but after I put up a fight and about 90 min in guest relations they did.
The CM, herself acknowledged that I had not broken any park or event rules before we left and that the entire decision was, " based soley on her discretion". They had us leave and that was it.
I have spent a total of almost two hours on the phone with guest claims since then, and they will not do anything for me. They do not care. they offered to send me some fast passes!! That is it!! Can you believe that??!!
that alone doesn't even compensate for the 4 hours it took us just to get there and back that night, or the gas, let alone the thousands of dollars spent on these costumes, countless hours, and sleepless nights, all the while adhering to their rules!!
It looks as though I won't be buying anymore Disneyland tickets, and I will definitely be calling of next years' visit to Disneyworld in florida.
Without any further ado, here are the few picture that we were able to take that night:
( note the eyeholes visible in every picture!!)
Please let me know what you think guys and gals!!