If you have been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, then you know exactly who we are talking about when we say the “Dead Waltzers.” For MNSSHP newbies, you can see these frightful dancing machines as part of the “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” as they waltz right down Main Street.
This fun parade is a guest favorite at the Halloween parties. It features Disney characters in Halloween costumes, entire parade units devoted to Disney Villains, candy and sweets and of course, the Haunted Mansion.
The Haunted Mansion unit in the parade is inspired by some guest-favorites found inside the attraction: the mansion’s creepy Butlers have turned into Gravediggers, the Hitchhiking Ghosts have finally found a ride, and the couples waltzing in the Haunted Mansion’s Ballroom Scene have taken their act on the road, literally, as the Dead Waltzers.
Disney Parks Blog recently spoke with Choreographer Larry Kornfehl to learn what it takes to become a Dead Waltzer in the parade. According to Larry, a Dead Waltzer is a coveted position that requires a lot of skill and even a little creativity, as each waltzing couple is asked to come up with a haunting storyline on who their character was in life and how they met their tragic end.
“As a couple, we ask them to create something of a story – did one of them fall off a cliff? Did one of them get electrocuted?” Larry said. “We like to have a lot of fun with it and some of the stories they come up with – oh my gosh – they’re very creative.”
Check out the video for a look inside the Dead Waltzer experience.
There is still time to experience this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Upcoming party dates are September 29; October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and November 1.
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