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Rare characters and cast members materialize for this one-of-a-kind Disney event

Rare characters and cast members materialize for this one-of-a-kind Disney event

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Disney gave guests and cast members a thrill with the coolest Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes and so much more.

Movie Premiere

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Disney often gives guest options for movie premieres before the general public can watch. These premieres allow the stars, filmmakers, and fans to come together for the release of new Disney films.

At Disney World, movie previews can happen in place of One Man’s Dream at Hollywood Studios. And at Disneyland, they often take place at the El Capitan Theatre.

Now, Disney gives the most amazing world premiere movie event ever!

Coming Together

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Cast members are the heart of every Disney Park. This past weekend, Disney gave cast members around the world the surprise of a lifetime!

Disney invited select cast members from each Haunted Mansion at Disney Parks worldwide to attend the world premiere event at Disneyland Resort. They were among the first to officially see the new film before it arrives in U.S. theaters on July 28.

Red Carpet

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Even as they stepped onto the red carpet in New Orleans Square, the shock hadn’t worn off. “It’s still hard to believe, honestly, even standing here right now,” said Matt Desilets, a 17-year Walt Disney World cast member representing the Magic Kingdom Park attraction. “I just never thought that I would actually get to do something like this.”

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The unprecedented had each cast representative wear their home attraction’s unique costume and name tag. They snapped selfies, posed for photos, and even rubbed elbows with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Josh D’Amaro. The group also shared a special moment with former Disney Imagineer Tania McKnight Norris, who contributed to the interior design of Haunted Mansion including its famous purple wallpaper.

“I’m so happy to be here and very proud to be representing Phantom Manor,” said Amélie Fuentes from Disneyland Paris, who had traveled to California for the first time. “It was such an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad … even if it still feels like a dream.”

It was such an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad … even if it still feels like a dream.

Amélie Fuentes, Disneyland Paris Cast Member

“It’s really rewarding to be able to meet these people and call them friends and make those relationships,” said Alex Salinas, representing the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park.

Bringing Gifts

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The cast members brought gifts for one other, including stickers, toys, name tag flags and special mementos from their home parks. The Disneyland park attraction cast were surprised by those from the supernaturally-themed Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland, who presented a replica painting of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A. for short), which appears in their home attraction.

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“This is a special moment for us,” said Mystic Manor cast member Annto To, who enjoyed sharing the Hong Kong attraction’s unique backstory. “We are so glad to be a representative, to present [a gift] and to come here to enjoy the premiere.”

Behind the Scenes

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Disney also included a cast tradition a late-night guided walkthrough of the attraction that started it all. “Giving them the opportunity to see behind the scenes is what builds the excitement,” said Alex, who helped lead this rare glimpse generally reserved for new Haunted Mansion cast. “I’m extremely happy that I had the opportunity to do that with them.”

Take a look at my unique experience HERE walking out of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.

Rare Characters

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Not only did Cast Members receive the royal treatment, but guests attending the Haunted Mansion premiere were also thrilled at the rare characters that also came to celebrate!

Unfortunately, due to the writer’s strike, the movie’s stars were unable to attend. However, Disney pulled out all the characters to make up for it.

Take a look at the video above to see Haunted Mansion Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with Cast Members on the Red Carpet.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse came to the event in not so spooky Haunted Mansion outfits!

Take a look at the Haunted Mansion movie trailer HERE.

If you were to attend a premiere would you rather see the movie stars or rare Disney characters? Or both? Will you be watching the Haunted Mansion movie when it comes to theaters? Please let us know in the comments.

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