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Old 09-27-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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Anyone been on 2009 Happiest haunts tour yet?

Just wondered if anyone had been on the tour yet. I'm booked on for a couple of weeks time and just wanted to ask how it was.

Also where is the preferred fireworks seating that comes with the tour? So i can plan whether to go with the preferred seating or stake out my normal location early.

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Old 09-27-2009, 12:06 PM   #2
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Although I haven't been on the tour this year, I talked to two ladies in the Park yesterday who had done it the night before.

I specifically asked about the preferred fireworks seating, and was told it was at Carnation Plaza Gardens (i.e. between the castle and the entrance to Frontierland). They admitted that, although it was nice not having to stake out a place, the trees frequently blocked their view. They sounded fairly disappointed about that aspect, having liked the rest of the tour.

I had been planning on taking the tour next month, with the preferred fireworks seating being a prime reason. Now, however, I'm not so sure.
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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Although I haven't been on the tour this year, I talked to two ladies in the Park yesterday who had done it the night before.

I specifically asked about the preferred fireworks seating, and was told it was at Carnation Plaza Gardens (i.e. between the castle and the entrance to Frontierland). They admitted that, although it was nice not having to stake out a place, the trees frequently blocked their view. They sounded fairly disappointed about that aspect, having liked the rest of the tour.

I had been planning on taking the tour next month, with the preferred fireworks seating being a prime reason. Now, however, I'm not so sure.
Thanks. Might just stick to staking out a place instead, especially as i'll only get one chance to see the fireworks properly on this visit.
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Old 09-27-2009, 10:59 PM   #4
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Hmmm...Now what to do?

Would love to hear some more opinions on this topic. I guess if the rest of the tour is worth it then I shouldn't let this fireworks issue stop me. What to do... what to do????
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:00 PM   #5
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Hmmmm, would the Carnation Plaza area also obscure the "moon" part of the Halloween fireworks that I've read about on these boards ? I'd love to hear more about the tour if anyone has taken it
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:27 PM   #6
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I would like to know, too! I read elsewhere that there are 2 possibilities for the seating, and I think one was the VIP area? I guess it depends on what else is going on and who else might be using the spot. Here is a thread about it. The mod talked to a CM and she posted what was said about the fireworks viewing on this page: http://mousepad.mouseplanet.com/show...=131806&page=2
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:51 PM   #7
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I'd also like to hear some reviews of this tour, my husband and I are booked for Sat the 24th.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:11 PM   #8
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Hoping someone pops on with a review. We're considering doing the last tour of the season on 11/1.
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:41 PM   #9
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I also hope someone does a review before we go. We will be doing this tour Oct. 13!
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:53 PM   #10
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Anyone who has done the tour care to respond....please?
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:07 PM   #11
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i met two women who took the tour and did not enjoy it. They said it was really nothing special and were very upset that they could not see the fireworks from the carnation plaza gardens
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:07 PM   #12
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I went on the tour last Saturday and loved it!! The fireworks viewing was in front of Partners statue in the little front spoke area. It was perfect!
Also we didn't have to wait in line for any of the rides. We were either taken in through the exit or the fast pass line.
I don't have my pictures uploaded yet but if anyone has any questions I am more than happy to answer them.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:58 PM   #13
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Hmmm, sounds like they might switch the fireworks viewing area for tour goers around depending on the days and crowds (see the different locations mentioned in the above 2 posts!).
I sure hope when we take the tour (Oct 23) that the designated area is not the carnation one since it's mentioned you can't see fireworks well from there.
Can anyone who took the tour comment on the content of the tour itself? Do you get any goodies (I'd guess food is out of the question LOL) on the tour?
Will my DS9 and DH enjoy the tour or think it's lame? The only reason we're doing the tour is it's DH's B-day and I thought it would be a nice surprise, but we're only at the park one day and I would hate to think we wasted 3 or 4 hours of it on a tour we didn't really enjoy....I hate having second thoughts......grrrrr.....sigh.....
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:03 PM   #14
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WAAAAAAAAAH...was able to add a day to our trip and called to make reservations for the HHT today for the 23rd and they were booked. Boo hoo!!!
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:48 PM   #15
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We went on the tour last Sunday and we all loved it. My boys were spooked out but not so much that they didn't totally enjoy everything. I don't want to give too much away because it is fun to see how it unfolds for yourself. My husband had no idea what to expect and he felt like it was the highlight of the trip. My 8 year old is still convinced everything that happened was real.

As for the fireworks, yes we were seated over by the carnation plaza and I thought it was not a very good location. My boys were so tired and the older one started to not feel well so we skipped the fireworks, knowing that we would have two more nights to see them. After seeing the fireworks from front and center the other two nights I am sure we would have been disappointed with the HHT location. That being said, the tour was awesome, getting on the rides as walk ons was awesome. The treat was a pumkin shape chocolate dipped rice krispy treat (I will pics in my upcoming trip report) we also got keys on a glowing lanyard. I would recommend the tour if you can make it. PM me if you want more details, just don't want to give away too much here.
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