Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine...

Happy 9/9/09, everyone! How are you choosing to celebrate today? Listening to 'Revolution 9' over and over and over again on that kick-ass new Beatles boxset? Or maybe you're out seeing the mixed-review-receiving animated film '9'? Or maybe you're one of the lucky few who got tickets to the 40th anniversary party of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland? If it's the latter, please know that I am wildly jealous and I hate you, but that shouldn't distract you from leaving a comment below telling us how it went. Being that I'm broke and thousands of miles away, I guess I'll just have to settle for watching this clip over and over again. Doesn't he remind you of Quentin Tarantino? Yes, he does.

Being that I'm a Haunted Mansion nut, let's focus a little on that. As any good Disney freak knows, the real anniversary of the Haunted Mansion was actually last month. The Mansion might have opened on August 9th as the Wikipedia entry tells us, but there are a few conflicting reports there. Some say it was the 9th, some the 12th, and every day in between, but no matter. Disney has chosen instead to rewrite history a little bit and celebrate the attraction's 40th by hosting a shindig at Disneyland today. Anyone who is familiar with the Mansion's 999 happy haunts should be able to figure out why.

Fans of the Mousetalgia website and podcast hosted by the great Jeff "Chef Mayhem" Baham of fame know that he and a small crew of devotees will be attending the event tonight at 9pm. Not sure what the Chef's recording schedule looks like in this week of Mansion-related madness, but with any luck, we'll be hearing all about what went down at the event next Monday on the Mousetalgia crew's weekly podcast. Speaking of which, if any of you missed this week's entry focusing on the late great Thurl Ravenscroft, do not let this travesty continue. Listen to it now and often, won't you?

Speaking of Thurl Ravenscroft, have you downloaded your free voicemail/answering machine message from the Disney legend yet? Why not? It's been dying to meet you.

In any case, enjoy your 9/9/09 everyone. Sing us out, Thurl!

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