Dapper Dans Flashback – The Cadaver Dans at the Haunted Mansion

“Happy haunts materialize and begin to vocalize…”

The view from the queue of Haunted Mansion!

The view from the queue of the Haunted Mansion!

This week, Mousertainment turns to the spookier side of the parks to start celebrating Halloweentime!

To kick it off, we’ll flashback once again to the amazing “Limited Time Magic” of 2013. That year brought us all kinds of fun events. But one of my favorites was my first (and so far only!) chance to see the Cadaver Dans at Disneyland Park!

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This delightfully dour group of singers, akin to the Dapper Dans, is just dying to sing for guests at the park, but usually the only time to catch them is during the extra cost, hard-ticketed Mickey’s Halloween Party events!

There, the Cadaver Dans appear like ghosts out of the fog on a raft on the Rivers of America, as they sing scary songs (similar to the regular Halloween set list for the Dapper Dans) of villains and the Halloween season!

I had been very tempted to attend one of these parties just to see the Cadaver Dans, but I couldn’t quite justify the cost (although yes, I know you also get candy, characters and a cavalcade – though that last one is on hold during the Diamond Anniversary Celebration year – along with the Halloween fireworks that all park guests used to be able to see for free but is now a party exclusive).  Plus I was spoiled having attended the excellent Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom (to be spotlighted in an upcoming article!)!

So I was thrilled when it was announced that as part of “Limited Time Magic”, the Cadaver Dans would be dragging their bodies out in the daytime for one week only in late October!

The view from behind the gate!

The view from behind the gate!

Appropriately enough, they sang from the upper balcony of the Haunted Mansion! This made it a bit challenging to catch them, however, as your options were to either try to get into the queue – which could move you too quickly past them as they performed – or to stay outside the gate. This allowed you to stay in one spot but was an obstructed view.

I tried both locations, of course! And being the Dapper fan that I am, I may have even recognized a few of the voices without even being able to see their faces (which sported a rather deadly pallor).

When you gaze into the Cadaver Dans… the Cadaver Dans gaze into you!

When you gaze too long into the Cadaver Dans… the Cadaver Dans gaze into you!

I loved the atmosphere this added both to the season and to the Mansion itself and wished this could have been a regular Halloweentime offering. However, I’m glad I got to see them even that one week, as the Halloween parties at Disneyland tend to sell out quickly even if I wanted to attend one!

But for those of you lucky enough to have tickets to one of this year’s events, make sure you go down to the Rivers of America to listen to the Cadaver Dans sing. Not only will they bring thrills and chills, but since the Rivers are scheduled to be drained during the construction of the upcoming Star Wars Land, this may be the last time for a while to catch their nautical performance here. Although I expect they’ll find a new place to haunt next year…

Mousertainment Tip: The Cadaver Dans’ East Coast cousins can also be found during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. They have been known to roam the Frontierland area, so if you’re heading for one of the parties this year, be sure to check them out!

Have you seen the Cadaver Dans at Disneyland either during Limited Time Magic or at Mickey’s Halloween Party? Or have you seen them perform at the Magic Kingdom?

Update 10/27/15: And in a gleefully ghostly turn of events, I just found out this past weekend that the Cadaver Dans have been making some rare unannouced appearances on Mickey’s Halloween Party nights in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa!  I was thrilled to catch them there!

The Cadaver Dans singing from one of the balconies in the Grand Californian Hotel lobby!

The Cadaver Dans singing from one of the balconies in the Grand Californian Hotel lobby!

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