What better way to finish the 13 Days of Creepmas than meeting Sandy Claws himself, Jack Skellington? As I mentioned on the first day of Creepmas, my participation was limited this year due to visiting DisneyWorld. One of the nights I was there, I went to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and it was a ton of fun! There may be another post on that later but today's all about Jack.
Jack Skellington is maybe the single most popular character to meet at Disney. In addition to the movie fan base, Jack only makes appearances in the park during the Halloween and Christmas party events. The party "officially" started at 7 but Jack has been known to show up early. We lined up around 5:30 and there were already quite a few people in line.
If you're familiar with the Magic Kingdom, Jack's meeting area is in a gazebo in Liberty Square, just behind the Christmas shop. It was lit with spooky purple and green lights and the Nightmare soundtrack was playing. The gazebo was wonderfully decorated with black garland topped with Santa-hat wearing skulls.
Here's a better shot of the gazebo and decorations. You can see the skeletal tree on the left and a bunch of presents underneath it in black and white wrapping paper.
We waited a little over an hour from the time we got in line to meet Jack. Overall, not bad as I've heard the wait time just gets longer as the party goes on. Plus, we were done in time for the start of the party so we still had time to experience it all.
|Note the Santa ornament on the tree|
The first thing Jack noticed was my shirt (found at Target, btw!). "Is that me I see?", he asked delightedly. He continued to inspect the shirt excitedly calling out and pointing to the images of a pumpkin, black cat, and spider. He leaned into me and slyly asked, "Do you know what my secret is for wrapping presents? It's spiderwebs! They help keep the wrapping paper stuck on. And if you're lucky, you'll find a spider on top like a little bow. Then if you're hungry Christmas morning, you can pop it in your mouth for a little snack!"
Like any meet and greet, you have maybe two minutes with them but it was totally worth waiting in line for that experience. As we were leaving, I wished him a Haunted Holiday.
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