My wife and I went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party yesterday, and had a fantastic time. We dressed up as Hathaway Browne and Natasha nee Samantha Sterling of Disney’s dearly departed Adventurers Club, may it rest in peace. Little did we know the bonus our costumes would net us in our candy safari.
People kept trying to guess who we were.
“Amelia Earhart?” I heard multiple times.
Grasping from my pilot costume, Natasha got, “…and another…pilot…?” numerous times.
But 10 lucky people during the night did, in fact, give us high fives or club salutes (“Kungaloosh!”).
The best one was at the candy station in Frontierland. We walked up to one of the hosts handing out the candy, bags out, and he said, “Let’s see…what are you? Don’t tell me…let me guess…”
Thinking he looked young enough to be a new Cast Member or a College Program intern, I pointed to the Official Club Pin on my tie.
His eyes got bigger than Mickey’s in a cheese shop.
“Oh my god! BEST COSTUMES OF THE NIGHT!”
We shared club salutes.
“Oh…oh, wait a second.” He turned from dumping the handful of candy he had into my bag to the candy barrel. “I need to take care of my fellow adventurers!”
He then took a giant armful of candy and dumped it into my bag.
I held the bag up to gaze into the path to diabetes he had dumped in.
“Wait, wait, I’m not done with you yet!” He turned the path into the highway to diabetes.
“Oh, oh…Samantha! Fantastic!” He followed up with a similar highway for my wife.
“I so mourn the loss of that club,” he said. We commiserated. Everyone mourns the loss of one of the most unique and fun places on Disney property.
But the spirit lives on. As one of the performers said, “You guys have to take care of each other. When the club is gone, and we’re gone, all you’re going to have is each other, your fellow adventurers.”
So the spirit of Kungaloosh lives on in all the high-fives, shouts of “Hathaway!” and “Samantha Sterling!” and “Kungaloosh!”, and two gigantic bags of candy we got that night.