HOW DID I MEET HIM?
(And His Evil Twin)
It was a dark and stormy night…well actually a cool spring day at Disneyland but what’s the difference. Well anyway, a friend and I decided to ride on the Haunted Mansion. Upon arriving at the Mansion with 999 ghouls, ghosts, and goblins, we were about to find that Disney had just hired their thousandth, the only problem was this one was a little live. Everything seemed normal while waiting in the foyer, but that all changed as the elevator doors opened. We were greeted by a dancing lunatic of sorts, spinning and singing in the center of the elevator floor. He greeted the waiting entourage of people, with an evil “Welcome to the Haunted Mansion”, and then slowly slid to his spot at the elevator controls. As people were packing into the room he slowly uttered, “Like a haunted bowl of mashed potatoes, squishy, squishy,” with an evil grin and foreboding eyes. Then the room started to stretch, and Maynard’s Evil Twin began staring at those around him, in agreement with fate of those in the room. Everyone around seemed mesmerized, and terrified by his strange behavior, and slowly edged away forming a semicircle around him. Before the lights went out, my friend was able to ask the simple question, “Do you like your job?”, we would sorrowfully regret that he had ever done that. Then the lights suddenly went out and the pirate hung himself from above, both things we expected, but we were very surprised and scared with what happened next. Seconds before the lights returned to normal, and we heard a loud scream and light flashed directly in font of us. It was Maynard’s Evil Twin, with an terrifying face looking right at us. Talk about a scare.
For a few months after “experiencing” Maynard’s Evil Twin on the Haunted Mansion, I had heard talk of him and his Good Twin and stories of what they had been doing at Disneyland. I had looked for them but could not find them, until one fateful day when looking for the Good Twin on the Jungle Cruise I was redirected back to the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Festival of Fools. I found him at the arena entertaining guests with musical instruments, cartoon voices, and just improving the overall atmosphere of the area. My friends and I began talking with him, and began to know him a little bit better. Ever since we spend part of our trips down to the park looking for and talking to the one the only Maynard!!!! (And his evil twin on the Haunted Mansion.