Things to look for in haunted mansion
Celebrating its 15th spooky season, Haunted Mansion Holiday has returned to Disneyland for Halloween Time—you can celebrate all things ghoul from now through October 31—and the holiday season beginning November Monkey Business Fans of Haunted Mansion Holiday might remember a few toys monkeying around in the mansion during past holiday seasons. Now, you can find a nod to the many monkeys in the pet cemetery in front of the haunted home. Plus, you can still find Sally as you leave your Doombuggies and return to the mortal realm. Signs of Sally Before you see Sally in the ghostly graveyard, keep an eye out for nods to the Nightmare character throughout the mansion.
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Weird and Wonderful Haunted Mansion Facts, Secrets, and History
Welcome foolish mortals. One of the most beloved and popular attractions at the Disney parks is the Haunted Mansion. Dating back to when it first opened at Disneyland, the iconic ride celebrated its 50th anniversary in Please move together, taking up all of the dead space as we explore the classic attraction. Many of the attraction's best features are based on age-old magic illusions. The behind-the-screams revelations below are largely based on info from the book.
If you are interested in learning additional secrets as well as a thorough history and overview of the classic ride, we highly recommend the wonderful book. Back when Anaheim was a sleepy town filled with orange groves, Walt envisioned a haunted mansion for the "Mickey Mouse Park" he planned to build near his California film studio. When that small park morphed into the larger Disneyland in the mids, a haunted house concept remained part of the plans, but never made it past the drawing boards.
According to the late Marty Sklar, former vice chairman and principal creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, the Haunted Mansion spawned many ideas and went through a number of revisions during its long gestation period.
The plans included an old sea captain's seaside manor and a more unsettling "Bloodmere Manor" concept with some bloody shenanigans. The Headless Horseman even galloped his way into one of the plotlines. The treatments piled up, and a slew of Imagineers developed a gaggle of illusions and effects through the years.
When the project finally got the green light in the late s it opened in , Sklar said that the story was in danger of getting lost amid the effects. Since Imagineering rule number one is that the storytelling is paramount, it was up to Imagineer X. Atencio to cobble together a coherent story. Even with Atencio's focus, Sklar says that there were many different ideas about what the Haunted Mansion should be.
The attraction was the first major theme park project developed after Walt died, and without his final say, many of the Imagineers clashed over its direction.
Davis, one of Disney's "Nine Old Men" of animation, wanted a lighter tone, while background artist Coats pushed for a scarier attraction. Still, some of Coats' surreal, spookier backgrounds remain evident in the early scenes of the ride. Some of the other Imagineers who lent their ideas to the Haunted Mansion project through the years and whose touch can be seen in the final version include:.
In the Florida and Tokyo versions, however, space is less of an issue, so the ride building is directly behind the facade. In those stretching rooms, the ceiling rises, and guests remain on the same level. From the fall season through the end of the year, California's Disneyland Park annually transforms the original Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday. Overlaying the classic attraction with characters and new scenes based on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas , the ride gets a makeover that bridges the Halloween and Christmas seasons.
For example, the Graveyard scene features ghosts decorating bizarre Christmas trees amid a blanket of snow. There was a real Madame Leota! Well, sort of. An actual model-building Imagineer named Leota Toombs—how perfect is that name? They turned to the Madame's daughter, Kim Irvine, who also works for Walt Disney Imagineering and bears a strong resemblance to her seer-saying mother.
At Disneyland, a character known as the Hatbox Ghost briefly appeared when the ride first opened. Although Disney removed him because the effect wasn't working properly, his legend lived on.
Speaking of voices, if one of the singing statuary in the Graveyard scene sounds familiar, that's because it's the distinctive baritone of Thurl Ravenscroft. He's best known as the voice of Tony "They're Grrrrrreat! He also sang, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the television version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It was eventually scrapped for today's Ghost Host version, but it would have been wonderful and fitting to have Walt's voice connected with the classic E-Ticket ride.
The Haunted Mansion film starring Eddie Murphy was not the first attempt to tie a movie to the ride. In the early '90s, when Dreamworks' Jeffery Katzenberg was head of the Walt Disney Studios, he wanted to produce movies based on theme park attractions.
Katzenberg commissioned a Haunted Mansion script, but it languished in development. The "Gracey" family depicted in the film is a nod to Disney Imagineer Yale Gracey, who was an animator and mechanical genius. He had a hand in developing many of the Haunted Mansion's illusions, including the "Leota effect" that brings Madame Leota to life in the Seance Room.
In the Grand Ballroom scene, ghosts fade in and out of view as they dine at a long banquet table and dance around a pipe organ. The props in the room are real; the ghosts are images of animatronic characters reflected in the glass in front of the scene.
When guests ride by in their Doom Buggies, both the reflected images and the room visible through the glass merge into one scene. The Seance Circle and Graveyard Scene : Madame Leota, the disembodied spirit in the crystal ball, is also a relatively simple, yet wildly effective illusion. Inside the ball is a three-dimensional bust of Leota. Projected onto the white bust are brief filmed sequences of Leota reciting her incantations. When viewed together, the effect is quite astonishing.
The same concept is used to animate the singing statuary in the Graveyard scene and the tiny ghost that bids farewell at the very end of the attraction. By the way, the singing group that voices the Phantom Five singing busts is the Mellomen.
The Hatbox Ghost : One of the biggest mysteries of the Haunted Mansion was the abrupt removal of the Hatbox Ghost soon after the original attraction opened at Disneyland. The gag featured a hatted skeleton-like ghost who leered at Doom Buggy passengers as they passed and whose head suddenly disappeared and reappeared in the hatbox he was carrying.
Apparently, the figure was positioned too closely to guests, and the effect just didn't work. The new Hatbox Ghost that premiered in works flawlessly, however.
Rolly Crump : An artist and magic aficionado. His love of stage magic and illusions inspired effects such as the "Pepper's Ghost" trick used in the Grand Hall and hitchhiking ghosts scenes.
Walt Disney : While Walt passed away before work began in earnest on the interior of the attraction, he played a major role in guiding the project along. One of his most important contributions was his insistence, despite the protests of most other Imagineers, that the exterior of the building should remain pristine so as not to disrupt his beloved Disneyland. According to Sklar, Walt said, "Don't worry about it.
We'll take care of the outside; the ghosts will take care of the inside. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Tell us why! Read More.
The Haunted Mansion is one of Disney's most iconic attractions. Equal parts dark and funny, the home of the happy haunts has been a beloved classic since it opened at the Disney parks. But almost as fun as going on the ride is winding your way through its queue, particularly in Walt Disney World. The Haunted Mansion area there showcases a number of interactive activities, hidden gems, and clever Easter eggs for guests to enjoy before they get on their Doom Buggies, meet their ghost hosts, and get delightfully frightened.
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Five Secrets of The Haunted Mansion
Posted by: Sarah Chapman. With the Halloween season upon us it is time to take a closer look at the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World and some of the cool things about it. Several of the Disney Parks worldwide have their own version of the Haunted Mansion with different themes and facades based on the area of the park where they are located—and that is different in each park. One of the coolest things about any Disney attraction are the Hidden Mickeys that the Imagineers hide throughout the attraction. The most iconic at the Haunted Mansion is in the ballroom scene—take a close look at the table settings on the large banquet table. But that is not the only hidden character in the mansion. Just like the windows on Main Street USA that pay homage to Disney Imagineers, Legends and other very important Cast Members, the graveyard at the Haunted Mansion pays tribute to some of the Imagineers who were key in designing the attraction.
20 Scary Facts About the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland
The Imagineers certainly had fun creating this beloved attraction, and slipped in quite a few subtle details. Here are some things to be on the lookout for on your next ride. One of the most delightful things about the Haunted Mansion is that Imagineers left the story just vague enough for you to make your own interpretations. One of the most popular legends of the Mansion came from a small scrap of metal in the cement. While in reality, this was leftover from an old gate post removal, it bore a striking resemblance to a wedding ring.
Welcome foolish mortals. One of the most beloved and popular attractions at the Disney parks is the Haunted Mansion. Dating back to when it first opened at Disneyland, the iconic ride celebrated its 50th anniversary in Please move together, taking up all of the dead space as we explore the classic attraction.
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