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The Haunted Mansion
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The exterior of the Haunted Mansion
Magic Kingdom
Land Liberty Square
Opening date October 1st, 1971
Vehicle type Doom Buggies
Number of vehicles 160
Ride duration 11 minutes
Audio-Animatronics 109
FastPass + Yes

The Haunted Mansion is an attraction located in Liberty Square

History

Origin in Disneyland

Like many of the original Magic Kingdom attractions, the Haunted Mansion began as an idea for Disneyland. Before the park was even built, Walt Disney and artist Harper Goff were working on an idea for a haunted house type attraction. The original sketch by Goff was titled, "Church Graveyard and Haunted House" and featured a Gothic style mansion on top of a hill [1]. The original haunted house attraction was envisioned as a walkthrough attraction, in which guests would see various haunted scenes [2]. Some of the original ideas for the attraction included: a ghostly sea captain who killed his wife, an unfortunate family living in the mansion, and a ghost wedding which would have featured various Disney villains including, Captain Hook, the Lonesome Ghosts, and the Headless Horseman [2].
The idea of a ghostly bride was a part of the Haunted Mansion's early design

When the addition of the Haunted Mansion was being planned for Disneyland, the Mansion was to be located off a crooked alley on Main Street [2]. Soon however, plans for the Mansion were put on hold, and when Disneyland opened in 1955, The Haunted Mansion was nowhere to be found. Despite this, shortly after Disneyland opened the Haunted Mansion project was brought back into the spotlight. In 1958, Walt Disney decided that he wanted to create an expansion for Disneyland called “New Orleans Square”. The Haunted Mansion was chosen as one of the attractions for the new area [2], and construction began in 1962 [3].

From the beginning however, problems began to plaque the Haunted Mansion project. Story line problems were a constant for the attraction, and in 1964 Disney's attention was turned towards the New York World’s Fair. Another blow to the struggling project came in 1965 when Walt Disney, the driving force behind the project, died [3]. With Walt gone, Imagineers were divided about what tone to give the Haunted Mansion. Imagineer Marc Davis wanted to present the ride in a comical matter (giving the attraction a lighter tone) while Claude Coats thought the Haunted Mansion should be a real haunted house with a dark and ominous tone. Eventually, Imagineers decided on a compromise. The beginning of the attraction was given a darker tone while the latter half would be more "silly" and feature a "swinging wake" [4]. Imagineers also decided to make the Haunted Mansion a dark ride, with "Doom Buggies" as the attractions vehicles (the change from walkthrough to dark ride helped solve the problem of guest capacity) [5].

With the story line and tone finally decided, the Haunted Mansion officially opened in Disneyland on August 9, 1969.

Museum of the Weird

One of the other ideas for the Haunted Mansion that Rolly and Walt explored, was the Museum of the Weird. The museum was to be a part of the entrance and queue to the Haunted Mansion. Showing guests various oddities "discovered" around the world, the Museum of the Weird would also have doubled as a restaurant (similar to Disneyland's Blue Bayou restaurant which is connected to Pirates of the Caribbean) [6]
Rolly Crump working on models for the Haunted Mansion
. Rolly Crump came up with various ideas for the museum including: coffin clocks, candle men, man-eating plants, tiki busts, a mirror with a face, and a "living gypsy cart". With the death of Walt Disney and the subsequent uncertainty about the tone of the attraction however, the Museum of the Weird portion of the attraction was eventually scrapped.

Although the Museum of the Weird was never built, ideas from the museum can be found within the Haunted Mansion itself. Examples of this include:

  • The red chair that appears to have face
  • The wallpaper in the "Corridor of Doors" with various faces and eyes.
  • The gypsy cart that sells merchandise outside of the Disney World Haunted Mansion {originally a similar cart would have been located in the Museum of the Weird and would have interacted with guests}. [7]

Disney World Construction

During the time the Haunted Mansion was being finalized in Disneyland, plans were made for the creation of an identical version in the (not yet open) Magic Kingdom. Unlike the Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion however, the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World was set in the American Northeast, not New Orleans (due to the fact that Liberty Square replaced New Orleans Square in the parks design). The change in location is evident when looking at the attraction’s architecture, which took on a colonial or Hudson River Valley style [8]. The Haunted Mansion opened with the rest of the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971 [9].

Changes Since Opening Day

Throughout the attractions first 35 years, the Haunted Mansion saw a relatively few number of changes. Most notably, during this period, the original bride figure was replaced first in the late 1970s/early 1980s and again in the mid 1990s [10]. In 2006 however, the Haunted Mansion closed for its fist extensive refurbishment. At this time,

  • The exterior of the mansion was repainted
  • The queue received a new canopy
  • The foyer received new wood and carpet. Furthermore the Master Gracey portrait was digitized
  • The Sinister Eleven portraits were moved to the load area and a couple other spots around the attraction. In their place (the first hallway that the Doom Buggies travel down), new portraits which change when lightning strikes were added.

Finally, at this time the Haunted Mansion also received two new scenes. The first scene replaced the Spider Staircase scene and features stairways that seem to go to different dimensions, denying the laws of physics. This scene was inspired by the lithograph print "Relativity" by M.C. Escher.

Most notably however, during the refurbishment the Haunted Mansion's attic scene was reworked. At this time, a new bride named Constance Hatchaway was added to the attraction, and the attic was rethemed to reflect her dark backstory. When entering the attic the Doom Buggies now passed three portraits of Constance and a different husband surrounded by their wedding gifts. As guests pass by, the heads of each groom disappear. At the end of the attic, guests come face to face with Constance who ominously references her wedding vows, while making a hatchet appear in her hands. With the addition of the Constance backstory, the original bride figure and the "pop-up" ghosts that were originally found in the attic were removed.

In October 2010 the Haunted Mansion closed for refurbishment. At this time, the attraction's queue was overhauled and given new interactive elements [11]. When the queue reopened it featured an interactive cemetery, which now housed a sea captains's crypt, a composers crypt, a family of headstones, and a library crypt.

The Queue

The original queue for the Haunted Mansion featured a hillside graveyard full of humorous tombstones. In 2010 however, the queue was given an overhaul. Now when guests reach a certain point in the line (the former location of the turnstiles), they have the option of splitting off to the left or right. The path on their right leads guests directly into the attraction. If guests choose the left side however, they can experience what Disney calls the new "graveyard queue".

The Family of Busts

The family of busts in the new Haunted Mansion queue.

If guests choose the graveyard queue, one of the first things that they see is a family of marble busts. Besides showing the faces of the various family members, the busts have also a depiction of a small weapon and a humorous epitaph. When guests pass, each bust will whisper a clue as to who killed them. It is up to guests to solve the mystery and find out who killed who. The family is comprised of (epitaph in quotes):

  • Bertie –“Avid hunter and expert shot, in the end that’s what he got.”
  • Aunt Florence – “Never did a dishonorable deed. Yet was found face down in canary seed.”
  • Uncle Jacob – “Greed was the poison he had swallowed. He went first, the others followed. His killer’s face he surely knew, now try to discover who killed who.”
  • The Twins, Wellington & Forsythia – “Departed life while in their beds, with identical bumps on identical heads.”
  • Cousin Maude – “Our sleeping beauty who never awoke, the night her dreams went up in smoke.”

The Composer's Crypt

Continuing on through the queue guests pass by a series of crypts, beginning with the Composer's Crypt. Here, musical instruments are carved into both sides of a crypt and when they are pushed; the instrument plays a portion of the attractions theme song "Grim Grinning Ghosts". One side of the crypt features basic instruments (such as those used by the band in the graveyard scene), while the other side features more ghoulish looking instruments. The Composers Crypt also features a large pipe organ (identical to the one in the Ballroom scene) with banshee heads and a red-eyed raven sitting atop it. When guests push the keys to the organ it plays “Grim Grinning Ghosts” while also shooting guests with a blast of mist. The organ is engraved with the name "Ravenscroft" which is a reference to Thurl Ravenscroft, the lead vocalist of the singing busts in the Graveyard scene.

The Sea Captain's Crypt

The Sea Captain's crypt

The next crypt that guests come upon in the queue is the Sea Captains. An inscription on the crypt reads:

"Here floats Captain Culpepper Clyne, allergic to dirt so he’s pickled in brine. He braved the sea and all her wrath, but drowned on land while taking a bath."

When looking at the Sea Captain, guests will notice that his arms, leg and hat are all sticking out of his green crypt. The crypt seems to be full of water, and water flows out of cracks in the crypt and squirts guests as they walk by. The Sea Captain can be also heard singing a "drunken sailor" song, and from time to time even sneezes, shooting water everywhere. On the more morbid side, the Sea Captain can also be heard drowning as bubbles rush to the top of the crypt. Finally, if guests try to plug one of the many holes in the crypt, another one will begin to leak.

The Library Crypt

The final crypt guests come across in the Haunted Mansion queue is the library crypt. Two sides of this crypt look like the bookcases found inside the mansion, which hold haunted books that move in and out by themselves. Guests can also push the books, adding some entertainment for younger guests. More importantly however the books on the cases are marked with ghostly symbols, which gives guests a letter, giving them the task of deciphering the message that the books spell out.

The third side of the library crypt features a glowing book surrounded by decaying flowers. In the book, the ghost of the "Poetess Prudence Pock" is working on her poetry. Prudence will usually need guests to help her finish the poems, by giving her rhyming words. Guests can speak to Prudence by using the "Spectrecom" which lets guests “speak with the nearly departed." A sign above the book says:

"Her plaintive pleas can still be heard: O' muse provide the perfect word"

The final side of the crypt has another plaque dedicated to Prudence which reads:

"Here lies Poetess Prudence Pock, she died it's said from writers block

NOTE: If you want a key, to figure out what the haunted books are trying to tell guests, check out Inside the Magic's guide below:

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The Tombstones

Main Article: Haunted Mansion Tombstones

The original graveyard in the Haunted Mansion queue is still in place, however during the 2010 refurbishment the headstones that paid homage to Marc Davis and X Atencio have been moved from the hillside to the middle of the interactive queue. Likewise, the tombstone marking the resting place of Master Gracey has been moved into the queue. Added to the hillside graveyard at this time were headstones for Gus, Erza, and Phineas (the Hitchhiking Ghosts) and Neb Nub (one of the singing busts found in the Graveyard scene) [12].

Attraction

The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride which takes guests through an aging mansion, where 999 ghosts live and roam about.

The Foyer

The aging portrait in the Haunted Mansion's Foyer

The first room that guests see when entering the Haunted Mansion is the Foyer. The Foyer has orange wall paper, wood finish, and is dimly lit by candle chandeliers. Although not seen, guests may notice an organ playing in the background. On the left side of the Foyer is a fireplace with a portrait of a young man hung above it. If guests watch the portrait they will see that the man appears to be aging before their eyes, slowly turning from a young man into a rotting, skeletal corps. In the Foyer the Ghost Host greets guests for the first time, saying:

"When hinges creak in doorless chambers. When strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candlelights flicker when the air is deathly still... That is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight."

To hear the Ghost Host speak to guests in the Foyer click play below:

The Stretching Room

After the Ghost Host introduces guests to the Haunted Mansion, they are ushered into an octagonal gallery known as The Stretching Room. This room features vertically stripped wallpaper and menacing green gargoyles. The room also has four seemingly normal portraits of unknown people hanging on the walls. Inside the room the Ghost Host once again speaks to guests saying:

The full portraits guests see after the room has "stretched".
"Welcome! Foolish Mortals, to the haunted mansion, I am your host, your ghost host. Hmmmm. Our tour begins here, in this gallery. Here where you see paintings of some of our guests, as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state. Kindly step all the way in please, and make room for everyone. There’s no turning back now!

As the Ghost Host speaks, the walls begin stretch upwards, and the portraits are elongated to show to show their true nature. Far from the mundane images that they initially appeared to be, the portraits are actually a depiction of various Haunted Mansion "resident’s" deaths. When the room stops stretching, the Ghost Host says:

"Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination, hmm? And consider this dismaying observation: this chamber has no windows, and no doors. Which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out!...Of course, there's always my way!"

At this point, lighting flashes above the room to show the corpse of the Ghost Host hanging in the rafters (having apparently committed suicide). Finally, during the 2007 refurbishment of the Haunted Mansion, the gargoyles that light the room were given dialog [13]. After the Ghost Host tells guests to "stay together please" the gargoyles whisper "stay together" and then giggle like haunted children.

To hear the Ghost Host's narration in the Stretching Room click play below:

The Loading Area

After leaving the stretching room, guests enter the loading area. Here they board their "Doom Buggies" and begin to ride through the Mansion. On the walls inside the loading area are eight of the eleven "Sinister Pictures". The Sinister Pictures are the portraits whose eyes seem to follow guests as they move, however since relocating to the loading area this effect has not been in use.

A portrait of Jack the Ripper, one of the Sinister Pictures found in the load area (Photo: Hoot Gibson)

The Ghost Host gives riders instructions in the loading area saying:

"Do not pull down on the safety bar please, I will lower it for you. Heed this warning, the spirits will materialize ONLY if you remain quietly seated, at all times. Oh yes, and no flash pictures please, we spirits are frightfully sensitive, to bright lights."

To hear the loading area narration click play below:

The Library and Music Parlor

Now in their Doom Buggies, guests exit the loading area and go up a stairwell which leads to a landing. Here two more of the sinister portraits can be found, and various "changing pictures" can be seen. The changing pictures appear to normal enough at first, but when lightning strikes, the pictures become much more ghoulish (an example of this: A portrait of a young lady changes into a portrait of Medusa when the lightning strikes). Guests also can see a floating candelabrum in the room, a precursor of things to come.

The first room that guests tour in the mansion is the library. In the library, books seem to be flying about by themselves and unseen ghosts stand on rocking ladders moving books between the shelves. Nearby, another ghost is seemingly reading on a rocking chair in the corner of the room. The Ghost Host introduces the library to guests by saying:

"Our library is well stocked with priceless first editions, only ghost stories of course, hmhmh. And marble busts, of the greatest ghost writers, the literary world has even known."

As guests pass by, the marble busts of the ghost writers seem to turn their heads and follow the Doom Buggies as they move through the library and into the music parlor.

The music parlor is a small room located after the library. In it, a rundown piano plays a somber version of Grim Grinning Ghosts (the attractions theme song). Although guests cannot see the ghostly piano player, his shadow can be seen on the floor. Outside the window, a storm is brewing and guests can see what appears to be a forest outside.

To hear the narration in the library click play below:

The Staircases & Endless Hallway

When the Haunted Mansion was renovated in 2007, a new scene was added to the attraction. Known as the staircase scene, the new room is located after guests leave the music parlor but before they reach the Endless Hallway. The staircase room is a space filled with various staircases and doorways that apparently lead to other dimensions. The staircases look like a maze and some even seem to defy gravity, as they twist and turn or even go upside down. On the staircases, ghostly glowing footprints appear going up or down the stairs before fading away.

When leaving the music room and entering the staircase scene, the Ghost Hosts makes an offer to guests:

"They have all, retired here to the Haunted Mansion, actually we have 999 happy haunts here, but there's room for one thousand. Any volunteers?? If you should decide to join us, final arrangements, may be made at the end of the tour."

After seeing the staircase scene, the Doom Buggies move past the Endless Hallway. The hallway seems to go on forever and only a floating single candelabrum populates the hall. Next to the halls entrance is a moving suit of armor.

To hear the Staircase narration click play below:

Conservatory

As the Doom Buggies move onward they begin to rotate so that guests are now facing backwards. Guests then enter a decrepit conservatory, which holds plants are dead and the flowers have rotted. In the middle of the room a wooden coffin is laid with a banner that says "Farewell”. A large raven settles on the coffin and squawks as the corpse inside begins to push its way out. As guests pass by, the corpse inside begins to yell "let me outta here!", but the Doom Buggies continue on.

The Corridor of Doors

The matriarch of the family in the Corridor of Doors

After leaving the conservatory, guests find themselves in the mysterious Corridor of Doors. The wallpaper in the corridor is filled with demon eyes, which seem to be watching the Doom Buggies as they pass. Also on the walls are various ghoulish family portraits which show different skeletons, ghosts and corpses. A sign next to the portraits reads "Tomb Sweet Tomb". A portrait of note features The Ghost Host wearing a noose around his neck as his shadow lifts a hatchet.

As the Doom Buggies move down the hall, guests will notice they are surrounded by various doors. The doors seem to be holding something inside, and some of the knobs begin to turn. Knocking, moaning, pounding and even begging can also be heard, and even the doors themselves seem to be breathing. The last door guests see has two skeletal hands coming out from behind it, and a strange green light which illuminates the doorway.

The Ghost Host once again speaks to guests in the Corridor of Doors saying:

We find it delightfully unlivable here in this ghostly retreat, every room has wall-to-wall creeps, and hot and cold, running chills! Ssshhhh, listen..."

The final thing that guests see before leaving the Corridor of Doors is a glowing grandfather clock. The hour hand of the clock reads 13, and the minute hand is seen spinning out of control. The clock has bones for hands, and a demonic tail as its pendulum. The head of the clock looks like it has horns, and fangs engulf the face. As guests pass, a shadow of a large claw swings over the face of the clock, giving the allusion that a large beast is swooping over the Doom Buggies.

To hear the Corridor of Doors narration click below:

The Séance Room

Madame Leota in the Séance Room

After escaping the Corridor of Doors, guests find themselves in quiet parlor. The Doom Buggies encircle a lone table sitting in the middle of the room which features a floating crystal ball holding the disembodied head of Madam Leota. Madam Leota chants from inside the ball, trying to make a connection with the various ghosts in the mansion (One of her chants goes "Rap on a table, it's time to respond, send us a message from far beyond!). As Madame Leota chants her incantations, glowing objects and other items begin to fly around the room. If guests look closely at Madame Leota's table, they will notice her spell book is open to page 1313. This page shows the Grim Reaper, while page 1312 shows the Hatbox Ghost and one of the Hitchhiking Ghosts.

The Ghost Host then tells guests:

"The happy haunts have received your sympathetic vibrations, and are beginning to materialize. They're assembling for a swinging wake, and they'll be expecting me. I'll see you all, a little later."

Before advancing to the Grand Hall, guests may also notice that there seems to be a green specter in the corner of the room.

To hear the Séance Room narration click play below:

The Grand Hall (Ballroom)

The ballroom dancers waltzing in the Grand Hall.

After leaving the Séance Room, guests enter perhaps the most famous scene in the Haunted Mansion, The Grand Hall (also known as the Ballroom). Here ghosts have begun to gather for a "swinging wake" (apparently arriving by hearse). The Doom Buggies actually look down into the Ballroom where guests can see ghostly couples waltzing as they disappear and reappear. Nearby, an organist plays a crazed version of the attractions theme "Grim Grinning Ghosts" on a large pipe organ. When the organist strikes the keys ghostly banshees come flying out of the pipes and then disappear.

On the right side of the room, various ghosts have gathered around a table to celebrate a birthday party. The cake has 13 candles, and at the ghost sits at the end of the table is apparently the ghost of honor. Directly across from him sits the ghost of Caesar himself. Two drunk ghosts (an Egyptian and a solider) are seen swinging on the chandelier, while another ghoul lays under the table. Another ghost can be seen hanging on the chandelier by his cane. Various other specters pepper the room, including one sitting on the mantle of the fireplace (who shoots flames out his mouth) and an elderly ghost sitting in the corner knitting. If guests look up above the Ballroom they will see two portraits of duelists. The ghosts of these duelists emerge from their paintings from time to time and shoot pistols at each other. After passing the Ballroom, the Doom Buggies head upstairs to the attic.

The Attic

Following the Ballroom scene, the Doom Buggies go up one floor to the attic. Here guests see a crammed and dusty room full of wedding gifts and furniture. As the Buggies progress, guests see five wedding portraits of Constance Hatchaway and her different husbands. Next to each portrait are wedding gifts, which seem to increase in quality after each subsequent marriage. The portraits include:

  • Ambrose Harper & Constance Hatchaway (1869)
  • Frank Barks & Constance Hatchaway (1872) (if guests look closely at the cabinet near this portrait, they will see a female porcelain French aristocrat looking down on a fallen porcelain man, whose head has been removed)
Constance Hatchaway in the Haunted Mansion's attic. Photo by Rain0975
  • Marquis de Doom & Constance Hatchaway (1874)
  • Reginal Gaine & Constance (1875)
  • George Hightower & Constance (1877) -- (This may be the same George who's tombstone we see in one of the stretching room pictures. In the stretching room a widow sits atop a gravestone reading “Beloved George” with a hatchet in it.)

When the Doom Buggies pass each portrait the head of the grooms disappear. The story goes that, Constance married and killed her husbands in order to gain money and social status. In fact, if guests look closely at Constance in the portraits they will notice that she gains a string of pearls after each husband. After passing all 5 portraits, guests come face to face with Constance herself, who is wearing a wedding dress and standing near the window. When the Buggies go by her, she says ominous phrases (such as: "Tell DEATH do us part").

While in the attic, guests may notice that a melancholy version of Wagner's Bridal Chorus can be heard (the only song besides Grim Grinning Ghosts heard in the attraction). After passing Constance, the Doom Buggies "escape" from the attic and fall below into the graveyard.

NOTE: It has been suggested by some, that guests actually "die" after falling out of the attic, thus allowing them to see the ghosts celebrating in the graveyard. This has neither been confirmed nor denied by Disney however.

To hear Constance's ominous vows click play below:

The Graveyard

Following the close encounter with Constance, the Doom Buggies fall out the window and turn backwards. When they land on the ground, ghosts appear to be flying all around and guests now find themselves at the gates to a graveyard located near the mansion. Outside the gates, a caretaker named Dick O’Dell quivers in fear as his dog "Boney" whimpers. After passing some scary looking trees, guests enter the graveyard where the ghosts seem to be having a party. A ghost band known as the Phantom Five play a jazzy version of "Grim Grinning Ghosts", as various other paranormal beings enjoy themselves. The Phantom Five is made up of a drummer (banging on headstones), a flutist, a harpist, a bagpipe player, and a horn player. Various cats and owls harmonize with the band, and demon dogs can be heard howling in the distance. Near the band, a king and queen teeter on see-saw while a duchess sips tea behind them.

As the Doom Buggies move through the graveyard, they pass a group of singing marble busts. Located on guest’s right hand side, these marble busts sing (and express) the song "Grim Grinning Ghosts". All around the graveyard, ghosts pop up and try to scare guests, while other specters simply enjoy the party. Those enjoying the party include, a mummy who is drinking tea, a Renascence era oracle, and various ghosts riding bicycles around tombstones.

Further down the graveyard, an executioner, his victim (a headless knight) and the prisoner Hitchhiking Ghost stand singing. Standing next to the executioner are two opera singers. The female is overweight with pig tales and is wearing a Viking helmet, while the male is thin and wears a mustache. Near the opera singers, a skeleton is seeing paving a crypt, entrapping himself inside.

After traveling through the graveyard guests come across another crypt, leading to the attractions final scene.

To hear the marble busts singing in graveyard click below:

The Crypt and Unloading

Upon entering the crypt the Ghost Host once again joins the guests:

"Aaahh, there you are! And just in time, there’s a little matter I forgot to mention, beware of hitchhiking ghosts! They have selected you to fill our quota, and they'll haunt you until you return! hahahaha"
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The three Hitchhiking Ghosts: The Prisoner (left), The Skeleton (center) and The Traveler (right)

While hearing this warning, guests pass by the three hitchhiking ghosts (the prisoner, the skeleton, and the traveler) before venturing further into the crypt and encountering a mirror. When guests look into the mirror, they will notice that they are no longer alone. One of the three hitchhiking ghosts will be seen inside the Doom Buggies, and will interact with the guests (for example one of the ghosts will switch two of the rider’s heads).

The names given to the Hitchiking Ghosts by fans are: Gus (left), Ezra (skeleton), and Phineas (traveler). These names were seemingly legitimized when headstones with these names were added to the Haunted Mansion queue in 2010.

After exiting the crypt, guests reach the unloading area where a ghostess says that she can make "final arrangements for you". Following her speech, the Ghost Host tells guests one final thing:

Now, I will raise the safety bar, and a ghost will follow you home!

To hear the crypt and unloading narration click play below:

Post Show

Bluebird

After exiting the Haunted Mansion guests pass the tomb of Bluebeard himself. The inscription on the tomb says he died in 1440 and reads:

"Six of them were faithful, but the seventh did him in."

According to the tomb, Bluebeard's wives were:

  • Penelope (Died 1434)
  • Abigail (Died 1435)
  • Anastasia(Died 1436)
  • Prudence (Died 1437)
  • Phoebe (Died 1438)
  • Eugenia (Died 1439)
  • Lucretia (The wife that did him in)

Pun Crypts

Next to Bluebeard's tomb, a large crypt which houses various bodies can be found. Each of the names on the crypt create a pun. The names on the crypt are listed below, with the pun the name creates in parenthesis.

The statue of Mr. Toad located in the Pet Cemetery.
Asher T. Ashes (Ashes to ashes) Bea Witch (Bewitch)
Clare Voince (Clairvoyance) C. U. Later (See you later)
Dustin T. Dust (Dust into dust) G. I. Missyou (Gee, I miss you)
Hail N. Hardy (Hale and hearty) Hal Lusinashun (Hallucination)
Hap A. Rition (Apparition) I. L. Beback (I'll be back)
I. Emma Spook (I am a spook) I. M. Mortal (I am mortal) or (immortal)
I. M. Ready (I am ready) I. Trudy Departed (I truly departed)
I. Trudy Dew (I truly do) Levi Tation (Levitation)
Love U. Trudy (Love you truly) Manny Festation (Manifestation)
Metta Fisiks (Metaphysics) M. T. Tomb (Empty tomb)
Paul Tergyst (Poltergeist) Pearl E. Gates (Pearly gates)
Ray. N. Carnation (Reincarnation) Rustin Peece (Rest in peace)
Rusty Gates (Rusty gates) Theo Later (See you later)
U. R. Gone (You are gone) Wee G. Bord (Ouija board)

The Pet Cemetery

Located on guests left as they walk down the exit path, the Pet Cemetery houses the deceased animals of the Haunted Mansion. Some of the tombstones feature humorous epitaphs, while other are simply just headstones. The animals laid to rest in the Pet Cemetery include:

  • A duck named Little Waddles. Died in 1928. The epitaph reads, "Little Waddles saw the truck, Little Waddles didn't duck".
  • A snake who's epitaph reads "Here lies my snake whose fatal mistake, was frightening a gardener who carried a rake".
  • A cat named Miss Kitty who epitaph reads “After losing eight lives you still had no fear. You caught a snake in your mouth and that's why you're here."
  • A bird who died July 11, 1864.
  • A poodle named Fi Fi.
  • A dog with a basket in its mouth.
  • A headstone of Mr. Toad. Added in 2005, this headstone is reference to the fact that Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was closed at Disney World in 1998. There was no official reason given for the addition of the statue.

Cast [14]

Main Article: List of Haunted Mansion Ghosts The primary cast of the Haunted Mansion is:

  • Ghost Host- Paul Frees
  • Madame Leota- Leota Tombs (face) and Elanor Audley (voice)
The Singing Busts in the Graveyard scene.
  • Coffin Ghost (in the Conservatory)- Xavier Atencio
  • Constance Hathaway- Kat Cressida
  • Rollo Rumkin (Singing Bust)- Verne Rowe
  • Uncle Theodore (Singing Bust)- Thurl Ravenscroft
  • Cousin Algernon (Singing Bust)- Chuck Schroeder
  • Pineas P. Pock (Singing Bust)- Bob Ebright
  • Graveyard Mummy- Allan Davies
  • Renaissance Oracle (Graveyard)- Dalllas McKennon
  • Female Opera Singer (Graveyard)- Loulie Jean Normen
  • Male Opera Singer (Graveyard)- Bill Reeve
  • Decapitated Knight (Graveyard)- Ernic Newton
  • Executioner (Graveyard)- Bill Days
  • Ghost Hostess- Leota Tombs

Imagineers

Disney Imagineers (WED Engineers) that worked on the creation of the Haunted Mansion included:

  • Harper Goff (original sketches and design) [15]
  • Ken Anderson (storyline) [16]
  • Yale Gracey & Rolly Grump (special effects) [17]
  • Claude Counts (plot/storyline) [18]
  • Marc Davis (character design/storyline) [19]
  • Blaine Gibson (sculpture of many of the ghosts, including the Hitchhiking Ghosts and the singing busts in the Graveyard) [20]
  • X Atencio (Writer of both the Ghost Host narration and the attractions theme song "Grim Grinning Ghosts". [21]

Fun Facts and Trivia

Marc Davis showing Walt an early model of the Stretching Room
  • There are two books on the table at the end of the library in the Haunted Mansion. They are both separate volumes from “The National Encyclopedia”, with book being open to the letter D, so that the word "death" is shown [22].
  • The prisoner Hitchhiking Ghost can also be seen in the Graveyard scene, near the executioner.
  • Before the 2011 refurbishment of the queue, a fresh flower would be placed on the tombstone of Master Gracey every day [23].
  • Many of the real books in the library scene are actually law books, including “Modern Legal Forms" [22].
  • The library was painted by R.L. Grosh and Sons, Inc who has also painted numerous Hollywood sets [22]
  • The organ played by the ghost in the Ballroom scene is an exact replica of the one in Disneyland. This is important because the organ in Disneyland was the same organ that Captain Nemo played in the 1954 film, 20,000 leagues Under the Sea [24].
  • To keep the Haunted Mansion looking dusty, Disney buys 5 pound bags of theatrical dust known as “Fuller’s Earth” [25].
  • If guests look at the pavement in the Haunted Mansion's queue's emergency exit, they will see the footprints of the Caretaker found in the Graveyard scene, as well as the paw-prints of his dog [26].
  • According to small print found on the device, the "Spectrocom" found in the Haunted Mansion's Graveyard queue was patented by R. H. Goff. This is a reference to Imagineer Harper Goff [27].
  • Tombstones found in the Haunted Mansion's graveyard scene pay tribute to Imagineers Judy Gray, Fred Joerger and Harriet Burns. The letters that make up the names are scrambled however [28]

For More Information

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References

  1. http://blogs.disney.com/insider/2015/06/08/the-horrifying-history-of-the-haunted-mansions-hatbox-ghost-part-1/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://www.doombuggies.com/history1.php
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.doombuggies.com/history3.php
  4. http://www.doombuggies.com/history4.php
  5. http://www.doombuggies.com/history4.php
  6. http://www.doombuggies.com/history2.php