rollicking romp with 999 happy haunts and incredible special effects. Board
a Doom Buggy and prepare to be spooked as you glide through scary chambers
while apparitions materialize all around you. Your friendly "ghost host"
narrates your journey as you try to find your way out. But, be careful...a
ghost might follow you home! Keep your eyes peeled for some classic
residents, such as Madame Leota, the bride, the cemetery watchman and his
fearful dog, and the dancing ballroom ghosts. Sing along as the Grim
Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!
the best part of this ride can be the macabre host and hostess cast members
who at times really ham up the dead-pan humor. We have video of the
whole ride, but much of it is too dark to see. Close your eyes and
imagine you're there!
The standby queue was recently upgraded and is now "interactive." Four new
hands-on experiences await in this spooky new queue: The Musical Crypt,
Sepulcher of the Sea Captain, Tomb of the Posthumous Poetess, and the Secret
Library. Try them all, if you dare!
INTERCOT Alert: This "dark" attraction
may be scary to younger children
Disney actually makes "dust" to scatter throughout this attraction to keep
the haunted look!
The five singing busts in the graveyard scene warble the attraction’s theme
song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” Though sometimes mistaken for Walt Disney, the
face on the bust farthest to the left actually belongs to Thurl Ravenscroft,
the song’s soloist. Ravenscroft is known to millions of fans as the voice of
Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal.
The witty epitaphs on the tombstones at the attraction’s entrance pay
tribute to the designers, developers and artists who originally created The
Haunted Mansion. One of the newest tombstones honors the late Walt Disney
Imagineer Leota Thomas (her maiden name was Toombs). Periodically, Leota’s
tombstone can be spotted slowly opening and closing the eyes on its sculpted
Madame Leota also graces the crystal ball in the attraction’s séance scene.
Leota Thomas provided the face for the crystal ball, and voice artist
Eleanor Audley provided the voice. Audley is also famous as the voice of the
evil Maleficent in Disney’s classic animated feature “Sleeping Beauty.”
In addition to its home in the Liberty Square area at Walt Disney World
Resort, The Haunted Mansion is featured at Disneyland Resort (in New Orleans
Square), Tokyo Disneyland (in Fantasyland) and Disneyland Paris (known as
Phantom Manor and located in Frontierland). It is the only Disney attraction
to be featured in four different park “lands” worldwide.
Ghosts aren’t the only ones hiding in The Haunted Mansion. There are several
“Hidden Mickeys” to be found as well. The ballroom scene features one of the
most famous -- a plate and a pair of saucers on the dining table form
Mickey’s familiar silhouette.
Legendary voice artist Paul Frees -- known to many as Boris Badenov from
“The Bullwinkle Show” -- is the attraction’s narrator, or “ghost host.”
The Complete Attraction (9:37)
hitchhiking ghosts (:07)
listen to the
entire ride (6:44)
View from a Distance
At the gates
Hearse in front of the Mansion
Spooky at night....
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