This is an excerpt from an episode of the Wonderful World of Color in which the Haunted Mansion made it debut. A very young Kurt Russell does a walk through of the mansion. Lots of very cool imagineering behind the scenes.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THIS RIDE, DO NOT WATCH BECAUSE THERE ARE PLENTY OF SPOILERS.
Instead, visit. Your ghost host will appreciate it. There’s 999 happy haunts. There’s always room for another.
I am so happy this exists.
I love behind-the-scenes peeks like this.
Original WED Enterprises (the Disneyland design/architectural firm) construction blueprints for the Haunted Mansion’s ‘Donald Duck’ chair, likely one of the few design remnants from Rolly Crump’s Museum of the Weird concepts that made it into the final attraction.
Rolly’s sketch of a haunted chair that would ‘stand up and talk to guests’.
The final prop chair at Disneyland…..
…..and the Magic Kingdom.
I want one.
Mystic Manor, currently under construction at Hong Kong Disneyland.
This attraction will be the park’s Haunted Mansion equivalent, taking cues as well from the Adventurer’s Club formerly of Walt Disney World and Pleasure Island, and the Hotel Hightower at Tokyo Disney Sea. All focus on rare/cursed artifacts and adventurous explorers, and the backstory relates that the house was built in 1908 by a Lord Henry Mystic, a member in good standing of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Inside the Manor, apparently, a mishap causes all the various artifacts to come to life, much as in the Enchanted Tiki Room. It is currently unknown if any gags or characters straight out of the Haunted Mansion will appear within, in a new context. Danny Elfman is responsible for scoring the attraction.
Also in this area will be a new restaurant called, unsurprisingly, The Adventurer’s Club. If it will have live performers and how much it may resemble the extinct Florida Club remains to be seen.
This attraction will utilize the ‘trackless’ tech from Pooh’s Hunny Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland. The architecture and story also doubtless owes a tip of the hat to the famous Carson Mansion in Eureka, California, and a tiny helping of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.
Source photo and more information: Mystic Point Under Construction
A trackless Haunted Mansion with an apparent literal whirlwind, and a pet monkey who opens an enchanted box? Yes, please!
I wonder if they’re hiring? Because that’s probably the only way I’d ever be able to go see it.
Haunted Mansion - Grim Grinning Ghosts (graveyard monotone chorus)
This is creepy, but I love these sort of isolated tracks.
I think the painting may be backwards…it’s his other eyebrow that usually goes up like that (I don’t have a Tony Baxter kink or anything to know this — I just noticed it while looking for a good pic of him to use as a side-by-side comparison).
(Tony Baxter photo source)