It’s such a spirited time of year… as many of you have seen in our parks for the past month and a half. Whether you call it ‘All Hallows Eve’ or ‘Halloween’, this spooky night is upon us. With the display of fall decorations draped over lampposts and swung across the store entrances, guests and cast members or cast members as guests enjoy Mickey’s Halloween Party on select nights at our parks coast-to-coast. This event, that is full of frightful fun, kicks-off some of the special events that are hosted every year at the Magic Kingdom Park.
With all of the excitement of Halloween, we have conjured up a 13 facts about one of the spookiest attractions in our parks, The Haunted Mansion. There’s no turning back now…
- The Haunted Mansion is one of the original attractions to Magic Kingdom Park – opening in October 1971.
- Due to cultural differences, The Haunted Mansion is the only attraction to be featured in different lands of the Disney parks worldwide.
- Cast members working at The Haunted Mansion are considered part of the household staff and on event nights, get an added dose of creepy magic.
- There are at least 95 “human” figures and 45 animal figures inside The Haunted Mansion.
- The wallpaper features the other spirits included in the 999 happy haunts.
- There are at least 13 gargoyles that watch guests as they enter the mansion.
- The tombstones in the graveyards are word jumbles of the names of Imagineers that helped bring The Haunted Mansion to life… eer death.
- The dust and cobwebs that you see in the mansions are brought into the mansion to compensate for the air conditioning suction.The rapping doors in the Corridor of Doors scene, as well as the faces in the wallpaper are inspired by the 1963 movie, The Haunting.
- The brass bat-shaped stanchions in the load areas are an original Disney design.
- Eleanor Audley, the voice of Madame Leota in the seance scene, also voiced Maleficent in Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and Lady Tremain in Cinderella.
- “Grim Grinning Ghosts – The Screaming Song” was written by Imagineer, X Atencio, who got into songwriting because Walt Disney told him he’d be good at it.
- Disneyland Resort celebrates Halloween with a special overlay to The Haunted Mansion featuring Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. In homage to the same movie, Walt Disney World Resort guests can catch glimpses of Jack Skellington year-round in the mansion if they look hard enough.
- Just recently, The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom Park just introduced a new interactive queue for guests to explore as they wait for their paranormal tour. If guests search hard enough, they once again, can find the legendary wedding ring forever resting in peace in the graveyard.
On your next visit to The Haunted Mansion, keep an eye open for these spooktacular details. And if you are looking for some extra hours, Disney Internships & Programs cast members may be able to sign-up on The Hub to work at special events such as the Halloween party and the upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starting in early November.
As we approach our chilling conclusion, I would like to leave you with some spine-tingling trivia to see how well you know The Haunted Mansion.
1) In The Haunted Mansion, what is the first scene in which you see a ghost?
A.) The Ballroom Scene
B.) The Attic
C.) The Seance Room
D.) The Graveyard
2) The illusion of ghosts in the ballroom of The Haunted Mansion is created by what technique?
A.) Smoke and Mirrors
B.) Pepper’s Ghost
3) About how many ride cars are there in The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom Park?
Facts provided from The Hub. Louis A. Mongello. The Walt Disney World Trivia Book – Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic. The Intrepid Traveler, 2004.
Answers: A, B, C
Josh, Communications Team, Disney Internships & Programs