Haunted Mansion


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A Spirited Tour

The disembodied voice of the Ghost Host is your private guide through the cadaverous realm of an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises. 

Glide past a casket-filled conservatory, Madame Leota’s chilling séance room and a ghostly graveyard of singing specters as you attempt to find your way out. Beware of hitchhikers—these phantom pranksters may follow you home. 

Happy haunting!

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Complete Guide to Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom

Complete Guide to Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom

“Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion.”

As one of the original Walt Disney World rides, Haunted Mansion has become iconic, remaining one of Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions over it’s more than 50 years in operation.

After all, who doesn’t love a little mystery and some thrills? Haunted Mansion delivers both without being overly scary, even to the smallest of visitors.

On top of that, Haunted Mansion has inspired three films and features some of the most famous attraction characters in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Keep reading for our complete guide to the Haunted Mansion .

Before we get too far into it, make sure you check out our guide on the Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for information on every attraction and show at Magic Kingdom.

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Haunted Mansion Quick Facts

  • Location : Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square
  • Height requirement : None
  • Suitable for: Anybody (dark imagery could scare little ones)
  • Attraction length: About 10 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to Visit : First 2 or last 2 hours, or anytime with Genie+
  • Scheduled Refurbishments
  • Tip(s): Pay special attention at the end to the ghosts appearing in the mirrors as though they are part of your ride vehicle. The stretching room is often one of the scariest parts for kids, but you can ask the Cast Members at the entrance to skip it.

Description : Haunted Mansion is a dark-ride using Disney’s Omnimover system. As you board your Doom Buggy, your ghost host guides you through the spooky manor. You encounter all kinds of spirits, including the famous Madame Leota.

Haunted Mansion is located in Liberty Square, right next to Rapunzel Tower and across from Memento Mori.

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How to Ride Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion has a Standby Line and a Lightning Lane. There is no Single Rider Line .

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The Standby Line varies depending on the part of the day, but can be longer in the middle of the day.

Eligible guests can also ride Haunted Mansion during Extended Evening Theme Park Hours .

Do I need to use Genie+ at Haunted Mansion?

If you plan to visit Haunted Mansion in the afternoon when it is usually at its busiest, Genie+ may save you some time.

Although a large chunk of the queue is covered, it is in the open air which can be uncomfortable on hotter days.

Be sure to check out our  touring strategies for Magic Kingdom  for more Genie+ advice.

Rider Switch/Child Swap

As there is no height requirement for Haunted Mansion, this attraction does not offer Rider Switch .

Rider Switch is Disney’s system that allows guests with small children to take turns riding bigger rides, while another person/people wait with the little one.

You can learn more about Rider Switch via our handy guide.

What to Expect When You Ride

As you make your way through the open-air queue you’ll encounter the cemetery, which includes musical crypt, a leaky tomb, a ghostly writer, and more.

dread family busts haunted mansion graveyard queue

You’ll first spot the busts of the Dreads, which aren’t just decoration. There is a murder mystery planted among the busts that you can try to solve.

Also, pay special attention to the tombstones as you wind your way toward the building as they are tributes to the Imagineers that created the ride.

cemetery in haunted mansion's queue at magic kingdom

Keep your eyes peeled for Madame Leota’s headstone. She just might blink at you.

Once inside, you’ll be ushered into the “stretching room” for a spooky pre-show of sorts, then file into another queue before boarding your Doom Buggy.

Ride Vehicles

At the front of the queue you will step onto a moving sidewalk before being directed to board your Doom Buggy, a large, black, covered vehicle that will fit either two adults or two adults and a small child.

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Your invisible “ghost host” will lower your safety lap bar for you.

Accessibility Information

Guests must transfer from their wheelchair or ECV. That said, ECVs and wheelchairs can navigate through the Standby Line and Lightning Lane.

After the stretching room, Cast Members will assist you prior to boarding, including helping you out of your ECV or wheelchair.

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There is a separate lane next to the far right wall for you to walk to the Doom Buggy loading zone. If needed, Cast Members will stop the moving sidewalk and Doom Buggy to let you get on. 

Your wheelchair or ECV will be waiting for you at the exit of the ride. Handheld captioning is available for those who need it.

PhotoPass/On-Ride Photos

PhotoPass is available on Haunted Mansion and you may notice an unfamiliar face in your picture. Each time you ride this attraction, a new ghost will show up in your photo!

You’ll have 2 styles of on-ride photos taken.

The first has “The Haunted Mansion” printed on it and is black and white:

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The second has a surprise hitchhiking ghost attached and is in color:

haunted mansion on-ride photopass

Your photo is taken at the end of the very first hallway. The flash goes off right at the Medusa portrait.

For those with MagicBands with a linked Memory Maker account or if you are an Annual Passholder, the photo is uploaded automatically to your My Disney Experience account. The photos will be available in the app for 45 days unless you choose to purchase them.

Guests purchasing Genie+ will receive digital downloads of their on-ride photos taken in the park on the day of their purchase, at no additional charge.

Be sure to read  more on PhotoPass  and  how Memory Maker works .

On the Ride

If you prefer to preserve the mystery behind the Haunted Mansion, you may want to skip this part to avoid any spoilers.

At Haunted Mansion you’ll receive a private tour of this eerie estate from your “Ghost Host,” a deep, disembodied voice that regales you about life, or rather after-life, at this original Magic Kingdom attraction.

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Before boarding your Doom Buggy, you’ll be ushered into the stretching room where you’ll be introduced to the mansion and your host.

Tip: the door to the next room opens underneath the stretching portrait of tightrope walker Sally Slater.

Then you’ll be transported throughout this home to 999 “Happy Haunts” – but there is always room from one more!

haunted mansion ballroom scene

Throughout your tour you’ll meet this cast of characters including the famous Madame Leota as she conducts a chilling séance, the ballroom filled with dancing ghosts, and Constance Hatchaway, the black widow bride.

And, new in 2023, the ride now includes the Hatbox Ghost, too. You’ll find him in the endless hallway segment of the ride.

hatbox ghost

The attraction concludes with a swing through the family graveyard which is brimming with singing specters.

But beware of hitchhiking ghosts! You may end up going home with one of these phantom pranksters named Phineas (holding the carpetbag), Ezra (the tall skeleton), or Gus (the prisoner).

Is Haunted Mansion Kid-Friendly?

The Haunted Mansion ride takes place in the dark with haunting audio and contains some mildly frightening scenes, including images of skulls and ghosts that may be a bit scary for little ones.

The stretching room is often one of the scariest parts for kids, but you can ask the Cast Members at the entrance to skip it. Otherwise, there is no gore and the ride is slow-moving.

We have a full guide on several other  things that might scare little ones at WDW .

Strollers are not allowed in most queues at Walt Disney World. Instead, you’ll need to leave your stroller in the designated stroller parking area at the entrance to the queue.

When Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971, Haunted Mansion was one of the original attractions in the park.

It was inspired by Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion which had opened just two years earlier and was wildly popular with guests of all ages.

haunted mansion at night in magic kingdom

While Walt Disney had envisioned a haunted house attraction for Disneyland in his original concept for also Disney World, it would not be completed until after his passing.

The attraction was designed by legendary Imagineers Claude Coates and Marc Davis. Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey worked together to create the ghostly illusions and special effects.

The mansion’s famous rollicking song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” was written by Xavier “X” Atencio.

While the Disneyland and Disney World Haunted Mansion experiences are similar, they are not identical.

Other Fun Details

  • Madame Leota got her name from an Imagineer named Leota Toombs. The character is voiced by Eleanor Audley who also voiced Lady Tremaine ( Cinderella ) and Maleficent ( Sleeping Beauty ).
  • Leota Toombs also voiced “Little Leota,” who you see at the end of the ride declaring, “Hurry back!”
  • There is a Hidden Mickey on the dining room table in the banquet scene.

madame leota headstone haunted mansion

  • Pay special attention to the graves throughout the queue. They are tributes to several Disney Imagineers, including Yale Gracey. He is referred to as “Master Gracey,” as he was a “master” of illusion and special effects at Disney.
  • When you exit the ride, check out the pet cemetery on the left to spot Mr. Toad.

mr. toad in haunted mansion's pet cemetery

  • Play Disney Parks is available. This free mobile app is only available for select attractions and allows guests to pass the time as they play games, trivia, and earn achievements along the way.
  • This attraction has inspired two movies including the 2003 Eddie Murphy film, Haunted Mansion , and the 2021 Disney+ release, Muppets Haunted Mansion. A third film, also titled Haunted Mansion , is currently scheduled for 2023, starring Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Tiffany Haddish, and Jared Leto, with Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota.

Other Attractions in Liberty Square

  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Liberty Square River Boat

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Disney's Haunted Mansion Will Scare You Silly

Review of the Beloved, Classic Disney Theme Parks Attraction

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Coming on the heels of the wildly successful and innovative Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney's New York World's Fair attractions , the Haunted Mansion was part of an incredible burst of creative energy from the company and one of its high watermark moments. Opened in 1969, the ride celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. The classic attraction has remained enormously popular. Casual and ardent fans alike typically rank it among their favorite Disney attractions.

  • Ride rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
  • More silly than scary, the ride is dark, loud...and haunted! Very young children may find it disconcerting.

Note: The four Haunted Mansions (the Disneyland Paris version is called, "Phantom Manor") are essentially similar. At Tokyo Disneyland and Florida's Magic Kingdom, the attractions are virtually identical. The exterior of the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland in California is markedly different, but the ride experience is largely the same. Paris has a different storyline and other unique elements, but the overall feel takes its cue from the original. Hong Kong Disneyland has Mystic Manor, a decidedly different take on a haunted attraction. This review is based on the California and Florida versions of the ride.

Disney's Filmmaking Techniques

Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty says that he and his colleagues use the principles of filmmaking to draw guests into the story. For example, the "establishing shot" sets the tone and piques interest. When approaching the Haunted Mansion in the parks, the stately yet faintly ominous building beckons.

As guests get closer, the "medium shot" of the mansion shows that things are not quite what they seem: a carriage hearse sits in the driveway, a large planter is overturned, and expressionless attendants mill about. Later in the attraction, the "close-up shots" bring details into view, and all hell—literally!—breaks loose.

The Stretching Room

The experience begins in the foyer as cast members instruct guests to "fill in all of the dead space." (The Haunted Mansion may have Disney's second-best pun-laden spiels, after the Jungle Cruise.) The booming recorded voice of the Ghost Host bids a fond, "Welcome, foolish mortals," and a panel opens to lead guests into the portrait chamber, also known as the stretching room. This is where things start getting wacky.

As the room "stretches" ( Is the ceiling rising or the floor sinking? It depends on which version of the Haunted Mansion you visit ), the dignified portraits reveal more and get sillier until the stretching stops. The Ghost Host intones that there are no windows or doors in the room, and that he holds our fate—which may have something to do with the corpse hanging from the dome at the top of the room.

Mercifully, a door opens that leads to the ride's load area. Chandeliers, positively bursting with cobwebs, barely light the way. The eyes of characters in the paintings appear to follow guests as they walk through a hallway to the ride vehicles. The portraits then magically morph into scarier, alternate scenes. In 2005, Imagineers were able to sync the changes in the portraits to lightning strikes.

The vehicles, known as Doom Buggies, use Disney's Omnimover system. Originally designed for Disneyland's Adventure Through Inner Space attraction, the endless, ever-moving stream of vehicles offers huge ride capacity (and requires the familiar warning that "the walkway is moving at the same speed as the vehicles.") Imagineers tweaked the Omnimover concept by giving the Doom Buggies the ability to independently turn and tilt. Using Rafferty's filmmaking comparison, the guests are like cameras, and the vehicles pan and focus their attention at precise moments during the ride.

Scared Silly

While there isn't a linear story in the more traditional sense of an attraction like Peter Pan's Flight, the Haunted Mansion offers a three-act play, according to Imagineer Tony Baxter (as recounted in the wonderful book, "The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies" by Jason Surrell). The basic premise is that the mansion is a retirement home for ghosts. 999 of them have taken up residence but there's room for one more as the Ghost Host likes to remind us foolish mortals.

In the first act, the tension builds as weird things happen in the library, music room, conservatory, corridor of doors, and the endless hallway (the latter is one of our favorite Haunted Mansion scenes). Objects randomly float, a hand pushes against a coffin lid, a grandfather clock tolls 13, and mournful wails beckon behind strange doors. These unseen creatures are perhaps the scariest part of the ride and reflect the influence of Imagineering legend Claude Coats, who wanted the Haunted Mansion to be a mostly frightening experience.

The Seance Room serves as a curtain between the acts, according to Baxter. Here, Madame Leota issues incantations inside her crystal ball to rouse the spirits. In Act 2, the ghosts emerge to cavort in the Grand Ballroom and scare you silly in the attic. The Ballroom scene, with its huge banquet table and waltzing ghosts, is among the Haunted Mansion's highlights. In the attic, we meet the bride, a remnant from one of the attraction's early storylines. Imagineers traded out what had been a static figure for the eerie, dimensional character that now resides in the mansion. Known as Constance, she provides quite a scare with her glowing, loudly beating heart.

In the Disneyland version of the ride, as passengers leave the attic, they are greeted by the Hatbox Ghost. A character who briefly appeared when the Haunted Mansion first opened, but was removed because the gag didn't quite hold up, his legend has grown through the years. As part of Disneyland's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration, the park debuted an all-new Hatbox Ghost. The effect is wonderful. As guests pass, they see the cloaked ghost holding an empty hatbox. Suddenly his head disappears, only to reappear inside the hatbox. It's both funny and creepy.

In Act 3, the Doom Buggies "fall" out the attic window and into the graveyard. This is where the spirits go bonkers and things turn silly. Ghosts pop up everywhere, the music kicks in full force, and those wonderful singing busts harmonize for a rousing rendition of " Grim Grinning Ghosts ." Marc Davis, Imagineer extraordinaire and one of Disney's "Nine Old Men" of animation, pushed for a tamer Haunted Mansion, and his lighter touch prevails throughout the latter part of the ride, particularly in the graveyard scene.

The finale takes place in the crypt where one of the hitchhiking ghosts hops into the Doom Buggy with the guests, and a tiny ghoul implores everyone to "Hurry back." Foolish mortals that we are, we follow her advice.

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Five Things to Know About Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion

Of all the attractions created by Disney’s Imagineers, I put the Haunted Mansion near – or even at – the top of list. Rise of the Resistance and Guardians of the Galaxy are remarkable, but the Haunted Mansion is the archetype of a Disney World ride. It opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971; after all these years it proves that special effects don’t need 21 st -century technology to delight and impress.

The attention to detail is amazing and the whole experience is boo-tifully done. Even if you’ve been, there’s a ghost of a chance you may not know everything that follows. There’s so much to say about the Haunted Mansion, it’s tough to narrow it all down to just five things. But since that’s why my editor told me to stick to … here is the list! (If you’re in a hurry and just want details like where it is and how long it will take, click here to jump straight to the Nuts and Bolts section .)

1. Building the mansion was a grave matter.

The history of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion starts at Disneyland, where the idea for a haunted house attraction originated with Walt Disney himself. While it was clear that he wanted one, his vision was less clear. As a result, the exterior of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion was finished in 1963, but the attraction wasn’t completed until 1969, which meant that, sadly, Walt never got to see it.

Legendary Imagineers including Yale Gracey and Rolly Crump worked on illusions and effects for the attraction while Claude Coates and Marc Davis worked on the design. Coates gravitated towards the strange and scary while Marc Davis preferred gags. The mansion’s famous song “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (composed by Buddy Baker, lyrics by X Atencio) was arranged and presented in such a way as to tie both the scary aspects and the humorous experiences together.

seen from above, a dining room displays a formal place setting with several chairs tipped over. To the far left, dancing ghosts can be seen.

When the attraction debuted in August of 1969, it was an instant hit with guests. The Magic Kingdom was already under construction at that time, and it was unanimous that a version of the Haunted Mansion had to be included. While the two ride experiences are similar, they aren’t identical. And to the credit of the Imagineers, both versions are still considered among the greatest Disney attractions ever created.

2. Get in the “spirit” of things.

Disney World’s mansion is modeled after the gothic 18 th -century homes of the Hudson River Valley. (In contrast, the Disneyland version is inspired by the Greek revival movement). Adjacent is the gift shop Memento Mori (which means “remember death” – a sobering thought for a park ride, no?).

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Guests enter the queue through the carriage house – take note of the ghost horse pulling the hearse. You’ll see the foreboding mansion itself rising up in the distance. It’s built in such a way that it conceals the actual building your ride travels through (you can see it for yourself on Google maps ).

a carriage style hearse with empty traces stands just outside the Haunted Mansion queue

In 2011, Imagineers created an interactive queue to help polter-guests pass time in line. The busts and crypts you pass serve as punny tributes to the attraction’s original Imagineers. Tombstone epithets read things like, “Here lies good ol’ Fred. A great big rock fell on his head,” and “Dear departed Brother Dave. He chased a bear into a cave.”

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3. What can you “ex-spectre” from your ride?

When you enter the mansion, you’ll be taken into the stretching room for a brief introduction/preshow by the Ghost Host. The Disneyland version employs an elevator to create the effect that the room stretches; in Disney World, the ceiling goes up instead. The room goes dark and a lightning flash reveals your Ghost Host hanging overhead.

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You then move to the loading area to board “Doom Buggies” that travel through different parts of the mansion. This Omnimover (the word is a portmanteau of “OmniRange” and “PeopleMover”) allows the “Ghost Host” to turn your ride so you can see all of the ghostly antics. It truly helps put the rider in the spirit of the action! Haunted Mansion was only the second ride to utilize this technology (the first was the now-defunct Adventure Thru Inner Space at Disneyland).  The piano parlor, the séance room, the ballroom, and the attic are all visited. Your tour ends with a ride through the graveyard.

A coffin lies in front of a greenhouse style window showing "spooky" foggy weather outside. A pair of hands are lifting the coffin lid at one end.

The ride’s signature theme “Grim Grinning Ghosts” is heard throughout the ride. But its tempo and tonality change to underscore the mood of the scene you’re passing through.

FWIW, you may want to consider whether or not to bring very young children on the ride. The stretching room may be the most frightening part for littles. If they aren’t tugging on your hand at this point, they’ll likely be ok on the remainder of your mansion tour.  Our 6-year-old granddaughter did just fine, sitting between two grandparents. Your results may vary.

If they need to leave (or if you do!), there are two chicken exits. The first is for those who want out of the stretching room before the doors close; a Cast Member can help you leave if you speak up before they shut. The second is after the door opens to the loading area. If youngsters have had their fill of spooky shenanigans, they can exit without boarding a Doom Buggy.

4. Spook-tacular details abound.

I’ll be honest with you: as many times as I’ve ridden the Haunted Mansion, I find something new every single time. Keep your eyes open, because Easter Eggs abound!! The attention to detail is just that remarkable, starting even before you enter the mansion. The Dread family busts that greet you outside present a murder mystery you can try to solve. The eyes of Madame Leota blink periodically from her headstone. You might notice that the name on the stone organ is Ravenscroft, in honor of Thurl Ravenscroft who lends his voice talents to the singing busts indoors.

five busts on pedestals are organized in a semi-circle in the queue of the Haunted Mansion

Indoors, the ballroom scene always impresses me. If you want to learn more about the magic used to create this effect, it’s called Pepper’s ghost.

As you leave the Mansion, look for headstone in the Pet Cemetery marking Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad’s final resting place. It was put there after Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was shut down in the Magic Kingdom to be reworked into Winnie the Pooh.

Confession: for years I thought the voice of the Ghost Host was Orson Welles, not Paul Frees. (Mr. Frees was also the voice of Boris Badenov in Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons among others.) I learn something new every time I do research for these posts.

Much has been written about every character in the mansion and there’s simply not enough space here to do them all justice. And if you want to totally geek out about the Haunted Mansion with more facts and trivia, here’s the spot for you.

5. The nuts and bolts

The Haunted Mansion is located in Liberty Square along the Rivers of America. You’ll see the entrance when passing between Liberty Square and Fantasyland. Not counting the time you’ll spend in the queue, the stretching room preshow lasts about three minutes; the rest of your mansion tour is about seven or eight minutes.

As we’ve mentioned, you’ll ride through the mansion aboard “Doom Buggies” which move along a track. The seat is a hard bench with a high back, and there’s one row per buggy which can accommodate  two to three riders . If all three riders are adult-sized, they’ll need to be friendly unless they’re on the smaller side. There is a single pull-down lap bar for all riders that’s automatically lowered by your Ghost Host.

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You must take a small step up (less than 12″) from a moving walkway onto a moving vehicle; there is also a moving walkway at the exit area when you leave your Doom Buggy. Guests Must Transfer From Wheelchair/ECV  to experience this attraction. The ride is often slowed or stopped to facilitate boarding for guests with mobility issues; the good news is that if you’re in mid-tour when this occurs, you have the opportunity to spot more Easter Eggs and observe even more of the amazing details Imagineers have created!

There are no health or safety advisories for the Haunted Mansion, nor any height requirement. Handheld captioning  and  Audio Description Devices are available from Guest Services (these require a deposit, refunded when returned on the same day). The ride does have a section between the mansion and graveyard where your vehicle will be slowly lowered backward down a small incline.

Since the Haunted Mansion is an indoor attraction, inclement weather doesn’t affect its operation. Part of the queue is covered, but guests in the queue may be exposed to the elements.

To avoid long waits and crowds, try to visit the Haunted Mansion before 11:30 a.m. or after 8 p.m. You can also use Genie+ to enter the Mansion via the Lightning Lane. Lastly, the ride is open for Extended Evening Park Hours, but not Early Entry.

The bottom line.

We think it “ghost” without saying that the Haunted Mansion is a “not to be missed” attraction. The special effects, attention to detail, and atmosphere in the Mansion combine to create a faboolous experience for first-time riders and devoted fans alike! And you’re always welcome, because – as the Ghost Host says – “we have 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for one thousand. Any volunteers??”

Let us know your favorite Easter Eggs and what you think about the Haunted Mansion in the comments below!

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Last Updated on: November 25th, 2023

Posted By: Craig Smith

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion ride including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


Haunted Mansion Disney World

The Haunted Mansion is a classic and iconic attraction found at several Disney theme parks around the world, including the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride that takes guests on a spooky and entertaining journey through a haunted estate inhabited by a cast of ghostly characters. The attraction is known for its eerie and atmospheric setting, haunted effects, and humorous storytelling.

The adventure begins as guests enter the stately mansion, where they are greeted by a “Ghost Host” who guides them through the haunted tour. As they board their “Doom Buggy,” a unique ride vehicle, they are taken on a chilling tour through the mansion’s various rooms and scenes.

Throughout the ride, guests encounter an array of spectral apparitions, including the famous “999 happy haunts” that reside in the mansion. These playful spirits come to life through innovative special effects, optical illusions, and Audio-Animatronics technology, creating a sense of wonder and mystery.

The Haunted Mansion features a perfect blend of spooky and fun elements, making it suitable for guests of all ages. The attraction’s clever storytelling and attention to detail have made it a beloved favorite since its opening.

One of the most memorable aspects of The Haunted Mansion is its iconic theme song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” The catchy tune plays throughout the attraction, further adding to its immersive and eerie atmosphere.

The Haunted Mansion is a must-visit attraction for many Disney guests, and its popularity has led to various seasonal overlays and special events.

  • The ride’s exit features a small pet cemetery with a tribute to Mr Toad, which was placed there when Mr Toad’s Wild Ride shut down in 1998.
  • The ride was originally supposed to be a walk-through attraction.
  • The attraction was originally supposed to have a feature called the “Museum of the Weird.”
  • The ride has 160 buggies and travels at roughly 1.5 miles per hour.
  • There is a hidden Mickey in the ballroom scene. Look at the place settings…
  • The special effect that makes the ballroom scene seem so realistic is a trick called ‘Peppers Ghost,” which is named after scientist John Henry Pepper. The effect uses glass to reflect a room that is unseen to the viewer. Other examples of this effect are the Blue Fairy in Disneyland’s Pinocchio’s Daring Journey and the 3D hologram of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012. Modern day teleprompters also use the basic premise of Peppers Ghost.
  • There was an unsuccessful live-action movie based on this ride starring Eddie Murphy released in 2003.
  • The stretching room actually does stretch as opposed to the elevator mechanism in the Disneyland version.
  • This is the most popular Disney ride for guests to try to spread the ashes of loved ones on.
  • The hitchhiking ghosts at the end of the ride actually have names. They are Ezra, Gus and Phineas.
  • Ghost Host: Paul Frees (no, its not Vincent Price), who played the Pillsbury Doughboy, Burgermeister Meisterburger  in the claymation Santa Claus is Comin to Town.
  • Singin Bust in Graveyard (the one that looks like Walt Disney): Thurl Ravenscroft, who was Tony the Tiger, played Fritz in the Tiki Room and sang “You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch.”
  • Madame Leota: Eleanor Audley, who was Lady Tremaine in Cinderella and Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty .

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  • Park Area: Magic Kingdom Liberty Square
  • Attraction Type: Ride
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  • Year Opened: 1971
  • Replaced: Original Attraction

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Posted by: Michael Arnold December 11, 2023

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It’s time to say goodbye to our grim grinning friends at the Haunted Mansion, as Disney has announced the famous ride will close for refurbishment beginning early in 2023.

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Credit: D23

A Brief History of the Haunted Mansion

Since 1979, the Haunted Mansion dark ride has been tickling funny-bones of guests to Disney Parks, offering up not-so-scary humor combined with simple Imagineering tricks that have withstood the test of time.

The popular attraction has garnered so much lore and attention you’ll find two versions of it in the United States, one in Disneyland and the other at Walt Disney World Resort. Despite their popularity in the US, our favorite 999 happy haunts have also gone international, taking up residence in different lands outside of New Orleans Square and Liberty Square.

Related: Haunted Mansion…Dead On Arrival

The Haunted Mansion isn’t just a simple haunted house attraction. The brainchild of Marc Davis and Claude Coats has set itself apart from other Disney dark rides in that, in its simplicity, it still amazes Disney park guests to this day.

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Combined with a memorable theme by Xavier Atencio and a few movie projects that have popularized some characters like Hatbox Ghost , the ghost of Gracy Manor has become a massive part of the subculture found at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

A Journey Fit for the Afterlife

The ghoulish realm of Disney’s Haunted Mansion transports guests into a macabre world filled with eerie ghosts, haunting melodies, and a sense of mystery that will send shivers down your spine.

Located in New Orleans Square at Disneyland and Liberty Square at Walt Disney World, this iconic attraction has been captivating guests since its grand opening on August 9, 1969. Step inside and let the ghost host guide you through a chilling journey filled with supernatural surprises .

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As you enter the mansion’s foreboding foyer, adorned with flickering candles and cobweb-covered chandeliers, the unsettling voice of the ghost host beckons you into the darkness. Once you board one of the omnimover “doom buggies,” your unsuspecting adventure is about to unfold.

The ghost host introduces you to the mansion’s most infamous resident, Master Gracey, who holds the key to the haunting tales within. Journey through the portrait corridor, where sinister paintings change before your eyes, revealing secrets of the mansion’s past.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the ethereal Madame Leota, the disembodied medium who conjures spirits from beyond the grave. With her mystic incantations and hypnotic gaze, she adds an element of otherworldly enchantment to the Haunted Mansion.

Related: Legacy Removed: Disney Changing Classic Haunted Mansion Ride

As your doom buggy continues its relentless path, you will encounter a frightful gathering in the grand ballroom, where the spirits materialize to celebrate in spectral elegance. Marvel at the dancing ghosts, floating instruments, and the lively dueling duo of the piano and the organ.

Prepare for chilling encounters with the Hitchhiking Ghosts, mischievous spirits who are eager to find their way out of the mansion and into your hearts. Beware, for these playful phantoms may just decide to hitch a ride with you, adding a touch of spectral mischief to your journey.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

During the holiday season, the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland undergoes a transformation into the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a bewitching collaboration with Jack Skellington and his cast of characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). This seasonal overlay offers a delightfully spooky twist on the classic attraction, truly a must-see for any avid Disney fan.

NEW: The last day to experience Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park this holiday season will be on Jan. 21. The attraction will close for refurbishment starting Jan. 22 and work will begin on the reimagined grounds and expanded outdoor queue announced earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/fhdyxz6wUr — Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) December 11, 2023

Currently in full swing, as Christmas quickly approaches, it seems that Disneyland already has a date in mind in which Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, and the rest of the Halloweentown gang will head back to where they came from. According to Scott Gustin on X, the last day to experience Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland this season will be January 21.

Closure for Refurbishment

Even more notable, the end of Haunted Mansion Holiday isn’t all the news that Scott shared with his social media followers. In addition to officially ending the festive season at the Haunted Mansion, Disneyland’s version of the attraction will close for refurbishment beginning January 22. Disneyland has not yet provided a reopening timeline for the extremely popular attraction.

Notably, Disney World’s version has experienced its own refurbishment this year, welcoming in the much anticipated Hatbox Ghost to the east-coast version of the attraction. Guests will note earlier downtimes in the year when many assumed that the popular animatronic was being added.

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Not to worry, as soon as we know more, we’ll let you know as soon as the ghastly mansion is back up and running. What we do know is that shorlty after Disneyland’s ride closes, work will begin to reimagine the grounds and expand the outdoor queue, which was annoucned eariler this year.

From its impressive architecture inspired by antebellum mansions to its captivating storytelling and immersive special effects, the Haunted Mansion is a testament to the unparalleled creativity and imagination of Walt Disney Imagineering. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, this timeless attraction continues to enchant guests of all ages.

Related: Disney’s Iconic Haunted Mansion Changes Overnight

So, dear readers, who dare to explore the secrets that lie within the shadowy walls of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Don’t fret, as you will be able to embark on a thrilling journey that will leave you both spellbound and trembling with delight in good time As the ghost host chillingly proclaims, “There’s always room for one more… in the Haunted Mansion.”

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So What’s the REAL Backstory of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion Residents?

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Welcome, foolish mortals!

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Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion  is one of Disney World’s most iconic rides. It was an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom and guests still eagerly (and nervously!) anticipate their tour of this spooky spectacle over 50 years later. But just who are the happy haunts we meet in The Haunted Mansion? Let’s take a look!

(But listen up, Mansion diehards — we hear you! This post is JUST the backstory and plot of the Florida version of the Mansion. Each version worldwide has a different backstory and different interpretations of the characters. We’re focusing on Walt Disney World’s Mansion for now, but may take an in-depth look at the others later!)

Wait, What is The Haunted Mansion?

Here’s a brief introduction for those who haven’t yet visited this eerie estate! The Haunted Mansion takes guests on a tour of the ghostly grounds, and it’s led by your very own Ghost Host. The experience begins before even entering the building, as the queue also nods to some of the mansion’s residents , including the debated owner, Master Gracey (but more on THAT later!).

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Haunted Mansion Graveyard

Once guests enter the ride, a Doom Buggy transports them through the mansion, as they observe the activities of the ghostly residents, including a séance conducted by Madame Leota, a party in the Grand Hall, and a menacing bride in the attic.  Now, let’s learn a little more about how these residents came to earn their places in The Haunted Mansion!

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Master gracey.

As mentioned before,  Master Gracey  is the owner of the mansion. Well…sort of. But not really. In addition to spotting his tombstone in the queue, guests will spot a slowly aging portrait of a man over the fireplace when they first enter the mansion. But is this ACTUALLY Master Gracey?

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The Aging Portrait ©Disney

As it turns out, Disney guests had a hand in creating the “semi-official” canon that Master Gracey owns the mansion and adorns the portrait, but it’s still hotly contended amongst Mansion fans!

Master Gracey’s tombstone was one of the original ones installed in the family plot of The Haunted Mansion. This was a tribute to Imagineer Yale Gracey , who had a large role in creating the attraction. Guests and Cast Members were so sure of Master Gracey’s role as the owner of the estate and subject of the aging portrait, that it became adopted as part of the attraction’s backstory, and most notably was a main plot point in the 2003 film adaptation.

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The Haunted Mansion Queue

In reality? No one knows for sure! The portrait was originally referred to as the Aging Man or the Master of the House . His identity wasn’t originally made known when the attraction debuted. Some guests have even interpreted the portrait to be the Ghost Host, but we’ll get to him next!

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The “ghost host”.

Okay, now it’s time to bust a myth — the omniscient voice which narrates the attraction (our so-called “Ghost Host”) is NOT Master Gracey! Nope, despite the fact that we first hear his voice during the aging portrait scene in the queue, it’s a totally different person…or should we say, spirit…but we do still get a glimpse of him in portrait form on the ride. The Ghost Host’s portrait hangs in the Corridor of Doors . Does he look familiar??

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The Ghost Host’s Portrait ©Disney

Much of the Ghost Host’s story is shrouded in secrecy. Although we do get a glimpse (albeit a very brief one!) into how he met his end in the stretching room (look up when the lightning flashes!). And his portrait illustrates what might have occurred immediately after this scene for our tour guide.

You can “spot” the Ghost Host in one other location on the attraction — the haunted piano your doom buggy crosses in the attraction! Look down and you’ll see the shadow of the Ghost Host playing the piano cast on the floor!

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Constance hatchaway.

Another character guests encounter is the ghostly bride, Constance Hatchaway, but this Black Widow Bride wasn’t a part of the attraction until 2006!

We meet Constance in the attic, as we pass by portraits of her and her former husbands, who each met a violent and untimely demise. Constance was in search of wealth, which she obtained by marrying rich men and then murdering them following their wedding day. That’s why each time we see her in the attic following another marriage portrait, she’s wearing an additional strand of pearls around her neck .

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Spectral Bride in the Haunted Mansion Segment

And it looks like Constance never got caught. How do we know? Well, it turns out we’ve seen her depicted before — Constance is one of the people depicted in the stretching room portraits, sitting on top of her most recently deceased husband’s tombstone.

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Constance’s Portrait in the Stretching Room ©Disney

Prior to 2006, you might recall still seeing a bride — a much spookier one — in the attic. Known unofficially as the Beating Heart Bride , the predecessor to Constance was a much more low-tech bride holding a candle, featuring a loud beating heart sound, no discernible face (short of glowing eyes!), and a glowing red heart in her chest.

This Bride went through a few iterations in both Disneyland and Disney World before ultimately being replaced in 2006 by now well-known Constance! This version of the bride intentionally was never given an official backstory, so her story could be interpreted as both tragic or malicious depending on the guest!

A fun addition with the 2006 graveyard makeover came in the form of Constance’s wedding ring . As you walk the queue (near Master Gracey’s grave by the Captain Culpepper Clyne tomb) look down in the corner. You might spot a wedding ring embedded in the pavement.

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Look Down and to the Right of This Tomb to Find the Ring

This was added as a nod to guests asking if the original Beating Heart Bride’s wedding ring was in the concrete — it was just a ring of metal from a pole in the ground, but the rumor stuck! When the queue was expanded, the Imagineers added a real ring for fans.

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Madame leota.

There is at least one more well-known character guests become a little more familiar with on the attraction — the mysterious Madame Leota.  We see Leota (well, at least we see her head!) as she’s calling out to the spirits in a séance. And while the ride might leave her story a little vague, we can learn more about her with a trip to the Memento Mori shop .

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Memento Mori

Clues throughout the shop let us in on Leota’s backstory. She was a witch living in Salem, Massachusetts, until the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials when she fled the state. She relocated to a village in the Hudson River Valley, New York, and opened a shop called “Memento Mori Curios and Curiosities.”

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Madame Leota Tart

She met the wealthy Gracey family and grew so close to them that she was buried in the Gracey Family Plot upon her death. Guests can spot her watchful — and sometimes OPEN! — eyes on her tombstone right before they enter the mansion!

With Madame Leota-themed merchandise , perfume , and snacks   all sold at various times, this is one mansion resident who’s really made a name for herself!

The Hitchhiking Ghosts

Aren’t these fellas familiar!? If you listen to your Ghost Host near the end of the ride, he may warn you to, “Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!”  He means these guys!

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Hitchhiking Ghost Souvenir Collection from the Haunted Mansion’s 60th Anniversary

These guys don’t have much of a backstory that is known! What IS known is their unofficial names: Phineas (the traveler), Ezra (the skeleton), and Gus (the prisoner). (And for you diehard mansion fans out there, the Hatbox Ghost is different from these dudes and is ONLY in Disneyland.)

Little Leota

“Hurry back. Hurry back. Be sure to bring your…death certificate.”

Did you notice as you exit the Mansion, a tiny-sized bride speaking to you? Constance again?! Not so much.

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Little Leota ©Jeff Krause via Flickr

This bride is affectionately referred to as “ Little Leota ” or the Ghostess (a combination of ghost and hostess!). She was conceived by Imagineer Marc Davis to help you “make final arrangements” to stay in the Mansion at the end of your tour!

She earned the name Little Leota not for her relation to Madame Leota, but rather because her face and voice come from Imagineer Leota Toombs , who was the face actress (but not the voice actress) for the Leota in the Séance Room. Be sure to bid her farewell before you re-enter the mortal world!

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It turns out there’s more to these spooky specters than meets the eye. From malevolent brides, to friendly mediums, to invisible tour guides, it’s been a pleasure getting to know a few of the 999 happy haunts that reside in The Haunted Mansion! Maybe next time we’ll get into New Orleans plantations and a fella by the name of Captain Gore over at the Mansion in Disneyland. 😉 And remember, there’s still room for one more — any takers??

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little leota is clearly a banshee not a ghost nor a bride banshees wear white and are the female grim reapers hence hurry back aka the beckoning to death!

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Haunted Mansion FINALLY Reopens in Disney World — See What’s New!

by Madison Owens · August 10, 2023

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We were a bit confused this morning when Haunted Mansion was still closed in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The popular attraction closed a few days ago for planned work , and it was supposed to be open again today .

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Well, we’ve been waiting all day, and the ride has finally reopened! Let’s go see what’s changed.

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Many people thought that this short closure was so that Disney could install the iconic Hatbox Ghost that Disney confirmed would be coming to the ride sometime this year .

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We’ll go ahead and get this out of the way — the Hatbox Ghost is NOT yet in the Haunted Mansion. We know, we’re disappointed too!

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But, we do have some good news — the mummy animatronic has returned to the graveyard scene at the end of the ride!

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This mummy has been missing from the ride for reportedly over a YEAR, so we’re so happy to see that it’s back!

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Another new change we noticed is that the bats on the moving walkways at the exit of the ride have been repainted.

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They’re a much brighter yellow now! This should definitely help you watch your step more carefully.

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We will be sure to be on the lookout for the Hatbox Ghost! Stay tuned for more Disney World news and updates.

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The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride located at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World . The attraction features a ride-through tour of a haunted house in Omnimover vehicles called Doom Buggies, preceded by a walk-through show in the queue. The attraction showcases a number of age-old tricks, advanced special effects, and spectral Audio-Animatronics .

  • 1.1 Recent Changes
  • 2 Attraction Description
  • 3.1.1 Backstage Areas
  • 3.2.1 Rotating busts
  • 3.2.2 Endless hallway
  • 3.2.3 The seance circle
  • 3.2.4 Ballroom
  • 3.2.5 Other ghosts
  • 3.2.6 The crypt
  • 4 Characters
  • 5 Incidents
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History [ ]

The attraction's roots date back to even before Disneyland was built, when Walt Disney had just hired the first of his Imagineers . The first known illustration of the park showed a main street setting, green fields, western village, and a carnival. Disney Legend Harper Goff developed a black-and-white sketch of a crooked street leading away from main street by a peaceful church and graveyard, with a run-down manor perched high on a hill that towered over main street.

While not part of the original attractions when Disneyland opened in 1955, Disney assigned Imagineer Ken Anderson to make a story around the Harper Goff idea and the design of his new 'grim grinning' adventure. Plans were made to build a New Orleans-themed land in the small transition area between Frontierland and Adventureland . Weeks later, New Orleans Square appeared on the souvenir map and promised a thieves' market, a pirate wax museum, and a haunted house walk-through. After being assigned his project, Anderson studied New Orleans and old plantations to come up with a drawing of an antebellum manor overgrown with weeds, dead trees, swarms of bats, and boarded doors and windows topped by a screeching cat as a weathervane.

Despite praise from other Imagineers, Disney liked the idea of a run-down building in his pristine park, hence his well-known saying, "We'll take care of the outside and let the ghosts take care of the inside." Despite this, Disney journeyed out to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California and became deeply captivated with the massive mansion with its stairs to nowhere, doors that open to walls and holes, and elevators. Anderson came up with stories for the mansion, including tales of a ghostly sea captain who killed his nosy bride and then hanged himself, a mansion home to an unfortunate family, and a ghostly wedding party with previous Disney spooks like the Lonesome Ghosts. Some of the Universal Monsters also appear.

Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey, two Imagineers put in charge of the spectral effects, recreated many of Ken Anderson's stories. Disney gave them a large studio at WED Enterprises; they studied reports of hauntings and Greek myths and monster movies, eventually making quite a show in their private studio. Some of these effects frightened the cleaning crews that came in at night to such an extent that the management eventually asked the crew to leave on the lights and to turn off the effects after hours. Defying this, Crump and Gracey connected all the effects to a motion-sensitive switch that, when passed, would turn everything on. The next day when the two returned to work, all the effects were running with a broom in the middle of the floor. Management told them that they would have to clean the studio themselves, because the cleaning crew was never coming back.

The duo made a scene where a ghostly sea captain appeared from nowhere. Suddenly a wretched bride emerged from a brick wall and chased the ghost around in circles. The frightened pirate melted into a puddle and flooded the entire scene only for the water to mysteriously vanish with the bride. "A ghost haunted by a ghost!" Rolly told Walt between chuckles. Walt and the Imagineers were amazed, but Walt still didn't like how the project was coming out. That put the mansion on hold for quite some time.

The decision was made to place the attraction in the New Orleans Square section of the park, and thus the building was themed as a haunted antebellum mansion. In 1961, handbills announcing a 1963 opening of the Haunted Mansion were given out at Disneyland's main entrance. Construction began a year later, and the exterior was completed in 1963. The attraction was previewed in a 1965 episode of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color , but the attraction itself would not open until 1969. The six-year delay owed heavily to Disney's involvement in the New York World's Fair in 1964–1965 and to an attraction redesign after Walt's death in 1966.

Many Imagineers such as Marc Davis, X Atencio, and Claude Coats contributed ideas after the fair and after Ken Anderson left the project. Rolly Crump showed Walt some designs for his version showing bizarre things like coffin clocks, candle men, talking chairs, man-eating plants, tiki-like busts, living gypsy wagons, and a faced mirror. Walt liked this and wanted to make the proclaimed "Museum of the Weird" a restaurant side to the now named Haunted Mansion, similar to the Blue Bayou at Pirates of the Caribbean . Although the idea was never realized, some aspects of it lived on in the final attraction.

Marc Davis and Claude Coats, two of the mansion's main designers, were in a constant argument over whether the ride should be scary or funny. Claude, who had a life of a background artist, made moody surroundings like endless hallways, corridors of doors, and characterless environments, and wanted to make a scary adventure. Marc, who designed most of the characters and zany spooks, thought that the ride should be silly and full of gags. In the end both got their way when X Atencio put all the scenes together.

After Disney's death in December 1966, the project evolved significantly. The Museum of the Weird restaurant idea was abandoned, and the walkthrough idea was replaced by the Omnimover system used in Adventure Thru Inner Space , renamed the Doom Buggy, a promising solution to the problem of capacity. Imagineers had been fighting the low-capacity nature of a walkthrough attraction for years, even going so far as suggesting building two identical attractions to get double the number of guests through.

On August 12, 1969, the Disneyland version of the attraction was officially opened to guests. At the time of its release, the original Haunted Mansion was considered somewhat of a disappointment. Many of the Imagineers were upset with how the attraction turned out, one being Ken Andersen who was responsible for many of the mansion's early concepts and storylines. Another was Marc Davis who claimed that "too many cooks" were making the soup. Park guests were a bit disappointed as well after going through years of anticipation and hype. Pirates of the Caribbean had set a new level for following attractions and the Haunted Mansion met that level. Many wondered why the attraction wasn't scarier. Today the attraction is one of the most popular in the park, continuing to reel in thousands of guests every day. A humongous fan base has evolved. Die-hard mansion fans continue to support and research the attraction to this day.

The Haunted Mansion was an opening-day attraction at the Magic Kingdom, opening in 1971. This attraction was developed at the same time as the Disneyland version, resulting in a very similar experience to the Disneyland version, though the slightly larger show building allowed the addition of several new scenes. The attraction was placed in Liberty Square , a small land that was a tribute to colonial America, as the Magic Kingdom did not have a New Orleans Square. Thus, the Mansion was given a Dutch Gothic Revival style based on older northeastern mansions, particularly those in older areas of Pennsylvania and in the Hudson River Valley region of New York. The mansion is surrounded by large oak trees adorned with Spanish moss, red maples, and pines, all of which are native to Florida.

Recent Changes [ ]

At Walt Disney World Resort, the Haunted Mansion closed for refurbishment on June 8, 2007 and reopened September 13, 2007.

Changes to this version of the attraction during the refurbishment included the addition of a new audio system for the Ghost Host that makes it seem as if the spirit is circling above visitors' heads, new red, blue, and gold wallpaper, different and enhanced lighting throughout the attraction, and new stretching sound effects for the stretching room. The gargoyles in the stretching room now whisper with messages of "Stay together," and emit child-like giggles after the stretching room sequence. An exclusive Escher-esque staircase scene has replaced the empty dark banister area covered in cobwebs and the giant orange spiders. After the staircase scene, there are all-new ghoulish eyes that glow while monstrous sounds echo through the halls. The foyer music has been changed to a lower key, as well as taken out of the corridor hallways, and the attic scene was completely renovated. Now, when the visitor enters the attic, the pop-up ghosts that shout "I do!" are gone. This is to make room for the current effects. As the visitor enters the attic, the first new things seen are an amber-glowing glass lamp, various treasures and china, and multiple portraits of different grooms, each with the same bride. An axe-like sound echoes from the pictures throughout the room, and in each portrait the groom's head disappears.

Near the end of the attic, an ethereal glow is seen and a sweet but sinister voice is heard. It is the bride, Constance, in her wedding gown. She repeats her vows in a menacing tone ("I do...I did", "You may now kiss the bride", "And we'll live happily ever after", "As long as we both shall live", "For better or for...worse", "Here comes the bride", "'Till death do us part", "In sickness and in...wealth"). Every few sayings, she raises her hand and a hatchet appears in it.

The bride is basically a white mannequin in a white wedding gown. When the lights go off, a projection illuminates the entire body, showing her as a wispy but realistic spirit. Her face and her entire body are projected, very similar to the Leota effect in the Seance Room and the Little Leota effect at the end of the ride. Constance also floats mysteriously above the floor (made possible through use of a pole and a fan).

Other major enhancements were implemented, including a floating version of Madame Leota with a much clearer projection. The Sinister Eleven (the portraits with the following eyes) were replaced with the changing portraits from Disneyland's portrait gallery. Seven of the Sinister Eleven are now located in the loading area of the ride (these include Jack the Ripper, Arsonist, Mariner, Vampire, Witch of Walpurgis, and the Ghost Host), while the other four are located in various parts of the mansion. The graveyard ghosts minus the deaf old man, the singing busts, and the mummy audio tracks now seem to come from the singer when near them. The once blue/purple ghosts are now green as well. A sharp-eyed guest will also notice that the Hitchhiking Ghosts now have empty sockets for eyes. The Doom Buggies have been fixed to a much more quiet sound than the high squeaking sound before the refurbishment.

In early October 2010, construction walls went up in the queue area of the Haunted Mansion, blocking the view of the small graveyard just outside the entrance. A new effect was also been added to the ride: a hand points to the left on the back of the doombuggies as guests exit.

On March 14, 2011, the new interactive queue area was revealed, featuring such elements as a murder mystery, a sea captain's grave that spits water, a musical crypt, a pipe organ, a library with moving books, and a book that writes itself. Many of the original graves were moved.

On April 6, 2011, changes to the "Hitchhiking Ghost" section of the ride were completed and debuted to park guests. The original Audio-Animatronics have been replaced with updated, more fluidly-moving versions. The mirror effects have also been extensively updated, using technology that simulates the ghosts physically interacting with riders. All three Hitchhiking Ghosts can now be heard for the first time, voiced by Disney voice-over artist and recording vocalist Kurt von Schmittou.

Attraction Description [ ]

The queuing area leads guests past a graveyard featuring humorous epitaphs, and a black carriage hearse, led by an invisible horse, out of which sounds can be heard. The path leads guests to the Mansion entrance, where they are led into the foyer by somber maids and butlers. Inside the foyer, a portrait of the master of the house rests above the fireplace and slowly transforms into a portrait of a rotting corpse.

The guests are then ushered into an octagonal portrait gallery and encouraged by the staff to move into the "dead center" of the room. As the wall behind them slides closed, the Ghost Host (voiced by Paul Frees) introduces himself with an eerie voice:

“Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host – your ‘ghost host.’

…and taunts them:

“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…?”

As the voice speaks, the guest's eye is drawn up to four portraits on every other wall of the octagonal room. The ceiling begins to rise, elongating the paintings and revealing the morbidly comedic fates of previous guests:

  • A bearded man is seen in the dress of minor nobility and red and white striped boxer shorts while standing on a keg of dynamite with a lit fuse.
  • A demure young woman holding a parasol and calmly balancing on an unraveling tightrope above the hungry jaws of a waiting crocodile.
  • An old lady sits atop a tall gravestone which features the bust of a man with a hatchet in his head. This is a portrait of the late Constance Hatchaway.
  • A man with sideburns sitting on a fat, mustached man who is sitting atop a lean, pale-looking gentleman who is chest-deep in quicksand.

“...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...”

The lights go out, lightning and thunder effects fill the gallery and, in a rare instance of Disney dark humor, a glimpse of the earthly remains of the Ghost Host is shown hanging from a noose high above in the cupola. A dreadful scream is followed by the sound of bones shattering. The Ghost Host apologizes for the premature scare, then a wall mysteriously opens, leading the guests further into the mansion.

Guests then step into a dark loading area, where they are guided to their carriages, or "Doom Buggies". The Ghost Host lowers the safety bars, provides the safety speil, and the journey begins. The Doom Buggies glide through a room containing a stairwell leading up to a landing, where a candelabrum floats above. The Doom Buggies then take guests down a long portrait corridor with paintings that depict seemingly innocent scenes. With every flash of lightning from the storm raging outside, the paintings flicker with ghastly images, including a demure young woman sprouting snakes from her scalp (Medusa), a magnificent sailing ship at sea that becomes a tattered and ghostly version thereof in a storm, a man who changes into a decrepit corpse, a knight and horse who both turn into terrifying skeletons, and a woman sitting upon a sofa who is revealed as a were-tiger.

Passing under an archway, guests enter a library with staring busts, moving ladders, flying books, and an unseen ghost rocking in a chair reading a book by candlelight. After this is a music room where a shadow plays a mellow version of Grim Grinning Ghosts on a rundown piano. A stormy forest is shown in the window behind the piano. The Doom Buggies then ascend a room full of staircases that defy the laws of physics, much like the art of M.C. Escher. Green footsteps stomp across the upside down and sideways stairs, which creates a very disturbing sense. At the top of the stairs thousands of blinking eyes look around and fade into demon-faced wallpaper.

Guests come across a living suit of armor, a chair which is embroidered with a hidden abstract face, and a long, narrow corridor down the center of a parlor. Partway down the corridor is a candelabrum, floating eerily down the hallway.

As guests pass through the conservatory, the Doom Buggy is spun to face backward. On the side of the room is a glass room. Dead flowers adorn the whole room with a coffin in the center. A raven sits perched atop a wreath with a banner that reads "Farewell." The coffin's lid is being raised by a pair of skeletal claws while a green glow radiates from the inside. The coffin seems to be nailed shut, which explains why the corpse inside is screaming for help.

After leaving the conservatory, guests travel through a dimly lit corridor. Portraits of family members, all of which resemble zombies and skeletons, hang upon these walls while monstrous voices echo through the halls. Many doors are seen here; their handles are jiggling and door-knockers are knocking with no one in sight. A cross-stitched sign reading "Tomb Sweet Tomb" hangs crookedly on the wall. A portrait of the Ghost Host wearing a hangman's noose and holding a hatchet is seen to the left of the corridor. Next to that, a door seems to be breathing as if it were human. Two reliefs resembling a smiling and a snarling demon are found here as well. At the end of the corridor is a door with a pair of skeletal hands trying to open the door with an eerie green glow from inside. A demonic grandfather clock chimes 13 as the hands spin wildly backwards, the shadow of a claw passing over it.

Guests enter a dark séance room full of floating musical instruments. Madame Leota, a medium whose disembodied head appears within a crystal ball, summons the mansion's spirits while levitating above her table. Madame Leota says the following:

"Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat/Call in the spirits, wherever they're at./Rap on a table, it's time to respond/Send us a message from somewhere beyond./Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween/Awaken the spirits with your tambourine./Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond/Let there be music from regions beyond./Wizards and witches wherever you dwell/Give us a hint by ringing a bell."

After leaving the Seance circle, guests arrive at a balcony overlooking festivities below in a ballroom, with a number of ghosts dancing and making merry. Ghosts are seen entering the room through a broken door, where a hearse is crashed with its coffin sliding out. Eerie wraiths are seen flying in and out of the windows above. A merry ghost is seen sitting atop the mantle of a fireplace, with his arm wrapped around a familiar bust. An elderly ghost is seen rocking back and forth in a chair while knitting a sweater. Many ghosts have gathered around a dinner table, where a birthday ghost is blowing out thirteen candles on a cake. A ghost can be seen at the far end of the table. A massive chandelier hangs above the table where a couple of drunks are swinging about, hanging on with their canes. Another balcony is seen across the room, where a curtained doorway is situated between two portraits of duelists. From time to time, the ghosts of the two duelists appear and shoot each other with their firearms. A number of elegantly dressed couples are seen below, waltzing to a haunting version of the song "Grim Grinning Ghosts," played on a large organ. The organ is played by a ghostly gentleman while skull-like banshees fly out of the organ pipes.

The attic is an irregularly shaped room that the Doom Buggies enter immediately after the ballroom scene. It features a collection of gifts, personal items, mementos, and wedding portraits. In each portrait, a common bride is featured with a different groom, whose heads disappear to the accompaniment of a hatchet sound. Just before the Doom Buggies leave the attic, the same ghostly bride from the pictures is seen floating in the air, intoning twisted wedding vows. As she raises her arms, a hatchet appears in her hands.

The Doom Buggies drift out a window, turn around, and tip backwards down a fifteen percent grade surrounded by dark, ghoulish trees with knotted expressions. On a branch overhead, a raven caws at the guests.

The Doom Buggies reach the ground, and turn towards the gate of the graveyard. There stands a caretaker, one of the few living characters in the entire attraction, his knees shaking in fright and an expression of terror on his face. Beside him is his emaciated dog, whining and whimpering. Around the corner, a ghostly band of minstrels plays a jazzy rendition of "Grim Grinning Ghosts."

Ghouls pop up from behind tombstones, a king and queen balance on a teeter-totter, a young princess swings back and forth from a tree branch, and a hellhound howls from behind them. The Doom Buggies travel down a hill and turn to see five singing busts continuing the song of "Grim Grinning Ghosts."

Next, guests encounter a tea party of ghosts surrounding a hearse stuck in the mud. An arm protrudes out of a crypt with a wine glass in its bony hand, while banshees ride bikes in the distance. Nearby, the ghost of an old bearded man struggles to understand the words of an awakened mummy via hearing horn.

The Doom Buggies turn to face two phantoms of the opera, blasting their voices up into the night. Beside them are three other ghosts--a decapitated knight, his executioner, and a prisoner--who also join in the song.

Guests pass a spook bricking himself into his own tomb and enter a crypt where they encounter the attraction's unofficial mascots, the three hitchhiking ghosts. Passing by three large mirrors, guests discover that one of the trio has hitched a ride in their Doom Buggy.

The last apparition guests see as they exit the mansion is a tiny spectral figure—Little Leota—who encourages them to:

“Hurry back... be sure to bring your death certificate, if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now. We've been ‘dying’ to have you…”

Behind the Scenes [ ]

Building layout [ ], backstage areas [ ].

Because of the Magic Kingdom's layout, the Haunted Mansion show building is located next to the one that houses it's a small world . This attraction differs from the original in that the ride takes place at the same level as the mansion itself. In addition, no berm separates the façade from the show building; the back of the mansion has a visible, above-ground connection to the main warehouse. To avoid exposing backstage to the guests, WDI uses trees and other rides to hide the building from view.

Special Effects [ ]

Rotating busts [ ].

The bust effect, patented by Disney, was achieved by creating inverted busts: they actually recede into the wall. A combination of dim lighting and optical illusion makes the busts appear to stare at the passing guests. (A similar effect is used in the Hollywood Backlot section of Disney's California Adventure .)

Endless hallway [ ]

The endless hallway has a mirror placed at the end of it that fools the guests into thinking they can see twice as far down it as they actually can. The mirror has a scrim over it which serves two purposes: first, to make the corridor appear to stretch away into the mist, and second, to deaden the reflection of the candelabra--the back of which is painted black--in the mirror.

The seance circle [ ]

The Leota effect is accomplished through digital projection of an actress Leota Toombs' face onto a head sculpture with features of the actress. The projector is located inside the crystal ball. The other floating objects in the room are held up by fishing lines.

Constance Hatchaway, the singing busts in the graveyard, and Little Leota are also created using the same projection technique as Madame Leota's.

Ballroom [ ]

The ghosts in the ballroom are commonly believed to be holograms. However, all the ghosts in the ballroom scene are created using a clever variation of Pepper's Ghost, an illusion invented in the mid-19th century. The version of the illusion in the Haunted Mansion works like this: a row of columns in front of the mezzanine are supporting gigantic panes of glass, which are nearly invisible to the guests. The "ghosts" are merely the reflections in the glass of Audio-Animatronic figures, located in rooms above and below the mezzanine, where the walls are painted entirely black. The Audio-Animatronics for the ghosts that appear on or near the floor are located below the mezzanine, while the Audio-Animatronics of the ghosts which appear near the ceiling are located above the mezzanine. None of the reflections are at the guests' eye level, since that would require the Audio-Animatronics to be located in a place visible to guests.

This scene was designed for the most part by Marc Davis, who designed all the humanoid spooks and portraits. It is the largest example of the Pepper's Ghost effect in the world.

Other ghosts [ ]

Disney used other techniques to make the graveyard ghosts appear to be ethereal. They are made of mostly translucent or transparent materials, which glow in the ultraviolet light that is used to light their scenes. They are made to appear blurry and indistinct through the use of scrims mounted between the guests and the ghosts.

The crypt [ ]

The mirrors in which guests see the hitchhiking ghosts are actually two-way mirrors. The ghosts are Audio-Animatronics in a room behind the mirrors. They move along in sync with the Doom Buggies, and weak lights shining on them allow them to be seen through the mirrors.

Characters [ ]

See: List of Haunted Mansion characters

Incidents [ ]

In February 2007, an 89 year-old woman fell and broke her hip while exiting a ride vehicle.

Sources & External Links [ ]

  • Official website
  • 1 The Empress Lilly
  • 2 Downtown Disney (Walt Disney World)
  • 3 Space Mountain (Walt Disney World)

Birthday Celebration Goes Rogue on Disney World Ride

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Haunted Mansion exterior at night at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Unruly guests reportedly interrupted The Stretching Room on The Haunted Mansion ride at Magic Kingdom Park on Saturday. According to one guest, what began as a “Happy Birthday” sing-a-long among young adults quickly ruined the pre-show experience for everyone.

This isn’t the first time inconsiderate guests have ruined Walt Disney World Resort attractions. Disney Parks fans often bemoan guests who quote popular attraction pre-shows, like the library on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror  or the Avatar-matching room on Avatar: Flight of Passage. While memorizing a pre-show after dozens of Disney Park visits is understandable, it’s important to remember that it’s almost always another guest’s first time experiencing it.

While talking before and during attractions is a frustrating but common experience, it’s unusual for guests to break out into an unrelated song! On Saturday, Reddit user u/bombardaokay took their friend to The Haunted Mansion for the first time and was disheartened by another group’s behavior.

Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members dressed as ghost butlers in front of the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom.

“During the stretching room scene, this group of people started to sing happy birthday VERY loudly to their friend,” the guest recalled. “Couldn’t hear anything the CM was saying. After being shh’ed by about 10+ people they stopped.”

“Right when the room started stretching they started again and no one could hear what the Ghost Host was saying,” they continued. “I’m not sure what is up with people but have some courtesy! It could be someone’s first time on HM (it was my besties first time)!”

Other Disney Parks fans shared similarly upsetting experiences.

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“A group of 60 started chanting in the Tower of Terror line before the pre show,” u/Upstairs_Watercress wrote. “The CM told them to be quiet and they did thankfully.”

“We went on FOP today and someone loudly yelled WHO FARTED and laughed as the ride was going on,” said u/idkausername_sorry . “So obnoxious.”

More on The Haunted Mansion Ride

Now the inspiration for two feature films, The Haunted Mansion is one of Walt Disney Imagineering’s most iconic original creations. Following its success at Disneyland Park, different versions of this not-so-scary dark ride opened at Magic Kingdom Park, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris , and Hong Kong Disneyland .

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Last December, the Hat Box Ghost animatronic finally made its way to Walt Disney World Resort, dividing fans over its location and impact on The Haunted Mansion’s storyline. Its The Nightmare Before Christmas  (1993) overlay, Haunted Mansion Holiday, remains exclusive to Disneyland Resort.

“The disembodied voice of the Ghost Host is your private guide through the cadaverous realm of an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises,” the official Disney attraction description reads. “Glide past a casket-filled conservatory, Madame Leota’s chilling séance room and a ghostly graveyard of singing specters as you attempt to find your way out. Beware of hitchhikers—these phantom pranksters may follow you home. Happy haunting!”

Has anything like this ever happened to you at the Disney parks? Share your experience with Inside the Magic in the comments. 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks guest experience. No two guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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Disney World closes one of its last opening-days attractions

Posted: January 11, 2024 | Last updated: January 11, 2024

While Disney World has added three theme parks to the original Magic Kingdom park since it opened in 1971, the company has been slow to change the original park. 

The Mouse House has expanded its original Florida theme park by adding modern attractions like "Tron: Lightcycle/Run" and "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train," but it has held on to a shocking amount of its opening-day rides and attractions.

Some, like the "Haunted Mansion" and "Dumbo the Flying Elephant," have a sort of timeless quality. "Haunted Mansion" has always been a hokey but timeless ride while "Dumbo" is a traditional fair ride with Disney theming. 

Related: DeSantis contentious law against Disney World affects iconic ride

Disney World also still offers the "Frontierland Shooting Gallery," a fairly dated attraction that puts guns (albeit old-timey ones) in kids' hands. 

Magic Kingdom also still offers the "Hall of Presidents," "Cinderella's Golden Carousel," (a pretty basic merry-go-round), "It's a Small World," "Jungle Cruise," "Mad Tea Party," and the "Enchanted Tiki Room" (which was opened as "Tropical Serenade"). 

Walt Disney ( DIS ) - Get Free Report has been very respectful of the fact that its founder had a big hand in launching Disney World and preserving his vision. 

That does not mean the company has not made changes. "Jungle Cruise," for example, had its story modernized, and Disney has tweaked and changed many of its story-based rides over the years to keep up with the times.

Now, the company has decided to close another opening-day attraction, "The Country Bear Jamboree," and replace it with a new show that pays tribute to its history in a more modern way.

Disney World closing 'Country Bear Jamboree'

The Country Bears have been a mainstay at Disney World since the park opened. The show has changed over the years, but the company has decided to replace the original show with a completely new offering.

It will still star the Country Bears and it will have nods to the past, but it will be an all-new production when the show comes back next summer.

"If you’ve been too busy trottin’ through the wild west and have missed the news, the Country Bears are getting ready to put on a new show that pays homage to the Opry-style shows of Nashville," the company said on the Disney Parks website. 

"While the Country Bear Musical Jamboree will include easter eggs from the beginning to the end including a familiar tune fans may remember, the bears will sing new, reinterpreted Disney tunes in different genres of country music – like bluegrass, pop-country, Americana, rockabilly, and other styles." 

This change will have the new Country Bears show open around the same time as another Disney update. The company has fully rethemed "Splash Mountain" away from its troubled film "Song of the South," to "The Princess and the Frog."

"Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take guests on a musical adventure inspired by the beloved story and characters from the fan-favorite film," Disney added.

"Picking up where the film left off, guests will join Princess Tiana, jazz-loving alligator Louis, and others on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration during Mardi Gras season where everyone is welcome." 

Disney makes huge theme-park investments

While Disney has threatened to slow its investments at Disney World due to its feud with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, it hasn't actually done that. The company has been steadily investing in its four Florida theme parks as part of a much larger $60 billion capital investment plan. 

"The Walt Disney Company is developing plans to accelerate and expand investment in its Parks, Experiences, and Products segment to nearly double capital expenditures over the course of approximately 10 years to roughly $60 billion, including by investing in expanding and enhancing domestic and international parks and cruise line capacity," the company said in September.

The company expects any expansion efforts at its theme parks to rely heavily on its intellectual property

“We have a wealth of untapped stories to bring to life across our business,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products.

“'Frozen,' one of the most successful and popular animated franchises of all time, could have a presence at the Disneyland Resort. Wakanda has yet to be brought to life. The world of Coco is just waiting to be explored. There’s a lot of storytelling opportunity.”

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A Spirited Tour

The disembodied voice of the Ghost Host is your private guide through the cadaverous realm of an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises. 

Glide past a casket-filled conservatory, Madame Leota’s chilling séance room and a ghostly graveyard of singing specters as you attempt to find your way out. Beware of hitchhikers—these phantom pranksters may follow you home. 

Happy haunting!

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