Since Disney opted to not host a big birthday celebration for The Haunted Mansion this year, one of the world’s biggest fans of the attraction decided to create his own.
At this weekend’s ScareLA convention on August 9, 2014 – The Haunted Mansion‘s 45th anniversary – Jeff Baham, who runs the best and biggest Haunted Mansion fan site DoomBuggies.com, hosted a wonderfully entertaining and informative presentation with Disney Legends Bob Gurr (who designed the Doom Buggy and Omnimover system) and Alice Davis (wife of the great Marc Davis, whose artistic style and sense of humor influenced so much of the ride).
The panel discussion was more than an hour long, showing historical photos and concept art that was created but never turned into part of the attraction. Plenty of great stories were shared by Davis and Gurr as well, with Gurr being a particularly humorous character.
Video: FULL Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary presentation with Bob Gurr, Alice Davis at ScareLA
Also on Saturday night at a separate event, another fan gathering bookended The Haunted Mansion’s 45th anniversary with a live podcast recording of the MouseLounge hosted by Gary Chambers featuring two big names in voice acting: Pete Renaday (who voiced the Ghost Host in the 1969 LP “The Story And Song From The Haunted Mansion”) and Corey Burton (who voices the Ghost Host in Haunted Mansion Holiday).
That full show, part of Window to the Magic‘s Friends of the Magic Weekend, will soon be available online via MouseLounge.
More photos from The Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary panel at ScareLA:
(Photos by Calvin Barrie)