Disney Shares Inside Look at Haunted Mansion Illusions

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Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host, your ghost host. Kindly step all the way in please, and make room for everyone.

Haunted Mansion is my absolute favorite attraction at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. From the graveyard to the stretching room to, of course, the famous ballroom scene — The details and illusions within this attraction are just incredible.

But have you ever wondered how these illusions happen? How they came to be? The history behind the attraction? Well, Disney Parks just recently shared a short video featuring Disney Legend Rolly Crump as he explains early concepts for the attraction. Crump goes all the way back to about 10 years before the doors of the Haunted Mansion creaked open in August 1969.

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Crump takes over as the ‘Ghost Host’ as he reminisces about the new technologies that came to be during the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair as well as celebrates the Disneyland attraction’s 51st anniversary. He even dives into working hand in hand with the one and only — Mr. Walt Disney. In the video, Crump explains that he remembers presenting Disney with early sketches and ideas which actually inspired a different idea, A Museum of the Weird.

“He says I just wanted to tell you I didn’t get an ounce of sleep last night because of all that stuff you showed me,” Crump explains in the video discussing a conversation he had with Walt Disney.

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Unfortunately the Museum of the Weird never happened, however, many of its eerie and unique design elements influenced the Haunted Mansion.

The Disney Parks video also gives insight to how the projections work for the singing busts and how Madame Leota came to be. You can watch the full video below:

Disney’s Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is a popular attraction located in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The popular dark ride takes guests through a mansion of haunted characters while riding aboard a Doom Buggy. The spirited Haunted Mansion adventure will be guided by the “disembodied voice of the Ghost Host” as he is your private tour guide “through the cadaverous realm of an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises.” Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

Do you love the Haunted Mansion? Is it a must-do every vacation? Let us know in the comments below.

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