The Haunted Mansion is a popular attraction located in both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. The popular dark ride takes Guests through a mansion of haunted characters while riding aboard a Doom Buggy.
The spirited Haunted Mansion adventure is 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!
Singing Busts at the Haunted Mansion
Within the Haunted Mansion, Guests will experience the crypt doors creaking and the tombstones quaking as grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize, but that’s not all, because one of the most iconic parts of this attraction is the singing busts in the graveyard scene.
But did you know there is more to these friendly busts — including the fact that they each have names, and one has an interesting connection to Tony the Tiger!
From left to right, the names of the busts are Rolo Rumkin (Verne Rowe), Uncle Theodore (Thurl Ravenscroft), Cousin Algernon (Chuck Schroeder), Ned Nub (Jay Meyer) and Phineas P. Pock (Bob Ebright). Let’s learn more about each one of the singing busts!
Rolo Rumkin (Verne Rowe)
Rolo Rumkin is a nod to Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump, who was actually the creator of a concept called The Museum of the Weird. This idea was originally going to be incorporated into the Haunted Mansion, however, it never got built.
Additionally, Rolo Rumkin is the only singing bust who is a tribute to a Disney Imagineer.
Uncle Theodore (Thurl Ravenscroft)
The second singing bust is named Uncle Theodore and is voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft. Did you know Ravenscroft was also the voice of Tony the Tiger (the mascot for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal) and the singer of “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
Cousin Algernon (Chuck Schroeder)
Cousin Algernon can be recognized by his famous derby hat! He is the only singing bust not featured in Mystic Manor — Hong Kong Disneyland’s version of Haunted Mansion.
Ned Nub (Jay Meyer)
Ned Nub is the only singing bust not wearing a necktie. This is how you will be able to recognize him on your next trip to the Haunted Mansion.
Phineas P. Pock (Bob Ebright)
Legend has it that Phineas P. Pock is the cousin of Prudence Pock, a poet whose crypt Guests will see while in line at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.
More Disney’s Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is a popular attraction located in both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California.
The official description of the Disneyland ride reads:
Dearly depart into a foreboding estate, drag your body to the dead center of the Portrait Chamber and watch as the walls begin to stretch before your eyes. Climb into your waiting Doom Buggy and embark on a shivering journey into an unearthly realm.
The disembodied voice of the Ghost Host is your private guide through the cadaverous dwelling—home to grinning ghosts and other spectral surprises.
Glide past a rattling casket in the conservatory. Head off to Madame Leota’s spooky séance room. Float by the Grand Ballroom and its waltzing apparitions. Take a spin through a cemetery where the spirited residents regale you with song.
Beware of lurking hitchhikers—these phantom pranksters may try to follow you home!
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.
Before Entering the Mansion
A musical crypt, a leaky tomb and a ghostly writer are among the creepy haunts you’ll find outside the main entrance. Explore supernatural hands-on experiences—only at Walt Disney World Resort—while you await your fate inside.
The Haunted Mansion is dark and contains some mildly frightening scenes, but there is no gore, the ghostly residents are friendly and the ride is slow-moving.
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