No Haunted Mansion Holiday? WDW Ride Still Features Jack Skellington

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A fan-favorite happening at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay that occurs during the fall and winter months. Jack Skellington takes over the Mansion as he brings both Halloween and Christmas elements into the iconic ride.

Many wish that Walt Disney World  would also bring the Haunted Mansion Holiday seasonal overlay to their version of the attraction. Though at this time there has been no word on if this would ever happen, did you know that you can still catch some Nightmare Before Christmas elements inside Disney World’s Haunted Mansion?

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Disney World’s Haunted Mansion actually has a total of 13 hidden tributes to Tim Burton’s 1993 film, The Nightmare Before ChristmasThe first being the forehand of Master Gracey’s portrait. Per Haunted Mansion Fandom:

The forehead of Master Gracey’s portrait the outline of Jack Skellington’s face hidden on it. The ride allegedly has 13 hidden tributes to the Nightmare Before Christmas due to Disney World’s mansion not having Haunted Mansion Holiday.

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In the library and music room, there is yet another tribute to Nightmare Before Christmas. Per Haunted Mansion Fandom:

Two of the books in the Library are novelizations of Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas.

When moving into the attic, keep those eyes peeled because there are a few different Nightmare Before Christmas aspects here.

Constance has a doll of Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas in her collection.

One of the books in Constance’s collection is a novelization of the Nightmare Before Christmas with a silhouette of Jack Skellington appearing on the cover.

A Jack Skellington snow-globe can be seen in Constance’s collection.

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And lastly, when you are approaching the mausoleum scene as well as the exit, watching out for the traveling hitchhiker as he is holding a marble bust that pays tribute to Haunted Mansion Holiday:

The Travelling Hitchhiker has an open bag with a marble bust of famous Victorian author Charles Dickens. This is a nod to a deleted concept for Haunted Mansion Holiday where it would have taken much more influence from Charles Dickens’s novel the Christmas Carol.

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So even though Disney World’s version does not host Haunted Mansion Holiday, Guests can still get their Nightmare Before Christmas fix as the ride pays tribute to the Tim Burton film a total of 13 times!

Did you know that Disney World had 13 The Nightmare Before Christmas tributes? Let us know in the comments below.

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