Disney’s Haunted Mansion Was Almost Relocated

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A large white Haunted Mansion

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When Guests walk down Main Street, U.S.A., or any other section of Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, everything always seems like it is in place. At Disneyland Resort, Guests visiting Disneyland Park may say the same.

Haunted Mansion construction
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In each land of Disney World, for example, whether that be Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, or Main Street, U.S.A., we can see there is an attraction or icon that is pulling Guests in as a focal point in a perfect way. But what if we told you that one of those icons was meant to be in a very different section of the Park.

Haunted Mansion with Halloween Overlay
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When you walk into Liberty Square, there is a lot to take in from the shops, food options, Hall of Presidents, and more. But, the most iconic and popular attraction in that section is the Haunted Mansion which looms at the end of the street. Although the building looks eerie, it still looks like a stunning estate. At Disneyland, we can say the same thing for the Haunted Mansion attraction in New Orleans Square.

Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park
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Initially, that was never meant to be the case. TikToker’s The Mouselets (@TheMouselets) created a video that indicated that the Haunted Mansion was meant to originally be on Main Street, U.S.A. on a side street that would look a lot more haunted than the rest. The street was meant to look abandoned, as was the mansion, but Walt liked the idea of having a well-kept building to represent the exterior.

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♬ Grim Grinning Ghosts – From “The Haunted Mansion” – The Melomen & Paul Frees & Betty Taylor & Bill Lee & Thurl Ravenscroft

Although the TikTok shows Disney World’s Haunted Manion, which, as we noted, is in Liberty Square, the story here actually pertains to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, which is New Orleans themed. Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion was the attraction that Walt actually had a hand in creating and was one that went through many changes, starting off as a museum, and in the end, turning into a dark ride.

haunted mansion ballroom scene
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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!

What do you think? Would the Haunted Mansion have looked good on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland? 

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