Fan Defends New Disney Merchandise, “It’s Not Ugly, It’s Just Different”

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Amid a recent Disney collection’s severe criticism, a fan has come to its defense, saying, “it’s not ugly, it’s just different.”

With so many beloved attractions inspiring new merchandise that flies off the shelves at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, it is hard to believe that some of the latest collections have not been well received by some Guests, especially considering that some of the most criticized items are part of the new Haunted Mansion collection.

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Despite the severe criticism this collection has received, a fan recently came forward, defending the new items saying the collection is really cute in her opinion.

Emily Anastasia (@emilyupinspace) recently posted a video on TikTok talking about her experience as a former Haunted Mansion Cast Member and explaining why this new collection is perfect for many fans of the classic Disney attraction.

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Emily comments that, despite her love for the attraction, she didn’t really enjoy her time working at The Haunted Mansion because she is “too happy, preppy, princessy, and pink to fit into that aesthetic,” and adds that she understands why this new collection is receiving so much hate as it doesn’t translate to the typical dark colored aesthetic of the attraction, but instead uses a lot of pastel tones which make it “kind of princessy.”

However, she adds that she loves this collection because it allows Guests to show their love for the attraction even as “someone who doesn’t fit in with The Haunted Mansion aesthetic,” letting them be “a girly ghoul,” as Emily describes it.

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She also adds that Sally Slater, The Tightrope Walker from the stretching room at The Haunted Mansion, would surely love this collection as well, as she is the perfect embodiment of this “girly ghoul” aesthetic, and that she doesn’t understand why she is not featured in this collection because her aesthetic, combined with the regular Haunted Mansion aesthetic would be perfect for this merchandise collection.

Emily says that, again, she understands why people don’t like this collection, but it doesn’t deserve all the hate and criticism it has received. She mentions a woven shirt with two patterns that is not the best but adds that overall, “it’s not ugly, it’s just different.”

You can see the video below or click here to watch it.

What do you guys think about this collection?! As someone who is extremely into the paranormal and ghots and spirits and has a Ouija board for decoration, I LOVE the haunted mansion . Buuut i’m not typically a dark closed kind of person so I like this merch drop! #disney#disneyworld#waltdisneyworld#castmember#disneycm#castmemberlife#castmemberstories#disneycastmember#disneycastlife#spacemountain#magickingdom#hauntedmansion

@emilyupinspace

What do you guys think about this collection?! As someone who is extremely into the paranormal and ghots and spirits and has a Ouija board for decoration, I LOVE the haunted mansion . Buuut i’m not typically a dark closed kind of person so I like this merch drop! #disney #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #castmember #disneycm #castmemberlife #castmemberstories #disneycastmember #disneycastlife #spacemountain #magickingdom #hauntedmansion

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More on Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Resort

This beloved attraction has been a landmark of Disneyland for 53 frightening fun years and will surely remain that way for many more years to come.

The official Disneyland website describes The Haunted Mansion as follows:

Take your seat in a gloomy Doom Buggy for a spooky tour through this house of happy haunts.

Frightful Delights Await

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!

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The Haunted Mansion temporarily closed its doors on August 15 to deck the halls for its popular Holiday overlay as Disneyland Resort gears up for the Halloween Season celebrations, including Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure.

The Mansion will open its doors again on September 2 to welcome Guests with a ghoulishly glorious sight, inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), for a limited time. Guests will be able to see Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and even Zero, who will take over The Haunted Mansion at New Orleans Square for the 21st time since this Holiday overlay began in 2001.

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Disneyland’s website describes Haunted Mansion Holiday as follows:

Decked Out for the Hallow-Days

Pumpkin King Jack Skellington has been busy decorating the Haunted Mansion with frightfully festive touches inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Experience thrilling sights and seasonal surprises created by the citizens of Halloween Town. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”

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More on Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort

An opening day attraction at Walt Disney World Resort, The Haunted Mansion has taken Guests into the boundless realm of the supernatural in a slightly longer and more elaborate way than its California counterpart, featuring a Library stocked with “ghost stories” and staring marble busts of great ghost writers, a Music Room where the shadow of the invisible pianist can be seen in the floor, and an Endless Staircase inspired by M. C. Escher’s “Relativity.”

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The official Disney World website describes the attraction as follows:

Climb aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy for a grave journey through a labyrinth of haunted chambers.

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. 

Happy haunting!

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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.

Too Scary?

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.

What do you think of the newest Haunted Mansion merchandise? Let us know in the comments below!

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