Former Disney Imagineer Says Classic Attraction “Could Be Retired” Soon

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When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls…

Disneyland Resort recently celebrated the “Hauntiversary” of a fan-favorite attraction. The Haunted Mansion opened in 1969 at Disneyland Resort and has since been one of the most beloved attractions at the Park, welcoming thousands of Guests every year who are eager to witness ghosts practicing their terror with ghoulish delight. The Disneyland attraction takes Guests through the wonders of the iconic house in New Orleans Square, delighting them with a séance with Madame Leota, a joyful ball, and a lively concert performed by the graveyard locals.

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Legendary Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr, who created the iconic Doom Buggy that takes Guests into the boundless realm of the supernatural on this beloved attraction, recently posted a video — which has since been deleted — celebrating the attraction’s anniversary.

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Bob wished The Haunted Mansion a happy 63rd birthday — which was probably a simple confusion as the attraction just celebrated its 53rd anniversary — and jokingly commented that when the attraction turned 65 years old, it “could be retired,” making reference to the full retirement age.

However, Bob quickly added that The Haunted Mansion would never be retired from Disneyland because that would be “Doom,” referencing the name of the vehicle he created, as he was holding a license plate with the words “Doom Bugy” in his hands.

Doom Buggy Licence plate autographed by Bob Gurr
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Fans of Bob Gurr and his work can find the license plate shown above on Bob Gurr’s Fandom Productions shop by clicking here.

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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. 

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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!

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.

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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.

Disneyland’s website describes Haunted Mansion Holiday as follows:

Decked Out for the Hallow-Days

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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!”

More on Disneyland

There is so much for Guests to enjoy at Disneyland! Walking up to Sleeping Beauty Castle is always a dream, especially when you get to go inside and relive the story of Aurora and Maleficent. Riding classics like “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, The Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain, and more will have you feeling the magic and craving a churro! Toontown is currently gearing up for a massive change which will be revealed in 2023 with the reopening of the land and the debut of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. At Disneyland, Guests can now enjoy Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk or green milk and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run.

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Plus, Disney California Adventure has so many fun things to do! Guests can enjoy Buena Vista Street as they walk the roads Walt had in Hollywood, enjoy a hand-dipped corn dog at Award Wieners, and Head to Cars Land to enjoy the neon signage and Radiator Springs Racers. Fans of the MCU can visit Avengers Campus and join their favorite superhero on exciting missions on WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Guests can also enjoy the Pixar Pal-A-Round on a swinging or non-swinging gondola, learn to fly at Goofy’s Sky School, rock on the Silly Symphony Swings, and catch Jack-Jack on Incredicoaster! The list of rides and attractions never ends!

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