10 Ride Secrets of Disney’s Haunted Mansion

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing some of the secrets you’ll find at Disney attractions.

Welcome Foolish Mortals! Have you ever wondered what secrets some of our favorite rides at Disney hold? Well today I’ll be talking about secrets of the Haunted Mansion. This ride is so beloved that not only can this ride be found in Disneyland, Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland but there are also variations of it in Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. There is a lot of history that went into the creation of this spooky ride, which means there were lots of secrets to discover. Here are 10 of these secrets that I discovered about Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

14 Year Delay Debut- Walt Disney wanted the idea of a haunted house that was not too scary and not too silly. With the intense internal debates about the concept of this attraction and the unfortunate death of Walt Disney, the Haunted Mansion had major set backs. Even though it accidentally appeared on the Disneyland map in 1958, it didn’t officially open until 1969. That was 14 years after Disneyland opened!

Doom Buggies- The creation of the Doom Buggies were inspired by the Ford Magic Skyway at the 1964 World’s Fair. This omnimover vehicle was created for Ford with the help of Disney Imagineers.

Illusion of the Ballroom Scene- The dancing ghosts in the ballroom are created by a technique called the “Pepper’s Ghost”. This illusion involves light and reflectors that project an image from one room into another room.

Hatbox Ghost- The Hatbox Ghost was a figure that held a box in which his head would suddenly appear in. This illusion continually failed until the ghost was eventually removed from the attraction. But by popular demand and new technology he was brought back in May of 2015!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- One of the many potential story lines for the Haunted Mansion was actually going to be about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

Walk Through- The Haunted Mansion was originally intended to be a walk-through attraction like a traditional haunted house.

Ghost Host- The Ghost Host is voiced by none other than Paul Frees. He was the voice behind many beloved animated characters such as Ludwig Von Drake, the Pillsbury Doughboy, Boris Badenov from Rocky and Bullwinkle and Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Graveyard Secrets- The graveyard at Disneyworld’s version contains headstones that pay homage to the Imagineers and designers that helped with the creation of Haunted Mansion. For instance the tombstone that reads ” In Memory of our patriarch-dear departed Grandpa Marc” is for the legendary Marc Davis. He was an animator/Imagineer and one of Disney’s Nine Old Men.

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Disneyland’s exterior- Even though Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is set in New Orleans square, the design of the house was actually inspired by a Victorian house named the Shipley-Lydecker, which is located in Baltimore Maryland. Also Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is the only one that transforms into A Nightmare Before Christmas themed ride during the holidays.

The Bride’s Ring- A metal ring found in the ground in the queue at Disney World’s Haunted Mansion was actually just a sawed off turnstile pipe. Since it resembled an engagement ring, Disney fans created a legend that it the bride in the attic’s ring. When it was removed, there was such an uproar that Disney replaced it with an actual engagement ring. Read the full story here at WDW For Grownups.




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7 thoughts on “10 Ride Secrets of Disney’s Haunted Mansion

    1. I can’t believe you haven’t been on the Haunted Mansion since then. You have to make a trip to ride it again soon!

  1. There are so many fascinating things to learn about the Haunted Mansion! I read a whole book about it. I always tell people when they get annoyed with Disney for not putting a ride out as fast as they want it after it’s announced that the Haunted Mansion was worth the wait!

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