Frightfully Fun Facts About The Haunted Mansion
Here are some frightfully fun facts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Haunted Mansion:
The idea for a haunted house at Disneyland was included in an early concept design sketch by Harper Goff dating back to 1952, when Disneyland was still being conceptualized.
Within a week of the Haunted Mansion’s opening, Disneyland celebrated what was then its highest single-day attendance.
20 tombstone tributes exist both inside and around the exterior of the attraction.
The epitaphs on the tombstones were written to honor several Disney Legends and Walt Disney Imagineers who created and maintain the attraction.
The final exterior concept for the house is heavily influenced by the Victorian-era Shipley-Lydecker House in Baltimore, Maryland.
Thurl Ravenscroft is the voice of “Uncle Theodore” who leads the “Phantom Five” quintet of singing headstones.
His voice can also be heard at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room as the voice of both Fritz and Tangaroa.
The pipe organ seen in the ballroom sequence was featured as Captain Nemo’s pipe organ in the Disney film classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”
Leota Toombs, a former Walt Disney Imagineer and Disney Legend, served as the famous face of Madame Leota.
The Hatbox Ghost was featured in Haunted Mansion when the attraction first opened. Then, he mysteriously vanished, only to reappear in 2015 in time for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.
News & Media Source: Disney Parks Blog