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15 Fascinating Facts About The Haunted Mansion!

The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland turns 44 this week! But the funny thing is, the attraction doesn’t look a day under 100. The beautifully faux-aged and uber-popular attraction has been spooking those who dare to depart into the dark on the ride’s Doom Buggies for decades. The ride had its origins years before the park opened, but it took over 10 years of delays and various changes and incarnations before the final version of the mansion opened on August 9th, 1969. For inspiration, the imagineers, and Walt Disney himself, studied haunted houses, Greek myths, monster movies and Walt visited the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California.

In honor of the Haunted Mansion, here are 15 fascinating facts about the Haunted Mansion, check them out…if you dare!

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    Click through 15 fascinating facts about the Haunted Mansion!

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  • The Ghost House 2 of 16
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    The working title of the Haunted Mansion was "ghost house" and Walt Disney started working on the plans for the attraction before Disneyland's opening, way back in 1951. Initially it was going to be walk through experience. It was also going to be located on a dead end off of Main Street but then it ended up being developed as part of New Orleans Square.

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    Originally, the Haunted Mansion was going to be named Bloodmere Manor. The original tale was the manor "would have been the lakeside estate of the unfortunate Blood family. It had a tragic and bloody history of unlucky owners who died sudden and violent deaths, which resulted in their unhappy ghosts remaining behind to fulfill the uncompleted missions of their lives."

    Photo Source: Walt Disney via Voyages Extraordinaires

  • The Organ 4 of 16
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    If you are of the a certain age, then the organ that appears in the Haunted Mansion might seem familiar. It was an organ that was used as a prop in the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and was later used in the walk thru attraction at Disneyland from 1955 to 1966.

    Photo Source: Walt Disney via Voyages Extraordinaires

  • Keep an Eye Out… 5 of 16
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    There are a couple of notable things to notice on the ride. The ghost blowing out a birthday cake is blowing out a cake with 13 candles. Also if you look at the banquet table, you might see a hidden Mickey. The plates are arranged in classic Mickey shapes!

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    Did you know that the hitchhiking ghosts in The Haunted Mansion have names? Well, they do! They are Ezra, Phineas and Gus.

    Photo Source: Walt Disney via Voyages Extraordinaires

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    The original concept of the Haunted Mansion was to be up the hill from a church and graveyard in Disneyland. The earliest concept of the ride was sketched by Disney Legend Harper Goff years before Disneyland opened.

    Photo Source: Walt Disney via Haunted Dimensions

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    The statues that serenade you in the middle of the ride are known as The Phantom Five. The were played by:
    Bob Ebright as Phineas Pock
    Thurl Ravenscroft as Uncle Theodore (who also did the voice of Tony the Tiger)
    Verne Rowe as Rollo Runkin
    Jay Meyer as Ned Nub
    Chuck Schroeder as Cousin A

    The vocalist faces were then projected onto the 3-D busts.

    Photo Source: Walt Disney via Doom Buggies

     

  • The Voice of The Haunted Mansion 9 of 16
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    The narrator of the Haunted Mansion is Paul Frees who did a lot of work for Disney from voicing Professor Ludwig Von Drake,  to acting in the Shaggy Dog, as well as being the one who said "Dead Men Tell No Tales," on Pirates of Caribbean.

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    The Haunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Japan might look familiar to Disney World visitors, it's outward design and style is very much like the design of the mansion at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Inside the ride, there are many differences which are chronicled in detail at DisneyWiki right here.

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    At Disneyland Paris, the Haunted Mansion goes by the name Phantom Manor and looks very different from its counterparts in other countries. It looks, at first glance, to be more reminiscent of the house in Hitchcock's Psycho.

    Photo Source: Walt Disney Paris

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    The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is a grand brick incarnation of the spooky ride. While Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is in New Orlean's Square, the one at WDW is located in Liberty Square.

    Photo Source: Wiki Commons

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    The Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong isn't a carbon copy of the others and has a totally different back story and concept. In the Mystic Manor, you are invited into the home of Lord Henry Mystic (an explorer) and his monkey Albert where all sorts of magical (and mystical) things reside.

    Photo Source: Walt Disney Hong Kong

  • Eleanor Audley 14 of 16
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    The voice of Madame Leota, the woman who was holding the seance while entrapped in a glass ball, was voiced by Eleanor Audley. She also did the voice of Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and Lady Tremaine in Cinderella.

    Photo Source: Walt Disney via Voice Chasers

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    The woman in the crystal ball is Imagineer Leota Thomas, who worked on many Disneyland projects during 1960s. The character - Madame Leota -  is even named for her.

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  • The Elevator 16 of 16
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    Although it fells like the walls are stretching, in the beginning of the ride you are simply riding in an elevator. A round, very ornate and awesome elevator.

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