Disneyland Resort’s Haunted Mansion is celebrating a big milestone this week, as the attraction marks its 45th anniversary. Located in Disneyland Park’s New Orleans Square and built in 1962 as a walk-through experience, the manor and its 999 happy haunts officially welcomed foolish mortals inside on August 9, 1969. The attraction remains one of the Park’s most popular today.
Legendary Imagineers Marc Davis and Claude Coats combined their artistic brilliance when creating the Haunted Mansion, bringing Marc’s playful gags to Claude’s darker-toned atmosphere, resulting in a ride that is both frightening and frighteningly funny. Guests in doom buggies glide past beautiful, spooky scenes that set the stage for silly, afterlife antics of such characters as the beloved hitch-hiking ghosts, Phineas, Ezra, and Gus. Along the way, visitors pass a grand ball where wraiths waltz, a floating crystal ball gleaming Madame Leota’s visage, an eerie attic abuzz with undead action, and more silly-scary scenes that tingle your spine and tickle your funny bone at the same time.
For the past 13 years, during Disneyland Resort’s Halloween Time, Jack Skellington has visited the Mansion. This will mark the 14th time he has dressed up as “Sandy Claws” as he and his ghost dog Zero transform the hallowed halls into Haunted Mansion Holiday, complete with jack-o-lanterns and wreaths, a real gingerbread house, and kooky characters from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Haunted Mansion Holiday is open throughout the Halloween and Christmas seasons at Disneyland Park.
New merchandise is coming August 16 to Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park, and soon to other Disney Parks, to pay homage to this timeless, classic attraction. Here’s a look at some of the original and limited edition pieces of art, sculptures, figurines, and more that will materialize on store shelves.
You can haunt your own mansion today! The grim grinning hitch-hikers, Phineas, Ezra, and Gus, have followed you home (via cyber travel) and are waiting for you to download them from DisneyFamily.com. Grab your scissors and glue sticks, click here to print them off, and get your craft on. For more happy haunts, there is also a bookmark that seems to be stretching…