This made my morning.
Disney Parks Blog posted a piece, which drilled down on the details of the Haunted Mansion’s enhanced queue and the overall history of the attraction.
Did you know that the Haunted Mansion’s cemetery queue contains hidden references characters who were created for the attraction, but cut before the final version? That’s the topic our Imagineers look into in today’s celebration of the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park.
Jennifer wrote specifically about the one-eyed cat and Captain Culpepper Clyne, while introducing the following video:
While We’re At It…
And in case you need more details, here’s a terrific book about The Haunted Mansion by a good friend of mine – former Imagineer Jason Surrell.
Surrell is an author, screenwriter, creative director, and former Senior Show Writer for Walt Disney Imagineering and also wrote for Walt Disney Television’s internationally syndicated television series, Secrets of the Animal Kingdom.
Currently a Creative Director at Universal Creative, Jason wrote The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies, along with The Art of The Haunted Mansion; Screenplay by Disney: Tips and Techniques to Bring Magic to Your Moviemaking: Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies; The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at It’s Peak; The Art of Marvel’s TheAvengers; and has contributed essays and feature articles to The Imagineering Way, The Imagineering Workout, The Disney Insider Yearbook, and Disney twenty-three magazine.
Now in its third edition, the book, “explores how the attraction’s “999 happy haunts” were brought to life. Rare early concept sketches, detailed architectural drawings, and stunning still photography illustrate the Mansion’s evolution as it was designed and built at each Magic Kingdom park around the world-including Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.”
In any case, where does The Haunted Mansion fall in your pantheon of attractions? Which version is the best? What is your favorite detail? Let us know in the comments below…