So, each night my son Jack and I watch some of his favorite YouTube channels, and Disney shows are his favorites.
While we waited for Jack Kendall’s DSNY Newscast update on Tuesday, my own Jack (age 8) found the following videos from FastPass Facts:
Disney’s Audio-Animatronics are among the best in the world, but sometimes they’re so real that they tend to scare guests. Here are some of the scariest Disney Parks Audio-Animatronics.
Part 2 is ready! We left out some pretty scary animatronics last time so let’s take a look at another five
I very much enjoyed this pair of vids. But they left off my scariest attraction. While not a full-sized animatronic, the “Leota” tombstone in the queue for Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion is the creepiest man-made haunt I’ve encountered in the Disney Parks.
Doombuggies.com gives a really good explanation:
WDI created this new [sic] effect for the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion queue, which features a mysterious tombstone for the infamous Madame Leota. Of course, since Leota was a medium during her tenure on the earthly realm, you might expect that her tombstone is somewhat different from the rest. According to Chris Caines, reporting for DoomBuggies.com, the new animatronic prop fits right into the decor outside of the Haunted Mansion, alongside the other tombstones. It’s the last thing you see before you enter the ride. “The head movements are very subtle,” Chris said. “The eyes only open for a little bit. This thing is definitely creepy. The funny thing was that kids were noticing it before the adults were, and they would tell their parents… and their parents would say “It’s not moving.” The kids would see it again and this would repeat. Very funny. It was cycling about every minute. If they increased the cycle time, it wouldn’t be as creepy as it is now.”
Since the tombstone was added in 2001, the timing, frequency, and range of motion of the animatronic have been experimented with, to find the proper blend of mystery and surprise. The tombstone inscription, which was written by Imagineer Jason Surrell, is a sly reference to the character of Madame Leota, a disembodied fortune teller inside a misty crystal ball that haunts the attraction. It reads:
Dear Sweet Leota
Beloved by All
In Regions Beyond Now
But Having a Ball.
But I am sure you have an opinion: What is your favorite scary spot in the Disney parks? Let us know in the comments below…