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10 Facts You Don’t Know About The Haunted Mansion

It was confirmed last month that Ryan Gosling will appear in Disney’s new “Haunted Mansion” movie, directed and produced by Guillermo del Toro. For months del Toro has been promising fans that his movie will be much darker and more frightening than the Eddie Murphy version from 2003. A truly terrifying Haunted Mansion film? Starring heartthrob and former Mouseketeer Ryan Gosling? What more could we ask for! To celebrate this announcement, here are 7 facts about Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion that you may not know (the other 3 are in the video above)!

The “Ghost Host”, who guides you through the Haunted Mansion, is voiced by Paul Frees. Frees also voiced famous cartoon character’s like Boris from Rocky and Bullwinkle and Disney’s own Professor Ludwig von Drake!


The famous dancing ghosts in the ballroom scene are created using a theatrical effect called “the Pepper’s Ghost illusion”. Illuminated objects are reflected onto a pane of glass, making them appear translucent!


Here’s what they look like without the effect!

The large pipe organ in the same ballroom is the actually organ used by Captain Nemo in Disney’s live action 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie.


Left: 20,000 Leagues, Right: Haunted Mansion

The voice who sings “Grim Grinning Ghosts” on the attraction belongs to Thurl Ravenscroft, who also famously voiced Tony the Tiger and sang the theme from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.


Thurl Ravenscroft

Both Disneyland and Disney World’s Haunted Mansions have pet cemeteries located outside!


Disneyland’s Pet Cemetery is on the right hand side of the house, near the exit.

Madame Leota, the face inside of the crystal ball, was played by Disney Imagineer Leota Toombs Thomas. They even gave her the same name!


The Hatbox Ghost (rumored to appear in del Toro’s new movie) was a character that appeared in Disneyland’s attraction for a short time. He was removed because his special effects didn’t always work properly – his head was supposed to disappear off his shoulders and reappear inside of his hatbox! Disney fans are very excited to hear that this animatronic will be returning to Disneyland for the park’s 60th anniversary.


What is your favorite thing about the Haunted Mansion? What should del Toro include in his adaptation? Let us know in the comments!



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