Haunted Mansion Backstage

Photos collected from the internet showing many Mansion areas typically unseen by guests.

Here’s an interesting bit of California Disneyland Mansion lore. Around the summer of 1974, someone with a firearm within the park fired off multiple rounds. Two confirmed gunshots struck both the ballroom wall in the Haunted Mansion, and a snowflake on Adventure Thru Inner Space. A third hole was found in the Primeval World diorama on the train. Later investigation by Anaheim Police determined the holes to be .22 caliber with bullet fragments matching between the holes.

This left Disney with a problem. The panes of glass at the Ballroom scene are so large, the roof of the building would have had to be removed (i.e. destroyed) to replace them. Disney’s solution was to cover up the hole in the glass by disguising it as a spider web and place a fake spider right over the hole. So next time you ride the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, when you leave the ballroom scene just before entering Madame Leota’s room, look for a spider and web on the last pane of glass in front of you.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Here’s a treat for you…. some delightful Marc Davis Haunted Mansion concept art! Enjoy!

Cast members after hours, on tours and off the clock.

One of my favorite details about the Disneyland Haunted Mansion compared to the Walt Disney World version are these spooky trees with scary faces. You see these when you exit the Attic and travel down to the Graveyard. I wonder why they did not bring these to WDW?

I’m really liking these graveyard shots from the Tokyo Haunted Mansion.

The Haunted Mansion’s only living human resident, the Caretaker. With his trusty lantern, shovel and canine companion, he keeps continuous watch over the Mansion Graveyard.

A few more cool shots of the Staircase scene at Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.

The remaining screen grabs I took from Disney’s HMH 13th anniversary video.

Disney Parks recently released a video celebrating the Haunted Mansion Holiday’s 13th anniversary. Here are a few screen grabs of some great backstage tidbits.

Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yb7UtDHZiM

The third and final installment of our lights-on look at the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay from 2012. Happy 13th anniversary!