Duchess_SMK    
 6340.7 #18 (DL Qual #7

Aug 9, 2012 7:45 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning MW! This day in Disney history August 9th, 1969. The Haunted Mansion opens to the public! An attraction that was connected to several myths & urban legends. Since the facade had been up for nearly five years, rumors began making their way through schoolyards & across back fences. My favorite, a "test patron" had supposedly been literally "scared to death!" ๐Ÿ‘ป Madame Leota, the medium in the sรฉance room & the tiny talking figure @ the end of the ride, is modeled after Imagineer Leota Toombs (also known as Leota Thomas). It was the first attraction developed & opened without Walt Disney (he had passed away two years before). What's YOUR favorite thing about HM?

Here's a story: A few months after the Mansion opened in 1969, it closed for a mysterious reason. People thought that it was so scary that someone actually was killed inside. Well actually, the floors of the stretching room where collecting mold and were damaged from a small leak from the water of the Rivers of America, thus, they had to replace the flooring. :) - BaseballMickey_CM  7598.9 #11 11:33AM
Interesting!!! Thank you for sharing that BMCM!! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:59PM
The woman at the end, telling me to " hurry back.. and don't forget your DEATH certificate" love it! - erinten  539.9 #382 8:01AM
When the doom buggies come down the stairway before you get on, I've always wanted to ride it all the way around - rescueranger77  153.4 #2660 1:47PM
Mystery of the Hatbox ghost! :D. - CduckettC  8.8 #11908 7:47AM
Original cemetery - pikarich  5231.7 #22 7:58AM
The hidden one? - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:44AM
When I was a kid it closed for awhile for refurb. I remember hearing a rumor that it was too scary, and they had to make it more kid friendly. My favorite thing about HM is the singing statues in the cemetery. - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 8:05AM
Really?! Did you notice anything that changed after? - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:46AM
I always wondered what they changed, if anything. - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 11:30AM
my goodness! Up for 5 years!? That's a long time. As for my favorite part...maybe the attic and falling out of it. I wanna just walk around there and look at stuff - misschurro  6361.5 #17 8:27AM
Right?! It's no wonder so many stories were started about it. A DL promotion team dream come true I'm sure! Oh the anticipation! The attic is my favorite as well! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:15AM
Here is the original recording of the story of the Mansion starring a young Ron Howard. We now sell this on CD if you're interested: http://tinyurl.com/9z8xl3m - BaseballMickey_CM  7598.9 #11 1:18PM
^^^R A D! Thank you my friend!! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:25PM
Opie Taylor! - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 1:57PM
Thanks for another great post SMK. I always enjoyed the banquet room because of the dancing. - LilSterner  5455.2 #20 3:41PM
Thanks LilStener ๐Ÿ˜˜ you're always so supportive! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 6:52PM
Great info. Thanks for sharing... :-) - disneymomma1  325.8 #772 7:48AM
No, thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:26AM
Happy birthday!! - Disneylovesmoi  9.7 #11230 7:48AM
Haunted mansion๎„œ - Disneylovesmoi  9.7 #11230 7:50AM
Love it! Thank you! My favorite is the hall of changing portraits. - matildamouse  196.8 #2030 7:50AM
Those are really neat! I'd hang one in my house! Lol - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:45AM
My favorite is the wall papers throughout the mansion - maxinerenton  422.7 #523 7:58AM
I can't say that I've noticed it except for the hallway with all the doors. I'll make a point to look next time! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:13AM
That's also my favorite part! - angelle  8.7 #12060 10:46AM
I love the ghost sitting next to you at the end - MarshaMouse  5036.0 #25 8:06AM
Hitchhiking GHOST!!! I love that part too Marsha! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:19AM
The dinning room/ballroom is our favorite area. Thanks for the info - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #184 8:11AM
Do you prefer holiday or the standard version? I'm looking forward to this years gingerbread house! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:12AM
I love the cheesy ghosts that spring up from behind the tombstones. BOING! - Deesquared  118.2 #3260 8:11AM
Hehe! my daughter still gets scared at those! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:47AM
From my first time thru: I remember the faces that follow you๐Ÿ˜ณ - E-Ticket  1466.6 #115 8:12AM
Love those! - MoonWillow  381.3 #589 11:31AM
They really are fascinating! ๐Ÿ‘€ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:00PM
My favorite part is the "stetching room". I love the dialogue and the tight rope girl. - aprilinjune4  483.5 #438 8:16AM
Definitely the ball room - there's so much to look at in there. I always hope the ride either stops for a second or goes a little slower so I can see everything! Happy Birthday HM! - Oinker34  1448.8 #116 8:17AM
Sooo much going on in there! I always hope for that as well! ๐Ÿ˜‰ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:41AM
Hitch hiker ghosts! - Foxyhawaiian  115.9 #3308 8:21AM
Neato!! ๐Ÿ‘ - nickb92  69.6 #4172 8:29AM
The hat box ghost was only in the attraction for a couple of days and was replaced by the wedding dress with the red beating heart in the attic scene. - snakeinmyboot40  394.0 #571 8:38AM
Thanks for the informative post! ๐Ÿ˜ - SquishyGlamazon  115.5 #3319 8:51AM
You're very welcome my friend! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 9:11AM
I enjoy the ballroom scene and always look forward to see who are hitch hiker is. โœจ - IBelieveInFairies  707.0 #273 8:55AM
I love the anticipation of getting on the ride itself. Good morning every one. โ˜€ - WishIWereThere  298.3 #930 9:00AM
I love the HM. The dinner scene is one of my favorite parts of the ride. Thanks for the post. - PrincessLeia  312.6 #836 9:00AM
Thanks Duchess. I always love this attraction but I especially love it during the holiday transformation and can't wait to experience it with Danie for her first time. - NickDoubleyew  1083.2 #168 9:18AM
I also love the story about the Imagineers setting all the props and animatronics on a motion sensor when they were in a warehouse during testing. When the janitor came in at nigh, everything came on and gave him a good scare. Imagineers said there was a broom in the middle of the floor the next morning and that individual never came back to work there again. - NickDoubleyew  1083.2 #168 9:21AM
What?!!! Danie hasn't seen the NBC version!!!! Oh my goodness how exciting! That was a fun story! I hang heard the one about the broom! Scary!! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:17AM
*hadnt heard - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:18AM
Yeah we're pretty excited, gonna be booking our trip very soon. We're just waiting to make sure she can get the days off. - NickDoubleyew  1083.2 #168 10:23AM
My favorite parts are the dialog and the music. - Twitterpated  273.0 #1138 9:19AM
Yay for you and your wonderful info!!! My favorite part about haunted mansion is the elevator!!! I feel super nerdy but I can recite the whole thing the ghost host says in the elevator!! ๐Ÿ˜„ - CourtyAstroBlisters  784.0 #236 9:23AM
I can too! Lol - angelle  8.7 #12060 10:48AM
Thanks girl! Me three! ๐Ÿ˜˜ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:27AM
The haunting music during the beginning and the voice of Paul Frees. - Bo22  394.2 #570 9:26AM
I don't think I could pick just one favorite thing. I love it all from the que to the end. I really like as you travel in the hall way and see the doors moving and hear snarling. I hear that those are the ghosts of mw trolls trying to escape, but I am pretty sure that's just rumor :) - DownTheRabbitHole  310.2 #856 9:27AM
I like to recite the whole beginning intro and then scream when the lights go out. ๐Ÿ˜ - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #233 9:34AM
Me too! Especially with a elevator full of MWers! ๐Ÿ˜‰ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:27PM
I love HM my favorite part is the ballroom and also love when they change it to NBC for the holidays:) thanks for the history lesson again Duchess - LoneRAYnger  4261.6 #33 9:36AM
๐ŸŽถLaaaalalalalala, lalalala๐ŸŽถ sooo excited! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:29PM
I was a senior in HS in the SFV. We ditched school and went to DL for it. - splashphotoCM  885.6 #206 9:39AM
that is a PERFECT excuse for ditching school. PLUS...you still remember that day so much better than you would have had you not gone, right? Can you share with us? - misschurro  6361.5 #17 9:41AM
I'd like to hear this too you rebel you! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:30PM
Thanks Duchess another great history class. ( hands you a apple) - BeagleBoy12  167.3 #2451 9:47AM
:D ::gives you an A+:: you're such a good student! Thanks for paying attention! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:31PM
My fav part still has to be the ballroom dancing ghosts. Ever since I was little they have fascinated me, and the NBC transformation only makes it better! - dccp  348.1 #681 9:50AM
Ever since I was little I would always look forward to see what ghost would sit next to me lol - annjay07  170.5 #2400 10:30AM
Me too - MarshaMouse  5036.0 #25 10:51AM
I always hope to stop in the cemetery before the singing heads :) - Squirtortue  311.1 #845 11:21AM
Can I say everything? If i have to pick 1, I'd have to go with the attic. I love the photos of the head-less grooms changing back and forth and all the detail in that room. - DisneyRose  247.7 #1384 11:33AM
I think "everything" is a totally acceptable answer! ๐Ÿ˜‰ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 6:50PM
I LOVEEE the dining room scene, and the hitch-hiking ghosts :D - MEHlanie_Mouse  1116.0 #162 1:09PM
haunted mansion is my absolute favourite thing at the parks. happy birthday to my favourite place! - nicoleface  1752.6 #96 1:58PM
My favorite time is when they transform the mansion to Jack Skellingtons haunted holiday! - luvtburton  10.0 #11034 2:54PM
Nightmare before Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰ - nickb92  69.6 #4172 3:12PM
Ahh, you got it covered! I copied my post from last year and reposted mine. Hope you don't mind! ๐Ÿ˜Š - Tom  11116.2 #6 3:18PM
I haven't been on all day. Busy! - Tom  11116.2 #6 3:18PM
Of course not Tom! I'm ganna go look for yours now! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰ - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 7:14PM
Thank you for the very nice compliment SMK! ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy birthday HM! - Tom  11116.2 #6 7:45PM
I love the grave yard scene. There is so much to see and I love the music. I also love when they convert it to the Nightmare before Christmas. Then I love the dinning room scene. - PrincessAuroraMomma  596.0 #342 5:03PM
Thanks for posting this! My favorite is the Grim Grinning Ghosts song. "Where the crypt doors creek and the tombstones quake..." - Alicewhoareyou  2550.5 #53 8:05PM
That's a great song! I totally get why it's your favorite! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:28PM
Awesome post as always! My fave is the dining room, love the HM! ๐Ÿ‘ป - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 9:08PM
My favorite is the dining room and ballroom when it's changed to NBC. I love the gingerbread smell. I was so happy when the doombuggies stopped for a minute or so in the dining room. - ima-pirateswife  745.0 #260 9:31PM
Great info as always! - madsdad  1868.2 #92 9:36PM
I love the part after you exit the attic, and are going backwards and are looking up at the spooky trees with the faces, and then the old man with the skinny dog! - MoreGumboPlease  229.8 #1610 9:51PM

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