#HauntedMansion50: Spotlight on the happy haunts that materialize inside Disneyland’s HAUNTED MANSION
Ah, there you are! Ready to venture deeper into the HAUNTED MANSION? Look alive and we’ll continue our week-long little tour. The original iteration at Disneyland celebrates its 50th Anniversary on August 9 and we’ve got a look today at some of the creepy creeps and happy haunts who reside inside the humble abode. From hitchhiking ghosts to an invisible ghost host, there’s a whole bunch of souls that give this old house its character!
Join us now as we meet some of the grim grinning ghosts who come out to socialize!
- The Hatbox Ghost was featured in Haunted Mansion when the attraction first opened. Then, he mysteriously vanished, only to reappear in 2015 in time for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.
- Constance is the far-from-blushing bride who is bedecked in pearls and heavily armed. Constance can be found in the attic as well as featured in the portrait chamber atop her husband’s tombstone.
- Madame Leota floats in the dead center of the room, calling out for “serpents and spiders, tail of a rat,” during her séance to bring about the happy haunts.
- Sarah “Sally” Slater, a delicate young girl, can be found inside the portrait chamber balanced on a tightrope, as if from a circus. On rare, special occasion, you might see her at special events OUTSIDE of the mansion!
- Alexander Nitrokoff is a distinguished looking man but, as his portrait stretches in the Portrait Chamber, he is shown to be wearing nothing but striped under shorts and socks from the waist down. He is standing on a barrel of dynamite, and a candle lights the fuse.
- Victor Geist, the quirky German-born organist, plays the Haunted Mansion’s signature tune in the ballroom to everyone’s ghostly delight.
- Pickwick, the spirit from the era of Dickens, is found swinging from the chandelier in the Haunted Mansion’s ballroom.
- The Phantom Five, the singing bust quintet, is made up of Rolo Rumkin, Uncle Theodore, Cousin Algernon, Ned Nub, and Phineas Pock.
- The Ghost Host, one of the 999 happy haunts who call the Haunted Mansion home, welcomes the “foolish mortals” into the attraction.
- Each year, Jack Skellington gives the Haunted Mansion a holiday makeover, complete with jack-o-lanterns and wreaths, a real gingerbread house and kooky characters from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Hs ghost dog Zero also makes a surprise appearance among the spooky, transforming portraits in the gallery corridor when the attraction transforms into Haunted Mansion Holiday.
We’ve been taking a week-long look at the classic Disneyland attraction with daily articles. Be sure to hurry back and catch it all!
- History and legacy of Disneyland’s classic HAUNTED MANSION
- A ‘By The Numbers’ look at the humble home of Disneyland’s happy haunts
More in Store
WAKE THE DEAD!
Mega fans of the attraction have the opportunity at Disneyland to help wake the dead with a special after-after hours merchandise release party (from 1am – 4am!) The “under the hill” soiree will take include a bunch of earthly delights includingspirited sips and bites, special entertainment, character encounters, photo ops, and access to several west-side park attractions, plus a few other supernatural surprises.
‘Happy Haunts Materialize’ Exhibit
The Disney Gallery on Main Street is paying tribute to the Haunted Mansion with a fantastic new exhibit: Happy Haunts Materialize: Fifty Spirited Years of the Haunted Mansion.
See it for Yourself
Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion turns 50 on Friday, August 9, 2019. It’s open now through August 25th when it closes its annual conversion into the Haunted Mansion Holiday.