A quick post today....here's the Backstage Magazine cover mentioned by Patrick.
It has all the sixties wackiness of the ride itself.
That's what I like most about the original Mansion. It's such a product of it's era. References to 'Doombuggies' (dune buggies), the walking funk bass line in the Grim Grinning Ghosts song, 'swinging wake' (swingers) and Hitchhiking Ghosts 'thumbing-it'.
The Madame Leota seance scene I'm sure was an outcropping of my favorite 'Imagineering Hippy', Rolly Crump's mystic gypsy concepts....very sixties.
I haven't had coffee yet, so I might come up with others. Anybody else?
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