Monday, October 30, 2006

Happy Day Before Halloween, All You Spooks!

Here's a cover page from a very neat technical manual done for the Haunted Mansion in 1969.

While working on the first Mansion for Disneyland, WED was well aware they would soon be building Walt Disney World's, Magic Kingdom. It too would feature the spook house so they went ahead and built two of everything.

The WDW Mansion was actually the first completed attraction for the new park. While they had time after the late 1969 opening of Disneyland's attraction, WED completed this through technical guidebook for the installation of the second Mansion.

A very scary puss!

It features many key effects and animatronic characters of the ride in schematic breakdowns.

If you ever win the lotto and decide to build your own Haunted Mansion, you'll definitely need one of these!


Blogger Dominic said...

I noticed a sunroom attached to the mansion on the cover page. It's been a while so I don't recall, was it part of the ride? Or even part of the finished building?

Also, would love to see the specs on the ghosts and severed heads projections.

Great stuff, Jordan!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, this is really interesting!

d_orlando, I am almost positive that the sunroom is part of the WDW mansion, I've seen it in photos. I'm also reasonably sure that it is not part of the ride, but merely a facade. I could be wrong though...

1:28 PM  
Blogger Chris Merritt said...

Where are the Hatbox Ghost specs?

7:58 AM  
Blogger thepicklebarrel said...


this must've been preps after the removal of our semi-headless pal.

there's no mention of him and there's no missing pages. too bad, eh?

8:59 AM  

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