Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Haunted Halloween, All You Spooks!

Here's one of my favorite possessions (no pun intended).

This was pinned up in the New Orleans Square employee break room and saved by a young castmember as a memento.

It's an employee poster made for the 'soft opening' or employee preview of the Mansion on August 7th and 8th, 1969. Planned for after hours operation, the preview was an attempt to do full capacity run thrus of the attraction to find any kinks in the ride system.

I guess it worked out ok as the ride did officially open on August 9th, 1969...the very day of the Sharon Tate murders by the Mansion Family singers. Nice, huh?

Now, here's our favorite haunted domiciles from early periods of their history....

The Disneyland Haunted Mansion in 1974...

The Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion in 1972...

...and now, a carriage approaches to take you into the boundless realm of the supernatural!

Happy Halloween!


Blogger Major Pepperidge said...

Yeesh, look at the crowds in that Disneyland mansion photo...you'd think it was opening weekend.

"Mansion" family singers, funny!;-)

What are the colorful plastic doombuggys from? Look like board game pieces...! Great post as always.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Dominic said...

Ah, there's the sunroom!

Charlie Mansion?! Pun intended, eh Jordan?!

4:21 PM  
Blogger thepicklebarrel said...

argh...ya gots a quick eye thar, dom!

yeah, thought you'd like the sunroom/parlor shot.

major...yeah, those are the coolest game pieces in history next to the Monopoly thimble!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Matterhorn1959 said...

I want that poster! What a great piece. It reminds me of the Backstage Magazine of the same year.

5:18 PM  

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