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Aug 26

Disney “Traveling Around The World” – Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square – Part 1 – The Haunted Mansion

 

Welcome back “World” travelers!

As we leave the wild, wild, west we find ourselves at the turn of the century as we stumble upon a great mansion on a hill that seems to be calling to us.

Not only is the Haunted Mansion one of the more popular attractions, it is also one of our favorites. With its classic Gothic ghost story atmosphere and dark sense of humor this attraction is fun for all ages. While not seriously frightening, you may want to think twice about bringing very young kids on this one. (Sometimes a small flashlight helps to make the dark scenes a little less scary.

The Haunted Mansion was an opening-day attraction at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, opening in 1971. This attraction was developed at the same time as the Disneyland version, resulting in a very similar experience, though the slightly larger building allowed the addition of several new scenes.

 

This popular attraction starts to line up outdoors under a canopy. An interactive queue takes guests through a graveyard with gravestones and interactive crypts paying tribute to Imagineers involved in the creation of the attraction. This area will help pass the time as the line can grow to be extremely long during peak seasons. As you approach the mansion, butlers and maids will greet you at the door and escort you into the library (or stretching room). Once you enter the library a supernatural Ghost Host introduces you to his closest 999 dearly departed friends, as he informs guests that ,”There is always room for one more. Any volunteers?”.

After a small event in the library, you will be escorted into the corridors and down the hall where you will be loaded into the ride system, called Doom Buggies.

The Story: Many years ago, Master Gracey and Emily were engaged, but Madame Leota was also in love with Master Gracey. Leota believed that if Emily were “gone”, then Master Gracey would fall in love with her and they could get married. On Master Gracey and Emily’s wedding day, Leota killed Emily and put her body in a trunk and put the trunk in the attic of the mansion. Master Gracey was so distraught over Emily’s death that he hung himself. Madame Leota was left to haunt the mansion after she presumably died of old age.

Guests enter a dark séance room full of floating musical instruments. Madame Leota, a medium whose disembodied head appears within a crystal ball, summons the mansion’s spirits while levitating above her table. Madame Leota says the following:

“Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat/Call in the spirits, wherever they’re at./Rap on a table, it’s time to respond/Send us a message from somewhere beyond./Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween/Awaken the spirits with your tambourine./Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond/Let there be music from regions beyond./Wizards and witches wherever you dwell/Give us a hint by ringing a bell.

As you make your way through the mansion you will be taken through scene after scene of Disney magic. The original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland took 6 years of construction, planning, and designing until Walt was pleased enough to open it to the public.

One of our favorite scenes is the singing bust. Thurl Ravenscroft’s deep bass voice is highlighted here. Ravenscroft’s voice has been used several times by Disney, but he is best known as the voice of Tony the Tiger. For more information on this talented actor/singer click here:

http://diswhiz.com/2011/08/02/grim-grinning-ghost/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSaqSVi–Ms&feature=player_detailpage

 

There is so much to see in the mansion and as you go through it time after time, you sure to see something you didn’t see before.

 

 

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