Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

By September 1, 2016Blog

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square evokes a sense of mystery, wonder and even romance. From original concept phases in the early 1950s to reimagined scenes arriving each year during the holidays, guests continue to enjoy the mysteries within its walls.

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Today we dare to look even closer at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park which first opened to the public on August 9, 1969. We’ll not only dive inside this spooky residence, but give you ideas on how to create a Haunted Mansion inspired look at home during Halloween.

Haunted Mansion Voices in Your Head?

Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

The spooky sounds welcoming all foolish mortals to the Haunted Mansion aren’t just in your head. You’ve likely heard them before.

Haunted Mansion Ghost Host

Photo credit: Danny Thompson Jr via Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: Danny Thompson Jr via Foter.com / CC BY

The Ghost Host is voiced by Disney Legend, Paul Frees. You may have heard Paul Frees while on another popular Disneyland attraction when he utters the well-known line, “Dead men tell no tales.” That’s right, our favorite Ghost Host also sails through Pirates of the Caribbean, also in New Orleans Square.

Haunted Mansion Madame Leota

Photo credit: Castles, Capes & Clones via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Photo credit: Castles, Capes & Clones via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Madame Leota is one of the iconic characters from inside Haunted Mansion. Her head, seemingly floating inside a crystal ball beckons spirits to “send us a message from somewhere beyond.” Yes, you’ve heard that evil voice somewhere before.

Could this voice be the one responsible for putting a curse on brand new baby and destroying a glass slipper? Indeed, Eleanor Audley voices Madame Leota as well as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and Lady Tremaine in Cinderella.

Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghost

Photo credit: Castles, Capes & Clones via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Photo credit: Castles, Capes & Clones via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Our favorite Grim Grinning Ghost comes out to socialize at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion with his notable, deep voice singing the deathly tune we all love.

Thurl Ravenscroft is the lead vocalist in the group of singing busts inside the Mansion. He also voices Fritz in the Enchanted Tiki Room and was once the voice of the beloved Disneyland Railroad.

Haunted Mansion Behind-the-Scenes

Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Now that you know some of the voices you’ll meet inside the Haunted Mansion, let’s take you behind-the-scenes so you can create a Haunted Mansion look for your house during Halloween, or any time of year.

Haunted Mansion Statues

Have you ever noticed the statues that seem to stare right at you as you walk by? This optical illusion used in the Haunted Mansion is easy to achieve at home.

Haunted Mansion Halloween statues appear to follow you where ever you go! Learn how to create this optical illusion at home.

Haunted Mansion Halloween statues appear to follow you where ever you go! Learn how to create this optical illusion at home. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

You will need:

  • a protected surface to work on, we used a table-cloth from the dollar store
  • plaster mix
  • Styrofoam head
  • mixing bowl and container to create the mold
  • mixing spoon
  • water
    1. Cover your working area with a table-cloth or newspaper. Gather supplies and mix plaster in bowl according to directions. We used about half of the plaster mixture.
    2. Place Styrofoam head into stirred mixture and add weight on top to hold the head in place. Let set for about 30 minutes before removing Styrofoam head.
    3. Let set for about 30 minutes or according to plaster directions before removing Styrofoam head.
    4. Carefully remove plaster mold from container, if desired after about 24 hours. Then paint for desired look.
    5. Use on-hand Halloween decorations or remaining tablecloth to create a cloak and place as desired. Dim the lights and watch this statue come to life!

Haunted Mansion Crystal Ball

Make a talking Haunted Mansion crystal ball for your Halloween event!

Make a talking Haunted Mansion crystal ball for your Halloween event! Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

You need only a few items to make this creepy display, just like you see it The Haunted Mansion: a tablet device (or even a phone), a fish bowl to serve as your crystal ball, and a screen protector to project the image into the crystal ball.

Simply download a looping video of Madame Leota onto your tablet, place the screen protector inside the crystal ball at a 45 degree angle, and then put it on top of the tablet. In a few minutes you’re guests will be delightfully frightened.

Haunted Mansion Death Certificate

Upon exiting your doom buggy you’ll hear, “Hurry baaack, hurry baaack! Be sure to bring your death certificate.” Some time ago you could request a death certificate from cast members at Haunted Mansion, but the offer has died out now.

If you’re dying to get your hands on one, you can print a Haunted Mansion death certificate for you and your Halloween guests here.

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Death Certificate printable.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Death Certificate printable. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts

Create these Halloween mirrors, just like inside Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

Create these Halloween mirrors, just like inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

This Haunted Mansion trick is easy to achieve at home for only a few dollars. You’ll want to grab three picture frames, one to house each member of this famous trio, along with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint and print outs of the Hitchhiking Ghosts themselves.

Cut out the Hitchhiking Ghosts and attach them to white paper. Remove the glass from the frames and lightly spray paint according to directions. Do one layer at a time until you achieve the desired look. Don’t spray it on too thick or you won’t be able to see the ghost behind the glass.

Once the paint dries, place the print outs behind the glass and display at your Halloween party. Guests will be spooked when they look in the mirror and see someone else waving back to them.

Haunted Mansion at Disneyland

Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

If you just can’t get enough of the Haunted Mansion—and we don’t blame you—you’ll want to check out even more ways to enjoy this eerie residence at the Disneyland Resort

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Haunted Mansion Holiday at the Disneyland Resort. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Haunted Mansion Holiday at the Disneyland Resort. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Haunted Mansion holiday happens each year at Disneyland when two holidays collide and the manor gets a makeover by Jack Skellington. Enjoy frightfully festive touches with additions from your favorite Nightmare Before Christmas characters.

Haunted Mansion Happy Haunts Tour

During Halloween Time at Disneyland, learn even more about the Walt Disney Imagineers and the process of created the Haunted Mansion plus get special perks only for tour guests. Reservations are required.

Haunted Mansion Merchandise

Haunted Mansion merchandise is available year-round in New Orleans Square and at World of Disney located in Downtown Disney. Here are just a few of my favorite Haunted Mansion items.

Haunted Mansion slippers for your guests. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Haunted Mansion slippers for your guests. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

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Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

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Haunted Mansion Imagineering collectable book. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

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Haunted Mansion note pads and sticky notes. Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

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Photo courtesy of The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Halloween Time at Disneyland is just around the corner! If you’re ready to take a Disneyland vacation, be sure to book your room at Grand Legacy At The Park and stay only minutes away from the Haunted Mansion on Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim.

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