How do they DO that?! Often, I’m awe struck at the attention to detail and special effects that Disney puts into their attractions. The Haunted Mansion, being created in the 1960’s, uses some of the most simple techniques for special effects, but being “hidden” so well, it’s still hard to figure out how the Disney Imagineers made it work. Here are just a few of the special effects within the Haunted Mansion explained.
Spoiler alert! If you feel that knowing how an attraction works takes away from the fun… you may want to skip down to the fun fact portion of this post.
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- There may be 999 happy haunts within the Mansion, but only 109 of them are Disney-created audio-animatronics!
- There are 160 doom buggies in the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World; there are 131 in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.
- The doom buggies travel at a bout 1.4 mph, and can accommodate up to 3,200 guests per hour at Walt Disney World, but only 2,618 guests at Disneyland because the track is shorter.
- The song “Grim Grinning Ghosts” played in the graveyard was written by Xavier Atencio. Xavier also wrote “Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me)” – the song played on the attraction “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
- The five singing busts have character names. From left to right they are: Rollo Rumkin, Uncle Theodore, Cousin Algernon, Ned Nub, and Phineas P. Pock
- The three hitchhiking ghost also have names, “Gus” (the Prisoner), “Ezra” (the Skeleton), and “Phineas” (the Traveler). These names first appeared in fanfiction created by the Cast Members that worked at the WDW Haunted Mansion. Later on, these names became so well-known that they began appearing on actual merchandise.
Don’t you love Disney’s attention to detail?! Next time you tour the Haunted Mansion you can be a fountain of knowledge sharing lots of secrets and fun facts with your friends & family!
- The Walt Disney World Trivia Book: Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic, Louis A. Mongello. 2004.
- Keys to the Kingdom Tour. Tour Guide: Corey. 2005.