Tuesday, February 20, 2007

They say what?

Greetings Mortals,

In the Graveyard, there are many tombstones letting us know that there are indeed 999 Happy Haunts within the mansion. Sadly, it is too dark to get a glimpse as to who might be buried there.

In the family plots outside of the mansion, there are names of the creators of the mansions. However, the tombstones inside are a little more... cryptic...

The tombstones in the Graveyard have anagrams in many cases, celebrating the Imagineers who had parts in the mansion, but not larger tombstones. For instance,

Harriet Burns
Ron Stevens
Ken Forsee

These are ones that can be made out so far. However, there are others such as TREBOP LLEWE.

NOTE - It has been reported that TREBOP LLEWE is actually an anagram for Robert Sewell. It appears that the tombstones can be missing letters as well for the anagrams.

Other tombstones feature Latin sayings such as Memento Mori, some have Hourglass patterns with "My Glass is Run." In one case, in the Disneyland Mansion, one is pretty obvious, Jay, the man who bought his own tombstone within the mansion. Below is a small collection of a few of the graveyard tombstones.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

More Multi-purpose heads

Greetings Mortals!
As stated in an earlier post, many heads in the parks are re-used from one character in one attraction, to a character in another, and sometimes, the same head is used many times in an attraction and is never noticed to be the same.

In these photos, heads can be see not only for Piratical counterparts, but for mansion ghosts. In these photos we see heads for, the man next to the birthday girl in the ballroom (also the pooped pirate), the ballroom king (also someone in line to be dunked and a jail cell pirate), the Caretaker (also one of the people in lined to be dunked), and others.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Censoring what we never saw

Greetings Mortals!

In the 2003 film version of The Haunted Mansion, one of the nicer aspects of the film were the paintings created (and recreated) by Gunnar Ahmer. While most of the paintings emulated what we see in the mansion, one painting did not. This painting was entitled The Armageddon.

The original area for the paintings themselves was not in a portrait hall like what we see at Disneyland, but rather in the foyer above the grand staircase. If you look closely, you can still see the paintings there.

The Armageddon painting was very graphic. As Ramsley shown the Evers to their rooms, they would walk past the painting and he would tell about the fall of man. The original painting of the after stage had to be repainted however. Disney felt that, while the painting as a whole was graphic, one area seemed to be a little too lewd for their standards. So, the final version, which never really got screen time in the film, was altered to what we see below.