Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Reginald's OTHER Throne

Greetings Ghost Fans,

First off, Seasons Screamings!

This week, we take a gander at a hidden throne located in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion's Attic. However, I am not too sure how many people want to be seen upon this one.

Yep, hidden within the attics junk, and in this case, what appears to be a chest of drawers is a hidden chamber pot style toilet.

And here we thought that the only toilet style humor you'd find associated with the Haunted Mansion was from Eddie Murphy.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Explorer and Imagineer

Greetings Ghost Fans,
This week we reveal another attic husband!

Reginald, known for his sour face but also his collection of spoils from around the globe is Walt Disney Imagineer, Jim Crouch. Crouch, a "Themed Paint" art director for Disneyland painted this impressive piece which I believe is in an open edition as a print at Disneyland's Disneyana store on Main Street. Go get a copy, the details alone are amazing!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Greetings Ghost Fans,

Walt Disney always liked to use his Wonderful World of Disney shows to help promote the parks. In the Disneyland Tencennial special where Julie Rheim was shown around Imagineering, Walt mentioned that the Imagineers were out searching the globe, inviting ghosts from all over the world to come and stay at the Haunted Mansion and thats exactly what they got.

Two notable figures from the Roman empire, Emporers Caesar and Nero. Well, in concept anyway...

Caesar, first seen in this concept rendering by Marc Davis for the Ballroom, was used for the final version of the scene as Caesar appears there even today opposite the Birthday girl.

However, one ghost, Nero has not been featured yet. Marc always had some sort of recoginition for him. In an early concept predating 1969, Marc created a grimacing statue of the Emporer with his fiddle. Later in the 1980's, Marc revisited the idea of featuring Nero in his concept of the Tokyo Disneyland unload area that was not used.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

A Show of Hands...

Greetings Ghost Fans,

In each mansion just after the Corridor of Doors and before Madame Leota's Seance is the Clock Hall. This area has drawn inspiration from many Imagineers such as Marc Davis' ghost clock, Ken Andersons clock concepts featuring Grim Reapers, or Rolly Crumps Coffin clock. Though each clock features the same head, body, tail and dimensions, each clock face is slightly different. Excluding the face colors, some clocks feature 12 markings with 13 in place of the 12, and others actually feature 13 different markings. Also, each clock has different hands.

Disneylands clock features wavy looking hands.

Walt Disney Worlds clock features bony fingers.

Tokyo Disneyland appears to just have ornamental pieces, but an abstract face seems present in the hand pointing to 13.

Lastly, Phantom Manor, keeping with its Frontier theme features a half moon and rattlesnake set of hands.