Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Name Game

Greetings Ghost Fans!

This week I am very excited to give some information not yet posted anywhere on the internet! This week we learn the full identities of all of the attic husbands and the bride herself!

Strewn about the newly refurbished Haunted Mansion Attic at Walt Disney World are framed marriage certificates from each of Constance's husbands. They are hidden but easily within view of guests riding through if you know where to look. Each certificate, while identical in design, has a different photo of each husband, different location of where they were from and a different wedding date. The following are the names of all of the attic inhabitants as seen on their certificates.

Constance Hatchaway of Money County, California

Ambrose Harper of Secret County, California (Married 1869)

Frank Banks of Bulfors Isle (illegible), California (Married 1872)

The Marquis de Doom of Peking, China (Married 1874)

Reginald Caine of (illegible) County, California (Married 1875)

George Hightower of Newport Beach, California (Married 1877)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

You'll flip when you meet Madame Leota

Greetings Ghost Fans,

One of the many changes made in the design phase of the Haunted Mansion was the augmentation of the Seance Room. The original idea for the scene was to turn from the clock hall and see Leota directly from the front at that point and slowly move around her table, behind her chair and then up to the ballroom.

The projection for her face was to come from her spirit cabinet, something practical of most seance rooms at that time.

However, installing a projector at eye level with guests would most likely ruin the effect as it would be noticed quite easily. Also, one of the great effects of Mansion is to come into the seance with guests facing the back of the chair and hearing Leota's incantations. When coming around we see that she is not in the chair, but in the ball itself. Though the effect was updated to make her ball float, you still do not see her until 1/4th of the way into the room. Though the scene was flipped, the cabinet is still behind her in Disneyland.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Widow(er)s Walk

Greetings Ghost Fans,

I know I don't often delve into the Haunted Mansion movie, but I have found some pictures in the archives that would support a post I have been meaning to make for a while now.

In the Haunted Mansion movie, the facade is a great mish-mash of the facades of the Haunted Mansion's around the world. Though I know that not many have probably studied the facade as much as I have, or have had the patience to sit through the movie, I have found this neat little detail.

High above the conservatory set is a widows walk. In the movie it is mostly ignored but now if you watch, you will know where to look. I am told that the door was even accessible from inside of the facade itself.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Eyes in the Wallpaper

Greetings Ghost Fans,

Everyone may be looking at this title and automatically be thinking of the Corridor of Doors. While it is true that there are abstract faces in the wallpaper there, that is not the only intentional eye motif seen in a Mansion.

Many of the wallpapers in the Mansions are Damask patterns. Some naturally appear to have hidden faces or eyes in them when in reality, it is not intentional. However, this week we hop across the pond to Disneyland Paris' Phantom Manor.

The bride has aged horribly in all of our encounters and continues to do so as we progress through the Manor. Her last living appearance before we travel to the Underworld is in her private boudior. The entire room has a lilly theme, on the gramophone, the lamps, the wallpaper, all signifying her closeness to death. However, hidden in the wallpaper border at the top of the room made of entangled Lillys are menacing eyes.