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Legends of the Haunted Mansion: Halloween Special

Legends of the Haunted Mansion: Halloween Special
all come to this happy place welcome it's the spookiest time of the year and this

Halloween

what better way to spend it than learning about the history of all the

haunted

mansion

s all over the world that's right ladies and gentlemen this year for my

Halloween

special

I will be going in depth on every single

haunted

mansion

from all over the world we're talking the

haunted

mansion

in Disneyland the

haunted

mansion

Walt Disney World the

haunted

mansion

in Tokyo phantom Manor what else mystic Manor those are all included and I will be discussing secrets details history everything behind all of these spooky attractions this is gonna be a long one so strap in we are gonna start with the og the original

haunted

mansion

in Disneyland California now back before Disneyland was even built Walt Disney had an idea for something called the Mickey Mouse Park and in this Mickey Mouse Park there would be a main street coming off of this Main Street there was a long crooked winding path that led up to an old dilapidated house this would become the inspiration for the

haunted

house later known as the

Haunted

Mansion

now the original idea for the

mansion

in Mickey Mouse Park came from Imagineer Harbor goth Walt Disney himself later assigned Imagineer kin Andersen to build a story around Harbor Goff's

haunted

house Andersen then designed plans to build a New Orleans themed land in a small transition area between frontier land and adventure eventually the designs evolved in this...
legends of the haunted mansion halloween special
whole new New Orleans area was designed to have a thieves market a pirate's wax museum and then a

haunted

house walkthrough attraction Ken Anderson designed a old dilapidated southern style antebellum house to go in this new New Orleans style land it was around this time that the first Inklings of the combined John Lafayette overarching story of New Orleans Square was first put into production as most of us are aware though sadly it never came to be Walt Disney however did not like the idea of an old dilapidated house in his pristine beautiful Disneyland Park Walt would later visit the Winchester mystery

mansion

in San Jose and he was captivated by the massive

mansion

and its stairs to nowhere doors that opened to walls and holes and all of its elevators e

special

ly the elevators meanwhile back in Burbank Ken Anderson was still coming up with ideas for the story of the attraction one of these stories included the original story for the

Haunted

Mansion

featuring Captain Gore who was killed by his nosy bride and then hanged himself which is admittedly pretty dark for a Disney attraction but that is why we have a sailboat weather vane on top of the Disneyland

mansion

to this day another idea for the

mansion

was a spooky ghostly wedding party featuring well-known Disney villains like Maleficent and Chernabog which admittedly would be pretty cool but I mean what are they doing in New Orleans it is from this point where Imagineers Rollie Crump who I know personally and the Yale...
legends of the haunted mansion halloween special
Gracie took over for Ken Anderson to write the story for the

mansion

in 1961 they were handing out pamphlets announcing the 1963 opening of the

Haunted

Mansion

construction began later that year and the exterior was completed in 1963 but unfortunately Disney was running behind schedule and the interior was not finished see the reason the

mansion

was not completed was because the New York World's Fair in 1964 in 1965 Walt Disney took a major part in designing pavilions and attractions for the fair and it is my personal opinion that if the fair had never happened Walt Disney would have been able to see the

Haunted

Mansion

and Pirates of the Caribbean in their full glory by putting all his time into the fair they didn't work on pirates or the

Haunted

Mansion

and by the time they were done Walt Disney was already gone but there is a silver lining because of the World's Fair they were able to advance audio-animatronic technology further thanks to mr. Lincoln after the fair many more Imagineers jumped on the train to help design the

Haunted

Mansion

including Mark Davis exit nco and Claude coats these are all huge names if you know Imagineering after Raleigh's show Walt all of his designs for things like talking chairs candle man coffin clocks man-eating plants Tiki busts and living gypsy wagons Walt let Roly work on a passion project of his called the Museum of the weird now the Museum of the weird would be pretty much the same thing as the Blue Bayou a restaurant...
legends of the haunted mansion halloween special
tied to a certain attraction which guests could dine in and see different parts of the attraction as the guests rode by the museum wouldn't be

haunted

per se but it would have a lot of odd curiosities in it although this project was eventually shelved some objects that were going to be in the Museum of the weird eventually found their way into the

haunted

mansion

it can still be seen there today like this chair famously Marc Davis and Claud Coates disagreed on whether the ride should be scary or funny in the classic Disney way eventually they both got their way with the beginning half up until the attic scene being a relatively creepy and the graveyard through the end of the attraction being really fun and Disney style me personally I enjoy the creepy stuff they designed many different audio animatronics for the attraction e

special

ly for the graveyard scene and with the audio animatronics added into the ride and problems with capacity and moving people through the actual attraction the idea of a walkthrough style

haunted

house was scrapped and they made it an omnivore style attraction kind of like journey through interspace in fact the aamna mover system was even better than the walk through they could face the guests where they wanted them to face and it would feel like you were more alone and isolated inside this

haunted

house I think it was a good idea the

mansion

opened to the public on August 12th 1969 and featured a character in it in the AG scene called the hatbox...
ghost which was only there for the first few days of operation it was taking out mysteriously later no one knows where the original audio-animatronic for the hatbox ghost is now the attraction was a huge success and helped attract crowds to Disneyland after Walt Disney's death the attraction stands there to this day and has the honor of being my official favorite attraction in any Disney Park ever so congratulations the

Haunted

Mansion

in October of 2001

Haunted

Mansion

holiday premiered it was a seasonal overlay featuring the characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas it still goes to this day and many fans enjoy it I enjoy it but not as much as the original match and on April 10th 2015 it was officially confirmed that the

Haunted

Mansion

character the hatbox ghost that had been lost since opening week would be returning to the

mansion

he's there today sometimes he works sometimes he doesn't now enough with all that history stuff let's get into the nitty gritty secrets details and a virtual walkthrough of the

Haunted

Mansion

now you start in front of the

mansion

at the gates it is here you can see the corrupted elegance of the

mansion

while on the queue you pass through a pet cemetery and a human one and then you enter the main foyer of the house from the foyer you enter the stretching room each depicting a guest to the

mansion

as they appeared in their corruptible mortal state the room begins to stretch with the ghost host narrating the entire time the...
paintings growing more and more McCaw as they stretch suddenly the lights go out lightning flashes you look up and see the ghost host himself hanging from the rafters something falls down and slams into the floor the lights come back on and you continue your tour that kinda rhymes from there you pass into a hallway full of beautiful paintings but every time the lightning flashes outside they turn into protest horrible versions of themselves from there you pass some very mean judgmental busts and enter your doom buggy finally it is here you begin your tour of the house going through the hallways seeing doors knocking on themselves endless hallways with floating ándale operas a breathing door a clock was only the number thirteen on it and a poor old corpse who can't escape his coffin I mean come on someone let the poor guy out of there he's been stuck for such a long time it is from here you enter madam Liotta's chamber Madame Leota being a disembodied head inside a crystal ball Madame Leota wasn't always a disembodied head though as you can see from her tombstone outside the

mansion

in walt disney world she was once alive actually and was a gypsy woman and a fortune-teller in New Orleans around the

mansion

Madame Leota of course was voiced by the incomparable eleanor audley who did the voice for Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty and the evil stepmother in Cinderella Madame Liotta's face though is not that of Eleanor Audley z-- but is instead that of one Lyoto...
tooms who obviously the character is named after behind Madame Leota on the chair there was a crow perched now the crow was originally supposed to be the form the ghost host took as he toured you throughout the

mansion

this idea was later scrapped and now it's just kind of a crow but if you look out throughout the ride you will see the crow appearing in multiple different spots from Madame Leota 's room you travel to the ballroom where ghosts engage in a nice afterlife party and other ghosts decide to boogie down on the dance floor while a ghost musician plays on the organ that was used in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea if you look really closely in the top right of the ballroom scene you will see a spider on the spiderweb now the spider is made out of rubber but the spiderweb was actually a crack in the glass used for the Pepper's Ghost illusion someone shot the glass at one point and those shatter marks look kinda like a spiderweb so they decided to put a rubber spider on there instead of taking the entire glass panel out of the

haunted

mansion

attraction costing them a lot of money so this was kind of a wise choice there just put a rubber spider on it from here you go to the attic scene where you will see lots of homage as to the Jean Lafitte should start John Lafayette overarching theme I was talking about earlier and you will come face-to-face with the beating heart bride Constance hatch away after making it past Constance you passed the Goodall hatbox ghost...
and descend into the graveyard look out for the crow at this point because he's there in the graveyard it is even more of a party than it was in sight ghosts are on a teeter totter having tea and look for the jumping goes behind the tombstones some of these were made from the same bolt as the original hatbox ghosts face was made from you past the singing busts and my favorite character in the graveyard The Mummy after this you enter the mausoleum and meet the three hitchhiking ghosts Phineas Ezra and Gus they try to stow away with you and you complete the attraction passing by little Liotta a small version of the bride telling you to hurry back and you exit into a blinding California Sun now personally the Disneyland version of the

mansion

is my favorite although I will acknowledge that the graveyard scene does look better in Florida because the audio animatronics are better lit but I do enjoy seeing the hatbox ghost and having the classic hitchhiking ghosts effect it is from this point we hop all the way across the United States to Walt Disney World in Florida to talk about their

mansion

now the

mansion

in Florida bears a striking difference from the

mansion

in California namely the key in which the scary theme song is played did you notice that i changed it notice it's in a different key spooky huh little-known fact okay you got me well the key isn't the only thing that's different about the ride namely the

Haunted

Mansion

in Florida has two scenes that are...
absent in the Disneyland version of course by this I mean the endless stairway and the library also the changing portraits hallway is different in the Walt Disney World version because in Disneyland you're walking through that hallway whereas in Walt Disney World you are writing your doom buggy down that hallway the hitchhiking ghost animatronics at the end are different and they have video effects instead of the animatronics that follow you home in your doom buggy at the end of the ride in the mausoleum now the Walt Disney World

Mansion

was there at Magic Kingdom since opening day now here's an interesting little tidbit about the attraction while they were building the Disneyland version they were also building doubles of everything to put in the Walt Disney World version of the

mansion

that way when the

mansion

opened all they would have to do was put everything in its place and everything would be good to go - the scene changes obviously they also got Paul frees the voice of the ghost host to record additional audio for both the grand staircase and the library because of the ample room in the Magic Kingdom they could build the ride however they wanted to without having to worry about the railroad berm like they did at the Disneyland

mansion

the story between the two

mansion

s is more less the exact same you're going on a tour led by the ghost host around the

haunted

mansion

although Walt Disney world's version does include an interactive cue that...
Disneyland's version does not have you can solve a murder mystery push some books around play some instruments and there's a nice little reference to captain gore the original antagonist or main character of the disneyland

mansion

also make sure to look at the ground for constants hatch aways or the ghost Brides wedding ring this originally was just a left over support from a beam but because guests spread the word that it looked like a wedding ring that caught on and Imagineers made it an actual wedding ring now how Constance hatch away ended up in the

mansion

is more or less unknown we all know the story of Constance beheading her husbands but how she ended up in an antebellum house in the south or a gothic house in the northeastern United States is completely unknown the idea of the ghost bride though came from the original concept for the

Haunted

Mansion

story featuring captain Gore and yes his wife now it wouldn't be a proper

Halloween

episode if we didn't get into some spooky urban

legends

and tales about the

mansion

so I'm going to do just that these stories are taken courtesy of doom buggies dotnet the one-stop shop for every single piece of

haunted

mansion

trivia you could ever want the man with the cane now this ghost story is specific to the

mansion

in Orlando cast members were told that a man with a cane would appear in an empty doom buggy in the load area late at night when Wright operators were by themselves at the load position for those of...
you who are not aware the maids and servants who were in charge of making sure the guests get on board their doom buggies properly are alone for a little amount of time between the stretching rooms opening and closing the guests come in waves and between those waves the cast members are completely alone with just their thoughts and the spooky organ music of the mention it is said that during these times of silence and isolation a man with a cane will appear an ax doom buggy circling back around from the unloading area the cast member would then phone the unloading operator who would deny sending anybody through to the loading area of course when the doom buggy came out on the other side of the attraction it was completely empty needless to say that cast member was very relieved when the stretching room doors open and more guests came to greet them but the question remains who is this man what was he doing on the attraction and where did he go you decide when the

mansion

was first under development Walt Disney decided that there would be no old-growth trees and there would be no dilapidated

mansion

and that everything would look pristine and new he did not want any guests mistaking theming for mismanagement he was famously quoted as saying we'll take care of the outside and let the ghosts take care of the inside now if you look at either of the

mansion

s today more so the Walt Disney World version you can see that this has kind of been done away with the Walt Disney World...

Mansion

looks older dirtier and the trees have grown in crooked Disneyland less so but still a little bit more well-loved than it was an opening day now let me hear from you guys down in the comments below which

Mansion

do you prefer if you have been on both of them the Walt Disney World version of the

Haunted

Mansion

or the Disneyland version of the

Haunted

Mansion

I would love to know where people sit when it comes to what the superior

mansion

is and lastly we cannot depart from our American

mansion

s without mentioning a very spooky and common ghost story it is more common than one would think for people to spread their loved ones ashes in the attraction unfortunately for these grieving families though the ashes are vacuumed up at the end of the day like any old dust would be sorry guys it's uh it's just procedure now we go over the Atlantic Ocean to another very popular

mansion

for those of you who have been on it we can agree that phantom manor has a darker tone than the American

mansion

s when Imagineers were planning Euro Disneyland now Disneyland Paris they decided that certain staple attractions at both Disney parks in America would have to be changed in order to meet a European audience well that and they just wanted to shake things up a little bit one of the attractions that they decided to redo was the

Haunted

Mansion

and this time you can bet that they were going to have a cohesive story instead of tying in to Liberty Square or New Orleans Square this...

haunted

mansion

would tie into Frontierland and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad the stories of these attractions would play off each other and intertwine when looking for story influences Imagineers turn to a classic French story left from Tom de l'opéra poor the Phantom of the Opera as we Americans know it they wanted a distressed woman and a phantom to be the two main characters in this brand-new story that they were weaving they also included many different European gothic

legends

which were changed a little bit to fit the Western seeming the exterior of the house was modeled after the Victorian second empire and it bears a very very strong resemblance to the psycho house which it is not based on Tony Baxter who was the executive designer for Walt Disney Imagineering wanted to expand on the story of the bride featured in both American

mansion

s even though this bride would be a different person the specific building that phantom manor was based off of was called the ward school in Virginia City Nevada when coming up with a name for the

mansion

they could not use the classic

Haunted

Mansion

name because it did not translate very well into French they needed a title that translated the exact same into English as it did into French and Phantom Manor is the one that they went with the title the

haunted

mansion

translates directly into French as lab manual tante which translates back into English as the

haunted

Manor so those two different titles wouldn't work very well...
for Imagineering they needed something that would translate to the exact same phrase in both English and French the name phantom Manor did exactly this and also incorporated the new phantom character into the title so that didn't hurt either now the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride and phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris were both heavily inspired by the Western River expedition the proposed substitute to Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World the ride is structured almost the exact same as the American

mansion

s and I am going to do the virtual walkthrough tour right now originally the

mansion

s in America were designed to look clean and aesthetically pleasing phantom Manor though is designed to look clearly dear elect and stands at the top of a hill looking over a Big Thunder Mountain

mansion

s grounds are overgrown with weeds and dead vegetation the plaque outside phantom Manor states the title of the attraction and the phrase I shall not die pletely and latin and the cue guests will pass by a gazebo with a tea set laid out originally the cups and the tea set would move to emulate ghosts moving and drinking the tea at night the light and the gazebo flickers eerily inside the gazebo is also a music box that plays a small tune which is also heard during

Haunted

Mansion

holiday at Disneyland it's also the tune that I'm playing in the background right now the guests then enter the ride through the front door just like at Disneyland it is from here where guests...
enter the foyer there's a very dusty room with a chandelier and two mirrors and is lined with dark wooden paneling the voice of the Phantom calls from the ceiling around the room politely welcoming guests and telling them to listen to The Legend of this house inviting them to explore the manor further guests looking at the mirror will notice Melanie the bride's face fading in and out during the narration it is from this foyer area guests enter the stretching room or the Portrait Gallery as it is called in Phantom Manor the gag and the effects in this room are very if not exactly similar to the stretching rooms in the states the four portraits all feature Melanie and as the room appears to stretch the portraits turn from happier into much more grim versions of themselves it is here where one of the images to the

Haunted

Mansion

occurs the Phantom will point out that this chamber has no windows and no doors which offers you this chilling challenge to find a way out of course there's always his way when the lights go out and the lightning flashes guests look up like they would in the

Haunted

Mansion

and see Melanie's fiance being hung by the Phantom a secret door then opens and reveals a hallway lined with changing portraits the portrait gallery in phantom Manor is the same as the stretching room at Disneyland where the floor is lowering itself rather than the ceiling rising above you like in Walt Disney World the changing portraits in the hallway after the...
Portrait Gallery are actually the exact same as the portraits in the American versions of the attraction minus one the one portrait that is Paris exclusive is a woman reclining on to a and becoming a werepanther Beast Tiger sort of she becomes a monster that is here where guests enter the loading area which features a grand staircase leading to an upper floor they can also see a ghostly foggy landscape outside the window after guests board their doom buggies they've traveled upwards into a dark space past a young Melanie bowing to the guests while holding a candelabra singing The Phantom Manor theme so after this we pass a twitching suit of armor which is so minut you might miss it in the low light on guests left side they'll pass a conservatory containing a piano very similar to the Walt Disney World version with a ghostly person playing the piano from here the doom buggies traveled to a corridor lined with doors as guests pass each door they hear pounding knocking or shouting behind it and the knockers seem to move by themselves as I describe it you can probably find a lot of similarities between this and the

Haunted

Mansion

from here guests will enter the seance room which is very very similar to the ones at Disneyland and Walt Disney World except Madame Liotta's lines this time are a little different after the seance room guests will enter the grand ballroom where a ghostly wedding party is taking place Melanie stands on the staircase singing and looking up at...
the phantom who stands in an open window laughing at her as lightning flashes behind him all sorts of wedding guests appear and disappear from the room on the massive dining table a mouldy wedding cake is waiting for everybody as you pass through the Grand Ballroom you pass pairs of ghostly dancers much like the ones at the

haunted

mansion

leaving the ballroom the guests enter the bride's dressing room which replaces the Attic seen by the light of a dying fire crackling in the fireplace guests see Melanie now as an elderly lady as she has given up on looking for her long-lost groom and sits weeping in front of a giant mirror that looks like a skull the guests then leave the bride's dressing room through a door and glide across the terrace and then into a stormy graveyard past the phantom with a shovel whose skeletal face has been revealed to them at last the doom buggies then travel underground presumably under Big Thunder Mountain and see a series of coffins being opened by their skeletal residents as well as skeleton hands attempting to pry open a coffin from the inside it is here where the graveyard scene would take place in the normal

Haunted

Mansion

and it is very apparent except way more disturbing in the Phantom Manor version grim grinning ghosts is heard playing and guests past the Marvel busts just like at the

Haunted

Mansion

doom buggies then pass through a horrible demented version of Thunder Mesa from Big Thunder Mountain it is here where guests should...
listen because the mayor of Thunder Mesa has a very very familiar voice that of Paul fries narrating the ghost hosts lines from the original

haunted

mansion

much of this phantom Canyon scene was derived from a planned scene of a Wild West mining town called dry Gulch in the Western River expedition later retooled into their version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad another laughing figure of the Phantom this time and revolting corpse and rags leads the guests into the exit of the ride as they see the silhouette of the manor ahead they enter a dark passage where Melanie's skeleton floating and radiating a glow is pointing the way out guests then enter a large underground chamber filled with mirrors where a ghostly image of the phantom can be seen above the carriages along with the reflection of the guests themselves obviously an allusion to the hitchhiking ghosts The Phantom then violently shakes the carriages before dissipating in a twinkling of lights but not before hearing one last laugh vehicles then travel through a wine cellar where cast members await to help them disembark their doom buggies as they walk towards the exit as guests travel towards daylight a tiny figure of Melanie stands to the side of the passageway behind bars telling guests to hurry back and to bring their death certificates basically it's taken verbatim from little Liotta at the end of the

Haunted

Mansion

in America finally guests exit into Boot Hill a cemetery filled with humorous gravestones...
as well as ride oriented gravestones for the Ravens woods and several others in a very similar fashion to Snow White scary adventures at Disneyland if guests turn around and look up at the man they can see the phantom peering through a window down at them as you pass through the cemetery you can hear Melanie's heart still beating inside her tomb which is a reference to the beating our bride better known as Constance hatch away better known as the ghost bride in the

Haunted

Mansion

and with that ladies and gentlemen your tour of Ravenswood Manor has been completed now it just occurred to me that I have been telling you the entire walkthrough of the attraction without even telling you the original story first so let's talk about that the story behind phantom Manor our story begins with Henry Ravenswood a western settler who struck gold in Big Thunder Mountain and founded the Thunder Mesa mining company with the founding of the mining company a small city group called Thunder Mesa Ravenswood became rich and built himself a huge home high on Boot Hill overlooking Big Thunder Mountain eventually Henry got married and had a daughter Melanie now Big Thunder Mountain was rumoured by the natives to be home to the Thunderbird a powerful spirit possessing a treasure according to legend its wrath could be materialized into a terrible earthquake of course Henry was not one to believe these stories and continued mining the mountain as time went on the gold veins that they had...
already been mining were starting to go dry causing miners to dig deeper and deeper into Big Thunder Mountain towards the soul of the Thunderbirds set to be lying in the center of the mountain as time went on Melanie grew into a beautiful young woman and became engaged to a trained engineer who promised to take her far far away from Thunder Mesa much to the dismay of her father Henry Henry did everything he possibly could to stop the wedding but his useless attempts were put to a stop when a terrible earthquake killed him and his wife Martha it seemed that at long last the Thunderbird had been reawakened and the family was never heard from again after several years the story of what really happened came out from underneath the rubble on Melanie's wedding day a mysterious phantom unknown to anyone appeared in the house while melanie was preparing in her room the to lord her groom up to the attic where he hanged him by his neck from the rafters which we see in the stretching room in the ballroom the bride sat alone hours went by with no sign of the groom death slowly filed away leaving Melanie alone in the house with the staff of maids and butlers she told herself that someday he will come back and so after never having taken off her wedding dress or dropped her flower bouquet in preparation for her loved ones return she wanders the house aimlessly singing melancholy songs of lost love but the Phantom was still in the house laughing at her human devotion to her intended...
husband one after one he invited his dead demonic friends from the afterlife to fill the house in an eternal party a dark curse fell upon the house and the shape of the house has slowly transformed by evil forces but that was years ago today as he walked past the house you see the front door wide open you hear music you see maids and butlers assuring people in for a house party and you decide why not and that is where the story takes place rumors are circulating that the phantom is indeed Melanie's dead father Henry Ravenswood returning from the grave in order to stop her wedding once and for all whether or not there is any truth to this rumor is completely up to you phantom Manor is an attraction that deals with loss and death and unfortunately something happened inside its walls in 2016 that deals exactly with this in the early morning in April 2016 a lighting worker was electrocuted to death backstage in phantom Manor the attraction was temporarily closed down while the police conducted an investigation and found that the death was indeed an accident this makes phantom Manor the only

haunted

mansion

around the entire world with a death tied directly towards it and it is from here where we leave the spirits behind and traveled to Hong Kong Disneyland where an entirely different type of

mansion

awaits us mystic Manor is the

mansion

that resides at Hong Kong Disneyland for the cultural reason of ancestors and spirits being extremely revered and prayed to they decided not...
to go with ghosts in this version of the

mansion

and instead we have the magical mystic Manor and while containing references to the

Haunted

Mansion

it also contains references to other Disney attractions like the Enchanted Tiki Room so very interesting mystic Manor utilizes a trackless ride system like poos honey hunt and Tokyo ratatouille in Paris and soon-to-be ratatouille in Epcot something interesting about mystic Manor is it continues the Society of explorers and adventurers motif that is found all throughout Tokyo DisneySea and the rest of the Disney parks sort of an overarching Disney story members of the SCA include Harrison Hightower the third the owner of the Hightower hotel which is Tokyo Disney sees version of the Tower of Terror Barnabus tea bouillon who is the owner of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Walt Disney World and looks remarkably like a certain imagine near dr. Albert Falls for whom the magical and wonderful Schweitzer falls are named after in the Jungle Cruise Mary OSHA near the main character of the misadventure Falls water slide at typhoon lagoon and of course the main character of the mystic Manor attraction Henry mystic now let's get into some of the backstory of mystic Manor Walt Disney Imagineer Marx rumor is the executive creative director of mystic Manor along with mystic point the new land that's home to the groundbreaking ride for Hong Kong Disneyland's rumor and his imaginary team crafted an elaborate story inspired by some...
of the most widely enjoyed Disney attractions of all time knowing that what they were creating would immediately be compared to the

Haunted

Mansion

it is from here where the imaginary came crafted an original Disney attraction not based off of any films or property previously existing they based the attraction on world exploration and it is from here where we transition from the history of the attraction to the backstory of the story mystic Manor is the

mansion

that Henry mystic built in an uncharted tropical wilderness plagued with supernatural events the

mansion

was built out of Henry's love for the unusual happenings and officially dubbed the area mystic point it is at mystic many of his findings as well as findings from other members of the Society of explorers and adventurers are displayed more recently Henry has brought in a new exhibit a mysterious music box that has been rumored to bring inanimate objects to life Henry mystic has recently decided to open up his

mansion

for tours of his collection and you have been invited personally and it is from here or he transitioned into the virtual walkthrough of mystic Manor as guests wait in the queue they will notice a portrait of Lord Henry mystic and Albert Henry's adorable pet monkey posted on the walls then guests are arranged to move into the pre-show and watch a slideshow narrated by Lord Henry mystic Henry gives a short speech on the exhibition rooms and his latest collections and emphasizes an enchanted music...
box full of rare magic which must be opened with caution from here guests enter the loading area and board their horseless carriages the vehicle that takes guests on a circle tour of the museum the first room is the acquisitions and cataloging room where Lord mystics collections are temporarily stored into wait placement on shelves Henry appears and warns the guests about the box before disappearing into the house meanwhile Albert pops out and as you can guess opens up the music box bringing the entire house to life from here the guests enter the music room where musical instruments come to life and begin playing themselves the music then follows guests throughout the rest of the attraction until the very very end then from here the guests enter the Mediterranean antiquities room paintings ceramics and audio-animatronic statues start to move under the influence of the magic box magic the carriages first pass a large painting portraying four people dining under volcano as the magic affects the painting the volcano erupts submerging the people in lava who then clink their glasses together beautiful after passing numerous different exhibits the horseless buggies then pass a mosaic of a beautiful woman who morphs into a frightening Medusa this of course is a reference to the changing portrait in the

haunted

mansion

of the woman turning into Medusa the first of many references to different Disney attractions in mystic Manor the carriages then move into the Silurian room another...
reference to the

Haunted

Mansion

because this room contains a conservatory in this room we can see a giant Venus flytrap has our poor monkey friend Albert in its clutches Albert escapes the clutches of this evil plant and the room goes pitch black the carriage then enters the Slavic Nordic chamber here the painting of a Nordic God comes to life and blows freezing wind towards the guest the freezing wind leaves the painting and spreads ice throughout the entire room finally gathering on a large mirror that shatters the guests reflection I can take this only as a very obscure reference to the hitchhiking ghosts because you know mirrors and guests in the mirror and then affecting the guests with the mirror it's it's just Disney magic folks they then move into the weapons and armor room which is full of weapons and armor that have come alive first scene is a set of samurai armor wielding a katana that tries to have slice Albert Albert though fortunately dodges every single slice almost as if he's designed to do that a cannon then opens fire on the guests which knocked the carriages back and send it spinning away the carriages passed through a hallway containing three suits of armor their helmets floating next to their bodies and singing along with the music another reference to the

Haunted

Mansion

I mean come on floating heads singing along with a song that screams

Haunted

Mansion

folks the horseless buggies then move in front of a large medieval catapult which loads...
and takes aim at the guests knocking them into the next room these poor guests is all I can think of they just keep getting shot from one room to the next guests enter the Egyptian antiquities room a sarcophagus glows with an unearthly green glow as swarms of scarabs emerge from it the scarabs cover all the lights and the guests are stuck riding through the darkness but that is not the end the tribal arts room is waiting for us at the end of the darkness a large Tiki Figure dominates the room spewing lava from its mouth the room is full of chanting and tribal drums all in tune with the music three Tiki statues aim arrows and dart guns which reveal Albert spin to the opposite wall by their ammunition this whole room is another reference to a very classic Disney attraction I mean chanting drums tikis coming to life I you can kind of guess what ride this as a reference to the carriages then enter the Chinese salon where a giant Jade Monkey King statue is brought to life and uses its staff to create a tornado making the room spin and causing all the paintings in the salon to break apart as the vehicles continuously circle the room Albert appears on a wall and the Statue tries to hit him with a of lightning this only succeeds in blowing away a portion of the wall which crumbles showing the night sky Albert the monkey is almost blown away from the Manor but manages to hold onto a large harp as the enchanted music box suddenly appears Albert jumps onto the box as the carriages move...
back towards the first room acquisitions and cataloging the music from the music room that's been following you this entire attraction climaxes as the magic flies back into the box Albert then slams the lid shut and breathes a sigh of relief as the lights come back on revealing a perfectly normal room lord henry mystic then appears behind albert happy to have finally found him he asked Albert if he touched the music box which Albert immediately denies wondering as to whether or not the

legends

are true Lord mystic thinks the guests for touring his home and bids them farewell as the vehicles move back into the unloading station and that's my friends is mystic Manor it is very interesting to see an attraction that has nothing to do with the

Haunted

Mansion

but is also very closely tied with it it's also very fun learning about the Society of explorers and adventurers something that ties all of the parks around the entire world together originally it was planned for real people to be standing on a green screen portraying the characters in the mystic Manor attraction sort of like journey into imagination at Epcot luckily though the Imagineers decided that they wanted to stick to their roots every character in the ride would be an animatronic or a practical effect which I appreciate greatly one final reference to the

Haunted

Mansion

is in the gift shop for mystic men or the archive shop when you enter the gift shop make sure to look at the walls hmm now I don't...
know about you but that wallpaper looks extremely familiar mystic Manor is interesting to me because it is something that stands completely on its own separate from the other

haunted

mansion

s across the world but also one and the same so if you ever find yourself at mystic point make sure to stop in for the tour of mystic Manor let me know how it goes now there is one more

mansion

that you might think I have forgotten but I promise you I the

haunted

mansion

in Tokyo Disneyland is more or less the exact same as the

mansion

in Orlando and it is part of Fantasyland in this park rather than Liberty Square in New Orleans square as in the other ones the one thing that sets this

mansion

apart from Orlando though is it did not receive the 2007 updates that the Florida

mansion

did this means that there is no grand endless staircase and that the bride in the

mansion

is the same as the one that was there before 2007 you see there was no Constance hatch away in this version of the attraction instead it was just a silent bride holding a candle with glowing eyes pretty spooky if you asked me Imagineering though has different names for these brides the original bride was known as the beating heart bride while the new Constance hatch away bride is known as the Black Widow bride no not that black widow unless they wanted to do a Marvel layover at the

haunted

mansion

hmm the Tokyo

mansion

also receives the

Haunted

Mansion

holiday overlay that the Disneyland

mansion

does wants every single year...
so if you would like to experience

Haunted

Mansion

holiday in a slightly different way just simply catch a flight over to Tokyo and visit Tokyo Disneyland haunting ghoulish nostalgic all words I would use to describe the

Haunted

Mansion

from its humble beginnings as a project led by Walt Disney himself from a walk through wax museum to a boat ride like Pirates of the Caribbean the

Haunted

Mansion

even today continues to grow and evolve with the changing of the times and around this time of year what better attraction to talk about than the

Haunted

Mansion

even after gracing the park for almost 50 years now the

Haunted

Mansion

still continues to attract visitors of all ages to take the tour and to find a way out and with hopefully a feature film coming sometime in the future it will continue to scare and entertain guests for years to come so with

Halloween

right around the corner I ask you what is your favorite

mansion

in the entire world and why make sure to leave that down in the comments below and please hurry back and make sure to bring your death certificate if you decide to join us make final arrangements now we've been dying to have you hello everybody I hope you enjoyed this very spooky

Halloween

episode of offhand Disneyland if you enjoyed it make sure to leave a thumbs up and subscribe make sure to follow me on Twitter if you haven't already to keep up with me and donate on patreon for access to videos early and giveaways so I mean that's kind of cool...
right also if you couldn't tell this episode is about 40 minutes long I'm trying to gauge how much you guys enjoy this so make sure to leave a comment down below and let me know if you enjoyed these longer episodes anyways guys I got to thank you all so much for watching wish you all a happy

Halloween

and I will see each and every single one of you in the next video goodbye you