Monday, June 01, 2015

60th Anniversary Trip, Pt. 14: The Haunted Mansion

Today's journey to Disneyland takes us on an in-depth tour of the Haunted Mansion, probably one of the most famous attractions at the Park. Feast your eyes on the panoramic view of the entrance. With all of the anticipated traffic for the Hatbox Ghost, the Fast Pass area was open again.

See no evil.

Lovely Charmaine was working the Fast Pass area.

The queue has lots of details to keep my camera busy:

It didn't take long to get to the foyer, where it appeared that some of the cobwebs had been cleaned off.

How many Mansion fans have purchased this Victorian pattern for their own home?

For all of you Stretch-Portrait fans, here is a shot of each one, beginning with Alexander Nitrokoff:

The Tightrope Girl:

The Widow Patecleaver:

and the poor gents sinking into the quicksand:

Finally, we reach the end of the journey:

EVERYONE has skeletons in their attic…so to speak:

A few animated gifs of the Changing Portraits:

As well as the dimensional bust in the loading queue hallway:

I am in light fixture heaven...

What? How did Charmaine get here so quickly?

The ghostly green effect in the loading queue area:

This Rolly Crump chair is one of the few items from his Museum of the Weird that made it into the final Mansion:

Dying to get out of the Conservatory:

The 13 Hour Clock. Who couldn't use an extra hour each day?

Madame Leota; somebody needs to fasten her back to that table.

A windy Ballroom:

One of these days I'll get a decent shot OVER the railing:

Let's hope that chandelier continues to hold this trio of revelers:

The Shooting Portraits:

The duel that goes on forever:

The Ghostly Organist

And then we enter the attic, which has photos of all of Constance's (dead) hubbies:

This shadow effect of the pianist is one of my favorite things to see in the attic:

Constance herself, who has just been upstaged by...

the Hatbox Ghost:

Instead of a hat, the Cemetery Caretaker is holding a lantern:

A panoramic view of the Grim Grinning Ghosts so that you can see all of them at once:

A few shots of the very difficult-to-shoot Cemetery:

The appearance of the Hitchhiking Ghosts signals that yet another tour of the Mansion is almost over.

The creepy Hand Sconce that I can't get enough of!

And Little Leota:

Let's zoom in on her so that we can enjoy her beautiful face up close:

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Matthew said...

B-E-A-UTIFUL photos Dave! Thanks for the update. Huh? I wonder why they got rid of the cobwebs on the candelabras and chandeliers in the foyer? Also, do you, or any of your readers know when they named the portraits? I never worked Mansion so I have no idea and of course our Disneyland Long Playing Record never mentioned any names. BUT as you may recall... I love the comedy gag of "Alexander Nitrokoff."

I think that is what was missing from Phantom Manner in Paris and their stretching portraits... humor. The portraits are like a three panel comic strip. You start with one panel. The second panel gives you something funny or unexpected and then Marc hits with you third panel to explain everything. LOVE IT!

Always you pal,
Amazon Belle

K. Martinez said...

You now seem to have one of the most extensive Haunted Mansion photo collections I've seen around. Especially when it comes to the interior shots. The Grand Ballroom shots in today's post including the portraits are beautiful. Some of those cemetery shots are great too. Excellent work. Thanks, Dave.

HBG2 said...

Well THAT was fun!

TokyoMagic! said...

Dave, I agree with you about Madame Leota needing to be placed back on her crystal ball stand. If they were able to do the effect without us seeing the wire, I wouldn't have a problem with it, but I have never rode past her and NOT been able to see the wire!

Dave DeCaro said...

Matt - As always, great to hear from you. Knowing how quickly they form in my home, I am sure it won't take long for the dust and cobwebs to return in the foyer! I do not know about when the naming of the portraits occurred.

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

Excellent photos, Dave! I especially love the gifs!