Friday, March 26, 2010

Freaky Fridays @ The Haunted Mansion: The Exit

The mirrors that everyone looks forward to riding by; which Hitchhiking Ghost will be in my Doombuggy this time? Looks like Ezra:

Here’s a little “behind-the-scenes” peak into how the effect is achieved:

I also really dig the Jean Cocteau inspired sconces on the wall here; too bad the hands don’t move like the ones from “Beauty & The Beast” (1946) that they were modeled after:

Here are two shots of the pattern that was recently stamped on the loading/unloading runners; a nice touch of carrying the theme out of this Victorian Mansion that makes this "modern" technology look slightly less modern.

See more Haunted Mansion (regular AND NBC) photos at my website.


Snow White Archive said...

Great pics and informative post as always. Just googled "Beauty and the Beast" 1946 and sure enough, found an image of the sconces on the wall.

William Bezek said...

Yummm...Mansion-y goodness!

Unknown said...

Fantastic photos!

Connie Moreno said... mean the ghosts in the mirrors aren't real???????

Katella Gate said...

This is the Disneyland I love... lots of great ideas crammed into a little space. The "Ghosts in the Mirror" gag is the best ride finale Disney has ever done.

The boney arm sconce? Second favorite after the gargoyles in the Stretching Rooms. Notice the coffin-shaped backing plate.

And making the speed ramps look like Persian rugs was genius. I suspect the real reason was the lawyers wanted more visual cues to prevent trip and fall, but I am not complaining.

But the crown jewel here is something you can't point to... Even though the "show's over", just as much thought and money went into the off-loading zone as anyplace else on the ride. Beautiful use of limited space with the fence and the area beyond, the rat eyes, the creepy architecture and Little Leota for a stinger.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Super post! KatellaGate makes a great point about the "shows over" area, always a favorite of mine.

Thanks Dave!