Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Seven Years And Counting!

In celebration of seven years of daily blogging (hard to believe), I'm going to do a trip through my favorite attraction at Disneyland: The Haunted Mansion. Thanks to a recent acquisition of slides, I can do a much more comprehensive series than previously possible. The exterior shot is courtesy of Daveland reader Bill H., dating from September 1973.

Moving back in time to October 1972, we have a shot of the entry foyer, which is when the cobwebs and dust begin to appear, in stark contrast to the well-manicured exterior of the Mansion.

Once in the elevator, you can see some of the original Marc Davis art for the stretch portraits, circa 1969:

In the Changing Portrait Hallway, this guest decided to check out what was outside the window, circa October 1972:

One of the busts that seems to follow you as you pass by:

Once in the Doombuggy, you would see these creepy hands pushing up the coffin lid:

Moving onto the infamous Madame Leota, who is one of the biggest reasons of why you should NOT use a flash in this attraction!

For the ballroom, I need to use vintage publicity shots to cover this tableau:

One half of the dueling portraits:

The organist who plays on the instrument rescued from the set of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea":

Up in the attic, the original bride scares the crap out of guests with her beating heart, October 1972:

The caretaker's shaking is a warning to the frights that await us in the cemetery:

The Grim Grinning Ghosts, who look VERY grim when the flash obscures the projection effect. December 1969:

In color from October 1972:

More hijinks from the cemetery, circa December 1969:

The Hitchhiking Ghosts:

And finally, two consecutive October 1972 shots of Little Leota at the exit. Probably my favorite (and most effective) scene in the Mansion:

Thanks to the many who have followed my blog for the last seven years, taking the time to comment, leave memories, and add to my knowledge of Walt's original theme park.

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Diane said...

Congrats! That's a lotta blogging!

Major Pepperidge said...

Thanks for seven years of amazing photos! Wow, what a collection. I can't tell you how many times I have looked at the latest post in the morning and was blown away.

Just to drive you crazy, I am going to say, "Here's to 7 more years"!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Dave. Thanks for all the hard work… absolutely love the site!

K. Martinez said...

Congratulations on your seven years of blogging! You have an amazing photo collection along with awesomely detailed historical information.

While I've been going to Disneyland for half a century, I've still learned so much new about the place due to reading your blog. A big THANKS!!

HBG2 said...

Congrats! And what a great anniversary post!

Darryl said...

Congratulation on seven great years Dave! I know it is fun and "work" at the same time. I appreciate your entries for my D-Land fix!

- Darryl

Anonymous said...

One of the best and definitely the most classy Disney blog site in cyberland. To many more wonderful years. KS

Anonymous said...

Your articles and photos are always a treat. Thank you for all your work these past seven year!

PsySocDisney said...

Wow congratulations on seven years! I've only been a visitor for about 2 years but I've enjoyed every post of it :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Thank You, Dave. Your work is a great support to me. I really enjoy it.


outsidetheberm said...

Seven years! Quite an achievement, Dave. Congratulations for consistently offering one of the finest blogs on the net!