WELCOME FOOLISH MORTALS
With the The Haunted Mansion hitting theatres later this month, we wanted to take a closer look at the frightening fun that awaits us and where the movie draws inspiration from.
WHAT IS THE HAUNTED MANSION?
Starting all the way back at Disneyland in 1969, Walt Disney and his team created a ride called The Haunted Mansion. Throughout the attraction, the rider journeys from being a normal mortal and experiencing some ghostly shenanigans, to being selected as the next 'Happy Haunt' to join the Mansion while seeing all of the 999 different ghosts come out to socialize.
To be honest, the ride isn't really that scary. The songs are catchy and the animatronics are more fun than they are creepy.
THE MANY HAUNTED MANSIONS
Both the 2003 and 2023 The Haunted Mansion movies were based on the Disney theme park rides. The original from Disneyland was so popular that it spawned two other Haunted Mansion rides and two spin-off/similarly themed rides.
Opened: August 9, 1969
WALT DISNEY WORLD
Opened: October 1, 1971
Opened: April 15, 1983
OTHER SPOOKY ATTRACTIONS
Opened: April 12, 1992
Opened: May 17, 2013
SOME FAN FAVE GHOSTS
A creepy ghost who can teleport his skull between his body and the hat box that he carries everywhere.
The ghost of a widow who haunts the attic. All of her husbands had mysterious and sudden deaths.
A disembodied head that floats in the middle of a glowing crystal ball.
A group of busts in the graveyard that sing songs for all to hear.
The 2003 Movie
In 2003, Disney released the first film adaptation of the ride starring Eddie Murphy as a mortal who gets trapped in the real-world Haunted Mansion. While initially not well received, the movie has now become a classic film to watch at Halloween.
The 2023 Movie
Over the last decade, there have been updates and developments on a possible Haunted Mansion reboot film, with an all-new cast, director, writer, and more. Finally, throughout 2020/2021, we started getting real concrete announcements, culminating with the release of the film later this month.
MEET YOUR NEW HAUNTED MANSION CAST
With some all-star actors joining the ranks of the 999 ghosts, we're so excited to see what Disney has planned for us.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
Watch the trailer...
...if you dare 👻