Posts Tagged ‘Haunted Mansion’

Lightning secret!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The next time you’re visiting the Haunted Mansion, instead of hurrying to your Doombuggie take few minutes to look for one of the attraction’s hidden surprises. Recognize this silhouette?

Haunted Mansion lightning window

That’s right, it’s the Evil Queen from Snow White, being fried by God, Thor, or whomever for her evil deeds. You may have to wait a few dozen minutes for the just the right flash of lightning, but it’s worth it!

There was a bit of an uproar in 2008 when it was decided that, during a lengthy refurbishment, Disney characters would be added to the Haunted Mansion. We have to admit they still seem a little out of place to us, but for those who want to look for them, they are (in order of appearance):

  • Professor Porter from Tarzan (middle figure of the stack of men in the stretching room).
  • The Evil Queen (as seen above).
  • Donald Duck (his face is on a chair near the hallway with the floating candle).
  • Various floating objects from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (in the seance room).
  • Captain Nemo (playing the ballroom organ in ghostly form).
  • Scary trees from Snow White, (in the graveyard).
  • Old Yeller (in ghost form in the graveyard).

Have fun looking for them, and let us know if you find any others!

Haunted Mansion Mega-Quiz!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Today, as an added entertainment for our advanced readers, we bring you the official DisneyLies Haunted Mansion Mega-Quiz! This is a test of Disneyland Haunted Mansion trivia and knowledge so in-depth, so challenging that we recommend that those of you who are mere casual or occasional Mansion visitors not even attempt it, for fear of losing your very sanity!

Now, on to the quiz.

The instructions are simple: Just choose the lettered answer that best completes the phrase. Good luck!

Haunted Mansion Mega-Quiz

1. Welcome,

A. foolish mortals,
B. ferrous metals,
C. fishy mantles,
D. ninja turtles,

2. to the Haunted Mansion! I am your host, your

A. host ghost.
B. ghost host.
C. most grossed.
D. roast toast.

3. Kindly step all the way in please

A. and make room for everyone.
B. and get set for spooky fun.
C. Say bye to Mr. Sun.
D. Pardon this frightful pun.

4. There’s no

A. milking a cow.
B. starting a row.
C. wondering how
D. turning back now.

5. Our tour begins here in this gallery where you see paintings of some of our guests as they appeared in their

A. corruptible, mortal state.
B. enjoyable, western state.
C. undrivable interstate.
D. prom clothes without a date

6. Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of

A. exploding,
B. foreboding,
C. fur coating,
D. misquoting,

7. almost as though you sense a

A. disquieting metamorphosis.
B. disturbing megamouth porpoise.
C. creeping mental psychosis.
D. zombie Disneyland princess.

8. Is this haunted room

A. coyishly fetching?
B. subtly retching?
C. always kvetching?
D. actually stretching?

9. Or is it your

A. imagination?
B. hallucination?
C. prolonged vacation?
D. regurgitation?

10. And consider this

A. decaying old crustacean:
B. delaying conversation:
C. dismaying observation:
D. dance interpretation:

11. This chamber has no windows and

A. no doors
B. odors
C. two floors
D. clogged pores

12. Which offers you this chilling challenge:

A. to leave behind doubt!
B. to find a way out!
C. to leverage your clout!
D. to love a gay trout!

13. Of course, there’s always

A. my way.
B. Coldplay
C. Earth Day.
D. Amway.

Correct answers: 1. D, 2. D, 3. D, 4. A, 5. B, 6. A, 7. D, 8. C, 9. C, 10. D, 11. D, 12. D, 13. B

Photoland: Singing My Way

Monday, March 11th, 2013

The Haunted Mansion’s exterior hasn’t changed a lick since it opened (aside from the addition of the pet cemetery, the extension of the queue, the removal of part of the graveyard, the addition of the Mormon funeral coffin, some landscaping, installing a manhole cover in the middle of the grass for some reason, and the occasional annual redecorating for the Halloween/holiday season). See?

Photoland: Singing My Way

Next up: A raft of photos

Haunted Caretaker meme

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

We’re big Haunted Mansion fans, so we saved our favorite meme for last. Here’s a mostly complete Haunted Caretaker meme collection (which will haunt you until you return!)

Portal to another world

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

This morning, the Haunted Mansion wasn’t particularly crowded, so we stayed back a bit and let the other guests go by after leaving the stretching room. We were looking at the portrait of the man and discovered that if you stand there long enough for the crowd to have moved on to their Doombuggies, the portrait talks!

Lemon-talking portrait in the Haunted Mansion

Here’s what it said:

When your wife gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade — make her take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t care if she has an axe; what the hell is she going to do with that? Demand to see your wife’s mother! Make your wife rue the day she thought she could give Captain Gracey lemons! Want to cut off my head? Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna haunt your house forever! With the lemons! I’m gonna get Leota to conjure a spectral lemon that pulls a thousand ghosts here! And we’ll leave room for you!

I don’t know if this is new or if it was just there for Father’s Day, but I will say this — it’s probably the weirdest and most obscure reference in the entire mansion!

Disneyland Tour: Penny Arcade faux entrance

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Disneyland Tour: Penny Arcade faux entrance

Why does the side entrance to the Candy Palace look like the entrance to a penny arcade? There are two reasons. First, because only people with money are attracted to an arcade, and Disneyland’s marketing department loves it when the park’s stores are filled with people who have money. And second, because people who are tricked into a candy store are less likely to say “Wait! This isn’t a penny arcade!” and more likely to say “Hey! Candy!”

This may sound cold, calculating, and unmagically marketing centered, but in reality it’s something that Disneyland has been doing from day one. The next time you visit the park, notice just how many examples there are of “bait and switch” tactics employed. For example:

  • Almost nothing in the Tiki Room is actually enchanted.
  • The Pirates are from Anaheim, not the Carri bean.
  • We’re supposed to believe that the Pooh ride is an “attraction?” Really?

Nothing negative is implied by these revelations, of course. All these minor deceptions are designed to enhance the guest experience in one way or another. If they leave you feeling a little uneasy, though, just remember that the Haunted Mansion really is haunted, Toontown is officially a California town, and the Matterhorn is, in fact, 100% matter.

Coming up next: Plaza Pavilion

Haunted Mansion robots

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

In celebration of the immensely profitable new Pixar film WALL*E, Disney is moving forward with its “Hiring the Body Electric” initiative, which will see robots used much more extensively throughout the theme parks.

In this photo, you can just make out a trio of electronic cast members performing regular maintenance in the Haunted Mansion’s garden.

Robots of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

In the future, expect to see robotic humanoids picking up trash, cooking food, repairing attractions, handling disruptions, enforcing line etiquette, punishing the rebellious, and generally keeping puny humans in their rightful place — the happiest place on earth!

“it’s a small world” problem resolved (sorta)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

There has been quite a bit of controversy recently regarding rumored plans to insert Disney characters into Disneyland’s classic “it’s a small world” attraction (Condorman in Canada, Nemo in the vehicle waterway, etc.)

To address complaints that classic Mary “Mary” Blair characters are going to be displaced by cartoon characters, Imagineers have announced that any displaced characters will find new homes in other Disneyland attractions. Look for tiny foreign children to make ghostly appearances in the Haunted Mansion, float weightless in Space Mountain, and participate in the newly rescripted, “tiki room school room.”