Vote of the Week: Happy birthday to Disney's Haunted Mansion
Written by Robert Niles
Disney's Haunted Mansion turns 45 this weekend, as the original version of the enduring dark ride opened at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on August 9, 1969. The three versions of the ride — at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland — consistently earn high marks in our Theme Park Insider reader ratings, and have inspired a devoted following of fans throughout the world.Tweet
None of the three Haunted Mansions exactly duplicates another, although all keep the same basic structure: you enter into a stretching room before queuing to board a "Doom Buggy" for a ride through the mansion, passing a seance and ghosts dancing in a ballroom, before heading into the attic, then down into the graveyard next door. Florida and Tokyo share the same exterior — Dutch Gothic Revival — while the Disneyland original offers an antebellum plantation style. Anaheim and Tokyo each run the "Haunted Mansion Holiday" overlay for the final three months of the year. Since 2007, the Florida Mansion includes the Library and Escher-like staircase scenes before the conservatory.
You'll find many of the iconic scenes from the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Paris' frontier Western-themed Phantom Manor, which drops the graveyard scene in favor of Boot Hill and Phantom Canyon derived from the never-built Western River Expedition attraction that was to go into the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World before being dropped in favor of Pirates of the Caribbean.
To honor the Haunted Mansion on its birthday, let's vote on our favorite scene in the ride. We're offering five candidates, representing the five major scenes found in more-or-less similar form all three Haunted Mansion attractions.
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