Published: December 15, 2011 at 2:19 PMIf I recall correctly, ghosts fit in the fantasy realm in Japanese culture? I could be mixing up things.
But once again, wonderful update! It's great to see the differences and similarities.
Published: December 15, 2011 at 2:45 PMThere's also the element of... where else ya gonna put it? It doesn't fit thematically into Westernland without a retheme (which Disney did in Paris), so Fantasyland's the next best option.
Perhaps TDL could have created a full-fledged New Orleans Square where Pirates is, but there's not enough physical space in the development for a Mansion show building down there. (That also would have required going with the Disneyland facade.)
Published: December 15, 2011 at 3:25 PMThe pictures you have been posting are much appreciated, Robert. One thing that stands out in those pictures is just how amazing everything looks. Even the food looks fantastic. Presentation and maintanience in Tokyo just seems to blow the US parks away. I look forward to a future article in which you have promised to elaborate on that topic...
Published: December 15, 2011 at 3:31 PMAgreed James! The maintenance is unmatched in Tokyo! Can't wait for DisneySea!
Published: December 15, 2011 at 5:04 PMI like that the mansion goes from land to land at the different parks. Didn't Walt originally want to put it on Main Street? Seems like I heard that somewhere along the way.
Published: December 15, 2011 at 8:00 PMThe mansion was indeed placed in Fantasyland in Tokyo Disneyland because ghost stories are considered to be part of the fairy tale genre. They specifically talk about that in the Haunted Mansion book that was put out a few years back right around the time of the wretched movie. And in the same book it talks about how Walt did want a Haunted House on a side street from Main Street, but in the sketches it's not directly on it, and honestly it looks like conceptually it was a departure from main street.
As far as cast members, what seems to be the demographic? I remember as a kid noticing how many people of different ages and walks of life worked at WDW unlike the local teenage lot that manned King's Dominion and Busch Gardens. But over the years it seems that the cast, at least in the parks, has become a little less diverse. I definitely still see a lot of diversity compared to most other parks, but I would say the look and feel of your typical cast member has gotten a little more pedestrian state side. I know that can be a training and management problem as well, but I just wondered if the diversity of age and station in life was high in the cast at Tokyo Disneyland.
Published: December 15, 2011 at 10:23 PMThe cast looked overwhelmingly young and Asian to me. Not kids, but almost everyone in what looked to me to be the 20s and 30s. And almost all Japanese, too, with a few that I thought might be Korean. What additional diversity I saw was limited to the creative cast - musical and show performers.
Published: December 16, 2011 at 7:46 PMOK, so why can't Disney World do the TNMBC overlay on the haunted mansion? I want it!