Have you ever taken a close look at the tombstones at the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort? One of the things I love the most about Disney is all of their attention to details. The Haunted Mansion is one of my favorite attractions because this really shines through here!
The Disney Imagineers really got creative with the tombstones at the Haunted Mansion. They showcase clever sayings, rhymes and play-on-words. These little gems really catch guests’ attention as they make their way into the attraction.
Walt Disney Imagineering shared the following video. They describe how many of these tombstones pay tribute to famous Disney Legends and Imagineers who helped create the attraction. For example, one headstone refers to “Master Gracey”. This is a reference to Imagineer Yale Gracey, a special effects extraordinaire who brought the spirits of the Haunted Mansion to life. “Grandpa Marc,” is a tribute to Marc Davis, who was the artist behind the stretching portraits. Other tombstones references include “Haunting Harriet”. This is for Harriet Burns, WED Enterprises’ first female employee who created models for the attraction. There is also a“Brother Claude”. This is a reference to Claude Coats, who developed the mansion’s interior and more.
Make sure the next time you visit the Haunted Mansion, you take a few moments to check out all the details!
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Photo and Video Courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog
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