Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Frighteningly Fun Adventure “Haunted Mansion,” Opening In Theaters July 28th

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Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Frighteningly Fun Adventure “Haunted Mansion,” Opening In Theaters July 28th

A new featurette for the upcoming Haunted Mansion film is now available online. This latest film is inspired the by iconic theme park attraction and has assembled an all-star cast who will be joining the 999 happy haunts on July 28th. Check out the full featurette on YouTube or find it below.

Related: New Trailer and Poster Out Now for Disney’s Haunted Mansion

Directed by Justin Simien, the film features an all-star cast ensemble cast including LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon and Daniel Levy, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Jared Leto as The Hatbox Ghost.

“Haunted Mansion” is about a woman and her son who enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters. The film’s producers are Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, with Nick Reynolds and Tom Peitzman serving as executive producers.

Related: Haunted Mansion Holiday Overlay Opening Date Announced for Disneyland


The Haunted Mansion is a beloved and iconic attraction at Disneyland Park, located in Anaheim, California. The history of the Haunted Mansion dates back to the early 1950s when Walt Disney envisioned a haunted house-themed attraction for his new Disneyland park.

Walt Disney had a long-standing fascination with ghosts and spooky stories, which he wanted to incorporate into the park. Initially, he considered building the Haunted Mansion as a walk-through attraction, but the concept evolved over the years into a dark ride experience.

Development of the Haunted Mansion faced numerous delays and challenges, partly due to Walt Disney’s perfectionism and the technological limitations of the time. The ride was repeatedly put on hold as the Imagineers focused on other projects, such as the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair and the construction of other Disneyland attractions.

The Haunted Mansion finally opened its doors to the public on August 9, 1969, several years after Walt Disney’s passing. The attraction showcased a unique blend of spooky and whimsical elements, combining eerie effects with Disney’s trademark storytelling and humor.

The Haunted Mansion’s exterior features a stately, Gothic Revival-style mansion, designed to appear hauntingly beautiful. Its façade, surrounded by a meticulously kept garden and an eerie graveyard, immediately captures the attention of visitors. The mansion’s architectural style draws inspiration from various sources, including the Shipley-Lydecker House in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California.

As guests enter the mansion, they find themselves in a seemingly normal stretching room that begins to stretch upward, accompanied by eerie narration. The subsequent Doom Buggy ride takes guests through various scenes and encounters with ghostly inhabitants, including the singing busts, the Hatbox Ghost, and the infamous hitchhiking ghosts.

Over the years, the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland has undergone minor updates and enhancements. Notably, in 2001, the attraction received a holiday overlay called “Haunted Mansion Holiday,” which combines elements of Halloween and Christmas, inspired by Tim Burton’s film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The success of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion led to the creation of similar attractions in other Disney parks worldwide, each with its unique storyline and variations. The Haunted Mansion remains a classic and beloved ride, enchanting visitors with its blend of spookiness, humor, and timeless Disney magic.


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