46 Years of Disney’s Haunted Mansion

IMG_1968August 9, 2015 marked the 46th anniversary of Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

The Main Street Mouse recent post offers a brief history of Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

Theme Park Tourists offers a more in-depth background of the attractions development.

As I have stated in various posts, this is the favorite attraction of The Mature Mouse™. This foolish mortal visited Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion 45 years ago, at the innocent age of 12. Thus began my fascination with the magic of Disney. Here are links to previous Haunted Mansion posts.

Disney’s Haunted Mansion 

Video of Hatbox Ghost in Attic of Haunted Mansion 

Top 5 Secrets about Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion Attraction 

Marceline to Magic Tour – In Honor of Disneyland’s 60th Birthday 

Disney restaurants themed for classic attractions 

Top 10 Slower Attractions at Disney Parks

Here is a ride-through video of  Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, with the newest ghoulish addition, The Hatbox Ghost.

A travel agent who specializes in booking Disney Vacations is a valuable free resource when planning your next trip, and will assist you in choosing the right resort for your stay at Walt Disney World. I started planning my recent trip by calling Jennie Nowers. When Cool Summer Savings was released, Jennie was up early applying these savings to my trip, which saved me 15% on the price of my resort stay. I did not have to do a thing. Tell Jennie that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift with your next booking.

IMG_7405Please visit The Mature Mouse™ store for merchandise. Many of the items would make outstanding additions to your vacation gear and attire. This baseball hat is just one of the featured items available through the store. If you are a mature fan of Disney, consider getting an item. I am a Mature Mouse™, are you?

Marceline to Magic Tour – In Honor of Disneyland’s 60th Birthday

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. I was born in 1957 and grew up watching Disney shows, such as the original Mickey Mouse Club. I remember sitting around the television with my family on Sunday evenings watching the Wonderful World of Color. My favorite episodes were those that featured an inside look at Disneyland. I wanted to go there, to walk in that magical place that Walt Disney had built. Every time I asked my parents when we would get to go to Disneyland, they would always give me the same answer, “some day.” Well, some day came during the summer of 1970 when my family finally made the trek to California to visit family and, of course, explore Disneyland (Chapter 1).IMG_1961

The Mature MouseTM was very fortunate to be able to take the Marceline to Magic Tour during my recent trip to Walt Disney World. This tour explains the various inspirations in Walt Disney’s life that lead him to imagine and build Disneyland. This experience served as a link with the past of Walt Disney to the development of the parks. In honor of Disneyland’s 60th birthday, I wanted to share my experience on the Marceline to Magic Tour.IMG_1972

The tour began at 8 a.m., an hour prior to park opening. I was looking forward to seeing the park void of any crowds. I arrived at the Magic Kingdom entrance around 7:40. There were already a significant number of people standing at the security gates. They would not be allowed to enter for at least an hour or more.

IMG_1956There was a long line forming to the left of the entrance for those guests with breakfast and tour reservations. My MagicBand was scanned as confirmation my reservation, which would allow me early access to the park. This group was allowed in the park approximately 10 minutes before 8, giving me time to check in at City Hall for the tour. The tour group consisted of 13 guests and our tour guide. We wore a receiver and earpieces, so the guide could talk to the group in a conversational tone.

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We began our journey on Main Street. It was Walt’s memories of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, that led to the creation of the iconic Main Street in Disneyland. There are a number of Victorian-styled storefronts throughout this section of the park, which is intended to reflect the quintessential, turn-of-the-century American town. Our tour guide, Mary Elizabeth, told the group about Walt’s optimistic view of progress through the advances in electricity, evident by the transition of gaslights to electric lights as you walk toward the hub.

Our tour crossed the bridge from the hub into Liberty Square. Walt’s patriotism is clearly evident in this section of the park. Mary Elizabeth compared Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland and Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World, and discussed Walt’s involvement in the 1964 World’s Fair.

IMG_1968I have mentioned numerous times that the Haunted Mansion is the favorite attraction of The Mature MouseTM. Imagine my excitement when our tour included a unique opportunity to gain a look backstage at this attraction. Mary Elizabeth gave us the inside scoop on the numerous elements of the interactive queue. As we rode our doom buggies through the attraction, Mary Elizabeth spoke to us through our earpieces describing the props, special effects and juxtaposition of storylines within the attraction. Haunted Mansion reflects both a not-too-scary and humorous look at the 999 grinning ghosts that haunt the attractions.

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Cinderella Water Fountain

After exiting the attraction we took a backstage look at some of the special effects found in many attractions. The Mature MouseTM will not spoil the magic, but this part of the tour is well worth the price of admission.

The tour made a stop at the castle to discuss the design of the Cinderella Mosaic, which is one of the few things signed by Imagineers.

The tour moved on to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Mary Elizabeth told us of Walt’s enjoyment in reading to his daughters, which inspired his efforts to bring these stories to life. We looked for evidence on this attraction of some of the same magic Imagineers used in the Haunted Mansion.

IMG_4172Our tour continued into Tomorrowland for a look at the Carousel of Progress. The group was granted a private theatre from which to experience the attraction. Throughout the tour, Mary Elizabeth spoke to us about Walt’s involvement in the 1964-65 World’s Fair and the development of attractions that could then be placed in Disneyland. The Carousel of Progress now graces Walt Disney World as a tribute to Walt Disney and his Imagineers. Mary Elizabeth discussed the various props, hidden Mickeys, and various scenes as we enjoyed the attraction.

The Mature MouseTM highly recommends the Marceline to Magic Tour. This experience gives every Disney fan an insight of Walt Disney and the elements of his life that led him to build Disneyland. Walt did not live to witness the completion of the Walt Disney World, but his spirit is alive within the Magic Kingdom.

The Mature MouseTM would like to wish a very Happy 60th Birthday to Disneyland, and a sincere thank you to Walt Disney for the many years of magic.

Follow this link to learn 15 fun facts about Disneyland.

A travel agent who specializes in booking Disney Vacations is a valuable free resource when planning your next trip. I started planning my recent Disney World Vacation by calling Jennie Nowers. When Cool Summer Savings was released, Jennie was up early applying these savings to my trip, which saved me 15% on the price of my resort stay. I did not have to do a thing. Tell Jennie that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift with your next bookingIMG_1869

Please visit The Mature Mouse™ store for merchandise. Many of the items would make outstanding additions to your vacation gear and attire. This baseball hat is just one of the featured items available through the store. If you are a mature fan of Disney, consider getting an item. I am a Mature Mouse™, are you?

The Mature Mouse™ interviewed on WDW Through Jesse’s Eyes podcast

The Mature Mouse™ had the great pleasure of talking Disney with Jesse Barrett and Heath Jarvis, podcasters from WDW Through Jesse’s Eyes.  I appreciate your feedback, so please leave a comment below.

Follow WDW Through Jesse’s Eyes through their website, their Facebook page, and iTunes. And, please vote for WDW Through Jesse’s Eyes as the fan favorite by following this link: Disney Podcast Survivor.

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A travel agent who specializes in booking Disney Vacations is a valuable free resource when planning your next trip. I started planning my recent Disney World Vacation by calling Jennie Nowers. When Cool Summer Savings was released, Jennie was up early applying these savings to my trip, which saved me 15% on the price of my resort stay. I did not have to do a thing. IMG_1869Tell Jennie that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift with your next booking.

Please visit The Mature Mouse™ store for merchandise. Many of the items would make outstanding additions to your vacation gear and attire. This baseball hat is just one of the featured items available through the store. If you are a mature fan of Disney, consider getting an item. I am a Mature Mouse™, are you?

Disney Bans Selfie Sticks

Over the past several days, The Mature Mouse™ has spent a considerable amount of time in each of the four parks. I only observed the use of selfie sticks twice, both occasions were guests taking a photo before entering the park while standing away from other guests. Nevertheless, I spoke with a few cast members and they say this has become a real problem on rides, even with the warnings not to use them. 

The Main Street Mouse just posted an interesting take on Disney choice in banning selfie sticks. As stated in this article, the use of selfie sticks has been just a symptom of a bigger issue: rude, self-centered, inconsiderate, entitled guests. The Mature Mouse™ did experience a great deal of these types of behaviors in the parks.  

 Here are only a few of the types of behavior I did witness, some of which I personally experienced.

  • There are those guests who feel it is appropriate to push you aside to speed to their destination. 
  • The guests who jam themselves in front of you while waiting in line, especially if you are the front of that line. These types of people do not appear to care about personal space, so do not leave breathing room between you and those guests in front of you or someone will see this as an opportunity to skip ahead in line. 
  • Those guests who feel it is appropriate to loudly talk over the audio introductions to shows or attractions. An extension of this behavior is loud talking, laughing, joking during a “dark ride.” This is exceedingly annoying when there is narration involved in the attraction, like the Ghost Host on Haunted Mansion.
  • Parents who ignore, or approve, of children swinging their toy (light saber, glow stick, sword, etc.) while walking through crowds.

Do not misunderstand my comments, I still love being in the parks. Perhaps Disney could create a test to measure rudeness, or civility, for all those wanting to enter the parks.  

 

Farewell Disney World, For Now

 
The end has arrived. The Mature Mouse™ is leaving Walt Disney World tomorrow. I will return again, someday. Until then, I will share my insights and the information I gained from this trip. And, as I have done in previous posts, I will share material from all the blogs, websites, and podcasts I follow. 

I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to my family for their continued support of this blog, and this research trip. 

My travel agent, Jennie Nowers, who specializes in booking Disney Vacations was a valuable and free resource in planning this trip. When the Cool Summer Savings were released, Jennie was up early applying these savings to my trip, which saved me 15% on the price of my resort stay. I did not need to do a thing. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.

Please visit The Mature Mouse™ store for merchandise. Many of the items would make outstanding additions to your vacation gear and attire. Below are images of just a few of the featured items available through the store. If you are a mature fan of Disney, consider getting an item to let others know. I am a Mature Mouse™, are you?

  

Marceline to Magic Kingdom

Please see an overview of my recent experience with the Marceline to Magic Tour: In Honor of Disneyland’s 60th Birthday.


 The Mature Mouse™ returns to the Magic Kingdom for 18 hours (or as close as I am able to make it). The day begins with the Marceline to Magic Tour at 8 o’clock, an hour before the park opens. I’m very excited to be in MK without the crowds, and to learn about the history of Walt Disney and his development of the parks. 

Also on the agenda for today: The Mature Mouse™ meets the one and only Mickey Mouse. It is history in the making. 

Although the park closes at midnight, Magic Kingdom has extra magic hours until 2 a.m. for park guest. My plans are (were) to be in the park all day and evening, resting often. However, based on the experiences of the past few days, I may need to return to my resort for a short siesta. 

If you are in the Magic Kingdom today and see a someone sporting a baseball cap that proudly states, I am a Mature Mouse™, please say hello. 

Disney restaurants themed for classic attractions

Check out this post at Theme Park Tourists. They have come with an interesting list of 8 ideas for themed eateries based on classic Disney attractions. As I have stated many times, The Mature Mouse™ is a fan of the Haunted Mansion. I would love a restaurant themed after this classic attraction. People would be dying to go there! (I couldn’t resist.)

Please visit The Mature Mouse™ store for merchandise. Many of the items would make outstanding additions to your vacation gear and attire. Below are images of just a few of the featured items available through the store. If you are a mature fan of Disney, consider getting an item to let others know. I am a Mature Mouse™, are you?