I found this great article about the early days of the Haunted Mansion. Modern Mouse Radio is an awesome blog, follow it if you aren’t already!!!
If you want to consider the Pirates of the Caribbean the last attraction Walt Disney ever worked on, then you have to consider the Haunted Mansion the first attraction his crew of Imagineers did without him. The Haunted Mansion concept was born very early on in Disneyland history, but most of the work on the attraction we currently see started just after Walt Disney’s death, and to the credit of the Imagineers, they brought to life one of the best known attractions on any Disney property.
The earliest concept drawings for the Haunted Mansion come before Disneyland was even built. In the original artwork, done by Harper Goff for Disneyland, a Haunted Mansion was sitting atop a hill, and when the plot of land had been purchased in Anaheim for Disneyland, the idea was to have a street shooting off of main street that would contain the Haunted Mansion at…
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