Haunted Mansion 50th anniversary

I couldn’t have been older than six or seven years old when I first stepped foot inside The Haunted Mansion. Even at that young age I was already attracted to scary stuff, so on my first trip to Disneyland, I was drawn more to the creepy house in the middle of New Orleans Square than I was to the flying Dumbos or spinning tea cups.

I’m not one of those super brainy people who can remember every significant moment of their childhood, but I can recall my first time going through The Haunted Mansion in vivid detail – probably because it was slightly traumatic. Read More »

Yesterday, we headed down to Disneyland Resort to check out the Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary celebration, exploring all the new Haunted Mansion 50th anniversary merchandise including the new Hitchhiking Ghost trio of Popcorn, drink and beignets holders, some of the limited edition Haunted Mansion 50th treats and more. This includes some of the insane limited edition merchandise priced in the thousands of dollars. Watch our latest Ordinary Adventures vlog to come along for the adventure!

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Riding Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

Over the weekend, we went to Disney California Adventure theme park to experience the new Inside Out ride at Pixar Pier, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind. And we also venture over to Disneyland to check out the new Haunted Mansion art show, Happy Haunts Materialize – The Art of Haunted Mansion at Disney Gallery. We also see where Forky from Toy Story 4 is hanging out inside of DCA and put an end to the mystery of the Disney character silhouette in the parking garage mural. What’s new at Disneyland resort? Watch our video after the jump.

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haunted mansion animated series

There probably aren’t a lot of people clamoring for a Haunted Mansion reboot, but once you see this brief animated teaser, you might start to think differently.

The forgettable 2003 comedy-horror movie starring Eddie Murphy — itself an adaptation of the Disney parks attraction — was probably better left to collect dust in the Disney archives, but in the hands of Kubo and the Two Strings character designer and story writer Shannon Tindle, a Haunted Mansion animated series opens up a whole new world of possibilities. The animator released a brief teaser for his proposal of a Disney animated series, as well as some art that he developed for the project. Alas, the series was never picked up by Disney, but it does make me wonder what could have been.

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Star Wars Land

It’s been a while since the last Theme Park Bits, and I have a lot of bits saved up to discuss, including the following:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood launches a virtual tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • FastPass+-style tests being conducted at Space Mountain in Disneyland.
  • Watch a multi-angle perspective video of Fast & Furious: Supercharged.
  • Captain America will be leaving Disneyland next week.
  • Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land permit maps reveal Disney Hollywood Studios changes.
  • Could Disney World’s Star Wars Land open in time for Christmas 2018?
  • Marvel teases a new Haunted Mansion comic book series.
  • Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will launch a Disney villain-only dinner event called Club Villain.
  • New details on Animal Kingdom’s upcoming “Rivers of Light” show.

All that and more, in today’s Theme Park Bits. Hit the jump to board the ride.

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disneyland hatbox ghost

Last month we learned that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro‘s long-in-development big screen adaptation of Walt Disney’s classic theme park ride The Haunted Mansion. When del Toro announced the film at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con International, he revealed that the Hatbox Ghost would be a pivotal character in his adaptation. The hatbox ghost is a Disneyland legend, a character that appeared originally in the attraction but mysteriously disappeared shortly after the attraction’s debut. Good news for Disneyland fanatics like me, the Mouse House have finally brought the Hatbox Ghost back to his home over the weekend.

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haunted mansion doug jones hat box ghost

Oscar-nominated actor and former Mouseketeer Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro‘s adaptation of the popular Disneyland ride Haunted Mansion. Find out more about the Ryan Gosling Haunted Mansion developments after the jump.

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haunted mansion animated tv special

While Guillermo del Toro is still trying to bring a live action Haunted Mansion movie to the big screen, Disney has announced they are creating a Haunted Mansion animated tv special for the 45th anniversary of the Disneyland ride. The famous haunted house theme park attraction opened in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square on August 9th, 1969.

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haunted mansion doug jones hat box ghost

At Comic Con 2010, Guillermo del Toro surprised the crowd at Disney’s Hall H panel by publicly announcing that he would be producing (and probably directing) a new big screen adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction The Haunted Mansion.  Its been almost four years since that announcement, and development is still on going. Del Toro offered a new update on the project during his Reddit AMA. Find out what the filmmaker said about the development of the Haunted Mansion movie adaptation including details of new screenwriters and Doug Jones Hat Box Ghost development art, after the jump.

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There’s something for everyone in this edition of Theme Park Bits. From Back to the Future, to Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Little Mermaid, read about the following:

  • Is Back to the Future returning to Universal Studios Hollywood?
  • FastPass + is available to meet Mark Hamill and others at Star Wars Weekends.
  • You can own an original car from the Walt Disney World monorail.
  • Check out the new theater inside Animal Kingdom.
  • See original concept art from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.
  • What’s next for the Frozen franchise in the Disney theme parks?
  • Watch a video combining Darth Vader and cupcakes.
  • The Millennium Falcon takes center stage in a Star Wars Weekend promo.
  • The California Adventure Little Mermaid ride got a quiet upgrade.
  • Steven Spielberg speaks Japanese in new Universal Studios ad.
  • Video and images from the Hogwarts Express ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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