Haunted Mansion celebrates 45 years as the first signs of Halloween materialize at Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort

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Published on August 11, 2014 at 10:50 am with 23 Comments

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Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  1. Congratulations Mansion for 45 years of happy haunts! Maybe it’s time for Mansion to have another upgrade, or reimagining of some sort. Mansion would be cool if it was like “Monsters Inc Ride and Go Seek” in Tokyo where the flash-light triggers effects for a more interactive experience.

  2. I visited the park yesterday and was very disappointed to see how difficult it is to spot the masts above New Orleans Square when looking from the bridge above Pirates (that’s the location they tell you to look from in the Imagineering Field Guide) following the Club 33 expansion and safety construction. I’d love to see some coverage of the loss of detail here and am hopeful that Disney will raise the masts above the rooftops that are now obscuring them!

    • They’ll probably ask themselves, “Will we make just as much money without them?” and not replace them, just like they got rid of Twin Falls, Peoplemover, Skyway…

  3. Another amazing update! Just wanted to let you know that Hearthstone Lounge is open again. Or at least it was on Thursday when I went by.

  4. Is that a penis coming out of the teddy bear’s stomach?

    • Haha nevermind. Mega-zoom shows the toes on the foot.

  5. The Red Car tickets were a nice touch.

    I’d've loved to have spent a night in the Haunted Mansion, though I’d settle for the Dream Suite or Walt’s apartment.

    Thanks for the update, Andy. The Disneyland has (in my opinion) been in great shape for 9 years since the 50th Anniversary.
    Of course, I’m looking forward to a much better Tomorrowland. :)

    Off topic prediction: like (but better than) Disneyland’s Tiki Room preshow, I predict for WDW’s 50th, there will a new, lighter, but scary and highly animated Yeti. I’d rather they didn’t wait till then.

    • Sine they are not adding more Star Wars in Tomorrowland anymore, that should be atleast a glimmer of hope that they are going to be adding futuristic attractions in Tomorrowland instead of re theming the whole land.

      • I would love to see Tomorrowland once again as the world of the future.

  6. Thanks Andy for continuing to highlite the substandard new Club 33 exterior work. It looks like improvements are gradually being made, no doubt in part to your and others’ vocal complaints.(“squeaky wheel gets the grease”)Thanks for your commitment to Disneyland, and your watchful eye when profiteering trumps park quality! KEEP IT UP!

    • I can’t tell if you are joking. On my early morning rounds the last two weeks there is a small facilities team (like two or three guys) working on finishing the New Orleans Square façade work. This was all part of the plan.

      And WDI routinely re-evaluates work once it’s complete and can make changes 30 to 120 days after something is “done”. So if they don’t like the way it turned out, they can tweak it or try a different shade or a different light fixture.

      Nothing said on the Internet thus far has had any impact on the New Orleans Square/Club 33 refurbishment project.

      • Westsider-You sound like a Disney corporate hack parroting the company line. I wonder what your association with Corporate Disney is?

      • Westsider, no he is not joking. You are always popping up to defend the unfortunate changes to New Orleans Square.
        You are way too defensive of the changes. Then you point out how the internet doesn’t affect anything here.
        Hmmm…
        Do you think there are folks who like the changes?
        Who would that be?

  7. LOVE the HM shots!! Great DD Andy!

    • yah more nighttime haunted mansion photos please

  8. I think the Guest Flow Corridors project on the east side of Main Street is going to be quite nice. Based on the amount of construction (and destruction) going on, it’s not just a simple little fix for overcrowding. I have a feeling they’re going to make it special.
    I’m totally enjoying this final week of peace and quiet at the parks. The tourists are mostly back home, local APs are still blocked out, and all is right with the world (of Disney).

  9. Fall is definitely in the air. Kind of getting me into the mood. Summer heat is still on the way though. That’s scarey enough for me.

  10. The offset window is still a glaring mess no matter what they cover it with. The need to reimagine that whole mess. The bridge should have a balcony as well which would flow better than sticking out like a sore thumb. The Court of Angels gates are a disaster and need to replaced with something less Tacky. A first grader could have done a better job.

    • Agreed!

  11. I thought there was something when they did the initial Nemo overlay to the lagoon about how they used crushed colorful glass because it wouldn’t lose it’s color, instead of paint? Or am I wrong on that? I swear I remember there being a story along those lines.

    Why is losing the space murals for the best? I love those murals! Now the area just looks like the empty hallway at a convention hotel. Space Mountain, presented by Marriott? No thanks!

    Cheers again on the phenomenal photos. I check in weekly as much to see the glorious pics of my happy place as much as I do for the actual park news and rumors. You really do have a great eye and skill with the lens. Thank you so much for sharing the fruits of your talent with us. It is really a lot of fun. :-)

    • I read that they indeed used glass pigment in the paint so it would not fade.

  12. One of the best updates ever! I just rode the haunted mansion a few weeks ago, and I must tell it looks darker than the pictures. I loved the Haunted Mansion pictures! It’s a difficult ride to photograph. The HM merchandise looks great. I know it might not ever happen, but as any other Haunted Mansion ride, I really hopwe the Hatbox ghost returns soon.

  13. 45th eh, 50th would be the stuff I’d get though I did buy a couple of the new shirts (without the 45th annv logo) that are pretty neat.