Disneyland celebrates Haunted Mansion’s 45th Anniversary with new art and collectibles

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

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Published on August 18, 2014 at 4:21 am with 50 Comments

About Andy Castro

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. The new Antoinette’s looks gorgeous, the rest of New Orleans Square looks just fine. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  2. The Guest Flow Corridor project seems to be coming along nicely. Lots and lots of construction going on backstage. It’s definitely not going to be just a simple fix for overflow crowds. I have a feeling it’s going to look pretty cool when it’s done.
    As part of the construction, Main Street Photo Supply will close on the 29th for three weeks. The Photopass viewing stations will relocate to the stroller rentals outside the Disneyland main entrance.
    And of course, I can’t help but bring up this point…starting today the day all Cast Members have been dreading has arrived. The civilized and pleasant atmosphere of the summer comes to an end as the Annual Passholes return to the parks. The horror…the horror!

    • Why do you continue to call them “passholes”? Is it just to get a reaction from the annual pass holders on this site? Did you have one bad experience with one and you now have labeled them all?

      • Scroll to 2:51 of this video for someone else’s opinion about Passholders/Passholes:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=811dtzWSIWI

        And again, I point out that the term “Annual Passholes” is one used by Cast Members. They’re the ones who deal with them daily. The majority of them were blocked out most of the summer, and it was pure bliss at the parks. It ends today.

      • I’m sick of this too. I’ve been an annual pass HOLDER for over 15 years now and I’ve only ever encountered one or two really rude guests and I have no idea if they were passholders or not. If you want rude guests, go to Disney World. Last time I was there I encountered more rude, pushy guests in one week then I have in 15 years at Disneyland. And CM shouldn’t be calling them that either. CM’s of today aren’t exactly the magical-guest-first friendly folks of yesteryear either ya know.

      • I was a cast member and never called them that. The cast members calling them that are out of line and shouldn’t be working there. Even if some guests are difficult, cast members should be the better people. Your’re saying that they’re all “Passholes”. That’s just not true and it’s in bad taste. Are you a cast member?

      • The Passholes/Passholders debate aside, I never want to see that link again. That girl has one of the most annoying voices, and deliveries, I have ever encountered. She looks like she’s in her twenties, but acts like she’s twelve!

      • Agreed, wow annoying video, poor delivery of information.

        And indeed, there’s a difference between Disney fans who come frequently enough to use an annual pass and enjoy the parks, and some California residents who get relatively cheap annual passes, come and go as they please throwing off crowd expectations and management.

        Don’t dump everyone into an inane category.

      • How DARE AP’s who have lower tier passes want to visit. What nerve…

      • yea, that’s sarah. she does a lot of video blogging for the site now. i agree; i can’t listen to her. yikes.

      • Hey everyone! Thanks for the lovely comments.

        I’m sure you’re all quite pleased to know I’m not a Cast Member anymore, but may I say – kindly – calm down about this. “Passholes” is a termed used IN PRIVATE by a lot of CM’s. Never to be said in front of guests. Never to be used in a seriously malicious way. Flat out – there are a lot of rude Annual Passholders. No one ever said all AP’s were rude. This isn’t a big deal.

        Thanks for the constructive criticism on my vids. I’ll try to change my voice for the next video I do.

    • plus susan continually uses the “that’s what the employees call them” excuse to post derogatory messages about pass holders.

    • I hope the Guest Flow Corridors have nice theming, more than just “slap a coat of beige or brown paint on it, and add green or white trim”. I’m still hoping for a Main Street-era appropriate residential street.

      • With the amount of construction (and destruction) going on, I just can’t see it being something cheap and simple to handle overflow crowds. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

    • Sounds to me like you expected WAY too many perks and were hocked off when you didn’t get them! If you can’t be imbued with the magic and fantasy, it’s good that you don’t work for the company any more- and one more thing- The “I think I’m to cute for words” that you project in your video is kinda sickening. Go back to working at Walmart or McDonald’s, that’s where you belong.

  3. Now here comes Westsider defending the changes at New Orleans Square telling us we don’t see what we think we see and no one at Disney listens to us anyway.
    Me think he dost protest too much (for some reason?!?).
    The covered bridges above New Orleans Square remind me of mobile home trailers lifted up and turned into hallways. Not really the theme, is it?

    • Thanks for my morning chuckle. You, of all people, accusing someone of “protesting too much” and having an agenda?

      Oh, that’s a funny one. I almost spit out my coffee!

    • Thanks for my morning chuckle. You, of all people, accusing someone of “protesting too much” and having an agenda?

      Oh, that’s a funny one. I almost spit out my coffee!

      • Apparently so funny I spit my coffee out twice ;)

      • Apparently so funny I spit my coffee out twice ;)

    • I think New Orleans looks “OK”. Disney has often fixed these things after the fact. I mean they painted the bridge in California Adventure like 10 times before they got it right.

  4. It seems that if they put a balcony arround that off-center window it might be less noticable…..

    • Agreed. The window is FUBAR, but could be minimized with a New Orleans iron balcony. Good suggestion!

    • Agree completely. A balcony, add in some potted plants, etc.

  5. Hopefully improvements will continue to be made to the Club 33 exteriors. I hope we continue to highlite the “on-the-cheap’ exterior workmanship so that the fire is kept under corporate Disney to act. Yesterday I talked of the issue with guest services at Disneyland. Cast members in general seem sympathetic to the issue, including the closing of the Court of Angels. If you haven’t already, make your concerns known at: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/help/email/

  6. Most important though, be sure to keep up the scorn and insults of Club 33 members themselves for all these changes.

    Separately, it looks like the new Guest Flow Corridors behind Main Street, USA will take less long to build than the Paradise Pier gazebos.

    • Ha! Good one. :)

  7. I think it is way too early to start putting in Haunted Mansion Holiday. It’s by far and away my favorite holiday offering in the park, but September 12 is too early. I think first weekend in October, as it used to be, is just right. At least wait for the autumnal equinox to pass.

    • I agree with that timing for Nightmare Before Christmas HM, too. I definitely don’t think the conversion should ever take place before Labor Day Weekend!

    • I’m with you. September 12th through the first weekend in January means that HM is decorated for Halloween/Christmas for nearly four months out of the year! That’s ridiculous.

    • I am in total agreement. I have a trip planned this Sept 2nd to the 5th and when I booked it back in May, I never anticipated the Mansion would be closed that early for the Halloween overlay. Our family will be missing one of our favorite attractions (it’s been 6 years since we rode it last). Disney seems to have a knack lately for celebrating “anniversary” events around major classic attractions and then promptly shuttering them within weeks of the word getting out. The Small World 50th and now the Haunted Mansion 45th. Who’s gonna buy all that 45th anniversary merchandise over the next 3 weeks with it closed? I know, I know…the fans, but what about the casual guest?

  8. The new offerings at Jolly Holiday look good… but please don’t say they’ve taken away the Matterhorn Macaroon – it was a big hit with my wife, and I know she’s planning on consuming a few when we head down again in a few weeks… :)

  9. As with any public site, we should be the better person and change how it is presented. I would just say the Annual Pass holders have returned making the park more crowded. I am an annual pass holder myself. Yes, I have seen some silly things people do, but whether they are pass holder or not. I don’t know. We always treat the CM’s and others with respect as they do not deserve the grief they get sometimes. Every CM I have interacted with has always been nice and courteous. My hat is off to them.

  10. The DCA sidewalks look so much better than the ones on Main Street, with those horrible paving stones. DCA looks brighter, too.

    They should be glad the annual pass holders are back. It looks like the regular tourists are falling off.

  11. It’s shocking to me to see how low the waits are at Disneyland! 15 minute for big thunder? 50 for splash?! At Magic Kingdom it would be 90 for Splash and 70 for BTMR. And DCA has consistently seemed to have more rides with higher waits. Is it just lack of ride capacity?

  12. I think we need another MICEAGE article soon. I’m anxious to hear Bob Iger’s announcement in 2015 about Star Wars in the parks.

  13. “Nothing has changed here and at this point, what could really be done to help this off-center and oversized window look appropriate on the forced-perspective building?”

    Maybe they could put a wrought iron balcony or something like that, like the two buildings either side of it just to hide the unbalanced window.

  14. Great update Andy!
    The Hearthstone Lounge looks great and makes want to sit back and have a Manhattan!

    As for Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie, a more logical approach would have been to reverse the door opening to where the display window is now (and has been), and then under the C33 bridge they could have made that into a larger, and possible curved, display window. That would have kept the doorway out in the open (and sunlight) rather then under a darkened area.

    It’s worth noting that after your last report you put a link to the actual Disneyland comment site so we could comment on the NOS changes. I did just that and posted that after really looking around myself I had to agree that the exterior design changes were mostly horrible.
    Well, the next day a rep from Disneyland called me directly to talk about my comments and thoughts! They are well aware of the negativity to all this. My point was, I understand expanding Club 33, but the exterior changes look like something Six Flags would do – not Disney designers.
    She was very nice and you could tell was taking our conversation all in. We talked for about 5 minutes.
    So who knows? Maybe some of this will get better!

  15. Thank you again for the great update and the lovely pics of the park! My Mondays are always brightened when I get to take a break to admire the fantastic Dateline photography. Your work is truly appreciated!

    I love beyond description the Mansion merchandise! How I wish I had the extra cash to grab a few of those great items. I hope that response is great and they are encouraged to keep giving us actual Disneyland specific product like this. The generic stuff is nice, but bland. I like Disneyland items best.

    I continue to mourn for the loss of innocence in New Orleans Square. When not enjoying an attraction, my favorite way to enjoy Disneyland is to visit the French Market, listen to the band and munch a beignet, or just to stroll the “streets” in the area and admire the rich detail and perfection of the theming. This part of Disneyland is truly a gem among the theme park industry and a cultural landmark, and the marring of it to expand Club 33 is tragic. I don’t blame club members, none of whom asked for any of this and most of whom are as in love with the park as the rest of us (Why else wait fifteen years for the luxury of paying $10K to be a member?) but I do wish a pox on every manager and designer who pitched this, greenlit it, guided it, and executed it. It’s an abysmal, tacky and lazy bit of design and all involved should be embarrassed by the shoddiness of their efforts. Truly a pity.