In 1965, Wally Boag, the veteran performer at the Golden Horseshoe Revue
, proposed a way of feeding the public's curiosity. He suggested placing a telephone booth outside the Mansion's gate, and when the phone's receiver was lifted, nearby guests would hear a call from someone trapped inside. This is the script he proposed
"Hello? Hello? Is that somebody outside? I have to talk fast. I'm a painter and I've been locked inside the basement of the Haunted House. There's somebody or something in here with me. I can't see it, but I can feel its presencce. Please try and get someone here with a key to let me... No!... No!... Don't come any closer. No! No! No!" Screams, then a hysterical laugh, followed by a new voice with echo effect: "I'm sorry but your number has been disconnected. It seems he went all to pieces. Now, he's one of us ghosts, and we're all waiting for you here at Walt Disney's amazing Haunted House, where ghosts from all over the world wait for you humans. And, no matter what you've heard, we ghosts like humans--roasted. [Laugh] There's never been anything like the Haunted House, where ghosts come to, if you pardon the expression, life. We know you'll enjoy it. In fact, you may die laughing. And there's audience participation... you may turn the wrong corner... you may stay too long in the dark, and then you become one of us. Remember we're waiting for you at Walt Disney's Haunted House. You'll be seeing through us sometime in the future." A woman's voice would then come on the line and say, "You have been listening to a disconnected number. This has been a ghost-to-ghost hookup."
--Ed Squair in Disney twenty-three
, Fall 2009. My emphasis