In the early days of planning the Haunted Mansion, Walt Disney assigned a animator and writer named Ken Anderson to develop ideas for a "haunted house" attraction, which had appeared in the earliest plans for what would become Disneyland.
Anderson's most well-known concepts included the idea of a walking tour through the haunted home of a "Captain Gore", a notorious pirate, and his murdered wife Priscilla, among others. I have seen referenced a single idea, likely by Anderson, that the haunted house might be a Southern home that had partially collapsed and sunken into the bayou, necessitating visitors tour it by boat, a la Pirates of the Caribbean. There are no further details or concept sketches I have ever seen, unlike the walking tour in it's various incarnations, so likely the boat ride idea was quickly discarded after being first brought up.
What do you think, would a boat ride have suited a haunted house attraction at Disneyland? Certainly, the doombuggies that were eventually created are a very good match to being able to take a tour of the spirit-infested halls, but I can't help but imagine what kind of out there ideas and ghostly effects might have materialized if the HM were a water ride. Seeing spectral faces appear and vanish in the water alongside the boat, traveling through once ornate and fancy rooms of a southern mansion, now half flooded and moss growing from furniture and fixtures, frogs croaking, as apparitions appeared to go about their daily tasks, unaware their home was now mostly sunken into the swamp......very unique ideas and scenes there might have been, indeed.
What say you, micechat readers? It is vague history now, and never to come about, but would have a water-based Haunted Mansion been interesting and the classic the final ride has become?