Ten things you MAY not know about the Haunted Mansion
(And this list is for newbies, like me, that may have not known these facts from a favorite ride):
1. As you're going through the ballroom, you may notice what's supposed to look like a spider web on one of the sheets of glass. In the summer of 1974, a disneyland guest shot a .22 caliber handgun towards one of the two men dueling (the one on the right), and shot through the glass. The same person shot a hold in the second to last window of the Primevil world railroad diorama, and bullet fragments also matched holds in Adventures in Inner Space (he shot at the snowflakes).2. None of the actual Haunted Mansion ride takes place in the Antebellum Mansion front that you enter. The entire ride, which you board via an underground tunnel, is contained in a large building behind the mansion, beyond the railroad tracks.
3. In the ballroom scene, the mirror image reflection causes the women to lead, instead of the men, while waltzing.
4. Each car is equipped with 3 speakers, and used to have an ingenious system where the sound was transmitted to odd-numbered cars via a narrow band transmitter, and the signal (once received) was then passed on to the even-numbered car behind it. In a 1995 refurbishment (which added lines of dialogue previously taken out, new digital chips were added to each car.
5. The theme song in the mansion, Grim Grinning Ghosts, is the same song throughtout the entire ride - it's played slowly on an electric organ when you enter the first room of the mansion, on an pipe organ with a more upbeat tempo when you visit the ballroom scene, and as an upbeat jazzy vocal melody when you visit the graveyard.
6. Leota Thomas, the face of "Madam Leota", has a daughter, Kim Irvine, who is a Disney imagineer. Candy Candido, voice for the growly guy in the mutt-and-Jeff prisoner pair in the graveyard, was also the voice of the angry apple tree in "The Wizard of Oz."
7. Marc Davis, the artist responsible for the paintings and most of the other concepts found in the Mansion, had originally envisioned a Mansion-themed restaurant for New Orleans Square (probably the Fowler's Harbour area), where park guests could actually sit down and spend time watching as ghostly portraits slowly metamorphosized. Incidentally, Davis had spent several years coming up with a virtual pile of changing portrait concepts - many more than could actually be used - which could have been incorporated into such a restaurant. This is the third attraction (after the Enchanted Tiki Room, and Pirates of the Carribean, that was originally thought of as a restaurant).
8. Cast members have a "remote control", like a small TV remote, that can stop and start the ride immediately, if necessary.
9. In the ballroom scene, the book that Grandma is reading in the rocking chair is "Arizona in the 1950s" by James Tevis.
10. Haunted Mansion has five Ravens: a) "Rooftop" overhead just after exiting attic (graveyard entrance); b) "Conservatory" on coffin; c) "Seance" on the back of the chair, d) "Ballroom" on the balcony against the rear wall, and e) "Graveyard" (exit) overhead just before entering crypt. The reason you see a raven so many scenes is because the raven was originally supposed to be the tour guide; hence, he was placed in strategic locations. Then plans changed, and the Ghost Host (voice by Paul Frees, also famous for the voice of Boris Badanov from Rocky and Bullwinkle) was added, but the raven remains throughout the ride.