It's Halloween, and DoomBuggies.com has released thier exclusive ghost story told by Kat Cressida, the "Black Widow Bride" of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.
I have yet to listen to the complete audio track, but I've listened to part of it, as well as the DoomBuggies.com interview with Kat Cressida and the Inside the Magic podcast interview with her. Her father was a graphic designer for Disney's PR department and apparently worked with Imagineers, and he shared a lot of inside information with his daughter.
So according to Kat, this is the official backstory of the Mansion and the Mansion's Bride. Personally, I disagree. In my opinion, the Haunted Mansion is absolutely and undeniably an unscripted experience. Ever since it opened it's been nothing more than a "retirement home" for spooks and spirits.
From what I've heard, Kat is retelling a very flushed out story of one of the many backstories of the Mansion that was initially proposed during development stages. It's an interesting and fascinating tale, but it concerns me that with the weight that DoomBuggies.com has on the online Disney fan community, particularly in the Haunted Mansion fan department, I worry that Kat's story may start to become a sort of almost-official history of the attraction.
I guess it really doesn't matter in the end, but Kat's retelling appears to be nothing more than one of the many backstories that were kicked around by Imagineering back in the day, but never actually made it into the attraction.
It's no doubt that certain nods and remnants of backstories still exist - particularly the pirate ship weathervane that Kat talks about in her story. But that doesn't mean that there is a storyline to the attraction.
For decades, the Mansion has remained a disjointed array of experiencings all tied together by the Ghost Host's incredible narration. Only earlier this year was that changed when Kat Cressida became the Black Widow Bride in the attic, tying together her character with the woman sitting on George's headstone in the stretching gallery. Only then was there any amount of cohesive storytelling introduced to the Mansion. And even still, much of the attraction is still disjointed and random.
Anyway, I suppose I'm rambling.
I do suggest all you Disneyland fans head out and listen to the story. It's great fun and really interesting to listen to. But don't take it as the official history of the attraction as it is today...