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The origin of the Haunted Mansion dates back to 1951, four years before Disneyland opened. A Haunted House and Church Graveyard were part of Harper Goff's original concept drawings for Walt's "Mickey Mouse Park" which eventually grew into Disneyland.

It would take 18 years and many changes during its development for this attraction to come to life "no pun intended".

It's no surprise that the first post Walt Disney attraction had some big challenges to overcome before it became a reality.

The Haunted Mansion opened on August 9, 1969 but as far back as 1965, Disneyland had been promoting the upcoming addition.

Walt’s obligations for the 1964 New York World's Fair had forced him to put the Mansion’s design on hold. Then over the next few years many other projects took priority. But that changed in 1968 when the design kicked into high gear.

Like Pirates, the Haunted Mansion was at first going to be a walk through attraction. But the ever pressing need for high capacity attractions led to an adaptation of the Omni Mover system that had been used for the "Adventures Through Inner Space" attraction. For the Mansion, the Omni Mover cars were dubbed "Doom Buggies".

During the design phase, there were arguments back and forth on whether the ghosts should be scary or more lighthearted. Which would Walt prefer? Nearly every person working on the Mansion thought the building should look old and dilapidated. Walt wanted it to look fresh and new.

These are just a couple of the challenges the Imagineers faced. The debate went on for a few years before the lighter side won out and the immaculate, friendly-looking Southern mansion became a "happy haunting ground" for the grim grinning ghosts.

The Haunted Mansion is still today among the park's most beloved attractions, and remains a "gold standard" in the haunted attraction industry. It is one of the few attractions to appear in all four Disney parks, and the only one to appear in a different "land" in each. Now grab a hold of your loved ones and stick close as we bravely venture through Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

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Pet Cemetary
Stretching Room
Portrait Corridor
Load Area
Endless Hallway
Corridor of Doors
Séance Circle
Grand Hall
Little Leota
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