Notice! All Ghosts and Restless Spirits: Early Footage from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

Vintage Haunted Mansion Photo via

Darlings, on this dreary Monday morning almost exactly between autumn and winter, why don’t we take a trip back in time to summer in the late 1960’s and peek at the newly instated grandeur of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion? Inspired in part by the labyrinthine and bizarre Winchester Mystery House, the Haunted Mansion first opened its doors in August 1969, fourteen years after the park’s grand opening. This delightful little video from Disney History Institute provides some early footage and promotional material for the mansion while delving into the mysterious history of the Hatbox Ghost, one of the 999 spirits rumored to claim residence in the mansion, which disappeared during the early days of the attraction. Enjoy!

(via boing boing)

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Categories: History (Haunted and Otherwise)

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2 replies

  1. I think the hatbox ghost would be lonely today because nobody knows what a hatbox is. And nobody would be scared of a box ghost.

  2. That was cool and interesting. What a thrill it would be to definitively answer such a question.

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