Disney Never Wanted You to See the Haunted Mansion Like This

These photos are from a trip backstage at the Haunted Mansion attraction.

behind the scenes haunted mansion photos

The way that Walt Disney Imagineers created the ghost effect throughout the classic Haunted Mansion attraction is by using mirrors and reflections to create a whispy effect on the ghost figures. In reality, the ghost figures are in one room with their reflections being cast into another room causing them to appear to be able to float through tables and fly.

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1. This “Ghost” Struggles to Blow Out a Candle

blowing out cake haunted mansion

2. Crowned King of the deadly dance

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3. Crowd of the undead dance floor

disneyland ghosts haunted mansion

4. Who knew that ghosts rode bicycles.

ghost riding bikes

5. In the graveyard these ghosts are constantly having a swinging wake.

final scene graveyard haunted mansion disneyland

6. These Pirates Can Sure Bust out a version of Grim Grinning Ghosts

pirate band haunted mansion disneyland

7. Speaking of busts

haunted mansion singing busts disneyland

8. The little ones just gets to me–in a creepy way

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9.  Would you want this ghost to follow you home?

hitch hiking ghosts closeup disneyland

1o. Row upon row of hitch hiking ghosts…like the gift bag table at a petrifying party

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(These photos come from Mark Correy of the Vintage Disneyland group on Facebook. Drop by and take a look at all of the awesome photos there.)

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is both the first haunted house that I ever experienced and the best quality I have experienced to date. Whether you like the Disneyland version of Walt Disney World one, there is room for one more in almost every Disney Park across the globe.

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11 comments add yours

  1. Thanks for sharing! I can’t get enough of the backstage photos. Interesting to see how some are set up.

  2. I love seeing the behind the scenes rides at Disneyland. How do you get to do this? I wish Disney would offer this.

  3. I LVE Disneyland during October,because my Birthday is in this month on the 18th, I also LVE the Haunted Mansion the first time I visted the Mansion was when I was Five years old. I wish I could do that again because this year I will be 35 years old this would be special.

  4. Disneyland, and the Disney Corporation as a whole, is all about the magic of it all. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be allowed backstage you know that there are NO cell phones or cameras allowed out at any time. They do NOT want anything “out there” that could dispel the magic they try to create by showing how any of it is done. So why, since I THINK you claim to be huge fans of everything Disney, do you show pictures like this to the world? Most people who see this will see the ride in a completely different way forever after. Sadly…

    • I agree!! Keep the magic secret. Theres enough reality in our everyday life!!

      • To me, science and engineering has always had a very magical quality. So I’m fine with it 😀

  5. Judging by the size of the bust, I’d say you mislabeled a queen as a king.

  6. We got a personal private tour of those areas one evening by a park imagineer. We also we walking in Pirates and watched guests from the bridge you travel under entering the battle scene

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