Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Scott And Carol Present - Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday

"Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a place that perhaps you've seen in your dreams. For the story that you are about to be told, took place in the holiday worlds of old. Now, you've probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven't, I'd say it's time you begun."

Walt Disney began developing the concept of a haunted mansion nearly 20 years before it was actually constructed. Versions of a haunted house attraction appeared in early concept art during the initial planning of what would become Disneyland.

The foundation for the facade of the Plantation style mansion took place in 1962. Finally, after years of planning the New Orleans Square Haunted Mansion opened its doors, on August 9, 1969.

Since 2001 Disneyland's Haunted Mansion has been made over for the holidays. Starting in September and running into January the mansion and grounds under go an ex-scream makeover with characters from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas joining the 999 ghostly mansion residents.

Jack Skellington and some not so scary friends have done some Christmas decorating which will have guests shrieking with delight as they check out Jack's Christmas displays.

"My dearest friend, if you don't mind I'd like to join you by your side Where we can gaze into the stars

And sit together, now and forever. For it is plain as anyone can see we're simply meant to be."

The Haunted Mansion is one our favorites at Disneyland and getting to experience the attraction during the holiday season was something we have wanted to do for quite awhile and we were not disappointed. Jack and friends fit in well with the regular gang.

Thanks again to the kind folks at Disneyland resorts and Happy Holidays to all!