The Haunted Mansion: Timeline

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Our tour begins here, in this gallery, here where you see paintings of some of our guests, as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state….your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it just your imagination, HHMMM?

Here lies the Timeline that got this eerie ride started….

1961: Handbills announcing a 1963 opening of the Haunted Mansion were given out at Disneyland’s main entrance.

1965: The attraction was previewed in an episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.

1966: After Walt Disney’s death, both the interior and exterior of the Haunted Mansion undergo a grand design.

1969: The Haunted Mansion finally has its grand opening in Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

1971: The Haunted Mansion opens in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

1983: The Haunted Mansion opens in Tokyo Disneyland in Japan.

1992: Disneyland Paris opens their own version of the Haunted Mansion, named Phantom Manor.

2001: Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and Tokyo Disneyland began a seasonal tradition of turning the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday; a ride featuring characters from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.  

2003: A feature film based on the attraction, starring Eddie Murphy, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures release.

2005: To celebrate Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary, the ride underwent small changes, including Madame Leota floating crystal ball remaining stationary on a table.

2011: A new queue debuted, allowing fans of the attraction to play games and interact with the Mansion while they waited in line.

2013: The Mystic Manor, an attraction that takes inspiration from the Haunted Mansion, opens in Hong Kong Disneyland.

2016: Marvel Comics began publishing a five-issue miniseries based on the attraction, released under the Disney Kingdoms imprint.

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