Park: The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland)


The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Location: Disneyland, Anaheim, California, USA
Founded: 1962
Type: Ride
Status: Open

History

The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is haunted by more than the 999 ghosts it is said to have. The ride holds the world record for the most visited dark ride. It took seven years to finish the ride: beginning in 1962, halted in 1966 because of Walt Disney’s death, and opening in 1969. Rumor had it that the ride was being re-designed because it was so scary that it caused a man to have a heart attack; it is unknown if it is true or not.

During the 1940s, there was a pilot flying in a small plane when it crashed into a lake where the park now stands. His spirit currently resides in the Mansion, and he is referred to by Cast Members as “the man with the cane”. Most sightings occur late at night, particularly after closing.

Another spirit is “the man in the tuxedo”, but his identity is unknown. A Cast Member working the exit of the ride saw a shadow appear in the mirrors over and over again, only to find that no one was there. She claims to have felt a chill and a ghostly hand touching her shoulder. It was not long after that she quit her job at the park.

One mother wanted to scatter the ashes of her young son inside of the Mansion. However, being that it was frowned upon by Disney officials, she managed to sneak them onboard and scatter them anyways. The apparition of a crying boy near the exit has been sighted, and his haunting of the ride is believed to be caused by the fact that it was not his final wish.

Over the years, a number of stories have circulated about the number of deaths that have actually occurred on the ride; however, the confirmed number is one. On Grad Night (an event hosted by Disneyland for high school seniors), two boys decided to get a close-up view of the séance room. One of the two boys stepped off the buggy, only to find out the hard way that there was a gap between the walkway and the platform where the display was. There, he fell fifteen feet to his death, breaking his neck.

However, the Séance Circle has featured paranormal activity even before its tragedy. During the construction of the ride, a sound designer was setting up the audio equipment throughout the ride. He heard music coming from the new walls, and to his surprise found that it was a radio that had been boarded up accidentally.

After several continuous days of music, no radio announcer came on and the music never ended. The source of the sound was never discovered, so a speaker was placed in the general area in order to drown out the noise.

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