Secrets of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

One of the most popular and fascinating rides at Disneyland is without a doubt, the Haunted Mansion. Here are several fun, and spooky secrets about this classic attraction.

Major Delays

While the outside building was finished in 1963, the ride didn’t actually open until several years latter, in 1969. This was due to several different factors including numerous redesigns, the World’s Fair in 1964-1965, as well as Walt Disney’s death in 1966.

The Building is Just a Facade

The actual ride itself does not take place in the Mansion you see in the park. The attraction is actually behind the mansion, on the other side of the train tracks, in a huge show building.

Show Building behind Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

Stretching Room

The opening room to the attraction seems to be stretching, but it is actually an elevator. The elevator lower the crowds so they can walk beneath the railroad in order to reach the show building. If you are looking to exit the stretching room first, stand under the painting of the lady with the parasol. The door to the the next hallway will open beneath her.

Pumpkin King Jack Skellington

The Spider’s Web

Many years ago, a park goer brought a gun onto the ride (security must of been lax back then). The rider then used the gun and shot it at the huge glass sheet in front of the ballroom scene! The bullet left a crack on the glass, but instead of replacing the expensive glass sheet, an artist was brought in and turned the shattered area into a spider web! You can look for it behind the fourth column.

Hidden Mickey

In the dining room, look carefully at the plates on the table for a set of three that create Mickey’s Iconic shape. The location sometimes moves around though, so be on the lookout.

Doom Buggies


The Doom Buggies were based on technology called “Omnimovers” that Disney imagineers helped created for Ford for the 1964 Worlds Fair. Imagineers had a tough time deciding how the crowds would move through the mansion. It was originally to have the crowds walk through the creepy mansion on foot. At one point during the planning stages, it was even going to be a water ride!

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