How would you like to win a night’s stay in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland in California? Well you could if enter a new contest sponsored by KTLA 5 in Los Angeles.
The mansion, which first opened in 1969, was originally conceived in the 1950s as a walk through attraction that ended in a restaurant which would be named the Museum of the Weird. That concept was abandoned in favor of what we know and love today.
Even though the facade was completed in 1963 it took 6 years to finish the attraction. Part of this was due to Disney’s work for the New York World’s fair in 1964 and 1965.
Since it’s 1969 opening it has been thrilling and chilling guests who ride through the attraction in doom buggies. Though the narrator, your ghost host, has always said there is room for one more no one has ever got to be that one more.
That will change with this contest as the winner and up to three guests get to spend the night in the Mansion. If read the fine print sleeping is not the only thing on the agenda. Cast members, aka as ghosts, will be interacting with the guests and there will be sound effects to remind the lucky winners that they are in a haunted mansion.
So do you want to win a night’s stay in haunted mansion? Click below to enter.
Disney World is a magical place. There is no other way to describe it. Walt’s team of imagineers have built a wonderful illusion. As much as we would like for the illusion to be real it is still an illusion. This article will focus on some of the tricks Disney uses to pull us into that illusion.
Okay maybe this should have been included under Making Disney Magic: The Terms but this one was so big that I wanted it to have its own section. The following is from the book How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life by Pat Williams:
“Normally, the word “plus” is a conjunction, but not in Walt’s vocabulary. To Walt, “plus” was a verb—an action word—signifying the delivery of more than what his customers paid for or expected to receive.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of examples of Walt “plussing” his products. He constantly challenged his artists and Imagineers to see what was possible, and then take it a step further…and then a step beyond that. Why did he go to the trouble of making everything better when “good enough” would have sufficed? Because for Walt, nothing less than the best was acceptable when it bore his name and reputation, and he did whatever it took to give his guests more value than they expected to receive for their dollar.”
Walt did everything he could to help people escape from the real world for a little while and spend some time in a place where wishes do come true. Two prime examples are the fact you do not walk right from your car into the Magic Kingdom. Instead you board either the monorail or the ferry boat. Thus even before you get to gates of the park you begin to leave the world behind.
This is all part of Walt’s magic and vision. That vision could not be nearly as complete at Disneyland as it is at Disney World simply because of space. Walt and the imagineering crew also learned a few things from the California park.