Friday, August 9, 2019

Haunted Mansion 50th

Welcome Foolish Mortals!  Today is the 50th Anniversary of one of my favorite Disney attractions, the Haunted Mansion!  It's been 50 years since the Haunted Mansion first started welcoming foolish mortals to it's haunted halls on August 9th, 1969.

Photo Source: Disney Parks Blog
The Haunted Mansion is my all time favorite Disney ride- along with Pirates of the Caribbean.  They're like kids... how can I pick a favorite?  But, if I really had to, it would be the Haunted Mansion.  I've always loved it.  I think it wins top spot because of the little details.  I love going through the mansion and seeing all of the rooms decorated.

We love the mansion so much that Eliot and I took a few of our Magic Kingdom wedding photos in front of the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion!  I was so excited that we had time for it.  We only got to do one pose, but it was a lot of fun!  I'm so glad our photographer Stephanie was able to do this for us!  I'm a ghost... your ghost host!

Disney hasn't always had a lot of attraction merchandise available to purchase.  Thus, I've made quite a few Haunted Mansion designs for Happily Ever Hatter over the past 6-ish years.  (I'm also working on a few new designs!)  The Haunted Mansion inspired designs are some my favorites that I've made, but I think that my absolute favorites are my Haunted Mansion Maid and Butler ear hats.  They're so much fun!  I can't wait to put them in a display with our Haunted Mansion Portrait figures!

Thankfully, over the past few years, Disney has made it easier to bring something home other than the hitchhiking ghost that's following you home.  They've opened a dedicated Haunted Mansion store at the Magic Kingdom (Memento Mori) which has housewares, figurines, artwork, clothing, accessories and more!

Eliot and I have bought a few Haunted Mansion items over the years.  We absolutely love our Haunted Mansion cast member shirts.  We even wore them as our "costumes" to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2015.  We had a great interaction with Captain Jack Sparrow thinking we belonged "back over at the creepy house".

I'm really excited for all of the new stuff coming now that it's the 50th Anniversary this year!  I think I'm most excited for the new Disney Dress Shop dress!  However, I've also heard rumors that there will be merchandise outside of Disney- like at Hot Topic and BoxLunch.  I can't wait to see what's available!  Although, my wallet is terrified...

Happy Birthday Haunted Mansion!  May you have many more years of ghoulish delight!  Hurry back... hurry back... be sure to bring your death certificate!  °o°

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