Despite being “the happiest place on Earth”, Disney theme parks boast a few darker elements in their attractions. Every Disney park around the world boasts some version of a haunted house ride; The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park , Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland, Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris and Mystic Manor in Hong Kong. The dark rides involve a tour in omnimover vehicles of a mysterious house, with many similar elements in each version.
A mix of traditional illusions and modern technology are combined to create an eerie experience for guests. When planning the first mansion for Disneyland, Marc Davis and Claude Coats, two of the mansion’s main designers disagreed on whether the ride should be frightening or comedic. The result is a unique experience mixing humor with genuinely dark themes and imagery. With fans around the world enjoying the mansion dark rides, many elements have become iconic; including the singing busts, the music, the vehicles known as ‘Doom Buggies’ and the crystal ball. The houses all have different backstories, but all claim to be home to 999 happy haunts!
Here are some of our favourite artistic tributes to Disney’s Haunted Mansion rides.
Hitching by croonstreet
Ghosts by Fredrik Edén
Disney Wonderground by joeyart.tumblr.com
Haunted Mansion of Cute by Jerrod Maruyama
Madame Leota by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Haunted Mansion by John Nadeau
31 Ghosts by SHAG
Art of Disney by $imbolism
Call in the Spirits by Glenn Arthur
Kingdom Keepers by mrdinks.deviantart.com
A Swinging Wake by Garrett McGill
Mystic Manor via insidethemagic.net
Happy Haunts by Jerrod Maruyama
Portraits de Phantom Manor via dlpicsou.wordpress.com