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[[caption-width-right:348: ''Welcome, foolish mortals.'']]

->''"When hinges creak in doorless chambers, \\
When strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls, \\
Whenever candlelights flicker though the air is deathly still, \\
That is the time when ghosts are present, \\
Practicing their terror with ghoulish delight..."''
-->--'''Opening lines'''

'''''The Haunted Mansion''''' is [[ExpandedUniverse a franchise]] that has grown around the [[LongRunner long-running]] attraction at the various Ride/DisneyThemeParks, having spawned two movies (a critically disappointing feature with Eddie Murphy and an upcoming film by Guillermo del Toro), a videogame, two comic book series (A shortlived anthology series by Slave Labor Graphics and a miniseries at MarvelComics under the ComicBook/DisneyKingdoms imprint), and an upcoming animated television special headed by illustrator Gris Grimly, in addition to appearances in various Disney media.

Having spent a long time in DevelopmentHell, having even been first thought of in the earliest plans of Disneyland, with various stories considered and rejected, Walt eventually decided for a minimalistic approach on story and made the house a simple retirement home/boarding house for the spirits. Of course, this hasn't stopped many from speculating and creating their own interpretations about the nature of the house and its inhabitants, sometimes even being played with by Disney themselves through the mansion's assorted incarnations.

TropeNamer for BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts and SillySpook.

Each Magic Kingdom-style Disney park has a version of this ride:
* '''Disneyland''', '''Walt Disney World''', and '''Tokyo Disneyland''' have the "classic" version, though specific scenes and details vary from venue to venue.
** From the TurnOfTheMillennium onward, the Anaheim and Tokyo parks give the original version of the ride a special Christmas-season overlay each year: Haunted Mansion Holiday, in which [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington and company]] have decked it out for the Yuletide.
* '''Disneyland Paris''' has the DarkerAndEdgier Phantom Manor.
* '''Hong Kong Disneyland''' has the LighterAndSofter, ghost-free Mystic Manor, in which a magical music box is monkeyed around with by...well, a monkey, the pet of the manor's world-explorer owner. Now the exotic relics on display in the house are going ape!

!! The actual rides includes examples of:
* AbortedArc: The animatronic raven was originally going to be the "narrator" of the ride, which ended up being much better implemented with the "Ghost Host" being piped in through the Doom Buggy's individual speakers. The ravens, however, are still situated throughout the ride, flapping and beaking as if they were saying something.
* TheArtifact: The heartbeat in the Attic soundtrack no longer makes sense. Originally, it was associated with the mournful Bride character who had a visible glowing heartbeat, but ever since she was replaced by the murderous Constance, it doesn't seem so appropriate.
** They seem to have dropped the heartbeat sound effect altogether sometime before reinstating the Hatbox Ghost.
* AscendedExtra: Imagineer Leota Ann Thomas (Leota Toombs at the time) was originally supposed to be a stand-in for the crystal ball effect. Though Eleanor Audley's voice was used as planned, the Imagineers liked Leota's performance so much that they ended up using it, and the character was given the name Madame Leota. If you're wondering what Leota sounded like, that's her voice asking you to "Hurry back" at the end, (although this was a forced breathy voice). The fans and Disney alike call that ghost "[[AscendedMeme Little Leota]]" as a result. (Officially, it's "the Ghostess".)
** Thomas' daughter Kim Irvine, who also became a Imagineer, portrays Madame Leota's face during ''Haunted Mansion Holiday''.
%% ** [[PunnyName Constance Hatchaway]], the ghostly, devious, GoldDigger bride in the attic.
* TheBadGuyWins: In Paris, "Phantom Manor" appears to give off this implication, as the Phantom successfully got his revenge, only failing in killing the riders.
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: The TropeNamer comes from a scene where your cars are spun to face a mirror revealing the reflection of ghosts riding along in your car with you.
%% * BigBad: The Phantom in Paris's version.
%% * BigBoosHaunt
%% * BlackHumor: This is how most of the ride works.
%% * BlackWidow[=/=]TheBluebeard: One on the actual ride and one on a tombstone outside the exit.
* BloodlessCarnage: Despite all the implied violence, there is virtually no blood.
* BuriedAlive: A portion of ''Phantom Manor'' when you go underground into the crypt.
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: There has been at least one instance of a family attempting to scatter a loved one's ashes within the halls of the ride, causing Disneyland to purchase a HEPA vacuum cleaner to clean up any remains dumped in the ride.
* ChristmasEpisode: During the holidays, the Disneyland version of the Mansion gets decorated up in a ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' meets Haunted Mansion theme. The Tokyo Disneyland version gets a similar treatment.
* ComicTrio: The Hitchhiking Ghosts are generally portrayed like this in {{Fanon}} with Ezra (the skeletal one) as the schemer, Gus (the bearded convict) as the dumb one and Phineas (the carpetbagger) as the powerless one.
* CreepyTwins: Wellington and Forsythia Dread of the WDW Mansion's new queue extension
%% * CreepyChangingPainting
* CreepyRavens: Ravens are placed throughout the ride to add to the creepy atmosphere, as noted in AbortedArc.
* CrustyCaretaker: An old caretaker appears before the Graveyard, and he's the only mortal character in the ride.
* CulturalTranslation: To the Japanese, ghosts are a major element of myths and legend, so the Haunted Mansion in Tokyo Disneyland is in Fantasyland. The French, meanwhile, have a thing for the American Old West, and so Phantom Manor is in Frontierland.
* DancesAndBalls: The big party scene in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** A common interpretation of the Happy Haunts. This is more expressed in the spin-off materials.
** The Ghost Host is nothing more than a harmless {{Troll}} that loves getting a rise out of mortals -- but not in the Paris attraction where he's the main villain.
** Constance Hatchaway in the recent refurbishment of the U.S. rides is a notable [[AvertedTrope exception]].
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** The Disneyland Paris version, Phantom Manor, is much scarier and tells a story of macabre gothic/western horror. It even has an impact on other rides, because Phantom Manor shares a backstory with Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland's roller coaster and anchor ride.
** The Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion's exterior was designed to be gothic and angular to send a better message about the scariness of the ride, since there were complaints that the Disneyland Mansion facade (a southern New Orleans plantation house) fooled parents into thinking that it was suitable for very young children, but it scared them too much, prompting a redesigned building for WDW.
** Even the "classic" Haunted Mansion was this compared to other attractions in Disneyland. Most of its jokes are about people experiencing rather horrifying deaths, including some ''suicide'' jokes, one joke about a character begging to be let out of its coffin, and let's not forget Constance Hatchaway, a GoldDigger who has killed several men for their money (a fact they ''don't'' gloss over).
%% * DefangedHorrors
%% * DemBones: Mostly in Phantom Manor. Later show up as enemies in the game.
* DownerEnding: Completely subverted and PlayedForLaughs. "''Now I will raise the safety bar...and the ghost will follow you home, ha ha ha ha ha ha!''"
* DrivenToSuicide: The Ghost Host.
--> '''The Ghost Host''': Of course, there's always ''my way'' (cue hanging corpse).
* EarlyBirdCameo: The Haunted Mansion facade building just sat around in New Orleans Square for a few years before the attraction opened. The only sign something was brewing was an advertisement on the door asking for ghosts to apply for residency.
%% * EndlessCorridor:
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland involves an explorer's mischievous monkey in addition to supernatural occurrences.
* EvilLaugh: While he might not be evil, the Ghost Host provides a rather good one.
** While also presumably not evil, the lead singing bust has one as well.
** The Phantom - who, unlike the original Host he's truly evil - in Paris gets one too, courtesy of VincentPrice.
** The Hatbox Ghost does this before his head vanishes.
%% * ExtremelyDustyHome
* ExpandedUniverse: The original ride had no real storyline other than the mansion being a "retirement home" for ghosts. However, comics and a video game have given several of the mansion's characters more elaborate backstories.
%% * FauxAffablyEvil: The Phantom in ''Phantom Manor''.
%% * GiantSpider: The Disney World version used to have a couple of them, later used for enemies in the game.
* GoldDigger: Constance the ghost bride in ''The Haunted Mansion''.
%% * GraveHumor
%% * HauntedHouse
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: The grim "Bridal Chorus" in the Attic is underscored by a heartbeat. Before the music, the heartbeat (and the screams of pop-up ghosts) were the only sounds in the attic.
* {{Hellevator}}: The Disneyland version is actually this in the stretching portrait room, as is the Paris version. The stretching room also serves the double purpose of providing a scene, and also lowering riders to an underground passageway (the changing portraits corridor, which goes underneath the park railroad) that guests use to get to the ride, which takes place in a show building hidden behind the park berm.
** In Tokyo Disneyland and the Florida version, where there was more room, the ride takes place at the same level as the main mansion. Since the show building and mansion are on the same level, the stretching room is not an elevator, but the effect is achieved simply by raising the ceiling.
* IWillWaitForYou: The original backstory to the ghost bride in the Haunted Mansion, taken further in the French version.
* IronicName / PunnyName:
** Constance Hatchaway, the Bride. Her marriages involved her ''constantly'' using her ''hatchet.''
** The elderly woman in the stretching gallery, now retconned to be Constance, used to be known as "Abigale Patecleaver", referencing the gruesome tombstone showing George's head being split open ([[DontExplainTheJoke or, his pate being cleaved]]) by an axe.
%% * KarmaHoudini: The Phantom with the Paris version
* LightningReveal: The ceiling in the elevator goes to black, and the Ghost Host is revealed to have hung himself in life (or the groom in Phantom Manor).
** The original StockSoundEffect for this was "Castle Thunder" (which many pre-1988 Disney animated features and shorts used), but in 2007, the Disney World version replaced it with newer, more ''realistic'' thunder sound effects
** And several paintings show monstrous views of their subjects, which reveal the monstrous side in time with the lightning flashes "outside" the mansion.
* LighterAndSofter: Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland, which has artefacts coming to life via a mysterious music box and no ghosts. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kEApcS_kVqM See for yourself here.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLvq84KqOeE However, it's recommended to watch the Pre Show first to understand the story completely,]]
* LosingYourHead:
** The Headless Knight in the Graveyard, seen singing beside his executioner.
** The Hatbox Ghost from Disneyland's ride has a head that tends to disappear from his shoulders, fly into his hatbox, then re-appear on his shoulders again.
** Emphasis on ''Your'' regarding the Magic Kingdom's version of the ride. The Hitchhiking Ghosts will literally mess with your heads. The illusion is given off of them making your head disappear, as well as taking your head off and either then swapping their head with yours, or swapping your head with the head of the person riding with you.
* MultipleChoicePast: The Haunted Mansion's back story is pretty much whatever the ride operators decide it is that day, the only solid thing being that the house is a retirement home/boarding house of the spirit world.
** One of the original story lines was about a blood thirsty pirate captain who built the manse for his wife who found out his secret. He then killed her, after which she came back to haunt him, which caused him to kill himself. Remnants of this story can still be seen in the mansion. Another one of the original stories was that it was the home of a murderous family known as the Family of Blood. The original record had this story on it.
** Only Phantom Manor has an official backstory, which is tied to the theme of Big Thunder Mountain and the rest of Frontierland, but even this story is not totally concrete.
* OffWithHisHead: The Headless Knight.
** In Mystic Manor, a laughing samurai suit of armor tries to slice off Albert the monkey's head. There are three medieval suits of armor in a castle-themed display case, with separate singing helmets and weapons. Also, a Mongolian suit of armor holds aloft some helmets on a spear.
* OminousPipeOrgan: The Ballroom scene. The Disneyland organ is the actual prop from Disney's ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' movie. Everywhere else, a replica is used.
** The foyer, where a [[NightmareFuel slow funeral-dirge version]] of ''Grim, Grinning Ghosts'' plays, is much eerier. Unlike the ballroom scene, where the organ is in plain view, the source of the foyer music is left up to the guest's imagination.
* OneWomanWail: The Bride's singing throughout ''Phantom Manor''.
* OnlySixFaces: The grinning skull face is seen on Ezra, pop-up ghosts, pictures in the Corridor of Doors, the Hatbox Ghost, the Grim Reaper in Leota's spellbook, and the ticket-booth zombie in Phantom Canyon.
%% * OracularHead: Madame Leota
* OverprotectiveDad: Henry Ravenswood of Phantom Manor. After discovering his daughter was to leave town after getting married, he's determined to stop the wedding at all costs. [[spoiler: He dies in an earthquake that ravages the whole town (on Big Thunder Mountain, when your train is going up the lift hill through the blasting tunnel), but his spirit goes on to murder his son-in-law to be from beyond the grave and decides to make his now depressed daughter suffer for the rest of her life in the abandoned house]].
* ParasolOfPrettiness: The ballerina in the stretching paintings, to help the contrast with the grim situations in the full paintings.
%% * PungeonMaster: The Ghost Host.
* QuicksandSucks: As we see in one of the stretching paintings.
* {{Retcon}}: The Attic scene evolved several times and each change was treated like the only version of the scene ever there.
** Upon his return, the Hatbox Ghost's original brief backstory no longer works with [[BlackWidow the current Bride]]. This is actually to the hatbox effect's advantage, since he's no longer required to sync his head trick to the heartbeat, and he now has time to perform more animations.
%% * RhymesOnADime: Madame Leota
%% * RuleOfScary: Of course this ride is built on this. The RuleOfFunny is used at times.
* ShoutOut:
** Look closely at Madame Leota's book. That's the incantation from ''Blackbeard's Ghost'' on its page.
** A Victorian era attired ghost can be seen in the ballroom, drunkenly swinging from the chandelier by his cane. He was inspired by the character Pickwick from ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' by Creator/CharlesDickens.
** The organist is a shout-out to the 1925 film adaptation of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
** The one-eyed black cat that appears on the tomb of the composer at Walt Disney World's mansion (itself taken from an earlier draft of the attraction), is inspired by the gruesome EdgarAllanPoe tale, ''The Black Cat''.
** Outside of the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion is the tomb of the murderous Literature/{{Bluebeard}} (died 1440) and his wives. The inscription reads, "Six of them were faithful, but the seventh did him in."
** At Walt Disney World, In the back of the pet cemetery, there is a headstone of Mr. Toad in tribute to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, which closed in 1998, to be replaced by Winnie the Pooh.
** The Corridor of Doors is a shout-out to ''Film/TheHaunting1963'' (based on the novel ''Literature/TheHauntingOfHillHouse'' by Creator/ShirleyJackson), which a bunch of the WED Imagineers, and WaltDisney, went to see together.
** The human arm sconces in the crypt were inspired by the 1946 film ''La Belle et la BÍte'', the French film adaptation of the FairyTale "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast". ''La Belle et la BÍte'' was one of Rolly Crump's favorite films.
** The staircases in the Walt Disney World mansion is a shout-out to M.C. Escher's "Relativity".
** The pharmacist in Phantom Manor is a shout-out to ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson.
** The claw coming out at you in the clock hall is a shout-out to ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
** The drummer of the graveyard band is based on the folk story of the Drummer of Tedworth.
** ''Mystic Manor'' at Hong Kong Disneyland has plenty of shout outs to the Haunted Mansion. In the Greek Room, they have a painting of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa Medusa]] that transforms into her monstrous Gorgon form complete with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], a conservatory with ''huge'' Venus Flytraps, and in the Armory, three knight's suits of armour singing cheerfully.
* SpecialEffectsEvolution: Evident in several updates of the ride, including the "floating Leota", Constance, and the updated Hatbox Ghost.
* TightropeWalking: The pretty young lady with the parasol in the stretching room. If only she were performing over a net.
* {{Troll}}: The Ghost Host, with mortals as his targets.
** The Hitchhiking Ghosts in Magic Kingdom's version of the ride, with the riders also being their targets.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Master Gracey is named after the Imagineer Yale Gracey, who helped design the ride.
** Madame Leota/Dear Sweet Leota is named for Leota Toombs. Other tombstone names and who they are named for: Grandpa Marc is Marc Davis, Brother Claude is Claude Coats, Francis Xavier is X Atencio, and Brother Dave is Dave Schweninger. The Walt Disney World queue also has one for Mister Frees (Paul Frees, the voice of the Ghost Host) and features a [[Creator/ThurlRavenscroft Ravenscroft]] brand organ.
* UnfinishedBusiness: Constance seems to hang around in the Mansion because she was never brought to justice; the Hatbox Ghost seems to tell visitors where some incriminating evidence can be found in the attic. All of the other ghosts, however, are hanging out in the mortal world for the fun of it.
* VaderBreath: A door bulges out and breathes heavily.
* VisualPun: The opera singers are a visual pun on ThePhantomOfTheOpera. The Grand Ballroom scene contains a ghost of Caesar, as in "Great Caesar's ghost!"
%% * TheVoice: The Ghost Host.
* WikiRule: Has a wiki [[http://hauntedmansion.wikia.com/ that needs a lot of love]]
->''"There's a little matter I forgot to mention... BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts!"''
!! The video game contains examples of:
%% * AdaptationExpansion
%% * AnAxeToGrind: The knights.
%% * AnimatedArmor: Also the knights.
%% * BigBad: Atticus Thorn.
%% * BlackCloak: The ghost in the Children's Room.
%% * CanonForeigner: Ezekiel Holloway and Atticus Thorn.
%% * ChargedAttack
%% * DeadlyDodging: The billards room, the kitchen.
%% * DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist
* DegradedBoss: Every enemy is introduced as part of a big battle. After being defeated, more show up as regular enemies.
%% * EnemySummoner: The gargoyles.
%% * EverythingTryingToKillYou
%% * ExpositionFairy: Madame Leota.
* FollowTheLeader: It's essentially VideoGame/LuigisMansion with Disney characters.
%% * TheGoomba: The spiders
%% * HeroicMime: Zeke.
%% * IncredibleShrinkingMan: The billards room, the toy room.
%% * ItsAllAboutMe: The ghost in the trophy room says this.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Zeke pretty readily accepts Leota's request to save the Mansion.
* LightIsGood: The enemies can't inhabit a room you've lit up.
%% * MakeMeWannaShout: The ghost girls.
%% * MythologyGag: Several.
%% * OneWingedAngel: Thorn in the climax.
%% * OurGargoylesRock
%% * PlayingWithFire: Thorn.
%% * RecurringBoss: Thorn.
* RecycledInSpace: The game is nearly identical to VideoGame/LuigisMansion. It even has an incredibly similar layout for the rooms.
%% * RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue: The ghost in the study.
%% * SinisterScythe: The ghost in the Children's Room.
%% * SpreadShot: The fourth Soul Gem provides this ability.
%% * StringyHairedGhostGirl: One of the recurring enemies.
%% * TemporaryPlatform: In the Winter Garden
%% * TheWormThatWalks: Atticus Thorn.
->''"Hurry baaaaack...hurry baaaaack...be sure to bring your death certificate, if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now. We've been...dying to have you..."''