Characters: The Haunted Mansion

This page covers a few of the characters from the ride.

The Ghost Host

Voice Actors: Paul Frees (original ride), Corey Burton (Haunted Mansion Holiday, film, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures), Tony Jay (DVD bonus features), Teichiro Hori (Japanese)

The Host and The Narrator of the rides, the Ghost Host is the unseen voice that accompanies guests around the mansion. He was Driven to Suicide by hanging from the rafters in the mansion's cupola. The Ghost Host uses Black Comedy to entertain and possibly intimidate the guests, scaring them several times, and often invites them to join the mansion's residents as resident number one-thousand. He is not called Master Gracey in the "current" canon, although that's a little complicated here. At first, the name Master Gracey (readable on a tombstone in the graveyard) and the Ghost Host character weren't related. But the fans started to theorize about that, and some merchandise and a poster displayed in the official parks were signed "Master Gracey, your Ghost Host". In the movie, Gracey is indeed the master of the house (something he was never intended to be at first), but is not the Ghost Host. In the comics, they're the same character. Today, none of this connection is used anymore in official merchandise. However, a lot of fanfics still use this links.

  • Black Humor: The Ghost Host enjoys taunting and scaring the ride's guests.
    The Ghost Host: Oh, I didn't mean to frighten you prematurely. The real chills come later!
  • Driven to Suicide: Via hanging.
  • Ghost Butler
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The Ghost Host is voiced by Paul Frees (who also did the voice of Ludwig Von Drake as one of his most famous performances). Corey Burton took over his role after he passed away.
    • In Phantom Manor, a similar character, known as the Phantom, was originally voiced by Vincent Price but the audio was changed to French. Only his laugh as the Phantom remains.
  • The Host
  • Multiple-Choice Past: A common belief or theory among fans is that the Ghost Host is the owner of the mansion and named Master Gracey (which is a nod to Imagineer Yale Gracey), who hung himself after the bride character died. However, this is Word of Dante, though it could equally be considered Ascended Fanon when the 2003 movie inducted it into its plot.
  • The Narrator
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse
  • Pungeon Master
  • The Voice

The Phantom

Voice Actors: Vincent Price (English), Gérard Chevalier (French)

The Host of Phantom Manor. Unlike his original precedessor, he's the main villain of the ride. He's a very mysterious character and as a matter of fact there are two hypothesis who could he be: an evil spirit who fell in love with Melanie and then killed her groom hanging him by the neck from the rafters and then he condemned the poor bride to haunt the house forever. In the second one, he was Henry Ravenswood, owner of the manor and Melanie's father. He disapproved of her wedding and plans to leave town and combined with his losses in his Big Thunder Mountain gold mine holdings, he snapped when an earthquake came and killed him. But his restless spirit would not be denied. What he did is the same of the first hypotesis.

  • Ax-Crazy: There are some clues in the attraction who suggest he mustn't be well composed.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always seen in a fine suit and a Cool Hat.
  • Big Bad: Not just of the ride, but of Frontierland as a whole if you think about it. He started the mine in Big Thunder Mountain, which causes the earthquake that your train hits riding up the third lift hill. And that's just his backstory. This might explain why the roller coaster is themed to appear like it's been abandoned for years.
  • Dem Bones: He's an undead skeleton in the graveyard scene.
  • Evil Laugh: Vincent Price's evil laugh is used.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Gerard Chevalier's voice is this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He apologizes to the guests for having'em scared, like his precedessor, but he's more sarcastic than affable.
  • For the Evulz
  • Ghostly Goals: Apparently, of the 2nd type.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike the rest of the ghosts who are tormented soul, he's a pure evil and homicidal spirit who enjoys doing bad, and seems intent on tormenting Melanie.
  • Large Ham
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Expecially in his last appearence as a ghoul - like creature.
  • Obviously Evil
  • Overprotective Dad: He could be Henry Ravenswood's soul.
  • The Spook: He's literally one. His origins are vague in the attraction itself, but the backstory spells out his identity pretty well.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Subverted, as the Manor is much darker in tone than the Mansions.

Madame Leota

Voice Actors: Eleanor Audley (Original Attraction), Susan Blakeslee (Haunted Mansion Holiday, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures), Oona Lind (Phantom Manor)

The spirit of a psychic medium, whose head appears inside a crystal ball. From her chamber, she performs a Spooky Seance to contact the spirits from beyond. She has a tombstone outside the ride which has moving eyes.

The Bride

Voice Actors: Oona Lind (Phantom Manor (voice)), Katherine Meyring (Phantom Manor (singing)), Kat Cressida (Disneyland, Walt Disney World)

The Bride is an iconic character in the rides with the most different character interpretations. The original lacked an official name or backstory, appearing in several designs with a visible beating heart, until 2006, when she became Constance Hatchaway, The Bride With A Past and a Black Widow, having married at least five men and murdering them to gain their fortunes.

In Phantom Manor, the Bride is Melanie Ravenswood who wanted to marry the man she loved against her Overprotective Dad's wishes. On her wedding day, the Phantom killed her groom via hanging but she has remained unaware of this, and decided to wait for her groom to return so they can get married. She wanders the halls of her home singing for her lover, and scenes showed she aged and then died at some point, but lived on as a ghost, still waiting for her groom to come.

The film's incarnation of the Bride is Elizabeth Henshaw, a woman of mixed race who was to marry Master Gracey. However, not wanting a scandal, the butler Ramsley poisoned her and faked a suicide. She lived on as a ghost ball, and was reunited with Master Gracey after the curse was lifted and the truth was revealed to him. She is mistaken for a woman named Sara Evers, who Master Gracey believes to be a reincarnation.

The Hitchhiking Ghosts

There's a little thing that should be mentioned: Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts. These three ghosts appear at the end of the ride, hitching a ride in the guests' Doom Buggies. The Ghost Host comments that the ghosts will follow guests home after guests pass by a row of mirrors to see them sitting in their Doom Buggies. The three ghosts are now commonly known as Phineas (the obese ghost in a top hat), Ezra (the tall skeletal guy) and Gus (the hairy dwarf prisoner). These names originally came from fan fiction written by cast members but became so well-known that they are now often included in official Disney-sanctioned material. They are quite the Ensemble Darkhorses and the iconic characters of the ride. They only make a brief appearance in the film.

The Hatbox Ghost

Voice Actors: Paul Frees (original ride), Corey Burton (Haunted Holidays)

Perhaps the biggest Ensemble Darkhorse for the fans after the Hitchhiking Ghosts. The Hatbox Ghost was a skeletal spectre seen in the attic with the bride, his head vanishing into the hatbox he carried and back to his body. Unfortunately, the character's trick often didn't work so he was quickly removed from the ride. However, he is so memorable that fans have been requesting his return for years. It seems they may get their wish with Guillermo Del Toro's announcement of remaking the film, and the Hatbox Ghost is to be involved as a focus point. After gauging fan response to the idea of bringing Hattie back by dressing up a generic A-100 as Hattie for the D23 Expo, Disney set to work on bringing him back for real.

  • Big Bad: Considered by some to be the villain of the ride, even though he isn't in it. Apparently he will be in Guillermo Del Toro's planned film.
  • Dem Bones
  • Demoted to Extra: During the time he was absent from the ride, a photo of him could still be seen in the hallway sequence near the clock and the "Tomb, Sweet Tombs" sign.
  • Evil Laugh: Gained one in 2015, which he performs each time his head is about to vanish.
  • Losing Your Head
  • Nice Hat: A top hat, which stays in the air while his head disappears. It even turns toward the box when it happens!
  • Put on a Bus: And absent for over forty years, though an advanced animatronic appeared on display at 2013's Disney D23. Imagineers dodged any questions about a return, which many take to mean "yes".
    • The Bus Came Back: The Hatbox Ghost returned to the Mansion beginning on May 9, 2015. It is an entirely different figure from the one at D23 and more faithful to the original character.
    • There have been reports that if you ask a cast member or staffer where the hatbox ghost has been all these years, they'll say, "He was always in the attic, you just couldn't see him, but he could see you!"
  • Special Effects Evolution: Went from a very simplistic figure with a failed lighting gimmick, plastic wrap covered body and a little animation in his cane hand to the most fluid moving figure in the attraction with a detailed skeleton sculpt beneath his transparent clothing, an animated face (courtesy of the "Leota effect") and a mixture of digital techniques and physical heads to achieve the effect.

The Singing Busts

A quintet of singing busts found in the graveyard scenes. They sing the ride's Theme Song "Grim Grinning Ghosts". Four members of them appear in Phantom Manor, and four other versions appear in the film singing different songs to answer Eddie Murphy's questions.

Little Leota

A tiny spirit, Little Leota appears at the end of the ride, bidding guests farewell but eerily invites them to "hurry back" and bring their death certificates in order to join the Haunted Mansion as new residents. Also known as the Ghostess.

  • The Danza: Little Leota is named for Leota Toombs, who provided the face for Madame Leota. She then providied the voice and face for Little Leota.
  • The Stinger: Disneyland-style.
  • We Will Meet Again: Little Leota's farewell spiel - "Hurry ba-ack, hurry ba-ack! Be sure to bring your death certificate. If you decide to join us make your final arrangements now. We've been dying to have you."
  • Ascended Fanon : Many fans believe that Madame Leota and Little Leota are the same characters (based on the fact that, being both portrayed by actress Leota Toombs, they have the same face), which was never intended by the creators of the ride. However, in the Haunted Mansion's 40th birthday event, which was a stage play with various HM characters, a character specifically cited to be madame Leota is dressed like an enlarged version of Little Leota, suggesting they're actually the same person.