Characters / The Haunted Mansion

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

The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland / Walt Disney World / Tokyo Disneyland)

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    The Ghost Host 

The Ghost Host

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"Of course, there's always my way."
Voice Actors: Paul Frees (original ride), Peter Renaday (LP,Opening day announcement), Fred Frees (30th Anniversary CD), Corey Burton (Haunted Mansion Holiday, film, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures), Joe Leahy (Safety spiels), Tony Jay (DVD bonus features), Fabio Rodriguez (Spanish safety spiels), 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 with macabre puns.
    The Ghost Host: Oh, I didn't mean to frighten you prematurely. The real chills come later!
  • Driven to Suicide: Via hanging, although he quickly came back as a ghost.
  • Ghost Butler: Acts as the tour guide and the first ghost that guests meet.
  • The Host: Your ghost host.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Oooh boy. The whole house has it in spades, and the Ghost Host is the most striking example.
    • A common belief among fans was that the Ghost Host was none other than "Master Gracey" (see this character's entry), who hung himself after the bride character died. Since this theory was created by Disneyland employees, it is Word of Dante and keeps being vehemently Jossed by Word of God, but it still made its way into merchandise items. At any rate, even the details of this theory are multiple-choice (Was he a pirate captain? Was he the guy who built the Mansion, or did he just inherit it? Did he really love of the Bride?).
    • The original intent was that the Ghost Host was the Hatchet Man (the guy pictured here), a scary, apparently murderous fellow. Some cut dialogues also include the fact that he was, indeed, the Lord and Master of the mansion when he was alive. However, the portrait was rather discreetly presented in the ride.
    • Once the fans heard about the Imagineers jossing the Master Gracey theory, they cooked up an alternate version stating that the Hatchet Man was the brother/uncle of Master Gracey (and perhaps named Vincent Beauregard Gracey or Beauregard Ghast, depending on who you ask). Who the Bride is related to at that point is unclear, too.
  • The Narrator: Acts as the tour guide and host of the Haunted Mansion, guiding the guests around the retirement home of the restless. Doubles as an Unreliable Narrator, deliberately forgetting to warn guests of important things and doesn't "mean to frighten [them] prematurely".
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: His corpse is revealed to be hanging from the attic rafters above the stretching gallery.
  • Pungeon Master: Pretty good at it.
    All our guests have been dying to meet you.
  • The Voice: We never see his ghostly form, but we do see him in the flesh.

     The Coffin Man 

Coffin Man

Voice Actor: Xavier Atencio

A body in a coffin, struggling to pry off the nailed-down lid. Official sources describe the scene as a "premature funeral", but it's unclear if he's alive or undead. In the original Haunted Mansion, he's in the plant conservatory, while he appears in a different coffin in Phantom Canyon in the Paris attraction.

  • And I Must Scream: Definitely doesn't count as a "happy haunt", as he's trapped in a coffin and can't get out.
  • Buried Alive: He might be quite soon, if he is indeed alive.
  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by X. Atencio, a scriptwriter for the Mansion.
  • The Faceless: All we see are his gnarled old hands pushing up against the lid.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Green light comes from the interior of the coffin.

     Corridor of Doors 

A hallway of restless spirits either trapped behind or in the doors. After the Coffin Man, they show that the ghosts in the house need Leota's help to be freed.

  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The haunted wallpaper, with glowing and animated eyes in the face patterns.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Growling, breathing, banging knockers, turning handles, and the chiming of the demonic clock are the sounds you hear.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We never see the spirits behind the doors, if they're even behind them. Also, the shadowy claw that passes over the clock.
  • Vader Breath: One of the doors bulges outward with heavy breathing.
  • The Walls Have Eyes: The spirits have literally haunted the architecture, with faces in the wallpaper, and in different parts of the door and doorframes.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Subverted. The clock has 13 hours, and its hands are spinning rapidly while it chimes constantly.

     Madame Leota 

Madame Leota

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"Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat...call in the spirits, wherever they're at."
Voice Actors: Eleanor Audley (Original Attraction), Susan Blakeslee (Haunted Mansion Holiday, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, Ghost Post), 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.

  • Big Bad: In both the SLG comics and popular Fanon, she is an Ax-Crazy Chaotic Evil medium who is responsible for the curse that made the mansion haunted in the first place. Counts as Adaptational Villainy as well, since her role in the attraction is to start the party!
  • Big Good: In the film, video games and Marvel book, on the other hand, she is guiding Jim Evers to break the curse of the mansion.
  • Crystal Ball: She is trapped in one. It turns into a glass Christmas ornament for the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the film.
  • Exposition Fairy: In the video game.
  • Fortune Teller: Emphasized in the film where her room is decorated like a fortune teller's tent and Ramsley refers to her as a gypsy woman.
  • Irony: Leota is a spirit inside a crystal ball, rather than a person looking into one. Also, she's a spirit summoning others, rather than someone living contacting the spirit world.
  • Living Statue: Her tombstone at the Walt Disney World queue will occasionally open its eyes and look around.
  • Oracular Head: An otherworldly woman whose head is encased in a crystal ball.
  • Psychic Powers: Able to sense and communicate with the afterlife, and is likely responsible for the floating objects in her room.
  • Rhymes on a Dime
  • Spooky Seance: Floating musical instruments, a floating, spinning table, and Madame Leota floats in the air herself during the seance.
  • Tarot Motifs: Madame Leota has tarot cards laid out on her table.
  • The Walls Have Eyes: Subverted. Madame Leota has a gravestone in the mansion's grounds, which have eyes that open and watch the guests.
  • Tuckerization: Madame Leota is named after Leota Toombs, whose face was used for the character and for the Ghost Hostess. Her daughter, Kim Irvine, would then portray Madame Leota in Haunted Mansion Holiday.

    The Beating Heart Bride 
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I dooooooo.....

Beating Heart a.k.a. "The Bride" or "Emily" or "Elizabeth"

The Bride was one of the most iconic figures of the attraction. She went through many designs, most of which (except the first one) depict her as a forlorn, waiting figure. They all share one trait: a read, glowing, beating heart, whose sound fills the Attic of the Mansion, which she haunts.

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: She is the only tragic ghost in the Mansion where all the others are fun-loving spooks who are having fun in the afterlife.
  • Black Widow: In the short-lived days of the Hatbox Ghost, the original Bride could have been interpreted as this, with Hattie as her victim.
  • Characterization Marches On: The Black Widow implications were totally dropped once the Hatbox Ghost was gone, and she was retconned as the tragic, forlorn bride whose marriage had been stopped in some way.
  • Dem Bones: The first version of the figure, "Skeletor", appeared as a skeletal corpse.
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Some incarnations of the bride had these. Not all of them, though.
  • Heart in the Wrong Place: Too far to the left, as shown in the picture above.
  • Hide the Evidence: The first bride, if she was the Hatbox Ghost's murderer in the early ride, was the one to have hidden his head in a hatbox, as shown by his gimmick and the pop-up ghouls in various boxes in the scene.
  • Implied Love Interest: It has been theorized that she was the bride of the Hatbox Ghost, in the ride's earliest days due to the fact that his Hatbox trick was made to coincide with her heartbeat. Older supplementary material even explicit say that the Hatbox Ghost was her groom.
  • I Will Wait for You: Most incarnation were implied to have been waiting for their grooms, still holding a candle for them even after dying.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Each of the bride's incarnations in the rides have been disturbing in some way.
  • Noodle Incident: An unusually tragic example: unlike Constance, she had no specific backstory, but only hints, and you're supposed to wonder what tragic event made her a ghost in the first place.
    • However, one update of the scene implied that she was jilted, with the pop-up ghosts being dressed as grooms and mockingly calling "I do".
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In her time, Beating Heart just showed up in the story, with no previous explanation. Just silently standing with a glowing red heartbeat.
  • Perfect Poison: Elizabeth falls to this trope in the film.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: It seems she was intended to be a villainous figure with the Hatbox Ghost as an implied victim, but since his effect failed, she was left to be a mournful figure.
  • Together in Death: If the above theory about being the Hatbox Ghost's bride is true, then early days of her and "Hattie" in the attic shows that even death didn't stop them from being together forever.

    Constance Hatchaway 

Constance Hatchaway

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"til...death...do us part".
Voice Actors: Kat Cressida (Disneyland, Walt Disney World)

The Bride (see upper) is the character in the rides with the most different character interpretations. While most of them can be compiled as varying versions of the same "Beating Heart" character, in 2006, Walt Disney World and the Californian Disneyland got what is widely considered a different character, Constance Hatchaway, The Bride with a Past and a Black Widow, having married at least five men and murdering them to gain their fortunes (which is symbolized by the fact that with each new man she married, she added a new string of pearls to her necklace).

  • An Axe to Grind: Constance, who chopped off her husbands' heads, and periodically materializes her axe while hanging out in the attic.
  • Ascended Extra: Was a mostly nameless character on a portrait for 37 years until they kicked her upstairs and gave her a new name and backstory.
  • Black Widow: Constance earns the nickname "The Black Widow Bride".
  • The Bride with a Past: Constance is really an Ax-Crazy Black Widow.
  • Hide the Evidence: While never stated outright, since the first days of the attraction, there have been references to the outdated "head in a hatbox" trope, where the head of a victim would be hidden inside a hatbox, alluded to by the Hatbox Ghost and some pop-up heads in false hatboxes. In 2015, the Hatbox Ghost's return, bringing with him several hatboxes in the attic, suggests that Constance might have hidden the grooms' heads in them.
  • Karma Houdini: If her gallery portrait (pictured right) is to be believed, she's gotten away with murder several times without consequence and lived a long life. Of course, the fact that she is a ghost can be seen as her punishment, but she seems reasonably happy with it.
  • Knight of Cerebus: All of the incarnations of the bride have been much darker and scarier figures in the otherwise light-hearted attraction. However, the scene switches to the fun graveyard jamboree after the Attic.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: A psychotic, gold-digging bride who hangs out in the mansion's attic, who thus fits the trope name literally. She is seemingly hanging out in the Attic of her own will, though; she hasn't been put there.
  • Meaningful Punny Name: She constantly hatches away wealth and life from her doomed husbands. That and her Weapon of Choice is a hatchet, which she constantly uses. And 'Constance' can also be seen as ironic, since it implies marital constance, which is certainly not her defining trait.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Each of the bride's incarnations in the rides have been disturbing in some way. More than her appearance though, it's Constance's distorted echoing voice which is especially disturbing.
  • No Export for You: Tokyo Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, while similar to the Walt Disney World one, kept Beating Heart instead of getting her. Also, Disneyland didn't receive the upgraded Constance effects that Walt Disney World got.
  • Off with His Head!: This is how Constance killed her husbands, and their portraits in the attic change accordingly to reflect this.
  • Unfinished Business: An unusual variation, where it's implied that the house used to be hers (at least by marriage), but now she's stuck haunting the scene of her final crime until she gets posthumously put to justice.
  • Wedding Day: But of course. Constance was the only one to get married (several times), Melanie Ravenswood's groom never made it to the altar, and Elizabeth was poisoned even before she accepted Master Gracey's proposal.

    The Hatbox Ghost 

The Hatbox Ghost

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Guess who's back?
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 (also nicknamed "Old Hatty") 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 just days after the ride's release. However, he is so memorable that fans have been requesting his return for years. Finally, after a 46-year absence, he made his triumphant, long-awaited return in May of 2015 just in time for Disneyland's 60th anniversary.

  • Body In A Hatbox: Or part of one, anyway.
  • Dem Bones: Visible ribs and his face is more bone than flesh.
  • 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.
  • Implied Love Interest: He is theorized to be the groom of the Beating-Heart Bride, due to the fact that his original trick coincided with the bride's heartbeat. Early supplementary even explicitly say that she was his bride.
  • Losing Your Head: His head vanishes from his neck, appears in his hatbox, and then returns to normal.
  • 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 took to mean "yes". That being said...
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Together in Death: If the theory about him being the Beating-Heart Bride's groom is true, then the early days of the ride shows that even death couldn't keep them apart.
  • Walking the Earth: The Marvel series uses this as an explanation for his absence from the Mansion, exploring haunted places all around the world through his knowledge of how to navigate the Endless Staircase.

    The Hitchhiking Ghosts 

The Hitchhiking Ghosts

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"Now I will raise the safety bar and a ghost will follow you home."
Pineas Voice Actors: Pat Pinney (video game), Kurt von Schmittou (Disney World), Steve Stanton (Ghost Post)
Ezra Voice Actors: Pat Pinney (video game), Kurt von Schmittou (Disney World), Pete Renaday (Ghost Post)
Gus Voice Actors: Corey Burton (video game), Kurt von Schmittou (Disney World), Dee Baker (Ghost Post)
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 fat 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 Singing Busts 

The Singing Busts

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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.

    The Caretaker and his Dog 

The Caretaker and his dog

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You think he'd be used to them by now.
Possibly the attraction's only "living" characters, the Caretaker is the groundskeeper of the mansion and the backyard cemetery guests see towards the end. With his dog at his side, he stands there holding a lamp and shovel, trembling and completely frozen in fear at the sight of the countless ghosts that abound the area.

    Little Leota 

Little Leota

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"Hurry baaaccck...hurry baaacck."
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. Officially, her name is "The Ghostess", but it's never used.

    The Aging Man/Master Gracey 

The Aging Man ("Master Gracey")

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A gentleman whose portrait is featured in the original versions of The Haunted Mansion. Though he was never intended be by the developers, many fans have come to believe he might be Master Gracey, the former owner of the mansion, and since we're at it, maybe the Ghost Host (which some merchandise has adopted, even though the 'real' Imagineers keep denying it).

  • Adaptation Expansion: The movie gives him a fleshed-out backstory and personality.
  • Composite Character: The portrait was quite clearly meant to be the Mansion's version of Dorian Gray, as one of the "famous ghosts from all over the world" having retired to the Haunted Mansion. The Master Gracey persona the fans know is a mix of this Dorian Gray and of a separate character whose name appears on a tombstone: "Master Gracey".
  • Critical Research Failure: The fans who assumed that Master Gracey was the master of the house didn't know that in noble family, "Master" is what you call a young man who is not yet the lord of the house, but must still be treated as an adult by the staff. Also, more Mansion-specifically, those who assumed that Aging Man/Master Gracey was also the Ghost Host didn't bother to check whether the Ghost Host already had a backstory and face… which he had.
  • Expy: Of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, to the point that some people call him Dorian Gracey. Though before the fans started raving about how he was Master Gracey, the Imagineers might have intended him to really be Dorian Gray, not just an expy.
  • Rapid Aging: He ages from a young man into a decaying corpse in his portrait in the Florida attraction.

Phantom Manor (Disneyland Paris)

    The Phantom 

The Phantom

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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.
  • Cain and Abel: An early script by Jeff Burke reveals that the Phantom as Henry Ravenswood had a brother named Arthur, who served as his financier. While Henry was brash and arrogant, Arthur was more refined and level-headed.
  • 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.

    Melanie Ravenswood 

Melanie Ravenswood

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Voice Actors: Oona Lind (voice), Katherine Meyring (singing)

The bride of Phantom Manor. On her fateful wedding day, her groom never appeared, actually hung and murdered by the Phantom. Determined to wait for him, Melanie wandered her home until he came, never removing her dress. However, even in old age and death, she still waits for a wedding that will never be.

  • Big Good: The closest thing the guests have to a friend in the ride, guiding them through the manor hallways and even her corpse points them to the exit and to escape the Phantom.
  • Broken Bird: Waiting for over two hundred years for her groom has taken its toll on her. She appears as an old woman, crying in her boudoir, and her Leitmotif takes a more somber tone in the scene.
  • I Will Wait for You: Melanie does this for her dead groom, into death and beyond.
  • Leitmotif: Melanie sings a haunting tune throughout the attraction.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": This being Disneyland Paris and all, you'll sometimes find her name spelled à la française: "Mélanie".
  • Widowed at the Wedding: Subverted since she never had the chance to get married and her husband-to-be disappeared.
  • Woman in White: Wears her bridal dress.

The Haunted Mansion - The Movie

     Jim Evers 
Played By: Eddie Murphy

     Master Edward Gracey 
Played By: Nathaniel Parker

     Sara Evers 
Played By: Marsha Thomason

     Ramsley 
Played By: Terence Stamp

Ramsley was once the butler of the movie's version of Master Gracey. He is revealed to be the main antagonist.
  • The Butler Did It: He is revealed in the climax to have murdered Master Gracey's bride, thus causing the curse.. A very rare straight. Jim Lampshades it, though ("The butler did it? You've got to be kidding me!").
  • Evil Old Folks: He has visible white hair and wrinkles.
  • Expy: Of the Ghost Host.
  • Manipulative Bastard: To everyone, but especially to Master Gracey.
  • Principles Zealot: His belief that Master Gracey should not marry Elizabeth because it would be a "disgrace" for him to marry a woman of such low social status (and maybe also ethnic origin) is what prompted him to kill her.

     Megan and Michael Evers 
Played By:

    Elizabeth Henshaw 
Played By: Marsha Thomason


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