Franchise: The Haunted Mansion
Welcome, foolish mortals.
"When hinges creak in doorless chambers, The Haunted Mansion
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..."
is a franchise
that has grown around the long-running
attraction at the various Disney Theme Parks
, having spawned two movies (a critically disappointing feature with Eddie Murphy and an upcoming film by Guillermo del Toro), a videogame, a short-lived comic series by Slave Labor Graphics, 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 Development Hell
, 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.Trope Namer
for Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts
and Silly Spook
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 Turn of the Millennium 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 Jack Skellington and company have decked it out for the Yuletide.
- Disneyland Paris has the Darker and Edgier Phantom Manor.
- Hong Kong Disneyland has the Lighter and Softer, 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:
The video game contains examples of:
"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..."