23rd Oct: It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here
"When hinges creak in doorless chambers,The Haunted Mansion 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, 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.Each Magic Kingdom-style Disney park has a version of this ride:
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..."
The actual rides includes examples of:
"There's a little matter I forgot to mention... Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts!"
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..."