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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Haunted Mansion, Delightfully Unlivable

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Spirits. Happy Haunts. Hitchhiking Ghosts. It’s the perfect day to take a look back at the Haunted Mansion before it became delightfully unlivable for its 999 inhabitants. Below is a peek at this ghostly retreat when it was still under construction in January 1971. Happy Halloween, Foolish Mortals!


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David from TX on October 31st, 2013 at 10:14 am

Awesome picture! I love seeing photos of parks & hotels during construction. Thanks!


Ricardo from TX on October 31st, 2013 at 10:31 am

Same here! Love the construction pictures!


Nate Rasmussen on October 31st, 2013 at 11:09 am

@David @Ricardo – you’re welcome.


James on October 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am

Playful spirits have reversed the image!


Ron from OK on October 31st, 2013 at 10:40 am

This photo is backwards. I think someone must have flipped the negative. Then front of the mansion is on the other side of the conservatory from what is picutred here.


Nate Rasmussen on October 31st, 2013 at 11:08 am

Looks like the spirits got a hold of the photograph on us… Thanks. It’s been updated.


Reed on October 31st, 2013 at 10:42 am

I could not find information on this elsewhere, but this photo makes it seem like the conservatory was originally on the west wing of the Mansion, not the east wing. Is that true? Or am I misinterpreting this perspective (I don’t think I am)?


Ricardo from TX on October 31st, 2013 at 11:08 am

I had noticed the originally posted picture was flipped the wrong way too. It it pretty cool either way! My OCD didn’t complain this time! :)


Kyle on October 31st, 2013 at 11:57 am

The Audio Animatronics and Doom Buggies were actually built the same time as Disneyland’s because the Imagineers knew that it would only be two years until Walt Disney World would open.


david on October 31st, 2013 at 1:35 pm

The construction photos are always so amazing! I also love the time lapse videos that are shared with us! David in Ohio


Michael from ON on November 2nd, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Nate, why do they decorate the Haunted Mansion in California for Halloween/Christmas (Nightmare before Christmas) but not the Haunted Mansion in Florida??


Jim on November 3rd, 2013 at 8:00 am

Having grown up in Florida in the 70s, I both love and hate the behind-the-scene pictures. (oh, and Michael – I’d guess the answer is probably because HM WDW needs no help whatsoever to reinforce it as the centerpiece of the Halloween season.)


Luke on November 21st, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Great Photos. I love the Haunted Mansion.