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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Haunted Mansion, Delightfully Unlivable

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

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!



  • Great Photos. I love the Haunted Mansion.

  • 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.)

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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! :)

  • 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)?

  • 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.

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

  • Playful spirits have reversed the image!

  • Same here! Love the construction pictures!

    • @David @Ricardo – you’re welcome.

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

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