Our weekly series in which we take an in-depth look at the ghostly residents of The Haunted Mansion continues this week with a look at a fan-favorite: The Hitchhiking Ghosts.
(Art by Mercedes Crespo)
The Hitchhiking Ghosts were actually some of the final ghoulish “residents” that were added into the plans for The Haunted Mansion. Not only that, but their look (designed by Imagineer Marc Davis) and their location within the attraction changed throughout the development process. According to Jason Surrell’s book “The Haunted Mansion: From The Magic Kingdom To The Movies,” some of the earlier ghosts designed to be in the hitchhiking trio were moved up to other scenes within the attraction.
(Art by Kyle Olson)
In the end, the three hitchhikers were designed as a traveler with a top hat and carpetbag, a tall skeletal figure and a fuzzy bearded fellow carrying a ball and chain. The three were later dubbed Ezra, Gus and Phineas by fans.
(Art by Richard Page)
Something that has made this trio a favorite of many Haunted Mansion fans is their unique ability to “follow you home,” which they appear to do by hopping into (or on top of) your Doom Buggie in the following scene.
The Hitchhiking Ghosts were enhanced at the attraction at Magic Kingdom Park in 2011 with additional special effects (watch a behind-the-scenes video on that here).
For more on the residents of The Haunted Mansion, check out the spooky good posts below:
Climb aboard one of the two Red Car Trolleys near the main entrance of Disney California Adventure park to enjoy a leisurely ride that takes you as far as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The Red Car Trolley also stops at Carthay Circle and on Hollywood Boulevard near the Disney Animation building.
The Red Car Trolley is powered by electricity and is based on the Pacific Electric Red Cars, which transported passengers around Los Angeles in the first part of the 20th century. While you are inside, take time to admire the retro-styled advertisements depicting Buena Vista Street merchandise and food locations.
Does anyone know what the numbers “717” on the front of the trolley pictured below honor?
Are you considering a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays or winter season? Well, we’re happy to share that two new deals we recently launched that you won’t want to miss!
First up, our Play, Stay, Dine, & Save package is back, for guests booking vacations with travel dates between December 14-20, 2014, and January 5-March 7, 2015. This package includes theme park tickets, a resort stay, and a dining plan. (How much you save depends on which category of resort you choose).
Guests traveling to Walt Disney World Resort January 5-March 7 can also save up to 30% off on most Disney resorts.
Both the Play, Stay, Dine & Save Package and the Resort Discount offer can be booked between October 9 – December 29, 2014. For more information on both, click here.
In my thirty years of working in television, the one thing I never wanted to hear anybody say is, “Well, his career has gone to the dogs.” But in this (one and only) instance, I’m really glad it did!
For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to vote for your favorite Disneyland memories from each decade of the past 60 years, and today we’ve finally made it to the 2000s! We asked for your photos from 2000 all the way to today, and we’ve narrowed down the submissions to the photos below. Help us get ready for next year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and decide which will win!
This week, our “Learn to Draw” series is focusing on a classic character, Winnie the Pooh.
After Disney’s new animated feature “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D in November, the stars of the film are heading to Disney Parks to greet their fans.
He’s a mouse. He’s the leader of the club. And, he just happens to be my boss. Happy Boss’s Day, Mickey Mouse! Here’s the Big Cheese himself arriving in Mickey’s Birthdayland in 1988. Check out that awesome Florida license plate!
There’s “No Turning Back Now!” Not only is that the title of the newest Ink & Paint Cel from Disneyland park, featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in front of the Haunted Mansion, but I can pretty much guarantee once you see it, you won’t be able to resist getting it. See for yourself!
Opening day is set for December 18 for Trattoria al Forno, the new restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk that will showcase classic Italian cuisine including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, fresh cavatelli pasta and pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens.