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The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 25th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know the excitement is building as fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller continues to share the latest news on Haunted Mansion merchandise materializing in Disney Parks. I can hardly believe that in just a few short weeks, we will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion attraction, one of the crown jewels of Disneyland park. There is so much history behind the attraction itself, its famous and infamous residents, and the storytellers and artists that brought it to life.

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Over the years, I was fortunate enough to meet some of the Disney Legends and artists behind this attraction and the inception of Disneyland, and it’s something that will live in my heart forever. I know many of you feel the same way. Senior Merchandiser, David Whitaker was no different. “The Haunted Mansion attraction has served as a source of inspiration to many of our artists over the years,” said David. “For the anniversary, I wanted to really focus on the “Art of the Haunted Mansion” therefore allowing each artist to interpret what the attraction means to them, and allowing them to create that in their own signature medium, style and technique. The result is a unique and eclectic collection of characters and artists.”

Here’s your first look at some of the original and limited edition pieces of art, sculptures, figurines and more that will materialize August 16 at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park.

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

Special Tip: Meet some of the artists behind these amazing new pieces, August 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Scheduled to appear are artists: Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, David Bird, Britni Brault, Brian Crosby, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Mike Peraza, Javier Soto and Yakovetic. For a complete list of artists who have contributed to this 45th Anniversary collection visit DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

Also debuting as part of the event from our talented team of Ink & Paint artists is the next in the series from our hand-painted cel collection, featuring none other than the Hatbox Ghost. This piece is an edition size of 300 and will be available framed only. Tip: You will surely go ‘batty’ for the framing on this particular piece. Continue to watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com as we release more information on this piece.

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

What else do the spirited inhabitants of Disney Theme Park Merchandise and the Haunted Mansion have in store for you? You’ll see.

Have you decided which pieces you’re simply dying for?

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Happy Anniversary to 999 Happy Haunts!

posted on August 9th, 2010 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


This month marks the 41st Anniversary of the grand opening of one of the most popular attractions at the Disneyland park, the Haunted Mansion. The 999 happy haunts who “live” at the Southern mansion in New Orleans Square have been spooking guests since 1969. Every day thousands of brave souls board a “Doom Buggy” and take a ghostly tour through the haunted hallways and rooms. It’s hard to believe that the original vision of the Haunted Mansion was a walk-through attraction called the Haunted House. It was a project that Walt Disney Imagineers started and stopped for 15 years, due other projects that kept taking priority. It finally opened as the Haunted Mansion on August 9, 1969. It was the first attraction developed and opened without Walt Disney (he had passed away two years before). Look for it on the big screen in a future film by The Walt Disney Studios and well-known filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. For now, enjoy what guests had to say about their favorite haunted house.

What do you love best about the Haunted Mansion?

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Haunted Mansion Inspires New Movie by The Walt Disney Studios and Guillermo del Toro

posted on July 22nd, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Have you heard the news? One of your top five favorite Disneyland park attractions is the focus of a new film from The Walt Disney Studios.

The original Disneyland park attraction, the Haunted Mansion, that debuted in August of 1969 has now inspired a new film for The Walt Disney Studios by well-known filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. A new piece of artwork was also unveiled by the Studios and is featured below.
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Announced at Comic-Con today, del Toro surprised thousands of fans with the news. In speaking about the new project, del Toro said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!”

Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, remarked “Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro. Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”

What do you think of this exciting news?

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Top 5 Disney Gift Ideas for the Holidays

posted on November 6th, 2009 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Game of LIFE - Haunted Mansion 'Welcome to the After-LIFE' Disney Theme Park Edition
Hi there, I’m Michelle. As the Merchandise Marketing & Communications Project Manager for the Disneyland Resort it’s my job to find out all about our Disney Theme Park Merchandise ‘must have’ items and of course, share it with all of you, especially with the holidays right around the corner. I know we’re getting started early this year, but since holiday shopping is in full swing by November, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at this season’s top 5 Disney Gift ideas!

5. Dress up your holidays at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Studio Disney 365! Experience the magic of our Disney makeovers, the perfect gift for kids and kids-at-heart. Be transformed into a princess, knight, rock star or studio star in the blink of an eye. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeovers I’ve seen done typically range from $49.95 – $205.85, while some of the Studio Disney 365 makeovers can range from $29.95 – $59.95. You’ll find more information on these experiences at www.ArtofDisneyParks.com or you can book your reservations by calling 714-781-STYLE.

Insider Tip: A fan favorite makeover at Studio Disney 365 is Color Cue, where you can actually choose different colored streaks to put in your hair. So ask yourself, are you ready for your close- up?

For those visiting Walt Disney World Resort – Experience the magic of The Pirates League or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

4. Disneyland Resort Annual Passport - The Annual Passport is an ideal gift for anyone who visits the Resort more than two or three times per year … or would like to! The gift of a Disneyland Resort Annual Passport lets friends or family members celebrate throughout the year with the magic of Disneyland Resort.

3. The holidays have never looked (or tasted!) so good! Your taste buds will shout with glee when you enjoy our seasonal peppermint bark and Mickey Shaped Peppermint Lollipops, among other delectable seasonal favorites.

Insider Tip: If there’s a coffee connoisseur on your list…then be sure to heat things up with our Mickey’s Swell Coffee Holiday Collection. Seasonal flavors include Egg Nog, Holiday Cheer, Cinnamon Pecan & Vanilla Cream. These flavors are available for a limited time only and it goes fast!

2. The Game of LIFE – Haunted Mansion “Welcome to the After-LIFE” Disney Theme Park Edition - It is the classic game of LIFE with a chilling spin. “Welcome to the After-LIFE” incorporates the stories, mythology, history and the scary fun of the various Haunted Mansion attractions. There are pictures of the game and other fun facts available on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

Insider Tip: This thrilling and chilling game is one of the hottest family gifts to give this year. You’ll find it at the World of Disney Store and other select locations in the Resort. So get it, before it’s gone!

1. Looking for that perfect gift, but not sure what to get? Then let us help you…Disney Gift Cards are one of the best gift giving items of the year. You’ll find a variety of themed Disney Gift Cards available throughout the Disney Theme Parks & Resorts. Visit www.DisneyGiftCard.com for more information about the Disney Gift Card program.

Hopefully these helpful tips for our Top 5 gift ideas will help you wrap up your holiday shopping! For other holiday gift ideas, visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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