Things You Might Not Know About Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

With Halloween Time coming up at the Disneyland Resort, spooky preparations are taking place all around Disneyland park. A guest favorite each year is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Soon Jack Skellington and co. will take over the Haunted Mansion, complete with a new Gingerbread House. As we get ready for the opening of Haunted Mansion Holiday, here are some fun facts you might not know:

  • More than 400 flickering candles and 100 Jack-O-Lanterns create a ghostly glow on the façade of the Haunted Mansion.
  • Jack’s faithful dog Zero gathered more than 200 bones to use as décor, garland, and presents.
  • More than two dozen additional animated figures “materialize” inside the Haunted Mansion during Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  • Imagineer Kim Irvine, daughter of the original Madame Leota, makes a special spirited performance as the Haunted Mansion’s favorite psychic during Haunted Mansion Holiday. Leota Toombs, Disney Legend and long-time Imagineer, gave life to the head that for decades has floated inside the Haunted Mansion’s Crystal Ball in the Séance Room.
  • Every year, a new ghoulish concept is created and Resort Foods bakes up a brand new Gingerbread House for the celebration scene in the Mansion’s Grand Hall.


  • Will see it this Week cannot wait my fave time of year

  • A lot of people don’t realize that there is a few different NMBC items in The Haunted Mansion in WDW. There is a book on the table in the library of NMBC, as well as on the floor by the table there is a book with Jack on the cover. Also in the attic there is a Sally doll and at one point was two other Jack figures, one being a snowglobe with Jack inside. For the guest wanting to know why Holiday Haunted Mansion will never step foot on the East coast, is because it takes way too long to refurb the Mansion for the addition. WDW can’t have one of the most popular attractions down for most of the year.

  • I’m actually glad that Haunted Mansion Holiday is only at Disneyland.

    Its important for the parks to have some unique things.

    Walt wanted Disneyland to have changes, I love Haunted Mansion Holiday, and its clear that an overwhelming majority loves it too! 🙂

  • This is the only attraction I like less during the holidays at Disneyland. The original Haunted Mansion is the best and I am not much a “Nightmare Before Christmas” fan. The Haunted Mansion is perfect without any additions!

  • Sarah the Monkey bride and the Oggie Boogie cymbal figure are both in tribute to a great little thing from the first year. In the attic the first year were a bunch of the cymbal monkeys, but they were bought pretty much off the shelf and by the end of the first year most of them were no longer working and were taken out. But in tribute to them the Monkey Bride and O.B. were created in the following years and have been left in that area.

  • To be fair, Disney World already has a much larger Halloween celebration than Disneyland, as well as countless exclusive rides and experiences that the much smaller Disneyland doesn’t have. I like that Disneyland gets a few things every now and then that exclusive to the west coast. It just give more reason to make the trek out.

  • I look forward to spotting the Monkey Bride each year.

  • Jack can be found in the WDW world version in the library on the table there is a copy of the Nightmare Before Christmas book.

  • My first trip to Disneyland is just days away and I am excited to see the Haunted Mansion made over with Jack!! I am so excited, I am not sure one ride will be enough!! Hopwever, I will only will have two days to see both parks before a Disney cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

  • I would beg for Haunted Mansion Holiday to come to WDW at least once… or a Nightmare Attraction of some sort be built. It is a beloved movie, why no attraction?

  • Why is the Nightmare Before Christmas theme limited to just the Disneyland park. I was in Disney World last Christmas and was very excited when I heard about this theme and was even more disappointed to find out it was limited to Disneyland.

  • hi erin thank you for posting about the facts of haunted mansion holiday. i can’t wait to ride it over and over again this holiday season. did you kown that inside The haunted mansion holiday the music and score is from the film and Composer by Danny Elfman (2002- present) the songs in the haunted mansion holiday are making christmas, kidnap the sandy claws, what’s this and you can here the Original score from 2001 in the ride. it will be such a scream for the 10th anniversary =-)

  • Nothing makes for a better night photo than the Haunted Mansion during MNSSHP! I hope the Disney World Haunted Mansion is equally impressive this year…fog and “spooky” lighting effects are a plus.

  • I love Haunted Mansion Holiday! 🙂

  • Will Jack Skellington and co. appear anywhere in Disney World? I have at least one person in my group who would be over the moon see her favorite character from Nightmare Before Christmas!

  • To take a leap all the way over to FL. I am told that Jack Skellington can be spotted in the Haunted Mansion, would anybody happen to know exactly where?

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