While grim and grinning ghosts socialize inside the Haunted Mansion, there’s a small but ominously odd plot of land outside that leaves its own mark on mortals who venture by this time of year!
The pet cemetery, located on a haunting hillside outside the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort, is a gothic garden for dearly departed animals, including a beloved snake, a cat with nine lives and others.
This eerily enchanting gravesite was inspired by the popular pet cemetery at Disneyland Resort – originally created by Walt Disney Imagineering in the 1980s. And similar to the original, the Walt Disney World Resort pet cemetery includes headstones with witty epitaphs.
So, with Halloween just days away, we’re sharing a ghostly glimpse at the epitaphs and the animal-shaped headstones that seem to come alive as shadows creep across this patch of lawn.
Dog with flower basket: Rover – “Every dog has his day, too bad today was your last.” 1898
Snake: “Met his fate at the hands of a garden rake.” Rest in Pieces. 1882
Duck: Beloved Waddle – “Little Waddle saw the truck, but little Waddle didn’t duck.” 1928
Poodle: Little Maizy – “So prim and proper and never lazy, all you do now is push up daises.” R.I.P. 1923
Cat: Marking its nine lives:
1855: BAD CATNIP
1856: A SHOE AT TWO
1857: SOUR MILK
1859: ONE BAD YEAR
1859: SAME YEAR
1860: LOCAL DOG
1861: FELL OFF LIMB
1862: NINE LIVES ALWAYS GO SO FAST, POOR WHISKERS COULDN’T MAKE THEM LAST
Parrot: Jed – 1889
We hope you enjoyed this ghostly gravesite tour of the Haunted Mansion’s pet cemetery. Be sure to check back for more Disney Halloween surprises by visiting our new “Everything Halloween” page.
This will always be my personal favorite at The Magic Kingdom! Not just because of the history involved, but because it makes me feel like I am getting to see such a personal view into Walt’s massive imagination. Love the attention to detail, as well as the ambiance! By the time you complete this wonderful ride, you will most certainly be…”Dead Tired!”