Fun Fact Friday- Haunted Mansion: Up or Down?

Disney’s Haunted Mansion is a long time fan favorite.  It has received its fair share of updates and is slightly different in Disneyland and Disney World (not to mention it’s counter parts – Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, and Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong).

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Haunted Mansion- Walt Disney World

One of the most obvious differences that I so enjoyed when I visited Disneyland this past November was the stretching room.

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I’ve rode the Disney World version dozens of times and in the stretching room the room stretches up, while in the Disneyland version, you descend.  It gives the same effect in both rides, but serves a different purpose!  With Disneyland, the stretching room physically transports you to the ride area with its descent.

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Fun Fact Friday- The Hitchhiking Ghosts

Did you know that the Hitchhiking Ghosts from Disney’s Haunted Mansion had names?  I just recently discovered this fun piece of trivia!

The names of this ghostly trio are Gus (the prisoner) , Phineas (the traveler), and Ezra (Skeleton).

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The Hitchhiking Ghosts’ names were not originally a part of the Haunted Mansion storyline.  The names are thought to have been originated and popularized by the cast members.

The ghosts are so popular that they’ve even been the subject of artwork by Annie Leibovitz.

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