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Disney’s Haunted Mansion for sale

Disney’s Haunted Mansion for sale

By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

Friday, October 26, 2012

Posted: 3 pm ET

Want to move into a haunted mansion just in time for Halloween? For less than  $1 million, you can.

A live-in replica of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction is listed for sale  in Duluth, Ga. for $873,000.  The 10,000-square-foot spooky house has four  stories and seven bedrooms. The ghosts are not included in the deal — except  for the animated hitchhiking ghost scene in one of the home’s six bathrooms.

The owner, Mark Hurt, is a designer and Disney contractor. He built the  replica in 1996 in a gated community and lived there for 16 years with his wife  and son.  The replica matches the exact architecture and every detail of  one of Disney’s most popular attractions.

“He actually measured the real Disney mansion to make sure it was exact,”  says Mark Pianko of Theme Park Connection, a Florida company that specializes in  Disney collectibles. “He went through a lot of great details to make sure it was  authentic.” Theme Park partnered with the owner to market the home.

The house features a “Haunted Mansion” plaque at the front gate, a two-story  library, an elevator and a surprise for guests as they enter the first-floor  bathroom.

Elevator in house“When they start washing their hands, the lights  start to flicker and a ghost appears in the mirror,” Pianko says. “Mark says he  would forget to tell guests about the bathroom and then he would hear screams  and say, ‘Oh, forgot to tell them.'”

Hurt says he is selling the house because he is working on his next project,  a resort-themed house modeled after Disney’s Grand Californian.

The Haunted Mansion has received 45 bids on its eBay listing, which expires  Nov. 1. The offers have not met the seller’s asking price yet.

Want to make an offer? Make sure you pre-qualify for a mortgage  before you schedule a tour.

Getting the Haunted Mansion Ready for Halloween at Disneyland

WDW Haunted Mansion Queue Update

Source: MiceChat
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The first thing you see when you enter are a row of busts. It seems like you are supposed to guess who the killer is (there are plaques), but I’m not sure how.

This Sea Captain sings, gurgles as bubbles blow out, and sneezes – if you are too close, you will get a little wet!

There are many more interactive elements – including a library with books that slide in and out, and musical instruments on a crypt that you touch to make music. I have tons of photos on my site and can share more here next week if anyone is interested! But here are a couple of more photos, including Madame Leota from a different angle than we’ve seen before:

This new queue area is slated to open officially on April 1st.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday 2010 Video – Watch This!

The annual holiday overlay has returned this year with a few new upgrades including new digital projections on the moon in the large load area display and Madame Leota now floats during the holiday overlay, along with some festive lights and other floating goodies. 2DieFR from MiceChat captured the new features on video below.

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO DEVELOPING DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO DEVELOPING DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION

Del Toro Set to Write and Produce Film for Disney

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 22, 2010 –Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters – think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “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!”

“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,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “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.”

Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre grounds of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland’s New Orleans square, it’s the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion’s facade is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Versions of the daunting edifice have been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.

Excerpt from San Diego Comic Con

On Thursday, it was reported that Guillermo del Toro would be producing a new version of The Haunted Mansion, but now we have the full discussion of the project from the man himself. Check out everything he had to say at Comic-Con after the break.

Guillermo del Toro: I went to Disneyland the first time when I was three years old, and I was a lump of fat about this big. And I fortunately was there the year the mansion opened, and I’ve been there every year at least once for the rest of my life. It’s one of those places that I go to… Literally, that’s how freaky I am, unfortunately.

This is a place where I go to when I need to think, when I need to relax and unwind. When we were going through the worst process of Mimic in 1997, we were doing post in Los Angeles and I would go on the weekend and ride it over and over again.

And to me, my man cave, my little house that I have… I have my own Haunted Mansion room with the gargoyles, the wallpaper, original art by Marc Davis, and so on and so forth. And I always felt that the Haunted Mansion told such stories without having to be done solely as a horror film. I thought that the clash or the poignancy of Claude Coates, Rolly, and Marc Davis created a unique flavor for the Mansion.

I would love to say we are doing the movie, it’s live-action. It is going to be in 3D. And we’re making the Haunted Mansion the most haunted place on Earth. And we are doing it by being true to the spirit and the art and the aesthetic of the original Imagineers that created the mansion.

We are not returning Eddie Murphy’s calls.

[laughter]

And we are not making it a comedy. We are making it into an e-ticket ride. We are going to make it scary and fun at the same time. But the scary will be scary. And to me, the mansion has to become the haunted house movie that a generation remembers and loves after being created by us. We are doing this by reintroducing… the mythology in the mansion will be done, and this is really for the hardcore fans, it is going to be created around the character we are reintroducing into the tale. And it is my biggest hope that we can reintroduce it right. And that is the Hatbox Ghost.

Disneyland/DCA Pictures Courtesy of Micechat and Highleveller

Cyber-Monday Super Sale! Toy Anxiety Holiday Sale!

Cyber-Monday Super Sale!! 

Save 5%-20% Off Your Order!*

Take 5% off $25.00-$49.99, 10% off $50.00-$74.99, 15% off $75.00-$99.99 and 20% off $100.00 or more!* Monday, November 30th ONLY.

* $25.00/$50.00/$75.00/$100.00 minimum order is before shipping and/or taxes. Order must contain $25.00-$100.00 or more of product. Discount does not apply to trades. Discount will be automatically applied to your order once minimum amount has been reached. No coupon code required.

 

Sale is one day only – Monday, November 30th, 2009.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Pictures

 

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Some photos from the Haunted Mansion Holiday going on now at Disneyland. These photos are from MiceChat.com where you can find the latest news (and the coolest pictures) related to all things Disney and beyond.

Part 3: Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary

HIST_DLmansionWith the loss of their great visonary, the Imagineers debated over the design concepts of the haunted mansion, such as whether the haunted mansion experience should be scary, or funny. In the end, imaginers Marc Davis (funny), and Claude Coats (scary), combined their ideas, so the ride begins with spooky sets and chilling concepts, and eventually becomes “a swinging wake”, full of silly spooks, and ghostly gags.

Finally, after years of planning the New Orleans Square Haunted Mansion opened its doors, on August 9, 1969.

During this time the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom was being planned and constructed in Florida. So duplicates of each mansion prop and scene were constructed, with one staying in California, and the other going to Florida, to be stored until the WDW haunted mansion was completed.

LibertySquare_frontThe haunted mansion in Disney World was located in Liberty Square, and the façade reflects the Colonial architecture of the surrounding structures.   The façade is a mixture of Hudson River Valley, Dutch Gothic style, and of a particular mansion in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, called The Harry Packer Mansion.

The Liberty Square mansion was completed in time for Walt Disney World’s opening in 1971.

HISTtokyomansionAnother haunted mansion was built in Tokyo Disneyland.   It has the same architectural style as the Liberty Square mansion, but it is located in Fantasyland.   It also has been known to break Walt Disney’s “rule” of “taking care” of the outside, having a somewhat neglected appearance.

HISTphantommanorThe haunted mansion in Disneyland Paris, known as The Phantom Manor, completely ignores Walt’s decree, and returns to Harper Goff’s original concept of a ramshackle Victorian house on a hill.   Disneyland Paris, and The Phantom Manor opened on April 12, 1992.   This haunted mansion is l ocated in Frontierland, next to Big Thunder Mesa. Unlike the other Disney haunted mansions, Phantom Manor follows a specific story plot, of a jilted bride, and a phantom groom.


That’s the end of my three part series on the Disney Haunted Mansions. If you want the definitive history of the haunted mansions, I recommend that you purchase Jason Surrell’s excellent book, “The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies“.

Doombuggies.com is also a great web site dedicated to the Haunted Mansions!

Sources: History Text (haunteddimensions.raykeim.com)

Part 2: Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary

HIST_DLmansionDisneyland opened on July 17, 1955, without a haunted mansion. Within three years, Walt decided to expand Disneyland, to include a new land called “New Orleans Square”, which would contain new shops, restaurants, and a haunted mansion. The foundation for the façade of the Plantation style mansion took place in 1962. Early concepts for a neglected looking house were replaced with Walt’s preference, a clean, well-preserved façade, which matched the pristine look of the rest of the park. Walt said “We’ll take care of the outside and let the ghosts take care of the inside”.

HIST_DLmansionEven though the façade was completed, it was an empty shell for years due to storyline problems and other distractions such as the 1964 New York World’s Fair, where Disney built the first version of “It’s a Small World”, among other state of the art attractions.

On December 15, 1966, Walt Disney died of lung cancer.

To be continued…

Sources: History Text (haunteddimensions.raykeim.com)