Concept Artwork of The Haunted Mansion is Fascinating!

The Official Disney Fanclub D23 released artwork sketches of The Haunted Mansion for the D23 Fanniversary 2014. The haunting ride opened in 1969, and is truly a classic attraction at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

A ghostly bride has been part of the myth and lore of the Haunted Mansion from very early on in the attraction’s development. This “dreadfully” colorful sketch helps highlight just that!

A ghostly bride has been part of the myth and lore of the Haunted Mansion from very early on in the attraction’s development. This “dreadfully” colorful sketch helps highlight just that!

The article goes on to explain:

These works of art were likely created in the late 1950s or early 1960s, during early development work on the Mansion. “When an attraction is as popular as Haunted Mansion is, it’s quite a feat to find rarely seen materials to share for its anniversary,” notes Rebecca Cline, Director of the Walt Disney Archives. “The Archives staff members were very excited to rediscover these wonderful drawings in our files recently, and we deemed this a perfect occasion for sharing them. The colors and designs of the four sketches help establish a definitive sense of ‘mood’ and ‘space’ for the attraction—moments that theme park guests have come to love. The best part is that these vivid renderings are from early scripted ideas that ultimately (in one form or another) wound up in the final attraction.”

One of the most recognizable “happy haunts” from the Haunted Mansion is its “house” organist—seen here in an early sketch.

One of the most recognizable “happy haunts” from the Haunted Mansion is its “house” organist—seen here in an early sketch.

For the complete story, and to see more original sketches, click here.

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