Disney Fact #153:
One of my favorite rides at WDW is the classic creepy attraction, ” The Haunted Mansion“. Every time I get on the ride, I notice new things, and regardless of the dozens of times I’ve been on it, I still get a mini panic-attack in the Stretch Room!
One of the most intriguing and mystical characters at “The Haunted Mansion” has to be Madame Leota. Did you know that the infamous floating head got her name from her model and voice, Leota Toombs (yes, Toombs is her real last name!)?
Leota Toombs was an Imagineer who worked on Madame Leota and other characters in the ride. One night at home, Leota was practicing getting into character and rehearsing her lines out loud. She must have been really into it, because, according to her daughter (and future Imagineer!) Kim Irvine, her mother didn’t realize that Kim’s date had shown up and was listening to Leota’s rehearsal. Apparently, he asked Kim “Wow, what’s up with your Mom?” before they left.
That’s quite an ice-breaker! Now, enjoy all of Leota’s hard work.