Whew, it’s Friday the 13th, a date that strikes fear even in those of us that aren’t particularly superstitious. What better place to spend a traditionally spooky day than Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Using our favorite source of Disney numerical information, Disney by the Numb3rs, we’ll take a look at one of the classic Disney dark rides.
The Haunted Mansion debuted in 1971, and it was refurbished in 2007.
320 guests can ride at one time, so 3,200 guests per hour can be accommodated. Your total ride time lasts just 11 minutes, as you travel down 960 feet of track are included in the Haunted Mansion. 160 OmniMover ride vehicles, which you know as a Doombuggies, move at a brisk 1.4 mph.
The Haunted Mansion building is four stories tall. There are two separate wings to Master Gracey’s Haunted Mansion, as well as a bell tower and a conservatory.
Five pound bags of theatrical dust, known as “Fuller’s Earth,” is used to decorate the 200 props at the Haunted Mansion. It is long been rumored that enough dust has been used since the attraction’s opening in 1971 to bury the Mansion completely!
999 Happy Haunts are contained in the Haunted Mansion, though actually, only 109 of them are represented by Audio-Animatronics figures.
5 singing busts in the graveyard scene warble the attraction’s theme song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” Though sometimes mistaken for Walt Disney, the face on the bust farthest to the left actually belongs to Thurl Ravenscroft, the song’s soloist. Ravenscroft is known to millions of fans as the voice of Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal.
We mentioned those 109 animatronic figures. Only 107 represent the ghosts actually “living” in the Mansion; the other two are the mansion caretaker, named Dick O’Dell, and his dog.
You may not know all the words, but you’ll walk out humming the theme song. Eight different styles of the song “Grim Grimming Ghosts” can be heard throughout the Mansion.
And to finish up with the Friday the 13th theme, 13 candles are found on the birthday cake that the ghost is blowing out in the Dining Room Scene of Disney’s Haunted Mansion
Special thanks to Mouze Kateerz fan Lucinda Adania of DizzneeMomma.com for her Haunted Mansion photographs.
And thank you for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you out by the tombstones just about the time it starts to gets dark.
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