The Disneyland Haunted Mansion is quite the experience, rich with history and legend from Walt Disney himself. It first opened on August 9, 1969 at Disneyland to record attendance levels. It is today among the park’s most frequently attended and beloved attractions, and remains a “gold standard” in the haunted attraction industry. It is one of the few attractions to appear in all four Disney parks, and the only one to appear in a different “land” in each.
In fact it has been so popular, that every year it undergoes quite the transformation for the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. From the traditional Haunted Mansion it receives the injection of Jack Skellington’s Nightmare before Christmas to become the “Haunted Mansion Holiday”.
It is also a popular ride with us. I cannot remember a time that we have gone where we did not take the time to visit the Haunted Mansion. The quickly moving line and ability to move a lot of people through in record time, seems to keep the lines relatively short.
In addition, one of the greatest hidden Mickey’s can often be found inside the Haunted Mansion, even during the holidays.
Where is this hidden Mickey? In the Grand Hall or the Ballroom of course! As you start sweeping the “Grand Hall”, look very closely at the place settings at the table. The Hidden Mickey is usually on the side of the table closest to you, the 2nd from the left. The Hidden Mickey is made out of a place setting and includes the dinner plate, saucer and tea cup, and the bread plate to make a perfect “Hidden Mickey.”
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Be sure to check it out the next time you visit the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland!