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22 Small Details About Disney's Haunted Mansion Ride That Will Delight Any Foolish Mortal

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Since 1969, Disneyland's Haunted Mansion has been delighting millions of foolish mortals with its 999 happy haunts, stretching portraits, and Doombuggies. And with five versions of the Mansion available to visit around the world, it quickly became a guest favorite and a Disney icon.

Over the years, tasty tidbits, eerie info, and tantalizing trivia have been gathered and shared by die-hard fans about the deliciously dark ride. Here are just a few selected details and trivia about both the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom versions of the Haunted Mansion, guaranteed to make a grim ghost grin from ear to ear. 

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    The Pipe Organ In The Disneyland Haunted Mansion Is Eerily Familiar

    Photo: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea / Buena Vista Distribution

    Posted by u/Pugano:

    The organ seen in the ballroom on the original Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland is actual organ played by Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


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    Mr. Toad Has A Headstone As A Tribute To Defunct Ride

    Posted by u/MorsesTheHorse:

    Mr. Toad has a headstone in the pet cemetery at the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom at Disney World as a tribute to the now extinct Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

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    People Keep Attempting To Scatter The Cremated Remains Of Loved Ones On The Ride

    It is common for fans of dark ride to attempt to scattered the ashes of their dearly departed from their Doombuggies. There is even a code to the Cast Members to alert others of the potential attempt: "HEPA cleanup," which refers to the type of vacuum needed to remove the ashes.  

    According to the Wall Street Journal:

    Current and former custodians at Disney parks say identifying and vacuuming up human ashes is a signature and secret part of working at the Happiest Place on Earth. It is grisly work for them, but a cathartic release for the bereaved, who say treating Disney parks as a final resting place is the ultimate tribute to ardent fans.

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    The Three Hitchhiking Ghosts Have Names And A Backstory

    Ezra Beane, Professor Phineas Plump and Gus each have their own backstory. According to the official Disney blogs, the tallest ghost Ezra was a "vagabond" while alive and is considered the leader of the group. Top hat wearing Phineas was a snake oil salesman who sold cure-all remedies, which he carried with him in his carpet bag. And the smallest ghost Gus went to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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