February 24, 2010

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion!
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Is a dark ride attraction located at Disneyland. It opened on August 9, 1969. The attraction's roots date back to even before Disneyland was built, when Walt Disney had just hired the first of his Imagineers.  Disney Legend Harper Goff developed a black and white sketch of a crooked street leading away from main street by a peaceful church and graveyard, with a run-down manor perched high on a hill that towered over main street.
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“Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host – your ‘Ghost Host.’
Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room actually stretching?
Or is it your imagination, hmm…?”
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And consider this dismaying observation: this chamber has no windows, and no doors... which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Of course, there's always my way...
Guests are then led down a dimly lit hallway with thunder crashing from outside the windows to the left while the portraits of several people on the right wall mysteriously transform from the image of them in their original states into their doomed appearance. At the far end of the hall, two statues which depict one of a man and another of a woman are stationed. As the guests move about,
these two statues follow whichever direction they take.
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Madam Leota says the following:
"Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat
Call in the spirits, wherever they're at.
Rap on a table, it's time to respond
Send us a message from somewhere beyond.
Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween
Awaken the spirits with your tambourine.
Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond
Let there be music from regions beyond.
Wizards and witches wherever you dwell
Give us a hint by ringing a bell."
In October the Haunted Mansion is converted for Halloween Time at Disneyland, and the masion is decorated with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme!! 

This is my favorite time to see the Haunted Masion!
I love Jack Skellington, and the Nightmare Before Christmas!

The End
"Little Leota"

“Hurry back… Hurry back!
Be sure to bring your death certificate,
if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now.
We've been [snicker] ‘dying’ to have you…”

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