13 Things You Didn't Know About Disney's Haunted Mansion

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Few things scream "this is Halloween" quite like Disney's Haunted Mansion. Though it's one of Walt Disney World's hottest attractions year-round, it's a little extra festive when "" plays in the fall. Because, yes, ghosts and apparitions feel more alive as October 31st approaches—even if they're, well...not.

Even if you're a seasoned expert or Disney fanatic, you could probably use a refresher on some of the lesser-known spooky details of this park-goers' beloved ride.

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1 Disneyland's Haunted Mansion opened in 1969.
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It was the first of the five riffs on the ride available worldwide.

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2 It was largely inspired by the Shipley-Lydecker House in Baltimore, Maryland.
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"When imagineer Ken Anderson came across an unlabeled image of the Shipley-Lydecker house in a book entitled it became the model for Disney’s Haunted Mansion!" .

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3 There are 999 ghostly residents of the Haunted Mansion.
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They're known as Happy Haunts.

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4 The Haunted Mansion opened at Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, 1971.
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5 Tokyo's Haunted Mansion opened in 1983.
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6 Disneyland Paris's version is known as Phantom Manor.
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This Haunted Mansion attraction, which opened on April 12, 1992 has a storyline based on the Ravenswood family, which was "a family of Western settlers who struck it rich during the gold rush and were later affected by a series of mysterious demises."

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7 Hong Kong Disneyland's haunted attraction is called Mystic Manor.
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Mystic Manor's soundtrack is by composer , who worked in the music department for .

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8 Madame Leota, who appears in the Seance Circle room, is voiced by Eleanor Audley, who also voiced Lady Tremaine in "Cinderella" and Maleficent in "Sleeping Beauty."
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According to the , "although Eleanor Audley supplied the voice for Leota in the Seance Room, it’s both the voice and face of Leota Toombs that combined to create Little Leota," who appears later in the attraction.

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9 Three of the Hitchhiking Ghosts have unofficial names.
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Yes, they're Ezra Beane, Prof. Phineas Plump, and Gus, and they appear to .

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10 The carts you ride around the attraction in are called Doom Buggies.
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Hint hint: There should be !

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11 There are 5 singing busts in the graveyard scene.
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12 "Grim Grinning Ghosts," the attraction's theme song, was written by two Disney Legends.
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, who composed more than 200 scores for Disney, and , who helped animate classics like Fantasia.

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13 Disney has decked the halls of the Haunted Mansion for the holidays from September to January.
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The Haunted Mansion Holiday currently features festive touches inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. You'll see lots of Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and more as they wish you "Season's Screamings," .

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