One of the most beloved attractions at Disneyland opened 50 years ago today
Happy Birthday Haunted Mansion (still my favorite)
The iconic Disneylandattraction, which turns 50 today, was first conceived as a walkthrough tour—somewhere between a carnival’s house of horror and a visit to San Jose’s spectacular Winchester Mystery House. Its development took nearly 20 years, and plans for the project changed constantly as designers fought over what park visitors might find within the walls of the neoclassical estate.
The mansion didn’t open its doors to visitors until three years after Walt Disney’s death. But the finished product successfully merged then-cutting-edge technology with elegant smoke and mirrors techniques from a bygone era—paving the way for the modern haunted house.