Tuesday, August 9, 2016
The Haunted Mansion Game - 1975
In honor of the 47th anniversary of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, today we have the Haunted Mansion Game. Lakeside Industries began manufacturing this game in 1975. I'm not sure when they stopped production, but I remember buying mine in 1978 (at a majorly discounted price) from a local drug store that was going out of business .
Even though "Walt Disney World" is above the name, it's Disneyland's Haunted Mansion that is depicted on the front of the box. However, both Disneyland's and Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansions are represented on the sides of the box....
....as well as the sides of the game "board".
Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is used again on the back of the game board backdrop.
Here's the other side of the backdrop, which features several scenes from the famous attraction.
The Stretching Room:
And the Dungeon. Wait, I don't remember THAT scene from the ride!
Game play on the board proceeds through various other scenes from the attraction.
The "Endless" Hallway:
The Corridor of Doors, the Seance Room and the Conservatory:
More of the Graveyard:
A player's direction on the board can change very suddenly. When someone lands on a space marked "spin", they must move one of the interlocking wheels a quarter turn, which ends up rotating all of the wheels, as well as the pathways.
Rotating the wheels will also move all of the Mansion's "characters" on the board. If the ballroom dancers, opera singers, or hitchhiking ghosts end up touching or knocking over a game piece on one of the paths next to the rotating wheels, then that player must go to The Dungeon where they must stay until they roll a 1 or a 6 on the dice.
When approaching the caretaker, if his lantern is red, a player must make a left turn.
If the lantern is green, a player may proceed in any direction.
The playing pieces are in the shape of Doombuggies! This blue one however, reminds me of an Atomobile from Adventure thru Inner Space!
Here are the full game instructions in case anyone is interested in reading them.
Lakeside also manufactured the "Walt Disney World's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" game around the same time as the Haunted Mansion game. I have that game as well and will post photos of it in the future. To see a pic of it now, plus additional pics of the Haunted Mansion Game from a 1975 & 1976 Lakeside Sales Guide, click here for a post from the blog, "And Everything Else Too": Lakeside Sales Guides.
Happy 47th anniversary to a true Disneyland classic!