My earliest recollection of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion was in 1969 when I was four years old. It was summertime, so the Mansion had to have been less than a month old. I do remember it was the "new ride" at Disneyland. I also remember that it had a very long line and that I did not want to go inside because my brother had heard that things "pop out" at you. So while my dad and my brother waited in the long line, my mom took me to "see the dinosaurs" on the train. Afterwards, we had Mint Juleps and waited for them to come out. Well, my brother came back with very high praise for the ride and when we visited the park one year later, I finally felt brave enough to go inside. Funny thing though....I have a pretty clear memory about that one time that I did NOT go into the Mansion, but I have since been through the attraction so many times, that I don't have a very clear recollection of what it was like when I saw it for the very first time!
Today, I will CELEBRATE the Mansion's 40th anniversary by posting just a few photos from my personal collection. For some reason, I decided to experiment with some different photo effects including changing them all to sepia tone.
I took this photo of the bride back in January of 1996. This is when she still "floated" and her heart could be seen beating inside of her chest. I think this version of the bride was a much better effect than the one they have today....but that's just my opinion!
This last photo is of the attraction poster that hangs under the east train tunnel at the entrance to the park.
Happy 40th Anniversary to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion!!!