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August 09, 2005

Your Cadaverous Pallor


"Latest population figures show there are 999 residents at home in the Haunted Mansion, and that they are always looking for #1,000, which might be any volunteer brave enough to enter.

"The ride through the Mansion's labyrinth of cobwebbed-filled halls, pitch-black corridors and deathly-cold rooms is made by means of two-passenger carriages of the continuously moving Omnimover WED Transportation System. Each of the cars is capable of 180 degree turns, both left and right, and are pre-porgrammed to turn in the direction of visisble and invisible sights and toward the sources of unearthly sounds."

The above is a excerpt from the 1975 Standard Operating Proceedure for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. The manual is a little outdated. But it still gives a fun (and rare) behind-the-scenes glimpse of a landmark Disneyland attraction.

Page 1:  Table of Contents
Page 2:  The Story Behind the Story
Page 3:  Fact Sheet
Page 4:  Rooms and Areas
Page 5:  Rooms and Areas cont.
Page 6:  Crowd Control
Page 7:  Crowd Control cont.
Page 8:  Turnstile
Page 9:  The Foyer
Page 10: Expanding Rooms (cadaverous pallor)
Page 11: Expanding Rooms cont.
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24: Map

Update: Unbeknownst to me (and quite coincidently), I had no idea that I was posting this on the exact 36th anniversary of the completion of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion: August 9th, 1969. Thanks to The Disney Blog, for enlightening me!

Update 2: I finally posted the rest of the pages and added them to the above list. The manual is complete!

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Great post! Lotsa fun at Disney when me and friends used to go, The Haunted Mansion was one of the best rides. Fun to read this, but I have a question:

There is no page 4. The links above are nubmered sequentially, sure, but mouse over the links and read the target address in the browser. Typing in '04' in place of, say, '02' gives a 'not on this server' error. Is there a page 04, or are the images just mis-numbered?

Posted by: rinscewind | Feb 15, 2006 11:58:07 PM

That was fun, thanks! ;-)

Been to the WDW mansion many times, but never DL.


Posted by: Christopher | Feb 16, 2006 3:39:33 AM

rincewind- Look in the top right corner of the image. The original pages have been numbered by Disney. All of the pages link descriptions are correct. The image names of the gif files are of no concern.

Posted by: michael lavery | Feb 16, 2006 7:01:36 AM

That's really cool! I love the E-ticket stuff. I remember the old ticket system. Everything cool was an E ticket, and I would use those up right away, then I'd have to go through the Swiss Family Robinson tree or whatever to finish up the crappy tickets in the book before my mom would buy me a new book!

Good times.

Posted by: Jeff D | Feb 16, 2006 11:45:10 AM

Hey nice stuff..very detailed and fun to read!

"in cold weather, females may wear a black disneyland sweater"

Hun? :)

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Posted by: [Geeks Are Sexy] | Feb 16, 2006 12:02:52 PM

So, supposedly one of the story lines i've heard about the Haunted Mansion, is that the girl holding the candle next to the chest with the heart beating, she owned the house. She loved to play tricks on her servents, which is why you go through the hallway with all the doors are moving with people wanting out, she locked them in. This made the lady in the glass ball mad and she played a trick on the young girl. On the night of her 15th birthday, the lady in the glass ball lead the young girl into a chest and there she died. The man in the main hall "or the elevator as some may recall" who hung himself was the man who loved the young woman, and once he found out the news that his love had died, he hung himself. All of the young womans servents are having a party in the ball room and she is where she was locked forever, in the attic.

Posted by: Parker | Jan 4, 2007 7:30:47 PM

Aw. I seem to be a little too late, and page six has gone and run off. Nevertheless, I'm glad this is still around! I'm gonna have to start linking to your blog on Facebook. Glad I found you while searching for Mansion rarities!

Posted by: Peter | Nov 12, 2010 6:02:24 AM

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