Lovely Little Leota bids you farewell as you make your exit from the Haunted Mansion, beckoning you to “Make final arrangements now!” and “Be sure to bring your death certificate”. As humorous as these comments may be, the way this glowing little spectre delivers them is enough to send a shiver down your spine and raise a few hairs. That’s the truly great thing about the Haunted Mansion; it strikes a balance between fright and fun. What fun the three of us had, the night I took this picture. We enjoyed the gracious hospitality of a few Haunted Mansion cast members who allowed us the additional time needed to capture some of our favorite scenes. It’s people like them that make visits to Disneyland truly magical and people like us hurry back!
It seems like it’s been too long since I’ve worked on a picture of the Haunted Mansion. Rectifying that problem tonight was a lot of fun. Every picture is different and it’s rare that the flow of one is ever similar to another but I can say that I took my time on this image more than I usually do. Partly it was fun. Partly it was having inspiration and drive to go after what I wanted this picture to be. This angle is one that I was rather happy to find. I’ve loved this stone structure with its warmly lit wooden door and for a long time, wanted to share it here in some way. I always get a sort of lighthouse feeling from it. Maybe it’s the stone in particular, but this rustic treasure, on the backside of the Harbor Galley, sits next to the Rivers of America and New Orleans Square, a port city. In my own imagination, I see this structure oceanside with cold, tempestuous waves thrashing against it, trying to tear it down. To have a dreary feeling like that pairs so well with the Haunted Mansion. Its ship weathervane plays into my notion nicely, as do some of the backstories to the mansion, where the owner was a drowned, murderous sea captain. I hope you enjoy tonight’s picture, with its hot and cold running chills. Remember, there’s no turning back now!
There is a house in New Orleans Square they call The Haunted Mansion and while it’s already home to 999 happy haunts, it’s also one of the best reasons to make Disneyland a haunt of your own. You know what they say, “There’s always room for one more.” Just don’t forget to bring your death certificate!
When two holidays collide we are left with the Pumpkin King visiting us on Christmas Eve and it won’t be pie that he’s bringing. But who can really blame Jack for being drawn to the warmth and splendor of Christmas? It’s enough to warm anyone’s bones, even if we can’t quite put our finger on why.
Even though the Haunted Mansion in this state is not a part of Halloween Time at Disneyland, Halloween would not be complete without giving it a well deserved nod. This home for happy haunts is one of the first things I think of this time of year and I find myself wishing I could ride it in spite of my love for the Haunted Mansion Holiday festivities. I took this shot right at the end of this past winter at twilight. The clouds in the sky reminded me of an aurora in their ethereal shapes and lofty proximity, catching those last bits of light from the dying day. I was delighted, to say the least, that these clouds had decided to materialize over the Haunted Mansion.
The details of Disneyland are what really makes it extraordinary. I think it’s the secret to Disneyland’s ability to immerse guests and it inspires me. I love trying to notice something new each time we’re at the Park because I’m convinced no matter how hard I look or how many times I go, there will always be something unique to discover. I get a lot of enjoyment from taking pictures of these details as well, because the looks we get from passersby are wonderfully entertaining. Kevin was once taking a picture of a light in the exit to Indiana Jones, which drew some looks, but it also prompted a girl to shout “It’s just a light!” There’s something rewarding to noticing the details – a richer experience. How would you get chills from ghostly inhabitants if you didn’t stop to observe the staccato flickering of candlelights or listen for the gently piercing creak of old, neglected hinges? So here is my offering to you today, just a light. Is the air deathly still?
I really enjoy the diversity you can find at Disneyland. This shot is of a simple enough subject, the Haunted Mansion FastPass queue, but it’s easy to feel like you’ve stumbled onto a statue hidden in a Savannah woodland. There are so many worlds within worlds at the park, it’s an adventure discovering what’s next! I know black & white is not what we typically offer, but it seemed to fit this one rather well. Hope you enjoy!
“Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination, hmm?” What suspense and build to having the pants scared off of you with a hanging body illuminated by lightning storming overhead. I love trying to get pictures inside the Haunted Mansion. It’s such an amazing ride and getting halfway decent shots is such a challenge. Maybe that’s what the ghost host should say, “I offer you this chilling challenge – to take a good picture!” Of course, there’s always my way.