Haunted Mansion is turning 50 at Disneyland and the grim grinning ghosts are coming out to socialize and celebrate.
In honor of the occasion a new exhibit at the Disney Gallery will be revealed. The exhibit is called, “Happy Haunts Materialize” and will hit the park in August.
The exhibit will provide guests with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the imagineering of this classic attraction, the concepts and the development. Early sketches and sculptures during conceptualization of the Haunted Mansion and how the attraction evolved into what it is today is depicted throughout.
Concepts that never came to fruition are also highlighted throughout the exhibit including portraits that had been designed for the portrait hallway at the beginning. Portraits that weren’t used but are shown at the Gallery include Dracula and Daphne from the Greek Myth Daphne and Apollo.
In addition, a special after-hours event will be available for purchase in August called, “The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving”. The event is hosted by Madame Leota who is of course the head in the crystal ball in the Haunted Mansion and she will conjure up the ghoulish festivities.
Guests can enjoy themed food and drinks as well as exclusive after-hours access to New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Adventureland and Critter Country. Special themed merchandise and haunting photo opportunities as well as ghostly entertainment will all be available during this event. Guests are encouraged to dress in attire inspired by Haunted Mansion but be sure to checkout Disney costume guidelines as those will be enforced.
The merchandise available is limited edition and includes some amazing stuff! There are a number of pins available including a framed set of six pins highlighting some characters from the Haunted Mansion, the Hitchhiking Ghosts also have their own set of pins for the event, there is a Haunted Mansion 50th Clock pin, Haunted Mansion 50th oval plaque pin set and more.
These are all limited release pins some, extremely limited with only around 2000 available for many of them. There is one pin, special for the event in purple and black that is limited edition 999 so that one will go fast. (pictured above)
A Doom Buggy slider pin is available with only 1500 in circulation and a Porch Pins boxed set with 999 available.
Other merchandise including posters, jewelry, a purse and more will be available exclusively at the event. Attendees will also receive a commemorative event memento at the event.
A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights are already on sale and guests who are interested can purchase tickets here.
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