Haunted Mansion Concept Art - Original painting - Dan Martinez - Van Eaton Galleries

Disney’s The Haunted Mansion Concept Art In Auction!

Friends, I know I am not in the minority when I say it’s hard to top Disney’s The Haunted Mansion. It was announced just last week that Van Eaton Galleries would be holding a very special auction. Entitled The Life and Career of Disney Legend Rolly Crump, it will feature artwork and items from his long career as an Imagineer. Including of course some rare Haunted Mansion concept art!
Haunted Mansion Concept Art - Van Eaton Galleries catalog cover

While it may have begun it’s life…or is that afterlife as the Museum of the Weird. There is certainly no denying that The Haunted Mansion has captured the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. The attraction was started in earnest in 1961, when visitors were given handbills announcing the opening year as 1963. The doors to The Haunted Mansion wouldn’t open to guests however until 1969.
Haunted Mansion Concept Art - View Master Reel

Rolly Crump was one of the two Imagineers, that Walt Disney approached to come up with elements of the attraction. Remember it had begun as The Museum of the Weird, so some ideas were gypsy wagons, haunted furniture, as well as man-eating plants. In fact back in 1951, an illustration was created by Harper Goff. Disney would go on to ask legendary Imagineer Ken Anderson to concoct a tale to match the illustration.
Haunted Mansion Concept Art - Harper Goff

From such humble beginnings, over the years the core of The Haunted Mansion would begin to take place. Jettisoning the idea of The Museum of the Weird it instead became the final resting place for 999 Happy Haunts. As well as becoming an attraction whose collectibles are greatly sought after. You do not have to take my word for it, just ask Guillermo del Toro if you need more proof.
Haunted Mansion Concept Art - Guillermo del Toro

Which is why this auction by Van Eaton Galleries is so incredible, friends. Take a moment and look over a few of the many objects being offered. How does an original spoon to celebrate the 1969 opening strike you? A rare collectible doesn’t quite cover it, right?
Haunted Mansion Concept Art - Ice Cream Spoon - Van Eaton Galleries

Or perhaps you would be more interested in some of Rolly Crump’s original illustrations for the Candle Men concept?
Haunted Mansion Concept Art - Candle Man - Museum of the Weird - Van Eaton Galleries

Maybe a signed print of the concept by Crump for the Gypsy Wagon?
Haunted Mansion Concept Art - Van Eaton Galleries - Gypsy Wagon

A huge thank you to Van Eaton Galleries for the images used in this article. As a matter of fact you can follow any of the links to the auction site yourself. In addition you can look through through or even order a catalog for The Haunted Mansion concept art auction.

Want to go a little deeper than the auction of that Haunted Mansion concept art? Why not listen to Rolly Crump discuss the attraction’s creation yourself?

[Via] The Walt Disney Family Museum

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 058 (The Player)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Today I have chosen an episode from 1948’s The Player entitled “Murder at Tamerlane”. This is a rather unique series as every single character in the story is voiced by the legendary Paul Frees!

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Haunted Mansion Board Game

Do You Remember Disney’s The Haunted Mansion Board Game?

About three years ago I shared my memories on the 1975 board game for Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was a game that was developed and published by Lakeside Toys. That was not however the only Walt Disney relate game they released as in 1972. They also created the Haunted Mansion board game!

Haunted Mansion Spread - Lakeside Catalog - and everything else too Blog

Haunted Mansion Blurb - Lakeside - and everything else too blog

Haunted Mansion Blurb 2 - Lakeside - an everything else too Blog

I had the pleasure of playing this board game in my youth. My Father being a single parent had to sometimes ask family members to watch me after school or during summer breaks. One of my favorite places to spend the afternoon was my Aunt Jeanie and Uncle Ricky. Mostly because my Cousin Chip was an amazing artist and had awesome board games like Dark Tower! Chip happened to be about 10 years my senior. So a lot of times that meant I was lucky enough to receive hand me downs in the form of comic books, clothes, and board games. On of those games was Disney’s Haunted Mansion Board Game.

How to Play the Haunted Mansion Board Game

The object of the game is 2 to 4 players attempt to travel through the Ghostly Galleries of the Gracey Manor and it’s grounds. But beware the rotating discs that are embedded in the game “board” can halt that progress or help. Then there is the Wrathful Raven who can swoop down from it’s perch to block your progress.

Haunted Mansion - 3 D model

It was a fantastic game and one that I honestly wish I still owned. Oddly enough, I do not recall ever getting rid of it. Perhaps one of those 999 ghosts from the Haunted Mansion took it to play with his friends?


Thanks to the And Everything Else Too Blog for the wonderful Lakeside catalog images you see in this post. Make sure to visit that site by following the link provided because it’s owner, Karswell, happened to take them from a catalog he actually purchased from a former employee of Lakeside!