One of Disney’s most enduring attractions is easily The Haunted Mansion, which continues to draw new followers each year. Fans obsess about its every detail, and fresh stories keep emerging about its history. I love The Mansion even more than I did as a kid because there are so many layers to it. It’s funny yet still can scare you through inventive special effects and brilliant design. Author Jeff Baham captures that diverse history well in his book The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion. He founded Doom Buggies.com back in the ’90s and is an expert on The Mansion. The drama behind the scenes is almost as interesting as the real attraction.
Baham is my guest on the latest episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast. We discuss the origins of his Disney fandom and interest in The Mansion. Our conversation barely scratched the surface of the different aspects of the attraction’s history. There are so many fun anecdotes on Rolly Crump, Yale Gracey, Marc Davis, and the other key figures that helped to create it. We also cover the origins of Doom Buggies.com, Baham’s work as a co-host of the Moustalgia podcast about Disneyland, and his process for developing the book. He released a second edition of the book in late 2016 via Theme Park Press and has learned even more since that point.
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Visit Baham’s tribute site to The Haunted Mansion, Doombuggies.com.
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