The Haunted Mansion Story – Disneyland [Video]

Welcome Foolish Mortals to the Haunted Mansion!

In 1969, Disney made a long playing record about a story of two kids lost in a rainstorm who find and seek shelter in the unknown Haunted Mansion in this storyteller album! This ghost story audio book/video is accompanied by images from the book and the YouTube poster’s own drawings and some interior photos of the Haunted Mansion.

Have a listen here:

More about the book and record:

The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion is a Disneyland Records album that was released in 1969 to coincide with the opening of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction.

It featured the story of two teenagers, Mike (voiced by Ron Howard) and Karen (voiced by Robie Lester), who get trapped inside the Mansion, with Thurl Ravenscroft as the Narrator, Pete Renaday as the Ghost Host, and Eleanor Audley as Madame Leota.

The record also included a storybook depicting various scenes from the attraction illustrated by Collin Campbell.

Some effects and ideas that were planned but never permanently made it into the attraction are mentioned here: the Raven speaks in the Stretching Room and the Hatbox Ghost is mentioned during the Attic scene.

The album was reissued in 1998 as a cassette tape titled A Spooky Night in Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

A second reissue was released on CD in 2009 for the Halloween season. It used the original title of The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion and used the original cover artwork. Along with the story from the record, the CD also contained the song Grim Grinning Ghosts in its entirety as a separate track. The CD was also enhanced with high resolution reproductions of the artwork drawn by Collin Campbell. Like the original record, the CD’s case doubled as a storybook depicting various scenes from the attraction with illustrations by Campbell.

SOURCE: Disney Wiki

Madame Leota is the spirit of a psychic medium residing in the Haunted Mansion. Manifesting as a disembodied head inside a misty crystal ball, she is able to send “sympathetic vibrations” to summon ghosts from the spirit world so that the guests may meet them, and join them in their “swinging wake.”

I remember finding this record at a thrift store when I was a kid. Growing up in Southern California, I was a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland – it was always my favorite. I just wanted to live in the Haunted Mansion! Finding this on Youtube today was a real treat because it took me back to my childhood and one place I was always very happy. Read more about the Haunted Mansion ride here.

Drop me a comment below if you have been on this ride, have a great story or memory of it or… did you bring home any hitchhiking ghosts? 👻👻👻

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