The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland opened on August 9th, 1969. Since then, people have come everyday to meet its 999 Happy Haunts.
From the outside the Mansion looks elegant; some designers wanted it to look ominous and scary, in a state of disrepair, but Walt Disney said that he’d keep up the outside and let the ghosts take care of the interior.
Within the Haunted Mansion, guests hear narration by Paul Frees as they ride past a number of spooky exhibits and special effects that defy explanation.
In 2001, a special overlay of the ride debuted, known as Haunted Mansion Holiday, which combined the setting of the Haunted Mansion with characters and themes from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).