by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard
Did You Know?
- The Haunted Mansion is the only attraction in four different lands in four different Disney Parks.
- The singing busts, designed by Rick Baker, were modeled after Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Marc Davis, Thurl Ravenscroft and Blaine Gibson
- Audio- Animatronics for Disneyland and Walt Disney World were produced at the same time as the Orlando attraction opened less than two years after its Anaheim counterpart.
Other Notable Disney Dates:
August 5, 1955 – The 20,000 Leagues under the Sea Exhibits opens in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Exactly 12 years later to the day, the attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space opens in the place of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
August 5, 1999 – Production begins on Disney’s newest animated feature which will be released in 2002 – Lilo and Stitch.
August 6, 1961 – The Flying Saucers attraction opens in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.
August 6, 1999 – The Disneyland Monorail Café officially closes to make room for new areas of Downtown Disney.
August 8, 1953 – Walt Disney reviews a site map that Imagineer Marvin Davis has been working on for theme park they plan to build – Disneyland.
August 9, 1934 – Walt Disney presents his animators with an outline for his first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
August 10, 1994 – The Concourse Steak House opens in the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.
August 11, 1925 – performer Mike Douglas is born in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known as the singing voice of Prince Charming in the 1950 animated feature, Cinderella. William Phipps provided the speaking voice for Prince Charming.
Question of the Week:
Can you name the lands in which The Haunted Mansion resides and in what parks?
Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm. Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.