Fun Find Friday
September 13, 2013
Location: Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom
Happy Friday the 13th! This very
unlucky and spooky day has us headed over to
everyone's favorite Haunted Mansion where
visitations are in order. While dragging your
wretched body through the new extended queue you
will come across the following organ:
While this didn't join the line until 2011, the
organ pays a nice tribute to a person and idea that helped make the
attraction what it is today. Let's start off with the brand of organ
found directly above the keys. Here you will see the following:
So why Ravenscroft? I know what you may be thinking:
it's an obvious nod to the raven found throughout the attraction!
While that does seem like an obvious choice, it is actually a nod to
voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft! So who is Mr. Ravenscroft? His most
known work is for Tony "They're Grrrrrreat" Tiger and the narrator
for The Grinch that Stole Christmas, but to Disney fans he
is most known for his work on The Haunted Mansion!
Thurl plays Uncle Theodore, the head of the Phantom
Five, in the attraction. Who is the Phantom Five exactly? They are
the name for the five busts in the graveyard that sing the
attractions' theme song, "Grim Grinning Ghosts!" Thurl's bust is
actually the one most people confuse with being Walt Disney! That
isn't the only hidden secret found on the organ though! If you take
a look at the one side of the organ you will find an interactive
wall that looks like the following image.
While this wall features simple instruments most
guests are familiar with. The other side focuses on instruments that
are a lot weirder:
While these instruments will play music once
touched, much like the other side, these instruments have a much
more interesting history. When The Haunted Mansion was first in
development, a big chunk of it was going to be focused on a Museum
of the Weird which was actually featured on one of Walt's television
shows shortly before he passed away. Unfortunately, most of the
Imagineers didn't like the idea of the Museum of the Weird so after
Walt passed away the idea disappeared.
That is, until 2011 when The Haunted Mansion in the
Magic Kingdom received a brand new interactive queue. When the line
was added, some of the original renderings for the Museum of the
Weird were reduplicated into this interactive wall!
Until next time, Happy Friday the 13th everyone!
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