The Haunted Mansion has held a special place in my imagination from the moment I read about the attraction in Babysitters on Board: Babysitters Club Special, No. 1.
|I can tell you now, quite honestly, that no babysitting gig of mine ever made me this happy.|
For a kid who never ventured far beyond the confines of Main Street, USA, this book was serious adventure. Several days on an ocean-liner, followed by almost a week at Disney?! Seriously. I was so jealous my hair turned green (well, that might have been the chlorine from the local pool, but who's counting). The scene that stands out to me most in this book, however, is the girls' trip through Disney's famed attraction, a ride that began in the mind of Harper Goff, the famed Disney illustrator. Below, the black-and-white sketch that inspired the eventual construction of the first Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.
|Take a virtual tour of the Haunted Mansion here.|
I think of this as an adult. As a child, I was the kind of kid who wanted to take a hitchhiking ghost home with me, as promised. Who wouldn't? That is, until the friendly ghost would have been an unfriendly one under my bed. My favorite part of the attraction (note, I've been to the one in Florida)? The woman in the jar.
"...And consider this dismaying observation: this chamber has no windows and no doors... which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Of course, there's always my way...” Exit here. Alice
|You'd be ready too if you were eight months pregnant at Disney in late August. Let's just say I was not "light in August" (hehehe).|