The Haunted Mansion is one of the most beloved theme park attractions in the world. The original opened in Disneyland in 1969 and made its way to the Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris over the following decades. Everyone has their own reasons for loving this ride. For some its the incredible detail put into every prop, every cobweb, every twist and turn of the ride queue. For others its the stories behind the 999 happy haunts who reside in the Mansion. For me, its the music.
The soundtrack to this ride is “Grim Grinning Ghosts”, composed by Buddy Baker and written by Xavier Atencio. Driven by a pipe organ and sung over by otherworldly voices, this song is as mesmerizing as it is creepy. As guests tour the mansion, the lyrics call out to the spirits from beyond to make themselves seen and join in on the festivities.
The Haunted Mansion has appeared in many forms of media over the years, from comic books to its very own feature motion picture. But now, it has been beautifully illustrated into a picture book. Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion includes a CD copy of “Grin Grinning Ghosts” and takes readers on an adventure through the Haunted Mansion. James Gilleard’s illustrations perfectly capture the fun and excitement of this ride. This book is beautifully designed and full of Disney magic. Those who are familiar with the attraction and its lore will recognize iconic scenes and characters such as Madame Leota and the séance room, the Hatbox Ghost, and the ever popular Hitchhiking Ghosts.
Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion is the perfect book for fans of sing-alongs, beautiful artwork, or those counting down the days until their next Disney vacation.
You can find this title wherever books are sold, but if you happen to be in the Magic Kingdom be sure to stop by Memento Mori in Liberty Square and buy your copy!
Title: Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion
Music By: Buddy Baker
Lyrics by: Xavier Atencio
Illustrated by: James Gilleard
Published by: Disney Press
On Sale: July 5th, 2016
Review by: Paul Orsino
(Copy for review received from publisher)