Daughter of Madame Leota, Disney Imagineer, to star in film inspired by the attraction

Ok, Muppets. Enough already.

The hijinks and pranks and nonsense and silliness are supposed to be in the movie, and once again, the shenanigans prevail, and you guys have been holding out on us!

The most recent revelation about celebrity cameos in the Muppets’ new Halloween special involves a family member of Madame Leota herself!

Long-time Walt Disney Imagineer and Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Kim Irvine will play a part in Muppets Haunted Mansion! Kim has a long history with Imagineering that began with her mother, Leota Toombs, who was once an assistant animator for Disney and went on to become an Imagineer.

Imagineer Leota Toombs
Credit: Disney

The face of Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland is actually the likeness of Ms. Toombs, Kim Irvine’s late mother. Kim’s daughter, Ali Irvine-Wheeler is also an Imagineer.

Imagineers Ali Irvine Wheeler and Kim Irvine
Credit: Disney

Aside from being the daughter of Madame Leota, Kim is known for her work on attractions like Jungle Cruise, and she herself has worked extensively with the Haunted Mansion attraction.

So far, we’ve brought you the news of a growing list of very special guests will be starring alongside the Muppets in the Halloween special, Muppets Haunted Mansion.

In addition to Pat Sajak and Ed Asner joining making cameo appearances, we recently learned that Yvette Nicole Brown, Alfonso Ribiero, John Stamos, and Skai Jackson will all have a part in the spooky event that begins streaming on Disney+ on October 8.

The special follows the story of Gonzo, who’s always down for a dare or a stunt. He finds himself faced with having to spend the night in the Haunted Mansion. No word yet on whether Gonzo the Great will be great enough to rise to the challenge and succeed.

We will wait to see. While we’re waiting to see who else with join the celebrity cameo line-up already in place. (And that line is getting long!)


About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!