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

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!