Whether discussing Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort, there’s no question that the Haunted Mansion is easily one of the most beloved and celebrated attractions, if not the most celebrated.
Guests can’t help but adore the spooky ambiance, the eerie vibe, and the ‘silly spooks’ that can be found throughout the ride.
Some Guests are downright obsessed with the Haunted Mansion, and buy every souvenir they can get their hands on to commemorate their love for the ride. But for some Guests, the love for the Haunted Mansion ride goes even deeper: some Guests would give anything to spend a night as the 1000th happy haunt.
And now, they totally can!
It’s no secret that Walt Disney found inspiration in many things, leading to the stories and attractions he created. After all, art begets art! As it turns out, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction is no different and was based on many real houses. The most famous inspiration is probably the allegedly haunted Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose.
As for Magic Kingdom’s version of the Haunted Mansion attraction, the inspiration was found in another direction.
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In Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, lies the Harry Packer Mansion, one of the most significant visual inspirations for the Haunted Mansion. Indeed, the resemblance is stunning.
Everything from the architecture to the color of the bricks is incredibly similar and is sure to make you feel as if you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion ride, even if the Harry Packer Mansion isn’t haunted.
The best part is that the Harry Packer Mansion operates as a luxurious inn, so you can really spend the night in the real life haunted mansion! Would you be willing to give it a try?