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Winona Ryder Was KIDNAPPED for Her “Weird” Disney Cameo

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Haunted Mansion” (2023)

Whose idea was this again?

The Haunted Mansion, a beloved Disney attraction, is known for its creepy yet captivating atmosphere. From its eerie ghosts to its chilling ambiance, it has captured the hearts of fans for decades. The attraction’s popularity inspired numerous Haunted Mansion movies, including the recent remake. This 2023 film featured an all-star cast that included names like Jamie Lee Curtis, Owen Wilson, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, and Lakeith Stanfield.

But Disney wasn’t done there; Haunted Mansion also featured another Hollywood Horror icon.

Winona Ryder

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“Haunted Mansion” Is Filled With Cameos

Fans of Wynona Ryder were pleased to see her pop up in the new Haunted Mansion movie, which debuted in theatres on July 28, 2023. Whisperings that the actress would be involved in the film have been circling for quite a while, which did lessen the effect of her cameo. In the film, Ryder played the tour guide, a small character who showed up near the end of the movie.

For director Justin Simien, his vision for the Haunted Mansion film was to fill it will tons of iconic actors. He said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter;

“Carmen Cuba, the casting director, myself and the studio were really enamored with this idea of plugging in classic faces in these cameo roles, and it just felt so right that she’d be the tour guide at the end of the movie.” 

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Winona Ryder Was “Kidnapped” by Director

There is no denying that Winona Ryder is currently a busy actress. Right now, she is starring in the mega-hit Netflix series Stranger Things, a show that gave her career a powerful resurgence. In order to get Ryder to do the film, Simien says;

“We kidnapped her. We told her that she was shooting Beetlejuice 2, and she just went with it for a while until she caught on.”

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About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.