Creepy Haunted Mansion Parlor Details Revealed

Creepy Haunted Mansion Parlor Details Revealed

Disney has revealed more about the Haunted Mansion Parlor coming to the Disney Treasure. This sure-to-be fan favorite “will honor more than five decades of fandom and introduce the world to the next chapter of the Haunted Mansion saga.” The parlor once belonged to a sea captain and his odd fiancé. Nobody knows what happened to the couple, but the space may offer clues to solving the mystery of their disappearance. It’s too bad the Wish’s Hyperspace Lounge doesn’t have interactive elements like that (but it does have an excellent screen).

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Aquarium with Ghost Fish

In a previous post, we learned that Imagineers were honoring the great Rolly Crump with a melting bust. That won’t be Rolly’s only contribution to the space:

Haunted Mansion Parlor's Aquarium with Ghost Fish. Copyright Disney.

“When plans for the original Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland were well underway, celebrated Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump proposed a creative concept for a ‘Museum of the Weird’ exhibit. As the final design took shape, many of Rolly’s initial ideas were realized throughout the attraction. However, a few of his concepts remained in the vault, living on thanks to dedicated fans and Disney historians. One such concept was a mysterious aquarium, filled with ghost fish. More than fifty years later, the sketch Rolly developed was referenced by a new generation of Disney Imagineers to create a modern ‘Aquarium with Ghost Fish’ for the Haunted Mansion Parlor.”

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Commentary: How has this remained in a vault for 50 years?!

The aquarium plays a part in the Parlor’s mystery. The crew recounted that on the night of the couple’s disappearance, the fiancé had prepared a meal in the parlor. When the crew checked on them later, they only found The Captain’s hat floating in the aquarium’s water.

Art Collection

The Haunted Mansion is known for its creepy portraits. The Haunted Mansion Parlor will continue that tradition with artwork of its own. The gallery will use cool tech to “allow the ghostly residents to entertain guests in new ways.”

The Mariner Ghost

Haunted Mansion Parlor's mariner. Copyright Disney.

The Mariner was created by Imagineering icon Marc Davis. It can be found hanging in Magic Kingdom’s and Tokyo Disney’s versions of the Haunted Mansion. The character’s story will be taken to new heights (depths?) on the Disney Treasure.

The Captain and his fiancé

Portrait of the captain from the Haunted Mansion Parlor. Copyright Disney.
Portrait of the captain's fiancé from the Haunted Mansion Parlor. Copyright Disney.
Portrait of the captain's fiancé in her true form from the Haunted Mansion Parlor. Copyright Disney.

The Captain looks distinguished in his portrait. But his fiancé’s painting is much more interesting. Inspired by Marc Davis’ “cat lady”, her portrait will transform to reveal her true form. All we know about her at this point is that the captain rescued her from a shipwreck and was immediately taken in by her beauty. That’s a tale as old as time…

Commemorative Mugs

The Mariner Mug. Copyright Disney.
The Bride mug. Copyright Disney.

The Parlor’s paintings have also inspired commemorative mugs. These ceramic mugs appear to be carved from the planks of a ghost ship. These Disney Treasure-exclusive cups should be available on eBay at wildly inflated prices shortly after the Treasure returns from its maiden voyage. I kid, but it’s true.

The Haunted Mansion Parlor will be the most sought-after reservation when the Disney Treasure sets sail on December 21, 2024.