A Spooky Experiment
The Haunted Mansion has been an on-and-off fixation for the better half of the last two decades. One of the pivotal events in the flowering of this obsession occurred with the re-release of 1969’s A Spooky Night in Disney’s Haunted Mansion in 1998. It was the first time in a generation that the music, atmosphere, and voices of this masterpiece of design were available to the general public. I still remember how exciting it was to finally have recording of the attraction’s signature Organ music, and experience the Mansion (if only aurally) for an extended period of time. This was still a year away from the 30th Anniversary soundtrack and several more before getting source recordings was as easy as a Google search.
Still, there were a couple details that were a little… off. “Mike and Karen” were an unexpected bit of radio drama, but the most jarring change was Paul frees replacement by Pete Rendoudet as the Ghost Host. Pete does a fine job, but Paul’s performance is a singularity in the history themed attractions (if not Entertainment history in general).
Several years, ago I decided to set things “right” and restore Mr. Frees to his proper place. Here are the Results.
An After Hours Tour
As a special companion to this “bedtime story”, The Haunted Mansion – An After Hours Tour serves as both an extended dénouement and an alternate journey through the much beloved edifice, taking place long after the “creepy creeps” have socialized in the pre-twilight hours of the morning. As strange as it might seem, this arrangement has been intentionally constructed for sleep inducement. (My fellow ambient music aficionados understand this :)
So turn-off the lights, turn-on a few LED candles, and lower the AC for an appropriate spooky atmosphere as you listen to the frightful and foreboding experience that can only come from “A Chilling Night in The Haunted Mansion”.