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Imagineers Who Created Haunted Mansion Attend Premiere

Haunted Mansion
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The classic attraction at Disneyland is getting a lot of attention. Haunted Mansion is one ride original to Disneyland Park, which opened in August 1969. Since opening day, Haunted Mansion has been spooking Guests and giving tours through the eerie home.

With the release of the remake of the film ‘Haunted Mansion’ (2023), the attraction has been the center of it all. First, actors spend the day at the Park as honorary Cast Members, and then the red carpet premiere. Although, due to the current strike, the cast did not attend, others who had a significant role in the attraction did, which is what inspired the film.

Haunted Mansion

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Bob Gurr

This Imagineer worked with Walt Disney, creating the Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and the Disney Monorail. “Bob Gurr is a literal Disney Legend, as he was honored with the Disney Legend Award due to his contribution to the Disney Parks,” Disney Dining writes.

In the TikTok below, Gurr is interviewed about his work on the iconic attraction in front of the Haunted Mansion at the premiere. His participation included the creation of the doom buggy.

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“Doooom Buggy is Haunted Mansion” – Bob Gurr #Disneyland #HauntedMansion #DisneyParks #DoomBuggy #BobGurr #ThisorThat

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Tania McKnight Norris

Tania McKnight Norris is yet another pivotal Imagineer in The Walt Disney Company. Norris is solely responsible for one part of the Haunted Mansion. “She worked with many Disney Legends on projects spanning Disneyland attractions, original concepts for Walt Disney World Resort, and Expo 67 in Montreal,” explained. Her participation in Haunted Mansion was quite grand as she created the infamous purple wallpaper. In her interview below, she recalls how there was no “spooky” purple wallpaper, so she doodled one herself.

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Meet Tania McKnight Norris, former Disney Imagineer and designer of the iconic “Purple Wallpaper” inside the Haunted Mansion?? #HauntedMansion #Disneyland #DisneyParks #Disney #DisneyCastLife #DisneyImagineer #Wallpaper

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Bob Gurr and Tania McKnight Norris are only two of the many that helped Haunted Mansion come to life. Although the cast could not attend the premiere, having two Imagineers show face and recount their days working with Disney was special.

Will you see the new ‘Haunted Mansion’ coming out on July 28?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.