What is your favorite ride or attraction at Disneyland? For me and my kids, it is Space Mountain, that swirling, crazy, roller coaster ride through space-like darkness that is just scary enough to make you want to ride again and again. Other perennial favorites include It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, and, on our most recent trip, the Haunted Mansion.
To a young kid, the Haunted Mansion is creepy good fun, kind of like Halloween. As you go up to enter the grounds through the wrought-iron gate, you pass the lawn, littered with gravestones and reeking of gallows humor. You enter the mansion, only to be trapped in a room with no window and no doors. The challenge, the ghostly voices announces, is to find a way out! Then the room seems to stretch taller, revealing ghastly images of the suicidal patrons of the mansion. A door suddenly opens, and you are shepherded into moving, swiveling “doom buggy” shuttling you through the creaking hallways and decrepit balconies to enjoy the ride. Along the way, the ghostly inhabitants of the mansion carouse delighting the young and the young at heart. Finally, you are disgorged from your chair, with the warning to “beware of hitchhiking ghosts,” one of whom immediately appears in the chair next to you.
If you love that ride, or just think creepy is cool, you’ll want to see our remarkable find today, this Disney House HAUNTED MANSION Replica 10,000 Sq Ft 7 Bedroom 6 Bath in Atlanta, GA:
This replica is almost perfect, and the listing claims it is “the only known house in the world that is modeled after the inspiration and actual architecture of a Disney attraction.” It is located outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Buy it Now price is $873,000.
Interestingly, the original idea for Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion was in part influenced by Walt Disney’s trip out to San Jose, California, where he visited the famed Winchester Mystery House. He was fascinated with the place and its surreal features such as staircases to nowhere, tilted rooms and general odd appearance, at least on the inside. On the outside, it was beautiful. This juxtaposition gave way to the much-quoted Disney line of “We’ll take care of the outside and let the ghosts take care of the inside.”
Now, the Winchester House itself is said to be haunted, sparking more intrigue and inspiration. You will be happy to know that the owner of the replica Disney mansion has guaranteed that the house “is not actually haunted since he has lived in the home for many years with his wife and son.” You can imagine the possibilities of the house at Halloween, though, or for other special occasions. In fact, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, some couples have held their weddings here.
Here are some of the details, from the listing:
- “Mark, who is no stranger to Disney projects, made sure the design matched the dimensions and architectural structure of the real Disneyland Haunted Mansion as closely as possible.
- Hurt was even able to measure the real Disneyland Haunted Mansion himself to create the actual size of his own home.
- Incredibly, he found the actual foundry that Walt Disney had used to make the iron details of the original Haunted Mansion and had them make the iron for this house.
- Of course he had to adhere to building codes on things like the windows and opted out on the wraparound porch since he felt that it wouldn’t be used, but the details remained spectacular.
- The details start with an original Haunted Mansion Gate sign at the front with the four iconic pillars welcoming you to the home with the authentic green hand-welded iron railings.
- Even on the roof, there are the four faux smoke stacks that match the Disneyland Haunted Mansion to a tee.
- Flickering lights and outside elements add to the uniqueness of the replica of the home’s exterior.”
There were other elements the architect playfully included in the house, including a ghost themed bathroom: