To celebrate Halloween, Walt Disney Imagineering has released a ghoulish new portrait of the Captain, one of the happy haunts sailing on the new Disney Treasure as part of the Haunted Mansion Parlor. The Haunted Mansion-inspired bar was announced last week, though WDWNT reported the rumor back in July.
The Captain’s Portrait Revealed
In an Instagram post, Walt Disney Imagineering shared an animated portrait of The Captain, a new member of the Haunted Mansion’s deep history. Disney had already revealed there would be a captain character in the original Haunted Mansion Parlor announcement.
The post accompanying the image reads:
“In the spirit of Halloween, enjoy this portrait of the Captain, one of our newly discovered apparitions found in the recently announced Haunted Mansion Parlor onboard the Disney Treasure. Disney Imagineers are hard at work on the world’s first Haunted Mansion-inspired bar, where you will encounter nostalgic tributes to Haunted Mansion attractions around the world and a portrait gallery depicting the ship’s own ghostly residents.”
The animation on the post shows the portrait being lit by lightning flashes. True to the spirit of the iconic ride on which the bar will be based, the portrait shows a ghastly view of the Captain in each lightning flash.
The Captain above, in his earthbound state.
As the lightning begins to flash, the image transforms…
To reveal the skeletal remains just beneath the surface.
The transitions between the two are spooky as well, with partial spectre visible beneath the Captain’s more corporeal form. The transitional imagery between the two frames shows a lot of detail in the animation sequence.
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Haunted Mansion Bar Aboard the Disney Treasure
The Haunted Mansion Parlor is described by Disney as the “next chapter” in the Haunted Mansion lore, telling the story of a captain “who entered the ghostly realm” following a dinner with his fiancée that, presumably, did not end well.
The Disney Treasure bar, according to EW, will pull “aesthetic theming” from the Disneyland version of the attraction, which opened in the New Orleans Square section of the park in 1969. The ride’s iconic purple wallpaper and “Donald Duck” chair will be present, and it looks as though the hitchhiking ghosts have finally caught a ride, as they’ll be seen behind the bar. An attraction-inspired arrangement composed by Shruti Kumar will play throughout the venue.
The Haunted Mansion Parlor will include “legendary characters from Haunted Mansion attractions at Disney Parks around the world.” There are versions of the attraction at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland, while the ride also inspired Phantom Manor, which opened at Disneyland Paris in 1992, and Mystic Manor, which commenced operations at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2013. Disney has also confirmed that the bar will introduce new characters into the Haunted Mansion lore.
Several themed beverages will be available at the Haunted Mansion Parlor, with Disney detailing the Ghoulish Delight, Sympathetic Libations, and Signature Beverage in their initial announcement. Disney also shared recipes for the revealed beverages on their website.
Exclusive Haunted Mansion-inspired merchandise will also be available aboard the Disney Treasure. Check out the previewed merchandise here.
The Haunted Mansion Parlor will commence operations along with the rest of the Disney Treasure in December 2024.
The Disney Treasure will be an adventure-themed ship that will be the same size and have the same layout as the Disney Wish, which launched in 2022. Its maiden voyage will begin on December 21, 2024.
The Haunted Mansion will not be the only Disney Parks attraction with representation aboard the vessel, as Disney announced in September that the Skipper Society Lounge inspired by the “Jungle Cruise” will be a Disney Treasure offering. Other bars and cafes on the Disney Treasure include The Periscope Pub, Jade Cricket Café, and Heihei Café, which are inspired by Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Mulan,” and “Moana,” respectively.
Entertainment options on the Disney Treasure will include the “Disney The Tale of Moana” Broadway-style show alongside Disney Crusie Line’s pre-existing “Beauty and the Beast” and “Disney Seas the Adventure” shows. The ship will also contain its own version of the AquaMouse, which debuted on the Disney Wish, and a “The Lion King”-inspired central hub for daily activities and evening adult entertainment known as Sarabi.
Click here for a full roundup of everything announced for the Disney Treasure thus far.