With the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park closed for a grounds expansion, new themed walls have gone up around the attraction with lenticular art of the Mansion’s changing portraits.
Many of the walls feature art by Imagineer Marc Davis, who created the art found inside the Mansion’s portrait gallery. The paintings have a lenticular effect so that they seem innocent, but change into something more haunting. First up is Davis’ Medusa portrait. Straight on, she appears as a Grecian woman.
When you shift, much like when the lightning flashes on the attraction, Medusa is revealed, made of crumbling stone with snakes for hair.
Next is the Black Prince portrait. At first, he appears as a knight in battle.
The portrait then changes to a skeleton man riding a skeleton horse.
April to December, another portrait of a ghost that haunts the Mansion begins as a young woman with “April” written in the top right corner.
She then turns into a corrupting old woman with “December” written at the top right.
April to December was one of Davis’ original portraits that hung on the mansion walls when it opened in 1969. She was removed and replaced by Master Gracey in 2005, but returned to the portrait hallway in 2021 when the park reopened after a full year of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, there is The Flying Dutchman portrait, which is a ship sailing the sea by day.
But by night it has been struck by lightning and is being destroyed by a storm.
Here’s a look at the changing portraits in action:
Also on the walls are quotes from the Ghost Host’s script that can be heard during the ride.
Three of the attraction’s crypts with puns can be found on one of the wall panels.
Guests are given the option to join in on the haunts by scanning a QR code that will send them to the Snapchat PhotoPass feature on the Disneyland app.
Concept art for the grounds expansion can be seen by guests walking past the Haunted Mansion.
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