Today I will be sharing changes that were made at Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion...
Let's see what was/has been changed!
In the mid-1980s, the La-La singer/Hearse backing vocal in the internal graveyard was discontinued.
In 1995, Disneyland's attic was updated. Now, a phantom piano player sits at an old run-down piano, just like the music room at Walt Disney World's Mansion. However, instead of the sinister Rachmaninoff-esque version of Grim Grinning Ghosts, a dark version of Richard Wagner's Bridal March plays. New pop-ups and audio was also added. Instead of the screams and shrieks from the old ones, they now scream "I do!" The pop-ups/blast-ups were discontinued in the 2006 upgrades.
In 2001, a newer, more detailed safety spiel was added to the doom buggies, now featuring voiceover artist and Paul Frees impersonator, Joe Leahy, giving a safer warning as part of a park-wide attempt to increase safety at the rides.
In 2004, the changing portraits in the Portrait Hall were updated. Now, the changing portraits flicker in synchronization with the flashing lightning and turn into their ghastly counter-images, rather than just fading between each other.
On Disneyland's 50th anniversary, the Haunted Mansion was given a number of upgrades. First, the original portrait in the Portrait Hall of a beautiful young lady turning into an old hag (commonly known by fans as the "April–December portrait"), was discontinued and replaced with the young man that turns into a skeleton, which can be found in Walt Disney World's Foyer. Next, Madame Leota floats, instead of her crystal ball remaining stationary on the table. A new Attic Scene was also added. Instead of the old attic scene with Pop-ups and a silent bride, there are now 5 changing portraits. The portraits show Constance Hatchaway, the new "Black widow bride" (played by Julia Lee, voiced by Kat Cressida), and throughout each of the photos, the husbands' heads pictured with her now disappear. In each of the photos, she gains a strand of pearls on her necklace. Her facial expression now turns from a frown into a sly smile throughout each portrait. A new bride was also put in place of the original. Now, the bride utters her wedding vows in a slow and ominous voice: "Here comes the bride..., As long as we both shall live..., For better or for...worse, (chuckle) I do. I did, In sickness and in...wealth, You may now kiss the bride, We'll live happily ever...after, Till death...do us part". A hatchet appears in her hands between her vows. Finally, the original stars in the graveyard were replaced with more realistic, more reliable fiber-optic technology.
In June 2010, Madame Leota's floating technique was presumably replaced with a clearer and digital internal projection, featuring the same HD video technology, just like the current projection of her at the WDW Haunted Mansion.
Tomorrow, I'll share changes made at Walt Disney World's The Haunted Mansion!