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Haunted Mansion Stretch Portrait and More Disneyland Memoribilia up for Auction

Are you a huge fan of Disneyland? Do you collect rare and unique items that only a hardcore fan can appreciate? Does your money often spontaneously ignite for no apparent reason, burning a hole in your pocket? If you answered yes to all these questions, then you need to check out Van Eaton Galleries latest

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Cell Phones and Themed Entertainment: How To Cope?

“… and no flash pictures, please! Our spirits are frightfully sensitive to bright lights.”  Ghost Host – Disney’s Haunted Mansion While I know the narration of Paul Frees is considered sacred by many Haunted Mansion fans (as it should be), this particular warning seems to be rather pointless in the age of cell phones. Riders

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Who wants to buy a Haunted Mansion stretching room portrait?

It never ceases to amaze me how many authentic Disneyland props have ended up in the hands of collectors over the years. The Walt Disney Archives can only hold so much and many of these pieces of history end up going to an employee or even in the trash. And you know what they say,

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Now is your chance to own a REAL Haunted Mansion Butler of Maid Costume from Disneyland

Van Eaton Galleries has released their full catalog of authentic Disneyland items they are selling at auction and I have assembled a list for anyone who wants to start their Christmas shopping early. The catalog is a whopping 280 pages filled with not only authentic items from Disneyland history, but often times includes how those

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Top 10 Secrets of Disney’s Carousel of Progress

With all the excitement over Disney’s new “Tomorrowland” film opening on May 22, 2015, I thought I would share some of my favorite secrets about my favorite Tomorrowland attraction: Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. #1 The Tribute to Imagineer Herb Ryman When you’re in the “Fabulous 40’s” scene, take a look out the window of

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Liberace To Be Reborn In Las Vegas As A Hologram

Liberace, the bedazzled piano superstar, will once again become a Las Vegas headliner 25 years after his death. Thanks to a company known as Hologram USA, the performer will be brought to life via a new twist on a very old magic trick known as Pepper’s Ghost. Dating back to 1600’s, the effect was made

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The Magic Castle Hides A Piece of Disney Haunted Mansion History Most Have Never Heard Of

Being a theme park fan, in my humble opinion, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is the gold standard in dark rides found anywhere in the world. Sure, there are more high tech rides that can do some incredible things, but the Haunted Mansion raised the bar in what an attraction could be and still holds up over

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Remembering Phantom Theater At King’s Island

Welcome to Part 2 of our coverage of what is arguably Kings Island’s most missed attraction: Phantom Theater.  The story of the attraction loosely was based on “Phantom of the Opera” with original characters. As guests went through the queue, they would encounter posters of the theater stars such as… Houdelini… The Great Garbonzo… …

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Designing Phantom Theater for Kings Island With R&R Creative Amusement Designs

Dark rides help define the heart, soul and character of a theme park. Personally, one of my favorites was The Phantom Theater, created exclusively in 1992 for Kings Island. Recently I got a chance to chat with President of R&R Creative Amusement Designs Rick Bastrup on what it was like to create this one-of-a-kind attraction.

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An Interview With Javier Soto: Artist for Disney’s Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Event

Recently, Disneyland celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion with a merchandise event at the Main Street Art Gallery, just outside of the lobby for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Dozens of original pieces were created for the special event where certain pieces were also available online as well. Original busts, framed portraits and

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