Friday, January 25, 2008

Haunted Mansion reopens 2008

In honor of the mansion opening today, rather than sharing a collectible, I decided to share the latest little upgrade to the mansion itself! It has been over a year since we’ve stepped foot inside our favorite tomb sweet tomb. The Mansion looked and sounded great! As I had suspected, we did find some new additions with the reopening. While not a major upgrade like we saw with the Florida refurb in 2007, sometimes its the little things that can make a big impact. The loading, unloading and upramp conveyor belts have all been given a custom, intricate scroll paint job. Much nicer than the faded directional arrows from the early days. This new walkway keeps more in character with the house, almost like a endless magical carpet inviting you in.

One other interesting note, while Sam was photographing the mansion exterior, he was approached by two young ladies, asking if they could take a picture of his tattooed legs. That's a first!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Haunted Mansion Shadow Box

Greetings Boys and Ghouls and a Haunted New Year to you all!

I've been dying to post for the new year, but was saving my post for something new and really special! Dave Avanzino announced on January 6th the much anticipated release of the Haunted Mansion shadowbox!  The item flew off the shelves at Disneyana and throughout the rest of Disneyland, leaving many Haunted Mansion fans to order theirs thru Deliverears, including yours truly!  I've been anxiously pacing my own haunted corridors for this piece to arrive and today, finally, the package materialized on my doorstep....

and it arrived broken. From what I've been reading on the various message boards, that seems to be the case when shipped.  No problem, though.  I'm just going to ship it back and hope that Disneyland restocks soon, as it is not a limited release (as of yet).  My friend, Guy, just picked one up yesterday, and must have purchased one of the remaining ones.  By the time Sam got there, they were once again temporarily sold out!
The detail is incredible and I have to say it is very quickly becoming my favorite piece.  Each letter represents an iconic piece in the mansion.  And the frame! Oh, the frame depicts the conservatory coffin with the "let me outta here" guy's hands on the four corners. Stunning!

Despite the long wait, increased price (over other Disneyland ride shadowboxes), and breaking in transit, this piece is spooktacular!

Oh, one more thing! In the few short months since this blog started, we've been getting hits from all over! So, Greetings Foolish Mortals, to our fans from the Russian Federation, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Spain, Norway, Brazil, and of course, all our friends here in the US! Thanks so much for stopping by and hurry baaack!