Museum of the Weird: Never Built Disneyland

Never Built Disneyland

Haunted Mansion Disneyland Outside Queue Line New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion is one of the best Disney attractions ever built, but it had one of the strangest developments of any Disney ride, with its iconic facade having been built years before the rest of the ride while Disney tried to decide what to do with the ride.

Many of the plans developed over the years included two attractions on the inside of the building, one being the Haunted Mansion we know and love, and the other being the Museum of the Weird.

The Museum of the Weird was an attraction idea by Rolly Crump which originated from some ideas from the Haunted Mansion which did not fit well with the darker tone the series took during its later development.

This would have been a more fun walkthrough attraction featuring the supernatural that would have been located alongside the Haunted Mansion, and the two attractions were developed together and often traded individual scenes and effects.

It was born out of Walt Disney wanting a more upbeat haunted attraction, and when he died this ride was canceled and many of its ideas brought into the fold of the original Haunted Mansion attraction they were originally spun off from.

This attraction has been referenced in several other Disney attractions, having even been written into a series of comics that featured many of the ideas created for this walkthrough attraction.

Maleficent Dragon Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough Disneyland

The Haunted Mansion ended up being only one attraction, and Disneyland is without any significant walkthrough attractions other than the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough.

Be sure to check out the rest of Never Built Disneyland here. Also, come back next week when we explore the never built Snow Palace attraction planned but never built for Disneyland.