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Dad Wins Halloween by Building a Working Replica of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Ride

A week ago, we thought no one would ever best a Disney-obsessed railroad engineer who built a miniature replica of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in his basement. And then we discovered Dan Schmidt—who, for the past couple of years, has created a working version of the Haunted Mansion ride in his garage for Halloween.

A Devoted Fan Created an Amazingly Detailed Copy of Disneyland's Fantasyland in His Basement

To make a Disneyland trip as enjoyable as possible, you’ll want to plan your visit for a time when the park isn’t crammed wall to wall with tourists. Or, you can do what this devoted fan did: recreate parts of Disneyland’s iconic Fantasyland in your basement, ensuring your family are the only people who can visit!

Good News, You'll Be Able to Get Drunk at Disney's New Star Wars Land

Star Wars is coming to Disneyland in a big way, and it’s bringing something a little stronger than milk with it.

Watch Michael Jackson's Classic '80s Sci-Fi World Evolve in This Rough Cut of Captain EO Watch Michael Jackson's Classic '80s Sci-Fi World Evolve in This Rough Cut of Captain EO

When I was a kid, my favorite movie in the world was 1985's Captain EO. Yes, the 17-minute Michael Jackson sci-fi fantasy played at the Disney theme parks, but it also made an appearance on TV. My parents recorded it on VHS for me, and I honestly wore out the tape rewatching it so many times. And if you loved the…

The Coolest Sci-Fi Memorabilia You Can Buy at the Upcoming Nostalgia-Fuelled Disneyland Auction The Coolest Sci-Fi Memorabilia You Can Buy at the Upcoming Nostalgia-Fuelled Disneyland Auction

Do you love science fiction and/or Disney theme parks? Well, you may want to hold your breath. Next week in Los Angeles, there’s an auction of vintage Disneyland memorabilia.

Network Outages at Disney Make 'Happiest Place on Earth' Kind of a Bummer [Update: Parks Back Online] Network Outages at Disney Make 'Happiest Place on Earth' Kind of a Bummer [Update: Parks Back Online]

Disney’s massively popular resorts on both coasts of the United States are in a state of meltdown, as a company-wide network outage has knocked a bunch of the company’s online services and apps offline. The outage has been ongoing since at least 4pm ET.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Open Summer 2019 at Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Open Summer 2019 at Disneyland

Opening day for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney theme parks in the US is getting closer and closer. First we heard it would be in 2019. Now, we know the seasons—and soon, we’ll have the specific dates.

Rare Concept Art for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Goes Up For Auction Rare Concept Art for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Goes Up For Auction

Later this month, Van Eaton Galleries is holding an auction of art and memorabilia from designer Rolly Crump. The eccentric artist helped design some of Disney’s most iconic theme park rides, and some of the most fascinating items going up for sale come from Crump’s early days working on what would become the Haunted…

Thrawn: Alliances Is Sending Darth Vader and Thrawn to Disneyland, Kind of Thrawn: Alliances Is Sending Darth Vader and Thrawn to Disneyland, Kind of

We at io9 pray to the altar of Grand Admiral Thrawn. This is a well-known fact. So when the first excerpt from Timothy Zahn’s new book, Thrawn: Alliances came online, there was quite a bit of excitement followed by pure elation at its awesome revelations.

The New Marvel Section of the Disneyland Resort Will Open in 2020 The New Marvel Section of the Disneyland Resort Will Open in 2020

A year after Star Wars makes its home at Disneyland, Marvel is moving in right across the street. Marvel Studios has just announced several updates to how their heroes will be integrated into Disney theme parks in the coming years. New themed areas and attractions are coming in Hong Kong, Paris and, of course,…

Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Is Really Taking Shape

We’ve still got another year before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, but Disney is temporarily sating our thirst with a new peek at what’s in store. And holy crap, it’s massive.

This Wonderful Fan Art Imagines a Magical Black Panther Adventure This Wonderful Fan Art Imagines a Magical Black Panther Adventure

Artist Michael Pasquale has created the perfect post-script to Black Panther.

On Walt Disney's Birthday, We're Reminded of the Speech He Made at the Opening of Disneyland On Walt Disney's Birthday, We're Reminded of the Speech He Made at the Opening of Disneyland

On December 5, 1901, Walt Disney was born. And yes, the late mogul was a complicated man from another era, with many shitty traits about him. For the most part, though, what he brought to this world was magical and so far-reaching it’s hard to even fathom.

This Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Transforming for the Holidays Is Truly Magical This Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Transforming for the Holidays Is Truly Magical

In a rare peek behind the curtain, Disney just released a time-lapse video showing the holiday transformation of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland.

Disney's Star Wars Lands Are Set on the New Planet of Batuu Disney's Star Wars Lands Are Set on the New Planet of Batuu

When the Disney theme parks open their two Star Wars themed lands in 2019, the name in the brochure will be “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” But Galaxy’s Edge is actually a new planet, revealed today to be called Batuu.

Disney's Star Tours Ride May Be Making Some Huge Changes Disney's Star Tours Ride May Be Making Some Huge Changes

This week, The Last Jedi planet of Crait is being added to the Star Tours ride at Disney parks in Florida and Anaheim. However, that may be just one of several changes coming to the 30-year-old attraction.

Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked to Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked to Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak

Disneyland shut down two cooling towers after it was discovered they may have played a role in a small Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in southern California, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.

X Atencio, Disney Animator and Co-Writer of the Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Music, Dies at 98 X Atencio, Disney Animator and Co-Writer of the Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Music, Dies at 98

Xavier “X” Atencio had a remarkable career with the Walt Disney company, from his early days in the 1930s working on films like Pinocchio to his later days working on rides like Disneyland’s The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. But Atencio reached the end of the ride this weekend. He died on Sunday at the…

Disney Cast Members Have Their Names Immortalized in Star Wars Land and I'm Jealous Disney Cast Members Have Their Names Immortalized in Star Wars Land and I'm Jealous

Talk about job perks. Disneyland is in the middle of building Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and to celebrate the construction of the area’s tallest peak, all Disney cast members got a chance to autograph the steel beams. Meaning they get to tell their grandkids they’re forever cemented in Star Wars canon, and I’m just…

Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Futurist, Dies at 83 Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Futurist, Dies at 83

Marty Sklar, arguably one of the most influential people to work at the Disney Company aside from Walt Disney himself, died yesterday. He was 83.

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