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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.

Disney Passed on What Could Have Been a Great Animated Haunted Mansion TV Show Disney Passed on What Could Have Been a Great Animated Haunted Mansion TV Show

The 2003 Haunted Mansion movie stands out as pretty bad, even in a sea of middling Disney theme park ride movies—that oddly specific, yet well-populated genre. But one of the creators behind Kubo and the Two Strings pitched a pretty awesome-sounding reboot of the idea, that would’ve given it an animated twist.

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…

The Secret Tech Behind Disney's Haunted Mansion Illusions The Secret Tech Behind Disney's Haunted Mansion Illusions

“Perhaps Madame Leota can establish contact,” the Ghost Host decides. “She has a remarkable head for materializing...the disembodied!” As the Ghost Host is speaking, the Doom Buggies make their way into a dim parlor and take their place around a large seance circle.

One Game Of Thrones Character Is Getting A Bold New Costume... But Why? One Game Of Thrones Character Is Getting A Bold New Costume... But Why?

Do we finally know the name of the Flash/Arrow spin-off? Take a blurry look at Star Wars' Kylo Ren, and a great look at Age of Ultron's Vision. Could the new Agents of SHIELD spinoff be bad news for Agent Carter? The Flash may be introducing a new DC hero to TV. Plus hints for Outlander and iZombie. Spoilers Now!

How Disney Upgrades The Haunted Mansion to Scare New Generations of Fans How Disney Upgrades The Haunted Mansion to Scare New Generations of Fans

The manifesting and disappearing ghosts in the grand ballroom of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion aren't holograms or digital projections. They're based on Pepper's Ghost, a nineteenth century technique that, until the Haunted Mansion was constructed, had never been used on such a grand scale.

Game Of Thrones Will Definitely Last At Least Another Three Years Game Of Thrones Will Definitely Last At Least Another Three Years

Stan Lee drops hints about his Avengers 2 cameo. Guillermo del Toro talks about the chances of making a Hellboy 3 and Haunted Mansion. Constantine casts a female lead. Zachary Quinto mulls returning as Sylar for Heroes: Reborn. Plus, behind-the-scenes looks at Arrow and The Flash. Spoilers now!

A Haunted House Filled With DIY Tricks From Disney's Haunted Mansion A Haunted House Filled With DIY Tricks From Disney's Haunted Mansion

Haunted houses have gone over the top in the quest for guts, gristle and gore. But the Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater in Los Angeles offers a clever, DIY twist on scare tactics. Its fascinating—yet still freaky—lo-fi haunting techniques are cribbed from one of the country's original spooky addresses:…

Tons more on Thor: The Dark World from two of the movie's stars. Plus videos to prepare you for Fringe's finale! Tons more on Thor: The Dark World from two of the movie's stars. Plus videos to prepare you for Fringe's finale!

Jaimie Alexander explains why Alan Taylor was the perfect guy to take on Thor: The Dark World, while Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje reveals how he became the villainous curse. Mark Millar reveals 20th Century Fox's Wolverine strategy. Plus Guillermo del Toro provides the latest updates on all his upcoming projects!

New Doctor Who set photos reveal unexpected guests for this year's Christmas special! New Doctor Who set photos reveal unexpected guests for this year's Christmas special!

And could Neil Gaiman be returning to Doctor Who? (Probably not, but there's a new rumor.) Kick-Ass 2 finds one of its heroes after watching Scrubs reruns. Deadpool just slips further and further away. Plus Catching Fire, Ninja Turtles, and Haunted Mansion updates!

Singing Busts Arduino Project Brings All the Campiness of Disney to Your Front Door Singing Busts Arduino Project Brings All the Campiness of Disney to Your Front Door

Disney's Haunted Mansion is one of those corny staples you just have to hit when you visit the Magic Kingdom. But Disney World is far for some. Why not bring parts of the experience home for Halloween?

Watch the Spooky New High-Tech Ghosts at Disney World's Haunted Mansion Watch the Spooky New High-Tech Ghosts at Disney World's Haunted Mansion

The imagineers at Disney World recently made the dangerous decision to fiddle with Haunted Mansion, one of the park's finest attractions, reworking the holographic hitchhiking ghosts that appear to join you in your car as you leave the ride. But wait!, you say. Stop! It's not broke! Don't fix it! Normally I would…

Doug Jones explains how to bring humanity to an inhuman character Doug Jones explains how to bring humanity to an inhuman character

Nobody is better at playing bizarre creatures of the imagination than Doug Jones, who's probably Guillermo del Toro's most frequent collaborator. We asked Jones the secret of bringing creatures to life, and whether we'll ever see Hellboy's Abe Sapien again.

Guillermo del Toro's secret next project: Disney's Haunted Mansion Guillermo del Toro's secret next project: Disney's Haunted Mansion

Guillermo del Toro rocked our worlds with Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, so we've been dying to know what top-secret project he signed onto after ditching The Hobbit. Now it's revealed: He's directing Disney's Haunted Mansion 3-D. Uh, what?

The Haunted Mansion's House Band The Haunted Mansion's House Band

We love figuring out how things work, but in the case of this video—a bizarre musical performance involving disembodied holographic heads—it's probably better to just behold. OK, fine, speculate how they did it in the comments. [Make]

The Scariest Modern-Day Haunted Houses The Scariest Modern-Day Haunted Houses

We've all been there before: Dressed up in costumes, ringing the doorbell expecting candy before a multidimensional demon opens the door and devours our souls. Here're some of our favorite Haunted Houses... just so you know which ones to avoid.

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