Disney's 'The Haunted Mansion' is Full of Easter Eggs and References to the Ride

Did you catch them?

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Disney's anticipated film The Haunted Mansion is ready to rumble exactly twenty years after the release of the 2003 version starring Eddie Murphy (which is the one us millennials grew up with). Now there's a new film for the younger generations to enjoy, and we'd have to say it's quite enjoyable. The 2023 iteration of The Haunted Mansion is a star-studded affair, and while everybody is still stuck on "Barbenheimer," (which is expected to have a strong second weekend), The Haunted Mansion shouldn't fall by the wayside because it is an entertaining film that's great for the entire family as well.

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'The Haunted Mansion' Trailer

We're assuming if you're reading this you've already seen the film, so we have one question to ask—did you catch the easter eggs and references? We definitely caught a few that were super fun, so let's get into it shall we?

Who's in 'The Haunted Mansion' cast?

Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, and Owen Wilson all star in the film, with some special appearances from Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito and more.

What's 'The Haunted Mansion' About?

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The Haunted Mansion is about a single mother named Gabbie (Rosario Dawson), who decides to enlist the help of a tour guide (LaKeith Stanfield), a psychic (Tiffany Haddish), a priest (Owen Wilson), and a professor/college historian (Danny Devito) to help exorcise her newly-purchased mansion after discovering it's inhabited by ghosts. What follows is a wild adventure full of twists and turns, and within that adventure are some neat references.

What are the Easter Eggs in 'The Haunted Mansion?'

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You probably already know this, but The Haunted Mansion is actually a dark ride attraction that can currently be found at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland. The ride first opened on August 9th, 1969, which means that both the 2003 and 2023 Haunted Mansion films are technically adaptations as they are based on the attraction. Let's break down some of the easter eggs one by one.

1. The Hatbox Ghost

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Jared Leto's Hatbox Ghost plays a major role in this film, and if you've ever personally experienced The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney, you'll know the same is true of the attraction, which has gone through several iterations. Hatbox Ghost was a part of the original 1969 installation, but was removed shortly after the ride's debut due to technical issues. In 2015, after decades of not being a part of the attraction, Hatbox Ghost was brought back into the fold, where it has remained since. And it's very creepy.

2. The Haunted Mansion Itself

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It would have been remiss for the film to take place in anything other than "The Haunted Mansion." The version/replica used in the film is modeled to look identical to the attraction at Disneyland, which is the way it should be.

3. The Appearance of Madame Leota

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Jamie Lee Curtis' Madame Leota is also a central part of this film, as she plays the psychic medium that resides in The Haunted Mansion. Madame Leota is a disembodied head inside a crystal ball with the ability to summon ghosts. In The Haunted Mansion attraction, Madame Leota is one of the 999 happy haunts that you encounter on the ride. The only question is which version is creepier. The ride or the movie?

4. The Stretching Room

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For those wondering...yes The Stretching Room is referenced in the film as well because it's borderline impossible to make a movie about The Haunted Mansion without including it. The Stretching Room at the Disney attractions puts the "haunted" in Haunted Mansion as you start off surrounded by a series of disturbing portraits and are basically told there's no way out. The room essentially gives you the illusion of "stretching" that makes it seem like you are going up and down.

The Stretching Room operates differently depending on which Disney theme park you're at, but at Disneyland, the "movement" is actually you on a cleverly built elevator that's taking you down. Pretty cool to see this in the film.

5. The Séance Room

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Did you pick up on The Séance Room? It's in The Haunted Mansion as well. In the attraction, the doom buggies travel in a circular motion to face the center of the room. This is exactly where you are greeted by Madame Leota who begins her spiel of chants to bring out those spirits we mentioned earlier. You'll also see a lot of supernatural objects and lights appearing out of nowhere to add to the creep factor.

These are just a few of the easter eggs in The Haunted Mansion as the film is full of them from top to bottom. The movie hits theaters on July 28th. Don't miss out.

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