73. Phantom Manor - Part 1 - The Origins of the Manor
How are the Beatles, Michael Jackson, & Hocus Pocus connected to Disney’s Phantom Manor in Paris?
Welcome back, foolish mortals, for a journey into the complicated backstory and history of Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris! In this episode of Distory, we discuss the concepts, story, music, narration, inspiration, and origins of this iconic spooky attraction. We also dig deep into the background of Walt Disney World’s Thunder Mesa (and Marc Davis’s disappointments) and how it influenced the design of Frontierland for the Imagineers. Along the way, we experience a vibraslap, drum up some sympathy for the various suitors for Melanie Ravenswood (with hilarious names), and discuss the irreplaceable (yet replaced) Vincent Price, who felt right at home in the Phantom Manor. Well, most of the time.
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Books we mention in this episode:
The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic
Marc Davis in His Own Words
Disneyland Paris Phantom Manor Decrypted
Kate's books on Amazon
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