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DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 19: Haunted Mansion 50th, potential origin stories

In this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, we look at some opportunities that are coming quickly as the Haunted Mansion's 50th anniversary rapidly approaches on August 9, 2019. DoomBuggies offers a special event on August 9, while Disneyland offers its own overnight spooky celebration celebrating the anniversary with two parties and the release of a plethora of new art and collectibles. Then, Jeff talks about the winners of the D23 Expo Design Challenge and reviews "Happy Haunts...


DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 18: Ken Anderson and Disneyland's Haunted House

In this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, we look at the earliest plans for Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion as envisioned by WED Imagineer Ken Anderson in 1957. Thanks to recent discoveries this year, new details about Ken Anderson's plans for a haunted house at Disneyland have been unearthed, and we take a deep dive into the various ideas and proposed floor plans for this surprisingly grim attraction. From a conceptual link between the pirates of New Orleans Square and Walt Disney's...


DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 17: Foolish Mortals Documentary, Ghost Post ride-through

Happy Halloween! Celebrate the 20th year of with this special episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show. In this episode, we speak with the director (James H. Carter II) and executive producer (Ryan Grulich) of "Foolish Mortals," a documentary about Haunted Mansion fandom. Learn about their inspiration, goals, and discoveries along the way toward finishing this film, and their own personal histories with the Haunted Mansion. We also will take an audio trip through Disneyland's...


DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 16: Imagineer Patrick Romandy-Simmons, Ghost Post subscriptions

In this special Friday the 13th episode, we welcome Imagineer Patrick Romandy-Simmons to the show to talk about the anniversary of the reappearance of the Hat Box Ghost in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Patrick sculpted the new character, and shares secrets about the creation of the ghost, as well as other haunting tales about his career with Disney, including a story about Marc Davis and "Friday the 13th Part VII". In other news, Guillermo del Toro is trending again with a tidbit about his...


DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 15: Joshua Williamson on Marvel's "The Haunted Mansion"

On this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, host Jeff Baham speaks with comic book writer Joshua Williamson about Marvel's new Disney Kingdoms title, "The Haunted Mansion." Williamson talks about his history as an artist, his interest in Disney's Haunted Mansion, and his trek through Disney fandom. We talk about how he goes about creating characters for this enigmatic attraction, and the book's balance of spookiness and silliness. In other news, Jeff talks to actor Doug Jones about the...


DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 14: The Hat Box Ghost, The Ghost Host, and The Queen of Halloween

Bridget Marquardt, the "Queen of Halloween," joins this jam-packed holiday edition of the DoomBuggies Spook Show to share some tips for celebrating Halloween as we dive into the fall season. Imagineer Daniel Joseph joins us to talk about the triumphant return of the Hat Box Ghost to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, and to discuss some of the obstacles that WDI had to overcome to bring the beloved character back to (after) life. Author Jason Surrell joins us to talk about the new edition of...


DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 13: The Hat Box Ghost, Walker Stalker Con

On this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, we discuss the mysterious new wall that recently materialized in the attic of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion, and ponder the possible return of the long-awaited Hat Box Ghost. Jeff Baham gives a history of the storied character, and talks about when it first appeared in the Mansion, why it disappeared, how it has inspired a multitude of artists (including Disney's famed creative team Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily), and what fans might expect as...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #12: The Attic Bride, Bridget McCarty, Walt Disney World

In this spook-er-sized Halloween episode, we discuss the recent "Ghostly Materials" exhibition at Disneyland and speak with one of the artists, Bridget McCarty, about the opening day of this release of Haunted Mansion-related artwork. We also talk about the recent flood of Haunted Mansion merchandise in the parks, and the new Haunted Mansion-specific store called "Memento Mori" at the Magic Kingdom. Also, the Walt Disney Family Museum hosts a "Haunted Mansion Halloween" party, and we talk...


DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 11: Disney Legend Alice Davis

Disney Legend Alice Davis joins the DoomBuggies Spook Show this week to talk about her late legendary husband Marc Davis, who was one of Walt Disney's original Nine Old Men and was largely responsible for the majority of the scenes and gags in the Haunted Mansion. Alice talks about Marc's childhood and early art, and explains why Walt selected him to become an Imagineer, and some of Marc's artistic aspirations. Also, Jeff's new book has been published - "The Unauthorized Story of Walt...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #10: ScareLA's Haunted Mansion event

This week, the DoomBuggies Spook Show presents an abbreviated news-only show, featuring a variety of topics, including the recent passings of horror artists; a Haunted Mansion pin-up calendar; news about Marvel's Seekers of the Weird; minor news about Guillermo del Toro's possible Haunted Mansion film; the opportunity to spend the night in a "real" Santa Ana Haunted Mansion; and the announcement of ScareLA's tribute called "When Hinges Creak: 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion" featuring your...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #9: WED Imagineer Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders was a WED Imagineer in the late '60s, working on the Omnimover system, New Tomorrowland, and the Haunted Mansion. In an exclusive interview, DoomBuggies talks to Paul about working for WED, working for Walt, and helping to develop and engineer the Haunted Mansion. Paul discusses what it was like in Imagineering at the time, and how he, as an architect and designer, interfaced with the art directors and creative legends that Walt selected to work for WED. Also, the Walt Disney...


DoomBuggies Spook Show # 8: Knight tales and the Corridor of Doors

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion briefly used live characters to portray a knight inside of a suit of armor inside of its dank halls in the 1980s, and in this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show we learn more about the experiences and challenges that these actors faced in bringing some true scares into the Haunted Mansion. We'll also take a tour of the Corridor of Doors inside of the Haunted Mansion, and learn some behind-the-scenes information about this brief yet surprisingly integral...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #7: Fear on film; camera operator Craig Fikse

As the start of an intermittent series on the nature of fear, this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show deals with the nature of fear, and how and why we, as human beings, enjoy and/or abhor being scared. We interview camera operator Craig Fikse, who has experience filming series like American Horror Story and films like Van Helsing, The Invasion, and The Ring 2. Fikse discusses working with directors like Guillermo del Toro and his thoughts regarding the methods and tactics filmmakers...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #6: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

Disney producer and author Greg Ehrbar joins us on this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show to discuss the seminal spooky sound effects record "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House" released by Disneyland Records in 1964. In this 50th anniversary year of the album's release, we take a look back at the history and circumstances surrounding the creation of the world's most popular Halloween record. From the kooky narration and stories to the familiar sounds from the Disney sound...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #5: Imagineer Rolly Crump

In this episode, DoomBuggies talks to WED Imagineer Rolly Crump in an exclusive interview. Crump, who worked directly with Walt Disney in the planning and design of Disneyland, was assigned to the development of the Haunted Mansion, where he worked with Imagineer Yale Gracey on many proposed scenes and special effects. In this interview, we talk to Crump about working with Gracey, his relationship with Walt Disney, and his ideas for the Haunted Mansion. We also speak about the recent...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #4: Top 10 questions regarding the Haunted Mansion

Welcome to episode number four of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, a podcast "dead-icated" to fans of Disney's Haunted Mansion attractions, and other spooky things. In this episode, we discuss a listener's "Top Ten Questions About the Haunted Mansion," since they echo many questions regularly asked about this seminal haunted attraction. What exactly is inside of that big Haunted Mansion building facade? Will Guillermo de Toro ever come through with his proposed movie treatment of the Haunted...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #3: Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday

In this special episode, the DoomBuggies Spook Show celebrates Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday seasonal overlay with an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the development and creation of this extremely popular attraction. After taking a trip back to 2001 to look at some of the promotional material Disneyland produced in anticipation of the new overlay, DoomBuggies invites you to jump into our black coffin sleigh to take a tour through the history of the Haunted Mansion Holiday,...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #2: The Haunting, Ghostly Gifts

Welcome to episode number two of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, a podcast "dead-icated" to fans of Disney's Haunted Mansion attractions, and other spooky things. In this episode, we discuss "The Haunting," Robert Wise's 1963 film that Martin Scorsese has called the scariest movie of all time, and a direct influence on the development of the Haunted Mansion attraction. We also disuss a few holiday gift-giving ideas for Haunted Mansion fans, and review "The Disneyland Story," a new book by Sam...


DoomBuggies Spook Show #1: Seekers of the Weird

Welcome to episode number one of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, a podcast "dead-icated" to fans of Disney's Haunted Mansion attractions, and other spooky things. In this episode, we welcome Marvel Comics editor Bill Rosemann and Vice President of Publishing David Gabriel to the show to discuss Marvel's upcoming series "Seekers of the Weird," based on Imagineer Rolly Crump's 1965-era designs for the "Museum of the Weird," a proposed Disneyland attraction intended to complement the Haunted...