Saturday, May 7, 2011

Keepin' It Spooky at The World

Marvin the Macabre outside of the Haunted Mansion

It can be a chore to keep the horror in your heart at the happiest place on Earth, but I think I managed it. I introduced both my sons to the joys of the Haunted Mansion (they're now fanatical about it), dropped from the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror twice in a row (this time without an intense hangover), and faced giant spiders and animatronic dementors in a jaunt over to Universal (sadly, I was in the wrong part of the park for Monsters memorabilia).

I'll soon be returning to my regularly scheduled descents into depravity, but I thought I'd share with you all the warm glow of a vacation well-spent.

I picked up this souvenir book outside the mansion.
It details the history of the ride and includes
some great early production sketches.

The Original Haunted Mansion Poster

Artwork from Paris Disneyland's Phantom Manor

My Bellatrix Lestrange pin from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I can't help it. My love for Helena Bonham Carter,
particularly in this batshit crazy role, knows no bounds.

Sadly, Bellatrix's wand was not available in the park.
Voldemort's does look pretty bad-ass though.
What type of bone do you suppose it's made from?

For my shotglass collection.
I know whose head I'll be swilling liquor from this Halloween.

Okay, I didn't actually get this figure. The picture is from a book
I picked up in Epcot's Mexico pavilion. It has instructions
for making calaveras and other Dia de los Muertos crafts.

Here's the only piece of Mickey memorabilia I bought. It's another pin, and Mickey looks like he's about to rip out your trachea.What's cooler than that?

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