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Haunted Mansion, an Illustrated Song from the Disneyland Attraction

Posted on: July 16, 2016

haunted mansion disney illustration
The Haunted Mansion
Words by Xavier Atencio
Music by Buddy Baker
Illustrated by James Gilleard


July 2016
My family just returned from a trip to California which included a visit to Disneyland and a ride on THE HAUNTED MANSION attraction.  I didn’t know about this book until I returned and saw it on the shelf at a Barnes and Noble.  I’m not really a theme park person, but I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the whole day at Disneyland was the time when The Haunted Mansion ride stopped in the graveyard portion section and all the residents came out to sing this song.  It was fun and hilarious.  It reminded me a lot of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman, especially the scene in the book when the graveyard residents of that book convene for a celebration of the Danse Macabre.


The song itself is called GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS


About the illustrated song on

About the book on DisneyParks blog:

A CD that comes with illustrations about the song and ride
haunted mansion disney song
The Haunted Mansion: Story and Song From The Haunted Mansion
(A magnificent full color illustrated book and long-playing record)
From the Walt Disney Studio

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