Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Haunted Mansion Supplement

Stephen Worth, Director of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, very generously passed on scans of a wonderful vintage Disneyland document to post here at 2719 Hyperion. The Haunted Mansion Supplement appears to have been a supplemental publication to the internal newsletter Backstage Disneyland, and was produced to commemorate the 1969 opening of the Haunted Mansion. It is a tongue-in-cheek send-up of WED Enterprises, the company’s theme park design division that would ultimately evolve into Walt Disney Imagineering.

The highlight of the piece is a two-page Mad Magazine-inspired comic strip by William Barry.

Enormous thanks to Steve for sending this on. The online ASIFA Archive is an unbelievable resource of animation history and popular culture. If you haven’t already, check it out. You will be amazed at the sheer volume of content there, and new material is added almost daily.


Unknown said...


Thanks for another great posting. I love seeing Disney (especially WED/Imagineering) poking fun at themselves.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me? Or is it a strange thing to see (in a publication produced by consummate professionals)
the word "weird" misspelled so many times? I'm just sayin' . . .

Anonymous said...

This is great. I never saw this. I remember the one in MAD when Walt was giving a tour of the studio and money was flowing out of each room.
Bill Wray also did one years ago for MAD with Walt being defrosted and talking to Eisner about whats going on with the company.

Bill Barry said...

Thanks for showing my spoof artwork for the Disneyland Backstage
Mag. My Cover artwork was the best part. I signed it and that is when the sparks flew at the studio. it was a fun magazine to work on. It was for
produced for the park mouse workers

Bill Barry (aka William Barry)