Why the Haunted Mansion is in Liberty Square

FoxFurr, in one of her best written and well researched posts ever, finally answers the lingering question, “why is the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square?” The gothic architecture is set apart from the rest of Liberty Square. It was previously thought that the reason the ride was set in the middle of all that Americana was because there was no where else to put it.

Now FoxFurr has revised her earlier opinion and now sees why the attraction fits perfectly. I have to admit, I concur with her conclusion.  You’ll have to go read her post to find the answer.

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2 Responses to Why the Haunted Mansion is in Liberty Square

  1. Seriously? You guys don’t know why it’s there? They used to tell this story in one of the backstage tours they did. Here is why the HM is in Liberty Square. Now, this may not jive with everything in FoxFurr’s post, but they put it there as part of the “story:”

    As you enter the Columbia House Restaurant from Fantasyland, notice that it is decorated to represent England, and as you walk through, the decor changes to early American.

    As you change lands, Fantasyland to Liberty Square, you are virtually crossing the Atlantic Ocean when you enter the Columbia House restaurant, leaving the Old World behind to make our fortunes in the New World.

    Liberty Square was supposed to represent the East Coast of the U.S. all the way across to the train station behind Splash Mtn., which was to represent the West Coast of the U.S.

    Pennsylvania is represented by the Liberty Tree, the Liberty Bell, and the Hall of Presidents, and the small bridge and creek next to the “hat” shop near the shooting gallery is referred to by CMs as the “Little Mississippi.”

    The 17th-century mansion of Master Gracey is supposedly on the Hudson River. The river for the paddle boat was supposed to be on the Mississippi

    The Diamond Horseshoe is at the gateway to the west, St. Louis, MO. The old wooden cottage of the Country Bear Jamboree symbolically represents Colorado. Big Thunder Mountain and the tiny town of Tumbleweed were near Monument Valley, MT, and lastly, the train stopped in Frontierland, representing CA.

  2. Rustin Allison says:

    Thank you for the link to the article. I found it very interesting reading… especially how the author refers to the scenes in the attraction as poetic.

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