Disney Kingdoms: Haunted Mansion Issue 3

Disney Kingdoms Haunted Mansion Issue 3

The 999 Happy Haunts are at it again as the third issue of Disney Kingdoms: Haunted Mansion has hit shelves. Today, I’ll delve back into the adventures of young Danny Crowe as we left him in one of the most iconic rooms in the estate. As we continue through the halls, the story takes a bit of a twist. More importantly, we earn a few connections to the world outside the New Orleans Square manor. So, climb aboard your Doom Buggy and let’s go!

The Life Of The Party

The latest issue of Haunted Mansion shows us a little more about the situation of the ghosts trapped inside. But when last we left our hero, he had forgotten why he was inside the house and was content to party in the Grand Hall. That is precisely where our villainous pirate ghost, The Captain, discovers him.

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Disney Kingdoms: Figment 2 – Week of Imagination!

Figment and Dreamfinder Return in Figment 2

Today, we’ll wrap up our Week Of Imagination! with the most recent story to come out of the Imagination pavilion, Disney Kingdoms: Figment 2. This is the first sequel to Marvel’s line of comic based on Disney Parks attractions and picks up the story of Dreamfinder and Figment right where the previous series had left off. The story proves to be an appropriate wrap up as it contains the creative elements of each era of the Imagination! Pavilion. So, let’s once again go on a journey with our two guides through Imagination as we discover more about their world.

Legacy Of Imagination!

The first Figment series, covered inmy review last week, gave us an updated origin for Dreamfinder and the titular purple dragon. As excited as I was to see a new version of this duo, Figment 2 took the biggest question about them: has the Dreamfinder become outdated?

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Disney Kingdoms: Figment – Week Of Imagination!

Disney Kingdoms FigmentWhen starting a new line of comics about Disney Parks attractions, Marvel took a chance starting with an attraction that was never built. But, as I discussed in my review, this allowed them to create unique characters and introduce a new world to audiences. A whole new set of challenges can come with taking beloved characters and translating them into a new medium. Disney Kingdoms decided to face that challenge with a story inspired by Epcot’s beloved mascot, Figment.

One Little Spark Of Inspiration

By the time the first issue of Figment hit shelves, the playful dragon had been entertaining audiences in Epcot for over 30 years. His companion in the Disney Kingdoms series, however, had been removed from the pavilion in 1998. But before that the Dreamfinder was actually the star and our real guide as we took a Journey into Imagination!

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Disney Kingdoms: Haunted Mansion – Issue 2

Haunted Mansion Issue 2 Cover

The current running Disney Kingdoms series, The Haunted Mansion, released its second issue last week. I reviewed Issue #1 last month and really enjoyed how it built suspense as well as tell inside jokes. The second issue takes that tone and shifts it to draw us deeper into the conflict within the mansion’s ghastly halls. Today, we meet new characters as we join the swinging wake.

Haunted Mansion – Issue #2

The first issue took about half its pages to get inside the mansion itself. Once inside, we were treated to some of the suspense that the early rooms of the Haunted Mansion ride builds for us. The second issue takes a bit more time in one particular part of the mansion: the Grand Hall.

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Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird

When Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, there was a lot of question about how the two brands would mesh together. In 2014, we were given our first glimpse with the first installment of the Disney Kingdoms line of comics. Comic creators worked directly with Disney Imagineering to give new and exciting stories to Disney Parks attractions. Each story consisted of a 5-issue run and focused on an individual attraction. But the story tellers delved a bit further than the rides we all know and love. For their first entry into the Disney Kingdoms universe, Seekers of the Weird, Marvel and Disney Imagineers brought a new life to an attraction that never made it into any of the parks.

Seekers of the Weird

Seekers of the WeirdAccording to the My Disney Experience app, the Magic Kingdom has 38 attractions. When Marvel decided to launch a comic line based on Disney Parks attractions that one park alone would provide a deep pool of ideas. So, it might seem a little strange that they decided to use an idea that never made it into the parks. Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird actually delves into the story of a forgotten attraction developed by Disney Legend Rolly Crump called the Museum of the Weird.

The attraction was born out of ideas originally intended to give a creepier feel to the Haunted Mansion and was spun into its own companion attraction at the suggestion of Walt Disney himself. In fact, Walt even showed it to the world as part of the 10th anniversary of Disneyland when he introduced Crump and some of the early model work for the items meant to fill the museum. But Walt’s death caused a lot of projects to be put on hold and when the Haunted Mansion eventually went back in to production the Museum of the Weird had been abandoned. Some of Crump’s concepts made it into the eventual Haunted Mansion but most lived on only in the archives.

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