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: 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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Haunted Mansion – Issue 1

Earlier this month, Marvel Comics released the first issue of the new Haunted Mansion mini-series. This will be the latest installment in the Disney Kingdoms line which tells stories inspired by a variety of Disney Parks, even drawing from concepts that never made it to the public. Over five issues, author Joshua Williamson and artist Jorge Coelho will take us inside the doors of one of Disney’s most beloved attractions.

Haunted Mansion #1 Review

Haunted Mansion Issue #1 Cover

As you can tell by the cover, the Disneyland version is used for the exterior. With the two rides being nearly identical in content, this should not affect the enjoyment by anyone only familiar with the Walt Disney World version.

BEWARE FOOLISH MORTALS! SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Figment – Dragons of Disney

Disney’s fifth dragon is a bit of a departure from the others. Though Madame Mim had one of the shortest spans of time on film, this next fellow has virtually no screentime whatsoever. And yet despite that, he’s become one of Disney’s most consistent performers over the last thirty-plus years and an icon of Walt Disney World. He is, of course, the lovable Figment.

There, Voila, You’ve Got A Figment

Towards the back of EPCOT Center’s Future World stands the Imagination Pavilion. Inside the original Journey Into Imagination ride back in 1983, a man known simply as the Dreamfinder sought to show audiences the power of our own creative sparks. To help guide us through this journey, he creates one of his favorites figments of imagination, mixing two tiny wings, big yellow eyes, horns of a steer, childish delight, and royal purple pigment. What we get is the fifth Disney Dragon.

Figment

For about sixteen years, Dreamfinder and Figment would have visitors humming along to their song “One Little Spark” and the purple dragon propelled into stardom. Our joyful, little Figment became a symbol of EPCOT Center. But he became a victim of progress in the late 90s.

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