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
According 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.