Tuesday, October 5, 2021
A Printed Page Portrait Of The Haunted Mansion
Even as we celebrate the 50th of Walt Disney World, we can't forget Disneyland—and since it's the Countdown to Halloween 2021, we turn our eyes to the original Haunted Mansion. And what better way to gaze upon its eerie edifice than with this stylish cover of Disney News from 1969, published just as this long-awaited attraction was opening (or had just opened) on August 9, 1969. I love the way the cover showcases the merrily macabre manse with its rich fuchsia border that enticingly frames the classic building, offsetting it so it's displayed in a truly distinctive and sophisticated way, at once distant and beckoning, truly showcasing the beauty of the elegant manor. And the photograph itself is truly evocative, using lighting and darkness and a misty diffusion to make the Haunted Mansion look like the spooky symbol of Halloween that it is.