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10 Fun Facts About Grim Grinning Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion

10 Fun Facts About Grim Grinning Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion

From the Disney Parks Blog:

“Grim Grinning Ghosts,” the theme of The Haunted Mansion, is both merry and spooky at the same time, and is perfectly fitting for one of our guest-favorite attractions. Of all the Disney Parks attractions with catchy theme songs, we can probably agree that we don’t mind when this one gets stuck in our heads.

Grim Grinning Ghosts

In honor of The Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary at Disneyland which was celebrated last August, here are 10 fun facts about Grim Grinning Ghosts the Haunted Mansion:

Grim Grinning Ghosts
  • The arrangement of the tune progresses throughout the attraction, starting off on an eerie piano in the library and funeral scenes, then bolder as organ music in the dining room and a whooping party in the graveyard scene.
  • “Grim Grinning Ghosts” hits a high note in the graveyard scene, where a set of singing busts await “to shriek and harmonize.” Did you know that each of these busts has a name? They are: Rollo Rumkin, Uncle Theodore, Cousin Algernon, Ned Nub and Phineas P. Pock.
  • The face of singer Thurl Ravenscroft appears on one of the singing busts – Uncle Theodore, which you can identify at Magic Kingdom Park attraction as the “broken” bust.
  • Buddy Baker, X. Atencio and Thurl Ravenscroft have all been named Disney Legends in years past for their contributions to Disney Parks and films.
  • The pop band Barenaked Ladies did a cover of “Grim-Grinning Ghosts” in 2003 for the film “The Haunted Mansion” which starred Eddie Murphy.
  • A reference to a “Grim Grinning Ghost” (note “ghost” is singular, not plural) appears in the William Shakespeare poem “Venus and Adonis” which was completed in 1593.

Do you prefer The Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland or Disney World?

New Haunted Mansion Store Now Open at Magic Kingdom


Earlier this week, the long awaited Haunted Mansion store finally opened inside Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Memento Mori, the new Haunted Mansion themed merchandise shop, can be found in Liberty Square just past the iconic attraction. The store was “once considered the abode of Madame Leota” according to the Disney Parks Blog.

The Haunted Mansion shop offers a variety of authentic Haunted Mansion merchandise and souvenirs that have been created specifically for Disney Parks. The store does have a purchase limit of six items per style, per guest, per day for all items that can be purchased in the shop. The store will be one of two Magic Kingdom locations to carry the new Haunted Mansion open edition pins (the other spot is Frontier Trading Post). The coveted Haunted Mansion-themed Dooney & Bourke bags will not be available at Memento Mori. The bags will be carried exclusively at Uptown Jewelers on Main Street, U.S.A. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the unique Haunted Mansion merchandise available at Memento Mori:


If you can’t get to the Haunted Mansion store in Magic Kingdom, but need some Haunted Mansion merchandise, the Disney Parks online store does have select items available.

Are you planning to visit the new Haunted Mansion store on your next trip? Which souvenir are you “dying” to pick up?

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