Haunted Mansion summons the spirit of the Disneyland ride in its film sets
In a new featurette for Haunted Mansion (2023), the cast and crew talk about the details of the film set design.
The story revolves around a single mum named Gabbie who hires a tour guide, a psychic, a priest and a historian to help exorcise her newly bought mansion after discovering it is inhabited by ghosts.
“These are not just little movie sets; these are beautifully constructed pieces of art” says Jamie Lee Curtis who stars in the film alongside Winona Ryder, Jared Leto, Owen Wilson and Danny DeVito. “The mansion is the star of the movie, we are just chess pieces within it” she adds.
The production design team wanted to capture the essence of The Haunted Mansion dark ride attraction at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland in the movie and took design inspiration directly from the ride itself.
Production Designer Darren Gilford says “We were really lucky we got to go to the park after hours, for a very special private tour. There were so many details to pull from”.
Director Justin Simien adds “We all know what we want out of this! Going to the ride told us where we needed to fill in, where we needed to go bigger, to make it movie scale”.
You can discover more in the featurette below.