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Disneyland // Haunted Mansion Design Appreciation

When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still. That is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight!

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A Brief Intro to Imagineer Blaine Gibson

Blaine Gibson joined the Disney Studio in 1939 as an animator. Over the next fifteen years, he worked as an animator on most of the studio’s most famous projects, including FantasiaBambiSong of the SouthAlice in WonderlandPeter PanSleeping Beauty, and 101 Dalmatians.

In 1954, Walt Disney was putting together a team of artists that would help him create the Disneyland park. Walt remembered a small art exhibit he’d attended that featured some animal sculptures Gibson had created during his off hours, and immediately asked Gibson to join his team of ‘Imagineers.’

In 1961, Gibson became the head of the Imagineering sculpture department. Gibson’s sculpture work in Imagineering is the stuff of legend. He sculpted the head of the original Abe Lincoln animatronic (and most of the presidents since), the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean, many of the spooks in The Haunted Mansion and the original Partners statue that stands in the hub of Disneyland.

Blaine Gibson died in July of 2015. A great artist, he will be missed. Thankfully, much of his work still stands at the various Disney parks throughout the world. A lasting tribute to a remarkable man.

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I just recently finished the last piece of this four piece Disneyland Custom Vinylmation set I have had in the works for one of my collectors. Represented are Pirates of the Caribbean, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and The Haunted Mansion.

The ‘Hikers are always trying to find a way to follow the occasional foolish mortal home and cause some mayhem in the living world, at least for a little while. The staff are having none of their shenanigans.

A commission for the enchanting @turbotasticghoul​! Thank you for your outstanding patience, as always! I really, really missed getting to work on my art, and now that I’ll be making time for it again, there should be more coming.