Haunted Mansion Queue Updated


DSC 0067 199x300 Haunted Mansion Queue UpdatedWhen the new interactive queue of the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion opened in March of 2011, guests discovered the grave of “Master Gracey”  re-located to the center of the queue.  Although the “Master” applied to Gracey was actually a nod to the youthful appearance of Yale Gracey, the imagineer and effects wizard honored on the tombstone (“Master” is the traditional address for young boys before they are old enough to be called “mister”), the title spawned rumors that Gracey was actually the ride’s ghost host.  In the old queue, Gracey’s grave appeared freshly dug, and it was frequently topped with a red rose.  In the new line, “Master Gracey” was given a special place in the queue, but the new positioning spawned  a series of complaints.

In the new queue, Master Gracey’s gravestone headed a grassy plot ringed in bricks and an iron railing.  Its focal location certainly honored the rumors and stories clustered around Master Gracey, but the grave was notably small.  Its size either eliminated any possibility of a body being buried there, or implied that “Master Gracey” was indeed a “Master” in age, and the grave was that of a child.  Neither of those possibilities seemed to forward the theming of the area.

As of May 27, that original, small plot has been expanded to a full-sized grave.  New bricks (note the color difference) and an expanded iron fence now mark out a grave large enough for “Master Gracey” regardless of his age.  Although the change is a small one, it does reflect Disney’s awareness of guests’ comments about the formerly tiny plot and their dedication to maintaining the theming of the Haunted Mansion and all of its rumors and legends.

 

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Gracey's original, tiny plot

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The new, enlarged grave

 Haunted Mansion Queue Updated

Meet Wendy Neeld


A princess by determination, Wendy Neeld has a long standing passion for Disney and the wonder, fantasy, and magic it represents. A central Florida resident, she visits Walt Disney World regularly, and loves not only the parks but the theming and history of Disney itself. A professor of humanities by day, she loves to share culture, history, and wonder with others. Communicating those things in written form is her joy and her goal in writing and publishing on the internet.

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