The annual change of the
Haunted Mansion to Haunted Mansion Holiday is on its way to become a DisneyPark
classic. And the annual change of the music as well...
The new scores(!)
have a long list of credits.
Debuted in 2001 the Haunted Mansion Holiday featured a soundtrack, that
resembled Danny Elfman's own music for Tim Burton's Nightmare
Before Christmas but was actually composed by composer Gordy
Due some emotional discussions, it was decided that the music sshould
be closer to Elfman's score the following year.
So in 2002 the attraction returned with a new soundtrack... this time
credited to John Debney who already prooved to be the right choice for Phantom Manor. Obviously the score consists of Elfman compositions
produced for Nightmare before Christmas thus lacking some originality.
Finally the music of the stretching gallery was changed back to Goodwin's
version which seemed to "work better". Additionally
13 new scarrols were arranged by JohnDebney.
(I must admit that I would have expected more...)
Disney did a great job on the ghost host narration.
Since Paul Frees' voice was and still is an essential part of
the whole experience, they asked actor Corey Burton to narrate
the story. And the illusion is perfect! He sounds indeed like the original
I must admit I liked Goodwin's version, once it was out. Especially
the graveyard and stretching gallery queues.
But now, after listening to Elfman's version many times, I love the
new one much more. The arrangements are more lively and sophisticated.
Although I am not too sure about the idea behind the "graveyard" adaptation
with the original basic tune. They could have left it as it was. The
"disturbances" are rather unnecessary. Overall I think the old soundtrack
had more of a flow and was "easier to comprehend"... and maybe that
is more suitable for an attraction with lots of distracting audio and
But now you have the chance
to compare both.
the old soundtrack
by Gordy Goodwin
current version... by Danny... ahm... John Debney.
The Foyer 0:17
Stretching Room with Ghost-Host (2001+current)
Hallway (2001) 1:04
Leota *The 13 Days till Xmas* 2:01
Leota *The 13 Days till Xmas* (2001)