many funny and witty gravestones
around Disney's Haunted Mansion. I remember even the Boy Scouts
making up similar phrases for the graveyard outside their fund-raising
haunted house. That has carried through to my own where I
borrowed "Here lies Fred; he still isn't dead!" I thought it
would be fun to compile a list of the source of all the inspiration.
no time off for
Francis Xavier "X" Atencio developed the storyline for the Mansion,
wrote the lyrics for its theme song "Grim Grinning Ghosts," and also
wrote the inscriptions on the tombstones.
he chased a bear
into a cave
Dave Burkhart built the model of the Haunted Mansion.
At peaceful rest
lies Brother Claude,
beneath this sod
Claude Coats was a show designer who created a number of concept
sketches, and also designed the track layout for the attraction.
In memory of
Disney Legend Marc Davis did most of the concept design for the
attraction, starting back when the Mansion was to be a walk-through
attraction housing the Museum of the Weird.
laid to rest,
no mourning please
at his request
Yale Gracey was WED's resident special effects wizard, and designed
such Mansion effects as the dancing ghosts, changing portraits, and the
Rest in peace
we all know
you didn't do it
Cliff Huet was one of the lead interior designers, and also worked on
some of the Mansion's architecture.
good old Fred,
a great big rock
fell on his head
Fred Joerger was an art director who specialized in special finishes:
rockwork, distressed timbers, etc. He created special plaster
work effects for the Mansion.
Here lies a man
the lights went out
on this old Spartan
Bud Martin was a lighting designer who later served as head of WDI
Special Effects Department.
here you'll lie
for quite a while
Chuck Myall was a designer at WED Enterprises who also helped in the
overall design of the Magic Kingdom.
Wathel R. Bender,
he rode to glory
on a fender
Wathel Rogers was the grandfather of Audio-Animatronics, and he
designed and programmed many of the A-A figures in the Mansion.
the victim of
a dirty duel
Bob Sewell of the WED model shop did a lot of modeling work on the
Good friend Gordon,
now you've crossed
the River Jordan
Gordon Williams was one of the resident Audio-Animatronics experts. He
also helped design the sound effects for the Mansion.
Dear sweet Leota,
beloved by all
In regions beyond now,
but having a ball
Leota Toombs was an artist at WED who served as a stand-in model for
the head in the crystal ball during concept testing of the Mansion. She
did such an excellent job that the test performance was used in the
final version, and the character was named "Madame Leota" in her honor.
The voice for the head was done by Disney voice veteran Eleanor Audley.