Disney Parks Presents The Haunted Mansion by Buddy Baker & Xavier Atencio
Reviewed by Mike Kenny
Refashioned in classic storybook form, The Haunted Mansion guides young readers through the frighteningly fun corridors and chilling cemetery grounds of Disney’s beloved attraction. Bringing musical energy to each page, the lyrics to legendary Imagineers Buddy Baker and Xavier Atencio’s “Grim Grinning Ghosts” song accompany English artist James Gilleard’s colorfully phantasmic illustrations. From the floating candelabra and psychic Madame Leota’s séance to a ghostly ballroom happening and a trio of hitchhiking ghosts looking for a ride, The Haunted Mansion excellently recreates the atmosphere and thrills of Disney’s dark ride with no “Doom Buggie” required.
Accompanied with a CD of the aforementioned song, enthusiasts of the spookiest spot on Disney property can better recapture their onsite experiences nightly as they read along in this compact hardcover companion. Still home to 999 happy haunts, this entertaining rendezvous through The Haunted Mansion will cement many readers’ decision to become unlucky number 1000 during their next Disney Park getaway!