Favorite Disney Things ~ Haunted Mansion Tombstones

Favorite Disney Thing #72 - Haunted Mansion Tombstones - As you walk through the Haunted Mansion queue at Walt Disney World, you will probably notice many different tombstones along the way - 13 of them to be exact. One of my favorite things to do is read the engraved epitaphs on each of them. These lighthearted, yet witty, inscriptions are actually a tribute to the original Disney Imagineers that designed The Haunted Mansion. The one featured above, Master Gracey, is a nod to Yale Gracey, who was responsible for almost all of The Haunted Mansion's special effects. He was called the "master" of effects which earned him the title "Master Gracey". The dirt around Master Gracey's grave looks a little different than the dirt in front of the other graves. The ground is supposed to appear freshly disturbed like he was just recently 'laid to rest'.

The Haunted Mansion tombstones are a wonderful tribute to those who helped create one of Walt Disney World’s most classic and enduring rides, but they are also a fun way to pass the time while you wait for your doom buggy to arrive! Here are the epitaphs on the other 12 tombstones:
  • Rest in Peace, Cousin Huet, We All Know, You Didn’t Do It
  • In memory of our patriarch, Dear departed, Grandpa Marc
  • Dear departed, Brother Dave, He chased a bear, Into a cave
  • Requiescat Francis Xavier, No Time Off, For Good Behavior, R.I.P.
  • R.I.P., In memorium Uncle Myall, You’ll lie here, for a quite a while
  • Here rests Wathel R. Bender, He rode to glory, On a Fender
  • Here lies a man named Martin, the lights went out, on this old Spartan
  • At peaceful rest lies Brother Claude, Planted here, Beneath this sod
  • R.I.P., Good friend Gordon, Now you’ve crossed, the river Jordan
  • Here lies good old Fred, A great big rock, Fell on his head
  • R.I.P. Mister Sewell, The victim of a dirty duel, Peaceful rest
  • Dear sweet Leota, Beloved by all, In regions beyond now, Having a ball

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